family travel - Educational holidays

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Getting away on holiday provides a much-needed break for families, but educational trips are becoming increasingly popular.


There’s a wealth of options to ensure that kids have fun and learn something at the same time. Family travel expert Nichola West rounds up her top five trips that give that little bit extra.

Enjoy cooking up a storm

Young chefs will delight in the opportunity to learn how to cook authentic food from a new country. The seaside resort of Alila Manggis in East Bali, Indonesia, offers a range of family experiences at its acclaimed cooking school. Junior chefs get the chance to bake a traditional Balinese cake, jaje laklak.

Construct your own raft

Learning to build a raft perhaps isn’t something that would come in handy every day, but the skills of self-reliance and teamwork will stay with children for a lifetime. Families can join together on this unique trip, which will get everyone pitching in to build their own wooden raft before sailing it down the River Klarälven in Sweden.

Learn a language

Spending time in another country can be the ideal way to perfect a second language. For example, don Quijote offer day- or week-long camps across Spain. Kids can take part in everything from sports to art and crafts while learning Spanish, almost without realising it.

Take a real history lesson

Bring the history of Rome alive with a visit to Italy’s Eternal City created especially for children. Rome Private Guides have a wide range of walking tours of the city to fit the interests and ages of the children in your family. The knowledgeable guides provide a perfect mix of interactive history lesson with insights into Rome you simply won’t find elsewhere. Adults will love it too.

Go on the ultimate nature trail

A big-five family safari in South Africa’s Kruger National Park is the perfect experience for animal fanatics. Families Worldwide design holidays which include safaris, gold-mining towns, and Zulu cultural experiences. 

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