With the New Year rapidly approaching, you might be looking to book a luxury family holiday for your whole brood. There’s nothing quite like getting away for a few weeks with the ones you love, so here’s how to plan your 2015 trip of a lifetime without any stress.

Choose your destination

With companies such as www.totstoo.com offering a wide range of family-friendly holiday packages across the globe, you won’t be short of places to visit. From the beaches of the Caribbean to the hills of Thailand there’s plenty to explore, but be sure to do your research and find somewhere you really want to go before parting with your hard earned cash.

Destination is key, so if you have a location in mind get hold of some holiday brochures, browse the net, talk to fellow travellers and find out if the culture, climate and way of life would suit you and your family. After all, you don’t want to end up in Chiang Mai at the height of summer if you children can’t stand the heat.

Find a suitable resort/hotel

When travelling with little ones there’s plenty to consider including where to stay while you’re away. While some hotels are adult only, there are many which welcome young families with open arms and have all the facilities you could dream of for a fun-filled trip away. As well as swimming pools, playgrounds, children’s clubs and evening activities, some resorts also offer babysitting and crèche services meaning you can have some much-needed alone time. Of course, safety is of paramount importance too, so if you find a hotel you like, be sure to ask if it’s suitable for babies/toddlers and if they provide extras like baby monitors, bottles or cots.

Make a holiday bucket list

Before you head off on your travels, why not make a bucket list of everything you and your kids want to get up to while you’re away? To do this, research your destination of choice and check out the local landmarks which you think are worth visiting. Read restaurant reviews, suss out adrenalin-fuelled activities in the local area such as rapid riding or abseiling, see what others have done on their trips and pull together a varied list of ideas.

From this you can create an itinerary which will help you make the most of your time while you’re away. If you’re travelling far and wide, it might be good idea to make a digital list as this will allow you to keep track of your progress easily. You’ll need internet access but Wi-Fi is pretty widely available these days so this shouldn’t be a problem. If in doubt, a good old pen and paper works well too.

Just because you have kids doesn’t mean you should stop going on holiday. Travelling is a fantastic form of education and children love exploring new and exciting places. You’ll have a little more to think about with small people accompanying you but it’s nothing a bit of forward planning can’t solve, so pop your thinking caps on today and follow these handy tips.