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Thursday, December 7, 2017 - 16:09
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Christmas time in Avoriaz at self-catering Pierre & Vacances ski apartments.

Budget-conscious families have always been aware of the appeal of self-catering holidays with kids. As well as saving you money on eating out and/or hotel services, they offer the following benefits:

• Facilitating holidays with grandparents or extended family, or with another family or families. Residences with private kitchens permit groups to take advantage of more spacious living areas and better facilities than you might could afford individually.

• Offering you the flexibility to organize meal times at your convenience. Kids get bored sitting in restaurants for three meals a day, and eating out is not only expensive but can be stressful with fussy children.

• Providing you with the ability to prepare snacks and picnics, and heat baby-bottles and baby food, even...

Tuesday, November 7, 2017 - 19:30
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Husky fun. Photography by Antti Pietikainen and Activities Abroad

There’s nothing quite like snow to get the kids excited, and though the white stuff is generally in fairly short supply in the UK, head to Lapland and you can count on metres of deep fluffy powder and enjoy all the wonderful activities that come with a truly wintry landscape. These are our favourites.

• Seeing the Northern Lights
Thousands of travellers head to Lapland each year with one thing in mind – witnessing the Northern Lights flickering across the sky. But viewing them from a city or town is virtually impossible due to light pollution, even if you are within the Aurora Zone. More remote destinations, such as Saariselkä Northern Lights Village, offer you and your family the chance to witness the lights from your bed in a glass-roofed...

Wednesday, October 4, 2017 - 15:19
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Al fresco dining area meets the kiddies splash park at TUI FAMILY LIFE Mallorca.

With school-holiday getaways commanding premium prices, those with pre-school children are well placed to take advantage of the lower prices that are available to those who can travel during older children’s term times.

But there are other reasons to travel outside the school holidays, namely the fact that the weather is mild (young children can find high temperatures and strong sunshine hard to cope with) and resorts, beaches and other attractions are less busy.

TUI’s Family Life resorts in the Mediterranean are the perfect example of a good place to take babies and toddlers during other children’s term times. The weather in this part of the world is ideally suited to those travelling with younger children from May onwards, which essentially means you can travel in May (...

Wednesday, October 4, 2017 - 14:25
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Child-friendly all-inclusive holidays in Spain with First Choice.

Many of us think we know Spain, but no matter how many times you’ve been, there’s also something new and surprising to discover, and some insider secrets to dig out. 

In this blog we’ve shone our spotlight on some of Spain’s most family-friendly islands and best all-inclusive resorts to find out what each offers to those travelling with kids of different ages.

Menorca

Good for: Gorgeous scenery free of high-rise developments, secluded coves, and gentle family activities including pony-trekking and cycling on traffic-free roads and tracks.
Recommended resort: Mestral and Llebeig...

Wednesday, July 12, 2017 - 15:00
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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 - 07:42
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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 - 14:57
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Snug at TUI'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:...

Friday, December 9, 2016 - 12:46
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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...

Friday, December 30, 2016 - 11:13
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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 TUI for their recommendations for things to look out for with varying age groups.

With Babies

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

Thursday, November 3, 2016 - 13:00
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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...

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Children in the vegetable garden at Westin Costa Navarino.
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