Planning a group holiday? Good things are better when you’ve got someone to share them with. And with a holiday it’s often the case of the more the merrier. A trip abroad can be a great way to bond the extended family and get the generations together. If you’re on the cusp of becoming your own family, a stag or hen trip is the way to say goodbye to single life with a week of adventure or pampering. But you don’t need a special occasion to go wild as a group. You choose your friends, and spending time having fun together is the ultimate way to cement those bonds. And going as a group means you bring your own entertainment with you and you’ll save money while you let your hair down.
It can be hard to find time for family these days. Most of us work very hard, and email and smartphones can mean you’re always on call. And we move around more – the ties to extended family can easily be stretched by geography, unless we take the time to keep the connections alive. A big family holiday is a brilliant way to rekindle those relationships, introduce new family members to each other, and remember why family is the most important thing in our lives.
The choice of destinations is something that’s worth spending some time on – there can be lots of competing demands to be met. For cross generational appeal, it’s’ hard to beat the Canary Islands. Tenerife, Lanzarote, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, and La Palma are pint-sized packages that offer everything from world-class water sports to unspoiled natural parks, big theme parks to historic villages. All this with the best climate in the world. Turkey too can cover all the family bases. Its coasts are a winning mix of family attractions and superb beaches with great water sports facilities. Dolphin watching is a family winner and some of the best ancient historic sites in the world are tucked away just off the coast. And Turkey’s a hugely family-orientated culture – kids are loved and cherished there.
Stag Dos and Hen Parties
Congratulations! You’re heading for the altar (or blessing tree or flower arch) and a lifelong commitment to the person you’ve chosen to spend your life with. That’s got to be worth celebrating. A stag do used to mean a night down the local with your best man and mates; a hen celebration was for a long time limited to a quiet afternoon tea! Those days are long gone, and many guys and girls head into this momentous event in their lives with a send-off worthy of the occasion. For your celebration you’ll want to pick carefully. It’s likely that you’ll require at least a bar or two, and the Costa del Sol is a very popular party destination, with great clubbing scenes in resorts like Torremolinos, Fuengirola, exclusive Marbella, and Estepona. This southern coast has lots more attractions though, with adventure experiences galore offshore and in the mountains just inland and sophisticated shopping, dining, partying and pampering in Malaga, Spain’s oldest city.
The cliché tells us that girls just wanna have fun. That’s surely true, but fun comes in all shapes and sizes, and the best way to cram as much of it as possible into one weekend is to go for a city break. Cities have the density and variety of attraction to suit every taste, and the shopping, dining and socialising in the world’s favourite weekend break destinations are guaranteed to be top of the range. Barcelona ticks all the boxes: a beautiful city with some of the best art, architecture and culture in Europe, a great beach, superb fashion shopping in the likes of Passeig de Gràcia, and dining and dancing that’ll give any city in the world a run for its money.
The price and speed of air travel means you can go further afield much more easily these days. New York used to be a once-in-a-lifetime trip, but today a weekend in the Big Apple is very doable. Once there you’ll be bombarded with sights, sounds, smells and experiences in the most exciting city in the world. Shopping on Fifth Avenue, shows on Broadway, trendy clubbing in Brooklyn – you might only get a taste of New York in a weekend break but it’ll be enough to have you hungry for more.