22 June 2018
We have looked at some great places to take your kids that will offer value for money better than the Med.
Thailand’s dry season runs from November to March, making winter the most popular – and hence most expensive – time to travel to this family-friendly destination renowned for its spectacular beaches, jungle adventures and wildlife encounters.
Travelling in the monsoon season (July and August) means there’s no escaping the rains, but bear in mind that they do come in short, intense bursts, generally in the morning – leaving the rest of the day free for you to soak up the sunshine on gloriously uncrowded beaches.
As well as low-season flight and accommodation prices, you’ll benefit from a much lower cost of living than in the Eurozone. For instance, a three-course meal in a mid-range restaurant will set you back only R125 - R145, compared with an average of R450 in popular parts of the Med.
This small West African country with its Atlantic coastline can match Mediterranean destinations on packages featuring properties of a similar standard this summer, despite higher flight prices. The Gambia can be a great choice for a family beach holiday, once you’re there, you’ll find prices much lower than in resorts in the Med – think about R10 for a coffee, R18 for a local beer and about £90 for a two-course lunch.
The Seychelles barely has any rain in August (December to March is the wettest time), the Seychelles is the perfect place for a summer beach holiday with the kids. It may not be cheap, but prices in the main school holidays can still more or less match those of an equivalent holiday at a luxury property on one of the more popular Greek islands. Once arrived in the Seychelles, enjoy spotting turtles and giant tortoises, along with horse-riding, snorkelling, diving and kayaking.
Plenty of sunshine combined with low-season prices mean late July and early August can be a great time for a Caribbean holiday with kids. Rainfall and humidity can be high, but with daytime temperatures of up to 30°C, sea temperatures a bath-like 28°C and an average of seven to eight hours of sunshine per day (just an hour less than in the high season), you won’t feel cheated.
Flight prices to the Big Apple may not be at their lowest in summer, but New York’s hotel prices plummet as the mercury rises, making this a great time to year to bring the kids on a city break. And though temperatures may be high, there’s plenty to do outdoors, much of it for free, including kayaking on the Hudson, day-trips to Coney Island with its beaches and iconic amusement rides, and biking on car-free Governors Island just a seven-minute ferry ride from Manhattan. Or you might even may a longer holiday of it by hiring a car and venturing to Long Island or Cape Cod.
To book your summer family getaway, contact your Travel Counsellor now.