We’re hurtling towards the summer at a rate of knots, and before we know it, school will be out, and it’ll be time to get packing and head off on holiday. If you’ve not decided where to go for your summer sojourn yet, you’re in luck! Hopefully, this hit list will give you some food for thought.
The beach holiday
Most families love spending time at the beach. You can chill out, spend quality time together, and most importantly, have loads of fun. When it comes to beach breaks, you have two choices. You can either head off on an overseas adventure or brave a seaside escape in the good old UK. Of course, you can’t guarantee wall-to-wall sunshine in Blighty, but there are some fantastic places around, and you’ll probably save a fair bit of money. There’s also the convenience of travelling by car rather than having to negotiate the airport and a long flights with overexcitable kids.
If you are thinking about staying in the UK, why not have a look at hotels in Blackpool or Lytham St Annes in the North West or venture to Exmouth, Newquay or St Ives in the South West? Over in the East, you could pitch your tent or rent an apartment in Skegness, Bamburgh or Cromer. On the South Coast, you’ll be spoiled for choice with Brighton, Bournemouth, and Broadstairs all vying for your attention.
If you dream of clear blue skies and warmer climes, you may prefer to spread your wings and fly off to the Greek islands, the Algarve or the Spanish Costas. Look out for last-minute bargains if you’re travelling in the school holidays, and consider going all-inclusive. This often works out much cheaper if you’re holidaying with children.
The city break
You may think that it’s a bit mad to try and enjoy a city break with children, but there’s a lot to be said for getting away for a weekend and exploring attractions like galleries, museums, parks, and zoos. Some cities probably aren’t suitable for kids, but if you choose wisely, you may be surprised at how family-friendly a city break can be. Rome is a great example, especially if you have slightly older children, as there is so much to see. There are sights around every corner, and you don’t have to spend a fortune to see the best of the city. Barcelona is another popular option and Valencia is a brilliant choice if you’re keen to do some sightseeing and sunbathing.
The activity holiday
If you’re an adventurous, active family, there are lots of wonderful options on offer. You could go on a cycling holiday in France or Italy or go hiking in Switzerland or Austria. Alternatively, you could stay at home and visit the Lake District, the Peak District or Dartmoor.
If you’re counting down the days until the holidays arrive, you may be dreaming of sunny skies, ice creams, and bike rides. Take these ideas on board, have a look through some brochures, and start planning your 2017 summer holiday now!