Travelling with children: part three

You might have been reading our other articles on travelling with children recently. If not you can read part one here and part two here.

I have always found it easier to be self-catering with children, especially when they are very young. That doesn’t mean I’m not open to other options, but just that’s what has worked the best so far.


The benefits of self catering with a young family have been:

  • Flexibility around meal times
  • Flexibility around meal options
  • A home from home feeling
  • Not being worried about noise at night time and your little ones waking other guests
  • Space
  • Appliances at your fingertips
  • Overall feeling of being more relaxed
  • More freedom for children to roam
  • More freedom for parents in the evening
  • Did I say more space already?

The disadvantage of a self-catering option is often that the cost is greater.

That’s where HouseTrip becomes interesting. HouseTrip originated in Europe and is aimed specifically at families. It only lists full apartments, houses and villas so that holidaymakers always have the whole property to themselves and HouseTrip stays are on average 50% cheaper than a hotel.

This seems to be the best of both worlds so I am going to look at this in greater detail in the future when planning holidays.

What is your preference of holiday accommodation with children?

The Dad Network


  1. We just took Ted on holiday and went self catering so that we could implement his routine. It worked really well. thanks for sharing this and for linking up #bigfatlinky

  2. We usually stay in hotels when we go on hols except when we are with a group of friends when a villa holiday is the way to go. Hotels can be a bit disruptive – especially with meal times and I think in the future as my daughter gets older, we’ll definitely end up doing more self-catering. What I love about hotels… breakfast made for me every morning, a clean room everyday and getting fussed over by staff. #bigfatlinky

    1. Thanks for sharing your experience. I think it depends what works for you doesn’t it and that changes over time. I agree they can be a bit disruptive.

  3. Great tips, I remember going self catering when mine was young. Nothing worse than going half board and the kids not being hungry till an hour after you have left the restaurant!!

    Thanks for sharing at the weekend blog hop..

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