Walking vacations for families

Walking vacations for families


What does Responsible Travel recommend?

It can sometimes be a hard sell persuading children to go on a walking vacation for families. However, throw in a safari camp, a donkey to carry your bags, a mountain yurt or a swim at the end of each day and they start to warm to the idea. And if you get a guide who knows exactly how to get young people interested in landscape, wildlife and all the natural adventures that await, your vacation is made. There are some tricks, however. Such as having treats as bribes to get to the next peak or swotting up on your quiz questions. Covering the gamut of general knowledge as you walk will have you covering 5km before the children have even realised. Apart from that, walking time is pure family time. Something that is pretty rare these days.
See our health and safety section for more details on how to walk safely with your family.

Walking vacation advice for families


responsibletravel.com asks the experts

Jonny Bealby, founder of our leading supplier Wild Frontiers, gives his advice on walking vacations for families: “Don’t overstretch yourself on a family walking vacation, especially in remote parts of the world. Some children are great and can walk as far as the parents can, depending on age of course. But in general, it is better from a safety point of view to aim low and achieve, than aim high and not achieve. Because not achieving, in some of these places, can cause you some quite serious problems.”
Melanie McAnaw, walking vacation expert from our supplier, Headwater: “We would recommend our single centre vacations for families. These are great because you’re based in one hotel and can enjoy lots of other activities as well as the great walking routes. Or go for a combination activity vacation, such as our Dordogne or Austrian vacations,that combine walking with cycling and canoeing.”
Photo credits: [Top box - walking with donkey: Catherine Mack] [Quote box - girl climbing stone wall: Amelia Wells]
Written by Catherine Mack
Mercantour family hiking vacation, France

Mercantour family hiking vacation, France

Family walking tour with a donkey in Southern French Alps

From £435 7 Days ex flights
Lake Como family walking vacation, Italy

Lake Como family walking vacation, Italy

Lake Como; a panoramic hike, suited to do with children!

From 575 8 Days ex flights
Nepal family vacation

Nepal family vacation

A fabulous family vacation including the best of Nepal

From £1295 12 Days ex flights
Andalucia self guided walking vacation, Spain

Andalucia self guided walking vacation, Spain

Moderate walking in foothills of Olive and Almond groves

From £350 7 Days per accommodation
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