Perhaps some of the fondest memories we have as travellers are of the times spent with the extended family. Times when grandparents, aunties, uncles, cousins and newborns travel from far and wide to be in one special place for a short but unforgettable getaway. Unique destinations and multi-generational family holidays offer entire broods a chance to discover new cultures and form lifelong memories together, without the interruption of everyday life.
Swap an apartment on the Gold Coast for a getaway to Bali, Fiji or Thailand. All are a short flight awayand offer affordable family accommodation options. Private villas in Bali come with plenty of space for everyone to spread out in, along with welcome extras like private pools and butler services; while family-friendly resorts in Fiji make life feel effortless,with kids clubs, water sports and day spas.
A cruising holiday presents families with a wealth of shows, activities, dining options and the opportunity to discover a new destination every few days. Many ships cater for those with mobility issues, possess dedicated adults-only areas, and offer kids clubs that run late into the evening. Be sure to schedule one meal a day with the full clan; after all, with so much to do it’s easy to forget the whole purpose of the holiday – to spend time together.
Tour operators have also embraced the multi-generational travel phenomenon. Trafalgar has designed a range of family tours that cater for all generations. Your kids may not be interested in museum visits but with stories of murderous monarchs and optional extras (like a visit to Platform 9 ¾ of the Hogwarts Express), these tours shine a light on local history but with a fun and entertaining twist for all.
Not just reserved for honeymoons, Africa is becoming a popular destination to celebrate family milestones. Experiencing the African wilderness is something you’ll never forget,as is seeing your child’s (or parent’s) face light up when they spot their first lion or elephant. It’s the ultimate adventure for intrepid families.