If you’re still pondering where to take your kids on holiday this year, Lonely Planet is the top source of information if you want more gen than is offered in your average package holiday brochure. The travel experts have also named their top locations and experiences that are ideal for creating lifetime memories for families in 2015. Let’s take a look at the top five.
It shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that a self-drive safari is top of the list. Well, the safari bit shouldn’t at least. Seeing elephants and lions in the wild is what dreams – and memories – are made of. The self-drive option should only add to the experience by negating the need to share it with strangers. Hire a Land Rover from Safari Drive, and pick the area of Africa you most want to see, whether it is Tanzania, Botswana, Zimbabwe or Zambia. Lonely Planet recommends Namibia as the place to go in order to explore the Etosha National Park. Audley Travel is a good place to start if you want to tailor your own trip to Etosha and beyond.
Number two in the Lonely Planet list is a little closer to home. You only need to get to London for some memory making, apparently, and to the British Museum in particular. There’s no doubt that, as museums go, this is one of the best in the world, especially for kids. They can join in with a host of interactive activities, from making their own Viking helmets to creating their own comic. It might not seem like the most glamorous option, but think about all the time and travelling costs you will save, especially given that entry to the British Museum is free. If that simply won’t cut it for your family, however, what about a spot of sailing in Australia’s Whitsundays? Protected by the immense Great Barrier Reef, spend a day or two sailing on calm, crystal-clear seas, sunbathing on white beaches and swimming amid an array of colourful marine life. If this is more like your holiday dream, check out what’s on offer with the experts at Sailing Whitsundays.
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Your children will never moan about archaeology being boring if you take them to see the ancient French rock art of Dordogne. This is street art at its very best, from the mammoths and bulls of the Grotte de Lascaux to the Rouffignac gallery’s offerings that are now believed to date back to as early as 10,000 BC. Holiday Lettings offers a range of gites for hire in Rouffignac-Saint-Cernin-de-Reilhac, with prices starting from as little as £18 a night. Other options include booking through Home Away or Trip Advisor.
You’ll have to head across the Atlantic to experience Lonely Planet’s number five: horse riding in Wyoming. Imagine clip-clopping along idyllic mountain trails, past rivers bursting with trout and deer galloping across the meadows. There are lots of different options available, from trips that include hiking and fishing to guided tours in the region of Yellowstone National Park. Start planning your trip with a browse through Wyoming Tourism’s website to find the best place to stay and the ideal itinerary for you and your family.