Spring is here and summer is fast approaching – hurrah! – which means that it is time to start thinking about booking your summer holiday. When you travel solo or as a couple, booking a holiday is as simple as deciding on the place you want to go and booking it, but holidaying with the family can be a lot more work.
Now you have to take your children into account – what type of holiday will they like best? Which destinations and activities are best suited to families? Where should we stay? The questions are endless and can make planning that dream family holiday become very painstaking. So to give you a helping hand, here are five great child friendly break ideas for you and your family to enjoy this summer.
The great outdoors is the perfect destination for a family holiday and a fab way of getting children to connect with nature. The UK is jam-packed with stunning scenery and beautiful vistas, from the Cornish coastline right up to the breathtaking Scottish Highlands. Choose a picturesque cottage nestled deep in the countryside for the ultimate relaxing getaway. This way, the kids will have plenty of space to run off their excess energy and explore the area around where you are staying….all of which equals a good night’s sleep! Holiday cottages are a particularly practical option for families with babies as you won’t have to compromise on all of the home comforts that are necessary when you have young children.
Caravans are an enduring favourite when it comes to holidaying in the UK. The nation’s love affair with the humble caravan is one that has never fallen out of fashion, and many families still choose to visit UK holiday parks every summer as a nostalgic throwback to their own childhoods – myself included. UK caravan sites can be found in almost every corner of the country, so you will have plenty of options for destinations when you choose a caravan holiday. Perfect for getting together with the whole family and spending quality time with loved ones, it isn’t hard to see why caravans are still so popular.
Looking for something a little different? If your kids are big fans of adventure, why not try an activity holiday this summer? Places like Center Parcs are popular among those with a sense of adventure, but there are plenty of alternatives if you fancy something a little off the beaten track. Many attractions and theme parks also offer hotels and places to stay during your trip, but for something really unique why not book yourself on a short safari break right here in the UK? If you want to incorporate outdoor activities into your trip but don’t want to gear the whole holiday around it, there are also many places offering a wide variety of different activity days, from treetop adventures to rock climbing, canoeing, and much more.
The ultimate budget break, camping offers a certain unique charm. There is something undeniably appealing about snuggling down under a canvas roof at the end of a great day of exploring with the family – the novelty factor of camping ensures it remains a firm favourite with the little ones too. From coastal views to woodland locations, do some research and pick out the perfect campsite for you and your family.
Planning to travel a little further afield this year? Travelling abroad with children can be a challenge, but it’s all worth it when you reach your destination. A European holiday is a sensible choice for families, especially if it will be your children’s first time abroad, as it negates the need for overly long journeys. If you aren’t comfortable driving the distance and don’t fancy taking your children on a plane, why not get the Eurostar to France for a visit to Disneyland?
With all this talk of holidays, it almost feels as though summer is here already. so time to gather the family together, decide on the perfect break for you, and make sure that summer 2017 is one to remember – yay!
What are you planning for your summer holiday? Any of the above? Do share in a comment below.
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