For parents, school breaks can be a burden or a saviour - it all comes down to a bit of additional planning. Times might be tough financially, but with a range of cheap holidays abroad and all inclusive package deals on offer, families can afford to skip the half term queues and traffic and inject a bit of culture and learning into their children’s lives.
Thomas Cook, leading providers of family holidays, have put together this list of school holiday inspiration for 2013.
Christmas might be a time for tradition, but who said crummy weather needed to be one of your annual customs? This Christmas holiday why not take the kids to warmer climates?
One of the best times to see Florida is during the mild winter months and with the range of cheap holidays to Florida you needn’t feel guilty about booking right away.
Take the kids to the world renowned theme parks, explore the nearby hiking trails and watersports or take a jet boat tour through the famous Everglades to spot a gator or two.
Spring is one of the most beautiful times to travel through Europe, as the continent wakes up from the long sleep of winter. If you want the kids to experience the culture and majesty of Paris, why not catch the Eurostar there?
Easter is the perfect time to avoid the summer crowds and summer prices whilst visiting sights and attractions such as the Louvre and the Eiffel Tower.
Another country that’s best explored minus the summer hordes is Greece. Skip the mainland and instead take the kids to the island of Kefalonia, the largest of the Ionian Islands.
Family holidays to Kefalonia feature everything from Roman ruins to beautiful harbours, walking trails to delicious local cuisine.
The best memories of summer holidays as a child always feature sun, sand and plenty of fun – and that’s exactly what you’ll receive when you book all inclusive holidays to Sharm El Sheikh.
With miles of golden shores, amazing tropical marine life and deep clear blue water, this is the summer holiday that dreams are made of.
You and the kids also get the chance to discover the fascinating Egyptian culture with a visit to the bustling local jewellery and Egyptian cotton merchants. Best of all, with a packed itinerary of water sports, games and activities, the kids are sure to sleep well every night.