Get your family holiday sorted for summer

A world of fresh inspiration for the family summer holiday, with something for everyone

Planning a family holiday well in advance gives everyone something to look forward to and can often mean bagging a better deal.

We’ve got heaps of holiday ideas, whether you’re looking for a high-octane break or something completely relaxing.

Active families

If you and your brood are bored by beach holidays, there are all kinds of activities you can get involved in, from the relatively sedate to the high-octane.

How about?

A bike and boat adventure in Croatia

Spend a week island-hopping on a motor yacht. Every day, you’ll have the choice of a cycling or hiking tour along the Dalmatian coastline, or just chilling-out on the yacht.
HF holidays

Water sports in Greece

If you want to keep a close eye on the budget and your family are watersport-mad, why not check out an all-inclusive break like Mark Warner’s Levante Beach Resort in Rhodes? There’s watersking, wakeboarding, windsurfing and kayaking on offer.
Mark Warner

An activity holiday in the Ardèche

The Ardèche is a rugged, peaceful region of France with much to offer the intrepid traveller. Evasion Travel can provide pretty much any activity you can think of, from horse-riding, to canyoning to treetops ropes courses.
Evasion Travel

A change from Spain

If you fancy a change as well as a rest, and are looking for a destination that’s a little bit different this year, we’ve got a few ideas to whet your appetite.

How about?


This perennially popular Greek hotspot with azure waters, white-washed buildings and cobbled streets is postcard pretty. Check out our mini travel guide here
Olympic Hoildays

The Black Sea coast, Bulgaria

Try the village charm and beachside convenience of Duni on the South Black Sea coast, or Golden Sands on the North Black Sea coast for water sports, sandy beaches and all-inclusive deals.
Bulgaria Travel


Sweden is wonderful in the summer – sparkling lakes, midnight sun, forested islands and stylish cities. Try Gotland whose beautiful sandy beaches have led some to describe it as Sweden’s ‘summer secret’.
Nordic Experience


Okay, so this one isn’t a change from Spain but it’s certainly not the ubiquitous fly and flop. The capital of Catalonia really is a must-see city and we’ve got plenty of tips to help you get the best of a visit here
Co-operative Travel

Surfing somewhere different

Devon and Cornwall are probably the UK’s favoured surfspots, but Wales is generally a much cheaper destination and the Gower Peninsula is deemed one of the finest stretches of coast for great waves. Northumberland and West Sussex are well worth investigating too.

How about?

Rhossili, South Wales

In one of the most beautiful coastal areas of Wales, Rhossili Bay and nearby Llangennith beach are great for surfers of all ages and stages.

Alnmouth Beach, Northumberland

This is thought to be one of the best beaches in Northumberland and the breaking waves can be spectacular. Surf lessons are available at Northside Surf School in Druridge Bay, Warkworth (15 miles south of Alnwick)

The Witterings, West Sussex

This warm, sheltered stretch of sand is known locally as ‘God’s pocket’.

It boasts gentle surf with the best waves in autumn and winter.

Got the destination sussed?

Don’t forget to sort out your travel insurance and check out our handy holiday budget planner.

Got any tips for a family holiday? Let us know in the comments section below.