Once your children are above a certain age, they may need more than just a beach and a bucket and spade to keep them amused. This is the time to get more adventurous with the holiday planning, and even take the chance to make it educational. We could harp on forever about our belief that holidays can, and should, be as informative as they are fun - even if that’s just absorbing a different culture – but there are some stand-out destinations where you can delight in seeing the children learn as they go.
Whether that be at the Danai Beach Resort in
Halkidiki, where they can learn all things Greek, from dancing to
cooking to the language itself. Or in the Pench National Park in
India, where they can get the real-life Jungle Book experience and
join the 'Junior Rangers' in search of leopards. Or a trip to the
birthplace of Darwin's theory of evolution, the Galapagos Islands,
where their little minds will marvel at the incredible diversity in
wildlife these islands have to offer. In Yala National Park in Sri
Lanka, they can learn to identify local animal tracks such as deer
and leopard, identify edible plants and even learn to navigate
using the stars.
As we're sure your budding David Attenborough's will have a
million and one questions on everything they see, we make sure
there's an English-speaking guide on hand who'll have all the
answers. With the help of children's party entertainers, Sharky and
George, we also always include fun 'Did You Know?' facts about your
destination and a short quiz with questions about the country, so
your children can find the answers during your trip (you might even
learn a thing or two yourselves).
Now don't panic, just because a holiday is educational for the
children, it doesn't mean it should be any less luxurious. A stay
at somewhere such as the Galapagos
Safari Camp provides the best of both worlds - you can stay in
comfort while remaining close to nature, with giant tortoises
walking right past your breakfast table.