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Are you going on holiday in the October half-term like we are? If so, you’ll need to ensure your trip is ABTA-approved so you can relax knowing that you’ve booked with a reputable company.


We’re going away to Amsterdam and in this blog I’ll be sharing why we’ve chosen to book with an ABTA member, why we’ve chosen October to go away and why we regularly choose this time of the year to travel with the kids.


Who is ABTA?

ABTA is ranked the UK’s most trusted travel association and has been at the heart of the travel industry for almost 70 years. It offers advice and guidance to the travelling public and works with its Members on health and safety and promoting responsible tourism both at home and abroad.

Booking with an ABTA member means you can expect high standards from your holiday provider because they adhere to ABTA’s code of conduct. You’ll also be reassured to know that package holidays sold to you in the European Economic Area (EEA) by ABTA members are financially protected, so if the worst were to happen and your travel company fails, you’ll be able to continue your holiday as planned or get your money back.

Check out the benefits of booking with an ABTA approved travel company here: http://bit.ly/31iogBS.


Why Amsterdam in October?


I can’t wait to go away in the October half-term break and will be booking with an ABTA member, as always. I can’t wait to get away after this first school term. It’s always a shock to the system getting back to routine after so many weeks off over the summer and I feel I need time off more than ever then so a holiday in October will help us to relax!

Amsterdam looks picture-perfect and I’m excited to fill my Insta grid with holiday spam (apologies in advance)! Did you even go away if you didn’t post on Instagram, though, ha?

We usually go abroad in the summer months but felt October would be a little quieter, a lot cheaper, and still warm enough to be out and about before the days get too short and cold. I’ll keep you updated on how the trip goes.


Why we travel 

perfect beach

Nothing beats the gift of travel in my opinion, and no more so than when you get to see the world through your children’s eyes as they explore and relish new places, foods and cultures.

I distinctly remember many ‘first moments’ with the kids on holidays over the years from flying long haul to Jamaica, witnessing the boys swimming in the sea in the Algarve, riding on a carousel in a fairground in Cannes and playing pooh sticks on the Yorkshire coast when we visited a quaint cottage there, to name just a few.

Both boys still speak of the sweet friendships they made on holiday, which have all been truly formative experiences for them. Holidays are a chance for you and your children to grow, learn, develop and most importantly, have fun.


Why and where I recommend travelling to in October 


October really is the perfect time to get away. It’s still warm in Europe (you can swim in the sea) and Cyprus, Spain, France, Italy and Greece are fairly short flights away and perfect locations for beach, culture and fab food hits for all the family!

Nice, Cannes and Grasse in particular are places I’ve visited since I was a baby so feel like home to me, and being just a short flight from the UK make them a sweet spot to take the kids. While it won’t be as warm as the summer out there, you can still enjoy the beach and eat al fresco in the South of France, and the shopping there, is the best in the world as far as I’m concerned – you can also visit patisseries and shop in the local boutiques for pretty dresses (my personal fave). 

child on a carousel

We love San Pedro/Marbella too in October as it tends to stay warm there with even their winters proving to be mild.

All of these European destinations are easy to fly to with regional airports such as East Midlands, Birmingham, Bristol, Southampton, Southend and Leeds, as well as your main London airports, offering regular flights over half-term and beyond. 

Don’t dismiss the train either.


We travelled via Eurostar to the historical city of Avignon a few years back over the summer, catching the TGV further south which enabled us to see parts of the region we’d otherwise have missed. So you could find a good value deal in October – just check it’s with an ABTA member by looking for the logo and cross-checking on ABTA’s website.

City breaks work well for a family break in October half term too.

We visited Santa in Lapland last year before heading to Prague for a hit of culture along with some spa days for good measure. I also recommend Paris and taking the kids to Disneyland is on our list. 

Lapland Finland

If you’re looking more long haul, try Disneyland Florida, it’s always less crowded but still sunny in October.


How to plan your October half term break


Do some research and work out what’s best for your family. Check out an ABTA member’s website or call them and they can offer some great advice on where to go.

Let me know if you’re planning to go on holiday this October half term or beyond in the comments, and don’t forget to check your travel providers are ABTA members. You can search on ABTA’s ‘Find a Member’ page http://bit.ly/2PvSekj to check the holiday company you’re booking with is approved.

You can also head to ABTA’s useful ‘Planning and booking a holiday’ page for more details on why you should book with an ABTA member. It also offers tips on getting travel insurance too.

Link below: http://bit.ly/2PxZMTM.

If you’re planning to travel to the EU after 31 October, ABTA has important information on Brexit which travellers need to know. They’re saying that while flights, ferries and trains will still be operating, travellers should be aware of issues around passports, driving licenses, mobile roaming fees and taking your pet abroad. Find out more at: abta.com/Brexit.


Competition time

Excitingly, ABTA is running a competition with me to win an ultimate MEGABOOM 3 Bluetooth Speaker for your holiday, worth £169.99, your perfect holiday companion.

If you wish to enter the competition simply comment on the blog on what your plans are and whether you’re considering a break in October. 

To manage the competition, I use Rafflecopter (see its privacy notice) to help pick a winner and will share the winner’s details with ABTA to arrange collection of the prize. More information on how ABTA processes your personal data can be found on the ABTA website at abta.com/privacy-notice.

I’ll send ABTA the winners’ details so they can send the prize to the winner’s address.

See more details in our competition T&Cs below.

  • UK and Ireland only
  • No cash alternative
  • Ends 25th October 2019.
  • If the winner does not respond within 7 days, a new winner will be chosen at random.

This is a sponsored campaign but as always, my words are honest.

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274 Responses

  1. Maria Jane Knight

    We are in Suffolk and our half term started Monday, so far we have been to Paradise Wildlife Park for wolf week, we have been to a local pumpkin patch and had tons of fun, and tomorrow we are off to Colchester Zoo for some Halloween themed surprises! I hope you have a wonderful half term with your boys x

  2. Sheila Reeves

    Working here, but as my children are grown that’s not a problem – a trip to Amsterdam sounds fab though!

  3. Victoria Prince

    We have no plans at the moment. Will see where it takes us at the time!

  4. Anneka Davies

    Lots of Halloween activities like pumpkin picking and carving and decorating the house with lots of spooky decorations 👻🎃

  5. Kim Neville

    Visiting family, taking kids trick or treating and Halloween party and going to London 😁

  6. Sean Eccles

    Some pumpkin picking and carving then we are of to the sea life center and trick or treating 🎃🎃🎃

  7. Victoria n

    We have just had our half term and have been away to center parcs with friends 🙂

  8. Jo Godfray

    We are all pretty exhausted so no fixed plans for the little ones – just chill with lots of films. My eldest is 15 Tuesday so we have decided to mozy around Borough with a lovely afternoon tea in a hotel. Can’t wait!!

  9. Katie Harmer

    I intend to spend my time relaxing as much as possible whilst trying to declutter some of the rubbish I seem to accumilate from seemingly nowhere

  10. Kirsty Taylor

    Work unfortunately. My daughter is booked into a special hallowe’en themed holiday club (her choice) and she’s super excited!

  11. Cath Joyce

    Unfortunately I have to work so we won’t be able to go away in October
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  12. Cherry Lloyd

    We love a bit of sunshine in the Autumn holidays so we are having a short break to Marrakesh.

  13. Laura Loo

    We are off to Yorkshire wildlife park and have lots of family visits planned

  14. Rachael Sexey

    We are planning lots of halloween movies and nature hunts with the dogs

  15. caroline howard

    We’re going to stay in a lodge in Yorkshire for my birthday – I can’t wait!

  16. Allison

    We’re away the final weekend in Great Yarmouth with friends, at the start of the week we hope to be moving house!

  17. Claire Sen

    We’ll be visiting my husband’s mum, we’re going to host a big halloween party and my daughter is going to one too. It’s also my birthday and my mum’s AND my nephews over that half term so it’s going to be very busy! Work always gets really busy over any holidays too. I feel exhausted just thinking about it!

  18. Nadia Josephine

    There are so many adventures to be had during half term and I think its so important to get as much excitement and make memories. Museums and outdoor activities are on the list!

  19. Susan Hoggett

    some visits to national trust sites with some nice walks if the weather holds out!

  20. jules eley

    Lots of Autumnal dog walks, a Halloween party, Conker collecting and pumpkin carving.

  21. jo liddement

    Having a well earned rest. I am self employed and this is my first week off this year and i will be spending it relaxing at home.


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