Frighteningly it's only four months away until the start the school summer holidays - the season where holiday companies and travel agents seem to make a bomb from exploiting families and professionals tied to the school term timetable. Joy. So, once you've checked your bank account and realised that the Caribbean is out of the question this year. What are your alternatives? A soggy tent with whining children and a partner willing to commit infanticide - not that appealing is it? Look at universityrooms.com for a solution would be my advice. I'm going to take you on a mini tour of Spain to demonstrate how you and your family can visit a variety of its best cities, on a budget.
The Roman city of Valencia is great for families to visit, it has it all - from interactive museums, a planetarium and oceanarium, sixteenth century buildings and a cathedral hosting a first century holy chalice to lovely beaches and a wetlands reserve with walking trails.
A recommended stay is at the Colegio Mayor Galileo Galilei, Valencia for just €65 or £55 your family can stay in a triple room with ensuite.
Rooms are cleaned daily, with possibility to include maintenance costs in room prices for longer stays. All rooms have plenty of natural light and most have a small balcony. Full choice of board, from breakfast only to full-board. Air conditioned single bedroom with ensuite bathroom with shower bed measuring 200 x 90 (including all bed linen); large built-in wardrobes, desk, chair, bookshelves. Additional beds or cots can be booked as an upgrade. Telephone and wake up service available. Internet connection free 20Mbps or fibre optic cable, mini-fridge (on request) and TV connection.
Your family could do worse than visiting Spain's capital city, Madrid. Famed for its incredible art galleries, parks and music scene it also boasts loads of activities for families such as zoos, water parks, fun museums and plenty of child-friendly places to eat.
The Residencia Universitaria Palacio de Barradas is university accommodation that is available when the students are not in residence. It offers ensuite double and twin rooms either self catering or B&B, some are with shared bathrooms for around €60 or £50 a night.
The historic city of Alicante boasts a lovely and popular coast line, beautiful areas to walk and plenty of cultural activities to keep all the family busy! The
Villa Universitaria is located just 4 miles from the centre of Alicante and offers bright and modern accommodation with sports facilities and a swimming pool - perfect for families for just €52.50 or £45 a night for a twin room with ensuite.
And finally, the stunning city of Seville - famed for its orange trees, the Alcázar and its cathedral you can also have fun whizzing around the city on hired bikes and touring the river on one the many cruises you can enjoy. Accommodation wise, Set in the heart of the Natural Park of the Sierra Norte of Seville, the Suite, Hotel Vega de Cazalla will easily host your family with its Italian-style furniture and spacious Venetian-style bathroom and hot tub for as little as €120.00 or £102 a night.
I hope this goes a little way to explain how, with a little imagination and looking at websites such as University Rooms.com, a family can have a great foreign holiday, regardless of the usual summer price inflation we have all become accustomed to.