School Holidays Travel Calendar
Plan your family’s perfect travel year and don’t miss a chance to get away with our guide to the best places to visit for every school holiday…
February Half Term
For families of ski-enthusiasts, this is the perfect chance to jet off to the Alps; Courchevel 1850 and Megève in France, or Villars in Switzerland are all good options for families. Courchevel 1850 is big and busy and boasts plenty of child-friendly slopes, while Megève is great for its sleepy village vibe.
If you’d rather spend a week in the sun than the snow, the Caribbean is still in its prime season. Bright and colourful, children are guests of honour on these islands, and there are great kids’ clubs at Sandy Lane in Barbados, Carlisle Bay, Curtain Bluff and Blue Waters in Antigua and Four Seasons Nevis. The hotels are ideal for a complete chill out on the brilliant beaches, while children blow off some steam with watersports, boat trips and island adventures.
If you want to go a little further afield, February is also a great time to visit the Maldives, where the whole family can learn about the many conservation efforts made in the area, plus enjoy some spectacular diving opportunities. New Zealand and South Africa, meanwhile, are enjoying their summer months, with outdoor adventures and safari trips high on the cards.
The Canary Islands is a god-send as a reliable source of sun at any time of year. Temperatures are pleasant year-round, though for a short-haul, hassle-free family Easter break, Tenerife is perfect for school holidays travel, with plenty of family-friendly resorts close to the beach.
If you are seeking something a little more cultural, Marrakech in Morocco is in its peak travel season. A short flight, but a world away in terms of culture, make the most of the Easter break to expand young minds with an adventure around bustling souks, elaborate mosques and ancient Medinas. Alternatively, try Scottsdale in Arizona. Neither too hot or too cool, there are plenty of galleries, museums and an award-winning zoo, plus exciting desert adventures such as hiking, biking and horse-riding.
Dubai is also great for school holidays travel in Easter. There is plenty to keep children excited with, including Aquaventure Waterpark, Kidzania and Ski Dubai. It’s also just an hour’s drive to Abu Dhabi, meaning you can make a day trip to Yas Waterpark, Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, one of the largest mosques in the world, and the recently opened Louvre Abu Dhabi.
May Half Term
If you’ve managed to make it until May half term without a getaway, or need a boost of sun, the weather starts to warm up in Europe around May. Crete and Cyprus are good options for families, as is Sun Gardens Dubrovnik in Croatia; here, there is a great range of dedicated sports academies, plus the old city square of Dubrovnik is nearby and at a more comfortable temperature to explore.
Scottsdale in Arizona is still in its spring-time prime during half term, while Florida is gearing up for thrill-seekers, too. With lower rainfall than the summer months, you’ll be less likely to be caught out by a tropical shower and you will find the beaches of Miami less crowded.
European destinations sweep up when the summer holidays come around. Greece opens up a host of summer holiday spots, including Peloponnese, Halkidiki and Crete, where sunny afternoons can be spent taking it easy at tavernas and pottering around on boats. The Algarve is another star beach destination for school holidays travel, with a less than three-hour flight time from the UK, while Forte Village in Sardinia, Verdura Resort, a Rocco Forte Hotel in Sicily and Borgo Egnazia in Puglia all have fantastic family facilities.
The USA is also brilliant for school holidays travel in the summer. California offers a playground for children and adults alike, with lakes, mountains and beaches to explore. A big hit with teenagers, who will love the laid-back too-cool-for-school surf vibes, San Diego in the south boasts one of the USA’s best beaches, lively Mexican-inspired cuisine and plenty to see and do. For a real American wilderness experience, Montana is excellent for the adventurous. A number of luxury ranches offer escapades across the pine-strewn mountains and evenings spent toasting marshmallows around the campfire; it’s the perfect digital detox.
For wildlife-lovers, Tanzania and Botswana make ideal safari options. In Tanzania, the wildebeest migration across the Serengeti is best seen during June and July, giving the whole family a chance for a memorable wildlife encounter.
October Half Term
Revisit some missed opportunities in October, with an array of destinations still to be enjoyed. Take an escape to the sun in the Canary Islands or Cyprus, or head to Marrakech, if you didn’t make it in Easter, to make the most of the city without the summer heat. Similarly, you still have time to go to Florida, as the humidity eases off in Orlando to make theme parks extra fun – you can even find some special Halloween treats and scares!
Dubai is always a favourite for October half term travel, though alternatively, you could visit Oman. Blessed with a number of family-friendly resorts, the beaches are beautiful and the landscape is stunning. You could also take the time to visit Mauritius for an idyllic escape and enjoy the tropical climate of the shoulder season to get the best value – you can also introduce your children to the gentle giant tortoises who reside there!
It’s the most wonderful time of year! To find a classic winter wonderland for a Christmas holiday, skiing in the Alps is perfect. With scenes lifted straight from the front of Christmas card, Megève is the quintessential Christmas town, with snow-dusted roof tops and a sparkling village Christmas tree. Hide away by the crackling fireplace and enjoy heartily cooked food when not out frolicking in the snow.
On the other hand, to experience sand rather than snow, head to the Caribbean or the Maldives. Our winter months are their prime seasons, with weather at its most reliably sunny, meaning you can build sandcastles rather than snowmen!
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