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Wednesday, July 12, 2017 - 16:00
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Family fun on the slopes.

There’s no getting round the fact that skiing isn’t a cheap family holiday – after travel, accommodation and food, you have to factor in additional costs that might include ski equipment hire, lift-passes, ski tuition, childcare and all kinds of fun mountain activities when you’re not on the slopes.

Self-catering can be a great option for those looking for a great-value ski holiday – as we explore in our feature on a February half-term family ski holiday on a budget. But there are other reasons beyond saving money for taking the self-catering route:

• Freedom. Unlike hotels, some ski apartments are flexible as to your length...

Friday, June 2, 2017 - 08:42
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Arc 1950 in the summer.

Here at Take the Family, we’re big fans of spending summer in the mountains – you can avoid the crowds (and high prices) of the beach resorts while taking advantage of a whole range of activities for all ages. 

Among the mountain resorts that have upped their game to appeal to summer holidaymakers is Arc 1950 in a stunning setting between the Vanoise National Park and Mont Blanc. We look at what there is to do in this welcoming, family-friendly, eco-friendly and fully pedestrianised destination in the French Alps.

1. Be sociable outdoors, whether at the open-air cinema or organised barbecues.

2. Have a round or two of golf on a course deemed one of the best in the French Alps.

3. Take advantage of free introductory sports sessions for all members of the...

Monday, February 20, 2017 - 15:57
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Snug at Thomson's Villa Carmen, Ibiza.

Everyone knows the benefits of renting a villa for a family holiday – more space, the flexibility of eating at home and the money that can save, and the way it allows you levels of luxury you might not otherwise not be able to stretch to, such as a private pool. We’ve looked at ways to ensure that your next villa holiday is your best ever.

• Don’t scrimp on space, especially if you're holidaying with friends, other families or grandparents. You’ll all appreciate time out from each other during your stay, and not everyone will appreciate your toddler’s early risings or your teens’ desire to hang out ’til the early hours.
Recommended villa:...

Thursday, January 19, 2017 - 10:04
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A Ski Famille chef.

Ski holidays can be daunting for first-timers and even for parents who have only skied pre-children – so much is unknown, and that includes what to expect when it comes to dining. We talked to Ben, a chef with our partner Ski Famille, about the importance of good nutrition for kids during ski holidays.

Hi Ben. How long have you worked for Ski Famille?

This is my second season. Last summer I worked as a sous chef in a gastro-pub in Buckinghamshire, before heading back out to the Alps in November.

What property are you based at?

I am based in Le Marjorie in Les Gets for the second year running. I loved it so much the first time that I requested...

Friday, December 30, 2016 - 12:13
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Waterpark at Planos Bay, Zante – ideal for school-aged kids.

Holidaying with children of different ages means taking different things into account. For instance, if you’re travelling with very young children, you’ll probably want one room or suite, so your baby or toddler is close to you. Conversely, if you’re holidaying with teens you’ll almost certainly opt for interconnecting rooms or perhaps an apartment. Similarly, you might want an accredited crèche with English-speaking nannies, or alternatively be assured there's a teen space where your older kids can get away from you! 

We’ve asked our friends at First Choice and Thomson for their recommendations for things to look out for with varying age groups.

With Babies

Opt for a Thomson resort that can provide equipment such as strollers and cots, and well as having the...

Friday, December 23, 2016 - 07:10
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Pauline on her holidays!

Take the Family is delighted to welcome Pauline Stoneman to the fold. Based in Kent, Pauline comes to us with four decades of experience in the travel industry as well as lots of globetrotting of her own under her belt – much of it in the company of her now grown-up son Jack. Having explored more than 30 countries, Pauline is especially knowledgeable about the Mediterranean, Indian Ocean and Caribbean.

Find out what Pauline can do for you and take the first step towards booking the holiday of your dreams by calling 020 3633 0653 or filling in an enquiry form. All bookings with TaketheFamily earn you a complimentary Boden voucher. 

Pauline’s favourite family holiday with Jack was Mauritius: “Jack who was 14 at the time had just gained his PADI licence, so we went to...

Friday, December 9, 2016 - 13:46
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Fun on the slopes in Alpe d'Huez.

If you’re keen to hit the ski slopes with the kids this year but are worried about how far your holiday budget will take you after the pound’s recent struggles, our friends at FairFX have come up with some fantastic recommendations for two-centre holidays where you can get more for your money while combining a great family ski holiday with a city break. They’ve included the combined cost of ski passes and equipment hire so you can judge which destinations will leave you enough money for a few extra treats.

Poland: Krakow and Zakopane

Eastern Europe offers fantastic alternative ski destinations where you’ll feel your money going much further than in...

Thursday, November 3, 2016 - 14:00
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A reindeer ride in Lapland.

It’s hard to resist the lure of a holiday to Lapland with the kids – as well as exciting activities including meeting Santa, reindeer sleigh-rides, downhill or cross-country skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, tobogganing, ice-fishing or snowshoeing, you might get to see the Northern Lights (perhaps on an evening safari) or spend a night in a thermal glass igloo. We asked our friends at Inghams for their tips on getting ready for one of their Arctic Circle snow adventures.

• Normal ski clothing is usually sufficient, but thermal suits and boots can also be hired locally (they’re included in the price of Inghams’ Santa breaks...

Monday, October 3, 2016 - 12:46
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Fun and games with Ski Famille.

Choosing a ski holiday with childcare can be a tricky business – unlike with many other kinds of family holiday, quality crèches and kids’ clubs in which your kids are happy are crucial to parents being able to make the most of their trip. We asked Sophie Jenkins of Ski Famille about what makes a great family ski holiday.

• Hi Sophie, how long have you worked for Ski Famille and what did you do before?
This will be my second season with Ski Famille. Before heading to the Alps, I worked in my local pre-school since leaving school.

• What attracted you to working for Ski Famille?
It appealed to me because of the fact that the childcare is in-house rather than in a large crèche. I thought I’d create better bonds with the children and the parents with...

Sunday, September 18, 2016 - 18:24
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Climbing wall onboard TUI Discovery 2.

If you’re new to family cruises, it can be difficult to know where to start when it comes to choosing the best trip for you and your kids. We’ve looked at what to consider when selecting a ship and and itinerary.

• Unless you’re travelling with pre-schoolers, your first job is to check cruise calendars to find out which itineraries set sail in the school holidays.

• Study itineraries to find out about land excursions that would be of interest to your children, whether it’s through Gibraltar’s war tunnels or to Barcelona’s Camp Nou stadium.

• Alternatively, if you’d prefer to explore on shore under your own steam, book a Thomson ship with mountain-bikes for...

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