Ideal Family Trip

Reunion Time In France

Many people from many different backgrounds and of many different ages and group dynamics choose to go caravanning in France every year, but such holidays are perhaps most popular with families with young children.

Yes, it’s a long drive down to the ferry port for most people, and yes the ferry journeys can be a dreadfully long experience if you’re tired or the boat is full and crowded (not so bad if you’re going Dover Calais, where the crossing is about an hour and a half; not so good if you’re going Portsmouth – Caen, which is about six hours).

But the freedom to pack as much as you can cram in the car (including your son’s twenty-five teddies, none of whom can be left behind), to stop when you need to during the journey, to have only yourselves to worry about (as opposed to the other hundred-and-fifty people aboard a Boeing, none of whom want to hear your child screaming about their ears hurting) are all worth the journey alone.

Then you arrive and realise that actually a journey of twice that duration and length would be worth it for the experience of relaxing at a well-serviced caravan park by the beach.

A popular destination for Brits who like warm but not hot weather is Brittany.

familyThis is part of the country that’s still very popular amongst French for their holidays too,so it doesn’t feel like Bridlington in the sun – there are plenty of locals to converse with and not so many Brits that you feel like you might as well have stayed at home.

The north coast of Brittany looks completely different when the tide is in to how it looks when the tide is out.

When the tide’s out, rock-pools abound, and most caravan sites will happily lend (or sell) nets and buckets for exploring with. When the tide’s in, warm, clear blue water is a joy for paddling in and makes the whole place entirely picturesque.

There are a number of caravan holiday operators who will take bookings direct – they all tend to use the same sites, and the standard of caravan or static tent are largely the same, so you can pick and choose.

The best idea is to pick a site that you like the look of (choose one with a restaurant, creperie, mini-golf and swimming pool with slide and you will find that the children are perfectly happy to stay there all day if you want them to) and then compare prices for that site across the main operators.


Most static caravans offer basic accommodation: beds, sofa, table, small kitchen (check if it includes an oven and not just a hob) and bathroom. Most static tents offer these but you’d need to use the communal shower/toilet blocks.

Most also come with barbeques and outdoor furniture. You can book direct from people who own their own caravans, but beware.

Many people have done so and arrived at the site having paid a fair amount of money for their holiday only to find that they have been swindled and the caravan site knows nothing of the caravan they have booked.

One of the nicest parts of a caravan holiday in France is arguably sitting outside your van in the warm evenings with a glass of wine and a good book whilst the children are fast asleep after a long day spent at the beach or pool. Bliss for all.


Travelling During Holidays

Spanish Holidays

Spain has always been a favourite holiday destination and this dates back to the time when passenger flights became more affordable and well as available.

There are so many fantastic locations to choose from within the Spanish mainland and reaching out to the many islands.

Whether you are looking for a two week relaxing holiday in the sun there are resort towns in abundance, Torremolinos, Fuengirola and Marbella to name a few.

But if it’s a mini break or a weekend getaway you are after you can choose from some of the amazing cities such as Barcelona, Madrid, Bilbao or Granada.


You have the choice to go skiing down the slopes of the Sierra Nevada, hiking in the Pyrenees or enjoy the folkloric cultural experience such as Flamenco in Seville and the bullfights of Pamplona.

Camping is also another option and you will find some of the best campsites in Europe dotted in and around the Spanish regions.

Although the currency of Spain is now the Euro you can still get a pretty good run for your money as the cost of eating out is still far cheaper than in the UK.

Restaurants and bars are in abundance since Spain is a social culture when family and conversation matter.

Despite the language barrier you will find that English is widely spoken especially along the coastal areas. Tourism is the largest business in Spain and the Spanish aim to please.

These days booking a holiday to Spain couldn’t be easier and there are hundreds of travel sites online offering some great deals.

You can book your holiday requirements altogether from the same site or shop around to get either accommodation or flights at a cheaper rate. All in all travelling to Spain doesn’t have to be expensive but the option is there however if you choose to go 5 star.

Travelling Around Europe

One of the beauties of travelling in and around Europe is the vast amount of different cultures you will come across.

Europe is without doubt the richest continent of them all when it comes to languages, architecture, cuisine and scenery.

Some of the most popular European locations include the coasts of Spain, Southern France, the Suisse Alps, Italy, Cyprus, Turkey and Portugal.

Of course one of the most important ingredients for a holiday amongst the Brits is that of Sunshine and there are many fantastic countries in Europe which offer this pretty much all year round.

Travelling to the various locations in Europe couldn’t be easier. For UK travellers there are cheap flights in abundance which depart from all the major airports on a daily basis.


In addition, the Euro tunnel has opened up the possibility to travel across the Channel on a high speed train. Ferries are also a popular option particularly when travelling to mainland Europe by car or coach.

As far as accommodation is concerned there are again plenty of options. The most popular choice continues to be a hotel but this is also dependent on the type of holiday you are planning to do.

Campsites are literally dotted across Europe as well as caravan parks. But there are also guest houses, villas, cottages, apartments and chalets for those who prefer to go self catering or plan to stay for an extended period of time.

Choosing where to go in Europe can be something of a dilemma as the choice of country as well as city is quite extensive.

With so many online travel agencies you are sure to find something that both appeals and is within your financial budget.