Going away with your family needn't mean gluing yourselves to a beach for a week or returning to that same tried and tested villa for another year.
Here at Black Tomato, we reckon there comes a time in everyone's life when it's time to step away from the sun lounger and embark on an adventure that will inspire, thrill, and open your family's eyes to the wonders of the world.
So, whether you're looking to get adventurous, experience new cultures, or jump-start your family's appetite for activity, we've picked five of our favourite destinations for an alternative family holiday that is sure to remain engrained in everyone's memories for years to come.
Thailand is renowned for its blissful beaches, fantastic food and rich, vibrant culture, but it is also a world-class dive destination that lends itself perfectly to those families who are looking to get more out of their holiday by returning home having learnt something exciting and new. With its staggeringly beautiful waters, teeming with brightly-coloured life; it’s the perfect place to learn to dive no matter what your age, giving the whole family a new skill that can be used on many holidays to come.
Why spend a week flopping under a sun umbrella when you could be making adventurous memories in Costa Rica. Brimming with get-up-and-go activity beautiful Costa Rica is sure reinvigorate you and your family’s love for the great outdoors. On your trip, spot exotic wildlife whilst trekking through the flourishing rainforests, zip-line through the tree canopies, white-water raft down rapids, or hit the waves as you learn to surf on Costa Rica’s beautiful, yet wild coasts.
Swirling sands, vibrant souks, heady spices, and crumbling ruins are just some of the intoxicating images that come to mind at the mention of Jordan, a country home to the remains of some of the world’s oldest civilisations. Nomadic Berber tribes dot the desert which is lit at night by a sky-full of stars and the ancient city of Petra is a glorious phenomenon to see; set into the stone cliffs deep amongst the steamy desert. It’s the perfect place to help ignite a sense of wonder and intrigue into the minds of those who may have only experienced ancient history via a textbook.
As more young adults remain at home longer before flying the nest, the boundaries of the family holiday are being pushed to keep everyone happy. That’s where Botswana comes in; with an insatiable amount of ways to wildlife spot – from quad bike to helicopter – there’s a safari style for all. Our favourite is by canoe, gliding down the remarkable Selinda Spillway that, for a short time only, connects two rivers to allow you to follow the trail all the way from the northwest Okavango, east into the Selinda Reserve where hippos wallow and the Big Five come down to drink.
Getting up close to the wilds of Africa is an experience often deemed as something of a rite of passage amongst travellers and one that has the ability to inspire for many years after. Tanzania offers the very best in safari adventures being home to the stunning Serengeti NP and infamous annual Great Migration where million-strong herds of wildebeest plough their way northwards through the bush. On your trip venture deep into the wilderness to watch this epic natural phenomenon in action... truly an unforgettable sight to behold.
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