Travel Time – Holidays with Kids

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We asked our local travel guru, Kerry Moss, what the perfect holiday destination was for families. If you’re thinking about a getaway, then check out her list below.

If you like the idea of a set budget with the option to prepay everything from your accommodation, to your meals and sightseeing, then it’s hard to go past cruising as a good family option. There are activities on-board the ships ranging from waterslides through to ice-skating and everything in between. That, packaged with an upfront price that covers your accommodation and meals allow families on a budget the chance to sail the seas with a little of something for everyone.

Cultural Capital
If your family likes to meet the locals and experience the culture, then it’s hard to go past South-East Asia. Destinations such as Vietnam, Thailand and Indonesia are all accessible and affordable choices. Destinations such as these provide the perfect combination of cultural experiences and fabulous food, with spacious accommodation options including villas and apartments.

Flop and drop
If living on one of the most beautiful coasts in the world is not enough and the idea of spending a week on a sandy, white beach whilst snorkelling in turquoise waters appeals to you, then the Pacific Islands are an excellent choice for your family. Fiji and Vanuatu offer excellent packages and you’re not wasting time getting there, as the flight is only 3½ hours from Brisbane. The locals love family and children, and there are options to have a nanny help you during your stay with the younger children. The kids’ club for the older ones are varied and interesting.

Spoil yourself
If your family want to create a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, a chance to create lasting memories or celebrate a special occasion, the options are endless. They depend very much on your family’s interests and budget. Some inspiration for ideas are visiting Santa’s workshop in Lapland, including being transported around by reindeer and sleigh or dog-sledding with the polar bears in Alaska. If luxurious tropical holidays are more your style, then why not consider the Disney Resort in Hawaii, where guests can hurtle down water slides, float along a lazy river or snorkel in a private lagoon while surrounded by everything Disney.

Travel with a conscience
There has been an increase in families wanting to give back to the communities in which they visit, and now there are lots of opportunities to do this. It can be a simple as using local tour guides so the money stays locally, or committing to help build a local school and volunteering in the communities. Other ethical choices include travelling with tour companies that support ethical practices, including safe and sustainable animal protection or a commitment to reducing child-sex tourism.

Closer to home
Let’s not forget how lucky we are to have some of the most beautiful options right on our door step. Some of the fondest memories you’ll make will be on the most simplest of holidays available to you. Holidays Parks provide an excellent value option with loads of free activities available for children and a range of accommodation options. With some of the best available in the Coffs Coast region, a holiday might be easier than you think.

With more than 25 years’ experience in holiday travel, Kerry and the team at Quadrant Australia are sure to be able to match the perfect family holiday with your interests and budget. Drop in to see them in Vernon St, Coffs Harbour for further information.

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