Off the beaten track
TAKING the family on safari isn’t always the fi rst thing most parents think of, but holidaying in South Africa means you have day trips to national parks and wildlife activities.
Family adventures in South Africa with African Sky (www.africansky.ie) cost from €1,300 per person for one-week trips and family safaris from €3,000 per person.
For a totally different holiday for families with preteens and teens check out www.familiesworldwide.co.uk where, from approximately £1,000 sterling per person, you can take an adventure to visit everything from dolphins, to the pyramids or volcanoes to rainforests.
For a budget holiday with teenagers while doing some good, you could consider a volunteer holiday. Your family pays the travel costs to a developing country and while staying in a host family or basic accommodation, you can volunteer caring for baby elephants, work with orphans or schoolchildren or help in conservation efforts. UK-based volunteer travel organisations’ holidays start from around £600 sterling, but the longer you stay, the incremental cost is small. See www.gvi.co.uk for further details.
Egypt has been popular with sun seekers and history buffs alike, but the market for family groups is growing, with cruises and trips to Luxor catering for families with older children and teenagers. Bear in mind the temperatures in the summer months, even September can be very high. Good deals can be found in many fi ve-star hotels, such as the Four Seasons, Ritz-Carlton and Renaissance, which are all good for families, with prices that are comparable to three-star prices elsewhere.