Do you sometimes get back from holiday with your kids, and it feels like you need another holiday? Or do you sometimes go away, and there's so much admin, packing, looking after, hustling, haggling and nagging that you think you might as well have stayed at home for more routine, help around the home, and comfort.
Having a holiday while on holiday (ie relaxing, enjoying, having fun) isn't that easy when you have young kids. You not only have to look after them and entertain them, but there's all the travel admin (travel research, finding, transport, moving, travelling, shlepping, navigating etc), and there's very little time or opportunity to kick back your own feet when you're running after other feet.
This is why I think the concept of organised holidays or packages is such a smart and convenient one, as it takes away a lot of "work" involved with planning and shlepping, and puts in more relaxation time with everyone. I've been to several family resorts overseas, and when your biggest decision is what toppings to put on your pancakes, what pool to swim in, or what activity to take your child to, you know you've scored.
I think holidays such as these give a good base (physically and mentally) from which to relax, and I feel that there's less stress around logistics such as transport, and more time to enjoy and have fun as a family.
For incredible local and international family trips, Pentravel can give you more time with your Kindle and kids, and less time with the planning and pondering. They can advise and arrange fantastic holidays, and there's a lot on offer, depending on your budget and preferences (sun or snow, sea or bush, for example.)
Whether you just want to city-scape to Durbs or Cape Town for a weekend, are after a week's beach holiday on an island like Mauritius or Zanzibar, or a Europe cruise, or a trip to the Northern Lights (I am so keen to do this one day), Pentravel has you covered, and their aim is to not only give you an amazing holiday, but one that involves as little stress, bureuacracy and hassles as possible.
Given Pentravel is the family travel expert it makes sense that they’ve recently partnered with kykNET’s new reality TV series, Kokkedoortjie, as the prize sponsor. The show is a cooking competition for kids between the ages of 9 and 13, and has the competitors cooking and baking to win the top spot. The show airs every Wednesday at 8pm on kykNET channel 144. The finale is taking place on June 28.
The grand prize is a trip on a Mediterranean cruiseliner worth R200 000 for the winner and their family.
The runner-up will win a trip to a five-star family resort in Mauritius, valued at R150 000.
On the NCL cruise, the winner will go to Italy, Greece and Croatia. Onboard will be just as exciting as the on-land excursions – there will be activities such as basketball and volleyball courts, teen and kids' clubs, waterslides and other activities (including a spa for the parents), plus shows and other entertainment each night at the Stardust Theatre. Food-wise, there's everything from Greek and Italian to Japanese and fine dining, and there are main dining rooms, casual buffets and 24-hour room service.
Families can bond through a variety of activities, including bowling, video game zone, golf driving net exciting waterslides, mini golf, and plenty of sports offered on deck.
Enjoy delicious meals prepared at a variety of restaurants including Italian, sushi, French gourmet, etc. Choose from the main dining rooms, casual buffets or 24-hour room service.
The runner-up will be going to Beachcomber's Paradis, an incredible beach resort on the beautiful Le Morne peninsula in the south-west of the island, and has 7 kilometres of powdery white beach flanked by swaying palm trees.. The resort has a wide variety of watersports and activities, a great kids' club and excellent cuisine.
Fancy your own local or international break or escape? Visit Pentravel – you might be surprised by what you could afford, and the wide range of travel options.The show airs every Wednesday at 8pm on kykNET channel 144. The finale is happening on the 28th June.
Good to know: I’ll be giving away a Pentravel voucher worth R5 000 next week, so do watch out for it here!