Take the stress out of planning that family holiday and check out my guide for some of the best holiday destinations in the world for families. Whether you want to bring everyone far afield or want to just have a relaxing staycation, these are some top tips for making memories!

It can be so much tougher trying to plan a holiday with your family. There are so many things to consider and holidays with kids could be so stressful! However, sometimes you’re just dying for a holiday and you just need to relax. Well with my guide on some of the best family holiday destinations in the world you avoid all the hassle and just focus on the relaxation. You don’t have to have a big budget for some of these holiday destinations. You just need to want to relax and have a fun time with the whole family to really enjoy all of these top spots!

Best Family Holidays

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Luxury Family Holidays

Every now and again you really want to go all out. When you have kids there comes a time when you really want to make some serious memories. These holiday destinations are some of the best that your money can buy. You explore places and experience things that your entire family will remember for the rest of their lives. These are some of the best family holiday destinations that you book. There are some interesting choices here but if you have a read of my guides to them you will start to really get excited!

Florida

If you’re looking for something to keep everyone happy, including yourself, then Orlando is just the ticket. While the idea of transatlantic flights with kids might seem daunting for some it can be well worth it in the end. There are some serious bargains to be had on hotels and many of the hotels that are there offer great connections to many of the amazing theme parks in the area. You will be able to plan separate days for separate theme parks and really focus on the kids having fun and you relaxing in the sun.

The hardest part about visiting Orlando is choosing which theme park to go to first. Between Disneyland, Universal and Seaworld there is no way that your kids won’t be over the moon to hear that they are going. Not to mention the fact that you have the choice from some of the best-shopping outlets that you can find, it’s a no brainer really! Plus Florida is legendary for its golfing so even himself can be kept entertained ;)

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Florida is a top Destination!

Reykjavik

Okay, so I know what you’re thinking, Iceland? Really?! Bear with me though Iceland is an amazing place and it really can be the holiday destination of a lifetime. Iceland is known as the land of fire and ice and its dramatic landscapes can be both really interesting as well as absolutely stunning! This kind of a holiday is something that your family will remember forever.

It can also be educational! As you explore the famed Golden Circle you will encounter various different geographic features it can prove fascinating for not only the kids but you as well. There are plenty of cheap flights that are now leaving from Belfast and the journey itself really isn’t that long. It is a destination that can be equal parts interesting and equal parts relaxing. The long sweeping beauty of this amazing country will leave you relaxed and recharged.

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The Famous Northern Lights

Canada

This destination is for families who aren’t afraid to have a bit of an adventure! There are plenty of trips that you can take where you explore the absolutely stunning landscapes as you travel from city to city. Many of the cities are very modern and offer a lot of very good value hotels and flights aren’t too bad either. You can really relax in the backdrop of sweeping mountains, luscious green forests and plenty of amazing wildlife.

You are your family can spend time trying to spot animals like grizzly bears, moose, and bald eagles. As you can imagine there are plenty of activities that you can take part in as well. Mountain biking, horse riding, and white water rafting are all available to you as you explore this phenomenal landscape. This is a destination where you can make memories that will last a lifetime!

Moraine Lake, Rocky Mountains, Canada
Moraine Lake, Rocky Mountains, Canada

Family holidays in the sun

If you want guaranteed sun on your family holiday, it’s best to travel to another country in Europe, also keeps the flight times short. In the south, there is a sunny island, which Irish holidaymakers love – Majorca. The Balearic island has countless hotels on offer, which are aimed for not only adults but holidays with kids as well. Add to this the amazing landscape, loads of sights, and diverse day trip destinations, and it’s the best family holiday destination! You shouldn’t miss out days at the beach on a holiday in Majorca. Alternatively, you can relax by the pool of your hotel and hand over your kids to the responsible staff.

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Family fun in the Sun!

Spain

Spain is also home to lots of different destinations that are perfect for holidays with kids as well! The other Balearic Islands, the Canary Islands, and the Spanish mainland welcome you and your children with their many hotels and rental properties. Summer is the perfect time of year for a family holiday in Spain. The country is at its most beautiful at this time of the year and everyone can enjoy it in their own way.

Italy

A family holiday in Italy is a wonderful alternative to Majorca and Spain. A relatively short flight time guarantees a quick and problem-free journey from Ireland. Once you’ve arrived, you can expect incomparable cuisine, sun, sea, and sand. Many families travel to a hotel on the famous Lake Garda in the summer. Here, you can surf, hike, horse ride, or just relax by the water. Lake Garda offers you a real mix of different activities. You can also find theme parks, which guarantee fun for adults and children, in this popular region of Italy.

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Lake Garda is great place for relaxation

Turkey

Another popular destination in the sun is Turkey. A family holiday in Turkey is popular everywhere because there are lots of pampering all-inclusive hotels here. The best hotels are the ones with a pool, where the kids can have fun. Adults can use the spa for moments of relaxation. In the evening, you can let yourself be entertained at shows in the hotel. The all-inclusive catering in the hotel caters to your every wish. Days on the beach are a must. Many are ideal for families because the sea is shallow and calm. Here, you can keep an eye on your kids and lie back and relax.

Mainland Greece

Now here’s my super duper secret tip :D Instead of going to the beautiful but crowded islands stay on the Mainland. I have recently been to Greece and stayed not even an hour away from Athens airport right at the coast. There are many beaches just along the way close to Porto Rafti, with super shallow water. Really safe for kids! Another big, big plus: There are almost only Greek tourists who are the most relaxed people in the world. Don’t overhear annoying chats and get away from some tacky tourists. The people still speak English and it’s totally catered towards family holidays. There are enough taverns and shops along the coast to not miss out on the comfortable tourist life though. In my opinion, it’s a just a bit more authentic.

Family Holidays in Ireland

The best family holiday destinations don’t have to be the most expensive and what can also be fun is a sneaky Staycation with the whole family. A big plus is that you save a lot of time traveling, and won’t lose a day by flying and getting to your hotel. Another big plus is that you can take your car along so that you stay flexible at your holiday spot. Luggage is unlimited so long as it fits into the boot or top of the car’s roof. Great for bringing bicycles along or other activity equipment. There are some great places in the that offer family holiday deals and have family-friendly hotels. Here are some of the best places to check out for family holidays!

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Family mountain biking

Lahinch

This beautiful seaside town in Co. Clare is a great place to bring the whole family. It is a relaxing place to bring the whole family where there are plenty of opportunities to chill out and explore in equal measures. Clare as a county is an amazing place with an abundance of amazing sites to see. While you are there you can check places like the stunning Cliffs of Moher, the Ailwee Caves or the fascinating Burren. As it’s in Ireland, there are plenty of the normal worries about family holidays taken away and you can just focus on having a relaxing time.

Dingle

The Dingle Penninsula is an absolutely magnificent stretch of coastline where you and your family can check out some genuinely gorgeous coastline and rock formations. The place is practically bursting at the seams with things to see and do! There are great walking routes, sandy beaches that are safe for swimming, film festivals and a rich history of traditional Irish music. It is a place where you and your family can really disconnect from the modern day hustle and bustle and spend some real quality time together.

Dunmore Head and Blasket Islands
Dunmore Head, Blasket Islands, Photo by Chris Hill

Cork

The rebel county is a great place to check out no matter what age you are! The intensely proud Cork people shouldn’t scare you off, there’s a reason why they are so proud ;) One place I would really recommend staying in Cobh. Cobh is a town that has a serious amount of history and culture that seeps from every pore. It is a legendary harbour town and the last port of call for the ill fated Titanic.  There is plenty to keep the kids happy with things like Spike Island Adventure course and plenty of boat hire trips available.

Best Family Holiday Destinations

Just because you have a family it shouldn’t mean that you don’t get to go on holidays. There are plenty of options whether you want adventure or just want a little break away from it all. You don’t have to have a big budget to really have a great time and make some memories! Click below to find all of the best holiday deals for families!

 

Family Holiday Deals

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