With the potential for laws to tighten further around travelling in school term time it's now even tougher for teachers and families to take an exotic break in the school holidays and enjoy a different cultural experience. Summer holiday price hikes of more than 50% in some cases could spur families and teachers to explore alternative ways to holiday that make their money go the extra mile.
Travelling in October half term is an option to consider, and Rickshaw Travel recommends booking early to make the most of new flight route deals and availability. October is a great time for a family holiday: it gives everyone a break from the longest school term of the year, and a last chance to enjoy some sunshine before the clocks go forward and the Christmas frenzy kicks off. For the majority of UK schools, October half term falls on the week beginning 24th, but a few will be a week earlier. It seems the longer flight routes remain relatively unaffected in price at this time of year and, if teachers and older families are willing to fly further, it's an opportunity to have a very different holiday experience.
With its golden sand dunes, mountain ranges and wind-swept coastlines, Morocco is a diverse and year-round destination that's fantastic for families. Although just a short affordable flight from the UK, it feels like another world. October is an ideal time to visit the Atlas Mountains when it's not too cold and the winter mountain passes are open. Rickshaw Travel offers a range of one-week itinerary options that combine the highlights of this fascinating country. During 'A taste of Morocco' itinerary guests will explore magical Marrakesh and learn how to cook a traditional meal with the locals before travelling across the Atlas Mountains to the famous Kasbah of Aït Benhaddou.
They'll then make their way to the edge of the Sahara, ride into the sand dunes on the back of camels and sleep under a blanket of twinkling stars in the desert. Finally travellers visit the fascinating 'movie-set' town Ouarzazate before returning to Marrakesh. Those looking for a more active alternative can combine remote trekking in the Atlas mountains with sailing and chilling on the beach and still enjoy learning to cook in the colourful and spice-filled city of Marrakesh on the 'Mountain Treks and Bohemian Beaches' itinerary.