With the summer holidays often dominated by a family getaway in the sun, and the Christmas break filled with frantic shopping, present giving and vast amounts of food, February half-term is usually far quieter and often forgotten about when it comes to planning a family escape.
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.
No matter what your age, Christmas wouldn’t be complete without the famous man in red. What’s more, we know that for the little ones a meeting with Father Christmas can be a truly magical experience. That’s why we’ve carefully designed a selection of holidays that include personal and memorable meetings with Father Christmas, right on his home soil.
Lapland offers so much to families wanting to revel in all the joys that come with an escape to a winter wonderland. With so much choice, we understand that it can be hard to narrow down exactly what you want to do on your family break. So, in order to help you plan your next Arctic escape, we caught up with one of our Travel Experts, Laura to get her top three experiences to have this winter with your family:
Here at Activities Abroad, we know that most families can’t wait to tick husky sledding off their bucket lists. However, when you and your children actually get the chance to experience it for the first time, it can be quite daunting. So, in order to help prepare your family for one of the Arctic’s most exhilarating experiences, we have put together our top tips for any husky sledding beginner!
Former television presenter and journalist Eleanor Findlater was looking for a holiday to suit her family's love of nature and adventure. After contacting Activities Abroad we knew there was only one place we could send her and the family - The Azores! We caught up with Eleanor to find out what she and her family thought about these incredible islands and the adventures that they enjoyed:
Sitting 563 miles west off the coast of mainland Ecuador, the Galápagos Islands are no doubt one of the most famous archipelagos in the world. The very name conjures up images of exploration, adventure and incredible wildlife, found nowhere else in the world. From Charles Darwin, to his famous ship the HMS Beagle, and an amazing array of unique animals, that helped the famous scientist come up with his theory of evolution, there is something very special about these incredible islands that puts them on many a bucket list.
Now although the amazing wildlife is certainly reason enough to make a trip to these wonderful islands, they are not the only reason you should be planning your next family holiday here. With so many good reasons to travel to these islands we have chosen just five of our favourites to encourage you that a trip to the Galápagos Islands is the ideal adventure for your family of explorers!
With our time becoming increasingly more valuable, as more and more things seem to eat away at our time, it is perhaps unsurprising that more and more families are choosing to use holidays as a way to meet up and spend time together as families.
In 2018 it has become more and more common to find grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, siblings, parents and grandchildren all enjoying a well-deserved family holiday together. These multi-generational or ‘3G’ holidays have lots of benefits too!
A short transfer away, we arrived at Rebali Riads, our home for the next two nights; and what a home it was. The peaceful, luscious gardens are filled with colourful flowers, which drape from the riads and down to the refreshing swimming pool below… a place I spent much of my time in!
Our Activities Abroad representative Sarah has just spent her first winter season in Luosto. We caught up with Sarah to find out all about her time there.
How would you describe Luosto?
Luosto is small but extremely friendly. From the guides to the hotel staff and shop keepers everyone seems to know everyone and there is no shortage of helpful, smiling faces if you ever need anything. There is always something to do too, whether that be checking out the local scenery or relaxing at the spa, playing in the snow, or hitting the slopes, you are never going to be bored in this beautiful town.
What activities did you experience this winter?
Give me playing in the snow over sitting behind a desk any day. Over the course of the winter I tried to get out and try as many activities as I could fit into my week. The huskies and anything to do with snowmobiling were the top of my bucket list and easily my favourite activities. I mean what’s going to beat speeding through the snow on a glorified quad bike or cuddling up to the most adorable puppy I think I have ever seen.
As a travel expert at Activities Abroad, i’m often asked for holiday inspiration... Here are some great ideas for family winter holidays.
For younger families there may only be one chance to meet the ‘real’ Father Christmas in Lapland.
Credit: Marko Junttila & Hotel Gulo Gulo
Our Father Christmas and Arctic Animal Encounters ensures a memorable and magical experience for both children and adults alike. The focus of the holiday is of course the Santa visit......Travelling as a family by snowmobile pulled sleigh through the snowy Lappish Forest, the trail leads to a cosy cabin where you will be welcomed by Father Christmas himself. If you like the idea of a private Santa Claus experience, this is perfect, with the children getting around 20 minutes to talk with him about his most important of jobs!
Before I started working for Activities Abroad I’d always preferred a holiday destination with a hot climate. But I was lucky enough to travel with some of my colleagues to Sweden in February and this amazing trip has completely changed my mind.
During our stay we had the chance to try out some activities that we have included in our trips. After touching down in wintery Sweden, we were transferred to the lodge and went straight into the wilds.
We strapped on some snowshoes and made our way with our guide into the snowy forest.
Jo and Amy our Product and Sales managers are currently in Finland checking on preparations for our family Christmas holidays.
As they touched down in Rovaniemi it was clear winter had arrived and there was even a couple of inches of snow on the ground making everything look extra special!
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