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The fast pace of modern life can make it hard to find the time to really appreciate your loved ones.
That's why it is so important to get your family holiday just right.
But where in the world will you and your family spend precious moments that you will all cherish for years to come?
Whether you want sandy beaches, cultural excursions or thrilling theme parks, at least one of our top ten choices for 2013 family breaks is bound to hit the right note.
1. Spanish mainland
Spanish coastal resorts such as Benidorm on the Costa Blanca and Marbella on the Costa del Sol are hugely popular due to their beautiful beaches and wealth of family-focused entertainment options.
The secrets to their success include a flight time of just two to three hours from the UK and the tasty and affordable food and drink available in restaurants, supermarkets and bars.
However, Spanish cities such as Barcelona and Madrid also offer fantastic value for money and boast attractions ranging from art galleries to white-knuckle rides.
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2. Balearic Islands
The Spanish islands of Majorca, Menorca and Ibiza have a well-deserved reputation for trouble-free family holidays.
Hundreds of direct flights take off from UK airports every week, with many families lured back year after year by the sunny climate, stunning scenery and mouth-watering local cuisine.
Majorca's plus points include the elegant capital city Palma and idyllic beaches of Alcudia, while Cala'n Bosch in Menorca is the perfect choice for a relaxing beach break. And Ibiza offers a mix of beaches, fun and watersports.
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Huge beaches, family-friendly resorts and reliable summer sun have all helped to make Portugal's Algarve region a hit with British families.
Sporty types will love the wide range of activities - horse riding, golf and watersports - on offer, while stressed-out mums can pamper themselves in luxury spas.
What's more, there is a huge choice of accommodation catering for all budgets.
With its many beaches, restaurants and theme parks, the resort of Albufeira is just the ticket for many families.
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4. Greek islands
Gorgeous beaches and clear blue seas tempt thousands of British families to the Greek islands every year.
These are not the islands' only selling points, though.
There is also something for everyone, with Corfu, Crete, Rhodes and Kos offering plenty to see and do and quieter islands such as Zante and Kefalonia providing a beautiful backdrop for more relaxing getaways.
With the Greek economy suffering, families on a budget should also be able to take advantage of some great discounts and special offers.
Try Rethymnon on Crete for a fun family break.
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5. Canary Islands
Families have been flocking to Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote and Fuerteventura to soak up the glorious year-round sun for years.
The islands are completely geared up for families as a result, with restaurants and cafes welcoming customers of all ages with a smile.
Each of the islands has its own individual character, with Fuerteventura appealing to families looking for a quieter trip.
Los Cristianos in Tenerife and Playa Blanca in Lanzarote are among the most popular resorts for those with little ones.
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Disney's Magic Kingdom, Universal Studios and SeaWorld make Orlando the first port of call for many families heading to Florida.
There is much more to the Sunshine State than theme parks, though.
Once the kids have raced, laughed and shrieked their way around the main attractions, there are clean, sandy beaches, buzzing cities such as Miami and wildlife parks to explore too.
Getting around is easy in a hired car, and a multi-base trip is a great way to see a lot in a short time.
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Direct charter flights that make short work of the long-haul trip have made Mexico increasingly popular with British families over the last few years.
The American influence in the resort of Cancun means great service and lots of child-friendly food options, while the Caribbean location provides picture-postcard beaches and deliciously warm water.
There is also no shortage of activities, with historic Aztec sites such as Chichen Itza nearby and a Wet 'n Wild park in Cancun itself.
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8. Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka is the ideal choice for families seeking a taste of the exotic - especially with British Airways launching new flights via Male.
The stunning island, famous for its palm-lined beaches, also offers great value for money.
Cheap and tasty food is readily available, kids will love visits to tea plantations and mystical temples, and mementoes such as textiles and hand carvings are well priced.
For a family holiday of a lifetime, why not split your time between Sri Lanka and the Indian Ocean atolls of the Maldives?
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Whether your family loves city tours, the great outdoors or Mickey Mouse, France has it all on tap.
You can marvel at the yachts in St Tropez and Nice, ride the waves in Biarritz, gorge yourselves on seafood in Britanny or mix high culture with Disney fun in Paris - the choice is yours.
And best of all, you can fill the car up with everything you could possibly need and take it all with you on the ferry.
An Alpine resort such as Chamonix, with its climbing, hiking and mountain biking, could prove an invigorating change.
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You don't have to go far to enjoy quality time with your near and dear ones this year.
Attractions such as the London Dungeons and Edinburgh Castle can make UK city breaks just as much fun for children as adults.
For a more relaxing staycation, meanwhile, head to St Ives in Cornwall for sandy beaches and cute cottages, go to the Lake District for family walks and fun attractions or head to one of the UK's many holiday parks that offer activities for all the family.
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