I’ve just been reading about an incredible multi-storey family cabin on a cruise ship that costs $75.000 a week and is virtually sold out for the whole of 2024! But I have clients coming to me and asking if I can work my magic as everything, they are seeing is so expensive this year. The cost of a family holiday is scary for most people and prices have certainly gone up, making it unaffordable even for clients used to luxury.
What to do? Well, booking well in advance is definitely key nowadays. Gone are the last-minute bargains. I would also steer clear of obvious choices. If you go where everyone else wants to go, then you will pay a premium. It’s all about supply and demand. There are still places with availability over the summer and autumn and these hotels would welcome your business. I’ve talked before about thinking outside the box.
Here are a few suggestions:
Some of the best family holidays we had in the summer were in the Alps. Usually gorgeous weather, fresh air, lots of sporting activities, swimming in lakes and pools. Often quite a bit cheaper than going to a beach resort. I also know of some great villas on the Atlantic coast of France in the Lacanau region where you have lovely sandy beaches and lakes, and miles of cycling routes.
Summer is also a good time to visit Paris and see the sights. The Parisians head off to the beaches, so the city is quieter.
Mauritius is a good choice for the long haul in the summer. It’s cooler than many other ocean destinations and the prices are usually quite reasonable. For two adults and two children under 12, you’d be looking at just over £4,500 in a really good hotel, which compares very favourably with Europe.
For example, I have an offer for 7 nights from 16th August at the 5* Long Beach, Mauritius in a junior suite on half board for a family of four from £4,685 with direct flights on Air Mauritius!
Apparently, 75% of luxury travellers are concerned about the impact of their holidays on the environment. This is great news! Let’s think about travelling less, staying for longer, taking fewer flights and more trains, and choosing destinations that rely heavily on tourism in poorer, developing countries.
Feeling inspired? Book your next escape now. Get in touch with Lizzi by emailing [email protected] to book your dream trip!