There’s good reason why so many families book that longed-for holiday in the winter. Early bookings benefit from the first pickings of dates and accommodation, early-bird discounts and of course, it gives families something to look forward to during the wet, windy winter months.
The question on many people’s lips will be whether to take the 2019 family holiday at home or abroad. If the summer of 2019 promises to be anything like the summer of 2018, then expect a bumper proportion of bookings to be in the UK. If you’re wanting a holiday during high season, it’s sensible to reserve or book your preferred accommodation at your earliest opportunity as those peak dates will get snapped up quickly.
Yet many families can’t resist the lure of the foreign holiday. Over the last few years the appetite for foreign travel by UK residents has grown substantially. Between 1996 and 2016 there was a 68% rise in foreign trips, from 27 million to 45 million foreign holidays. There has been a decline in 2-week holidays and a rise of short breaks, partly due to the growth of budget airlines.
As for most popular holiday destinations, this hasn’t changed much. The demand for holidays to Spain has rocketed up 87% in 20 years, while France, although still a popular destination amongst Brits, has seen a fall of 9%. Italy, Portugal, USA, the Netherlands, Germany and Greece have all grown in popularity.
There may be exchange rate volatility because of Brexit on 29 March 2019, so if you are planning a holiday in an EU country you will need to decide when it will be a good time to buy currency and book that foreign trip.
If you’ve decided on a trip closer to home, you may wish to know what is available in the locality. We’ve taken a look at some of the best places to visit in the area.
Fly from Cornwall Airport Newquay
Start your summer holidays sooner this year and fly direct from Cornwall Airport Newquay with twice weekly flights to both Faro in Portugal and Alicante in Spain.
The Algarve region is the stunning Southern coastline of Portugal lined with beautiful golden sandy beaches, and whitewashed fishing towns. Whether you like to relax by the water, visit historical towns full of culture, or hit the surf, Faro is perfectly situated in the centre of the region providing easy access to some fantastic resorts.
The port city of Alicante is situated on the Costa Blanca and offers Spanish culture, history and beautiful Mediterranean beaches. With blue flag status and crystal clear waters Alicante’s beaches are perfect for relaxing in the sun or having a go at the various water sports on offer. Ryanair fly to Alicante on Wednesdays and Sundays, and Faro on Tuesdays and Saturdays from April to October. Book now at www.Ryanair.com.
Luxury award-winning accommodation in the heart of Devon
Looking for an unforgettable short break in Devon? Then why not stay at Crealy Adventure Park and Resort? On offer is award-winning accommodation including luxury lodges (complete with your very own hot tub), glamorous themed glamping tents, pre-pitched tourers and family friendly camping and caravanning pitches. Crealy Resort is the perfect destination for the ultimate Devon family holiday.
With Crealy Adventure Park right next door you won’t be lost for things to do either. Whilst the kids run around and play, you’ll be able to enjoy the luxury of a fantastic resort. With a whole host of events taking place in 2019 too, a short break at Crealy is not one to be missed. Visit www.crealy.co.uk or call 01395 233200 to book your stay today.
Holiday close to home at the Manor House and Ashbury Hotels
Situated on the foothills of Dartmoor National Park in Devon, the Manor House and Ashbury Hotels are the ideal destination for your next family holiday.
There’s always plenty for young guests to enjoy, including water slides, pedal karts and game zones featuring 10 pin bowling, Xbox consoles, pool tables and much more. Plus, there are several play areas including a 300m2 soft adventure Fun House.
Cornwall is such a great destination for the kids. Holidaying on or around Bodmin Moor is perfect for outdoor adventures, stream dipping and mini treks; whilst around every cove there will be a new beach to explore, giving access to thrilling surf, watersports, rockpools and bucket and spade moments.
Plan your trip away and find out what’s happening in Cornwall. As a heads-up, there’s Falmouth Week in early August, and agricultural shows in Launceston, Camborne, and of course the Royal Cornwall show near Wadebridge.
Plymouth, is not only rich in history, its attractions such as the National Marine Aquarium, Plymouth Pavilions and nearby Dartmoor Zoo are always appealing, whatever the weather!
South Devon covers an enormous area. Stretching from Plymouth to Seaton, incorporating 123 miles of coastline, an abundance of quirky towns, and a vast amount of Dartmoor, it offers all types and style of holiday for the family.
The contrast between north and south Devon is pretty broad, and many families gravitate to north Devon to enjoy the slightly slower pace of life, to explore the wilds of Exmoor and enjoy the fantastic surf opportunities.
Forthcoming family friendly events include the Clovelly Maritime Festival in July, the North Devon Show in August and the crazy South West Birdman in Ilfracombe in July. Book your trip to the area early to enjoy some of the best events in the county
Families paying a visit to Dorset can take a walk-through time along the Jurassic coast, go on a fossil hunt in Lyme Regis, discover the downlands with their panoramic views, and build sandcastles on Weymouth beach, which has just been named the UK’s favourite beach by travellers on Trip Advisor.
Major events coming up over the next few months include the Bournemouth Air Festival in August, the Purbeck Pirate Festival in July and the Poole Harbour Festival in July.
Some alternative options for an affordable family holiday...
Camping: Cheap, cheerful and communal; camping is a wonderful choice of holiday for cash-strapped families. Alternative forms of accommodation make the camping option more novel these days, with many campsites offering static caravans, tipi’s, yurts, log cabins and luxury chalets as an alternative to the traditional tent.
Farm holidays: Working farms provide a therapeutic escape from urban life, and within days the lure of the computer game and TV is replaced with wild adventures in the open countryside.
Adventure holidays: Adventure holidays provide families with the chance to explore new destinations and challenging activities in the safety of a group. This style of holiday is better suited to children who are aged 8 years +.
City Breaks: Most cities have plenty of children’s events and activities during the school holidays and at weekends, making these destinations perfect for mini breaks.