The time has come to plan your next family holiday. But where do you go? How will you
keep everyone happy? And can you travel abroad on a budget?
Luckily, the answer to the last question is yes — there are tonnes of affordable locations all
over planet and lots of them are ideal for families who are keen to explore. We’ll leave the
choice of destination up to you, but here are four ideas to get you started.
1. Sunny Beach, Bulgaria
If it’s a good old beach holiday you’re after, Bulgaria is hard to beat. Sunny Beach has all the
pools and playgrounds your kids could wish for, plus two big waterparks and mud baths only
half an hour away.
As for the beach itself, it’s sandy and clean, with lots of sun loungers and umbrellas if you
want to sit back and relax. Children will be in their element building sandcastles and there
are also activities like volleyball and banana-boating.
One of the reasons Bulgaria is so affordable is because the food is such good value.
According to the Guardian’s report on the cheapest European beach breaks, a three-course
meal for two costs less than £20. Expect grilled meats, fresh salads and soups, and banitsa,
a traditional pie topped with cheese.
- A family hotel room in Sunny Beach starts at £112 for four nights.
2. Tokyo, Japan
There’s something to see at every turn in Tokyo — kids won’t believe their eyes. Wander
through the Harajuku neighbourhood to spot the out-there fashions, visit Yoyogi Park, where
you’ll find dancers and drum circles, and be sure to stop outside the station on your way
back; the sweet crepes are a must-try.
Creative families will enjoy visiting 3331 Arts Chiyoda, free art galleries where there are
interactive installations to amuse children of all ages, and if you have a head for heights then
it’s worth making a trip to Tokyo Tower for impressive city-wide views. Afterwards, children
can safely let off some steam in one of the many parks while you get some rest.
- A four-person flat on Airbnb starts from £59 per night.
3. Albufeira, Portugal
Known for its natural beauty, the Algarve is a popular destination and Albufeira is especially
worth visiting if you’re going on a family holiday — you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes
to activities and everything is reasonably priced.
You’ll be able to spend hours at Zoomarine, a rehabilitation centre for marine life, complete
with presentations and rides, which teaches you about creatures like sea lions, seals and
sharks. Nature-lovers will also enjoy the dolphin-watching boat trips and horse riding treks
available at the resort.
Of course, there’s all the usual seaside fun to be had, with clean, sandy beaches for
sandcastle building, and bright blue water for paddling and water sports, plus family-friendly
restaurants for when you all get peckish. Click here for TripAdvisor’s list of the best eateries
in Sunny Beach
- A four-night stay in a family villa starts from £207.
4. Hoi An, Vietnam
A trip to Hoi An will be an educational holiday — in the best possible way. The culture there
is so rich that your family won’t be able to resist learning about everything it has to offer, plus
it’s easy to make your way around, even with a buggy in tow.
Make time for a tour or two to get the most out of the experience. A food tour is a good way
to introduce children to Vietnamese food — 1Cover’s Secret Traveller recommends trying
pho (check out their guide to foods worth travelling for if you want more inspiration).
You could also spend a day on a farming and fishing tour, which takes you down the river
on traditional boats, through paddy fields, and even gives you the opportunity to plant
produce at the farm.
If you’d prefer to explore by yourselves, start by wandering around the Old Town, which is
well preserved in its 15th-19th century state as a small trading port.
End your holiday by buying a lantern each, lighting it, and sending it on its way along the
river — it’s a magical sight at night. You can also make one to take home as a souvenir.
- Homestays in Hoi An start from £12 per night and give you the chance to see how
the locals live.
Where do you consider to be an affordable holiday destination?
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