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Overview

The last decade or so has seen a huge increase in the number and type of family adventure holidays that are available, and you can now offer your kids all manner of potentially life-changing experiences around the globe, from France to Borneo and from Iceland to the Galapagos islands. Even those with very young children are now catered for, or there are tailor-made teen adventures.

Despite the generally high prices, this is generally not a luxurious holiday option, but accommodation is clean, comfortable and often characterful: you might stay on a working farm or a wild campsite, or even spend a night or two on a train. Sometimes you’ll stay and eat with native families, giving you insight into other ways of life as well as the knowledge that you’re helping sustain local communities. 

Many adventure holidays involve wildlife encounters, and there are generally activities involved, some of them optional. Many specialists give you the option to book your flight separately.

Offers

Santa's Lapland
Santa's Lapland family activity holidays

Kids go free to Lapland in 2017

With Santa's Lapland. Plus additional offers.

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The Family Adventure Company
The Family Adventure Company

Book early and save 5% on family adventure holidays

With The Family Adventure Company

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G Adventures family holidays
G Adventures

£100 off selected trips £750

Book with G Adventures by 7th Feb

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G Adventures

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Tips

First, ask yourselves if you’re the kind of family who enjoys sharing company for a week or two – most adventure-holiday operators take small groups of 15–20, hence 3–5 families. 
 
Consider whether your children of an age when they can adapt to a new schedule – and one that may differ from one day to the next. If you have young children who still nap, have rigid mealtimes and/or are very limited in what they eat, you may find this kind of holiday too stressful.
 
Think about whether your family is fit enough for the kind of holiday you’re planning. Though itineraries for family adventure holidays are less taxing than adult holidays, there’ll still probably be a reasonable amount of walking and excursions, often in conditions hotter than they’re used to.
 
Research your destination before booking – if lots of innoculations are required, or the region is malarial, you need to plan ahead (and may even want to look elsewhere if travelling with younger kids). See our Health & Safety page for more information.
 
Check with your operator if other families have booked on a given trip, to find out if your children will be with other kids of around the same age (especially if you’re travelling with one child).
 
Before you arrive, prepare yourself for culture shock and for the need for time to adjust to your new surroundings. Warn your kids that locals may take a strong interest in them but that this is normally a friendly interest.

For more tips, check out our family adventure holiday tips page.

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Poll

What do you remember most clearly about your childhood holidays?

Long days on the beach
38%
Long journeys by car or plane
22%
Making new friends
17%
Spending more time with parents
23%

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