Babies and toddlers are still too little to take part in a full-on adventure holiday. But for older kids, packing each day with epic landscapes and exhilarating activities should break through even the lowest teenage boredom threshold.
Animal fans (and what child isn’t?) should head for the African savannahs. Take a game drive across Nairobi National Park for film-worthy spectacles of lions, leopards and herds of zebra and buffalo. And as long as you haven’t got anyone under three years old with you, book a balloon safari for a spectacular birds-eye view of the plains below.
If you love hiking, the forest wilderness of Nova Scotia, Canada is home to black bear, beavers, flying squirrels and the majestic moose – with plenty of trails to follow from your hotel. While any budding biologists in your family could follow in the footsteps of Charles Darwin in the Galapagos Islands. Here, you’ll be treated to the endemic flora and fauna that time forgot, including giant tortoises.
It’s claimed that experiencing something physically challenging, or a bit scary, brings you closer together. So, you might want to add the sheer thrills and spills factor of extreme sports to your itinerary. Abseil down sea caves into the water below in Thailand. Whizz over Costa Rica’s jungle canopy on zip wires. Charter a private yacht for some wave-pounding adventure sailing in Greece. Or, if planning a winter skiing holiday, stay in a luxurious open-plan lodge in the French Alps. Then, as well as hitting the snowy slopes, you could brave a spot of ice diving or frozen waterfall climbing.