It can be difficult to please everyone when you’re planning a family holiday. But there’s no need to panic. There are so many different options out there that you’re bound to find something to suit all of you in one way or another, so what are you waiting for?
Here are five different travel ideas to get you started. Enjoy!
1. An activity holiday
If sitting back and doing nothing is your family’s idea of a nightmare, an activity holiday is the way to go. It can be as adventurous and adrenaline-filled as you like, so whether you’re cautious, a daredevil or somewhere in-between, there’s bound to be a pastime to suit.
You could go for walks (or treks, if you have more time), brave an aerial course, learn how to kayak, take the plunge and go bungee jumping… the choice is yours.
2. A beach break
On the other hand, if you’re all in search of sunshine and relaxation then the beach is hard to beat.
Kids will always find plenty to do, especially if you bring buckets and spades, plus there are plenty of family-friendly resorts around the world, especially in Europe. Pick the right place and everything you need, from restaurants and bars to accommodation and beach gear, will be right on your doorstep.
Don’t forget to bring an umbrella or a small pop-up tent for shade (or afternoon naps) and plenty of SPF to prevent painful sunburn.
3. A food-filled escape
Why not pick your destination based on what food you all like best? This is an especially good option for families with a mix of ages and generations — most people love to eat.
Cooking classes are a fun way to get to know a country’s cuisine better, as well as brush up on your skills and learn about local life.
Pizza and pasta lovers can head straight to Italy, while those who enjoy new and exciting flavours will love the variety of dishes in Tokyo, Japan. Alternatively, you could head to one of the food capitals of the world (Wellington, New Zealand and New York, US are both celebrated for their food scenes) and tuck into all kinds of delicious treats.
4. A safari adventure
Many parents are wary of taking their brood on safari, but with the right preparations a family safari can be one of the most memorable experiences you’ll share. Most people concentrate on the bigger animals like lions, cheetahs, buffalo and elephants, but kids will enjoy spotting the smaller ones, too, especially those they haven’t heard of before.
Older children who can be quiet and patient — and who are interested in wildlife — will get the most out of the trip, so find a company which allows children to stay and has guides who are used to interacting with them. A must-do.
5. A staycation
Don’t want to travel far? Be a tourist in your own country. Pick a city or town none of you have ever been to, or perhaps an old favourite you’d love your children to explore, and seek out the best sights. You can even visit places in your own local area.
This is often a good option for families with very young children, since there’s less planning and upheaval involved. It’s also a fun way to see friends or other relatives.