Family holidays

If you've travelled extensively before children then nothing quite prepares you for the shock of how different it is with the little cherubs in tow!


You suddenly find yourself on water slides, in amusement parks, making sandcastles and eating lots (more) ice cream. 


The process of booking and taking a holiday suddenly becomes a military operation, with detailed planning needed at every stage: Should you fly or drive? Short haul or will they cope with long haul? Villa or hotel? Self catering, all inclusive, camping? Family rooms, two connecting rooms, apartment?

Then there's the daily itinerary to fill up - there's no more lounging by the pool for hours sipping cocktails. Life is easier if you find lots of fun activities to keep them entertained. Do it well and you'll give yourself a decent chance of tiring them out and in bed early enough for you to enjoy a glass of wine before you retire for the evening.


But don't forget this is your holiday too. Relax and let me organise it for you, leaving you free to enjoy yourself when you're there.


Everyone has a different view on what constitutes a 'relaxing holiday' with kids. For some it's spending as much time by the pool, others like to get out and about. Personally I like a bit of both.


Here are a few ideas depending on your budget. Get in touch for more ideas or to discuss your plans.

If you're on a tight budget then consider a UK trip.  You could pack the car and head to the beach, fill your days with boat trips, historic train rides, amusement parks, fish and chips, and stately homes. Or try a bit of glamping in the forest, make pizzas, ride bikes, and toast marshmallows whilst singing songs by firelight.

If want to head abroad on a budget then consider a road trip. You could stay at one of the many fantastic campsites in Europe, see the local towns and do all of the above but hopefully in a warmer climate and with freshly baked bread for breakfast! Visit the local castles and take gondola rides in the Alps in Summer.

If you're happy to take the kids further afield then the world is your oyster. We took our boys to Thailand and Cambodia; you can visit bustling markets and temples, tour on bikes so your kids won't get tired. Relax in a beach villa, but spice it up with an elephant trip and waterfall trek.

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