Where to next? A guide to choosing the perfect family holiday destination
What's on your "perfect family holiday destination checklist"? As most people only tend to get a few weeks of holiday leave per year, it's a good idea to research some ideal destinations before you head away. After all, there's nothing worse than picking a dud!
We know you're busy so we've spent a little bit of time putting together a list of things to think about before you head away:
Fun for the whole family?
When the whole family is going on holiday, it's important to pick a place that will keep everyone entertained. You might be happy going from cafe to cafe and relaxing on the beach with a book in hand, but what about the kids?
To keep the little ones smiling, look into destinations that offer plenty to do in terms of activities or natural attractions. If you have an energetic family, then the Gold Coast makes a great place to visit - your kids will be in heaven at one of the many theme parks in the area!
Tropical North Queensland is also ideal for family holidays in Australia, surrounded by lush rainforests and close to the Great Barrier Reef.
By picking a destination that offers a variety of fun activities, you can be sure there'll be something for everyone.
"If you want to spend your days on the beach and soaking up the warm Australian sun, then plan ahead and book a trip to somewhere like Broadbeach or Port Douglas in the heat of summer."
Tis the season to be…
Spring, summer, autumn or winter? The time of year that you take your family holiday will dramatically influence the type of experience you have.
If you want to spend your days on the beach and soaking up the warm Australian sun, then plan ahead and book a trip to somewhere like Broadbeach or Port Douglas in the heat of summer.
However, if you are hoping for a midwinter escape, then it's a good idea to look into places that can be enjoyed rain or shine.
Big cities such as Brisbane or Cairns tend to have plenty of indoor entertainment on offer, from museums and art galleries to movie theatres and shopping malls.
Let's talk money
Ah, budgeting. It's never fun but it's important to look at how much money you want to spend on your next family holiday. This will help give you a better idea of what you can afford.
The good news is, there are plenty of ways to enjoy a fun family holiday on the cheap! Australia is home to some beautiful natural attractions which can be appreciated without having to spend so much as a penny.
If you centre your trip around, say, family days at the beach or treks through the rainforest, then the only costs you'll have to plan for are accommodation, food and transport.
You could even make your holiday cheaper by choosing to stay in an apartment. Mantra holiday apartments come with fully-equipped kitchens, meaning that you can do all of your own cooking and save a few precious pennies on eating out.
It's this type of "thinking outside the square" that can help you enjoy a fun-filled holiday that doesn't break the bank.
What's on your bucket list?
Budgets, seasons and accommodation aside, when you go to plan a family holiday, ask yourself: "what's on my bucket list?" Where have you always wanted to visit? What is an attraction that you have always wanted to see?
You only get so many holidays in a lifetime, so be sure to pick a destination that is at the top of your list - go on, you deserve it!