Alternatives To Hotels When Travelling With Children

by - 05 March

*This is a contributed post. All opinions are the writers own.

A mother holding her baby and a childs hand while standing looking over a lake and moutains.

If you’re looking for a family holiday with a bit of a difference this year, but don’t want to spend a small fortune on hotels where the kids might get bored and still want to ensure you get good weather, then in this post, we’re listing some of our top tips for alternatives to hotels that could be perfect for the whole family whilst also allowing you to enjoy more of the culture.

2 children running across a wooden bridge.

Private Accommodation

If a hotel isn’t really your scene or just isn’t in the budget, then you could also look at renting private accommodation for your stay. For example, you can find some gorgeous villas on places like Airbnb for a fraction of the cost of a hotel or even a stunning city apartment like Harga Rumah - depending on what your taste and budget is. These have become really popular hotel alternatives in recent years and are perfect for families since it’s a way to experience the local culture and have your own space.

A yellow campervan with a blurry coloured background.


Travelling in a campervan offers so many benefits: it allows you to make your own schedule and travel at your own pace - not according to airline or train schedules, it’s a far more relaxing way to travel because you’re actually seeing amazing things on the way to your destination and can make as many stops as you like. Plus you can rest whilst on the road, which is especially great when travelling with children and offers the best of both: travelling and being surrounded by home comforts.

Whether you’re a seasoned campervan traveller or are exploring this as an option for the first time, it’s always helpful to know the best places to visit on your travels - and since this is becoming an increasingly popular way to travel, we’ve included a comprehensive list of our favourite family-friendly campervan sites throughout Europe for you to choose from.

A family walking past a orange sunset in silhouette.

La Croix du Vieux Pont – France  

This campsite benefits from a prime location for visitors from the UK since it’s only a short drive from Calais which means that you don’t have too far to travel.

Surrounded by rustic French farm buildings and featuring many on-site amenities, such as lakes with sandy beaches for relaxing or enjoying various watersports, pools for all ages, a kids club, ten pin bowling, laser quest, bars and restaurants and so much more. This is the perfect place to park your campervan and enjoy a relaxing family break.

This site is truly one that caters for all age groups in a beautiful setting. One of the biggest perks of the site is that it’s not far from Disneyland Paris, so it’s easy enough to visit for a day as a compromise with the kids.
A dad and his children walking down a path through the woodlands.

Camping De Lilse Bergen – Belgium

Also easy to reach by ferry from the UK this charming campsite close to Antwerp in Belgium which is set on a beautiful lake among pine trees and offers everything you could possibly need for a relaxing family holiday.
Simply drive your campervan here, park up and enjoy the many amenities and activities offered on-site. From swimming, kayaking, climbing or even just a relaxing picnic in the woods surrounded by nature, plus much more. There’s truly something for every age group to enjoy at this campsite.

Why not check out: 10 Life Lessons Your Child Can Learn Outdoors
A family sat on the edge of a lake overlooking a mountain.

Camping de Roos, Ommen – The Netherlands

One thing the Dutch are well-known for throughout Europe is their love of camping and so it makes sense that they know how to create the best campsites.
If you’re looking for a more authentic camping experience with your campervan then this quaint campsite may be right up your street.  Although you won’t find this place to have some of the hustle and bustle of other campsites, it’s definitely a good place for families who want to relax and connect with nature in a more traditional campsite setting.
Nestled among oak trees and set on a river there’s plenty at the Camping de Roos campsite to keep everyone occupied, such as swimming in the lake or pool, live entertainment shows, a tearoom where you can enjoy some delicious cakes and coffee, a fully stocked organic food shop and bike hire to allow you to explore the surrounding area.
A child laid on an orange float in a pool.

Vilanova Park – Spain

As far as campsites go, this is certainly on the more luxurious side of things but don’t worry - it’s not at all pretentious and is truly a perfect place for families who want to combine the freedom of camping within the surroundings of a quaint Spanish village close to the water.
There’s plenty of space for your campervan to be parked here while you explore the campsite facilities, such as three large pool complexes surrounded by palm trees including water slides and offering plenty of sun loungers if you want to just relax by the pool while the kids splash away.
There’s also plenty of activities to choose from such as tennis, crazy golf, cycling, football, volleyball and much more. When it comes to evening entertainment, there’s no shortage and you can even start your evening with a delicious meal in the restored Catalan farmhouse restaurant and bar on-site that offers fresh local cuisine and a variety of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.
If you fancy getting outside of the park for a day, then the beach is only 4 Km away and can be reached by car, foot and bike. The city of Barcelona with beautiful weather year-round is also very close by and easily reached by car, train and bus or why not check out the white knuckles rides on offer at the famous PortAventura theme park 40 minutes away by car?
A baby on it's dad back overlooking a lake and mountains.

 Camping Roma – Italy

Just 15 minutes by bus from the centre of Rome lies the tranquil Camping Roma campsite and is the perfect place for families seeking a holiday that caters to every age group and interest level.
The campsite may be a stone’s throw away from one of the cultural capitals of the world, but there’s plenty to do around here that will appeal to those looking to connect more with nature or simply to relax and get away from the busy city life. From the beautiful pool area, on-site restaurant and bar, a fully stocked supermarket as well as an array of outdoor and indoor sports and activities, there’s plenty to do at this family-friendly campsite.

Let me know in the comments below your best alternatives to hotels when travelling with children as well as what your favourite is from this post.

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