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Amazing Locations for a Big Family Holiday

What could be more fun than getting the whole clan together for an exciting family holiday? It is a great way to relax and unwind together, rehash old memories and create new ones. There are many amazing locations for a big holiday and you can all share one large property or rent several smaller places that are close together.

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Scotland

You can easily rent a castle in Scotland that will sleep more than 20 people. You can live like royalty during your vacation and try things that the kings used to do like archery and falconry, or you can simply wander through your estate. The castles are equipped with all of the modern amenities and you can get them with staff, or you can hire caterers. Some of the castles even have small golf courses on the grounds so you can practice your swing in your own backyard.

The Algarve

The family-friendly Algarve in Portugal is a fascinating place and there are plenty of exciting activities for families to do together. Zoomarine is an exciting place for people of all ages. It has rides, pools, slides and shows to keep everyone happy. There is a dolphin interaction programme, and you can see other wildlife presentations as well. Hit the beautiful beaches for some swimming and a lovely picnic.  The Fiesa Sand Sculpture Festival takes place annually from May to October and the impressive sculptures will inspire everyone. Take a boat trip and explore the exciting coast that is filled with grottoes and caves.

 

Crete

Crete is the largest island in Greece and it is a fabulous place to rent a villa with your own private pool. You can head to the beach during the day for some snorkelling or simply sit in the sun and people watch. Crete’s wine is world famous and there are more than two dozen wineries that you can visit. Be sure to visit the Heraklion Archaeological Museum and see the jewellery, sarcophagi, pottery, and many other treasures that this museum has to offer.

Yorkshire

Yorkshire, England is a fabulous place for a family adventure. Head to the Yorkshire Dales National Park where you can wander through pleasant green meadows and quaint villages. Head to the Studley Royal estate and visit the stunning water gardens and the beautiful ruins of the Fountains Abbey. There are plenty of walking trails and it is a great place to get some fresh air. There is a whole variety of group accomodation, during the summer you could camp, or stay in a bunkhouse barn. If you are looking for something a little more luxurious you could stay in a large holiday home.  There is also plenty to do on a rainy day; the National Children’s Museum, Eureka, is always a family favourite.

France

France is a great country for a family holiday and there are so many things that you can do. You can try cycling tours in Brittany, Normandy, Chablis, Burgundy, Champagne & Alsace, Dordogne, Bordeaux, French Pyrenees, Provence, Loire Valley, or the French Riviera. Cycling is a great way for the family to bond and creates plenty of exciting stories to rehash. You could take a Seine River Cruise and relax in style on a boat. Or you could stay in Paris and do daytrips like Disney World, Versailles, or the magical island village of Mont St-Michel.

Preparation Tips For Your Upcoming Travel

The days before you go for vacations or traveling are usually frantic as you check and double check everything that you need to take with you. The fear of forgetting something important can be overwhelming and checking your passport and tickets at least 18 times is standard practice and that is before you consider clothes, gadgets or anything else. If you are preparing for a journey then the best thing you can do is plan well ahead of time and leave nothing to chance so here are some tips to help you ensure that you’re fully ready for your trip.

Check Before Packing

The best way to ensure that you have everything that you will need is to lay all of your luggage out on the floor before placing it in your suitcase, put clothing into piles of shorts, t-shirts, shirts, shoes, underwear etc. Do the same with your essentials such as passports, boarding passes, plane tickets and currency. The last thing that you need is to unpack your bag once it’s packed to look for something that you fear you’ve forgotten. Lay it all out, check each part and then pack your suitcase with confidence.

Entertainment

Preparing entertainment for your journey is essential, there is going to be a lot of waiting time both in the airport, on the plane or on busses. Download movies, TV shows or E-books ahead of time for later on and ensure you have all necessary chargers. You should also try to pre-download any games that you may want to play but if you forget this I found a brilliant website called Poki that offers free online games. I’m speaking from experience here as the last time I traveled I had no movies or anything on my laptop but a quick search online and I fell on this treasure trove of games of all kinds, strategy, arcade, adventure and even sports. I spent all of my time at JFK playing a ridiculously addictive game called Super Soccer Noggins, a one on one football game where you simply need to score against your opponent using your head and feet. In all honesty Poki saved my life that day because I planned terribly for my wait time.

Food and Snacks

Buying food at the airport can be a costly affair, they know that they have you trapped and unfortunately often charge high prices for snacks and meals. You know very well that you will be spending a lot of money on your vacations but the last thing that you need is to be blowing unnecessary money at the airport on a bag of chips. My advice would be to fill a separate bag with snacks such as fruit, chips and maybe even a sandwich for your journey and your wait time, a little preparation beforehand could save you quite a bit of money in the airport, money that you can then spend on something for more interesting during your vacations.