Choosing a holiday destination for your family break should be an exciting time. Flicking through the glossy brochures and being faced with an array of sun-promised faraway lands can be uplifting, although daunting for some. Where is the best place to go? What would everyone in the family enjoy?
Family holidays often require extra preparation than the usual spur of the moment trip; therefore we proudly present our guide to planning the perfect family holiday...
Where to go?
When choosing a family friendly destination, it is important to firstly decide what you'd like to get out of the holiday. Are you looking for rest and relaxation, or fun and adventure? Amusement parks, ski lodges and days at the beach are firm favourites amongst families, so discuss the options with your family and see what kind of holiday would suit everyone.
If travelling with elderly relatives, somewhere that requires lots of walking or steep hills may not be the best option, whereas children will enjoy somewhere with plenty to see and do. It can be difficult trying to accommodate the whole family, but it can be done with a little thought and planning. Destinations with sandy beaches are great for rest and relaxation, as well as endless sandcastle competitions for the kids!
Hotels and Extra Help
Accommodation is a main factor to consider when researching and booking elements of your holiday. Hotels are naturally the most popular choice amongst families... no washing up, no cooking and a tidy-fairy that cleans the room and dresses the bed with fresh sheets every day. Hotels can be the perfect choice for a relaxing family break, although to avoid a Fawlty Towers mishap, here are some questions to think about:
You may be better suited to a room on a lower floor for practicality if travelling with younger children or elderly relatives. Hotel staff are usually very accommodating to the needs of their guests so it is always worth asking them beforehand to request a specific room. As always, this is best done in advance.
Camping offers a fantastic alternative for families looking to escape on a budget. Campsites are widely available across the UK and the rest of the world, and the best thing is that you don't have to think about additional (potentially costly) expenses. Food can be bought from the supermarket to save money, and the car is already there for getting around easily.
Although this may be seen as the best option for frugal families, it is important to think about things such as what would happen if you had a sudden downpour (soggy barbeques for dinner!) or if a family member became ill and needed looking after. A great idea is to do a 'dummy run' in the back garden and have a 'camp night' - practice pitching up the tent and sleeping under the stars to decide if it is the best choice for the whole family.
Entertainment on a Budget
Finding a range of activities to keep the family entertained on a week long holiday can be tough, not only on you but on your purse or wallet. However, there are many things that can be enjoyed for next to nothing or best of all, free. Museums, art galleries, beaches and exploring the sights can all be seen as great entertainment on a budget. Your hotel accommodation may in fact other a range of entertainment options also including swimming pools, sauna and Jacuzzi, live bands, dancing, karaoke and comedy nights! With a range of free things on offer by the hotel alone, it is always worth seeing if these are offered by your hotel when booking.
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