Our family travel guide conjures up what we rate and what we don’t as well as an awesome section entitled 'out of the mouths of babes' which gives you a family holidays travel guide from the mind set of eight to fifteen year olds.
Family adventure holiday activities
Few things will have you grinning, guffawing and then just simply gagging to go again than white water rafting together as a family. Don’t be scared. You nearly always have a qualified guide with you in the boat taking control of the paddles. From Catalonia to Colorado, Croatia to the Grand Canyon, you just got to ride those rapids.
Kayaking in the likes of Montenegro, Turkey and Croatia has also moved from the realm of experts to family fun, with sit on kayaks so that you don’t feel nervous about being too enclosed, and double kayaks if you'd prefer your child to paddle with you or an instructor. Although you might think that kayaking with kids is stressful, it actually has the opposite effect. With a professional instructor it’s best to hand over the parental reins, and let them do what they do best. Sea kayaking is also great for all ages, so if you are bringing grandparents, don’t leave them out of the fun.
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Although an annual ski trip is like a religion for some families, the amount of winter adventures to be had out there in the big white world are growing big time. Many of which are much more responsible than piste bashing anyway. In the Alps you can go snowshoeing, climb a frozen waterfall, go zip wiring, build an igloo or, if you are over eight, even go paragliding.
And if Santa no longer visits your house, you could regenerate some of the seasonal magic in Finnish Lapland, driving a sled with a team of huskies, tobogganing down Finnish fells, learning about traditional Sami culture, or going on sleigh rides pulled by reindeer. The High Tatras Mountains of Slovakia are another such winter wonderland, far off most skiers’ radars. Here you can not only do all the frosty frolics above, you can also jump into hot, steamy thermal springs afterwards.
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There was a time when children were not exactly welcomed on wildlife holidays but times have changed. Thankfully. And with holiday opportunities that combine adventure with animals, such as cycling in Tanzania, wild camping in Yosemite or whale watching in Scotland, the conservationists of tomorrow have plenty to inspire them.
It was a bit scary seeing a bear for the first time in Yosemite National Park, but with strict instructions and reassurance from our guide, we all just chilled and enjoyed the moment
Culture is cool too
The cool down moments of an adventure holiday can be made even cooler by totally immersing yourself in local culture. Such as camping and camel riding with the Bedouin in Morocco’s Sahara, or comprehending Catalan language and culture on a cycling holiday. A responsible tourism tour operator will always engage with local cultures and communities in some way or other. It’s part of the gig.
In Turkey, we paddled into a quiet bay near Marmaris to find a collection of ancient ruins lying among the shore. As you do.
More about Family adventures
This family adventure travel guide is one that we would like you to look through with your children, and watch their eyes light up and their jaws drop. The choice is vast, and you really don’t have to be super fit or super high achieving to do them either.
Getting the school holidays to match with rivers being full enough to raft down, guaranteeing snow for that Christmas snowshoeing and working out where to see wildlife during Easter... Let us help you plan your family adventure.
One of the questions the travel writers here at Responsible Travel get asked the most is ‘what has been your most exciting trip, the one that your kids still talk about?’. Well, we have mapped a few of our highlights.
There are often minimum ages for certain activities but remember to always chat with a tour operator, as often height or weight are the real issues, to make sure that safety measures are met. And also remember, there is never a maximum age.
Forget about beach resorts and kids’ clubs. Family adventure holidays are all about discovery, whether that means trekking through cloud forest in Costa Rica or teaching the kids how to guide their own kayak in Andalucía.
We have some great family adventure holiday tips from the people who really know how to make these the best family holidays ever. The tour guides, the hosts, the adventure leaders, the people who have spent years crafting the itineraries.
Family adventure holidays 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.