destination and hotel ideas
A comprehensive list of ideas from the Telegraph for the October half term and other holidays - including sunshine breaks, city breaks and UK ideas, too
i-escape - well-researched and curated shortlist of places to stay across the world, across a range of budgets, with a Kids Collection
Kid & Coe - curated list of family-friendly cottages and villas across the world
Sawdays - vetted list of self-catering, small hotels, B&Bs in UK and Europe, with family-friendly collection and camping site Canopy & Stars. Both sites have good searching, filtering and mapping functionality.
Welcome Beyond - shortlist of stylish accommodation across a range of budgets
UK specific rentals:
- Niche Retreats (UK wide)
- Boutique Retreats (UK wide)
- Glynn Barton Cottages (Cornwall, toddler friendly)
- List of UK rentals from the Guardian
For orientation: Where to go when from the Guardian (including Easter skiing); best family ski resorts in Europe from Family Traveller; Europe’s Best little ski resorts in Europe, Guardian readers’ travel tips
ONLINE TRAVEL AGENTS/CONCIERGES
yourway travel - for a €169-199 fee, this company will design a week-long trip for you based on your specifications, covering flights, hotels and activities (they receive no commissions; recommendations based on your requests and research)
Global Nomad Travel does the same, for $10/day of travel for the ‘No Frills’ itinerary planning (still very comprehensive)
Kimkim offers organised itineraries for longer, sightseeing/activity-oriented trips to a set number of popular destinations; service fee depends on trip (no flights included)
Mr and Mrs Smith GoldSmith Club - for £400/year, a dedicated travel concierge
SOMETHING A LITTLE DIFFERENT
LuckyTrip will search Skyscanner and Booking.com for flights and hotels at the same time (‘a trip in one tap’) based on a budget and dates you set. It’s more geared towards city breaks and child-free travelers but it’s a good source of ideas that saves you trawling the sites you’re likely to visit anyway.
Have you ever thought about home swapping as a way to travel more cost-effectively? Intrigued? Here’s a good overview of the concept from the Telegraph.
FAMILY TRAVEL PACKING LISTS
Mumsnet has a packing list along with other practical planning tips
Packtor will generate a packing list for you based on who’s going, where, for how long and what type of accommodation
FLIGHT AND BUDGET TIPS
For bargain hunters, check out Money Saving Expert’s tips for beating school holiday price hikes.