My blog is focused on family travel with older children and teenagers. I have spent the last 40 years travelling the world, and the last 18, travelling with my children.
My two principle goals for any holiday that I take with my children is to reconnect with them and create lasting memories.
Since 2012, we have had the good fortune to travel multiple times to countries all over the world. We have been to Europe, Africa, Asia and South America. Our trips have ranged from 16 to 35 days. Within those trips, we have either visited several countries, or places within a country. For each holiday, I have spent countless hours excitedly researching where to go; where to stay; and what to do for each of our trips.
Before 2012, my children were younger and our travels were simpler. We travelled a few times a year, mainly to hot destinations with a pool or a beach, but also occasionally to North American cities, with child friendly activities. Many of the same principles that I now use to develop our itineraries were started during those early years.
Today, many of our trips are to poor developing nations where travel is more complex. I believe that it is very important when travelling with children that you do your best to arrive in these countries properly prepared to deal with challenges that you would not normally face in your own home country.
Over the 18 years that I have travelled with my children, I have learned so much about
- What destinations work and why;
- What accommodation is best;
- What tours and activities will maximize both education and fun; and
- When we should do those tours and activities.
Below are blogs that I have written setting out my various travel tips that I have assimilated over the years. I hope that they are helpful to you!