Times may be tough, but the last thing you want to cut out is the annual family holiday. While costs can easily multiply when you’re travelling with kids, last-minute bookings can save you a huge amount and still land you that welcome getaway that you’ve been waiting for all year. Here’s a look at some of the best places for late holidays in 2013.
Despite its economic woes, Spain still comes near the top of the list in terms of classic family holiday destinations. In fact, as a direct result of Spain’s financial troubles, regions like Costa Blanca are offering some fantastic bargains. The west coast offers a wealth of family-oriented resorts that boast reliably warm weather and sandy beaches that are perfect for a bucket and spade. If you want to avoid bustling resorts like Benidorm, go for attractive fishing villages like Alfaz del Pi.
The Greek Islands are another good option for the last-minute booking. Again, the financial crisis means you can get more for your money but if you don’t want to share the beach with hoards of other families, head to Paros, a quieter alternative in the Cyclades. Parikia town has enough historic interest for parents, while there are waterparks, rock pools and boat trips for the kids around destinations like Kolymbithres Beach.
North America may seem like one long-haul flight too many if you’re a family on a budget, but if you can grab a discount airfare, affordable destinations abound. Washington D.C is famously good for kids, with its famous monument-filled mall, its plethora of free museums such as the Capitol building and attractions like the Botanic Gardens. Stay outside the city in Arlington, Virginia to keep the costs even lower.
To really hang onto those savings, families in the UK can do no better than Northern Ireland, currently enjoying the spotlight as both a Hollywood setting and home of the City of Culture for 2013, Londonderry. The city will see plenty of festivities this summer for a whole range of age groups and with direct, low-cost flights from the British mainland, you don’t have to go by ferry either.
Though budget destinations and late holidays in 2013 are a good way to save, don’t forget you can also keep costs down by seeking out alternative accommodation such as self-catered apartments or basing yourself near national parks for countless free and enjoyable outdoor activities. No matter your limits, you might be surprised at what you can afford with a last-minute break this summer.
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