It’s all too easy to surrender to the allure of the family package holiday. For one lump sum cost, you can secure your flights, transfers, accommodation, food, drink and excursions for every member of your travelling party.
There’s no need to worry about the planning and preparation of any holiday abroad, and you can relax knowing that somebody else is taking care of all the paperwork.
While the odd jaunt to a Balearic might be pleasant, and the volcanic vistas of the Canaries are lovely, sometimes you want to venture a little more off the beaten track and break from the norm.
If you want to provide your offspring with some more authentic, exciting and unique travel experiences, read on to discover the quirkiest destinations for family vacations.
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When we talk about great trips abroad, we want an adventure that will tick something off our bucket list. Heading to Iceland in the winter does just that.
With kids in tow, you can marvel at the natural phenomenon that is the Northern Lights. Dancing streams of green and pink will create a laser show above your heads as night time falls; much better than another random evening spent in a Greek taverna.
During the day, you can head out on the open seas for a spot of whale watching, do a smidgen of glacier walking or take a tour of the geysers dotted around the island.
The people of Iceland are friendly, the food is plentiful, and the vibe is relaxed. For a unique family holiday, Iceland is hard to beat.
If a sunnier climate is more your bag, but you don’t fancy the usual jaunt to a Costa, why not consider venturing a tad further afield.
The Portuguese Azores are a dramatic set of volcanic islands without the tourists of Spain or France.
If you are a family who loves getting your kicks by taking part in high octane outdoor pursuits, then the Azores should be on your list of potential destinations.
Activities in the Azores consist of kayaking on the crater lake of Sete Cidades, hiking up a dormant volcano and caving on the island of Sao Miguel.
For a more relaxed experience, you could also take a dip in one of the many natural hot springs adorning the beautiful landscape.
Isle Of Skye
If you are less inclined to venture to distant shores and you’d like an experience a little closer to home, you should consider the stunning Scottish island of Skye.
The scenery is magnificent, the tourists are few and far between, and there is plenty to keep the kids busy.
Head to Portree, the island’s central hub and you’ll meet many Scottish fishermen willing to take you on a tour of the coastline.
Sea eagles are common, often diving down to catch a fish or two from the waves.
The iconic Old Man of Storr provides superb hiking opportunities as does the Trotternish peninsula high above sea level.
On those rainy days, the island’s museum is fun, interactive and a fun way to while away a few hours.
For an off the beaten track holiday, take a look at these three destinations when booking your next trip.
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