As parents ourselves, we can understand that safety when travelling is at the forefront of everyone’s minds and, in an increasingly turbulent world, it is understandable that travellers are eagerly seeking out destinations where issues such as political unrest are less prevalent.
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We love seeing what families get up to on our Activities Abroad holidays. From swimming with dolphins in the Azores to rock climbing on the Maltese island of Gozo, it’s always great to see our families having loads of fun together while experiencing a wide range of unforgettable activities and experiences.
This summer we asked you to share your favourite holiday moments with us to be in with a chance of winning a Go Pro Hero 4 - the ideal piece of kit for recording, and then, recalling, an active family adventure!
We’ve been running activity holidays since 2002 and there have been many, many occasions when parents have commented on how our trips had helped to build their children’s confidence and self-belief. This is something I have seen in my own kids over the years but I’ve never had a pictorial example of just how inspiring our outdoor activities can be. That was until a few weeks ago when the McLean family joined Activities Abroad’s family holiday in The Azores and I went mountain biking with my son.
Sete Cidades, ©Futurismo Azores Adventures
Sitting here in the office on a cold, wet Wednesday our minds at Activities Abroad are wandering to destinations we would rather be discovering. Maybe we are biased, but Borneo is one of the best long-haul vacations you could ever go on, period.
We could write some exciting and inspirational ‘travel prose’ for you, but instead, let’s mix it up a bit with an A-Z of why we’re absolutely head over heels in love with Borneo.
So, without further ado…
I’ve never really understood Kids’ Clubs. Why would you want to go on a family holiday (that's F-A-M-I-L-Y holiday) then pack the children off every day while the grown-ups do their own thing?
My philosophy, and it is one that I have always insisted that we adhere to here at Activities Abroad, is that a family holiday should be just that, a family holiday.
I see a lot of my kids. I see them when I am driving them to football or rugby or cricket or dancing or "Rock Project" or any number of activities. I also see them while they are playing football or rugby or cricket (but not dancing or "Rock Project"….Teenage Daughter would never allow a “PARENT!!!” to be present).
However, this is my point. Whilst I SEE a lot of my kids, like so many parents, I rarely actually DO anything with them. I seem to spend my life watching them rather than participating with them and I think that is a great shame. I'm not sure that the kids feel the same way but it is the reason that I believe a shared family holiday is so important.
What do families enjoy the most about Harriniva, Jeris and Torassieppi?
There are so many fun activities to enjoy especially for children. Children always love meeting the huskies. They enjoy the husky safaris and getting to cuddle the huskies. The reindeers are also very popular and a reindeer sleigh ride is a magical experience for the whole family. The tobogganing is probably one of the most popular activities. It’s very fun and children don’t get cold as they are constantly running up the hill for another go.
Reindeer Sleigh Ride
Over the winter months our Activities Abroad representative Ben has been working in Nellim. As the season draws to a close we asked Ben to share his favourite experiences of the winter season.
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.
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