• Holidays are the perfect time for families to come together and create new memories that they will treasure for years to come. So, how do you make a holiday extra memorable? Here are some of our family holiday activities that we think you should all try.

    Teaching your kids to swim

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    Teaching your kids to swim

    Swimming is not just great fun way to pass the time, it’s a vital skill that will follow children into adulthood too! So, why not teach them to swim in a lovely warm pool on a lovely warm holiday?

    Teaching your child, or children, to swim on holiday means that you’re teaching them in optimum conditions that they might not experience at home; good weather, warm water and family nearby. If your children aren’t confident swimmers, always insist that they wear arm bands.

    Taking your first family boat ride

    Boat rises are great, especially when it’s the kids’ first time on the high seas. Gather together and pretend to be pirates, or imagine you’re explorers going off in search of the new world and prepare for the ultimate nautical adventure!

    If you’re not an experienced sailor, boat trips are easily accessible and local crews are always very friendly and knowledgeable, so ask around for good deals on boat trips on your stay.

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    Making a scrap book

    Scrap book making

    Many families like to make scrap books of their holidays and this is a really great idea as it helps you bond with your children and your partner as you officially record memories of the holiday.

    To make a scrap book, by an unlined notebook and keep a hold of memento from your trip, such as receipts, post cards, newspaper clippings, all sorts of things that help you remember your holiday and glue them into the book. Make sure that you write anecdotes from the holiday too, as this will help you to never forget them.

    Kids love making scrap books, but just remember to make sure the glue is dry before you close the book!

    Trying a new activity

    Holidays are all about trying new things, so why not take some time out of your schedule to do something that you and the family have never done before, such as fishing, kayaking, go-karting, or if you’re feeling really adventurous, quad biking?

    What you can do depends on your destination and your budget, so research before you fly and see what you can do once you land, it could be the makings of some great memories.

    Trying new food

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    Trying new food

    Why stick to the same food you eat at home? As the saying goes, ‘when in Rome, do as the Romans do’, which means that when you’re in another country, you should live like a local, so ask for restaurant recommendations and see what foods you could try.

    Go for dishes like patatas bravas in the Canary Islands, fresh seafood paellas on the coast of mainland Spain and charcoal grilled meat, such as souvlaki; grilled meat wrapped in pitta bread with tomato, onion and tzatziki, in Greece.