Planning, researching and preparing to book your next holiday is a heavenly time. You can almost smell the coconut sun-cream and feel the warmth of the sun’s rays on your skin. Deciding where to go can be an agonising decision, but it can also be a hugely exciting one too.
If you’ve got the kids in tow, package breaks are – for some – the obvious choice. It takes the hassle out of arranging your own flights and hotel and means you’ve got someone on-hand to help out should you need advice or guidance on local activities. Importantly, it also means you’ve got your hotel transfers included which – for those with children and a few too many suitcases – is a welcome addition.
Package holidays are also ideal for those who are keen to stick within a budget. When you travel with a tour operator such as Thomas Cook you know that your flights, accommodation and transfers are all included. In some cases, food and drinks within the hotel are included too – if you opt for all inclusive that is. If you choose to book your flights and hotel separately, you might end up saving money, but it’s down to you to get to and from the airport. The local public transport may work out, but if not, you’ll probably have to take a taxi which can be an eye-watering experience. Just be sure to agree the fare first!
So, the million dollar question: where will you go? If you’re taking the family, look for those hotels that have been certified by your tour operator or recommended on the likes of Trip Advisor. That way you’ll know that the facilities are suitable and the rooms are geared up for kids. Turkey is a firm favourite, and Dalaman holidays 2013 are selling fast. The major Greek islands such as Crete and Corfu are another excellent choice, as are the resorts of Portugal.
Start by scouring the tour operators’ websites and narrow down your options by price and personal preferences. You’ll soon get an idea of what’s within your price range, and then you can research each destination to make sure it ticks all the right boxes. Then it’s time to start counting down the days until you can board the plane and leave the world behind for a week or two of sheer bliss. Heaven!