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Off The Beaten Track Family Travel With The Voyageurs Collection

Some of the best memories are made during family travel. A time to unplug from everyday distractions, concentrate on bonding, exploring incredible destinations and cultures whilst nurturing a lifetime of love for travel.

picture looking over a valley in the dolomites surrounded by pine trees and Moutains
Dolomites

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by The Voyageurs Collection, however, all views, opinions and photos unless otherwise stated are my own and remain a copyright of the Curious Pixie. See my disclosure policy here.

Having a family doesn’t mean you need to sacrifice where you travel. Granted planning a family holiday can be hard sometimes, particularly when ensuring the destination suits everyone’s needs. It’s why you often see many travelling to the same places year on year for ease. Why fix something that isn’t broken, right?

A key ingredient when planning an adventure is the travel company involved to help make your holiday ideas and dreams a reality. With kid specific knowledge on destinations and facilities available is crucial to help manage expectations when heading off the beaten track.

sima and two children in striped dress and green dress respectively stood on the pavement along side a road with a red bike propped up on the kerb in Cochin
Cochin, Kerala

The basis of our big family holidays revolve around discovery, exploration and most importantly authenticity. We want to feel the place, know the people that live there and immerse ourselves in the culture.

sima and two daughters one in white hat and white and blue dress other in denim shorts and blue top walking behind a guide exploring mararikulam in Kerala
Mararikulam, Kerala

The Voyageurs Collection is portfolio of original itineraries created by the award-winning tailor-made travel companies Voyageurs du Monde and Original Travel. The travel company harbours all these qualities, as I discovered on recent trips.

At the core is taking the stress away from holiday planning. The team of travel experts start by getting to know their clients in order to meet expectations and personalise trips with meticulous attention to detail.

picture of father and two daughters one in red jacket and pink hat and other in blue hoodie and denim jeans along side the green safari jeep in add elephant national park in South Africa
Addo Elephant National Park, South Africa

On our beaches and backwaters trip to Kerala the seamless travel arrangements from start to finish with family in mind was amazing. The same applies to the travel experiences on offer and the unparalleled knowledge of an area. On a recent food tour of Verona, all our needs were catered for by a passionate local guide.

two girls in bright coloured dresses/skirts in a wooden boat in white and cream hats, purple and blue backpack facing the backwaters in Kerala
Backwaters (Vechoor), Kerala

Sustainability and responsible travel is paramount too. The company promises 100% carbon absorption from the footprint generated by air transportation of its clients. Combating climate change and giving back is a huge plus when booking with The Voyageurs Collection.

What really won me over is the little extras which make a big difference to a trip, such as the local concierge service to help arrange additional activities or assist in mishaps, pre-booked seats on the airplane, UK airport lounge access and fast track UK security. All of these services come standard with each booking. Family travel has never been easier. It’s one of the main reasons I’d feel so confident about travelling to adventurous destinations with the kids.

father in backpack, white t-shirt, cream trousers overlooking the Hafelekarspitze in InnsBruck with daughter in cream hat on his shoulders
Hafelekarspitze, Innsbruck Austria

Now that my little ones are not so little anymore we’ve slowly upped the ante on holidays from physical hiking trips to walking on the wildside with unbelievable safari moments. The Voyageurs Collection boasts an exciting portfolio of family holidays designed to satisfy all ages and interests. Here is a selection of my hotly tipped favourites for the year ahead:

Costa Rica

The sheer number of opportunities for wildlife encounters and adrenaline-fuelled adventures on offer in this corner of South America is excitement enough. Mix in some of the richest biodiversity on Earth – volcanoes, rainforests and beaches and you begin to understate Costa Rica’s draw.

Credit: Fintan O’Brien @ Pixabay

On the Nature-Focused Exploration tour kids can marvel at the sloths in slow motion and vibrant keel-billed toucans, hike through the forest canopy, spot fluorescent green tree frog and raft on the Saraquipi River. This is a small country that packs a large punch from Arenal’s hot springs to the endless mangroves and dazzling beaches. A drama of Costa Rica landscapes for all the family to enjoy.

Finland

picture of huskies pulling
Credit: pasja1000 @ Pixabay

Stepping through the wardrobe into Narnia – a magical snowy fantasy is how I imagine a Finnish winter. Finnish Lapland straddles the Arctic Circle and the official home of Father Christmas.

Little ones can hang out with huskies and reindeers, build snowmen, and toboggan down fells and whizz through the snow-dusted wilderness on snowmobiles. Fun filled winter wonderland days can end with steamy saunas and evenings spent sipping hot chocolates and watching the mesmerising Northern Lights. It’s a breathtaking place to enjoy an Arctic adventure.

Israel

Credit: Image by cms-archiv @ Pixabay

A trip to a country which divides opinions so dramatically, may seem like an odd choice for a family holiday. However, travelling with older children brings the responsibility of discussing cultural complexities. With a passion for visiting fascinating destinations learning about the people who reside in Israel and crucially the Palestinian West Bank.

Learn together when exploring the history, religion and politics. It’s not all educational either – float in the Dead Sea, snorkel in the Red Sea, fall in love with the beautiful Tel Aviv beaches, feast on the tastiest mezze and admire the dramatic views of the Negrev Desert.

Myanmar (Burma)

The southeast Asian country of Myanmar has remained relatively untouched by the outside world. Temple-strewn landscapes, jungle covered mountains, to cruises down the famous Irrawaddy River from Bagan to Mandalay, ancient cities, and best of all spectacular white sand beaches framed with colourful coral reefs for relaxing after epic adventures.

Credit: Vinatourist83 @ Pixabay

The Yangon, Bagan, Inle Lake and Pindaya holiday ticks all the boxes for an unforgettable family adventure. In addition to the concierge service, late check outs and private tours it includes a visit to an elephant sanctuary and private cruise. Bring on the culture!

Namibia

Credit: Katja @ Pixabay

Since our first foray into family safaris, we can’t wait to return to the wilderness. Africa’s lesser known wild Namibia, wedged between the Kalahari and Namib deserts is a country of diverse landscapes and intriguing.

On an intrepid road trip explore great grasslands where herds of game roam, the vast sand deserts with giant sand dunes at Sossusvlei, endless shimmering salt pans and the amazing desert coastline whilst not forgetting the spectacular Skeleton coast. Home to the Etosha National Park for incredible wildlife spectacles the family friendly activities are endless.

Have I piqued your wanderlust? For more information head to
The Voyageurs Collection website.

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34 Comments

  • Bejal 9th December 2019 at 8:42 am

    A few of these are also my radar but I can vouch that Costa Rica would make an incredible family trip.

    • Sima Sthanakiya 9th December 2019 at 9:17 am

      I can’t wait to visit Costa Rica one day. Will have to get all the tips when we do.

  • Angie Silver 9th December 2019 at 9:26 am

    You’re my family travel guru! Funny you should mention Israel, that’s where we’re looking at for next year!

    • Sima Sthanakiya 9th December 2019 at 10:14 am

      Ahh thanks Angie. Ohh we’ll have to compare notes on Israel!

  • Elizabeth Williams 9th December 2019 at 11:00 pm

    Love that sustainability and responsible travel is important to the company. All of the extras sound great and useful in helping make family travel easier.

    • Sima Sthanakiya 10th December 2019 at 1:08 pm

      So important now that everyone is aware of their own footprint on the world.

  • MELANIE EDJOURIAN 9th December 2019 at 11:19 pm

    I’d love to go with the kids to Finland near to Christmas time. I’m sure it would be a lovely magical experience for them.

    • Sima Sthanakiya 10th December 2019 at 1:08 pm

      One of my dreams, it would be amazing to experience it during Christmas.

  • Rhian westbury 10th December 2019 at 7:30 am

    There are so many places that you’ve mentioned that I’d love to go, definitely piqued my wanderlust. Although as we’re moving soon we won’t be going away too much x

    • Sima Sthanakiya 10th December 2019 at 1:07 pm

      These will all probably remain on my wish list for a while too Rhian.

  • Melanie williams 10th December 2019 at 10:46 am

    We have already done a lot of our far flung travel. However, if we ever fancy any of these locations, I would deffo put this past our local travel agent for sure

    • Sima Sthanakiya 10th December 2019 at 1:06 pm

      Ohh where has been your favourite destination?

  • Samantha Donnelly 10th December 2019 at 11:10 am

    There are some lovely places you have mentioned I would love to go to the elephant park I do love elephants and that would be a dream to me

    • Sima Sthanakiya 10th December 2019 at 1:06 pm

      Elephants are my favourite animals too, it would be an incredible experience.

  • Jess Howliston 10th December 2019 at 11:47 am

    You have definitely make me want to plan some family trips! I would love to visit so many of the places you have mentioned above with my family some day. I think traveling with kids and experiences so many new and different things is such a cool way to learn and discover for both adults and kids!

    • Sima Sthanakiya 10th December 2019 at 1:05 pm

      I couldn’t agree, it’s the ultimate outdoor school room. Kids learn so much just by living and breathing and experiencing a country.

  • Charli 10th December 2019 at 12:43 pm

    This sounds like such a fantastic travel company. I’d definitely love to head to Lapland with our little one next year. Costa Rica is high on my list too – I’ve also wanted to trek the jungle trail but I’d be worried with little ones so knowing that everything can be taken care of my the travel company would be a real reassurance!
    C x

    • Sima Sthanakiya 10th December 2019 at 1:03 pm

      Lapland would be so magical with the kids.

  • Bella and Dawn at Dear Mummy Blog 10th December 2019 at 4:11 pm

    We’d love to visit the Elephant National Park in South Africa! What a great selection of destinations for families!

    • Sima Sthanakiya 11th December 2019 at 8:25 pm

      Addo Elephant National Park is incredible. I really can’t recommend it enough when you have kids.

  • Sarah | Boo Roo and Tigger Too 10th December 2019 at 5:01 pm

    We would love to travel more with the children. Trying to schedule it around school and activities seems to be a logical nightmare but so worth it

    • Sima Sthanakiya 11th December 2019 at 8:24 pm

      Tell me about it. Crazy family life doesn’t make it easy.

  • Jenny 10th December 2019 at 9:20 pm

    We haven’t planned any long haul trips with the family yet but some of these destinations sound really good.

    • Sima Sthanakiya 11th December 2019 at 8:23 pm

      Hopefully one of them will entice you to.

  • Yeah Lifestyle 10th December 2019 at 11:08 pm

    This company sound fantastic. Family travel is very important to me and they sound like a great company to deal with.

    • Sima Sthanakiya 11th December 2019 at 8:22 pm

      Yeah especially with all the little extras they offer. It makes a huge difference when travelling with kids.

  • Mellissa Williams 11th December 2019 at 9:51 am

    I’ve wanted to go to Costa Rica for such a long time. It looks a stunning country. Have you been to Iceland? It’s beautiful and an amazing country to take kids who can learn about the geothermal waters, geysers and waterfalls.

    • Sima Sthanakiya 11th December 2019 at 8:21 pm

      I have been to Iceland but without the kids. You’re right, I’d love to go back and take them next time.

  • Rebecca Smith 11th December 2019 at 4:26 pm

    The Voyageurs Collections sound like a fantastic company. We love travelling as a family and are hoping to do more travelling off the beaten track so will have to check them out.

    • Sima Sthanakiya 11th December 2019 at 8:20 pm

      You’ll definitely find something to meet everyone’s needs with their itineraries.

  • Anita 13th December 2019 at 10:10 pm

    So many trips, so nice memories. Family travel with the Voyageurs Collections sounds like a great idea. Thanks for sharing.

    • Sima Sthanakiya 16th December 2019 at 9:56 am

      They have so many great itineraries!

  • Tash 21st December 2019 at 2:21 pm

    This blog post is right up my street, what beautiful locations. Pinned and will be adding some of these to my bucket list.

    • Sima Sthanakiya 21st December 2019 at 5:44 pm

      Oh love to know which ones Tash.

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