Whether you’re travelling as a couple or with the family, it’s understandable that a routine summer holiday can often be uninspired and potentially boring, with you opting to travel to the same place over and over. Break the cycle and consider the many other destinations on offer – from city breaks to luxurious beach escapes, here’s just six alternatives to the typical summer holiday.
A city escape in New York
Ditch the beach and explore the concrete jungle, instead. New York City is indisputably one of, if not the best city in the entire world – the possibilities here are endless, the wondrous architecture and vibrant culture making for one of the most unique experiences you’ll likely ever have. And although some may presume it’s a location best suited to couples or solo travellers, it’s just as perfect for the little ones. From the bright lights of Times Square to the sprawling scale of Central Park, the kids will be overcome with sheer awe and wonder around every corner. Be sure to check out one of New York City’s museums too, before heading to a Broadway theatre to catch a world-renowned show.
Laying on the beach… in Thailand
A beach holiday may be considered the norm when it comes to a summer trip, so why not take it to the next level? Thailand has some of the world’s very best beaches, from the renowned beach town of Krabi to the luxurious sandy shores of Phuket – bring your family along to experience the sheer splendour of this beautiful country.
While you’re here, be sure to do a spot of island hopping. Thailand boasts many beautiful islands to explore, all offering something different; Ko Yao Yai is an undeveloped paradise, whereas Ko Phi Phi is more vibrant and upbeat. Depending on what you and your family want, this will be a beach holiday like no other.
Road tripping in New Zealand
If you’ve always wanted to embark on a family road trip, New Zealand is the place to do it. No country can compare in terms of natural beauty – from Rotorua to Lake Wanaka, there’s so many places to discover here that you’ll have a hard time planning a route that doesn’t include the entirety of the country.
Consider hiring a campervan and hitting the roads, as you’ll then be able to pitch up practically anywhere. Audley’s New Zealand specialist suggests places such as Orewa to pitch up and explore the surroundings. From mountains to waterfalls, islands to cities, New Zealand truly has it all – and it’s down to you to discover it.
Safaris in India
You may not have been aware of India’s safari opportunities, but they’re plentiful and rewarding – in fact, it’s the only country in the world where you’ll see tigers and lions co-existing in the wild.
Visit parks such as Ranthambore and Bandhavgarh to discover the best safari opportunities perhaps in the world. From the aforementioned tigers and lions to rhinos, giraffes and even elephants – which you can often clean and ride in many different places – you’ll have just as much unadulterated fun as the little ones.
Why not stay at home and embark on an adventure? Despite being overlooked by many in favour of going abroad, England has so much to offer – from the sights of London to the rambling hills of the Peak District, there’s a diverse range of potential destinations to consider.
The latter location is perfect for the active family, looking for adventure from their holiday as opposed to relaxation. From climbing to the summit of Kinder Scout to meandering through the fields amongst the district’s wildlife, this is a destination many unfairly overlook.
Historical fun in Rome
For an educational family holiday – which may not sound appealing – head to Rome. This Italian city, despite its recent status of romance, remains full to the brim with historical value. From Vatican City to the Colosseum, the renowned sights of Rome are some of the best in the world.
Your little ones will likely be awestruck by just how wondrous and majestic the relics and ancient buildings are here. The Sistine Chapel is one such place of significance, being the official residence of the Pope. Be sure to look up once you’re inside – the ceiling really is a feat of engineering.