Cheaper Destinations for Family Winter Holidays
Escaping the British climate and getting away on a family winter holiday can be a great idea. The winter holiday has become increasingly popular in recent years and yet during this most expensive of seasons, is it still possible for a family on a tight budget to achieve this? Travel Insurance Web reviews the top 5 family winter holiday destinations that won’t break the bank.
Thailand – Koh Samui
Thailand has long been known as a cheap holiday destination and with family accommodation as cheap as only £200 per month for renting a complete bungalow, it seems like a very tempting prospect.
If you have been put off by the commercialism of Phuket in the past, the beautiful island of Koh Samui on Thailand’s east coast is a good compromise. Outside of Chaweng it is a lot less developed but at the same time, offers plenty of family activities with many towns and beach centres to explore. Experiences include sea kayaking and snorkelling, a day visit to the Ang Thon National Marine Park and even the opportunity for an elephant ride.
Canary Islands – Lanzarote
Being just about the most southern part of Europe, the Canary Islands are a superb destination in both summer and winter. Lanzarote is a great choice for a holiday at any time of the year, but with a convenient 4 hours flying time from the UK, diverse resorts and a climate that rarely drops below 20 degrees centigrade, Lanzarote is a compelling choice for a winter family holiday destination. Playa Blanca is ideal for families with superb beaches and many things to occupy them. One trip worth considering is the Tiamanfayan National Park with its 50 km2 volcanic “Martian” landscape and craters where temperatures just a few metres below the surface reach between 400°C and 600°C and hot geysers erupt from the ground.
Africa – The Gambia
The Gambia’s has a coastline fringed with palm trees and lots of white sandy beaches cooled by refreshing Atlantic breezes The main resorts of Banjul, Kotu, Kololi all boast fantastic beaches dotted with straw-thatched shanty bars and brightly coloured fishing boats. With temperatures over 30 degrees all year round it is perfect for a winter holiday. In this, Africa’s smallest country it is not all about the beaches though, which is why it is a good choice for a family holiday. In the Gambia there are some stunning nature reserves, such as Kiang West and the River Gambia National Park where you can observe wildlife or watch some of the over 300 species of birds living on or around the river.
Egypt – Hurghada
The Red Sea holiday resort area of Egypt is a great place for a cheap winter family holiday. The area exists in its own little bubble, seemingly divorced from the politics and Muslim culture of the rest of the country. The family-friendly resort of Hurghada is a modern resort with access to all the joys of the Red Sea Riviera. Sandwiched between vast empty desert and crystal-clear seas, the resort is known for its opportunities to dive amongst the blazing colour of the corals and tropical fish. If you can’t or won’t dive, there are many other ways to see the underwater sights including snorkelling and glass bottom boat excursions. When not involved in a beach orientated activities, the lively streets and bazaars of the town make for a great diversion. Other family attractions include the aqua park and the Marine Biology Museum.
Czech Republic – Janske Lazne
Perhaps your family would rather head to the ski slopes than to the beach this year. The Czech Republic can be a cheap skiing destination that you might not have considered. Janske Lazne is a spa town in the Czech Republic that boasts at 1.6km, one of the longest illuminated slopes in the country for night skiing. It is a picturesque wooded area on the slopes of Black Mountain, with the resort itself centred around some natural spa facilities. It has plenty of bars and restaurants to keep you going but the atmosphere is not overly touristy. Some of the accommodation is ski in/ski out which means you have access to the ski slopes the moment you leave the door without waiting for lifts. Mainly suitable for beginner and intermediate levels, the resort is at 640m altitude, with 4 red runs and 5 blue, serviced by 14 lifts, the highest of which takes you up to 1275m. There are also over 30 snow cannon to ensure that snow conditions are always favourable.