Great escapes

My friend Jo, her husband and their seven year old son have just returned from a week in Egypt. ‘Wow,’ I said enviously. ‘Did you do a lot of sightseeing?’ ‘Ooh no,’ she replied. ‘We just hung around by the pool. It was bliss.’ I swear she looks 10 years younger as a result, even without the help of Myleene Klass.

If, like us, you still haven’t booked your summer holiday, it’s difficult to decide where to go this year – the last thing you want is to be worrying about how much you’re spending the whole time, or of course, swine flu. My friend Fiona and her family are heading for Devon, and my sister swears by camping – they go by car ferry to France. I’m sure it’s fun, and the kids seem to love it, but I can’t bear the thought of using a chemical loo.

Fortunately Thomas Cook have come up with their ‘top 5 value holiday destinations 2009’:
1. Turkey
2. Egypt
3. Bulgaria
4. India
5. Cuba


They have some fab offers on at the moment, too – especially to Turkey and Cuba. Book through KidStart and you get a whopping 6% back for your Child Trust Fund, bank or building society account, which can’t be bad.

written by Liz Jarvis