Family holidays are an extra memorable experience. Sharing all the sights and sounds with your loved ones will make it much more enjoyable. The August bank holiday is a popular choice for enjoying a summer getaway. It’s an especially great time to enjoy a getaway with your family.
It can be tricky to find a destination that everyone can enjoy. Not to worry, though, as we’ve come up with some suggestions and tips that might help.
5 destination ideas
For a twist on the classic family seaside holiday, consider heading to the boot of Italy. In July and August, the area is bursting with festivals, allowing you to dive into Italian culture, which focuses on spending time as a family.
Younger kids will love the local Trulli houses, which look like they’ve come out of a fairytale. The area has some great beaches and offers lots of water sports and diving to enjoy.
This North-West corner of France is close to the UK and has cultural ties to Cornwall and Dorset. Much like those places, there are plentiful choices for coastal walks that the whole family can enjoy. Fresh seafood and beaches galore are also on offer.
If you’re travelling with children who love sea creatures, pay a visit to the Grand Aquarium of Saint-Malo, home to over 10,000 fish and other marine wildlife. Children under 4 get free admission to the aquarium, so the undersea expedition needn’t break the bank.
Malta is an excellent place for a family holiday, offering many child-friendly hotels. You can explore the historical sights and the natural beauty of nearby Gozo and even visit Popeye village.
Originally built as a film set, this village remains open to visitors today and makes for a fantastic day out, including a nine-hole mini-golf course.
The Danish capital is a good choice for thrill-seekers—home to two theme parks, including Bakken, the world’s oldest amusement park. The city is beautiful, with bright, multicoloured buildings along the waterfront. It’s also home to the Little Mermaid herself.
The August weather is not as warm as some other destinations on our list, but it still regularly hits the mid-20s in August. So if you don’t like it too hot, this might be a great choice.
This compact mediaeval town has a lot to offer for a city break. Most things are close together, making it great for little legs to explore. It also boasts excellent public transport, making it easier to get around. With a toy museum and Playmobil park among the many attractions, there’s plenty to keep the grandchildren interested.
There’s also plenty for adults to enjoy, with a castle to explore and lots of good food. The local Bratwurst is highly recommended, especially if ordered “Drei im Weggla” or “Three in a bun.”
5 tips for planning your family holiday.
Get everyone involved in planning
Don’t put all the pressure on yourself to plan the perfect family holiday. Get everyone involved. Discuss what everyone would like to do and see before you go. Children have got fantastic technology and internet knowledge from a young age, which you can use if you’re not tech-savvy. Ask them to look things up or do research for you. They’ll feel like they’re helping out, and you’ll get the answers you wanted much faster.
Include some rest time
While trying to fill every minute with adventure and excitement can be tempting, don’t. Younger grandchildren may seem full of energy, but they’ll soon get cranky if they’re over tired. Holidays can be tiring for them and you as well. So plan on including some rest time on the trip. While the younger children nap, you can rest, and teenage grandchildren can read or relax and recharge their batteries. When everyone is well-rested, you can continue your adventures.
Try to reduce travel times
This tip is handy for travelling with young children or planning a shorter trip. You don’t have to travel thousands of miles to experience something new and exciting. Kids can get bored quickly, and a long flight or many transfers can make even the best of us miserable. So remember to consider this when you’re picking a destination.
You don’t have to spend every moment together
Just because it’s a family holiday, that doesn’t mean that you have to spend every waking moment together. If you want to go and explore the town on your own for a few hours, do it. Everyone can benefit from a bit of time apart, especially if they have differing interests. Try and ensure you spend meal times as a family, however.
Include some familiar foods
While many of us love to try new food and drinks while we’re abroad, not everyone does. That’s especially true of children and teenagers. They like routine and things they know. By all means, encourage them to try new things, but you should also plan to include some meals and snacks they know and love. Be it a favourite takeaway or a home-cooked meal if you’re staying in self-catering accommodation, familiar food is a great way to put them at ease and make them feel at home.
Well, that’s our advice for the August Bank Holiday. There’s still time to arrange a great family getaway.
Written by Russell Wallace, Content Creator at AllClear
Edited by Letitia Smith, M.Sc. Content Manager at AllClear