A farm and cottage vacation is perfect for city-bound folks who really want to get away from the hustle and bustle and remember what nature is like. A successful holiday is a matter of being thoroughly educated about both the terrain and the accommodations and being prepared for any and all eventualities. It’s important to arrive with the right clothing for the weather, the right footwear for the rambles, and enough entertainment to occupy vacationers if the weather turns mean.
Vacationers with children find that a holiday at the beach, in the woods, or on a farm opens their youngsters’ eyes to a world they may have never imagined. A cottage at the beach or beside a tumbling river gives them the opportunity to learn about tadpoles, fish, and water birds. It’s a good idea to carry along an illustrated guide of flora and fauna, so they can identify wildflowers, insects, and animal life. Plastic jars and small cardboard boxes are vital for shells, bird nests, water pebbles, and other treasures that will make the return trip home.
Preparing the brood for a farm vacation means talking about farm animals and what they contribute as well as ensuring the little ones understand how they must behave around sheep, pigs, cows, and other farm beasts. Nothing can ruin a farm and cottage visit faster than an injured child who spooked an animal and got trampled. A farm holiday is an opportunity to teach youngsters the value of hard work as well. During the reservation stage is the right time to ask if visitors are expected to help with farm work and, if not, if they are allowed to.
Packing carefully is a must and should include everything from a first aid kit to extra batteries, flashlights, candles, and matches. If the farm and cottage holiday is self-catered, it’s a good idea to bring staples and household favorites that might not be available. Vacationers might also want to carry in toiletries, towels, dishes, and laundry soap because purchasing these items at the vacation center is likely to cost twice as much.
Most farm and cottage holidays include cooking utensils, sheets, blankets, pillows, and the like, but the wise traveler always asks what is provided. If the group will be hiking, an extra pair of shoes might prove useful along with several extra socks as well. Finding a topographical map helps hikers know how steep or difficult a particular walk might become.