Our pre-lockdown hectic routines meant that the precious quality time we are craving right now would often get put on the ‘back-burner’. If these strange times should have taught us anything, it’s to prioritise time with family & friends and concentrate on experiences, making memories and laughing as much as possible!
Parties, BBQ’s, days out and picnics will be high on everyone’s agenda once this is all over and the already growing trend of multi-generational holidays will boom too!
So, what's a ‘multi-generational holiday’?
Holidaying with kids, parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins; you can even bring your pets along!
Multi-generational holidays help families re-connect, allow for family members and in-laws to get better acquainted, and means more eyes to keep watch on the kids! Plus, you get to spread the cost!
I’ve been thinking about my own family holidays and have shortlisted which holiday types, I feel worked best for us. After all, it can be a challenge to ensure that everyone in the family is catered for when you’re all in one place!
Our country is truly stunning and there are so many places worth a visit! You can sample the cheeses & cider of the West Country, take in the picturesque valleys and rivers of the Yorkshire Dales or explore what some of our fantastic cities have to offer!
Some of our favourites include York, Somerset, Cambridge, North Norfolk & Edinburgh...
Staying within the UK also means that it’s much easier to bring your pets along, and shorter stays from as little as two nights are possible. Plus, everyone can take their own car and arrange to arrive and depart when most suitable for them.
There are lots of self-catering accommodation options…
- Safari Tents
- Tree Houses
- Woodland Lodges with hot tubs & BBQ’s
- Country Cottages with games rooms and swimming pools
- Stately Homes for really large groups!
Many come with hot tubs, BBQ's, wood burners, games rooms, bars and even indoor swimming pools! There are also various options available with facilities for families with elderly or disabled family members.
This type of break is perfect for those wanting to explore the surrounding area. There’s no shortage of ideas for days out either; aquariums, safari parks, museums, beaches, landmarks, country walks, theme parks, shopping and heaps of history…the list is endless!
Perfect if you are travelling with smaller children although still plenty for the grandparents too - bingo!
Campsites such as those offered by the family favourite, Butlin’s and Haven really do offer everything. If you plan to spend more time within the park, this is the option for you. The onsite activities are in abundance…!
Kids Clubs (babies to teens)
Bingo & Quizzes
Swimming Pools with Slides
You generally get the choice of a static caravan (most parks offer caravans that sleep up to 8 people) or a chalet. If there are a lot of you, you can request to be placed next to each together.
Despite all of the activities at our fingertips, us adults love BBQ’s on the decking at the end of a busy day, with a glass of wine followed by a competitive but more often than not, hilarious game of family Rounders!
Perhaps you are ready to leave the UK behind for a while and are looking to jump on a plane for some sun, sea and sand…
In that case, when travelling in a big group, your own villa is a great option! Everyone is together but you all have your own space plus you get the pool all to yourself! No fighting over sunbeds here!
There are thousands of villas to choose from regardless of where in the world you want to go, the type of holiday you are looking for and what your budget is! You may want to be walking distance from the beach, a short drive away from the nearest city or completely in the sticks! Car hire is a popular option too particularly if you want to explore a little!
There really is something out there for everyone and making your family trip a reality doesn’t need to be stressful or expensive.
If you would like some inspiration, want to start planning your big family getaway for next year or have ideas of your own to share, I would love to hear from you!
There is one thing we are all missing right now, and it’s time with our loved ones
Posted: 26 April, 2020 | By Kelly Ball