Autumn is the new summer when it comes to budget savvy family travel.
A recent research report by insurance company LV= claims that 55% of parents with children under 18 won’t be taking a summer holiday this year, as parents find soaring prices of flights and accommodation beyond their budget in the peak summer season.
But with fewer tourists, the last of the season’s sun and cheaper deals on flights and hotels, autumn is fast becoming the new summer! Stretch your family holiday budget that much further by booking ahead for the half term break in October with Skyscanner’s guide to five fantastic family vacation destinations. All prices are based on return flights for two adults and two children.
£235 – Zagreb
Fantastic for all the family, Croatia’s capital city on the beautiful Adriatic coast will be warm and sunny with a whole host of things to see and do in October. Kids will love the Natural History Museum, the Children’s Theatre and Puppet Theatre and the observatory where they can see shimmering star constellations. Adults will love the old town and historic architecture while stopping in cosy cafes and local bars en-route. Rummage in quirky shops that hide on the narrow streets and don’t miss the incredible Film Festival in October. Stay at the Jagerhorn, the oldest inn in Zagreb for around £19 per night. This alluring and stunning city makes the perfect autumn break. Find flights to Zagreb
£251 – Porto
Historic and charming Porto has colourful houses, cobbled streets and a wonderful array of museums, galleries, ancient monuments not to mentions fantastic shops, places to wine and dine and some hot nightclubs that throb ‘till dawn. The Ribeira part of the city, near the river, is also a good place to start when visiting the World Heritage area; while the vibrant local markets let you mingle and haggle with the gutsy locals. Kids can take boat trips up the Douro River, learn to surf in Imensomar, visit the Sea Life Centre, tour the tram car museum and play, cycle and picnic in the gardens of the Crystal Palace. Grown-ups will love the Port Wine Cellars while the whole family will adore tucking into the famous custard tarts. Check on Go Oporto for great deals on family apartments that can be had for as little as €50 per night. Find flights to Porto
£295 – Marseilles
Terracotta tiled roofs and Algerian souk-like bazaars give Marseilles a hint of neighbouring North Africa as well as its quintessential ‘Frenchness’. Cooled by sea breezes, Marseilles is a culinary, historical and beautiful sultry southern city. Dine on famous bouillabaisse, drink crisp white wines by the sea and haggle in the vivid local markets. Escape to the beautiful beaches for day languishing in the sun while the kids frolic in the waves and build sand castles. With boat tours, street fairs, festivals and music and dance workshops, there is plenty to keep the younger ones happy. The Hotel Le Huitieme is close to the beach, and perfect for families with rooms starting from just €45. Elegant and fun-loving, Marseilles has many treasures just waiting to be uncovered. Find flights to Marseilles
£528 – Corfu
Glorious Greece, land of sunshine and Gods and some of the most stunning archaeological sites in the world; what better place for a late summer break? Corfu is the greenest and prettiest of the Greek Islands, where kids can go crazy in Aqualand Water Park, the whole family can hire bikes and explore the island on two wheels, incredible sandy beaches stretch as far as the eye can see, and glass bottom boat rides show off the beautiful tropical fish. Delicious fresh foods feasted on al-fresco add to the holiday experience. Delve into the local markets for arty-crafty bargains, chill out in the local cafes and tavernas and dine under the stars as the sound of the blue ocean serenades you. The beautiful Hotel Eros, right on the beach, is ideal for the whole family, with rooms from just €22 per night. Find flights to Corfu
£646 – Valencia
With miles of soft sandy beaches to play on, kids might not want to go anywhere else, but Valencia is also home to the second largest aquarium in the world as well as a planetarium, loads of parks and gardens where they can picnic, rollerblade, cycle and swim and more science and art events than you can shake a stick at. The whole family will love the old historic part of Valencia especially the trendy area of Barrio del Carmen, where mouth-watering tapas, cakes and ice creams wait to tempt you. Stay in beautiful woodlands in private chalets for the whole family at just €18 per night at Oasis Country Park with its own kitchen, patio, pool and parking. Visit on the National Day of Valencia and watch as the city dazzles with lights, festivities and fireworks under the Spanish sun. Find flights to Valencia