Get set for summer 2012

At last the sun's come out - and the prospect of summer holidays spent basking under blue skies, or swimming in the sea, or walking among flower-filled valleys seems possible once more

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The Independent Travel

Where in the world offers value for families, or active adventures, or luxury escapes? What's new and improved for travel in summer 2012? Let Kate Simon be your guide...

French favourites

Active family adventures

Close to home

Island life

Money no object

Sun guaranteed

Holiday parks

10 great family travel gadgets

Family-friendly hotels

Family-friendly festivals

Under canvas

Short and sweet