MULTI-GENERATIONAL TOURS ON THE RISE FOR 2018 | According to Alex Malcolm, luxury travel company Jacada Travel

Increasingly, holidays of a lifetime are seeing as many as three generations getting together for extended sojourns. According to Alex Malcolm, luxury travel company Jacada Travel is seeing a rise in requests for family  trips to exotic destinations. Such trips include those in their 60s and up, their children, and the grand kids.

“We’ve  seen an increase of 28% year on year in multi-generational travel,” says Mr Malcolm, who founded Jacada Travel 10 years ago. The company prides itself on creating private, bespoke tours for its clients.

“As people get more pressed for time, they are no longer just using their holidays to get away and explore on their own, but also to connect with the entire family,” he adds.

Destinations  include  far-flung, bucket-list  places such as Finland,  Africa and South America. While  there’s  no way  to better bond  with loved  ones than  going  on holiday, multi-generational trips can prove to be challenging, says Mr Malcolm.

Planning  such a trip requires  in-depth  research of a destination  if you  haven’t already experienced it yourself. Instead, he recommends leaving matters to travel experts who are not only familiar with the country, but who can also make contingency plans, should plans be disrupted  due to unexpected events.

“Sharing unique and exciting experiences as a family is really special, and creates memories that last a lifetime,” says Mr Malcolm. “We take care of all the details – from  booking  babysitters  to  restaurants,  and  pairing you  with the  best local guides – so you can concentrate on simply enjoying your time away together.”

Jacada Travel gives a round-up of inspirational adventures for the whole family.

Finland Fun  :



Finland is the perfect destination for your family holiday. The more adventurous can try  their hand at outdoor  activities, such as snowmobiling or dog sledding, while those who like to take life a little slower can settle down for an afternoon of ice fishing.  Visit  a reindeer  farm  in Muotka  and learn  about Sami  culture  and what  goes into taking care of the gentle creatures. Before catching your international flight  in the vibrant  seaside city  of Helsinki,  explore the different attractions that appeal to the diverse interests and ages in your group. The city is a hive of culture, so plan on viewing art and shopping for Finnish goods in Helsinki’s famous Design District, and visiting its edgy restaurants. History buffs will love taking in monuments like the National Museum of Finland (set in a neo-medieval castle), where one can learn about the unique ties between Finland  and Russia. Nature-lovers  will love the boundless  activities  it can offer,  from  wandering  around  the silent  Viikki Arboretum, or taking dips in nearby icy lakes.

A Galapagos Family Adventure adventure/



Hailed  as one of  the  most  family-friendly  destinations  for  multi-generational travel, this family holiday is designed so that you and your family get to experience every angle of this incredible archipelago and spend quality time with one  another.   The  famous   giant   Galapagos   tortoises,   blue-footed   boobies, flightless cormorants and marine iguanas are endemic only to the Galapagos, and are found nowhere else in the world. It was this unique terrain that inspired Charles  Darwin’s  theory  of evolution  by  natural  selection  when  he visited  in 1835. Its jungles teem with wildlife,  and  this  volcanic  land  full of  black  lava stones make for an impressive sight. This trip of a lifetime will include a four- night  cruise, hopping  between the islands, snorkeling  off pristine beaches, and interacting with marine wildlife.


Family Safari Explorer to South Africa



A  wonderful  wildlife  adventure  awaits  you  and your  family  in the Madikwe Reserve and the Kalahari, both specifically designed for families of all ages.

Boasting the “Magnificent Seven” wildlife wonders – elephants, rhinos, buffalo, cheetahs, leopards, lions and cape hunting dogs – you will experience each and every  one of these exotic  animals  while  travelling through  a series  of unique terrains.  Selecting  only the very  best safari  reserves, and choosing  lodges  that accommodate families  best, this  Safari escapade will surely  be an all-time favourite.


Komodo National Park

When  it comes to  sailing  trips,  an expedition  around  Komodo  National  Park aboard a private yacht is hard to beat. You and your family will spend five nights exploring this magical landscape, cruising between lush, green islands, stopping to swim through  clear warm  waters or dive to see pristine  marine life. In Komodo, trek up the cliffs at Padar for a sunrise view of the pink, white and black volcanic beaches that dot Nusa Tenggara. Less active family members can snooze on the private  yacht, or have breakfast picnic  on the beach. Of course, everyone will get the chance to interact  with the Park’s  famous-Jurassic  Park- looking lizards, the Komodo Dragon.


England For Everyone




An England tour has the family taking in the dazzling culture and sights in and out of London.  See the city’s  famous landmarks  and hidden  gems your  way  – think special  tours  catered to your  interests,  from  World War II  tours, garden tours and even Royal Wedding or Downton  Abbey tours, with local guides. Not to be missed  would be entering  the world of Harry  Potter on a spellbinding journey  through   England  and  Scotland.  On  this  magical  trip,  you  and  your family will venture through  London, the Cotswolds, Edinburgh and the Scottish Highlands, offering you activities that include riding the “Hogwarts Express” – the real-life Jacobite steam train in the valley of Glencoe.


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