Experiencing new destinations as a family and coming home with a collective sense of achievement is magical, but this is also the ideal way to enjoy some one-on-one time with your children. Oh, and for the avoidance of any accusations of gender stereotyping: we know that all children are different, so the trips we’re advocating are great for both boys and girls. They’re just suggestions!

Those after some father-son bonding time will love our 4x4 safari adventure in Oman complete with your very own private guide. Together you can travel from Muscat through the Hajar Mountains, where you can abseil, mountain bike and laugh at each other trying to get on and off a camel. Make sure to brush up on your knowledge of constellations to impress your son while sleeping under the stars at the luxury Desert Nights Camp in the dunes of Wahiba Sands.

Don't worry, it's not just the boys who get exciting bonding activities: how about a mother-daughter horse riding holiday in the heart of the Andalucian countryside? Or if you'd rather fit the mother-daughter holiday stereotype, stay at Hacienda San Rafael hotel to enjoy some luxurious spa treatments, or take a stab at a yoga class, as laughing at each other attempting to do a 'downward-facing dog' is surely much more effective mother-daughter bonding than a trip to your local shopping centre.

For a whole family bonding trip, we could recommend a dhow safari around the Quirimbas Archipelago in Mozambique, a ranch holiday in the American West or a safari holiday in Namibia. What do all of these holidays have in common? A distinctive lack of 4G signal, making these holidays perfect for spending some quality time with those teenagers who share more of their lives on social media than they do with you. They'll probably be back on Instagram sharing photos of (and bragging about) your holiday the first chance they get, but at least you can be safely assured that your precious family bonding time will remain precious while you're there.

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Our family bonding holidays are a great chance to draw your children away from screens and social media, so you might actually get to talk to them (shock horror).

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Where to go

Detail on a Nizwa Door

Nizwa, the Mountains & the Wahiba Sands

For the perfect adventure away from Muscat, explore the dramatic Hajar Mountains, the ancient city of Nizwa and the dunes of the Wahiba Sands.

An Orange Garden

Inland Andalucia

Moorish towns of Granada, Seville and Cordoba combine with beautiful rugged scenery and coastline.

Red Fish, Mozambique

Northern Mozambique & Quirimbas Archipelago

The remote Quirimbas Archipelago is one of the last untouched wilderness areas on Africa’s Indian Ocean coast.

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