When it comes to family holidays – especially with teenagers in tow – we often tend to choose destinations fairly close to home. It’s what we’ve always done, it’s what we know, it’s what we’re used to. However, the fateful transition from child to ‘Kevin the teenager’ is a big moment in a parent’s life.
Whilst your kids might not live up to the moody stereotype, the concept of a summer holiday to France, Spain or (heaven forbid) Devon can spark dismay amongst the younger members of your family. Either they’re too old for that kind of trip or their classmates have gone somewhere more ‘cool’ and their expectations are higher than ever. A bit cheeky some may say, but given today’s family options, they may have a point.
We know expenditure can be really important when travelling as a family (many of us at Experience Travel Group go to Asia with young children ourselves). Whether you face the holiday budget conundrum on an annual basis or, if this is the first time you’re planning an all-out dream holiday to Asia, there are ways to make sure you stay within budget. Let us share a few tricks of the trade with you.
Holidays are often described as ‘a luxury.’ However, the reality is that they play a big role in helping us to relax, broaden our minds and to grow as people. Adventure holidays are particularly effective when it comes to overcoming challenges and pushing boundaries – and when you’re doing this together as a family the positive impact is huge.
The ‘staycation’ has become a trending term when it comes to holidays – staying put over the summer months or choosing a spot that’s a drive away, rather than overseas. There are some benefits to staying within the UK’s shores, especially if you’ve never done it before. However, there’s really nothing like a family holiday overseas when it comes to creating bonds and making memories.
If you have a trip planned but there are exams coming up – or you should be studying – then there’s no need to panic. Even if you’re on holiday there are still plenty of things that you can to do make sure that you get the study and revision time that you need.
Liz Edwards, Associate Editor of the Sunday Times Travel Magazine and AITO travel writer of the year, went to Sri Lanka en famille with Experience Travel Group. We helped her with arrangements, incorporating the highlights with a twist and organising explorations off-the-beaten-path. From whizzing along characterful backstreets in a tuk tuk, to meeting monkeys that call grand Buddhist temples their home, to spotting elephants on safari, here she shares her top 5 experiences she’d recommend to other families.
Many people planning a trip to Asia find the budgeting process tricky. There’s a big misconception that everything is priced low when really it’s just very good value compared to a European holiday equivalent, but not necessarily ‘cheap.’ Here, we share our top suggestions on planning a luxury family holiday to Vietnam and Cambodia.
Being a single parent really shouldn’t restrict your travel horizons. But the process of organising a holiday can seem that more daunting, so we’ve put a top 10 list of things to do to make sure you’re prepared and confident before the off.
Planning a family holiday to Sri Lanka can seem challenging, certainly for those wanting to make sure they get the best value for money. Here, travel expert Becky shares her top tips for keeping the costs down and getting ‘bang for your buck’.
Planning an Indonesian holiday can be challenging, with all the various islands, flight schedules, experiences and hotel options available. With lots of island hopping, the cost of an Indonesia family holiday can come as a surprise to some. This guide will help you to approach planning in a realistic frame of mind and will share some insider tips on how to keep prices down.
Philly and family recently travelled to Indochina for a very special Christmas holiday. Celebrating in Ho Chi Minh, Hoi An and Siem Reap, their trip included some incredible moments thanks to the expertise and connections of Experience Travel Group. Here’s her top 5 list of things to do that you could enjoy on your next family voyage.
An unforgettable holiday…soaking up the enchanting Thai culture…marvelling at the captivating sites and landscapes…unwinding and relaxing (everything a holiday should be)…All without the kids getting bored?
We’re passionate about tailoring holidays that suit you – and that means making sure that everyone in your family has the best time. In our opinion, Thailand is one of the best places for a whole family to enjoy a happy, safe and treasured holiday – here’s our list of the top ten experiences that mum, dad and the kids will all love.
Jane recently went to Sri Lanka for her summer holiday with Experience Travel Group. A first foray ‘en famille’ to this exotic destination, we asked after her thoughts on this adventurous trip.
“It’s sad she doesn’t worry about her own experience…” sighed one of our consultants, after talking with a mother panicking about her family holiday. The problem was, she could “only enjoy the holiday, if all the rest of them do!” Another Mum was putting her own needs last on the priority list, thinking that if she can just fulfill everyone else’ wishes, the family could hit that magical balance of fun, excitement, novelty and relaxation that makes for the perfect trip. Maybe after then, she could slip in one or two experiences for herself; a shame for the chief family organiser!
So what then are the perfect ingredients?
Cat and family went on a summer holiday adventure with us to Sri Lanka and we asked her to share her top 5 favourite experiences. From swimming races with her brothers, to absorbing the stunning hill country scenery by train, to canoeing in the great outdoors, here she shares her thoughts:
As passionate promoters of small boutique hotels, which generally encompass the character and traditions of the country you are visiting, I’m very please to present my top 5 luxury hotels in Sri Lanka that are great for families.
If you’re looking for an unusual, sunny and exotic destination for your Christmas holidays, Southeast Asia and the Indian subcontinent are ideal places to go. With their incredible array of experiences be they wildlife, foodie and or cultural, there’ll be something for everyone. Here’s a list of our best family holiday destinations to consider:
Erin spent two weeks in Thailand in the Easter holidays 2016. Travelling with her extended family with an impressive age range spanning from 10 to 80 years old, she recounts some of her initial impressions of this beautiful country.
There are a range of beaches with a mixture of accommodation options in Malaysian Borneo. In certain regions to the far east of the island we must also consider FCO advice when looking for a brilliant beach stay. This guide will provide you with a brief overview of what the beaches in this area have to offer so you can start planning your perfect Borneo beach holiday.
Finding your next family holiday destination can be a daunting prospect. To make your life a little easier, we’ve put together a round-up of the best family holiday destinations all around Asia.
The key to a good family holiday is making sure everyone is happy. It’s sometimes difficult to balance everyone’s interests and excite older kids wanting a bit more independence and exhilaration, so I’ve put together some of my favourite experiences that would work well for families with older children.
As well as being fun in itself, cycling can add a whole new dimension to your experience of the country you are visiting and contributes to the feeling of discovery that you get with any Experience Travel Group holiday.