Recommendations for good family holidays?

I’m starting to think ahead to next summer. I’m turning 40 and we’re thinking of planning a decent couple of weeks’ holiday. (There’s me, my wife and our daughters who will be 10 and 7 next year).

I’m wondering about possibly interrailing? We’ve not been to Europe as a family and I think the girls would enjoy the pace and the train journeys. (Side question: can you get family cabins on sleeper trains?) There was a Guardian piece about it, which made it sound quite appealing.

However I’m open to other ideas/recommendations, really.

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How much money you got?

terra mitica

I’d love to go interrailing with my wife and kids.

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The answer to all family holiday questions is Italy. Anywhere within.

I haven’t really set a budget but we’ve got enough for a decent couple of weeks’ holiday.

Hmm I was going to say if no budget you should go to Yellowstone and Yosemite.

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Pontins

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Got nothing against a Pontins when they do those £40 caravans in the local paper

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Aww

yeah my eldest loves trains (though I’m not sure whether she’d be up for that many journeys in a fortnight).

She wants to go to Munich as apparently there’s a really awesome science museum there.

I’ve not started planning anything yet - just fancy doing something a bit different next summer.

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Oooh that’s a nice idea. My aunt and uncle (who live in Iowa) suggested a roadtrip from Chicago heading west, but that seems like a lot of driving

www.seat61.com is a brilliant website for planning / researching railway journeys and holidays by rail.

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Oh nice! I’ll take a look at that.

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Go on a cruise. Banging family holiday - see some cool places, everything is catered, kids clubs are really good (haven’t taken mine on one yet because she’s too small but have heard nothing but good things), no airport pain. It’s the lazy man’s holiday of choice. We’re doing one next year with the baby, can’t wait.

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Driving in the US is really easy though. And so scenic.

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CCB next summer

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Imagine being trapped on that Boat when Belle and Sebastian announce they are playing their last album in full. Abandon ship !

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Ha, yikes. If they gave me a cast-iron guarantee that they’d not play anything post-2003, I’d be tempted.

My wife took our kids (also now 10 and 7) interraailing two years ago for a whole month. I joined them for long weekends along the way. They all absolutely loved it.

Their route/stop offs comprised - Paris, Amsterdam, Cologne, Munich, Salzburg, Vienna, Verona and Lake Como.

I missed the German and Austrian parts, but I can confirm that Verona and, especially, Lake Como were amazing with a family in tow.

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