The Christmas decorations are only just down, and I don’t know about you, but I’ve been seeing a lot of holiday ads on TV and across my socials in the last few days. It seems we can’t wait to start planning 2020, and if you’re like me, you’ll be savvy and start doing research now for deals on cheaper holidays. It’s especially the case if you’re like the early worm and can afford to take the time around the Easter school break to pack up with kids and head away somewhere lovely, rather than have a week that revolves around picking the right chocolate egg and struggling to keep the kids busy from dawn to dusk.

I’ve had a look online and found some great destinations to visit at this time of year, with a focus on it being as hassle-free for families as possible; especially in the case of single mums. I’ve tried to find a wide range that has something for every kind of holiday and hopefully offers a few inspirational trip ideas too. Read on and see if there’s a family holiday that sounds just right for your situation.

Destination 1: Glasgow

All the charm of Edinburgh with the hills, for families who think a staycation is the way to go, you can do no wrong with Glasgow. With transport links that stretch through the city and beyond, Glasgow has a lot of things going for it if you bring your family.

It’s incredibly easy for families to get there by car or train, and hotels are generally much cheaper than they are in Edinburgh. For it being quite a compact city, you can hit most of the major family-friendly attractions over a weekend. 

Family attractions in Glasgow that come highly-rated include:

  • Glasgow Science Centre
  • The Tall Ship & Riverside Museum (right beside one another)
  • Snow Factor
  • Kelvingrove Museum

A lot of restaurants, especially those in the city centre around Prince’s Square, are very family-friendly too.

Destination 2: The Alps

A little family ski trip is an excellent idea if you have a week free in the calendar around Easter, especially when visiting the Alps, and for one very good reason: everything is sorted immediately.

Unlike a sunny holiday or city trip where you might organise all the individual bits once by one, you can have flights, transfers, lessons and equipment all included for one price.

Ski holidays also mean you have less to pack because you get all the ski clothes and equipment when you get there; make sure you pack enough pairs of thick socks for the ski boots.

A ski holiday has the added benefit where  parents are guaranteed at least half the day to themselves when kids go skiing school and you can enjoy some après ski.

Just remember to have tablets charged for the flight and bus transfer!

Destination 3: Malta

It’s one of the smallest countries in Europe, something of a sun lover’s paradise and most people speak fluent English (it’s a former colony), making it a good spot for a family holiday, especially when you find out how cheap it can be.

Now a quick caveat for this; it helps if you can drive. Even though it’s a small island, most people get around by car. You can drive from one end to another in about 40 minutes, and the bus network can get confusing at the best of times. A lot of families can get cheap flights from the familiar airlines, and hotels in the likes of St Julians, Bugibba and Paceville can see you getting a bargain around Easter and the start of the school holidays.

Are you a single mum and looking to carve out some time in the day just for yourself?

When you can’t quite plan for a holiday just yet, you might want to take advice from some of the tips written here on how to find me time as a single mum.

And if you’re a single parent who wants to be able to take kids on holiday, Gingerbread is a great free online resource that can help you find organisations which help single parents afford holidays.

Vicky Charles

Vicky is a single mother, writer and card reader.


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