Yes, yes, we know we've only just had Easter, and May half term is just around the corner, but it's time to start thinking ahead to October. And with many schools now opting for a lengthy two-week October half term (these kids don't know how good they've got it), the possibilities for family travel have expanded exponentially. Luckily we know a thing or two about family holidays and have a few suggestions up our sleeves, from far-flung adventures to European escapades...
As the last month of the dry season before the rains begin, October is a great time to be in Kenya. Head to Laikipia, in the country's central highlands, and stay at Sosian Lodge where you can enjoy riding safaris (with horses for all ages and abilities), as well as camel and walking safaris for older kids. Put a cultural spin on things with a visit to a local Samburu community or combine all with time in the Masai Mara to try your luck at spotting the Big Five.
Sicily is a veritable haven for family travellers with a whole host of excellent experiences on offer, from riding and cycling through the countryside to pasta making classes and cultural immersion. Verdura Resort is our pick of the hotels for its sheer variety of family-friendly facilities including tennis courts, swimming pools and kids clubs. The resort is also home to a championship golf course, so it's not just the children who will be kept busy. From here you are also perfectly positioned to explore the Valley of the Temples, perfect for any budding historians.
Give the children a real life Jungle Book experience in India's Ranthambore National Park, where you and your mini Mowgli's can keep a look out for Shere Khan and other cast members. Tiger numbers are on the rise here and you may also spot the likes of leopards, monkeys and sloth bears. Stay in a safari-style tented camp to fully immerse yourself in the jungle and combine with time spent exploring the rest of Rajasthan, including Delhi, Agra and Jaipur.
A Californian family road trip is a classic for good reason, and a two-week half termis an ideal opportunity to cruise down Highway One. In San Francisco, cycle over the iconic Golden Gate Bridge, visit Fisherman's Wharf to see the sea lions and add in a touch of history with a guided tour of Alcatraz. Then head inland to explore Yosemite National Park before getting back on the road for some whale watching at Morro Bay and ending the trip in Los Angeles, where you can enjoy a VIP tour of Universal Studios, visiting famous film sets the whole family will recognise.
For a spot of autumn sunshine with the perfect blend of culture, adventure and beach, Bali is just the ticket. Explore the Balinese countryside on a bike tour, passing lush green rice terraces and local villages, stopping off to watch weavers creating colourful textiles. Learn to make traditional Balinese cuisine, a great test of how adventurous your little ones' taste buds can be, and enjoy a visit to a chocolate factory. If you're after something a bit more adventurous, we can arrange white water rafting or suggest the best beaches to try surfing or snorkelling.
With direct flights from the UK and balmy autumn temperatures, Seville is a great city break option which, combined with some time on the coast, is a pretty perfect way to spend half term if you ask us. Explore the city's Moorish architecture on a walking tour, cycle down the river and enjoy some delicious traditional fare. Then head south to the Marbella Club (the Costa del Sol might get a bad rap but this spot happily subverts stereotypes), which boasts an amazing kids club, with activities ranging from arts and crafts to cooking and watersports.