Family travel

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Family holidays are one of the highlights of the year, and involving children in planning the activities can make for a really fun trip away. Nichola West has handed over her schedule to kids to hear first-hand about their essential holiday elements.


A good mix of activities– “Sports, relaxing, adventures, and everything!” was the kids’ first request. Clearly getting the balance right on a holiday is something high on all the children’s holiday wish lists. Tabby (6) said, “I do love going to museums and galleries, or going for a walk somewhere interesting, but I don’t like it if we visit too many places. I like to have lots of time to swim and relax too.”

A swimming pool!– This was the one thing that all the kids we spoke to said every ultimate holiday should include. Cooper (8) said, “Having a pool is so much fun. I don’t mind if there’s the sea to play at and swim in, but I think there should be a pool too. I really like holidays when the pool is right next to the hotel or villa so you can go there any time.”

We like kids’ clubs– Jorge (9) spoke for the group when he said, “I like holidays when I can play with other children, and I like meeting them at kids’ clubs.” Football, tennis, and creative activities were high on the holiday agenda. Sofia (8) said, “I like making things on my own and making new friends too.”

Something to remember the holiday– “I like to be able to bring something home to remind me of my holiday and show to my friends at school,” said Lizzie (12). Visiting markets, shops, and towns for mementoes was popular with the children, and having a little money to spend was definitely on the essentials list.

Good holidays have time for everyone (and ice cream!)– The general consensus was that everyone should be able to enjoy their holiday, and grown-ups and kids alike should have time together. “We get to know each other and learn what we all like to do,” said Jorge. And a final thought: “We should all have ice cream! It’s delicious on holiday,” concluded Tabby.

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