Dawn Rawlings

Dawn Rawlings

Family made, family holidays

Activities Abroad first launched in 2002 and our ethos has always been ‘family made, family holidays’. We are incredibly proud of the exciting destinations, activities, and experiences we offer families looking to share memorable experiences.

As many of our own team have had children and started to plan their first holidays with them, it became a point of conversation how there were no travel companies specialising in holidays for babies, toddlers, and young children and how (despite working in the travel industry) booking our own holidays was, at times, a laborious and frustrating process.

We decided to remedy this by applying our 20 years of experience researching destinations and creating holiday packages with our own personal knowledge of the specialised needs and wants when travelling with young children.

Why choose to book your family holiday with Activities Abroad?

Handpicked destinations

We spent a long time brainstorming exactly what it is we look for from hotels when we are considering them for our own family holidays. Of course, each family is different, but we quickly found very similar themes in our wants and needs from our holidays.

We have handpicked hotels in a wide variety of destinations with a family themes running throughout – family friendly rooming options, short airport transfers, direct flights from the UK, walking distance to a shop to buy essentials (snacks, nappies, sun cream etc), great facilities on site to keep kids entertained (including kids clubs or babysitting in many locations) and, most importantly, space for kids to just be kids so everyone can relax.

We have also compiled extensive lists of essential equipment (or those who go above and beyond for even more convenience!) but most importantly you know in advance which saves you buying (and then packing) any unnecessary child-related paraphernalia.

Dawn Rawlings

Nellim hero

There can be a lot of pressure deciding how you want to celebrate the new year, especially when you have the whole family to think about. That’s why we’ve carefully designed family new year holidays to take the worry away.

Dawn Rawlings

Without a doubt, one of the most desired holiday requests is an idyllic island holiday featuring days of sun, sea, and sand.  At Activities Abroad, however, we see a lot more to islands than just that.  Our Island holidays offer adventures across mountains, through forests, along coastlines and on the sea in some of the most thrilling ways.

 Gozo Dawn Gibson 30 Jul 13 Family

Get a feel for island life this summer with our top three island adventures:

Dawn Rawlings

What’s New for 2017!

Written by
Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Each year our very talented product team come up with exciting new holiday destinations that we know you’ll love. This year is no exception and because these new holidays are so good we couldn’t wait to share them with you!

Rhinos Drinking South Africa credit South African Tourism

Here’s a peek at what’s new for 2017 with Activities Abroad:

Dawn Rawlings

The joy of Nellim in Finland

Written by
Tuesday, 06 October 2015

During my time with Activities Abroad I have visited Nellim twice.

My first experience at this wonderful place was in September, during the Finnish ‘Ruska’ – a time when the trees are a palette of orange and gold and the forest floors are carpeted with mushrooms and berries.

My second time was in the depths of winter, a time when the region comes alive and showcases the most incredible winter scenery. The drive here takes you down quiet winding roads, lined only with trees and the odd wooden cabin. Located on the banks of the frozen Lake Inari, Nellim Wilderness Hotel is warmly welcoming, a charming home-from-home set idyllically in the snow which endlessly covers everything. At this time of year, the sun rises just barely over the horizon, keeping daylight hours to a minimum and bathing the region in unique blue polar light.

Any light that there is however reflects off the snow so it is much lighter than you would think!


    Created by families for families

    Experience real adventures enjoyed safely

    Family friendly destinations and accommodation

    Maximising your precious family time


    Family time, not screen time

    Family memories to treasure

    For toddlers, young children, teenagers & adults alike

    Enjoy the company of like-minded families


    Family owned and run

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    Personal, hands-on service

    Fair and sustainable work ethos


    We research the holidays so you don’t have to

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    Customers rate us 4.8/5 Stars

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