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Holidays with 4 kids - What have been your favourite holidays?
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crabcakesalad · 29/06/2022 09:29

If you have 3/4+ kids what have been your favourite holidays?

We usually have a bit of variety throughout the year so a sunny AI, a festival, a UK camping/caravan type trip, a city explorer trip. This year they've requested Disney (gulp) but we're looking for inspiration elsewhere too for 2023.

So please inspire us with your best holidays. DDs are 10, 7 and 4. Expecting baby #4 this year (wish us luck haha). Many thanks :)

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Dogsandbabies · 29/06/2022 09:38

We love our holidays. The best have been the following 3:

Road trip in the US. We rented one of these huge American cars, and did Boston to Chicago, DC, New York. The kids loved it. So many museums, play areas. The US is particularly great for little ones.

Sri Lanka was also amazing. We hired a guide which made things easier. We all had a great time.

Camping in the UK. We go camping every year so have found a couple of really lovely camping sites that we just go back to. Never disappointed! And we can do that for long weekends which is a great bonus little holiday.

This year we are driving around Europe, some Centre Parcs in Holland, popping to Disneyland Paris, visiting Italy and getting the ferry over to Greece.

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SouthOfFrance · 29/06/2022 09:42

We love travelling so until they get older we do homestays in interesting locations. Cuba and India have been 2 firm favourites which we will definitely go back to. You just need to find listings that have enough beds/bedrooms for you all but there's lots of options out there and makes for a more interesting holiday rather than staying in a bland hotel. Often the families have their own children so lots of playmates to play with too.

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disconnecteddrifter · 29/06/2022 09:46

Ischia - hired a villa and a 7 seater sort of milk float car. Small island so explored every day. Corfu, again hired a villa near sitia and explored. This year mexivo for a road trip

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crabcakesalad · 29/06/2022 10:13

Ooh lovely. Just googling some of these options. @Dogsandbabies where are your fave campsites? and how old are the DCs? I'm conscious now my big girl is 10 she's interested in newer/different things to the little ones :)

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Dogsandbabies · 29/06/2022 10:20

@crabcakesalad our favourite campsite is Nethergong near Canterbury. The site is great and never crowded and there a few activities nearby like canoeing that my eldest loves. Mine are 10, 5, 3 and 10 months (although youngest hasn't been party of any holidays yet).

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troppibambini6 · 30/06/2022 22:16

We usually do an AI somewhere hot in May. The best place we've found is Antalya in Turkey 5* resorts loads for the kids but feels nice for us too.
We usually a long summer holiday in an apartment in spain. We know the area (Marbella) and it works well for us. Next year we are going for a month.
This year we are going to Turkey again in October as we can only go to spain for 2 weeks this year.
We are also hiring a glamming site with some other families in the cotswolds at the beginning of August. We did this last year and the kids loved it.
Our kids are 17,11,8 and 7.

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Pallisers · 30/06/2022 22:20

I would say the best holiday was on Cape Cod. We leave a couple of hours away so it was an easy trip. We rented a great house near the beach with a pool and hot tub and let each of them bring a friend - so 6-7 teens in total. They were early-mid teens. We'd sit on the porch having coffee or a drink and listen to the sound of the kids all together having a blast in the pool or chatting about life in the hot tub. in the evenings we played cards with them. it was lovely.

With just our own kids, Hawaii, Kent/London, and Scotland stand out.

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Tothepoint99 · 30/06/2022 22:40

Dogsandbabies · 29/06/2022 09:38

We love our holidays. The best have been the following 3:

Road trip in the US. We rented one of these huge American cars, and did Boston to Chicago, DC, New York. The kids loved it. So many museums, play areas. The US is particularly great for little ones.

Sri Lanka was also amazing. We hired a guide which made things easier. We all had a great time.

Camping in the UK. We go camping every year so have found a couple of really lovely camping sites that we just go back to. Never disappointed! And we can do that for long weekends which is a great bonus little holiday.

This year we are driving around Europe, some Centre Parcs in Holland, popping to Disneyland Paris, visiting Italy and getting the ferry over to Greece.

Huge American Cars? Do you mean a winnebago? Then did you have to pitch up at campsites etc? What about wanting to pop to the local town? Assume you didn't take the winnebago? I'm interested in this type of holiday.

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crabcakesalad · 01/07/2022 14:27

@Tothepoint99 we've done a camping trip like this and hired an RV. We drove from LA to San Francisco with detours to Yosemite and Las Vegas. Kids loved the camping, the fire pits and all the outdoors stuff along the way.

Lots of the Americans seems to tow a small car behind their RV but we just made do with some pre-planning. All the major tourist stuff had parking for RVs in their car parks, I think in the US they are just really set up for these vehicles.

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crabcakesalad · 01/07/2022 14:28

Thanks @Dogsandbabies , canoeing sounds fun! I'll look into it for my older ones :)

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crabcakesalad · 01/07/2022 14:31

wow Cape Cod looks beautiful @Pallisers , what did you kids love most in Scotland though?

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crabcakesalad · 01/07/2022 14:34

@troppibambini6 you are very lucky :

Do you book an apartment or adjoining rooms in the hotel? This is the bit we're struggling to adapt to now there are more of us.

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nomoneytreehere · 01/07/2022 14:36

Oh this is just the thread i needed.

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Indoctro · 01/07/2022 14:39

Yas Island in Abu Dhabi is my kids favourite

As 2 theme parks and a water park and zero Qing as it's such a quite place

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crabcakesalad · 01/07/2022 14:52

How do you work the rooms @Indoctro ?

Love a bit of holiday planning @nomoneytreehere Grin

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troppibambini6 · 01/07/2022 15:06

@crabcakesalad yes we are very lucky.
The apartment is big enough to sleep all of us 2 bedrooms and a sofa bed.
We either do inter connecting rooms if it's not ridiculously expensive or just get 2 rooms and split. We just did this when we went in May and actually it was fine. We spent so little time in the rooms in didn't really matter.

The Delphin imperial in Antalya is one we have been back to a few time and really rate. As long as you don't mind AI. Food is excellent and loads for the kids. For a May holiday it works out around £1000 per person for everything, flights, transfers,hotel, all your food and drink.... we literally spent about £20 in the hotel and that was in stuff for the pool.

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troppibambini6 · 01/07/2022 15:07

Sorry wasn't very clear apartment in Spain and hotel rooms in Turkey.

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crabcakesalad · 01/07/2022 15:15

@troppibambini6 sounds lovely, do you go May half term or in school time? We try for one AI/year because it really feels like a holiday after spending the rest of the year cooking and cleaning for children :)

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troppibambini6 · 01/07/2022 18:01

@crabcakesalad we go in school holidays Smile

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OompaLoompaa · 01/07/2022 18:07

Three DC here, Mark Warner summer holidays and an all inclusive in Turkey with some water slides and trip to a water park were firm favourites and stress free.

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Flopisfatteningbingforchristmas · 01/07/2022 18:09

troppibambini6 · 30/06/2022 22:16

We usually do an AI somewhere hot in May. The best place we've found is Antalya in Turkey 5* resorts loads for the kids but feels nice for us too.
We usually a long summer holiday in an apartment in spain. We know the area (Marbella) and it works well for us. Next year we are going for a month.
This year we are going to Turkey again in October as we can only go to spain for 2 weeks this year.
We are also hiring a glamming site with some other families in the cotswolds at the beginning of August. We did this last year and the kids loved it.
Our kids are 17,11,8 and 7.

Were the pools warm in May?

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crabcakesalad · 01/07/2022 18:56

We are also mark Warner fans @OompaLoompaa but I'm not sure it'll work with 4 kids and the cost with 4 kids is a bit kind blowing!

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troppibambini6 · 01/07/2022 19:01

@Flopisfatteningbingforchristmas yes they were and it was 28 everyday. Didn't need a cardi at night it was lovely.

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Flopisfatteningbingforchristmas · 01/07/2022 20:31

troppibambini6 · 01/07/2022 19:01

@Flopisfatteningbingforchristmas yes they were and it was 28 everyday. Didn't need a cardi at night it was lovely.

Thank you

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Tothepoint99 · 01/07/2022 20:39

crabcakesalad · 01/07/2022 14:27

@Tothepoint99 we've done a camping trip like this and hired an RV. We drove from LA to San Francisco with detours to Yosemite and Las Vegas. Kids loved the camping, the fire pits and all the outdoors stuff along the way.

Lots of the Americans seems to tow a small car behind their RV but we just made do with some pre-planning. All the major tourist stuff had parking for RVs in their car parks, I think in the US they are just really set up for these vehicles.

Thanks!

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