Thomson and Thomas Cook both have specific programmes aimed at families including hotels with kids clubs and also special activities such as football coaching, swimming lessons. At a family holiday hotel it is common to find special buffets for children – at the right height for them, kids zones and great play parks. When planning  a family holiday overseas have a think about the flight times as a very late flight can be particularly trying for tired young kids. It’s also worth looking into booking a late check out room at the hotel if you have a late departure flight. Family beach holidays are one category when it can really pay dividends to book early. You can book beach holidays now. When looking at late deals, it tends to be that the flights that are left unsold are night flights or sometimes very early departures which don’t tend to suit families so well. This is not always the case so do have a look though.

Closer to home, Bluestone in Wales has been getting rave reviews. If you are thinking of taking a family holiday in the UK, you would be wise to book early as all indicators are that many holiday parks, hotels and lodges will be fully booked. Searches on this website for UK holidays are up 73% and we are hearing similar numbers from other online travel websites.

One great find has been Blue Chip Vacations – they specialise in Devon and Cornwall holiday homes and have some really nice properties for families including cottages, wood cabins and smart apartments. They also have no less than 150 dog-friendly accommodation options. So if a family holiday where the kids can learn to surf while the adults try fish and chips and Cornish tea sounds nice have a look at Blue Chip Vacations – tip : click refine search and then you can specify things like “children allowed”, “near beach”, “rural retreat” and so on. Some of the holiday homes also have video tours so you know what you’re getting before you book.

Becuase the family holiday market is so important for companies like Thomson and Thomas Cook there are often early booking deals including % discounts, online booking discounts and free child places for booking family holidays in advance. Family Holidays are on sale now. Even when you book online you can often pay just a deposit now and then pay the balance typically around ten weeks before you go on holiday.