Category: Holidays

Can city breaks abroad be suitable for a holiday with children?

If you have always fancied scouring the streets of Bangkok or shopping till you drop in New York, you may feel that you cannot do this with your children. Often people worry about taking children to a big city abroad but if planned correctly it can be perfectly safe and enjoyable for everyone. If you have children then you may not want to stay in hostels or just find a place to stay on the day, so you will need to do plenty of research and make plans in advance. You should consider where you want to visit and where is nice to stay that is in close proximity to cut down on walking time.

With regards to food, most popular tourist destination will server English food or food that you will be used to and you are more likely to find this in the city’s than in the quieter areas. The street food is often amazing, but be careful if allowing your children to try some as their stomachs may be more sensitive than yours and it may make them feel a little ill.





Looking to travel around with your family?

If you have always fancied travelling around from place to place but fear that now you have kids, this is not possible, then think again. Many families are now choosing to go travelling together and having a lot of fun in the process. Obviously if you have small children, then you may have to do a little more planning and often the first few trips are quite stressful, but once you get to know what to expect and what you need to bring, family travel can be amazing.

You need to think about where you are going to stay. You may still chose to stay in a hotel to give you that little bit of down time and comforts that you may be missing or you may chose to get back to nature a bit. Many families who travel choose to stay in a tent, pitching it up and taking it down each day to allow them complete freedom of where and when they go. It is also one of the cheapest ways to travel around although you may have to think about security and safety with children, especially if you are going to be staying in a place you know little about.

You could even opt to stay in your car, especially if you have one that the seats fold down in to turn in to a bed. This again will give you complete freedom in your travel but may not offer the comfiest night’s sleep.



Planning your 2018 holiday

With 2017 fast coming to an end, many people are already considering or even booking their holiday for 2018. There are some great deals to be had by booking your holiday in advance and it will also give you chance to spread the cost a little.

Every year new places start to become popular amongst tourists and other places become less popular. When deciding on where to go on holiday you need to consider who is going with you. If it is just you and a friend and you are happy to stop in cheap hotels or hostels then you may not need to worry too much about booking in advance, but if you are a family with young children then you will want to know what the establishment is like and that it is friendly and safe before committing to staying there.

If you are booking a winter holiday for 2018 then January may be the time to hit the sales and pick up those holiday essentials you need, especially if you are planning on going skiing as this is often when many ski suites are reduced. If you are not planning on going until the summer then you have a little more time to plan.

Going on holiday to an attraction or theme park

If you are planning a trip to a theme park or amusement park then you may want to consider spending the night there too. Lots of attractions and theme parks offer overnight accommodation such as Alton Towers or Disney Land Paris. It is fantastic if you are able to stay over, as it means you do not have to worry about contending with traffic on the exit or the drive home and often many places offer a free return or cheaper 2 day pass allowing you to be able to break your visit up over the duration rather than having to try and fit it all in on one day. Some theme parks are simply too big to go round all in one day.

Unfortunately the cost of these types of resorts is often quite high, even after you take in to account the discount you may be offered on the park entry. Some people decide to do this as a main holiday of for a special occasion such as a birthday or something instead of just a normal day out.

Ideally you want to stay as close to the park as possible, but somewhere just outside to allow you to get a room at a lower price. If you can find a hotel or B and B then try to book as far in advance as possible to secure you the best deal. Some will be able to advise you of other places to go within the area should you want to spend your second day doing something else.


City breaks for adventure

When we think of an adventure holiday, our first thought might be to head for the great outdoors however, many cities in the UK have attractions that offer adventurous activities that all the family from the youngest to the oldest can get involved in. One such place is The Royal Armouries in Leeds.

The Armouries is a national museum of arms and armour and at first you may wonder whether the experience will be entertaining, but the variety and time span of the exhibits on show make this a surprisingly enjoyable visit.

Where the Armouries really comes into its own is the hands-on approach they have to many of the artefacts and the entertaining presentations they deliver, sword fighting being one of them.

For the youngest members of the family there is an area called the Jester’s Yard with soft play climbing blocks and the opportunity to dress up as a prince or princess.

Older children and adults can try their hand at firing a crossbow in the specially adapted firing range.

For many visitors, the most amazing exhibit is in the Oriental Gallery where the full-size elephant armour is displayed.

You can be certain that whether young or old the Royal Armouries will give you an adventurous day out in Leeds.