Great family summer holiday destinations
Book the right summer holiday destination and you and your family could have the best two weeks of your life.
If you're struggling to decide where to go on your family holiday, read on so that you can all enjoy the break you deserve.
Classic family destinations
The Mediterranean is a mecca for British holidaymakers and the beauty, especially for those with younger children, is that you don't need to spend hours getting there.
Most Spanish resorts and the ever popular Balearic Islands of Majorca, Menorca and Ibiza are no more than two to three hours away by plane, while you can hop over to France by ferry in as little as an hour and a half.
Even the Greek islands and the Algarve are accessible in around three hours.
For a taste of the high life, head to Cannes or St Tropez on France's southern coast, or Spain's Marbella.
If, however, your priority is having lots to do, a bustling resort such as Benidorm on the Costa Blanca or Albufeira in Portugal will probably prove more suitable.
Finally, if you are prepared to travel further afield, consider splashing out on a trip to Orlando in Florida, where the many world-renowned theme parks are sure to put a smile on your kids' faces.
Recently popular destinations
For relatively short flight times and exotic charm, it's hard to beat North African destinations such as Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia.
Egypt's Red Sea region, for example, is a family favourite year after year thanks to its long beaches, relatively low prices and world-class watersports.
With a wide range of accommodation, reliable summer sun and tasty, cheap local food, Turkey is also increasingly popular as each year goes on.
Family-friendly resorts worth a look for your summer trip include Sharm el Sheikh and El Gouna in Egypt, and Marmaris in Turkey.
Being cut off from the rest of the world is one reason island destinations appeal to holidaymakers of all kinds.
And the good news for parents dreaming of escaping it all is that there are plenty of islands set up for family getaways.
Along with the usual suspects off the coast of Spain and Greece - including the classic Canary Island destinations of Tenerife, Lanzarote and Gran Canaria - the crystal clear waters and diverse scenery of the Cape Verde islands have started attracting more and more families of late.
Many of the hotels on the islands boast great kids' clubs and activities for all of the family as a result.
Other lesser-known islands to bear in mind include Malta, which has a wealth of historical architecture, and Cyprus with its spectacular coastline and sultry climate. Paphos in Cyprus will be a winner with most families.
For those happier in lower temperatures, meanwhile, Iceland offers natural hot springs, extreme sports and incredible wildlife. And no trip to the country would be complete without a trip to the colourful capital Reykjavik.
For a holiday with a difference, it is often worth going further afield.
And the good news is that many long-haul destinations are becoming easier to get to - even with kids.
Thomson and First Choice are launching direct charter flights to the island of Phuket in Thailand from November, while British Airways now offer flights to Sri Lanka via Male.
Both places offer great value for money, not to mention dreamy beaches and delicious local cuisine. And from Sri Lanka it is just a short hop to the romantic island paradise that is the Maldives.
With surprisingly short flights times of around nine hours, the Caribbean islands of Jamaica, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Barbados, St Lucia and Antigua are also well worth a visit. And the Mexican resorts of the Cancun area also cater well for families.
For families who prefer the urban buzz to the beach, meanwhile, Dubai in the Middle East is accessible in just six hours and offers impressive architecture and shopping opportunities galore - just be aware of the heat, especially in the summer months.
If deciding where to go on holiday is proving too much of a headache, why not book a no-hassle cruise that takes in several Mediterranean destinations instead? What could be more exciting for your little ones than waking up somewhere new each morning?
You can sail from Southampton on family-friendly cruises run by either Royal Caribbean or P&O.
P&O's cruises include a 12-night trip visiting Alicante in Spain and Lisbon in Portugal, while Royal Caribbean offers a 10-night trip that includes Malta and the Southern Italian cities of Naples and Rome.
UK staycation destinations
Britain is blessed with some of the most beautiful beaches - if not the most beautiful weather - in the world.
Cornwall, for example, is home to hundreds of hidden coves and surfing spots, while Bournemouth has an incredible seven miles of golden sand.
Or, for fun beside the sea, resorts such as Blackpool and Brighton are sure to hit the spot. And, in contrast, the Lake District and the Cotswolds are stunning countryside retreats with walking opportunities and pretty towns and villages to explore.
With their enormous choice of activities and fantastic facilities, UK holiday parks can also prove a great mix of fun for the kids and relaxation for you whether you want to escape to the countryside or the beach.
And UK city breaks are a great option for all of the family with fun attractions such as the London Dungeons and free museums and galleries all over the country where you can all learn something new.