Where have you been this Summer, or where are you still to go?
Booking.com (a website with a diverse range of accommodation that I use loads for booking hotels last minute in the UK) has undertaken a study revealing the most popular destinations for UK families to get away to! When I thought about where those destinations would be, I guessed at France, Spain, America, Greece and Portugal. I was wrong.
According to the research by Booking.com, the top five destinations that UK families are visiting are France, followed by Austria, Denmark, United Arab Emirates and Spain. I would not have guessed at Austria at all (for some reason it isn’t even on my radar) and Denmark was a huge surprise to me too!
There are so many different reasons to take your family to France from the abundance of culture, to the French food, the landscapes and endless amounts of activities from cycling to skiing. France has it all – tranquil countryside, to beautiful beaches to buzzing cities making it is impossible not to be charmed by this country, particularly if you are a foodie loving family.
With its architecture and mountain views Austria looks like it has been plucked straight off the pages of a fairy-tale. Home to six national parks complete with lakes and stunning landscapes it is a top destination for the nature lovers. There are also quirky activities for the family such as the Obir Stalactite Caves, where during the enchanting light and audio there’s a visit from the dragon who lives in the cave.
As I said Austria has never really been on my radar, but I can totally see the attraction. This lovely post by Gretta at Mums do Travel really highlights the attraction to families. Another one for the list then!
Spain has a strong reputation for family friendly holiday for a reason. Year on year families go back for the Spanish sunshine, outstanding beaches and mouth-watering tapas. In Spain you will also find some of Europe’s best waterparks and world-class zoos, should you fancy a day away from the beach. With the mainland and many islands there is an area in Spain suited for every family and with so many different accommodation types it is a surprisingly affordable family destination.
Scandinavia’s popularity has surged over the past couple of years. People have been flocking to Denmark for its friendly culture which stems from being one of the happiest places on earth. The family will have plenty to learn in this country including the history of the Vikings. It is also great destination for cycling holidays if your family fancies an active break. If you would prefer a city break head to Copenhagen for great food and stunning architecture. A family trip to Copenhagen is not complete without visiting the magical Tivoli gardens.
We have some top tips on Copenhagan for Kids here too from a fellow blogger.
United Arab Emirates
The UAE is the destination to go if your family are after some guaranteed sunshine. In the UAE you will find extravagant hotels, beaches, waterparks and luxury shopping but there is also plenty to do to keep the family entertained. Take your family camel riding through the desert, fly high in a hot air balloon ride, experience fast rides over sand dunes and if you fancy it there is even snow skiing in Dubai proving that the UAE has something for everyone!
We recently wrote a post on the top 5 things we would like to do in Dubai if we visited as a family, but I also love this one from Sarah at Extraordinary Chaos too and she is just about to head off there for 4 nights!
So those countries are reportedly the UK’s favourite holiday locations, but where are yours? We are definitely a little but in love with Greece!
NB: This post has been created in collaboration with Booking.com