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We know it’s hard to make a decision about where to go on your winter family holiday, so why not take some expert advice?

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We asked our Activities Abroad experts:

Barry Nolan

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Carol from our Admin Team experienced Keswick this summer. Here is what she had to say:

'There’s nothing better than travelling to the Lake District in summer with the family, there’s so much on offer!

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Greta Henderson

After my helmet was fitted, I beamed around at the others in the group before heading outside to cool down whilst I waited for the rest of the group to have their helmets fitted too.

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Once we were all outside our guide Laura called to get our attention and introduced herself and the other guide before taking us over to a row of large red and black snowmobiles. We all listened attentively whilst she showed us the controls and the hand signals we would use on the safari. Once we were all confident and found our snowmobiles we set off in single file, moving through the snowy landscape.

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We know! You’re probably thinking ‘isn’t it a bit too soon for Christmas talk? It’s only August’

Well yes; it probably is. But when it comes to winter holidays, we find the earlier the better. Here at Activities Abroad we get booked up early, so it’s time to start talking snow!

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Amy Hope

Croatia is the perfect family destination. It’s a country that combines historic towns, a Mediterranean climate, beautiful beaches, magnificent mountains and, of course, amazing activities. What more could you ask for from a destination?

Here are seven photos to inspire you to head to Croatia this summer holiday:

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For those that really push themselves, there is a reward waiting for them near the village of Luosto.

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There is a refuge café called Torvisen Maja, that sells munki (freshly made doughnuts) and reindeer pancakes. The tiny little cabin is the oldest café in Luosto. It is situated on the side of the cross-country track and is easily accessible for the Finnish locals who have been brought up cross-country skiing but more difficult to reach for the eager tourists, who rather than having to battle with the hard cross-country ski runs, take the two-hour snowshoe walk to get here!

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The Finns have something like 50 words for different types of snow and you will be able to see a range of types on the way to the amethyst mine - even if you do not know the Finnish words for them yet! On the last stretch of the snowmobile journey from Luosto to the mine, you will find ‘tykky’ in abundance; large chunks of snow frozen onto the trees, to the point that they no longer look like trees and have taken on the persona of alien sculptures creating a science fiction-esk landscape.

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The snow is thick on the ground and untouched by human feet and the landscape is worth a visit but you are here to ‘dig yourself rich’ with some amethysts (well perhaps!).

Greta Henderson

Arriving at the reindeer farm in Luosto we were met by a fellow in a startling blue cloak decorated with a bright red trim. On his head sat a giant fur hat with flaps similar to that of a deerstalker; his feet were as interesting as the rest of his outfit as, casting my eyes down, I noticed he wore furry shoes that could have been furry slippers that curled around at the toe.

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He welcomed us by opening his arms and standing very straight and tall and introducing himself as Joonas; telling us that he is a reindeer herder before he led us towards his reindeer, about 30 metres away. The reindeer stood fairly still as we approached, moving their heads only to check who we were. They were then harnessed up and attached to a sleigh and behind that reindeer’s sleigh was another reindeer and then another sleigh and so on; so standing in front of us was a ridiculously cute reindeer train!

Barry Nolan

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The French have a wonderful phrase ‘Joie de Vivre’…the joy of life…and the region of Provence encapsulates this beautifully in summer.  Fabulous climate, food and scenery.  When you can add to this some thrilling activities in the Gorges Du Verdon it is basically a win-win scenario.

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Think of Sicily and most people will immediately say Mafia and Etna and then hear the haunting strains of Nina Rota’s ‘The Godfather’ theme in their heads; I profess to falling for this clichéd image as I arrived at Catania Airport.

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