Here are five tips to make planning the Easter break more successful and imaginative.
1. Get your children involved in the research
Don’t worry them with budget or duration, let them explore and find out what works for them as a holiday – an adventure holiday, activity, with family or apart from it, or a beach holiday slightly out of season. Let them explore the net. You’ll get them excited before they go.
2. If you’re not booking into a hotel, look at those sites that have holiday homes for rental
They are much better value during Easter than during the summer break. Remember you can negotiate a much better rate when you contact them directly.
3. The temperate climate during Easter in most destinations is ideal for adventure holidays …
Decide what activities you want to be doing while on your holiday. Based on that choose your destination. For this time of the year Majorca is ideal for cycling while Lake District or Cornwall is great for hiking.
4. Try to choose a destination where Easter is celebrated differently
For example in France, they celebrate the season with seafood and yes, loads of chocolate but instead of chocolate eggs everything is in the shape of seafood – a chocolate prawn and crab cake no less – the mind boggles!
Many of the towns and villages throughout Europe also celebrate the festival in a much bigger way than in the UK with festivals and parades. Again, this is something your children can explore for and with you. Santorini in Greece is famous for its otherworldly candle light display.
5. And lastly, for many families, the older children will have exams immediately after this break (mocks)
They will need study time but they will also need time to relax and the space to do so, so take this into account when choosing the duration of the stay. Let them sleep in (teens need their sleep), give them their space (their own room and, if possible, their own gite).