Family package holidays first became popular in the 1960s, in response to the large numbers of brits who were travelling overseas. Tour operators began to offer chartered flights and holiday accommodation which were bundled together, saving both the cost and the hassle of tourists organising these elements independently. Since then, package holidays have become hugely popular, accounting for most of the millions of holidays which are booked each year.
If you are planning to go away as a family, the package holiday is the most cost-effective way of going about this. The following guide explains everything you need to know about the package deal, as well as how to get the very best deals around.
What does the package holiday include?
Family package holidays will include everything you need to enjoy your holiday. This includes chartered flights to your destination, transfers to your resort and your accommodation. During your stay, you will have access to a representative of your tour operator, who will be on hand to help and advise you about everything you need to enjoy your stay. Through the tour operator, package holidaymakers are also able to book excursions and trips and in some cases enjoy nightly entertainment in their hotel or apartments.
Many tour operators offer resorts which are tailored to the needs of the family. This includes a host of child-friendly facilities, which have been designed both to keep the kids entertained and give their parents a well-earned break!
Package holidays vs. other holidays
Family package holidays have 2 major advantages over other forms of travel. First of all, the cost savings which are offered by tour operators, due to the volume of holidaymakers they handle, makes them a much more cost effective solution than planning your own break. The second advantage is that they take the hassle out of organising flights, accommodation and resort transfers yourself, leaving you free to relax and enjoy your holiday.
Late Availability Deals
Depending on how flexible you are, there are some bargain family package holiday deals to be had. Many tour operators offer last minute deals, which offer significant savings on the usual cost when booked shortly before departure. These deals are offered by companies to fill up empty spaces on aircraft and in resorts. The only snag is that with some deals you won’t actually know where you are staying until you arrive at the resort.