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 center 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
Lake Como family walking vacation, Italy

Lake Como family walking vacation, Italy

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

From 635 8 Days ex flights
Mercantour family hiking vacation, France

Mercantour family hiking vacation, France

Family walking tour with a donkey in Southern French Alps

From 560 7 Days ex flights
Luxury trekking vacation in the Atlas Mountains

Luxury trekking vacation in the Atlas Mountains

Stay at the Kasbah and trek in style

From 957 6 Days ex flights
Nepal family vacation, walking in the Annapurnas

Nepal family vacation, walking in the Annapurnas

Low altitude trek in the Annapurna foothills

From US $1850 12 Days ex flights
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