Why take the kids anyway?
Children interpret and interact with their surroundings very differently to us grown-ups, and one of the best ways to encourage this is through family holidays to places that will blow their tiny minds. Beaches, swimming pools, wildlife, ice cream (of course) and the world is their playground. Family holidays truly present an opportunity to bring alive what they may have seen on TV or read about in a book. Spotting Orangutans, walking through atmospheric rainforests and visiting street food markets will provide a lifetime of memories, stories, and no doubt incidents. Let’s face it, taking the kids anywhere is an experience and just popping to the shops rarely goes to plan. Travel is no different with or without the kids in tow. It is these unpredictable challenges and adventures that shape a unique family holiday.
Why take the kids with Rickshaw Travel?
We specialise in meaningful holiday experiences and this translates wonderfully if you want to take your family on a far-flung trip of a lifetime. Our family-friendly itineraries are aimed at families with children aged eight years and up, as our accommodation and activities are chosen to appeal to both younger and older generations, and we feel this is the best way of translating our authentic style of holiday, bringing you closer to your destination through food, culture, local people, and fun immersive experiences. Having booked lots of families we have taken your questions and feedback to create our family travel advice. Take a look at our favourite family-friendly destinations below.
Watch turtles be released in Borneo
Borneo is an exciting destination for spotting wildlife and getting in touch with nature while exploring the jungle. Adam travelled with his family of four to Borneo and absolutely loved it, “My kids have now firmly got the travel bug! Having done a lot of it myself over the years it was a gift and thirst that I wanted to give them. Well, mission accomplished, and the trip was just the right level of following our noses, and organisation that you need when travelling with kids.”
Zip through misty forests in Costa Rica
Bursting with brightly-coloured wildlife and smoking volcanoes, Costa Rica is a fantastic family destination. Travel Specialist, Fiona has recently returned from a trip to Costa Rica and shares her thoughts about family trips “Our itinerary, Pura Vida en Familia, has been created with travelling during the school summer holidays in mind. From zooming along a zip-wire through misty cloud-forests to taking a surf lesson on the beautiful beaches, you may find it difficult to persuade your brood to return home!“
Learn to make a curry in Sri Lanka
Fast becoming a popular choice for families, with comfortable transfers and plenty of activities to keep the children entertained. Haydn, our MD, recently travelled with us and his children (11 and 8) and tells us “Sri Lanka is an excellent destination for any active and curious family. The home-stay where we all helped the cook to make an authentic and delicious curry and a game drive in Yala National Park where we spotted crocodiles, elephants and even a leopard were among our favourites.”
Mix up the adventures in Vietnam
Vietnam is a great choice for family holidays if you fancy escaping the beach crowds and introducing your kids to authentic Asian culture. Lucy travelled to Vietnam with her husband and two children (14 and 12) combining city stays with Junk boat rides and overnight trains and tells us “The Vespa Tour was fantastic, seeing the faces of my kids loving the experience on the back of those Vespas is something I’ll never forget!”
Rock to sleep on a night train in Thailand
Gillian, Douglas and their sons (12 & 14) travelled to Thailand in June and discovered there is so much more to explore away from the beaches, “You have to experience the night train! I think our younger son would have happily just spent his time travelling around on them. The Thai people were so friendly and helpful. Andrew was a real hit which we think might have had something to do with his ginger hair!”
Escape the crowds in Cuba
Cuba is traditionally known as a child-friendly beach destination but there’s so much more for families to discover. Jane travelled with her daughter, Alexa and enjoyed the laid back Cuban lifestyle, “As a lone parent who used to do a lot of travelling before I had my daughter, I was looking for a holiday that gave me the feeling of travelling again, whilst providing a fun, interesting and non-stressful holiday for my daughter. This holiday was perfect and achieved both those aims, whilst being so easy, relaxing and fun.”
Take a tree-top walk in Malaysia
With towering rainforest and plenty of tree-top canopy bridges, Malaysia is nature’s playground! Malaysian people are extremely friendly and eager to welcome tourists so you can be sure your family will be warmly received. Jacqueline travelled to Malaysia with her 12 year old son Khaleeq (pictured) and tells us “In Taman Negara, my son was in his element. He went full speed ahead upfront and became the guide’s best friend, asking a millions questions. He loved it.“
Live like the locals in Bali, Indonesia
Karen won a trip to Bali in Indonesia with Rickshaw through Sussex Life Magazine, and decided to take her two children (pictured) with her for a family trip to remember. They travelled in May, experiencing local homestays, bike rides through rice paddies and relaxing beach time. Karen told us on her return “It was a real adventure and the excursions were brilliant, very educational and interesting and held the interest of our teenagers – no easy task!”
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