We’re always on the lookout for new family adventures and so we’ve teamed up with Liddy, a travel agent that we’ve worked with as well as booked holidays through (Victoria booked her fantastic trip to Cuba through Liddy), to bring 10 new travel experiences for kids!
Liddy is a mum herself and knows what it takes to create a family itinerary that caters to both parents and children. It’s easy to drag the kids out of the hotel swimming pool to enjoy the Sri Lankan countryside if they know they’ll be riding on the back of a bullock cart, for example. Likewise, an evening in the Jordanian desert can be made even more special for children if a traditional storyteller stops by camp after nightfall.
All of the following family holidays can be booked through Liddy (you can make an enquiry at the end of this post). If you do book via globetotting, you’ll be eligible for £500 off any holiday over £4000. Simply mention “globetotting 500” when you make your enquiry!
The world is full of exciting and interesting holidays for families here are some of our favourites.
1. Learn Kung Fu in Shaolin, China
There’s no better place in the world to learn Kung Fu. In the foothills of the Song Shan mountains, the Shaoilin Monastery, birthplace of Zen Buddhism is home to the Shaolin Monks who over the centuries have become masters in Kung Fu. Here, children can learn the basics of the martial art taught by the monks.
Other activities your kids will love: Taking a cable car to top of Jade Dragon mountain to see glaciers in Lijiang; learn how to make dim sum in a Chinese home; make your own traditional Chinese fan in Yangshou.
What does it cost? 15 days from £10,000 based on a family of four travelling. The price includes flights from the UK and internal flights within China.
2. Hone survival skills in Borneo
Bear Grylls, eat your heart out. Deep in the Borneo jungle and under the expert tutelage of a local guide, kids are taught how to survive in the wild, what plants you can eat to survive – and how to cook them.
Other activities your kids will love: Sharing tea with a local cheiftan; watch turtles lay their eggs on Selingan Island and going rubber tapping in a plantation at the foot of Mt Kinabalu.
What does it cost? 15 days from £9,000 based on a family of four travelling including international flights from the U.K.
3. Learn archery in Mongolia
In the heart of the Gobi desert, and taught by local nomads, you’ll learn the skills which have kept the peripatetic people alive – and thriving – in this unforgiving landscape for centuries: archery, ger making and more. Fermented camel milk, anyone?
Other activities your kids will love: Hunt for dinosaur eggs in the Flaming Cliffs; visit Karakorum, the 13th century capital of Genghis Khan’s Empire; go horse (or camel) riding across the Mongolian steppes.
What does it cost? 15 days from £9,500 for a family of four travelling including international flights from the U.K.
4. Watch the sun rise from a volcano rim in Indonesia
Nothing, we repeat, nothing, gets kids more excited than getting up close and personal with an active volcano. Taking ponies out pre-dawn before climbing to the crater of Mt Bromo to watch the sun rise is a magical sight. Sulphur fumes? Maybe not magical, but top bragging rights once they tell their friends.
Other activities your kids will love: exploring the temples at Borobudur and Prambanan; spending two nights in a spice plantation, snorkelling around the protected marine park surrounding Menjangan Island
What does it cost? 15 days taking in Java and Bali priced from £8,500 for a family of four including international flights from the U.K.
5. Go zip lining in Cuba
THE go-to destination for 2016, but be warned: if you want to see the ‘untouched’ Cuba, while Castro is still alive, go now, before American tourists arrive following the thawing of diplomatic relations after decades of relative isolation. Adventure tourism is also opening up and although the infrastructure may not be as well developed as other areas in the region (Costa Rica, for example) ziplining is a recent addition and, families tell us, their favourite adrenaline fuelled activity there.
Other activities your kids will love: Cycling around Vinales, exploring caves, hiking through National Parks, taking a classic car ride in Havana, visiting a coffee plantation; relaxing in Caribbean waters and uncrowded beaches at Cayo Las Brujas.
What does it cost? 14 days from £8,000 for a family of four including international flights from the U.K.
6. Jump into a sinkhole in Oman
As parents look for safe destinations in the Middle East, Oman ticks all the boxes. Great infrastructure, less expensive and touristy than Dubai, Oman is an adventurous families paradise. The kids favourite, though? Bimmah Sinkhole: a circular limestone hollow about 500m in from the coast that boasts the most incredibly clear turquoise waters. Swim in the cool pool or dip your toes in (fish pedicure FOC).
Other activities your kids will love: Taking a camel ride across the Wahiba sands, jumping down sand-dunes; see endangered green turtles at Ras Al Jinz turtle reserve; take a catamaran off the coast of Muscat.
What does it cost? 11 days from £7,500 for a family of four including international flights from the U.K.
7. Dine with a Maharajah in India
There’s a little place we know, Karauli, where you can stay the night in a Maharaja’s palace as well as haggle in the Bazaar and wander around the City Palace. Few travellers know of it, which is what makes it all the more special.
Other activities your kids will love: Spending two nights in a traditional but luxurious mud hut (there’s an outside pool) in Shekhavati (Rajasthan); visiting an 18th century observatory near Jaipur; visiting one of the finest bird sancturies in the world, Keoladeo Bird Sanctuary, seeing the Taj Mahal in real life!
What does it cost? 12 days from £6,000 for a family of four including in international flights from the U.K.
8. Go fishing in Sri Lanka
There’s a reason Sri Lanka is the most popular destination for families in 2016. Untouched beaches (only recently re-opened and as yet undeveloped), a top spot for dolphin spotting, a climate which makes it perfect even during the summer months and at four hours less flying time than Vietnam (Stubborn Mule’s second most popular family destination), a more bearable long haul option for those with young children. The most popular family activity, though, is joining the fisherman on Ngapali Beach for an early morning boat ride to help bring in the days catch.
Other activities your kids will love: Stay overnight in safari tents in Walpattu National Park, the largest National Park in Sri Lanka but much less touristy than Yala National Park, spot wild elephants on a jeep safari in Minneriya National Park, see blue whales (Sri Lanka is one of the best places in the world to see them), take a bullock cart around a traditional coconut plantation, visit ‘The Temple of the Tooth’ in Kandy.
What does it cost? 15 days from £8,500 for a family of four. Price includes flights from the U.K., accommodation, transport, activities and excursions, guide and some meals.
9. Be Batman in Halong Bay
Amongst the stunning karst limestone scenery of Halong Bay is a giant cave, where the walls are lit by hundreds of candles. Eating dinner here is a very rare experience for most tourists, but children will love watching the bats as they fly in and out at sunset.
Other experiences your kids will love: making traditional Chinese lanterns, learning how to cook a Vietnamese meal, taking a cycle rickshaw around Saigon, staying overnight in a hilltribe village.
What does it cost? 15 days from £9,000 for a family of four including flights from the U.K.
10. See turtles in Costa Rica
From July to September, you can watch the incredible sight of pregnant turtles coming ashore to lay their eggs or watch babies emerge and take their first swim. An experience you won’t forget!
Other experiences your kids will love: ziplining through the rainforest canopy, a skywalk through the rainforest canopy at Monteverde, seeing the Arenal volcano, taking a starlit dip in the hot springs at Arenal, white water rafting trip down the Sarapiqui River.
What does it cost? 15 days from £9,000 for a family of four including flights from the U.K.
If you are interested in any of the above family adventures then you can make an enquiry via our contact form (see button below). Your enquiry will be sent directly to Liddy who will contact you directly with an itinerary and quote based on your family’s requirements. All the above holidays can be customised based on what your family would like to do!
Mention ‘globetotting 500’ when you make your enquiry and you will receive £500 off any booking over £4,000!Make an enquiry >
Disclosure: we do receive a small commission for any holiday successfully booked with Liddy, however this does not affect the price of your holiday in any way.
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