Millennials are famed for their love of travel, and for perfecting the art of Instagramming their latest adventure. While there’s no exact birth dates for each generational demographic, millennials are classed as those born between the early 1980s and mid-1990s. Now in their early 20s to mid-30s, many of those at the upper end of the spectrum are starting to navigate family life, but show no signs of packing up their wanderlust. Here, five specialists suggest how millennial parents can continue their adventures while keeping the kids in tow.
Long-haul with a baby
Thailand has been a cornerstone of the millennial backpacker route, but clients can enjoy new experiences when revisiting the country with their young children. Premier Holidays sales and marketing director Debbie Goffin says: “There’s no reason for parenthood to stop people from enjoying unique experiences and adventures. Destinations such as Thailand cater for families and they can explore different areas and enjoy various activities and excursions in a safe environment.”
She encourages families to meet elephants on a jungle safari at the Elephant Hills tented jungle camp, and visit the River Kwai. “These are fun, unique and educational trips for children and adults alike, and it will feel like a big adventure for the whole family. They’re areas that parents wouldn’t necessarily have visited in their younger years.”
Cycling with a toddler
Cater for adventure-loving parents and the unpredictable whims of a toddler with cycling specialist Bspoke Tours’ self-guided Loire Single Centre holiday. Activities director Ben Roseveare explains: “We know that every family is different, so flexibility is key, and a self-guided tour really does provide the best of both worlds. We have local support available if needed, but you also get the freedom to decide how adventurous you want to be depending on the weather and your moods.”
Pizza adventures with a five-year-old
For parents looking to spark wanderlust in their children, serve up Exodus Travels’ single-centre Amalfi Coast Pompeii and Pizza trip. It’s suitable for children over five, but younger siblings are also welcome. As well as exploring the area’s beaches and towns, families can scale Mount Vesuvius, explore the ruins of Pompeii, and try ceramic painting and paper making. They will also visit a mozzarella producer, before learning how to make an authentic Neapolitan pizza.
Adventures with different aged siblings
Explore’s programme manager for family adventures, Antony Barton, says families are getting more adventurous: “They are willing to travel further afield than previous generations; the biggest expansion of Explore’s family tour portfolio in the last couple of years has been in long-haul.” Explore’s open-age departures have a minimum age of seven, but five- and six-year-olds can join if travelling with an older sibling. Private departures for larger groups can be arranged, and have no minimum age.
Intrepid’s family product manager Dyan Mckie says the number of bookings from multi-generational family groups has increased over the last year, and that the optional activities and free time incorporated into the trips helps cater for different travellers. “For example, on the Jordan Family Holiday, there’s an option for a tour of Petra by night once the kids are asleep under the watchful eye of grandparents (or vice versa)”
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