It’s no secret that I absolutely love getting away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Travelling has fallen to the wayside a little since I became a mother though, and going on adventures across the world with my family is something that I want to focus on in the coming years. I can’t wait to see the eyes of my boys light up as we explore new and exciting places across the globe!
Although I have loved the family road trip adventures that we’ve taken so far, you just can’t beat going on a good old summer holiday somewhere slightly more far flung. Finding the perfect place to go that isn’t too secluded, but isn’t too busy can feel incredibly difficult. Luckily, with a little help, I’ve managed to find 5 of the best destinations for a summer holiday with the boys. Here are my picks:
Tenerife, Canary Islands
Tenerife is often called the ‘Island of Eternal Spring,’ and with temperatures in the 20s for most of the year, it’s the perfect family destination for what we want. I’m sure that my boys would love making sandcastles on the volcanic sandy beaches of Playa de las Americas, and my husband and I would love to walk the cobbled streets of Los Cristianos. Tenerife also offers attractions for both kids and adults in the form of the water park, Siam Park, and its sister zoo, Loro Parque. Because we would be travelling on a budget (always!), I was excited to see that we could buy the twin ticket for both parks.
When I think of Mexico, I confess I sometimes think of American college films that show party-going sorority sisters descending on Cancun for Spring Break – which isn’t exactly what I’m looking for for my husband and my boys. However, as you travel further south of the border, you will be greeted by the sleepy little town of Zipolite. With beautiful beaches and just a handful of residents to its name, Zipolite sounds like the perfect relaxing getaway for my family. In fact, I can’t wait to introduce my family to authentic Mexican food, and try it for myself!
Cornwall, United Kingdom
Having never been abroad with my boys does have its advantages. Specifically that we know how much the UK has to offer families with children. In 2017, I took my family on a lovely break to Scotland and had a super time with family and friends exploring Lanarkshire which neither my husband or I had been to before. It reminded us that sometimes you don’t even need to get on a plane! We took Chief to Cornwall when he was a baby, and I have always wanted to return with all three boys so we can check out what the famous beaches have to offer, and wander through the traditional fishing villages. I have heard that many Cornish destinations are steeped in tradition and I’d love to show my boys a different culture and way of life than some of the busy towns and cities that they are used to. The ease of life without technological inventions left right and centre would be a blessing for a family holiday.
According to The Secret Traveller, Sardinia is a destination of two halves. In the north-east of the country, the waters are said to be filled with rich businessmen as they splash their cash – but it’s the middle of the country that interests me. With fewer people wandering the streets, I want to experience what life is like for those who live near the rolling hills and mountains of the real Sardinia. I want to live like the locals and check out the multi-coloured houses that adorn the ascending countryside. This will also give my boys a chance to discover the local wildlife.
Florida, United States of America
America. Did you know that I have never been? Florida is a popular destination for summer holidays with children, so it should come as no surprise to see that I added it to this list! However, there is so much more to Florida than Disney World or Universal Studios. Of course, the boys would love to see Mickey Mouse in the flesh, but I would also want to explore what the rest of the Sunshine State has to offer. When you move away from the area of Orlando, there are loads of places in Florida to explore – even if you’re on a budget!
Just writing this is getting me to that stage where my fingers are twitching over the ‘Book Now’ button on holiday websites, which means it’s about time I book one of the best destinations for a summer holiday. Before I do though, do you have any more destinations to add to this list?
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N.B. Thank you to those who contributed to this list by supplying fabulous suggestions for summer holiday destinations for my family. We are very grateful!