Friday, November 25, 2011

Adventure Travel with Small Children

Photo from Africa Exclusive

I was starting to think my adventure travel days were over…  No more dodging cars on my bike in Vietnam or viewing stupas from a hot air balloon in Myanmar.   Thankfully there are many tour operators out there helping to add adventure to travel for families with young children.

Africa Exclusive specializes in luxurious safari holidays for families with children as young as 3 years old.  They can put together your custom dream holiday to Africa, and can recommend the most child-friendly safari lodges.  They can even tailor your experience to non-malarial areas if you are uncomfortable giving anti-malarial drugs to your child. Single parent tour dates are offered.

The Adventure Company offers several itineraries for families traveling with children under 5 years of age.  Destinations include Morocco, Greece, Malta, Cypress and Turkey and special single parent tour dates are available. I am particularly intrigued by their 8-day Magical Morocco trip which features old pirate lairs, castles and a mule trek into the Atlas Mountains.

Smiling Albino specializes in family adventures in Asia.  Adventures include supported cycling tours in Thailand and Cambodia.  But the most eye-popping itinerary is their 15-day multi-sport Nepal Grand Slam featuring supported mountain biking, elephant safaris and mountain trekking.  The route avoids high altitudes so altitude sickness isn’t a worry.  Children under 50 lbs who are unable or uninterested in trekking can be carried by porters in specially designed baskets.

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