Why Canal Boat Trips Make Great Family Holidays
Nyima | On 06, Dec 2013
When searching for a new option for your family holiday, it’s important to look for something that’s both convenient and exciting. The idea of a holiday takes on a whole new meaning when you have children- it’s suddenly less about lounging and tranquility and more about going on a holiday that won’t leave you more stressed than when you began.
Unbeknownst to some, canal boat trips seem to tick off all the marks when it comes to a fun, relaxing family holiday. They offer just the right mix of excitement and leisure time, and perhaps best of all, uninterrupted days of enjoying each other’s company. Read on to find out more.
The Boat Itself
For kids, there’s nothing quite the same as being able to spend a week on a boat. Even a few hours would be exciting- the novelty of sleeping on the boat and remaining in motion can be utterly amazing.
Aboard the boat parents have the benefit of a private berth and kids can enjoy bunk beds; some boats have the option of using the dining area sofas as beds as well. During the trip you’ll have accommodations sorted- there will be no hotel reservations to take care of or costly food and beverages. You can choose to self-cater for the majority of the trip, making meals that everyone will like. If shopping and cooking aboard the boat isn’t your cup of tea, there’s always the option of stopping off at a waterside restaurant or pub.
It can also be great to have your small children in a safe, confined space. The boat’s galley and dining area will be a comfortable, secure place for them to play, eat and relax.
An Active Holiday
It’s always great to incorporate a bit of movement into your holiday, to get out and do something different and stay active. As any parent can tell you, this is especially true when you’ve got energetic kids.
Canal boating offers the chance to spend hours cycling along the banks and walking around charming villages and towns. You can even participate in your fair share of water sports depending on your destination and the weather- the South of France, for example, features swimming, kayaking and more.
Hiring a canal boat requires no special certification but there is a certain level of acquired skill that will allow you to successfully guide it through the canals. It can be a great bonding experience for couples and older kids to help steer and manage the locks.
Quality Time Together in the Great Outdoors
On a canal boat trip you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy plenty of fresh air and rest your eyes on new sights- this can be extremely refreshing for all ages in terms of taking break from school and work. After a week out on the water you have a much better chance of returning home refreshed and ready to deal with the stresses of daily life.
When you’re all together on the boat you can also really take the time to enjoy each other’s company and catch up in ways you may not be able to do during the week. From breakfast on deck to fun activities in the afternoon to time spent playing games or watching films below deck in the evenings, you’ll be able to just ‘be’ with each other in the best of ways.
Try a canal boat trip for your next family holiday- it’s a bit like camping on the water! Contact LateBoat for the best offers and enjoy your precious days off like never before.
Disclaimer: This post was written in association with LateBoat.