Family holiday types

Family holiday types


WHERE DO YOU START?

If you want something different but don’t know where to start, your first port of call should be our holiday helpdesk. Unlike ‘Anna’ at IKEA, Rosy and Saul are real. Although when you start to delve into their extensive knowledge of all the family holiday types on offer, you will wonder if they are actually for real. But they are. They just know their stuff, they are jolly and they are patient. When you have chatted with them (and do pick up the phone and actually chat with them), you will feel in safe hands with this big decision on where to take your family this year. But before you do, check out the different family holiday types available on Responsible Travel, as listed below.
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Family adventure holidays


Family adventure holidays are the antithesis of the holiday kids’ clubs vibe, where assumptions about what young people consider to be fun often go awry. You will never come across face paint on a family adventure holiday. And you will never have to dress up for a theme night. And you will be together. They are run by expert, local instructors who understand the dangers of the mountains or the waves, but whose passion for such landscapes and pushing our boundaries within them is totally infectious. See our Family Adventures Holiday guide for more details.

Small group holidays


By joining a group of like-minded families, with itineraries created by tour operators who really know what families want and how family dynamics work, you are taking so much pressure off the organization front. They are also perfect if you want a short cut to a certain country’s cultural and natural highlights. This might be, for example, a teenage holiday in Peru, wild camping in the USA’s national parks, coasteering in Wales, horse riding in Catalonia or island to island sea kayaking in Croatia. They groups might be small, but the choice is vast.

Independent holidays


While a lot of our family holidays are in small groups of like-minded families, you can also choose to do something independent. A lot of our tour operators will create tailor made itineraries for you, which permit you to pick and choose from the finest of the crop, based on the superb expert knowledge of people who know it like the back of their hand. And tailor made doesn’t always mean super expensive either. Another option is to go on a holiday that has an excellent itinerary that has been created by experts, but which is self-guided, such as walking in the Mercantour National Park with a donkey to carry your bags, or cycling from one accommodation to the next in Catalonia.

Accommodation only


Many of our accommodation only holidays are slightly unusual, but they are also, not unusually, firm favourites with families. Whether it is an ecolodge in Devon, a yurt in Lanzarote, a treehouse on the Isle of Wight or a cave in Andalucia, quirky is fun. They are also usually created by people who have ambitious visions when it comes to responsible tourism and they love to share their ideas and ideals with families. When booking these, travel and itineraries are not included, so the rest of the holiday is up to you.

Family walking holidays


It can sometimes be a hard sell persuading children to go on a walking holiday. However, throw in a safari camp, a donkey to carry your bags, a mountain yurt or a swim at the end of each day and they start to warm to the idea. And if you get a guide who knows exactly how to get young people interested in landscape, wildlife and all the natural adventures that await, your family walking holiday is made.

Family cycling holidays


A family cycling holiday is a double whammy of wondrousness. First of all, everything is organized for you, so you don’t need to spend hours taking bikes on and off bike carriers, or finding the safest route from A to B without heading into a load of trucks. Second, the joy that you get watching your children gain that sense of freedom is second to none. From Catalonia to China, the Loire to the Alps, the hills are alive with the sound of chirpy cyclists.

Family holiday types


WHAT DO OUR EXPERTS RECOMMEND?

Melanie McAnaw, walking holiday expert from our supplier, Headwater: “We would recommend our single centre holidays for families. These are great because you’re based in one hotel and can enjoy lots of other activities as well as the great walking routes. Or go for a combination activity holiday, such as our Dordogne or Austrian holidays, that combine walking with cycling and canoeing.”
Vedat Vural, owner of Alternatif Outdoor, one of our suppliers in Turkey illustrates the way to relax from the stress of parenting on holiday: "I call our trips mind relaxing. Because the conditions are so ideal, you are able to discharge all your negative energy in our beautiful turquoise waters. Even when we are in the middle of the sea, I encourage them to jump out of their kayaks and into the sea. To refresh and reawaken. Not many guides do this, but families love this and it gives them a good chance to practice their personal skills."
Andy Ross is Cycling Manager at our supplier of cycling holidays, Exodus: "Cycling is a great family activity as long as the route is suitable. Avoid biting off more than you can chew, it is far more relaxing to keep distances manageable. It may also be sensible to choose a holiday that includes lots of other activities and places of interest, so it isn’t purely about the cycling itself."
Photo credits: [Top box: Lisa Joanes] [Family adventure holidays - single: Beth Roberts] [Small group holidays: LassenNPS] [Independent holidays: Catherine Mack] [Family walking holidays: Martin Thomas] [Family cycling holidays: Colville-Andersen] [Vedat Vural quote: Sebastian Peleato]
Written by Catherine Mack
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