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 : https://www.jacadatravel.com/europe/finland/family-trip/
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
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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