THE YEAR OF THE DOG. A TAIL-WAGGING, STICK-CHASING, TONGUE-PANTING YEAR FOR FAMILY TRAVEL And what a start to the year it's been - a whale in the Thames, Chantelle winning Big Brother and even the Lib Dem leadership election has proved interesting. Let's face it, the Year of the Dog is wagging its tail in excitement. And it's not even half term yet. Even our 'holiday truant' poll made the national newspapers. With 78% of you saying the Government was wrong to impose fines on parents wishing to take kids out of school for term time holidays. Please take a leisurely stroll through our exclusive news and offers whether you're looking to Take the Family on a half term break or a full on getaway. ASPIRE TO THE LIFE OF LUXURY We're proud to announce we've teamed up with exclusive travel experts Aspire to bring you some of the world's most luxurious family holidays - whether you want to take the kids on the luxury trip of a lifetime or simply fancy blowing their inheritance. To welcome Take the Family customers, our partners Aspire are offering £100 discount for all holidays booked before 31st March 2006 if you quote Take the Family. Check out some of their breathtaking family-friendly fabulous properties in Sicily, Dubai, Oman, Egypt and the Seychelles to name but a few. SOVEREIGN REIGNS SUPREME FOR FAMILIES Sovereign Holidays is another new premier holiday partner for us, chosen because of their special focus on the needs of families. Sovereign have great knowledge and availability in some of our favourite family places such as Mallorca, Lanzarote, the Costa de la Luz and the Algarve. EXCLUSIVE PERKS AT CENTER PARCS Center Parcs is offering up to 25% discount at all its UK villages to Take the Family. The offer is on selected off peak midweek and weekend stays from now until 27th Jan 2007. A family of four can take a midweek break from just £180. To take advantage of the offer call 08705 200 300 and quote the promotion code TTFAM or book online, and make sure you enter the promotion code to receive the offer. SLOPE OFF TO THE SNOW WITH ESPRIT OR POWDER BYRNE If you plan to Take the Family skiing, then book with the best. We like to deal with the best and recommend Esprit and Powder Byrne as two fabulous choices. If you're taking young kids, things need to be just right and these two companies won't let you down. Whether you're looking for top class childcare, personal ski instruction or wonderful cuisine, you won't be disappointed. Quote "Take the Family" for the best deals to Austria, France and Switzerland. Another option worth considering is Four Winds, the new owner/operators of Meriski . Four Winds is owned by the co founders of Luxury Family Hotels who have much experience in dealing with all eventualities when it comes to travelling with children. SOUK SOME ADVENTURE THIS HALF TERM Our good friends at the Adventure Company still have limited availability for non-stop adventure trips to Morocco, Sri Lanka and Egypt this half term and Easter. But do hurry as places are limited. IN-TENTS SAVINGS WITH CANVAS HOLIDAYS AND THOMSON AL FRESCO Carry on Smiling when you Take the Family camping on a Canvas Holiday this year. Not only will you enjoy the very highest quality accommodation and facilities but book now and you could save up to £345 plus an exclusive additional 5% off all holidays for Take the Family customers. Or save up to £150 on a Thomson Al Fresco holiday by booking this month. GREECE IS THE WORD Modern kids love a bit of taramasalata and humous. Well, this year we're proud to add even more Greek destinations to the menu. Check out our new family travel guides to Kos, Corfu, Rhodes, Paxos, Crete, Halkidiki and the mainland coast. Please dip in to our delicious Greek selection. TAKETHEFAMILY AND SAVETHEDOSH Plus we're thrilled to offer you even more money saving offers with leading family travel partners across the UK and round the world. Every time you book an Excel Airways flight via our site, you”ll save an additional £15 per person. Our good friends at Thomson Holidays are offering over £200 off per family holiday booked on line. Check out our wonderful selection of great cosy cottage deals from the Lake District to the Peak District and even the South of France District. And, of course, our good friends at the Luxury Family Hotels group, who run truly wonderful family friendly hotels such as Ickworth, Woolley Grange and Moonfleet Manor - have some great offers for stays in March. Their acclaimed Fowey Hall hotel in Cornwall has double rooms at £150, family suites at £200 and interconnecting rooms at £250 - a saving of over £100 per night. These rates include accommodation, breakfast and full dinner in the restaurant for two adults. Children stay for free when sharing their parents room and pay nominal meal charges. BON VOYAGE IN 2006 So, there we have it. A whole year of family travel stretches ahead of us. It seems like ages but before long Easter will be on us, your favourite Devon cottage will be booked and so will all the flights down to watch the Ashes this Christmas (and show the kids the delights of Australia, of course). So do stay in touch, take part in our regular online polls and wherever you and your family are travelling in the Year of the Dog, have a safe and peaceful journey. Note: All prices were valid at the time of publishing this newsletter and are subject to change. If you'd rather not receive another note from us please reply and let us know.