Anybody who’s travelled with children knows that holidays can be both the best and the worst of times. There’s magic in showing your children the sea for the first time; seeing the look on their faces when they try a new food and discover that the hotel serves all-you-can-eat ice cream. But a family holiday often involves military levels of planning. We’re here to help with our family travel special. We have holiday suggestions for all ages, from babies to teenagers, where the adults are guaranteed to have as much fun as the children.

Where possible throughout this special, prices are for families. The per-person price specified in others is what adults pay, although lower rates would apply for babies, toddlers and teenagers. Contact operators for detailed information.

Children can share your airline seat until they’re 24 months old

Children can share your airline seat until they’re 24 months old

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The camp is split on taking babies on holiday — between parents who consider this to be the best age to travel as far and as intrepidly as possible (free plane seats! Stick baby in the papoose!) and those who consider it merely sleep-deprived parenting in the sun. Children can share your airline seat until they’re 24 months old and for only 10 per cent of the adult fare. Then again, is this really how you want to travel all the way to Australia, for example, just because it’s great value, when an under-two will never remember the escapade anyway? My baby daughter was so big for her age (we say “tall” in the family) that holding her for an entire flight after she turned 15 months was so uncomfortable we’d buy a seat for her anyway. So, it’s not always as straightforward as it seems.

As new parents, the most important thing is that you have

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