Trying to keep both the adults and the kids happy while travelling might seem like an impossible task, but it doesn’t always have to be. From cool city breaks to more exotic locations here are some of the best child-friendly breaks to suit all budgets and tastes…
For lovers of city-breaks there are plenty of European hotspots that appeal to children as well as adults. Copenhagen is one capital that holds endless fascination for both fans of Hans Christian Andersen’s storytelling and of course, Lego. As the original home of those famous toy bricks, Copenhagen has arguably the best Legoland of them all, as well as the fairground at Tivoli Gardens and a colourful town backdrop to explore.
If you like to plan a few seasons ahead then consider every child’s favourite travel destination, Lapland. Here you can meet reindeer and even drive your very own team of huskies. Plus, if you’re timing your winter break with the Christmas holidays,a stop at Santa’s village in Finnish Lapland will be well worth the grins on their faces.
Great short-haul destinations for the family include the Balearic Islands, with Menorca and Majorca often praised for their safe resorts, facilities for children and family-friendly atmosphere. For only a slightly longer flight-time, consider the Greek Islands like Crete or Zante this year, which offer beautiful beaches and scenery often at bargain prices.
2013 is also a good time to take the family further afield, with new flights operating from the UK to exotic locations like Male’ in the Maldives and Sri Lanka. Though transport may cost more, once here you can eat fairly cheaply and there are plenty of outings for the kids to get excited about, including visiting wildlife sanctuaries, the Yala National Park and the stunning hillside tea plantations.