BEFORE YOU TAKE OFF!
Discuss the tricky stuff before you hit the airport. Tiffs and tears can be avoided by holding a meeting beforehand (especially if you’re holidaying with another family with children). Plan what you can – then let the rest go. Five minutes spent discussing potential war zones (bedtimes or attitudes to treats) could avert allout conflict when you get there. Let a little bit of bad behaviour go, too. This applies as much to adults as children. Possibly more. The local brew can be heady, especially when mixed with an evening full of possibilities. Following the old rock-star adage ‘What happens on tour, stays on tour’ can be helpful. Don’t do for others what they can do for themselves. Please wise up to this one. Anyone over, say, eight can pack their own bag, charger and entertainment. Factor in time alone. Going for run or walk, booking separate accommodation for the in-laws... Whatever. Banish any thoughts of selfishness: this is a valid alternative to murder.