Taking your family on holiday no longer means just going to a resort or campground and spending a week or two lazing around. Although there is nothing wrong with that, there are so many exciting adventures out there awaiting the family that you have a very wide choice of activities.
Preparing properly for adventure holidays is essential. The whole family needs to be reasonably fit for the type of activities in which you will take part. You need to have the correct equipment and luggage, inoculations, passports and visas if you are travelling abroad. Clothing should be lightweight, quick drying and multipurpose.
Many touring companies offer tailor made holidays options to tourists. Everything is organised and booked for the family and you are assured of great package deals. The size of groups vary considerably from small one or two family groups to a busload of adventure seekers. The advantages include the fact that you do not need to spend all your time booking for every excursion or adventure separately. You don’t have to spend hours on deciding what to do on your holiday or where to go.
A cycling holiday is something that is suitable for the whole family. Very small children can ride on their parents’ back in a special back pack, older ones can ride tandem with their parents or on their own smaller frame bicycles. The pace could be as leisurely or as fast as you choose and accommodation is usually very good, especially in the UK. Italy, Spain, Germany and the former Communist countries such as Croatia are also very suitable as cycling destinations for the family.
One of the cheapest ways to have an adventure holiday is to go backpacking. This is suitable for most people who have a basic level of fitness. You could stay in a tent in camping grounds or sleep over in a bed and breakfast establishment. If you do it in a group, you could get group discounts for accommodation. If you choose to go on your own, you have freedom of movement and can set your own pace. This is the best way to get to know the local people and the cuisine of the region. You could even stay in someone’s house for a few days and do things their way. This is fun especially if you stay on a working farm. Exciting destinations suitable for backpacking include Portugal, Peru, Vietnam, Morocco and Thailand, the latter is very cheap and unique.
If you enjoy the outdoors but prefer not to walk or cycle all day, you could hire a camper van and tour the countryside moving from one camping spot to the next. You could even overnight next to a beach. Many holiday sites have caravans or mobile homes to rent and some of these are extremely luxurious so you could go the glamping route, that is glamorous camping.
For adrenaline addicts, a country like South Africa offers exciting activities such as cage diving with sharks, bungee jumping, 4X4 tours and Big Five safari tours in various parks such as the Kruger National Park. Namibia also has many stunning natural areas for touring by SUV, such as the Namib Desert and Etosha Pans.
Other exhilarating holidays include visiting the North Pole by ship or trekking across the wastes of Alaska with sledding dogs, cycling through China or hiking through Australia. Your adventures are limited only by your imagination.
Shannen Doherty writes for several sites and blogs regarding adventure travel on a regular basis. Being an adrenaline junkie herself, she takes many adventure holidays with Jean-Leon Butcher, who is not only her partner but a wildlife photographer. She has taken part five times in the Cape Argus Cycle Tour in Cape Town, South Africica and also participates in tailor made holidays as well as individual adventures.