Going away on a family holiday makes for some of the warmest memories. The anticipation, the travelling, the days spent swimming in the sea and devouring more ice creams than our bodies can physically handle.
But choosing the right package holiday to make those memories is the trickiest part. It really hinges on the type of family you are and what kind of holiday you’re seeking.
A traditional package holiday is an all-in-one, where the tour operator takes care of flights, transfers and accommodation – for one price.
With the day-to-day juggling of work, parenting and home-life, it’s no surprise that package holidays are often top of the wish-list for families. No longer do families end up being the facilitators. They get the luxury of having everything done for them.
Here are a few tips on how to pick the perfect family package holiday.
All-Inclusive Family Holidays
Want to save money? All-inclusive family holidays are a good choice and can help you save pennies – particularly in the Eurozone – especially if you’re paying in sterling. These types of holidays help save you spending hours researching and planning. Pretty much every aspect of your holiday is handled by your tour operator.
They can also support newbies travelling with kids or those heading to unknown destinations, as there are usually on-site representatives who deal with problems or queries.
For example, you could consider all-inclusive deals by Holiday Hypermarket to Europe, the Caribbean, Latin America, Africa and the Middle East, the Indian Ocean and Asia. Your flights, transfers, accommodation as well as food and drinks are all included. Favourites for all-inclusive family holidays are Tenerife, Menorca, Greece and its islands and Turkey.
Activity and Adventure
If you’re the sort of family who like adventure and fun, get active with your loved ones on an activity and adventure holiday. Enjoy cycling, kayaking, sledging, trekking and more in an array of family- friendly destinations across the globe.
Active family holidays are a wonderful way to spend quality time with the children, experiencing a favourite hobby or uncovering a new pastime together. Family activity holidays are available in all kinds of shapes and forms.
Arguably the most popular for summer are ‘beachclubs’ – holidays centred on one resort, based on water sports like diving, windsurfing or sailing (with tuition, if required). Other sports include sports cycling and tennis.
Otherwise, opt for an organised activity trip where you follow a prearranged itinerary of different activities – from zip-lining and climbing to white-water rafting and surfing – with other families. Or there are winter activity holidays, such as skiing. Accommodation and all or most meals are normally incorporated in these kinds of holidays.
Camping, Holiday Parks and Holiday Villages
When we say camping, we don’t just mean basic camping with minimal facilities. There are all kinds of places to camp these days, including glamping sites, holiday parks and villages, all of which boast plenty of activities, facilities and niceties.
Holiday parks are frequently known as ‘campsites’, with many offering tent, motorhome and caravan pitches as well as ready-pitched tents.
Nowadays, many families choose to stay in mobile homes (static caravans), lodges or chalets. Numerous holiday parks are equipped with pools or – better yet – waterparks, sports facilities and other family amenities like kids’ clubs.
Some might say they’re comparable to holiday villages – which, as the name implies, are bigger. Rather than offering a camping option, holiday villages normally have you stay in lodges, cottages, apartments or villas. Some of the accommodation is very glamorous, complete with its own hot tub and other swanky luxuries.
A lot of holiday parks and villages are becoming more imaginative, offering glamping options like yurts and even treehouses. At the other end of the scale are glamping sites, home to upmarket camping in fancy safari-style tents with creature comforts or other unusual accommodation. Many offer the opportunity to join in the daily life – like working on a farm.
Family City Breaks
Who said city breaks were just for couples, solo travellers or friends? City stopovers and lengthy holidays in towns can be a brilliant option for families, so long as they’re planned well. Cities are crammed with all manner of attractions, including shopping malls and historic museums, not to mention family-friendly restaurants and playgrounds.
The key to a perfect city break with little ones is not to do too much – maybe pick a few things to see in the day. Head to a museum then in the afternoon, go to the park.
Many families go on a short break, spending a few days in a city followed by a couple of days at a theme park. Family favourites include PortAventura World in Barcelona, Disneyland Paris and Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen.
A holiday with zero meals to prepare and entertainment on tap is seemingly the magical antidote to the hectic pace of modern family life. We hope the above ideas will help you pick the ultimate package holiday for you and your family.
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