I miss holidays.
I’m an ‘at least one holiday a year’ sort of girl. But last year, due to the minor inconvenience of pregnancy and moving halfway up the country, I missed my beloved summer break.
I know, first world problems and all that.
However, I’m firmly of the belief that a holiday – no matter whether it’s at home or abroad – is fairly essential to most people’s mental well-being. A break away from the ‘norm’ and monotony of daily life is often all you need to come back supercharged and ready to take on the world.
So this year, I decided that the husband, the baby and I were going to take a little break. The daily grind is just too much for my 7 month old to handle and she’s ready for some ‘me time’ away.
But where do we go?
I’ve never taken a ‘family friendly’ holiday before. In fact, we used to spend most of our time specifically hunting for destinations that forbade any mention of ‘children’. Yep, we were those types of miserable humans.
So I recently took to the streets (or internet) to compile a list of the top 5 destinations that I want to visit in the next 5 years with my family.
I’m sure you’ll agree, these all sound like little slices of sun-soaked heaven:
1. The Algarve, Portugal
I’ve been to The Algarve in Portugal before, sans enfants, and it was simply stunning. With everything from beaches to waterparks and quiet little villages to bustling shopping towns, there’s certainly something to cater for everyone. With so many family orientated areas to choose from, I’m going to have great fun planning a holiday here.
2. Menorca, Spain
With a rich heritage, stunning natural wildlife and plenty of amazing beaches, Menorca has to be on the list. A quick Google confirms that it has an enormous range of (gulp) family-friendly hotels and resorts, making it the perfect summer destination for my little family.
3. Playa Blanca, Lanzarote
Fairly quiet and away from the hustle, bustle and crazy nightlife of some of the more popular resorts in Lanzarote, Playa Blanca is perfect for a cheeky family getaway. In fact, it’s so perfect that this is actually the first destination that I’m going to. This November, we’ll be jetting off to enjoy a week in a family friendly villa in Lanzarote with my almost one year old. I would be lying if I said I wasn’t nervous, but the excitement for a trip abroad far outweighs the worry of travelling with a baby. It’ll hopefully be sun, sea and sangria all the way!
4. Crete, Greece
OK, children may not fully appreciate the culture, but visiting the ancient sites of Crete will no doubt ignite their imaginations. Sharing the myths and legends of Ancient Greece with excited minds is a completely different take on the family holiday – and something I don’t want to miss when Moo is a little older! Forget beaches and get stuck into a rich and exciting historical adventure.
5. Center Parcs, UK
Sometimes, it’s easy to overlook staying put in the UK as a holiday option. Well, it is for me anyway. Having been way too spoiled growing up with my regular family trips away, I really struggled with the idea of holidaying at home. However, I’ve grown up, birthed a human, and realised that anything to make life a little simpler is definitely worth it. Remove the hassle of flying, small suitcases and foreign languages, and you may very well be laughing. So I would love to visit a Center Parcs in the next few years after hearing rave reviews. Even if the weather is a bit pants, with all the activities that you can get stuck into, it doesn’t sound like it makes much of a difference! Which in my book, is a holiday win.
So there you have it, my top 5 ultimate family bucket list holiday destinations. And I can’t wait to try each and every one!
I’ll let you know how we get on with Lanzarote of course, and then we can go from there. But let’s be honest, I think it’s going to be absolutely amazing!
Let me know if you have any destinations that I MUST add to my list!
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