While Fun and Unique Places to Travel with Kids presents its own sets of challenges and rewards, there’s no need to limit your destinations to theme parks. Children often make better travelers than adults, as they are more able to embrace the moment and less caught up with seeing particular sights. Here are three unique destinations that have plenty to offer kids and adults alike:
Fun and Unique Places to Travel with Kids
Agios Nikolaos, Crete
While younger children will be content to play in the sand, older children and adults will be intrigued by the legends and myths that originate here.
A visit to the Archeological Museum is a must — it has a great collection of Minoan artifacts; for those particularly interested by ancient legends, the Dikteon Cave and famous Knossos are easy day trips away.
Otherwise, relax and take in all that this small town has to enjoy — great food, beaches, and shopping for local goods such as hand-woven textiles.
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Most of this peninsula’s attractions involve water, including beach resorts, water parks, and boat tours.
Parents and children with both enjoy the hassle-free comforts of a summer resort, and kids and kids at heart will love to be a pirate for a day as part of a cruise around Mt. Athos.
Just outside of Thessaloniki is Waterland, an aptly named water park boasting Europe’s largest wave pool, crazy water slides, and massage rooms for weary adults.
A hike up to the Byzantine castle Neposi gives amazing views on Peristeri Canyon.
There are no shortage of ancient sites in the area for history buffs.
The beaches are the major draw here, including many with small basins where children can play safely.
Outside of town in Guia is Zoomarine, where families can see dolphin shows, performing seals, acrobatic pirates, and tropical birds.
The Albufeira Riding Centre is a great place to take a horseback riding lesson, or to hack out on trails for more experienced riders.
The Cerro da Vila Roman ruins are worth a visit, as is what remains of the Paderne Castle.
The International Sand Sculpture Festival in Pêra is a great summer attraction; each year, artists explore a different theme, and their amazing sculptures remain in place all summer long.
The Sheraton Algarve & Pine Cliffs Resort is an amazing choice for families and is positioned on a cliff overlooking the coastline. A pleasant coastal walk connects you to Albufeira town.
Top Things to Do in Pakistan
Pakistan is a country with so much to offer. Despite the media attention surrounding the country, travellers to Pakistan will find the people to be welcoming and friendly – especially if you have an interest in cricket!
Make sure you’ve got all the basics covered before you leave home – buy travel insurance; check out the government advice on travel to the areas you’re visiting; andso you can easily call home (your friends and family might also want to set up , so they can contact you during your travels).
Little is spoken of the versatility of Pakistan – a visit to the country does not simply consist of mosques and ancient buildings, but of beaches, lakes and mountain scenery too.
The benefit of travelling to a country that has yet to hit the heady heights of ‘next big thing in travel’ is that you’ll have the monopoly on some truly incredible sights…
Lahore Fort Pakistan
Lahore Fort is one of the most popular sights in Pakistan and is found in Lahore, one of the largest cities in the country.
Located in the Old City, Lahore Fort has been rebuilt and restored several times with the date of its origin still unclear, although it was rebuilt to its current shape in 1566 by Emperor Akbar.
It may not be as elaborate as other architectural designs in the country, but this fort holds some fascinating history and is supposed to sit on ancient ruins.
There are several museums and you can also hire a guide to explain the fort in more detail.
Lahore Zoo is thought to be the fourth oldest zoo in the world and was founded in 1872. It is one of the biggest zoos in Asia and will be a great day out during your time in Lahore. There are also some beautiful gardens through which you can wander.
Lake Saiful Muluk Pakistan
A lake that looks more like it belongs in Switzerland than Pakistan, Lake Saiful Muluk is a glassy mirror of water amongst snow-capped mountains that rise up along the banks.
The lake is located at 3200 metres above-sea-level and is surrounded by the myth of Prince Saiful Muluk who supposedly fell in love with a fairy at the lake and married her.
You can hike up from Naran (which will take around two to three hours) or hire a jeep.
Around 40 kilometres from the centre of Karachi, French Beach is one of the prettiest and more private in the area and is popular with the upper classes of the city.
Khunjerab Pass Pakistan
Connecting Pakistan with China, the Kjunjerab Pass offers amazing mountain vistas.
At around 15,600 metres above-sea-level, the pass has incredible views and is home to the rare Marco Polo sheep with their huge curled horns, amongst other animals such as the snow leopard.
Of course, all this is just a sample of what you can see and do in Pakistan, a wonderfully diverse country with a vast array of attractions for every travel taste.
Why Send Your Kids To Summer Camp Abroad?
Land-locked Switzerland is renowned for its beauty and high standard of living – for centuries its citizens have been credited with promoting a bracingly healthy outdoor lifestyle – whether it’s hiking stick-in-hand along Alpine pastures, or boating in one of the many crystal-clear mountain lakes.
What better place, then, for parents to send their kids on a summer camp?
Why Summer Camp Abroad?
Since the advent of cheap air travel, language-focused summer camps abroad have become an affordable and enjoyable way for young people to constructively spend their summer holidays.
For many teenagers, language classes in their home country can seem a little too much like school. By combining the language-learning experience with travel, students quickly see the benefits of being able to converse with the local population.
If the learning experience is combined with outdoor activities, such as swimming, kayaking and camping, then even better.
As well as furthering their career opportunities and broadening their cultural horizons, a language-based summer camp enables youngsters to make new friends and grow as people.
Moved out of their tried-and-tested friendship groups, young people on summer camps abroad are able to try out different aspects of their developing personalities and form bonds with people from a variety of backgrounds.
Learning a language
Switzerland is the perfect place to pick up a language, thanks to the country having not one, but four national languages: German, French, Italian and Romansh – summer camps specialising in learning any one of these can be arranged through providers such as ESL-Schools.org.
The German-speaking part of Switzerland occupies around 65% of the country, mostly in the north, east and centre.
Italian-speakers account for approximately 6.5% of the population and are found mostly in the south and south-east of the country, where Switzerland shares its border with Italy.
The small Romansh-speaking population are found in the eastern canton of Graubünden.
French speakers make up around 20% of the Swiss population and mostly reside in the west of the country.
This area includes the cantons of Vaud, Geneva, Jura, Neuchatel and parts of Bern, Valais and Fribourg.
This is predominantly thanks to the municipality’s winning combination of warm summers, a rich cultural calendar and a panorama that includes both the Alps and the iconic Swiss lake.
Have you ever sent your children to a summer camp abroad or done it yourself as a kid?
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