5 Alternative Family Holiday Destinations

A family holiday destination should have enough to entertain both the adults and the kids of the family, so that they return to their work re-energized and fresh. Here are a 5 alternative holiday destinations which are ideal for families, even if you would prefer to be backpacking sometime normal life gets slightly in the way!


1) Oman: 

Oman is an Arab establishment in the Middle East that provides an authentic holiday destination for tourists and is an ideal alternative to Dubai. It is one of the oldest states in the Arab world which has a combination of Arabian, African and Indian cultural influences. The country is blessed with over 2,000km  Indian Ocean coastline with heaps of unique marine life and reefs. There are also the widely preferred family activities like the Dhow cruises through Musandam’s fjords and the dolphin watching from the Fahal Island, which tourists can experience. One can also explore the large landscapes of desserts in the region along with the enormous mountains.


2) Costa Rica:

Costa Rica is a country in Central America that exhibits diversity in both culture as well as nature and is one of the places I most want to tick off my bucket list right now. The country has lots to offer for wildlife enthusiasts and being one of the most bio-diverse countries, you can expect to see a lot of beautiful birds, predators like the jaguar, big cats, exotic snakes and frogs and even strange crawling creatures. The country is very scenic, especially the once active volcanic region ‘Volcan Arenal’, a 47 sq km area, with green forests and beautiful lakes. The region also has numerous, large waterfalls and naturally occurring swimming pools. There are also beaches in the area, with a few of them having a unique combination of sea, sand and wildlife. The country’s Pacific Coast is a good alternative to the Mayan Peninsula in Mexico.


3) Bolivia:

Bolivia is one of the 48 landlocked countries, enclosed completely by land, located in the central region of the South American continent. Here you can visit the capital city of Potosí, which is the highest city in the world, at a height of 4,090 meters above sea level. Cerro de, which is the peak of Potosí, is 4,824 meters above sea level. Here you can also visit Lake Titicaca, which at 3,800 meters is the highest lake in the world. The country also has a popular, protected National Reserve, the ‘Eduardo Avaroa and the world’s largest slat pan, Salar de Uyuni, spanning over an area of 10,582 square kilometers. This destination is a cheaper alternative to Brazil.


4) Korcula:

Korcula is an island in the Adriatic Sea and comes under the jurisdiction of Croatia. The island is characterized by pine forests and a few small beaches. It is an ideal place to visit, instead of Corfu, especially if you just want to relax in the beach sun, with just a few people around. Here, you can also visit the Korcula Town, which is a walled town, with several buildings and monuments.


5) Budapest:

Budapest is the largest city in Hungary and is also the capital of the country. It is a cheaper alternative to the French city of Paris and maintains the same glamour as the latter. The city too follows a similar design structure to that of Paris, with many ring roads and several streets radiating from the centre. The River Danube flows through the city, dividing it into Buda and Pest. The city is considered to be one of the most beautiful places in Europe with several World Heritage Sites. It also houses the world’s largest thermal baths, comprising of around 80 thermal springs from the 16th century.


These alternate family holiday destinations are ideal places to visit, especially if you are looking for less expensive or places lesser crowded than the traditional tourist spots. Any time spent in any of the above will surely be a trip of a lifetime and a whole different experience to a Thomas Cook kids holiday!


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Chris is a surfer, photographer, traveller and writer from Devon in the UK and In 2009 he ditched 9-5 life and headed off to backpack the world. When he’s not in the water catching some waves he’s busy exploring with his camera or blogging over BackpackerBanter.com and Top 5 Travel

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