The Best Types of Holidays with Kids

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Embarking on holidays with kids are integral in building a strong familial bond that will last a lifetime. However, finding getaways which cater to everyone isn’t easy. In order to counteract the problem, here’s a list of six amazing holiday types to take the kids on.

 

ADVENTURE HOLIDAY

Let’s kick things off with a holiday where you’ll see yourself and the rest of the clan jumping headfirst into a variety of different – healthy (and fun) – activities.

There are lots of different options to choose from, where you will be able to get all members of the family involved, such activities involve Kayaking, Horse Riding and Mountain Climbing – a combination of thrills and fun the kids won’t say no to.

While mum might not be overly enthralled with the kids clambering all over rock faces, or finding themselves in positions of potential peril, have no fear – trained pros are always on hand to make sure nobody is going to get injured, as long as you book with a reputable tour company.

 

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Photo credit: Ben White

 

ARCHAEOLOGY TRIP

Alright, we’re aware this might not be the most naturally pulse-racing or mind-blowing holiday to get involved with for young kids – but if you want to show them discovering new things is fun, this could be the trip for you.

While there’s currently an uproar over proposed plans to cancel archaeology as a degree, there’s definitely still a slot for this pastime – hence why holidays like this still exist.

Your young ones will learn the value of patience, as well as the thrill of unearthing something potentially ancient and historic. Even if they don’t, it’ll still be a more than worthwhile experience.

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Photo credit: Russ McCabe

 

CRUISE HOLIDAY WITH KIDS

It’s (wrongfully) become the standard to associate cruise holidays with either pensioners looking for a getaway, or young party-goers sailing out for wild times. Don’t fall for the cruise holiday misconception, the truth is, absolutely anyone can and will enjoy a trip away on a liner – the list of exotic destinations you can book a cruise to is endless.

Fancy some island hopping in the Caribbean? There’s a cruise for that. Fancy a once-in-a-lifetime trip to the Antarctic? You guessed it. There’s a cruise for that.

Whilst sea sickness and recent cruise ship incidents on the news might put you off the idea of a cruise holiday with kids, there’s no doubt that once you commit to it – it’ll be the best family holiday you’ve ever had. As long as you take off prepared like any other holiday and teach them safety procedures before heading out – including muster drills, important emergency procedures in the case of an emergency – you’ll be in a better position than anyone else.

 

ECO SELF CATERING

Worried the kiddiewinks don’t appreciate the values of life? In the modern world we’ve become  heavily reliant on technology and gadgets that make traveling with kids more convenient.

That certainly wouldn’t be the case if you decide to book a vacation which’ll see you fending for yourself. There are plenty of these trips spread out all across the globe – but a popular one can be found in Yorkshire.

Don’t be shocked to hear the little ones moaning about the lack of television, internet and Xbox for the first couple of days – but don’t worry, once the detachment has been made they’ll soon transition into their new temporary way of life (we hope!).

 

HIKING WITH HUSKIES IN FINLAND

For anyone who loves fluffy animals, (pretty much everyone, right?) this is one holiday that will appeal to the majority.

Are human guides just not cutting it for you? That’s cool. There are huskies for that. Take an unforgettable trip to the northern reigns of Europe and hike into the countryside with beautiful huskies.

Explore the hinterlands of Lapland, the home of Santa Claus, the kids will not only learn to appreciate the countryside, but also get some quality cuddle and playtime with this majestic dog breed.

A word to the wise though; these canines are a little more ‘extreme’ than most, meaning they’ll want to forage relatively far into the woodlands. Make sure to keep an eye on the tots at all times.

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Photo credit: Randi Hausken

 

VOLUNTEERING WITH MONKEYS IN SOUTH AFRICA

If dogs are too mainstream, then why not give our closest human relatives a go? This monkey sanctuary in South Africa is very forward-thinking and allows families the chance to prepare monkeys and baboons for life in the wild.

There are over 400 different simians in the man-made habitat at one time, with a family’s role being to effectively care for them like they’re their own pet.

Roles and duties include feeding, cleaning enclosures, playing with them in the pool and just generally watching over the little critters as they learn to adapt to life in the wild.

The sanctuary effectively acts as a half-way point, where they’re learning to slowly adapt to the potentially harsh reality that lies ahead.

I hope this post has inspired and encouraged you to take your family on a unique holiday that will bring your bond closer, and also a trip in which you can make a difference.

 

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Photo credit: Brian Mann

 

Have you taken a unique family holiday in the past? I would love to hear about your experience and the difference it has made on your kids.

23 Responses

  1. LaNeshe
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    I’m really looking forward to when my daughter is old enough for a cruise.

  2. Nicolette
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    Thank you for this post! We recently moved to western Canada in the mountains and I had never thought of dog sledding as a family activity. That will officially now be added to my list.

  3. Adam
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    thanks very much for this article , it was really helpful for me and my family 1

  4. Brittany
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    Ohh I love the archaeology trip idea! My kids would LOVE that! Thank you for the tip =)

    • Tina
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      No worries! The kids may not understand the history, but I’m sure they’ll have a ball running around old ruins!

  5. Dionna Sanchez
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    We went to Las Vegas with our teen girls one Christmas. It was the only Christmas we ever went away somewhere. We did all “family-friendly” things and it has become a very special memory.

    • Tina
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      Sounds like a Christmas you’ll remember forever. We hardly go away for Christmas either, it’s just so expensive and busy during that time of year.

  6. Susan
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    I love the idea of family travel! I’ll have to send this along to one of my closest friends for inspiration! I don’t have kiddos yet, but when I do you better believe I’ll be trying to take them on all of these adventures!

    • Tina
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      Thanks for sharing! Haha you don’t need to have kiddos to enjoy these trips – most of the time I use my little guy as an excuse to visit theme parks and zoos.

  7. Alee
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    Wonderful ideas! Can’t wait until I can afford a trip haha! My daughter would enjoy all of these.

    • Tina
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      Definitely! There’s nothing more enriching than leaping into the unknown with your kids & discovering together 🙂

  8. Hang Around The World
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    We haven’t kids at this moment but it’s always good to know these things 🙂
    Anyway we know some friends who will love this article!!

  9. Bonnie
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    Wow, awesome ideas! I don’t have children yet, but these are such interesting and exciting ideas for both the kids and adults in the family!

    • Tina
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      Thanks, Bonnie! You don’t need kids to take these types of holidays, in fact, I think it’d be a whole lot easier doing these without kids and you’d still get so much out of it!

  10. OK, you just raised the bar on my travel with kids bucket list! Now going to Vegas in 10 days seems really tame.

    • Tina
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      Haha, Vegas for 10 days sounds like a party to me. Not tame at all!

  11. Amy Scott
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    Totally agree with the cruise! And my husband and I love them too so win, win 😉

  12. Melissa
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    These definitely are more exciting than the Disney World trip we take annually!

  13. Amy
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    Have you done any of these?? Looks amazing! I’m heading to Disneyland tomorrow. 🙂

  14. David
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    I’m always looking for various places to take my daughter and this gave me some amazing ideas. Definitely Archaeology and cruise trips are on my list.

  15. Riely
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    Great family guide!

  16. desiree
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    Great tips. Can’t wait for our next family trip.

  17. Mindy
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    Wow these are some interesting ideas! They probably cost a bit of money, depending on where you live? I love this. It is much better than the standard “Disneyland” trip where there isn’t that connect with nature or giving.

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