Family holidays created the need for package holidays initially around the Mediterranean where the summer climate was reliable, the hotels friendly and welcoming to all the family, the food plentyful and perhaps a little exotic. As long as there was a good beach nearby for the kids to ejoy the sand and make new friends, parents coud relax in the knowedge that it was safe, the whole family would have a great holiday and talk about it during the dark winter months Families expect a lot more from family resorts, not least plenty of day and night entertainment, all inlcusive arrangements, full kids programmes, excursions and spacious comfortable hotel rooms. There are of course fantastic family venues of high quality, like those operated by Club Med, whose holiday clubs are truly ideal for all that a family might expect on a memroable holiday. Family holidays are no longer restricted to beaches along the Mediterranean coast, but can be as diverse as worldwide exploration, safaris, sailing holidays, wintersports, active discovery holidays, just to list a few popular ones. Holiday parks and cottages in Britain or Europe are very popular, with little traveling needed and much fun and plenty of activities on hand for all the family. Self catering too has become popular because of lower costs and more flexibility.