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Top 3 tips for going on holiday with children

Family holidays are amazing and, in terms of the chance they give you to spend some quality time together, utterly invaluable. But, going away with the kids (no matter what their age) isn’t always easy, so I’ve put together a few basic tips to help make sure your trip goes smoothly.

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Now, there are about a million tips I could give on planning family holidays – like packing lots of activities to keep the kids occupied in the car/on the plane – but telling you every single one would take all day. So, the below are what I think are the most basic elements you should start with – use these as your foundation and you won’t go too far wrong.

1) Choose a family-friendly hotel

Choosing a family-friendly hotel is the most crucial step. Admittedly, it’s probably also rather obvious, but often it’s the simplest things that make the biggest difference, so take your time over choosing where to go.

I’ll give you a few examples of decent hotels below, but for now let’s talk about some of the key factors. For me, one of the most crucial is remembering that the holiday should please the whole family – that means you too.

So, go ahead and pick somewhere luxurious where you can really relax – just make sure it’s child-friendly too. Look for kids’ clubs, children’s swimming pools, early meal sittings (if you have toddlers) and kids’ menus. Also, see what activities the resort offers – complimentary water sports, tennis and suchlike can provide great family fun.

2) Factor extra time into your journey

Travelling with kids is never going to be as simple as a getaway for two. If you have toddlers, for example, your journey will likely be peppered with stops for them to look around and gaze at whatever interests them, as well as the occasional tantrum.

The difficulty of carrying a family-load of luggage, kids’ getting distracted by airport shops and frequent toilet stops are all things that will add up to make your journey time much longer than you’d expect. Instead of battling this and trying to rush the kids (which will only make them grumpier), factor plenty of extra time into your journey.

3) Go for simplicity

It’s the simple things in life that are often the best, and this certainly rings true where holidays are concerned. Nothing makes tempers fray more quickly than long, difficult journeys, so make simplicity your friend when planning your holiday.

Short-haul destinations, hotels that are easy to reach from the airport and resorts close to the attractions that most interest you will all help make your break as relaxing as you want it to be.

Examples of good family-friendly hotels

Atlantis, the Palm

On the face of it, Dubai may seem more suitable for a sophisticated sojourn for two than a family holiday – but hotels like Atlantis, the Palm mean that’s not the case. After all, it’s not many resorts that boast their own water park. Aquaventure is the biggest in the region, and offers free entry to hotel guests. Plus, there are kids’ clubs, interconnecting rooms and babysitting – all of which are good news for children – and plenty of ways for mum and dad to relax, like indulgent treatments at the ShuiQui Spa.

Gran Hotel Bahia del Duque

Thanks to attractions like Siam Park and Loro Parque, as well as gorgeous beaches, Tenerife is a natural choice for family holidays. The Gran Hotel Bahia del Duque on the scenic Costa Adeje is a fantastic place to stay. Like Atlantis, the Palm, it offers essentials like interconnecting rooms and kids’ clubs, while there’s also a children’s pool, playground and teen activities.

 

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Holidaying In Algarve

Portugal remains one of the world’s hottest vacation destinations, with perhaps the most prestigious of them all in this beautiful country being the Algarve.  Boasting beautiful beaches, fantastic temperatures, relaxing resorts and picturesque towns and ocean-front vistas, Algarve is a traveler’s one-stop shop for partying and paradise.

There’s more to do in Algarve than simply laze around on one of its several golden-sanded beaches, however.  If you’re planning on hitting up Algarve for your next holiday and are looking for things to do, then here are the places to go.

Lagos

Lagos is the place to be if you seek a thriving nightlife with fine cuisine and interesting locals.  As many people say, Lagos is the “carnival queen” of the Algarve region and has something to offer anyone from its characteristic cobbled streets.

Monchique

This quaint town is for those who are seeking a bit of a quieter holiday that has less of a partying atmosphere.  Featuring fine views of a steep and wooded countryside, Monchique is a top choice for travelers who seek relaxation and who want to avoid the hustle and bustle of towns like Lagos.

Tavira

This ancient city that’s set along a peaceful river is another hot destination for anyone who’s seeking a relaxing and laid-back vacation.  This area is perhaps amongst the oldest in all of Portugal, with its history dating all the back to the Roman times.

Faro

If you’re going for the “real” Portuguese experience, then Faro is the place to go.  Featured in the area is a medieval quarter that treats visitors to a taste of what ancient Portugal was like several centuries ago.

But if checking out Portugal’s history isn’t you thing, one thing about Faro’s for sure: golfing is the most popular sport in this town.  You can find a ton of different courses crafted by some of the world’s most popular golfers, such as:

  • Monte Rei (Jack Nicklaus)
  • Oceanico Faldo (Nick Faldo)
  • Oceanico Victoria (Arnold Palmer)
  • Oceanico Pinha and Oceanico Old Course (Frank Pennink)
  • Vila Sol (Donald Steel)
  • Vale de Lobo Ocean & Royal (Henry Cotton)

Sagres And Carrapateira

Should water sports and surfing be your thing, then Sagres or Carrapateira are definitely the places to go.  Located out on the west coast of Portugal, these fun-loving towns are charming and filled with laid-back locals who are sure to show you a good time.

Portimao

Located on the Western seaboard of Portugal, Portimao is yet another golfer’s dream get away located in Portugal.  Not only will you be able to find beautiful beaches resting along the banks of the Arade river, but you’ll be able to golf on a number of some of the world’s most popular golf courses, such as:

  • Morgado (European Golf Design)
  • Onyria Palmares (Frank Pennick & Trent Jones, Jr.)
  • Penina (Henry Cotton)
  • Pestana/Gramacho (Ronald Fream)
  • Pestana/Vale de Pinta (Ronald Fream)

You can read the reviews and ratings of the Algarve golf courses here. If you’re interested in going to Algarve solely for the golf, then we live in a world of specialist golf holidaymakers, like Golf Kings – so have a look at the site if your idea of a holiday to Algarve is just golf, golf and more golf.

Algarve is stunning and is more than deserving of the attention it has had in recent years. Whatever you do once you’re there, I’m sure you’ll have a wonderful time. Happy travels.

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The Best Cabo Holiday

Cabo 2For years, Cabo San Lucas has been one of the top tourism destinations for Americans choosing to holiday in Mexico. Over time, more and more people have chosen to move there thanks to the relatively low cost and high standard of living, or retire there in style in their old age. Whether you’re looking for a nightlife center full of parties and clubs or a relaxed atmosphere of spas and golf courses, Cabo has you covered. Of course, everyone can appreciate the beach and the tropical climate.

Cabo 1Those beaches are what first drew visitors to the very southern tip of the Baja peninsula in the first place. Featuring white sand, great waves for surfing, and an abundance of marine life, they make a perfect getaway. Beyond the usual sunbathing and swimming, the area has fantastic opportunities for snorkeling, diving, and extreme watersports. Boat trips often take in El Arco de Cabo San Lucas (commonly just referred to as “the Arch”), a picturesque geological formation that is a symbol of the region. Back on land, different beaches develop niches, with more retirees congregating on some to relax, and more “spring break” types flocking to others for the hottest parties. Wherever you find yourself along this beautiful stretch of coastline, though, you’ll definitely remember why you came.

Between October and March, large pods of grey whales migrate to and beyond Cabo, making whale-watching a very popular pastime. Sometimes these groups are visible on the horizon line, and sometimes they make themselves known in a big way when they surface next to boat tours or surfers just trying to catch some breaks. Thousands pass through the area during these months, and make for a magnificent encounter with nature. Whale watching tours generally last three or four hours.

Cabo 3Leisure takes many forms here on land. Cabo San Lucas and the surrounding area is world-famous for its premiere golf courses. It is one of the top destinations worldwide for its excellent terrain and fantastic views, as many of the courses run parallel to the Sea of Cortez. Many beachfront Cabo villas are located adjacent to the best of them. This is definitely world-class turf for staying and improving your swing. If golf is a little slow for your tastes, you might appreciate the proliferation of ATV tours, which combine exhilarating rides through bumpy terrain with an appreciation for the natural vistas, wildlife, and sense of adventure that comes with exploring the wild. This desert landscape is perfect for vehicles ranging from classic ATVs to jeeps to dune buggies, and lessons and rentals are widely available for individuals of all skill levels.

Whatever you’re into, Cabo is unlikely to disappoint. Nature, nightlife, extreme sports, relaxed beaches, golfing, food, and more wait for visitors. Those that come are likely to return for future holidays, or just decide to stay forever. It’s easy to see why this area is so popular, and we hope you enjoy it as much as we have.

 

 

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