Family holidays are a great way to spend some quality time with the kids, but where to go for your family holiday in 2014?
Scotland is reported to be one of the top 3 destinations to visit in 2014, with Glasgow hosting the XX Commonwealth Games next year in summer. What could be more fun that sharing a Scotland road trip with the kids? You can explore the magical world of Harry Potter with a trip to the Highlands and board the Jacobite train, featured in the films as the Hogwarts Express. We love the Crieff Hydro – A hotel designed with families in mind.
Denmark has a relaxed and informal atmosphere, glorious beaches and some inspiring theme parks, such as Legoland in Billund, and the fairy-tale theme park of Tivoli World in Copenhagen. Denmark is an ideal family holiday destination, why not take a trip to the original Legoland, and stay at the new Lalandia Resort nearby Legoland at Billund, or perhaps a farm stay holiday in an idyllic old-fashioned water-mill?
Hungary may not come to mind when thinking of a family holiday, but more and more families are exploring this country as it’s great value for money and within easy reach by many low cost airlines. Lake Balaton is a youngster’s paradise, offering heaps of fun-packed activities to keep them entertained whilst the adults get some relaxing time too. Families love The Hotel Europa Fit Superior in Heviz.
Another country that doesn’t spring to mind, even as a holiday destination is Croatia. This is one of the most scenic areas of former Yugoslavia, and once a incredibly popular family holiday destination Croatia has regained its popularity due to affordable accommodation and flights, and families are starting to see the benefits of a family holiday here and returning to these beautiful islands. Families will love the Zaton Holiday Resort which offers a whole range of activities for the kids.
Discover Turkey, where east meets west, and makes for a great family holiday, as it has something for everyone. The best resorts to go with the family in Turkey include Marmaris, Antalya and Bodrum. The coastal resorts boasts stunning scenery, clear blue seas and remarkable all inclusive hotels. For a fun packed family holiday check out Lykia World in Olu Deniz, whilst those seeking tranquillity look at Hotel Yucelen, or if you would like the best of both - the Palmiye resort.
Florida, of course, is the quintessential family holiday destination, with Disneyland the first stop on the theme park tour. Followed up perhaps with a relaxing time on St Pete’s Beach? A fan boat tour of the Everglades or a stay in the magical Florida Keys? Whatever you decide, you’ll be guaranteed the holiday of a lifetime. There are plenty of family friendly hotels to choose from, or if you’re looking for an Orlando Villa with a pool, both Virgin Holidays and James Villas have an excellent selection to choose from.
Exotic destinations have disgarded their image as ‘adult only’ resorts or somewhere only where the rich and famous hang out. So why not head off on a family retreat to the sandy shores and the crystal blue waters of the Caribbean and the Indian Ocean, perfect that idyllic family getaway. We just love Sandy Lane in Barbados and the Constance Ephélia Seychelles
For the adventurous ones amongst us who love to travelling with kids, Brazil and Ecuador are both in line for that holiday destination of the year. Brazil with its’ upcoming events, 2014 FIFA World Cup, and the 2016 Summer Olympics and Ecuador is running up some big budget advertisements to highlight its’ countries attractions. Escape with the family and get up close to nature on a holiday of a lifetime in the Amazon rainforest. Stay in the magical tree top hotel of Brazils Ariaú Amazon Towers or at a luxurious lodge at La Aldea De La Selva in Ecuador.
Family holiday abroad are meant to be fun, so as well as picking the right destination, resorts also offer different packages to make sure families can choose a holiday that really suits them. When you’re travelling with little ones, an all inclusive deal is a popular choice. With all your meals, snacks and most drinks taken care of in advance, you’ll have even less to worry about, and even more time to have fun.
Other options include self catering, which is ideal for a family that’s more likely to be out exploring than lazing by the pool. This option is particularly good for families travelling with older children, and gives a little more freedom, and a lot less structure to your trip.
The chance to get away as a family doesn’t come around very often due to our hectic, work-oriented lives, so make sure you get the best out of your family holiday and book through one of the reputable tour operators we recommend.