Going on a family vacation can be the most fun time of the year, but it can also be problematic when picking a destination, as you’re looking for something that will both satisfy your expectations and keep kids happy and active. There is no reason everyone in the family shouldn’t be able to get almost all they want out of their holiday travel, and with that in mind, here are seven great and affordable destinations for cheap holidays that will still go a long way to assuring everyone enjoys this year’s break.
Turkey is an eclectic mix of ancient sites, vibrant cities, and stunning coastline, making it a perfect destination for the explorers, the sun-worshippers, the foodies and more. From the bustling streets of Istanbul with its iconic sites like the Hagia Sophia and fun dining options that include lahmacun (a Turkish pizza—the kids will love it), to the pristine beaches and waters of Antalya and the Turquoise Coast, there is certainly something for everyone in Turkey.
Similar to Turkey, Greece is home to a great mix of naturally stunning scenery and important historical sites. Whether you’re walking the streets of the Plaka towards the famed Acropolis, or are diving from a boat off the coast of Santorini, there is plenty of surf, sand, and sun to enjoy in Greece. Rhodes, with its preserved medieval Old Town is an especially great place to head with kids, who will love wandering its cobbled streets and alleys; the region also includes a water park.
The coastal regions of Spain are home to some of Europe’s best beaches, and the mix of relaxed atmosphere and fun pursuits—from watersports to trekking and cycling—make for a perfect opportunity for family fun. The Costa Brava and the Costa del Sol are especially good regions to head with kids. Try and visit one of the major cities such as Barcelona or Madrid, which are filled with kid-friendly activities, like the Gaudi Park and the Parque del Buen Retiro.
Portugal is home to a number of cities and beach destinations that are ideal for families. Strolling the ghostly and atmospheric streets of Lisbon is sure to be exciting, and there are few places that provide as stunning vistas and picturesque views as the northern city of Porto. For traditional beach fun and relaxation on a set of world-class beaches, you can head south to Algarve and the Gulf of Cadiz, or west to the Atlantic.
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Mexico is one of North America’s top holiday destinations, and its many resorts feature all the luxurious amenities and family activities—kids water-parks and pools, theme parks etc.—you can ask for. Mexico is also home to the ancient relics of the Mayan civilization, and a trip here is the perfect opportunity for teaching your kids about the world’s many different cultures.
Kids will love Italy, if for no other reason than it is the home of the majority of kids’ favourite foods; pasta and pizza. But as you well know, there is a lot more on offer in this country, from the iconic historical sites of Rome, Venice and Florence, to the stunning beaches of the Amalfi Coast.
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Croatia has a sense of the undiscovered to it, but it also has all the amenities and accommodations that a family needs. Kids will particularly enjoy exploring the medieval towns and cities like Dubrovnik. However, consider island hopping off the coast, to experience the unique feel of some of the country’s many islets and islands—a boat trip is bound to entertain the whole family.
Wherever you head for your family vacation, be sure to consider your budget, and remember that planning in advance can be an important tool to both saving money and making sure the trip goes smoothly.