Off The Beaten Track: Five Unusual Destinations For Your Next Holiday!

The ordinary holiday just isn’t for everybody, and even those that like it enjoy something wild every now and then! When you travel to somewhere special, you can make family memories that last forever. This often means avoiding the crowds, getting off the beaten path and finding you own slice of paradise. Here’s our recommended destinations to do just that!

Herm, The Channel Islands, UK

This island is just off the coast of Guernsey and brings you exotic adventure vibes at a reasonable price! Imagine your little explorers venturing around this island: at 1.5 miles long and half a mile wide, with no cars or bikes, your little ones will get the rare treat of complete freedom! There are beaches, rock pools, coastal scenery and ancient tombs to discover. When you’re done exploring, there’s several beach cafés, pubs and restaurants to relax in and get ready for the next day! This place feels like a private paradise and you’ll be asking yourself why your family hadn’t come here sooner!

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Periana, Andalusia, Spain 

The village of Periana has the best of all worlds: for your little swimmers to make a splash, the beaches of Andalusía are less than an hours’ drive away, for your little tots to explore, there are mountain trails on the doorstep, and for the kids to get cultural,  Málaga’s galleries and restaurants are close enough for a day trip. That’s if you can drag the family away from the village itself which has fabulous markets and restaurants! Plus, there’s a 12-house rural resort with swimming pools, playground, trampoline, pizza cafe and trikes at Castueso which is just a mile away! Booking your tickets yet?

Bagneres-de-Luchon, Haute-Garonne, France

Ready to get wet and wild?! Your kids will love the river rafting, canyoning and kayaking on offer in Bagnères-de-Luchon, France. This area is a natural wonderland of rivers, caves and mountainside. So, if the little ones are all watered-out from water sports, there’s climbing, caving, horse riding, and mountain biking to get stuck into! If that sounds a bit too pumped for the family to keep up with, there’s wild flower walks and the village to wander around. This holiday provides a perfect blend of wild and active, and peace and quiet!

Orpierre, Provence, France

Have the little ones channel their inner monkey in the medieval village of Orpierre in the region of Provence. This peaceful village is sat at the foot of mountain cliff ranges that are perfect for rock climbing! If Mum and Dad are feeling brave, then you can try the harder cliff faces of Quiquillon, Belleric and Adrech, and if your little monkeys are ready to have a go, there’s plenty of beginner walls to choose from. The village also has a large campsite with mobile homes and posh tents for glamping (glamorous camping!) It has swimming pool with slides, a mini golf course, a cinema room and bikes for hire, so you can get your wheels on the road and explore the countryside as a team!

Cumbria, England

This holiday is the stuff of children’s fiction: which is great if you’ve got kids! Try the traveller’s life in the beautiful countryside of Cumbria by spending your holiday in a gypsy caravan! Cumbria offers bags of outdoor adventure for your little adventurers and plenty of romantic views for Mum and Dad! This holiday is guaranteed to make your family as thick as thieves by the time it’s through! You can wander down country roads, hike in the hills, make open fires and visit lakeside saunas with your faithful horse pulling you along. We’re just worried that you might enjoy the traveller’s life too much, and never be seen again!

Traveling to somewhere off the beaten path gives your family an experience of a lifetime.There are so many destinations out there which provide everything you need to make lifelong memories. Whether you feel like experiencing your own private island, rambling through the countryside, or climbing up a cliff face, there are literally countless destinations that will have your family down to a T! Keep yourself updated with this blog collection to find the perfect and unique holiday for you!


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