Which Family Holiday Is Right For You?

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which family holiday is right for you

Did you know that families make up a whopping 63% of leisure travel and 30% of global tourism?

As Antoinette Turner, GM of Flight Centre South Africa, says: Planning a multi-generational trip requires striking a balance. Kids and teens crave adventure and excitement, while parents and grandparents might seek relaxation and cultural experiences. The key is to carefully consider the type of holiday you embark on, ensuring theres something for everyone, with ample opportunities for family bonding and making memories.

With so many incredible options available, from luxurious cruises to thrilling theme parks, it can feel overwhelming to choose the perfect match for your family. Heres everything you need to know to make an informed decision.

1. Cruising

Best for:Families seeking all-inclusive fun and the chance to visit more than one destination in one trip. Ideal age of children: Why we love it: Travel logistics are a breeze (as long as you have a travel agent in your corner), theres an endless array of onboard entertainment to keep everyone happy, and the luxury of unpacking just once is a major perk for families. Top consideration: Consider the size and style of cruise ship that appeals to you a bustling mega-ship with non-stop activities, or a smaller vessel offering a more intimate experience. Top travel tips:

For the most spacious accommodations, look into booking connecting cabins.

If travelling with older children, a balcony cabin provides a welcome retreat.

Keep an eye out for fantastic kids sail free promotions.

Flight Centres favourites:Cruise lines like Norwegian Cruise Line and MSC Cruises are known for their family-friendly focus. They boast excellent kids clubs, free dining options for young cruisers, and sometimes even promotions where third and fourth guests sail for free!

2. Island getaways

Best for:Beach-loving families seeking relaxation or water sport adventures. Ideal age of children:Best for younger kids and those who love swimming (dont they all?). Why we love it:Who doesnt thrive when lapping up luxury in tropical island paradise? Plus, with all-inclusive options widely available, its easy to unwind knowing everything is taken care of. Top consideration: Look for family-friendly resorts with excellent kids clubs, supervised activities, and plenty of included water sports options to keep active kids busy. Top travel tips:

Take advantage of kids stay free promotions or special packages available

If bound by school holidays, consider larger islands, as they often have more availability compared to smaller, more exclusive ones.

Flight Centres favourites:Beachcomber offers a fantastic collection of family-forward properties in stunning locations. These properties are also celebrated for their all-inclusive packages, making it easier to budget for your holiday. The Ultimate Guide To Finding Your Perfect Holiday Match - Island Getaways. Image: Supplied

3. City breaks

Best for:Families with energetic kids interested in museums, history, and bustling environments. Ideal age of children:Better for older kids and teens with stamina for walking distances. Why we love it:City breaks are a fantastic way to immerse yourselves in a different culture, experience a vibrant food scene, and tap into the educational and exciting opportunities iconic cities offer. Top consideration:Centrally located accommodations make exploring more affordable and hassle-free. Remember to strike a healthy balance between sightseeing and downtime to avoid overtired kids (and parents!). Top travel tips:

City passes are your best friend they often bundle popular attractions at a discount.

Book tours or museum tickets in advance to avoid wasting precious time waiting in lines with impatient kids.

Flight Centres favourites:TTC (Insight Vacations, Trafalgar, Costsaver) are great options if you want to incorporate city stays into a larger tour, giving you the convenience of pre-organised itineraries and expert guides.

4. Theme parks

Best for:Families with a love for thrilling adventurers. Ideal age of children:Varies by park toddlers to teens depending on offerings. Keep in mind that some rides will have age/height restrictions. Why we love it:Theme parks offer an explosion of excitement, immersive experiences that bring beloved characters to life, and the convenience of on-site hotels. Top consideration:Crowds can be a factor, so strategically choosing less busy times of year is key. Top travel tips:

Multi-day passes almost always offer the best value.

For popular theme parks, consider visiting on a weekday, when possible, as weekends tend to be much busier.

Get there early to snag easier parking and shorter lines at popular rides.

Its usually more cost-effective to stay inside the theme park if your package or the theme park permits this. If you weigh up the costs of being transported to and