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Family Adventure Holiday Experiences from Cathy, Mark and Tom

The Kingsbury family, Cathy, Mark and Tom are one of our most prolifent family explorers. They have been all over the world and Tom took his first trip with us aged just 6. We decided to quiz them on their adventurous spirit.

1.     Why do you choose family adventure holidays over normal, ‘fly and flop’ holidays? Once you have tried a family adventure holiday you realise that a “fly and flop” holiday just isn’t as exciting and can’t measure up. We actually took one a couple of years ago to Sharm el Sheik and although it was beautiful it made me realise how much better a family adventure holiday really is and how boring a “fly and flop” is in comparison, as you don’t experience the country and you could be anywhere whereas on an family adventure holiday you get a real feel for the country as well as the people.

2.     How do you decide which trip to take and which destination? Is it a family decision? My husband and I usually look through the brochure and  make a shortlist which we then discuss as a family.  The short list is based on the time of year we can travel and the monsoon season is taken in to account.

3.     Out of all the places you’ve been as a family, what is your favourite place? It’s hard to name one only but probably India. Vietnam and Laos.

4.     On our trips, which Group Leader has been your favourite and why? Were the Group Leaders good with the Tom?  Eddie Sanchez – Costa Rica and Chandra Khan – Nepal (and Quan – Vietnam which was different a company though).   Because they were very knowledgable about the country, pleasant to be around, funny and nice people.   Yes, Chandra spent a lot of time chatting to Tom on our 4-day trek in Nepal and he also played football with the kids together with the sherpas. Eddie was just nice with everyone including the kids.

5.     You’ve just been in Costa Rica – what was the best experience of the whole trip? Was Costa Rica a good place for children? The white-water rafting was exciting and the iguana restaurant was good fun, the boat trip was very nice too (even though we didn’t spot any dolphins)! Yes, Costa Rica is very easy to travel to so would suit all ages really. It had very high standard of the hotels, 4 star standard rather than the usual 3 star standard.

6.     Which of our trips that you’ve been on would you recommend to a family with young children? South Africa, Costa Rica, Morocco, Sri Lanka.

7.     Which trip would you recommend to a family with older children? Jordan, China, Peru, India, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia.

8.     You’ve been travelling with your son since he was very young, what have you learnt about travelling with a child and have you any advice for parents looking at taking their children on an adventure trip? You interact more with locals if you have a young child with you. Children adapt very easily and really enjoy group travelling and are open and bond very fast with new people. Do it!

9.     How do you think family adventure holidays have benefited Tom? He has a much better understanding of the world and of different cultures and religions as well as different food and he probably wouldn’t have tried so many activities otherwise. (He was fast becoming famous in his primary school for being a well travelled child!).

10.  You recently told me that you are passionate about family holidays, can you tell me why? You really experience a country so much better when you travel around especially if you also travel by overnight train, overnight boat and especially if you stay in a homestay as you then interact with locals in a different way. Also by spending so much time with your local guide and driver you learn so much as you talk a lot around meals times.

11.  If you could go anywhere in the world, where would it be? Borneo or Japan.

You can find out what Tom, Cathy and Mark's son thinks about all these family trips too here.

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Sneaky croc, Costa Rica 2012
Sneaky croc, Costa Rica 2012
Cathy, Morocco 2008
Kingsbury's do China, 2007
Tom in Peru, 2006
India, 2008
Making friends in Jordan, 2009
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Trip type: 
Family - Wildlife
Adventure level: 
2. Gentle
Max group size: 
16
Minimum age: 
7

Garden Route & Meerkats - Family holiday

Africa, South Africa | 12 days
Trip code: 
FCA
Families only
Meerkats family - South Africa
Meet the meerkats, cheetahs, elephants, whales, penguins. Stay in unusual & beautiful lodges. Interact with the Xhosa community and follow the Garden Route before ending up in vibrant Cape Town on this family holiday.

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From £1,381pp exc flights
5
(average rating, based on 5 reviews)
Trip type: 
Family - Wildlife
Adventure level: 
3. Moderate
Max group size: 
16
Minimum age: 
5

Natural Magic - Family holiday

Americas, Costa Rica | 16 days
Trip code: 
QCFR
Families only
Zip wiring, Monteverde - Costa Rica tours
Steamy rainforest, mountains and both Caribbean and Pacific coasts make Costa Rica the perfect place to observe tropical nature

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Unpublished
Trip type: 
Cultural
Adventure level: 
2. Gentle
Max group size: 
16
Minimum age: 
5

Magic of the Mekong

Asia, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand | 16 days
Trip code: 
FLC
Families only
Angkor Wat - Cambodia
An adventurous trip through three countries. Your family will discover fascinating lands with hilltribes & ancient temples that will fire all your imaginations

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From £625pp exc flights
4.75
(average rating, based on 10 reviews)
Trip type: 
Family - Cultural
Adventure level: 
2. Gentle
Max group size: 
16
Minimum age: 
5

Tiger Trails & Taj Mahal - Family Holiday

Asia, India | 11 days
Trip code: 
HHFI
Families only
India family holiday
During this family holiday to India, discover it's majesty as you travel around the Golden Triangle, take a safari to find tigers,marvel at the famous Taj Mahal and discover rural Rajasthan too.

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Trip type: 
Cultural
Adventure level: 
3. Moderate
Max group size: 
20
Minimum age: 
7

Land of the Incas

Americas, Peru | 15 days
Trip code: 
FPC
Families only
Machu Picchu
A thrilling journey into the heart of the Inca Empire to discover Peruvian culture both past and present

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Unpublished
Trip type: 
Cultural
Adventure level: 
3. Moderate
Max group size: 
16
Minimum age: 
7

Secrets of Sri Lanka

Asia, Sri Lanka | 9 days
Trip code: 
FSS
Families only
Deep in tea! - Sri Lanka
Experience Sri Lanka's immense diversity, from tropical beaches to a jungle safari, ancient sites and remote farming communities.

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From £408pp exc flights
4.75
(average rating, based on 3 reviews)
Trip type: 
Family - Cultural
Adventure level: 
2. Gentle
Max group size: 
18
Minimum age: 
5

Kids in the Kasbahs

Africa, Morocco | 8 days
Trip code: 
XMFE
Families only
Kasbahs - Morocco
Morocco is one of our most popular destinations for families with stunning scenery and a moderate climate.

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