Next month, direct flights to Florida from London, Manchester and Birmingham are only £250 return. Factor in accommodation in your own self-catering villa (with pool) and a fortnight's holiday with Mickey, Pluto and Cinderella comes in at under £2000! A quick look at the Thomas Cook website reveals that's a saving of over £4000 for a family of four!
For £2000, you'd struggle to holiday in this country for a fortnight in July or August and you wouldn't be guaranteed the weather or the variety an Orlando holiday can offer in the way of alligators, swamplands, water parks, the Kennedy Space Centre...
For those watching the purse strings a little more, I have the perfect theme park alternative a little closer to home. Why go to Legoland Windsor when return flights to the Danish home of the plastic brick are only £15 at the end of this month? And as for minimising costs on entry to the theme park, I have the perfect plan for money-savvy parents. Just as we, in the UK, have the 2-for-1 vouchers for venues/days out on cereal boxes in the UK, the Danish and Germans have similar offers and a quick ebay search produces such deals for only a euro. When we visited Billund last summer, I sourced a fistful of vouchers which meant that our kids went free into Legoland, with lots of vouchers left over to dish out to other families at the payment booths. If you search www.ebay.de for 'Legoland gutschein', you'll be sure to find a host of sellers who can save you money on the entrance fee.
So, a Lego-themed minibreak for under £150 for a family of four, including accommodation, travel, entry to the park and the joys of Scandinavian culture. In comparison, Alton Towers costs £130 for a day ticket. Surely, a no-brainer?
Orlando and Billund. The most perfect family destinations at a perfect price.
And, as always, if you need a hand sniffing out these bargains, give me a shout! I'd love to help you bag a bargain, full of family memories.