5 Alternative Family Holidays

Posted by on December 1, 2015

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Having a vacation with the family is one thing that many people look forward to. Traditionally, especially with kids, most would head to theme parks, with Disneyland being the most popular option. Nonetheless, if you are looking for something that is unique, yet equally fun-filled, the following are some of the alternatives that can be taken into account.

Villa Break in Portugal

While a lot of people would most probably book a hotel in Portugal as their choice of accommodation, if you would like to be different, book a villa instead. This is perfect for the family as it can offer privacy while providing you with a luxurious retreat. Many of the villas in Portugal are equipped with well-appointed facilities, like your own private pool. You might even end up having a butler for a hassle-free stay. There are a number of family friendly resorts in the Algarve to choose from, so you will be spoilt for choice!

Tour of Oman

Located at the tip of the Arabian Peninsula, Oman presents another alternative destination that will be perfect for family holidays. You can go on a family adventure, which will include seeing turtles lay their eggs, a scenic drive to the Sultanate, and unwinding in a beach. With majestic deserts, medieval cities, idyllic mountains, and pristine coasts, both the young and the old will surely have a great appreciation of what Oman has to offer.

Oman

Oman

Temple Run in Cambodia

If there is only one reason why people visit Cambodia, it would be to see Angkor Wat in Siem Reap. Beyond this there are other temples that are equally famous and culturally immersive. The Bayon Temple is also a must try, as well as Banteay Srei, which is famous for being the filming location of Angelina Jolie’s Tomb Raider. You can also visit Cambodia’s capital, Phnom Penh. Even kids will surely appreciate the intricacy of these temples, as well as the rich history behind each of them.

Volunteering in Sri Lanka

As a family, you can also decide to go to Sri Lanka and not only enjoy its natural beauty, but also have a vacation for a cause. One thing that is gaining popularity nowadays is voluntourism, or what is also known as volunteer tourism. You can choose to volunteer abroad with the family for different activities while also being on a holiday. Families can volunteer to work in local villages to have a more immersive experience of the local culture. This can be an eye opener for anyone who would be doing so.

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka

Sun, Sea and sand in the Philippines

As it is home to 7, 107 islands, this is the destination where you should go with the family if you love swimming in clear waters or simply lounging under the tropical sun. The Philippines has plenty of islands and beaches to offer. Palawan has been recently ranked as the best island in the world. It has been given such recognition for two years now. Cebu is perfect for exploring the underwater, be it snorkeling or diving. Boracay, another precious beach, is also worth a visit as it offers tons of activities that can be enjoyed by kids and adults.

Photos: Luca, Malcolm.

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