Travelling is an amazing to do when you’re young, but you don’t have to say goodbye to exploring foreign countries once you have a family. Although most travel destinations are marketed towards solo travellers, or a group of friends going on an adventure, there are still plenty of fun places to discover with your children. If you get them started young, you’re encouraging them to keep travelling long after they’ve moved out. Here are a few suggestions to fuel the travel bug in your kids.
The West Midlands, England
Most people who chose to holiday in England usually choose to go to London or the British countryside. However, you’d be surprised by what the Midlands has to offer. There are a lot of activities to interest kids, such as seeing big game in the West Midlands Safari Park, or visit the Black Country Living Museum in Dudley to go back in time to the 1930s and taste the best chips – fried in beef dripping – you’ll ever have.
Family holidays aren’t just for the summer. If your kids love adventure, they couldn’t ask for a better holiday destination than a country filled with ice, volcanoes, geysers, hot springs, and lava fields. Skaftafell Ice Cave, in Vatnajökull National Park is an amazing site; a land of always-winter that your family will never forget. Yours little adventurers will go back to school and demand school trips to Iceland so they have an excuse to return.
If you’re looking for a relaxing beach holiday to switch off from your life back home, Spain is the perfect destination. Menorca has a well-earned reputation for family-friendly sun, sea and sand holidays. It’s far quieter than neighbouring Ibiza and Majorca, meaning you’re less likely to be disturbed by all-night discos. You can get your fill of sunshine by sunbathing on the clean beaches, while your older explorers can discover more secluded beaches by paddling a kayak along the coast. If you don’t trust them to go alone, they can also go as part of a tour.
While holidays are meant to be relaxing, you can sneak in a little education if you visit Italy. As well as being the home of the best pizza in the world, Italy has a lot of history that features in your child’s school history lessons. What better place to learn about the Ancient Romans than Rome itself? Wander through the ancient ruins, take tours through the major historical landmarks, and use your holiday snapshots to help them with their exam revision.
If you have slightly older children who aren’t as keen on family holidays, appeal to their dark side with a holiday to Romania. To them, Romania is the birthplace of Dracula, a feast of freaky folklore, and the creepy backdrop to every horror story and supernatural TV show they have ever watched. To you, it’s affordable, offers a complete review of European history, and is the most bio-geographically diverse country in Europe.