Choosing the Perfect Family-Friendly Holiday Destination: A Comprehensive Guide

Choosing the Perfect Family-Friendly Holiday Destination: A Comprehensive Guide

Blog - 22.04.2024.

Planning a family holiday? It can be both exciting and challenging, with many factors to consider like your children's ages, accommodation, and activities. In this guide, we'll help you choose the perfect family-friendly destination. We'll focus on child-friendly attractions, safety, and convenience to ensure a memorable and stress-free vacation. Whether you're exploring Crete's stunning beaches or venturing abroad, our tips will guide you in making the best choice for your family's needs.

Consider Your Family's Needs and Preferences

There is no perfect place, as there is no right age for a child to start traveling. Santorini, for example, is not a destination synonymous with family vacations, but we know some who have stayed in great family-friendly apartments, with the beach and excellent restaurants within walking distance. Rhodes can be an island ideal for family holidays, but if you don't choose the right hotel, it can become a hassle – and so forth.

Age of Children: A Key Factor in Choosing Your Destination

The age of your children is one of the key factors that will determine your choice. Try to balance your needs with those of the children. Most likely, you'll have to make some concessions to avoid trouble later. Consult your teenage son regarding any choice you're going to make because you'll be the ones to suffer afterward. Don't take small children to your favorite Cycladic Island where the car doesn't reach the beach, as that lovely path shown on a postcard can turn into torture…

Involve Your Children in the Planning Process

If your children are old enough to participate in choosing the holiday destination, involve them right away. Open the map of Crete on the living room table and organize a team game – the best way to plan your trip is by setting goals and involving everyone in the decision-making process. Visit a bookstore and select the best travel guides, books, depending on the type of trip planning, albums with photos, historical tributes, and anything else that will be of interest to your children. If you plan to go abroad, buy a handy little dictionary with the basic vocabulary of the country you're visiting and have the children practice before the trip, helping them to enhance their knowledge. Organize movie nights at home with travel documentaries on DVD with friends, and encourage your children to dream about the journey.

Safety First: Choose the Right Mode of Transportation

Traveling by car is safer when traveling with small children than by public transport, as their sometimes unpredictable behavior can annoy others or put you in embarrassing situations. Be sure to choose an independent family hotel with family rooms – it's not fair to keep awake all night, the occupant of the adjacent room…

Why Choose Sterling Rentals for Your Car Hire in Crete?

When it comes to exploring Crete's stunning landscapes and vibrant culture, Sterling Rentals offers reliable and affordable car rental services from Heraklion Airport. With a wide range of vehicles to choose from, including small cars for city exploration, cabriolets for enjoying the scenic routes, and family-friendly options, we have the perfect vehicle to suit your needs. Plus, our 100% safe car rental company ensures peace of mind with comprehensive insurance coverage and 24/7 roadside assistance.

Explore Crete's Top Family-Friendly Destinations

Crete offers a variety of family-friendly destinations and attractions to explore, from stunning beaches and historical sites to charming villages and outdoor activities. Some of the top family-friendly destinations in Crete include:

  • Malia: Known for its beautiful beaches, lively nightlife, and water sports activities.
  • Hersonissos: A popular resort town with sandy beaches, water parks, and family-friendly attractions.
  • Heraklion: The capital city of Crete, offering a mix of historical sites, museums, and shopping opportunities.
  • Chania: A picturesque city with a Venetian harbor, historic old town, and beautiful beaches.

Conclusion

Choosing the perfect family-friendly holiday destination requires careful planning and consideration of various factors, including the age of your children, safety, and preferences. By involving your children in the planning process, choosing the right mode of transportation, and selecting a trustworthy car rental company like Sterling Rentals, you can ensure a memorable and stress-free vacation for the whole family.


About Sterling Rentals:
Sterling Rentals is a trusted car rental company based at Heraklion Airport in Crete, Greece. With over 40 years of experience in the industry, we are committed to providing 100% safe and reliable car rental services to travelers, ensuring a seamless and enjoyable journey around the island of Crete.

Quick FAQ

How do I choose the right holiday destination for my family?

Choosing the perfect holiday destination for your family involves considering factors such as the age of your children, their interests, safety, and convenience. It's essential to involve your children in the planning process and prioritize activities and attractions that cater to everyone's needs.

Why is involving children in the planning process important?

Involving children in the planning process not only empowers them and makes them feel included but also helps to ensure that the chosen destination and activities align with their interests and preferences. It can also be a fun and educational experience for the whole family.

What are some family-friendly destinations in Crete?

Crete offers a wide range of family-friendly destinations, including Malia, Hersonissos, Heraklion, and Chania. These destinations boast beautiful beaches, historical sites, outdoor activities, and attractions suitable for families with children of all ages.

Why choose Sterling Rentals for car hire in Crete?

Sterling Rentals is a trusted car rental company based at Heraklion Airport in Crete, Greece, with over 40 years of experience. We offer a wide range of vehicles to suit your needs, including small cars, cabriolets, and family-friendly options. Our commitment to safety, reliability, and excellent customer service ensures a seamless and enjoyable journey for your family.

What others say about us

Shair Amiri

We hired an amazing Jeep wrangler. The staff was extremely helpful and stayed till late to accommodate our vehicle. By far the most trust worthy, cheap, and friendly car rental place I’ve even been to.

Shair Amiri, 5 months ago

Luis R

We had a fantastic experience with Sterling Rental Cars in Crete, and I want to express my gratitude to Iris and her team. Booking was easy, and Iris greeted us warmly upon arrival. The car was clean and reliable, making our trip hassle-free. Iris and her team's friendly service made us feel like valued guests. I highly recommend Sterling Rental Cars in Crete. Thanks, Iris, for making our vacation great!

Luis R, 5 months ago

Martina Kreileder

We rented a Fiat Panda with Sterling Rentals for our stay in Crete. Upon arrival, a short rental agreement was completed, we got the full insurance (without excess) and we paid for the car in cash. The car was also briefly inspected with us and any scratches, bumps etc were noted. We had no issues with the car and it was perfect to get around the island. Unfortunately we added a new scratch to the car, but this was no problem at all since we got the full insurance. Before returning the car we went to a self service car wash, which was much appreciated by Sterling Rentals and we filled petrol to the same amount as when we got the car. It was our first time renting a car abroad and we had a great experience with Sterling Rentals! Highly recommended!

Martina Kreileder, 5 months ago

K&L

Excellent welcome, thank you! Manolis came to pick us up from the airport and dropped us off at the end of our stay, free of charge. Rental prices more than fair. Wide choice of vehicles. Payment by card or cash.

K&L, 2 months ago

Aleksandar Markovic

We had the great experience with people working here and Fiat Panda we rented brought us to the many wonderful places during our vacation. Not a single problem occured, and we drove a lot.

Aleksandar Markovic, 2 months ago

HJ Rijneveld

Great experience renting a car for 10 days in Crete! Neatly called and picked up at the arrivals hall (the office is a few minutes' walk from the arrivals hall).

HJ Rijneveld, 2 months ago

Yann Huré

I have been renting my cars for 7 years from the Sterling agency, and you can trust these people who are true professionals. You will be welcomed by Yanis or his father Georges, they will be able to advise you and make you the best offers. Seriousness and good humor will be there. Have a good stay.

Yann Huré, 2 months ago

Shair Amiri

We hired an amazing Jeep wrangler. The staff was extremely helpful and stayed till late to accommodate our vehicle. By far the most trust worthy, cheap, and friendly car rental place I’ve even been to.

Shair Amiri, 2 months ago

Luis R

We had a fantastic experience with Sterling Rental Cars in Crete, and I want to express my gratitude to Iris and her team. Booking was easy, and Iris greeted us warmly upon arrival. The car was clean and reliable, making our trip hassle-free. Iris and her team's friendly service made us feel like valued guests. I highly recommend Sterling Rental Cars in Crete. Thanks, Iris, for making our vacation great!

Luis R, 2 months ago

Martina Kreileder

We rented a Fiat Panda with Sterling Rentals for our stay in Crete. Upon arrival, a short rental agreement was completed, we got the full insurance (without excess) and we paid for the car in cash. The car was also briefly inspected with us and any scratches, bumps etc were noted. We had no issues with the car and it was perfect to get around the island. Unfortunately we added a new scratch to the car, but this was no problem at all since we got the full insurance. Before returning the car we went to a self service car wash, which was much appreciated by Sterling Rentals and we filled petrol to the same amount as when we got the car. It was our first time renting a car abroad and we had a great experience with Sterling Rentals! Highly recommended!

Martina Kreileder, 2 months ago

Dana Captainino

We have hired cars in many countries and by far our best experience of all was with Sterling Cars at Heraklion Airport. Iris was so welcoming and helpful and also made the process of leaving the airport and going to arrivals smooth and stress free. If we go back to Crete we will definitely return to Iris and Sterling. Thank you Iris and Sterling! Best wishes Dana and Santhosh

Dana Captainino, 2 months ago

Aleksandar Markovic

We had the great experience with people working here and Fiat Panda we rented brought us to the many wonderful places during our vacation. Not a single problem occured, and we drove a lot.

Aleksandar Markovic, 2 months ago

HJ Rijneveld

Great experience renting a car for 10 days in Crete! Neatly called and picked up at the arrivals hall (the office is a few minutes' walk from the arrivals hall).

HJ Rijneveld, 2 months ago

Yann Huré

I have been renting my cars for 7 years from the Sterling agency, and you can trust these people who are true professionals. You will be welcomed by Yanis or his father Georges, they will be able to advise you and make you the best offers. Seriousness and good humor will be there. Have a good stay.

Yann Huré, 2 months ago

Shair Amiri

We hired an amazing Jeep wrangler. The staff was extremely helpful and stayed till late to accommodate our vehicle. By far the most trust worthy, cheap, and friendly car rental place I’ve even been to.

Shair Amiri, 2 months ago

Luis R

We had a fantastic experience with Sterling Rental Cars in Crete, and I want to express my gratitude to Iris and her team. Booking was easy, and Iris greeted us warmly upon arrival. The car was clean and reliable, making our trip hassle-free. Iris and her team's friendly service made us feel like valued guests. I highly recommend Sterling Rental Cars in Crete. Thanks, Iris, for making our vacation great!

Luis R, 2 months ago

Martina Kreileder

We rented a Fiat Panda with Sterling Rentals for our stay in Crete. Upon arrival, a short rental agreement was completed, we got the full insurance (without excess) and we paid for the car in cash. The car was also briefly inspected with us and any scratches, bumps etc were noted. We had no issues with the car and it was perfect to get around the island. Unfortunately we added a new scratch to the car, but this was no problem at all since we got the full insurance. Before returning the car we went to a self service car wash, which was much appreciated by Sterling Rentals and we filled petrol to the same amount as when we got the car. It was our first time renting a car abroad and we had a great experience with Sterling Rentals! Highly recommended!

Martina Kreileder, 2 months ago

Dana Captainino

We have hired cars in many countries and by far our best experience of all was with Sterling Cars at Heraklion Airport. Iris was so welcoming and helpful and also made the process of leaving the airport and going to arrivals smooth and stress free. If we go back to Crete we will definitely return to Iris and Sterling. Thank you Iris and Sterling! Best wishes Dana and Santhosh

Dana Captainino, 2 months ago

K&L

Excellent welcome, thank you! Manolis came to pick us up from the airport and dropped us off at the end of our stay, free of charge. Rental prices more than fair. Wide choice of vehicles. Payment by card or cash.

K&L, 5 months ago

Dana Captainino

We have hired cars in many countries and by far our best experience of all was with Sterling Cars at Heraklion Airport. Iris was so welcoming and helpful and also made the process of leaving the airport and going to arrivals smooth and stress free. If we go back to Crete we will definitely return to Iris and Sterling. Thank you Iris and Sterling! Best wishes Dana and Santhosh

Dana Captainino, 5 months ago

Aleksandar Markovic

We had the great experience with people working here and Fiat Panda we rented brought us to the many wonderful places during our vacation. Not a single problem occured, and we drove a lot.

Aleksandar Markovic, 6 months ago

HJ Rijneveld

Great experience renting a car for 10 days in Crete! Neatly called and picked up at the arrivals hall (the office is a few minutes' walk from the arrivals hall).

HJ Rijneveld, 6 months ago

Yann Huré

I have been renting my cars for 7 years from the Sterling agency, and you can trust these people who are true professionals. You will be welcomed by Yanis or his father Georges, they will be able to advise you and make you the best offers. Seriousness and good humor will be there. Have a good stay.

Yann Huré, 6 months ago

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