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Family adventures: new escapes for 2019

Family adventure has never been more popular, and there’s a raft of new trips with which to channel your brood’s intrepid spirit.

By Maria Pieri
Published 15 May 2019, 09:17 BST
Zip line
Zip line.
Photograph by Intrepid Travel

Wild encounters
An eight-day Kenyan safari represents the ultimate wild escape: drive in Mount Kilimanjaro’s shadow, discover the Maasai way of life and learn about elephant conservation with the Kenya Wildlife Service. From £2,422 per person, excluding flights.
Best for: 12-plus.

Step back in time
Take the family on an eight-day Egyptian adventure to see the pyramids, travel by boat along the Nile and take a camel ride across the desert. Prices start from £795 per person and include the services of a fully qualified Egyptian tour guide (with a degree in Egyptology). Excludes flights.
Best for: 5-plus.

From country to coast
Intrepid Travel’s Belize & Guatemala Family Holiday features a trip to Belize City, hiking through Tikal National Park and splashing around in jungle pools, not to mention world-class snorkelling on the Belize Barrier Reef. From £1,507 per adult and £1,362 per child for eight days. Excludes flights.
Best for: 5-plus.

Full-blown immersion
Off the Map Travel’s Costa Rica Family Adventure includes a visit to a sloth sanctuary, kayaking and cycling. A sample six-night trip costs from £1,385 per person, based on two adults and two children, B&B. Excludes flights. 
Best for: Tailor-made, all ages.

Urban odyssey
Inside Asia Tours has a 10-day self-guided city adventure to Tokyo and Kyoto, including Tokyo Skytree tickets and a visit to Monkey Park Iwatayama. From £6,230 per family (based on two adults, one teenager and one younger child). Excludes flights. 
Best for: 5-plus.

Top tips

Spark inspiration
Get the little ones thinking about their trip long before you set off by sharing stories about the destination and even trying local cuisine.

Think positive
Whether travelling with toddlers or teens, there’ll always be challenges, but what adventure is ever plain sailing? Stay upbeat, don’t give up and remember that you’ll always find a way.

Try new things
New experiences can boost confidence and challenge perspectives. From overcoming a language barrier to trying a new sport, mistakes and successes shape us all, so it’s always best for everyone to set off with an open mind.

Published in the June 2019 issue of National Geographic Traveller (UK)

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