Family Road Trips
For better or for worse, a family road trip is often one of our first vacation memories. Yet long car journeys with children aren't all back seat squabbles and endless cries of "are we there yet?". Take a look at this selection of family friendly itineraries before fastening your seat belts for a game of I Spy you'll never forget.
Spain and Portugal have long been firm family favorites when it comes to a summer vacation and combining the two lends itself perfectly to an unforgettable European escape with youngsters. Wind the window down and soak up the scenery as you pass by charming towns, age old fincas and rolling hillsides en route from Lisbon to Seville via rural Alentejo and Andalucia.
Take in the best of BC on this two week road trip which has been specially crafted with families in mind. From the cityscape of Vancouver, to the mountain scenery of Whistler, and the dramatic beaches and wildlife of Vancouver Island, there is no better way to see the highlights of Canada’s west coast. Whilst action packed, this itinerary is a world away from the hustle and bustle of daily life and perfect for wildlife aficionados as well as adventure seeking teens.
This sunny state is best discovered by car due to its striking coastline and rolling vineyards. California conjures visions of Hollywood stars and surfers, but that's just the surface; from soulful San Francisco, Yosemite's giant redwoods, endless sandy beaches, charming coastal towns and LA family fun, the Golden State is one of great contrasts.
With its otherworldly landscapes, Namibia is a road trippers dream. Wide open roads stretch for miles and hours seem to pass with nothing for company except the odd tumbleweed. Starting in Windhoek, this route passes through larger than life dunes, arid deserts and a coastline strewn with shipwrecks. Take Namibia at your own pace on this self-drive adventure that is the perfect introduction to safari for little ones.
For families, New England ticks all of the boxes. Only a short flight time from London, and easy to navigate around, New England is perfect for a spring or summer vacation with the kids in tow. Spend your days playing baseball, biking, fishing or sailing as you mosey from A to B on your own time, allowing you the freedom to travel just as much or as little as you like.
The Peloponnese is a corner of Greece that continues to charm and entice all to its shores. This is the very best of ancient Greece; it is authentic, rich in history, boundless culture and of course, home to endless unspoiled beaches. At the end of the cultural part of this journey, you can indulge in some serious relaxation at Costa Navarino The Romanos, a resort with everything you can imagine when it comes to family fun.
Portugal’s small size confirms it as a fantastic place for a family road trip. With a capital bursting at the seams with culture, beaches that rival some of the best in the world and beautiful rolling countryside, the whole family is bound to be entertained throughout. This family friendly road trip ends in the renowned resort of Pine Cliffs on the Algarve, home to an Explorers kids club and a beautiful beach, making it perfect for young and old.
South Africa is known as the ultimate safari destination for families and home to a host of family friendly accommodation options. It is the perfect destination to introduce little ones to life in the bush thanks to its Malaria free status. This adventure begins in Hermanus, only two hours from Cape Town, and moves through some of South Africa's most wildlife rich destinations for an encounter neither young nor old will forget.