As many of us know, planning a family vacation can be stressful. There’s so much to consider, from finding family-friendly accommodations to choosing a destination with activities that everyone will love and not moan about. Whether you’re planning an intimate getaway for your kids and spouse or a multigenerational trip with your entire family, we’ve rounded up some of the best family vacations that everyone — from toddlers to grandparents — will love.
Below, are several types of family trips, so you can stop fussing and start getting excited about all the incredible (and funny) memories you’ll make while travelling together.
Take a cruise
Pre-conceived notions that cruises are for old people needs to be debunked. Cruises now cater for multi generations from family friendly excursions and onboard activities, several options for dining, spas for those that love a little R&R to casinos for a flutter. Or some prefer to simply spend time together, swimming on the deck or admiring the stunning views (without pushing family members overboard).
Many a folk have pooh pooed the idea of an all-inclusive package especially those without children. But there is something to be said about all-inclusive resorts – they can be a game changer as they make life easy and seamless for everyone. Everything is included so there are no hidden surprises, worrying about gratuities or miscommunications. The top resorts are made for entire families. Whether you’re looking for an island escape like Mauritius or a budget friendly option (like South Africa), resorts can be fun as most offer a range of activities the whole family will love.
Depending on where you live in the world, a skiing vacation can be a sparkling one. Get outside and hit the slopes. With so many family friendly ski resorts in the USA and Europe, you might be just a flight away from a great destination. Look for resorts with good ski school programs, terrain for all ski levels (and plenty of baby slopes for beginners), and activities for all ages. Let’s not forget the apres ski which some claim is the best part of the ski holiday! Nothing like a glass of glühwein to jolly things along.
Who doesn’t love a beach holiday? Whether you jet off to an Indian Ocean Island to soak in turquoise waters at a five-star resort or rent a house somewhere on the coast of Sri Lanka, there’s a beach vacation for every budget and travel style. Zanzibar, Mozambique, Mauritius and Maldives are slick operators when it comes to making tropical islands become paradise for every family member.
Jet off to somewhere new
Planning a family trip abroad can seem daunting at the best of times, so that’s why having a trusted travel specialist or boutique travel company who you trust at this time of uncertainty is so important. Inspire a lifetime love of travel for your kids by broadening their horizons. Embrace new cultures and give your children the opportunity to learn about culture and history.
Visit one of the 7 natural wonders of the world
What could be more integral than visiting a natural wonder with the whole family? Obviously, it’s also an ideal time to get that perfect photo taken of everyone together, bloopers and all. If you need a little refresh on what those natural wonders comprise of, here they are:
- Victoria Falls
- The Northern Lights
- Mount Everest
- Harbor of Rio de Janeiro
- Grand Canyon
- Great Barrier Reef
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