A world of choice with villa holidays

As Christmas approaches and the days grow shorter, many of us are looking ahead to summer and beginning to plan our escape to sunnier climes. There’s nothing more appealing on a chilly winters day than browsing the internet in search our next holiday, but they can be expensive.

In the current economic climate, many of us are tightening our belts. However, we also see our yearly break as an essential part of life rather than an extravagance. In fact, holidays are beneficial to our health; they increase wellbeing, encourage gentle exercise in the form of swimming and walking, and provide positive memories to look back on.

Often, families also see holidays as a chance to spend precious time with their loved ones, but finding a quality holiday that doesn’t break the bank can be a tough call.

With this in mind, many parents with young children opt for villa holidays. Hiring a holiday home for a week or two can be much more cost-effective and relaxing than attempting to stay in a hotel with the tots in tow.

Villas provide the option to self-cater, which is the perfect compromise for parents with fussy toddlers to accommodate at mealtimes. Self-catering also gives you the freedom to explore the surrounding countryside without being tied down to set meal times; what could be better than popping to the local supermarket, stocking up on wine, fresh bread and local produce and driving off into the countryside for a picnic?

Sharing the cost of a villa with other families or friends is also a money saving option; not only can you spread the cost of grocery shopping and the villa itself, but you can share babysitting duties therefore allowing couples to enjoy the odd romantic night out without the kids.

Villas in Majorca represent great value for money and are perfect for families, with the added benefits of a manageable flight time and child-friendly resorts. Those looking for a good all-rounder location may wish to go to Alcudia – a large bustling seaside resort with a marina, plenty of entertainment and a sandy bay.

Those wishing to travel slightly further afield may want to consider villas in Turkey, popular with families and also groups of friends. Turkey is the land where east meets west, a melting pot of culture where you can laze on glorious beaches, haggle for a souvenir or two in one of the colourful markets and soak up the atmosphere.

Finding the right villa can be a daunting task with so many online companies to choose from, so finding a holiday provider who you can trust is the first step. Online holiday retailers such as Villas4You are a good place to start; not only are they ABTA and ATOL protected for your peace of mind, but they offer a wide choice of destinations and villa holidays with flights so you don’t have to worry about organising your air travel separately.

Many of us look forward to our holiday all year, but investing our money wisely in a break that is both wallet friendly and life enhancing can be a tricky business. A villa holiday offers the perfect mix of affordability, flexibility and choice, so is well worth considering for your 2013 escape.