TOP 10 FAMILY TRAVEL EXPERIENCES

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1.Self-drive safari, Namibia

Etosha National Park has the Big Five in their natural habitat – not to mention the 340 bird species including the greater flamingo – is accessible even in an ordinary sedan on a family self-drive safari from Windhoek. Accommodation ranges from camping to luxury lodges suiting any budget and family’s needs.

Best time to visit is May to October when wildlife congregate around diminishing waterhole. For bookings visit :  http://agents.mtatravel.com.au/srahman/deals

2.British Museum treasure hunt, London UK

In the new world of electronic media and instant access to the world’s online resources, it is still possible to wow youngsters at a museum, literally stuffed  full of rarities from across the globe. 

British Museum does a sterling job of making history accessible for kids. They can enjoy treasure hunts, join one of their hands-on activities and share the fun of learning by making their own comic-book version of ancient Mayan history or Viking helmets for the whole family. Download floor plans at http://www.britishmuseum.org and organise your flights to London at http://agents.mtatravel.com.au/srahman

3.Sailing the Whitsundays, Australia

Crystal clear waters and white breaches – a place where you can sail in calm seas protected from the ocean by the Great Barrier Reef. Camp in secluded bays, swim and snorkel among colourful marine life while you island-hop through the archipelago. You can learn to skipper a sailing boat with a little training from the bareboat charter companies. Budget $1000/day for a party of six. Some crewed packages offer diving too! See www.tourismwhitsundays.com.au 

4.Ancient rock art, Dordogne, France

Ignite Archaeological imagination by learning about ancient rock art in France. The most famous ones  are the paintings of the Grotte de Lascaux. The gallery at Rouffignac is also one of the world’s oldest, and most beautiful. Find out more about the picture-perfect villages and food culture of the region at www.northofthedordogne.com and for flights to France visit http://www.mtatravel.com.au/srahman

5.Horse riding expeditions, Wyoming, USA

Anyone craving a new frontier in family activities – try horse riding – a slower and more engaged way to experience wilderness, clopping along mountain trails by horseback. See mountains blooming with wildflowers, rivers flowing with trout, and moose, elk or deer grazing in meadows. The valleys maybe packed with tourists in summer, but get off the beaten track and you’ll leave 95% of them behind you. Roads can be closed in winter so check ahead. Visit http://www.wyomingtourism.org/thingstodo/listings/Horseback-Riding-Guides/1405945

6.Elephant sanctuary Sukothai, Thailand

For families wanting something especially memorable, spending time volunteering at Boon Lott’s Elephant Sanctuary will inspire and educate. Accommodation is in basic cabins with cold-water showers, so this is not for the soft touch. Book ahead as the project is popular. Information on how to get there and what to bring can be found at http://www.blesele.org

7.Harry Potter at Disney World, Orlando, USA

Play-act your way around the Disney World version of the make-believe land of Hogwarts. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter ticks every family-holiday box, the first being : magical. Park tickets cost around US$400 per family of four. The experience is also open at Japan’s Universal Studios

8.Snorkelling with stingrays, Cayman Islands

The extensive marine-park system of the three Cayman islands provide numerous launch spots to snorkel together among neon fish and rainbow-coral gardens. At Stingray City you can feed squid directly to the prehistoric ray – a truly exhilarating experience. Note: friendly stingrays are still deadly marine animals, this isn’t a risk-free activity. See http://www.caymanislands.co.uk/activities/attractions/stingraycity.aspx

9.Canopy zip line, Sacsara Valley, Peru

This one’s for adventurous parents who now have children. Strap yourself on to a flying fox and whizz between mountains for a shared experience in terror and triumph that your kids won’t ever forget! Cola de Mono Canopy zip line stretches high above the spectacular scenery of the Sacsara Valley. Equipement is strong enough to carry you with your child (who must be over six) in tandem across a gorge. They also run kayaking and rafting trips on the Santa Teresa river for families with older children. A preparatory course takes about two hours, and camping accommodation is provided back at base http://www.canopyperu.com

10.Cross-country skiing, Norway

Blanketed in snow, the moorlands and mountains of Norway turn into a wintery wonderland that you can criss-cross with lightweight skis on specially prepared tracks. The peer Gynt Trail is best for families, with ski lodges at regular intervals. Cross-country skiing is free, you just need to organise ski-hire and accommodation. However, first-timers may prefer to tackle this on a tour which includes instructions, a guide and luggage transfers. Weather conditions can change quickly so never venture out without a map. The trail also makes for pleasant hiking in summer. See http://www.visitnorway.com/en/product/?pid=125813

Reference: Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2015

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