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lundylinda Wed 08-May-19 11:46:21

Next year my daughter and son in law want to try pastures new for a holiday abroad, with their 3 children.
They usually go to France with Brittany Ferries which is very economical including a campsite.
Now they want somewhere different and are considering options ncluding flights. Any low budget recommendations would be appreciated.

J52 Wed 08-May-19 11:58:19

We usually decide a place, pick a hotel and then google the hotel to see what ABTA covered packages/ travel companies come up. Within the options are different flight options and times.

Sometimes they are considerably cheaper than the traditional TUI/ Kuomintang/ Thomas Cook offerings.

J52 Wed 08-May-19 11:59:46

Kuoni *

David0205 Wed 08-May-19 12:37:56

The problem with flying instead of driving is paying for 5 seats and any transfers, there is going to be a big difference in the holiday season and once they get to the campsite or resort can they manage without a car.

JackyB Wed 08-May-19 15:16:00

To answer the question:

Austria is very child-friendly.

But there are so many different things they could do:

Book flights with a cheap airline,hire a family-sized car (don't forget seats for the kids will cost extra as it will if both parents will be driving), book cheap accommodation (airbnb is NOT always the cheapest option). They can do all this themselves online but it requires a lot of homework. And then they have to find out for themselves what sort of activities are available once they get there, which means even more homework and preparation.

That would be the cheapest option.

At the other end of the scale, they could find a "family hotel" which offers full board and all-day entertainment for the children.

Depending on how old the children are, I would not recommend going too far. Travel with small children is not worth the hassle if you're just going on holiday. However, if they are all over, say, 8 years, they will learn a lot from the experience of flying and travel abroad and the journey itself can be made fun.

With our 3 we just did what we had always done as a couple: chuck tent and sleeping bags in the car and drive to France. But they stopped coming on holiday with us from about the age of 12. So your daughter should treasure the time with the children!

petra Wed 08-May-19 19:57:55

Lundylinda
It's a bit difficult to advise on 'cheap' holiday packages.
We have one family holiday a year with the grandchildren.
This is always with eurocamp. Either Spain, Italy or Croatia.
We choose these because this is the children's holiday. We, and their parents have other adult holidays.
These sites are wonderful. Direct beach access, evening entertainment for the children, lovely pool complexes.
But obviously this all depends on the budget.

Eloethan Wed 08-May-19 23:23:14

Tui isn't especially cheap but it's not hugely expensive either. It's the company we usually use.

Razzy Wed 08-May-19 23:32:37

I would look at somewhere like Croatia.

Humbertbear Thu 09-May-19 08:19:35

I would suggest an all inclusive package then they won’t be spending a lot of money on ice creams and drinks for the children.but I do realise that everything is more expensive in the school holidays. Our children were teenagers before we could afford to take them abroad and even then it was to a bite in France.

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