Remember the days when you used to book a holiday on a whim without much thought or research?
Ah – me too.
However, as we all know too well – any holiday with a toddler takes a lot of planning and consideration. Anywhere just won’t do.
You need facilities, entertainment, comforts and good food – and you need to try and get a happy balance between what you need for your toddler and for yourself.
So with that in mind, I’ve taken a look at rural vs. beach holidays, providing arguments and negatives for both sides so you can see which might be more suitable for you and your family.
The Advantages and Disadvantages of Beach Holidays
It probably goes without saying that the biggest benefit of a beach holiday is your close proximity to the beach and sea – both of which provide a lot of entertainment for a toddler.
Plus, you’re also given the ability to soak up some sun, swim in the sea and perhaps take part in some of the water activities with older kids or your other half.
The downsides, however, include overcrowding, hustle and bustle and the rigmarole of packing everything up to go to the beach if your hotel isn’t beach-side. That said, you can get a happy medium if you hire your own villa. This gives you the quiet and tranquillity you want while just being a stone’s throw from the beach. This also combats any issues people may have with sitting in the sun for too long.
The Advantages and Disadvantages of Rural Holidays
The majority of people opt for rural holidays if they want to escape the tourist traps and get to know the real culture of the place they’re travelling to. And this is great for relaxing, unwinding and helping your child understand different ways of life.
Activities in these areas are aplenty, including walking, cycling and sunbathing in remote areas with nobody around you. You’ve also got plenty of fresh air and can feel completely connected with nature.
However, boredom can set in in places like this as there isn’t often as much to do as there is on the beach. You might struggle to find things to do and may also be limited with what you can eat. Nevertheless, with a little bit of research beforehand, you should be able to put together an itinerary of activities and a list of potential restaurants that are within easy reach.
Ultimately, the choice of rural vs. beach depends on how your family likes to entertain itself. And it’s also about getting a good balance for everyone who’s going – if someone wants to go to the beach but the rest want to retreat further inland, compromise with a day or two at the beach. And vice versa.