For our family travel snap this month we’re joining Lonely Planet Pathfinder Eric Stoen of family travel blog travelbabbo.com and his well-travelled nine-year-old on a very special father-son trip to the Maldives

Taking it easy as the sun sets in the Maldives © Eric Stoen

What’s the story behind this photo?

This is my nine-year-old reading just before sunset in the Maldives. I let each of my kids choose any destination in the world every year for a one-on-one trip. My son has always been drawn to remote islands and the Maldives are halfway around the world from California so they were a natural choice! I didn’t know what to expect, but it turned out to be extremely kid-friendly. Six Senses Laamu had bicycles waiting for us at our overwater villa and we rode around, played and explored for days. Our favourite time of each day was sunset at these hammocks.

The day before this photo while we were at the hammocks my son asked me if something could be ‘perfecter than perfect’. That summed it up nicely! I was thinking about his question when I took this.

Kids’ perspective

My nine-year-old says: ‘I loved the bike riding! We rode everywhere during the day, including to the beach where we played Frisbee and games. It was nice to relax on the hammocks every night. And the drinks were good too. I always ordered the ginger pineapple “nojito”.’

Eric’s tips for visiting the Maldives with kids

1) Stay in an overwater villa. The resorts often recommend beach villas for families, but it would have been disappointing not to be over the water.

2) Visit the Maldives when your children are confident at both swimming and cycling to really make the most of the islands. We LOVED riding our bikes on the boardwalk (even without guardrails!) to the beach and around the island from our villa.

Where’s next on your family travel bucket list?

We spend five weeks or so in Europe every summer. This year we’re renting a villa on Lake Como for two weeks, heading to Greece for two weeks (Naxos and Santorini) and then finishing in Prague.

Lastly, complete the sentence:

When we shut the front door ready to go and travel as a family, we always…

…carry blue painter’s tape and a linen towel. We use blue tape for everything – taping sunscreen and toiletries shut, marking water bottles, protecting things that we buy (taping up bubble wrap), crafts for the kids and fixing broken things. The towel works if the kids get wet, but also functions as a beach/picnic blanket or an extra layer if we need it.