I've been trying to book a holiday - yes, a holiday! For me, my long suffering wife who has been holding the fort whilst I've been galavanting around Africa researching for travel features, and for our 8 month old baby.
We just want to lie in the sun and do nothing for a week. We don't have a stack of cash to spend, but we could spare a couple of grand I guess (for everything). But we absolutely don't want to be in an all-you-can-eat-buffet place with aqua-gym in the mornings and karoake at night.
Who to go with? I haven't a clue.
Previously as a relatively adventurous traveller without a baby in tow I'd have plonked for a tour co like Exodus or Explore if I'd wanted my hand held a little but a frisson of adventure at good value. If it were me and the wife doing something a bit more relaxed, I'd have probably considered Inntravel who do lots of nice self-guided walking and cycling breaks in Europe and elsewhere. If Joseph were older I'd take the family on an Activities Abroad break - I think they offer great value holidays for adventurous families.
But a package holiday for a young family without the awfulness of packages? A package holiday for the Waitrose shopper rather than the Asda one?
I have no idea.
Who would you travel with and why? And am I right in thinking this is a niche that the market fails to cater at all well for?
Pic by flickr user Hans Pama