Deciding on the perfect family holiday location can be a bit of a chore. Not only do you have to take budgets, time and activities into account, but you also have to plan for the whole family. It might seem obvious, but you have to make sure that each member of the family will be happy with the location that you have chosen. Otherwise, you might find yourself left with a group of grumpy family members ready to sulk throughout the whole break!

Of course, this is something we all want to avoid, so it is vital to get that all-important location just right. For the perfect balance between a UK staycation and an exciting trip abroad, why not choose Northern Ireland?

Northern Ireland is great for an enjoyable family getaway, offering stunning scenery, plentiful sights and attractions and all the fun of travelling abroad without the long, tedious journeys and the worries of trekking the whole family thousands of miles across the globe.

As well as this, large parts of the country are off the usual beaten tourist trail, offering a quieter atmosphere and a chance to escape the never-ending crowds usually encountered at the most popular destinations. Add to this the sheer array of places to explore and sights to encounter, and it isn’t hard to see why Northern Ireland makes the perfect destination for a memorable family holiday.

Where to Go

With so many attractions on offer, it can be tricky to decide where to visit. A good place to start can be to get the whole family involved – set everyone loose to do some research, and come up with a shortlist of places to visit that everyone has contributed to and helped to put together. That way, you can easily put together a rough guide itinerary including places that suit everyone. Avoiding sulks and family arguments – what could be better?

Of course, as with any holiday destination, there are a few must-see sights. For example, no trip to Northern Ireland is complete without a visit to the capital, Belfast, or the world-famous Giant’s Causeway. If you do decide that you want to head out and visit some of the more popular attractions, a great way to ensure that you see everything without giving yourself a headache over excessive planning is to book yourself onto a tour. Head out on a Giant’s Causeway tour from Belfast, where you will stop off at all the most stunning, famous sights along the way, perfect for plenty of photo opportunities!

What to Pack

Of course, you are probably familiar with the seemingly endless list of things that need to be packed when you are preparing for a trip away with the family. But aside from the usual spare sets of clothes and toys to keep the little ones entertained, don’t forget to pack according to the season, weather and the length of your stay. Northern Irish weather is very similar to our own, so even if it’s forecast bright and sunny, it’s always worth packing a raincoat and brolly just in case! If you are planning to head out on your own to explore the beautiful countryside, it may also be worth purchasing a local map or guide book to help you throughout your stay. Getting lost is never much fun, but if you end up getting lost in an unfamiliar country with the kids in tow, it’s guaranteed to be even worse. That being said, with the proper preparations, there is no reason why you can’t get organised and have a fantastic time.

Although we may be reaching the tail end of summer 2017, that doesn’t mean that you can’t still get busy planning your next getaway. After all, Northern Ireland is a country that can be enjoyed throughout the year, and you never know where your travels might take you next!