The school summer holidays can be both a blessing and a curse. For a busy family, it's good to get to spend some time together. But it turns out that it's difficult to spend weeks with the same people all the time, even if they're the people you love most. A holiday is a chance for everyone to see and do new things, whether you go half-way across the world or opt for a staycation. However, you need to pick the right activities if you want everyone to enjoy themselves and avoid driving each other crazy. Here are some fun ideas for family holidays, from places on your doorstep to destinations thousands of miles away.
Not everyone can or wants to leave home to enjoy their holiday. If you're short on cash or you don't feel like travelling, staying at home can be just as fun. You can stick close to home and see the attractions near you or you can find places for day trips that you can easily reach by car or train. You're sure to find lots of things to do within 30 minutes of your house, from National Trust properties to petting zoos. If you've run out of things to do, head to the nearest major city, whether it's London, Newcastle or Birmingham.
Around the UK
If you want to go a bit further, you don't need to leave the UK to experience somewhere new. There are lots of awesome places to go up and down the country, and there's something for every type of family. Families who want some thrill-inducing fun can look at theme park holidays in places like Blackpool, where you can spend the whole time on different rides. Or you might love camping and go looking for some beautiful spots in Wales or Cornwall. Active families might enjoy walking or biking in the Scottish Highlands, or even going sailing.
Across the Channel
Of course, there's plenty to do on the continent too, and a lot of it is easy to get to. After our recent trip, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Portugal to any family. And then there's France, Spain, Belgium and the Netherlands, which are all within a couple of hour's reach of the UK. If you're worried about travelling with the kids, there's no need to go on incredibly long journeys to see somewhere new. Lots of families will opt for Disneyland or family resorts in Spain, but there's always more to see that the whole family can enjoy.
Travelling with the kids can be stressful, but if you're feeling brave, you might think about going to the US, the Caribbean or somewhere else far away. If you do, you probably want to grab a bargain. All-inclusive family packages can be best to save you some money, so you can spend time in Florida, Mexico or somewhere else with plenty of sun. But if you want to get away from the crowds, you could be looking at paying a bit more.
I always enjoy time away with my family, even when it gets busy. There's still time to make plans for summer if you all need a break.