Some of the best kinds of travel experiences you can have with a family in tow are the ones that invoke a sense of adventure. While beach vacations may be perfect for some rest and recreation, sometimes a bit of adrenaline is needed to keep those kids busy (and worn out). However, with so many different types of travel adventures to pick from, where do you begin? Here are six suggestions to get you started.
1. Meet the Real Santa in Finland
If you have young children in the family, then nothing can beat meeting the real Father Christmas in Finland. Santa Claus Village is located about 5 miles (8 km) northeast of Rovaniemi and is the ideal place to visit during the festive period. Even if it isn’t Christmastime, there are still plenty of things to see and do here. Plus, while you’re in Finland, you could try to catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights.
2. Ride an Elephant in Thailand
If you prefer warmer climes, then perhaps Thailand is the place for you. Long gone are the days of Thailand being reserved for backpackers and party animals, as it welcomes more and more families every year. Hoist your little ones atop a majestic elephant as you make your way through the stunning scenery that this part of the world has to offer. It’s important to note that travel insurance is a legal requirement in Thailand, so make sure you’re all covered before you set off.
3. Go on Safari in Tanzania
If you want more animals than Thailand has to offer, then perhaps you should consider a safari adventure in Africa. Tanzania is one of the most popular destinations for a safari getaway. You can spend a few days exploring the Serengeti National Park and capturing photos of its diverse wildlife, before heading to the white-sanded beaches of Zanzibar. It really is the best of both worlds!
4. Camping in Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park is one of the most famous national parks in America – and the world. This is the perfect location for those who like to keep fit and active on their travel adventures. You can spend your days hiking through the 3,500 square mile wilderness, before heading to the many family-friendly camping spots in the park. Pitch your tent and sleep under the stars at Yellowstone.
5. Mountain Climbing in Andorra
Another option for those who prefer active getaways is heading to Andorra, the tiny principality found in between France and Spain. As it’s in the Pyrenees mountains, it’s a popular destination for anyone who loves to climb, mountain bike, or ski. Whatever your thrill-seeking passion, there’s a good chance you’ll be able to fulfill it in Andorra.
6. Island Hopping in Greece
For those who would prefer something a bit more relaxed than hiking up mountains, then you may want to take to the water in Greece. There are thought to be around 6,000 Greek islands, of which 227 are inhabited. Skip the popular tourist hotspots and head to the smaller islands, such as Spetses and Hydra instead. You could even spend a day in Athens, exploring the ancient ruins of the Parthenon and Acropolis.
These are just six of the best travel adventures for you and your family, although there are dozens more that are bound to get your blood pumping – and keep the children entertained! Do you have any other suggestions for the list? Drop them in the comments!