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Family travel: Where to go in 2018

Looking for tech-free trips for more quality family time? How about destinations where you can take the grandparents or extended family in tow? We've compiled a list of ideas to make your 2018 family break a doddle

Published 3 Jan 2018, 08:00 GMT, Updated 12 Jul 2021, 15:25 BST
Champing at All Saints

Champing at All Saints

Photograph by Joseph Casey

Stay at home
Spend the night in an historic church. The Churches Conservation Trust venues come with camp beds, lanterns, candles and tea/coffee-making facilities. From £150 a night for two adults and up to four under-15s.

Meet a moose
Ride a jetboat or river raft, hike in the wilderness, pan for gold, and meet rehabilitated moose and bears as part of Alaska: Call of the Wild, one of Tauck's latest 'Earth Journeys' (in partnership with BBC Earth). From £3,040 per person for eight days, without flights.

Try a detox
A family digital detox may be just the ticket at Le Country Lodge in Normandy. Stay in an eco-cabin with no wi-fi and relax while milking goats, swimming in the pond and chilling in the Swedish baths. From €120 (£108) a night for four.

Sleep on a skybed
Take teens to try out a new Skybed — three-storey platforms overlooking a waterhole in Botswana's Khwai Private Reserve. From £425 per person per night, £213 for ages 12–18, including meals, drinks and activities.

Hit the slopes
Try a change of scenery at Swedish ski resort Stöten with its quieter slopes and lower prices. Welcoming touches include free kids' hot drinks. From £655 per person per week at Stöten Mitt Apartments, including flights.

Go glamping
Head to Mauritius during its independence celebrations this March by glamping in an Otentic eco tent (from £100 a night for five) or a Bubble Lodge ball (via Airbnb; from £282 a night for four).

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Published in the Family Travel guide, free with with the Jan/Feb 2018 issue of National Geographic Traveller (UK)

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