January tends to bring a yearning for sunnier climates. Christmas seems a distant memory and the kids (and grown-ups) need something to look forward to. Booking a holiday brings the feelgood factor to the dark, cold days at the start of the year.

With Gatwick Airport offering more holiday destinations than any other UK airport, here is a bit of information about three of the best in which to take your family. Airports can often be a bit of a drag for young ones, so why save a bit of time by booking a meet and greet airport parking service? Gatwick Airport parking comparison service Looking4.com allows you to drive straight to the Gatwick terminal where a driver will take your car to a secure car park, meaning all you have to do is walk straight into the airport. A godsend.

  1. Austrian Alps

Stunning in winter or summer, the scenery is the perfect place to explore with your young ones. Gatwick offers regular 1hr 45min flights to Zurich, a fascinating city in itself, and the gateway to the Alps. Boasting world class ski resorts, adrenaline junkies are spoilt for choice with countless runs catering for all levels of experience and plenty of opportunities to introduce your children (if you haven’t already) to the joys of snowsports. If travelling in the summer, the white stuff will be less prevalent but the skiing and snowboarding makes way for miles and miles of trails for walking and mountain biking. Whenever you travel, the fresh air and picture postcard views will leave you begging for more.

  1. Benidorm, Spain

Most people have heard of Benidorm. It’s possibly the most famous resort on the Costa Blanca and that’s because it does ‘resort’ incredibly well. This area of Spain is essentially designed for family holidays, with most hotels having kids clubs, countless family friendly restaurants and miles of stunning beaches full of watersports activities. You’ll also be close to several theme parks, including Aqualandia – the largest water park in Europe. Flights to Alicante take just 2.5 hours from Gatwick.

  1. Los Angeles, California

If you’re looking for something further afield, the sun-drenched city of Los Angeles takes some beating. It may seem familiar when you get there. This is due to the fact that the city is the backdrop to a high percentage of the movies you’ve watched. The Hollywood Hills is a great area from which to take in the sheer scale of this sprawling metropolis, while the mansions of Beverly Hills and legendary shopping of Melrose Avenue are well worth a visit. The beaches of Malibu and Santa Monica offer sanctuary from the buzz of the city and the tinseltown-inspired theme parks will keep the kids more than occupied. Flights from Gatwick to LA take approximately 11 hours.

What are your favourite family holiday destinations? Get in touch and let everyone know.