Inspiration for those School holidays
Posted on 15th April 2017 at 12:36
As schools tighten their belts on taking out your children during term time, you will find yourself reduced to a few weeks throughout the year to get that all important breakaway. School holidays are peak season in travel so the earlier you book, the more likely you are to secure flights from your local airport at family friendly times. There are also often free child places and low deposits available for early bookings.
So where should you go?
With six weeks to fill in the summer you may be filled with dread or just wonder where to start? Why not take a break in the UK? There are some fantastic beaches, hotels and holiday parks to suit every budget and age range. Finlake Holiday Resort is an award-winning holiday park set on 130 acres of Devon countryside with indoor and outdoor pools and lots of activities to keep the kids entertained. If you are based in Cambridgeshire or Hertfordshire, then Norfolk is a great option as only a couple of hours away. You will find amazing beaches and lots of family entertainment, you can even spend a day driving a boat along the Norfolk broads. There is a range of accommodation including quaint bed and breakfast hotels and holiday parks.
If you would rather travel overseas then the Mediterranean is perfect with flights from 2 hours to around 4 hours. Spain is always a family favourite with Majorca being top of the list, family resorts such as Cala D’or and Alcudia offer beautiful beaches, restaurants and are very family friendly. With self catering apartments, private villas, hotels and all inclusive I am sure you will find something that matches your needs. If your children are into their sports then the Forte Village in Sardinia is a must with a football academy run by Chelsea FC coaches, cricket, tennis and rugby with stars coaching along with a big range of water sports. With eight hotels to choose from set in over 50 acres this luxury resort is a favourite with Mums and Dads!
October half term sees a rush to Florida with everything spooky and Halloween based, you will find it less humid and more bearable to rush around visiting all the theme parks. The younger ones will love Disney and the Magic Kingdom whereas the older ones will be amazed at Universal Studios and Busch Gardens. You will find hotels galore ranging from 2 star to 5 star luxury or why not book into your own private villa with a heated pool? If you want to stay closer to home then the Canaries are around four hours away with temperatures in the mid 20’s, offering beach based holidays giving you some final sunshine before the winter sets in. The Canaries are made up of 7 islands including Tenerife, Lanzarote, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria and La Palma. The Islands have a different charm but all offer great family destinations with a range of hotels to suit all budgets, many with kids clubs, water sports and activities during the day, evening shows, all-inclusive options. All of the big tour operators have packages and there are lots of flights from Luton and Stansted.
Christmas time brings a trip to Santa himself with trips to Lapland in Finland. Packages range from a day trip to a 5-night stay getting the whole family into the Christmas spirit; you will visit the reindeer, make snow angels, visit the elves workshop and meet the man himself! For older children and the big kid in you why not try out the snowmobiles, tobogganing and a husky-drawn sleigh ride. This is a holiday of a lifetime with memories made forever! If the cold weather isn’t for you then Dubai could be your ideal destination. You will find an array of the most impressive hotels with their own water parks, private beaches, shopping malls and even skiing! Tax free shopping, gold souks, desert safaris and amazing golf – the only problem is fitting it all in. With a flight time of 7 hours, it is closer than you think! The Canaries are another great option with a relatively short flight and beautiful weather where you can enjoy Christmas day in shorts and t-shirt.
Easter is another popular time for the Canaries, however if you would prefer to travel further afield then it is a great time to venture to the Caribbean as you will be avoiding the rainy season which tends to start in May and last until September/October. The Dominican Republic has all the usual hotels set on the beach but can offer land based activities including kite-boarding, mountain biking, dirt biking, horseback riding, golf and caving. With a flight time of around 9 hours and prices more reasonable than you think, this is an ideal choice for your Easter break
The school holidays can easily be filled with fun and laughter as the world is your oyster!
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