Family holidays are a great chance to get the whole family together and enjoy some quality time! With housework, television, games consoles and all other distractions left behind at home, you can hit the beach, have fun at waterparks or explore a new place with your nearest and dearest. You get some time to relax and unwind, and your kids can experience a new place, make some new friends, and go back to school with some great stories to tell!
How to Save Money on Your Family Holiday
Travel in late summer: If you want to go away during the summer holidays, cut costs by focusing on the week before the kids go back to school. Package prices are generally cheaper for the last week in August and first week in September, as most people prefer to jet off earlier in the holidays.
Book early: There are several advantages to booking your family holiday far in advance. Not only will you get to pick from a full range of packages before they start getting booked up, you could get an early booking discount or be offered other benefits to persuade you to book. Common early booking perks for family holidays include free child places and low deposits.
Go all inclusive: All inclusive packages are great value for money; you pay a little more upfront, but when you take into account that you’re getting all your meals and drinks included it’s a real bargain! Make sure when you book that snacks and ice creams are also covered in your all inclusive package – this way when the kids are hungry you’ll never have to say no!
Top Family-Friendly Holiday Destinations
Algarve: The Algarve is a long-standing favourite family holiday destination with a fun, laidback atmosphere and plenty to do for children of all ages. You can take a boat trip to find the secret caves and beaches along the coastline, try out the slides at Aqualand waterpark, or just enjoy long lazy days at one of the Algarve’s many golden sand beaches. The Algarve has plenty of hotels with kids clubs, so you can enjoy some time to yourself while your kids make new friends!
Majorca: Majorca is the largest of the Balearic Islands with lots of attractions to keep the whole family entertained! There are several waterparks scattered around the island, Palma has an aquarium, and Katmandu Park is a world of fun for kids that features a crazy golf course, 4D cinema, soft play area and 16-metre high climbing frame. Just be careful when choosing a resort that you don’t end up in party central – Alcudia, Santa Ponsa and Cala Millor are ideal family resorts with spacious beaches and child-friendly hotels and restaurants.
Tenerife: Tenerife is a great destination for a sun holiday all year round, and a hit with families no matter how you like to spend your quality time. For water babies there’s Thailand-themed Siam Park, one of Europe’s most amazing water parks, and kids will love meeting the animals at Loro Parque zoo. If your family loves the outdoors, book a day trip to the spectacular Mount Teide National Park to take on hiking trails and ride the cable car to the top of Spain’s highest volcano.