It has often been the case that families want to avoid technology as much as possible when they go on holiday. However, modern families recognise they can integrate computers and music players before, during and after they go away.
Whether it is a rainy half-term spent indoors or a trip to a sunny Spanish villa, technology can improve your time together as a family – and here’s how:
Booking the holiday
Even just finding where you want to go can be an exciting time when you involve technology. There are apps and comparison sites that can be accessed using your laptop. This will allow everyone to look up where they want to go and share ideas; taking some of the stress of you as the parents when booking the trip.
A family holiday is a great way for you all to relax, but why not throw in a bit of fun too? With cross-platform apps you can play games against each other no matter what phone you own.
If you are worried about your child’s learning, there are word and puzzle apps available that you all can enjoy. These include Words with Friends and Draw Something.
Boredom on rainy half-terms is a thing of the past with the advent of games consoles. They don’t have to be something that can only be played in a dark room; there are games and consoles that all can enjoy.
Consider investing in a Wii U with Mario Kart to bring fun and healthy competition to a family holiday. Even consoles such as the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 have party games like Fuzion Frenzy which are ideal for family holiday fun.
On the way there
Particularly if you are driving to your destination, the in-car entertainment is crucial. Consider decking yours out with an in-seat DVD player: the youngsters will soon stop asking if you’re there yet!
Of course, you still need to be careful not to let technology dominate your holiday. A report in The Huffington Post recently commented on whether technology is killing the romance of backpacking holidays and the same question can be applied to family trips.