If you’re thinking about taking your child on their first ever holiday, you might feel swamped with the sheer variety of holiday types on offer. By ‘off the beaten track’, we don’t mean Swiss Family Robinson – we’re talking about beating the crowds for a more relaxing and inspiring time away, rather than fighting over sun loungers around a crowded hotel pool.
Camping Made Child-friendly
If you live in a city, a great way to introduce your child to the natural world is to go camping. Hearing the word ‘camping’ may put you off, but it’s 2016 and camping has come a long way from its humble beginnings, so hear us out.
There’s such a thing called ‘glamping’ which involves a lot more luxury and comfort than DIY pitches – you can stay in bell tents, tipis or even yurts with a cosy wood burning stove and proper beds – ideal for slightly older kids.
You get the benefit of the great outdoors, and comfort for your child. What’s more, it’s a lot cheaper than a package holiday, and doesn’t come with the fuss of carrying and putting up the camping gear as everything is provided.
Can you think of anything better than having your own private apartment with a pool, and no rushing to the sunbeds in the morning? Welcome to the world of hiring a holiday villa.
Self-catering on holiday not only gives you more control, but also saves you money. Eat what you want and don’t be held to hotel rules or deal with other families competing for space in the pool.
Villas can mean more privacy and freedom to explore the local culture, helping your child enjoy life at a relaxed pace. Places like Tots To Travel are experts in this sort of thing with places tailored for families with young children.
If you’re not in it for the long-haul for any reason, having a weekend break is a great idea for those wanting a short holiday – especially with babies and younger kids. Weekend or short breaks are great to test the waters with a child that hasn’t been away before.
Keep it simple and not too far away. A little taste of luxury will satisfy your urge for a break, but won’t be nearly as expensive or require as much time off work as a full week.
Don’t feel obliged to go with cheap sunshine deals, there is far more to offer out there – do your research and you’re bound to find an alternative child-friendly break that’s perfect for your family.