This month’s family travel blog round-up, which features a selection of our favourite family-orientated posts from our globetrotting Pathfinders community, has us discovering what makes the Elephant Hills in Thailand fun for kids, why Lanzarote is a great place for one-on-one parent-child time, and the fun things you can do with teens on Lake Atitlan in Guatemala – plus a family travel bucket list with a difference.
Lanzarote with kids – Jenny Lynn
Lanzarote may have a reputation as a haven for package-tour holidays, but it’s long been on our radar as a fascinating place to explore independently with kids. Jenny’s post is full of recommendations for getting off the beaten track and really getting to know this unusual Spanish island. We also like the idea of taking a trip like this for one-on-one time.
Jason and Jenny love to travel and believe that having young children shouldn’t change that. Follow their adventures at travelynnfamily.com.
Barcelona with kids – Priya Ramachandran
Sticking with the Spanish theme, we enjoyed Priya’s itinerary for Barcelona that manages to really bring the city to life, thanks to its excellent use of imagery and the level of detail provided on each suggested place to visit. Practical details about how to skip the line and ideas to appeal to different members of the family (such as a visit to the world-famous Nou Camp stadium) make this a very informative post.
Priya blogs at outsidesuburbia.com where she focuses on providing tips and advice to help families create authentic travel experiences.
Elephant Hills, Thailand – Jurga Van Steenbergen
This is one of those posts that gives you huge travel envy, whether it be over the places Jurga and her family stayed during their trip to Thailand or because of the things they did. Feeding, cleaning and helping to look after the elephants at the sanctuary is the kind of experience even well-travelled children like Jurga’s will never forget. Then there’s the canoe safari, the mesmerising markets and the jungle trek, each beautifully documented and wanderlust inducing.
Jurga’s goal is simple: to help family travellers make the most of every trip. Follow her blog at fullsuitcase.com.
Activities on Lake Atitlan, Guatemala – Nicole Hunter
Travelling with teenagers is certainly a challenge, so we always like to read about how different families approach trips with older children in tow. Activities are a good way to get teenagers engaged in a destination and Nicole and her family certainly packed them in while in Guatemala. From learning to weave to playing basketball with locals to renting kayaks, the post shows that travel with teens needn’t be a nightmare, and makes for an entertaining read.
Nicole believes in the power of travelling to bring families closer. She blogs at gofargrowclose.com.
Family travel bucket list challenge – Tamara Gruber
The internet is full of bucket lists for families when it comes to travel but this is a list with an interesting difference. Instead of destinations, Tamara has included experiences which will expand your family’s horizons and make them look at the world differently. Think visiting a museum dedicated to indigenous peoples or creating a list of five animals you want to see in the wild and ticking them off, ordering a meal in another language or visiting a religious building you wouldn’t normally. The list goes on!
Tamara likes to blend a bit of education, cultural exploration, adventure and good food into every trip. Follow her blog at we3travel.com.
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