Christmas is fading into a distant memory, and before we know it, the Easter and summer holidays will be on the horizon. With dark afternoons and grey skies par for the course, and time bound to start flying as soon as January ends, it’s a good time to think about where to travel next. If you’re planning a family getaway and you’re looking for inspiration, here are some incredible ideas.
If you’re not a fan of flying, you’re on a budget, or you’ve decided it’s high time you discovered the wonders of the UK, a staycation is an excellent plan. The UK has a lot to offer in terms of the range of activities and holiday types on offer and the diversity of popular holiday locations. From cities bursting with museums and fun-packed attractions like London, Birmingham, Manchester and York and seaside resorts like Brighton and Blackpool to national parks ripe for exploration, there’s plenty to see and do.
If you are thinking about staying in the UK for a holiday this year, consider how you want to spend your time off, cater for your kids’ interests and explore accommodation options. If you’re staying in a city, apartments and hotels that have family rooms are a fantastic idea, while cottages and guesthouses are great for coastal retreats. If you travel frequently, and you love to take short breaks, it might be worth looking into buying a caravan or motorhome. It’s possible to get caravan finance to spread the cost, and you could offer friends and family the chance to use your caravan to earn a bit of extra money. Once you’ve got your caravan or camper, you can take spontaneous trips whenever you fancy.
If you fancy spending your holidays trotting around hills on horseback, kayaking in blue-green waters or touring valleys on two wheels, there’s nothing like an adventure break. You can stay in the UK and visit places like the Lake District, the Yorkshire Dales or Exmoor, or fly away to countries like New Zealand, the USA, Austria, Finland, France or Switzerland. Consider the kinds of sports and activities you want to try, figure out a budget and narrow down your options. Travel time and the amount of time you have available may also influence your decision.
Beach breaks with a difference
If you’re looking for something different to a package holiday by the beach, why not explore destinations that offer more than afternoons by the sea and leisurely pool days? There are several locations that give you the chance to relax and explore during the same break. Examples include Split in Croatia, Valencia, Barcelona and Lisbon. Split is located on the water and it’s a stone’s throw from national parks boasting incredible waterfalls. You can also travel to tiny islands off the coast by boat. Valencia, Barcelona and Lisbon are all lively cities, which offer shopping, sightseeing and fun, child-friendly activities in addition to beaches.
If the wintry weather has got you dreaming of holidays, there’s no better time to start planning your next trip.