When you become a parent, lots of things change. Holidays change. Where you travel to changes. How you get there changes. What you do when you get there changes. Life is so much easier all round when it is child friendly, and more so when you go away. So what makes a child friendly holiday, and where do families like to go? Here's a very quick guide to child friendly holidays: where to go. Hope it helps!
What is a child friendly holiday?
To be fair, the criteria that makes a child friendly holiday can differ from one family to the next. But generally speaking, a child friendly holiday has:
- childcare options
- accommodation with facilities such as a highchair, travel cot and stair gates
- family restaurants close by
- child friendly attractions close by
- toys and play equipment on hand
Depending on where you go and what type of accommodation you go for, there should be some or all of the above to make your holiday a little easier with kids.
What type of holiday?
Gone are the days of luxury cruises around the med... or are they? These days kids are welcome on most package holidays, but that's not to say they're always appropriate. Before you book, its a good idea to think about your family and what you all like to do together. Are you outdoorsy? Camping could be fun. Do you like to wander art galleries and eat in cafes? A city break might be perfect. Kids love the beach and swimming pool? You know what to do.
Don't try to force fun onto your family. If you'd really like a sporty holiday, try the activities out at home before you book, so that you're really sure the whole family will enjoy it when you get there. There's nothing worse than taking the family skiing only to discover nobody likes it at all!
Sit down together and involve the kids in the decision making. Let them suggest destinations, or talk about what they want to do on holiday. There's a really good chance you'll be able to please everyone with the right destination.
Where to go
Again, that depends on your family and what you enjoy doing together. But there are some things worth considering before you book:
- Does it have clean beaches with family facilities, such as baby changes, water sports hire and parking?
- Does the accommodation have all the facilities that you need? Baby gear, washing facilities, etc
- What activities are there close by to entertain the kids?
- Will you be using child care while you're away? Do they have good reviews?
- What do other families say about the accommodation and destination in general?
- How long is the journey?
- Is it within budget?
- Do you want a hotel or a villa? Or will you go camping?
Some of the best holiday destinations are right here in the UK, but if you do want to travel a little further afield, here are our top five holiday destinations for kids:
The short flight will appeal, as will the warm weather and sandy beaches when you get there. You can choose from a city break or a beach holiday, and there is bound to be something for everyone here.
The ultimate in child friendly holiday destinations! Florida used to be the holiday you only do once, but that's not always the case any more. What more could the kids ask for in a holiday? Theme parks, beautiful beaches and stunning weather. Perfect.
Ibiza, Mallorca and Menorca are great for families. The weather is great and the facilities are usually spot on.
Another firm family favourite. Portugal's Algarve has it all- sports, beaches, restaurants, theme parks- and you can get some really good deals on accommodation too.
Another short flight, or a long drive- which can make for an interesting journey! France is so close to the UK but it couldn't be more different in terms of culture. It even has Mickey Mouse!
Where are you off to on holiday this year?