The best places for a family holiday you probably haven’t considered

Family holidays are what children always remember. Whether it’s a week spent caravanning or an action-packed trip to Disney World, little one’s love getting away and making memories to last a lifetime.

Plus, you don’t always have to go to those well-travelled destinations to find something that’ll amaze you and the kids. Instead, there are some great places to try that you might not have thought about before – so take a look at some of the ideas below.


Okay, so you’ll probably have heard how fantastic Canada is. But have you given thought to a road trip with the hoard? Probably not. And if you take to the open roads you’ll marvel at the scenery whilst giving the kids an adventure to remember.

The snow covered Rockies, grizzly bears, horse riding, white water rafting, kayaking… the options are seemingly endless. So if you’ve got a bunch of kids who love nothing more than the wet and wild – Canada is for you.


You may have heard of the Galápagos Islands, but hearing about something and actually travelling there are two completely different things. However, as one of the most famous wildlife destinations in the world, any child would love to visit.

It even makes the Telegraph’s list of unusual destinations, with features including stark lava formations, cactus forests, green highlands and turquoise bays. It’s a tropical adventure on the Pacific Ocean that packs everything a family could want.


You’ll think this a strange one to add to the list, but that’s probably because you don’t know too much about the South American nation – especially when it only makes the news for traditionally negative reasons. However, what this country boasts is a culture unrivalled and stunning destinations where the kids will fall in love with history.

Whilst Machu Picchu gets a lot of the glory in South America, you should try Colombia’s Ciudad Perdida, recommended in 1Cover’s Secret Traveller guides. The Lost City was built in the 11th Century and only rediscovered in the 1970s – every reason to get there before the tourists. It’s a long old hike to get to the summit – but any active teenager will welcome the challenge.


Yes, Italy’s a popular country for family getaways – but we’re not going to recommend Rome, Venice or Naples. We’re looking at a more unheard part of the country – Umbria. It’s full of countryside and you can stay in the Pian di Cascina, a 17th century farmhouse converted into seven apartments.

With swimming pools, mini football, bike rides, badminton and tennis to make the most of, it really is fun for the family. It’s part of the Guardian’s 20 great European family escapes too – and they offer a lot more on the finer details, which includes cookery and pasta making courses. So, you can all get involved in the Italian culture.


Another European possibility and this one a little different to Italy. There is plenty to discover throughout the whole of Eastern Europe, but Romania’s one the teens could find fascinating.

After all, Romania’s home to Dracula – and Transylvania will be one place you’ll want to tick off. Kalnocky Castle on the other hand, home of Count Tibor Kalnocky, is situated amongst the Carpathian Mountains, with guests brought in by horse and cart. It’s certainly something you’ll all remember for years to come and features as one of Take The Family’s most unusual European escapes.

No matter how old your troops, whether they’re toddling around or pushing adulthood, there are plenty of super places worldwide for them to see. Got any other suggestions? We’d love to hear them, so comment below.

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