6 week trip in July/August
Replies: 7 - Last Post: Feb 24, 2012 10:13 AM Last Post By: ruby2sDay
Jan 22, 2012 12:17 AM
6 week trip in July/AugustFamily of 4 kids age 10 and 6, based in London, parents widely travelled, children not been out of Europe. We are planning a 6 week trip has to be end of July/August - initial thoughts India but put off by monsoon and heat in areas thinking of going to. Any thoughts on Indian destinations that would work in monsoon or other non-European destination. Appreciate quite a big question but we are looking for something that is different for the children in terms of their travel experiences to date, they are keen to see some wildlife of some sort and we would like to finish on a beach. Any help much appreciated.
Edited by: huttons
Jan 23, 2012 11:52 AM
1We're taking a 10 week trip (last 4 weeks of the school holidays out of school as well as the summer holidays) with kids age 8, 6 and 4 and we're going to South East Asia - Singapore, Sumatra, Malaysia (focusing East Coast and jungle) and Thailand. We felt it gave the right balance for us of relatively easy and inexpensive to travel in, animal experiences - elephants, turtles, orangutans, geography - jungle, beaches etc and culture. Weatherwise it's not perfect timing but it looks like we'll only get signficantly wet in Thailand. We can't wait!
Would be interested to hear what you decide.
Jan 23, 2012 7:13 PM
Jan 24, 2012 11:31 AM
3I'll be watching with interest!
We are planning a 5-6 week trip with 8,6 and nearly 3 year old in Oct/Nov and have been researching a few destinations...
We thought about including Sarawak and Sabah (Malaysian Borneo) but have read that it may be better (less expensive, less busy?) to visit the Indonesian side and it could be wet, muddy and travel difficult at that time. (happy to be corrected by someone with experience!)
We are also thinking about Northern Thailand + Vietnam.
Bali, Lombok and the Gili Isles. We thought this might be a fairly easy and good introduction to travel for the kids.
We are in NZ and flight cost is a bit of an issue - otherwise we would definitely consider South America (as we have been and loved) or central America.
Like you we're looking for somewhere friendly where the children can experience different language and culture, experience some wildlife and see conservation projects, jungle and some relaxing beach time. Littlest is pretty slight and will go in the backpack so we are hoping to do some easy day treks.
Would love to see advice on the places I've mentioned or anywhere else aswell and interested to see where you decide to go!
Jan 24, 2012 4:56 PM
4How about Sri Lanka? I've done a bit of my own research on that recently and while I can't recall which region is good at which time of year, I'm sure I read that depending on where you go, there is always some part of the country where the weather is good/reasonable. Might be similar enough to India to give you the cultural exposure you're looking for, and good beaches & wildlife, tea plantations, etc., and probably slightly easier travelling. I'd also check out Central America....it'll be the rainy season there but in many countries that just means a heavy shower once each afternoon and lusher greenery everywhere. Costa Rica is beautiful although very touristy. I hear good things about Nicaragua and Guatemala!
Feb 7, 2012 8:20 AM
Feb 7, 2012 10:01 PM
Feb 24, 2012 10:13 AM
7I have to ask the inevitable about Sri Lanka: How safe is it? I understand the northern part is considered "high risk" but am wondering about the rest of the island? Also India has "some risk" associated with it due to terrorism. I know, I don't want to just stay home because it appears to be safer, but with a child safety takes on an entirely different dimension. Thoughts, other 'rents?
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