Booking a last-minute family holiday can save you a fair amount of money. Whatever your budget and destination preference, there’s always a deal to be done.
Great family holidays should be filled with fun activities, good childcare, a child-friendly hotel, and a separate space for grown-ups to relax when they need to.
Here’s some last-minute getaway inspiration – you’ll find even more information at www.holidayhypermarket.co.uk
Beautiful beaches, traditional architecture, and sweeping olive-clad hills await visitors to Corfu. This island is known as the jewel of the Ionian Sea, with great (and often free) local transport for getting around, child-friendly beaches, and a warm sea temperature between July and October.
Glyfada and Pelekas beaches are perfect for sunbathing and building sandcastles, with great sunsets to admire as the evening draws in. Spend a day at Aqualand Water Park, which is known as one of the best water parks in Europe.
Kerkyra (Corfu Town) is perfect for a day trip to investigate the local monasteries and sample the local spirit of kumquat, made from the tiny orange fruit.
Find out more – www.visitgreece.gr
Ancient caves, castles, and ruins; child-friendly beaches, and a short flight time make Majorca an ever-popular destination.
There’s also a plethora of accommodation options in terms of style and affordability. Many resorts on the island are family-orientated, and temperatures climb to a sizzling 30ºC in July and August, so pack your suncream!
Depending on your budget, you can opt for a luxury hotel in the hills or private villa all to yourself, or an all-inclusive package where everything is just a stone’s throw away in a bustling resort.
Stroll around the ancient walled city of Palma and take in its Gothic cathedral before having a browse at the local markets.
Find out more – www.majorca-mallorca.co.uk
Dramatic coastlines, great sports and leisure opportunities, and a great foodie scene keep many Brits returning to this part of Portugal for family summer holidays.
Accommodation is affordable, and buses and trains are often cheap, making it easy to get around and explore.
There are plenty of beaches to choose from, with cheap shuttles to get you there – whether you’re after a secluded cove or a buzzing resort.
Food at resorts can sometimes be more pricey, but great if you want to be in the center of things and can afford to splash a little cash. If you’re on a budget, seek out local markets, street eats, and family-run restaurants for the best freshly caught seafood at great rates.
Find out more – at www.visitportugal.com
Kids of all ages love America’s Sunshine State. Some people think that their budget can only stretch to the Mediterranean, but Orlando is more affordable than you think.
Prices for eating out in restaurants, car hire and petrol remain reasonable. Temperatures can also hit 33ºC in July and August, with cooling intermittent showers.
If you can cope with the longer flight time, the destination is well worth the wait. It goes without saying that theme parks are by far the biggest attraction and are easily the go-to if you’ve got a large budget.
That said, the full Disney experience can put pressure on the wallet, especially regarding park eateries and souvenirs. If you’d rather put less strain on your finances, check out Legoland Florida Resort, Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa, or the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.
Find out more – www.visitflorida.com
Mexican culture is very family oriented, making the country ideal for traveling with children. Bear in mind that your children will need passports and in some cases a letter of permission when entering Mexico, so it is important that you check Mexico passport requirements before you travel.
Riviera Maya and Cancun are great resorts for families looking to soak up some sunshine, with child-friendly affordable beaches and hotels serving a range of buffet eats.
If you’ve got more cash to spend, take a private day trip to Mayan ruins like Chichen Itza or Coba before checking out the flamingo reserves at Celestun and Ria Lagartos.
Find out more – www.visitmexico.com/en
No matter what you’re looking for in a family holiday, there is a last-minute break to suit everyone and all budgets if you know where to look and plan your trip carefully!