Family holidays make for some of our fondest childhood memories. The excitement, the travelling, the afternoons spent on the beach or swimming in the sea and eating more ice creams than our body can handle. But, finding the perfect place to make these memories is the hardest part. It all depends on the type of family you are and what sort of holiday you are looking for.
The good news is 2024 has brought us some fabulous family holiday ideas. Here are 20 of them…
With nearly all of the hotels offering kids’ clubs to entertain children while their parents spend some time in the sun relaxing, Tenerife is the perfect family holiday destination. There are plenty of family outing activities to enjoy too – be sure to visit Siam Park for a full day of wave machines and water rides, head north and visit Parque Zoo or pick one of the many tasty Michelin star restaurants for dinner with a view.
This is a safe and friendly family location with a whole range of activities for the adventurous of spirit. Take the kids to see the Viking Ship Museum with an interactive village where they can try on chain mail, watch a blacksmith and even take a ride on a Viking ship. Lego lovers head to Billund and, of course, LEGOLAND. Not to mention the beautiful Copenhagen, home to the oldest amusement park in Europe.
Show the kids that there is life behind pizza and pasta, via a family holiday to Italy. Explore the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites – longer than any other country, with more than 50 landmarks. Italy is home to many beautiful, unspoilt beaches, family fun attractions and great food. Italians truly go out of their way to make sure children feel welcome.
Known for its endless sunshine and pristine beaches, Perth has become one of the coolest travel destinations in Australia. A region with many places to visit, activities and interests for children – whether it’s a wildlife park, a beach, nature reserve or, something educational and fun in one of the many museums and art centres. Perth has it all for an enjoyable holiday.
Did you know that you can now get a direct flight from London straight to Perth? This is the perfect flight to take as a family with older children because there is no stopping and changing flights. Although, for those of you travelling with young children it might be best to have stop-offs to make the journey that little bit easier.
Situated off the coast of Turkey, experience clean beaches, warm Mediterranean weather and a range of activities. One of the most popular spots in Cyprus is the Municipal Park, located in Limassol city centre. Equipped with playgrounds, picnic areas, a shady parkway and an open air theatre, it’s the perfect day out for everyone. There is also The Galaxy recreational centre, packed full of leisure activities for the whole family. Whilst you are here, try to squeeze in a history lesson by exploring the fabulous city of Paphos, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Gozo is a teenager’s perfect holiday. Only a quick flight from Malta and a 25 minute ferry ride, you will arrive at the stunning island of Gozo. Keep the family busy with horseback riding or shallow diving over the Karwela shipwreck. If you are feeling more adventurous, visit the area of Mdina, featured on the TV series Game of Thrones – you can book a Mdina full day tour with lunch included.
Aloha! With gorgeous beaches, tropical waves and child friendly activities, you will be surprised to find so many home comforts in Hawaii. Whether you are visiting with babies, tweens or teens you’ll find plenty to do, from donkey riding on Molokai to visiting the Pearl Harbour or riding the sugar cane train Maui. It is a family’s paradise.
Big and bold, Benidorm‘s lively reputation includes so many child friendly options, making it a top family beach break. Renowned for its array of sandy beaches, and home to some of the best water sports centres, rope bridges and waterslides, what is not to love about Benidorm?
Orlando in Florida is every child’s dream! From hopping aboard the Hogwarts Express at the Universal Orlando Resort, to meeting Minnie and Mickey at Walt Disney World Resort and catching a Broadway show – Orlando has something to excite every member of the family.
A captivating holiday destination, with a hot climate and a magical Atlantic coastline. With hotspots such as the Algarve, boasting some incredible hotel resorts, a collection of beaches and the Zoomarine theme park, it’s great for families. With 300 days of sunshine every year, it is no surprise this is popular location all year round.
Meet Koala Bears and spend days lazing on the beach in the sun, hiking through greenery in the Blue Mountains and biking through the desert. There is just so much to do, see and eat here, making it an ideal place for the whole family.
New York City, USA
The city that never sleeps and, according to the locals, there is no other place in the world like it. A fantastic venture for adults and kids of all ages, it is a truly magical holiday destination. With something going on at all times the city is completely committed to educating and engaging all generations.
Be sure to visit New York during November for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, the world’s largest parade. Fancy dress floats, oversized balloons, celebrity performances and march bands will fill the streets as you celebrate Thanksgiving.
Associated with ancient Inca history and the very famous Machu Picchu, Peru is an incredible place to travel to, with mountainous terrain perfect for climbing and exploring. It is a fantastic destination for families too because of how welcoming the people are, and is home to exciting cities like Lima and Arequipa.
Not forgetting the parents, Peru boasts some of the world’s top restaurants and the country’s Pisco region is famous for its wine and sours.
Looking for an outdoor adventure? Canada is the one for you. Visit Banff National Park and soak up the sun, walk on a glacier and check out some of the most breathtaking lakes you’ll ever see. Be sure to check out the Assiniboine Park Zoo and visit the rescued Polar bears. This adventurous location complies countryside beauty with a city lifestyle.
One of the most exotic locations for families. Whether you are looking for adventure activities, such as white water rafting and horseback riding or, for those who prefer relaxing on the beach, you can do it all, there is something for all ages. Here you have the chance to see some amazing animals such as wild sloths, tree frogs, toucans and monkeys. With two international airports, it’s easy to get around.
Although it is well known for its beer and famous Oktoberfest, Germany is family friendly too. It is home to Europe’s second most popular theme park, Europa Park, located in Rust. If you have kids who are obsessed with fairy tales this is a country to visit, with more than 25,000 castles and palaces – many of which are still well preserved.
Ireland has lots to offer from castle ruins to miles of beautiful landscapes. It’s filled with magic and mystery and is a well known film location, thanks to Star Wars. Being fairly small, it is easy to navigate around by car. With history around every corner and stories told frequently around pub fires, you will feel a warm welcome wherever you visit in Ireland.
Austria is a dream location for people of all ages, at any time of the year. In the winter head to Vienna and enjoy a hot chocolate mint schlag covered with cream or, send the kids to a week of ski school in the Alps. During the summer, enjoy outdoor cafes, pubs and playgrounds. Wander through the vineyards and explore the steep history through museums and art galleries.
The Brits’ love of all things French is an ever growing relationship. From camping sites to all inclusive resorts and luxury homes, there is so much choice for families looking for holiday plans. With some great attractions, such as Disneyland Paris, watersports, tropical beaches and so much more, you’d be silly to miss this one out.
Turkey is a great choice for families, with lots of beautiful beaches and a wide array of watersports on offer. Many resorts offer children’s facilities, including kids clubs and activities for the teens, giving parents peace of mind and time to relax. There are some spectacular tourist attractions to check out as well, including ancient ruins, mini golf and waterparks.