Family holidays can be extremely difficult things to pull together. Not only do you and your other half have to co-ordinate time off with, but you also face the challenge of catering to the whims of your offspring trying to keep everyone happy in the process. Of course, the end result is always worth the effort but the prep, admin and forward planning can be overwhelming to say the least. Here are a few little pointers as to where you might want to consider for 2023 – with something for all ages, tastes and must-haves hopefully there’s plenty to whet your wanderlust appetite here…
France is the pre-eminent option for a family-friendly international jaunt. It is a country chock-full of experiences and sights for all to enjoy, but it is particularly alluring to kids for the existence of Disneyland Paris – a veritable wonderland for the younger ones, and an all-inclusive experience that makes planning easy.
France is also a stunningly easy country to arrange transport to; trains run from London Kings Cross Station to either St Pancras – from which you can take the Eurostar to Paris – or the Underground can be used to link you to any of London’s airports for a short hop on the plane. The latter option is particularly useful for trips a little further afield, such as to the beautiful beaches of Nice or Marseille.
For a trip that’s a little more centred around the notion of sun and sea, you cannot go far wrong with a trip to Spain. The Costa del Sol has a fantastic reputation as a British holiday destination for very good reason, from the reliably beautiful weather to the wide array of amenities and activities for all the family.
Whether you’re gunning for a resort holiday in one of the more well-known coastal cities such as Alicante, or hoping for a more balanced cultural experience offered by Barcelona and its old quarter, Spain is an absolute winner for kids and adults alike. If you’re not relaxing with a mojito in your hand while the children play, what are you doing?
While trips abroad can be inexpensive if booked and organised shrewdly, they might still represent a little bit too much cost and hard work for you – whether due to budget constraints or simply the idea of wrangling passports and luggage. In these instances, a domestic holiday getaway can be just the trick!
While the idea of a visit to Wales might not be as glamourous as a week living it up on the French Riviera, there are numerous Wales destinations that give even the prettiest of Mediterranean beach views a run for their money. For one, Portmeirion is a stunning coastal village in North Wales that echoes the best of Renaissance Italy! Of course, there are Welsh beach destinations that stand out of their own accord, from classic Llandudno to the golden sands of Pembrokeshire.