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With its abundance of castles, mythical history and masses of nature, Scotland is the perfect place to take your kids on vacation. Whether you decide to spend your time in Scotland’s bustling cities or want to be close to nature in the natural, rugged North, you’re sure to find plenty to do to suit the whole family.

We’ve chosen the best 10 things to do for families in this fascinating and relatively unexplored country. Read on to find out the best places to take your kids on your next Scotland trip!

Scottish Sea Life Sanctuary

Located in the charming coastal town of Oban, the Scottish Sea Life Sanctuary is a great place for kids to get up close with some of Scotland’s most famous sea animals. The centre works at rehabilitating seal pups into their well-equipped aquarium. The sanctuary is also home to lots of fish, as well as turtles and otters. While having fun, kids can also learn about conservation in Scotland’s waters and ethical fishing practices.

 

Scottish Sea Life Sanctuary

Scottish Sea Life Sanctuary

Blair Drummond Safari Park

Yes, you read that right- a safari park in Scotland! There is no need to travel all the way to Africa for those Sub-Saharan vibes. Here kids can up close with elephants, giraffes, rhinos, and even lions! But don’t worry, this isn’t like the usual zoo you might be expecting. Here, you can drive around the park among the animals, just like you would in a traditional safari. Families can also take a boat out to Chimp Island, where they can view chimps interacting with one another. An experience that your kids will definitely remember for years to come. Away from the animals, there are heaps of attractions to keep kids amused, such as paddle boats, adventure playgrounds and zip sliding.

Blair Drummond Safari Park

Blair Drummond Safari Park

Go Ape

If your kid has a cheeky monkey waiting to be unleashed, Go Ape could be the perfect place for your family to spend a day. Located in the stunning Queen Elizabeth Forrest Park, Go Ape is home to two of Britain’s longest zip wires.
Thrill seekers, old and young, will love flying through the air, 46 metres high, in this exciting adventure obstacle course.
If zipping over the tops of trees isn’t really your thing, Go Ape is also a great place to go on a segway adventure in the beautiful forest surroundings.

Go Ape

Go Ape

Glasgow Science Centre

Rainy days are inevitable on any trip to Scotland but, luckily, there are plenty of museums that can keep you occupied. One of the best indoor activities for kids is Glasgow Science Centre. Equipped with its own planetarium and Imax cinema, kids will have so much fun that they’ll forget they’re even learning! While you’re in the area, don’t miss the Riverside Museum where you can walk through a re-enactment of Glasgow in the Victorian age. A great place to learn about the history of Scotland’s biggest industrial city.

Glasgow Science Centre

Glasgow Science Centre

Edinburgh

The capital city has a lot to offer, especially for families with kids. While Edinburgh Castle is undoubtedly the city’s most famous sight, there is plenty for kids to enjoy. Some of our favourite things to do in Edinburgh include visiting Edinburgh Zoo, watching the recreation of the big bang at My Dynamic Earth, enjoying optical illusions at Camera Obscura, and going on one of the infamous underground ghost tours. Kids are sure to never get bored in Edinburgh.

Edinburgh

Edinburgh

Tobermory

Famous for being the setting of the famous Scottish kid’s TV show, “Balamory”, Tobermory is a colourful, charming, seaside village on the Isle of Mull that kids will love. While there aren’t many attractions as such, this is the perfect place to come, eat fish and chips, reconnect with nature and then take the ferry back to the mainland. If you want to incorporate a bit of rest and relaxation into your trip, we can’t think of a better place to recharge our batteries.

Tobermory

Tobermory

Stirling Castle

Set in the small city of Stirling, Stirling Castle is a much more intimate alternative to Edinburgh Castle. Here, kids can learn all about Scotland’s “horrible history” through stories, games and quizzes. The city is full of characters who help to really bring the history to life. Kids love this castle which is set in the beautiful backdrop of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park.

Stirling Castle

Stirling Castle

Whale Watching

Whale watching is a great way to spark a love for the ocean in your kid… and Scotland is a great place to do it!
There are various tours around the country aimed specifically at families with children. Rather than just waiting on the boat for a whale to appear, expert guides are on hand to deliver engaging presentations and workshops to help your little ones really appreciate what’s going on around them. Start them young, and introduce them to the wonders of the deep, blue sea.

Whale Watching

Whale Watching

Skiing at Aviemore

Braving the cold and visiting Scotland in the winter is a fantastic idea. Not only can you enjoy Christmas markets, cosy log fires and stunning scenery, you can also take advantage of some of Scotland’s wonderful ski slopes. One of the best places to ski in Scotland is Aviemore. Set in the heart of the Cairngorm National Park, Aviemore has an abundance of runs for all levels. Their reputable ski school offers lessons for kids of any age (so long as they can walk), giving kids a fun and safe environment to learning skiing in. Aviemore is also home to a funicular railway where you can enjoy the stunning mountain views, even if you don’t choose to ski.

Skiing at Aviemore

Skiing at Aviemore

Loch Ness Cruise

If there’s one thing that you must do in Scotland, it’s getting a glimpse of Nessie! A Loch Ness Cruise is a great way to experience Scotland’s most famous myth brought to life. Kids can learn all about the legend that is the Loch Ness Monster, and see if they can spot him, too! There are a lot of Loch Ness Tours aimed specifically aimed at kids with entertaining guides and activities for them. The surrounding area of Loch Ness is one of the most picturesque areas in Scotland with an abundance of wildlife and iconic castles nearby.

Loch Ness Cruise

Loch Ness Cruise

Author’s Bio:Bethany is a mother of three children and founder of Kittymoms.com. They homeschool and focus on living an active, natural lifestyle. Their family loves to travel, but most of the year, you can find them at their house gardening and taking care of their small homestead.

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Matched with turquoise waters, powdery beaches, mild temperatures and endless sunshine, all inclusive resorts are the ultimate family holidays. With so many fantastic options it’s hard to choose which all inclusive the best option for your family is.

And more crucially, how can a family find one that meets the family budget needs? Reason why, on this post we have chosen 5 of the best All Inclusive Resorts in the World for families with kids located on popular destinations and of various budgets ranges. Check out this selection and book right now your next holidays.

  • Atlantis, Paradise Island, Bahamas.

Atlantis is the most popular resort in the islands and probably the best resort in the Caribbean. Amongst its features specially designed for families stand 11 swimming areas always staffed by lifeguards, including 2 pools only for kids.

Atlantis also features the largest open-air Marine Habitat with a breathtaking collection of Marine life and aquarium exhibits. This resort also counts with a theater with daily shows and more than 30 restaurants, most of them offer kid’s menu.

As if all that were not enough, this fabulous resort also offers Family Yoga on the beaches and Kids’ Calisthenics fitness program for ages: 6-10 years. This hotel is a little expensive but all its attractions and facilities worth it.

  • Paradise Guest Ranch, Wyoming, USA

We always imagine an all inclusive in the beach but how about a fantastic all inclusive resort nestled in its own valley? Paradise Guest Ranch is located in Bighorn National Forest that has more than a million acres of forest at the disposal to its clients.

Wyoming, USA

The Paradise Guest Ranch offers for older kids horseback rides on trails and for younger kids pony rides. During the night you can gather with other families for sing-along and dancing at the Ranch’s French Creek Saloon.

Paradise Guest Ranch counts with a fabulous Kids’ Program that focuses on connect kids with animals and the outdoors. The program exposes kids to the beautiful natural world and also their parents have the chance to spend quality time with their kids, with the comfort to know that the family is being well taken care of.

The kids program at Paradise guest ranch is all about fun and specially designed for the enjoyment of kids and parents.

  • Sugar Bay Resort, St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands.

The US Virgin Islands are the Paradise! This magnificent resort is set atop 30 lush acres with breathtaking views of the turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea. Sugar Bay Resort features modern facilities oriented for the enjoyment of both kids and parents. Amongst its facilities stands it excellent snorkeling beach the grotto pool and interconnecting pools, mini golf course

US Virgin Islands

and a vast array for kids friendly activities to keep the youngest guests busy. The Kids club of Sugar Bay Resort offers supervised activities like iguana feeding, scavenger hunts and snorkeling. The Kids club is for kids from 4 to 12 years old.

Thanks to the vast kids program, parents can enjoy hours of relax at the full-service spa or try luck at the fantastic casino of the hotel. Certainly, Sugar Bay Resort has being designed to make its guests feel comfortable away from the worries of routine and perfect for enjoy quality time in family.

  • Holiday Inn Resort, Montego Bay, Jamaica.

The All inclusive Holiday Inn Resort boasts a fantastic location few minutes away from the Airport of Montego Bay. This beautiful beachfront hotel offers easy access to local and major attractions like Dunn’s River Falls or Rose Hall Great House.

Montego Bay, Jamaica

Probably the best feature of this hotel is its private beach of nearly a mile of length, but that is not the only fabulous thing this hotel can offer. Holiday Inn Resort also counts with a fantastic Kids Holidays Club that serves kids ages from 6 months to 17 years old and is spread into four different groups.

All the nannies whose take care of the kids are required to have CPR and first-aid instruction. Parents don’t have to worry about anything! Kids can play outside at the tennis clinics or at the beach, as well as enjoy dancing reggae and immersing themselves deep into the island culture. Parents can enjoy the Adults-Only offer like a fantastic pool with swim-up bar or enjoy a fantastic romantic rafting trip (always by appointment).

  • Club Med Caravelle, Guadeloupe.

Caravalle is a lush resort with French flair located on one of the finest beaches in Guadeloupe. This fabulous resort is fantastic for your family holidays in the Caribbean. This resort offers an original club for children with a large array of outdoor activities, sports and creative activities. The Kids Club is divided in 3 large groups:

Guadeloupe

The Petit, from age 2 to 3 years old (On demand): The club offers different activities like sports, painting, herbarium, dressing up, make up, board games and of course rest time that includes nap time, lunch and tea services.

Mini club, from age 4 to 10 years old: This club has being designed to ensure your kids enjoyment with a unique offer that includes: Nature activities, arts and crafts, dance, shows, group games and even a little circus!

Junior’s Club, from 11 to 17 years old: On this club teenagers can meet up and enjoy fantastic activities like archery, beach volleyball, windsurfing, kayaking, films, shows, etc.

Kids can enjoy all this fabulous attractions while parents can spend some time together at the Well-Being center that offers Detox Massages and relaxing body treatments. Parents can also enjoy a nice Catamaran Trip to Petit Terre, this little island provide a fantastic scenario perfect for snorkeling. As you can see Club Med Caravelle has offer for everyone!

All these All Inclusive Resorts are perfect for family holidays, but there are other fabulous deals out there. Check out fantastic deals for All Inclusive Hotels on these destinations and don’t miss the opportunity. Tell us what you think about this selection, have you ever enjoy your family holidays at an All Inclusive Resort?

Going away as a family is a great chance to spend quality time together. On holiday, you’ll form fond memories that will last a lifetime. So when you get the chance to go away together, you’ll want to make the most of it – and that means a lot of planning and preparation. Not only have you got to research child-friendly destinations, but you’re responsible for making sure the trip runs smoothly. For toddlers and teens, this means different things. To help ensure your family holiday is a great one, we’ve gathered some of our top tips for travelling with kids of all ages.

Tips for travelling with toddlers

Tips for travelling with toddlers

Tips for travelling with toddlers

Travelling with younger kids can be a daunting prospect – but it’s also great fun for everyone involved. Check out our suggestions to ease your concerns:

  • Find out the baggage allowances

If you’re flying, you need to know how much you can take on board before you’re charged extra. Most airlines will allow you to take a pushchair and car seat, but the amount of weight on top of that varies massively. It’s always best to check in advance. The weight of all those baby wipes, extra clothes and medicines quickly adds up. The last thing you want is to be met with an extra charge at the start of your holiday.

  • Have some games ready to get them away from screens

Whether you’re hiring a car from the airport or travelling on holiday in your own car, you’ll want to keep your kids entertained for the journey. However, staring at tablet screens or books for too long can give a lot of youngsters motion sickness. Having to stop and clear it up will not be anyone’s highlight of the holiday. Instead, have a set of games ready that will keep the whole car entertained. I Spy, I’m going on a picnic and 20 questions are good ones to start with.

  • Dress children in the comfiest clothes

Whether you’re flying or driving, your kids need to be dressed for comfort. Soft textures, lots of layers and casual fitting clothes are best. If you’ve got room, it’s also worth taking a pillow and their favourite cuddly toy. That way, they can hopefully snuggle up and drift off to sleep for a good portion of the journey. When they wake up, fingers crossed you’ll almost be there and it will be time to get excited.

  • Teach them what to shout in an emergency

It’s every parent’s worst nightmare, but you need to prepare for the worst. Should your child be put in a threatening situation, just shouting and screaming might not grab the attention of passers-by. They could assume it’s a temper tantrum. But if you teach them to shout ‘leave me alone’ or ‘you’re not my mum/dad’ should they feel scared or forced to leave a place, it’s highly likely people will take notice and help your child.

  • Check their passports

As children’s passports run out every five years, it’s easier than you think to book a dream holiday and find out it’s no longer valid. But don’t let that be you. Find out the expiry dates and apply to renew in plenty of time. It will save a lot of stress and potential tears.

Tips for travelling with teens

As children get older, there’s a whole new set of challenges when going on holiday. You have to worry less about packing and carrying all of their essentials and more about keeping them entertained.

Tips for travelling with teens

Tips for travelling with teens

To make the most of a holiday with teenagers, we recommend the following:

  • Set water safety rules

When your children are competent enough to swim on their own, they’ll want to jump straight in and swim for hours. But to stay safe, there needs to be some ground rules. For instance, we recommend getting them to always tell you before they go swimming. That way, you can keep your eye on them from afar and remind them they probably need to spend a bit of time out of the midday sun.

  • In new places, establish a meeting point

With older kids, giving them a bit of freedom lets them enjoy their holidays more. But everyone needs to know when and where you’re meeting up. In new places, pick memorable locations and don’t panic when teenagers aren’t back exactly on time. They’ll probably be too busy exploring and having fun, ending up running to be 10 minutes late. It’s a good idea for you both to have a phone too. Being able to stay in touch will give you peace of mind. Also check whether the hotel or resort you’re staying at has Wi-Fi so your kid can keep in touch with their friends. It might not be important to you, but it definitely is for teenagers.

  • Give them some responsibility

Whether it’s reading the map or choosing the restaurant you’re eating at, letting your teenager have a bit of control will keep them busy and happy. They’ll have a sense of ownership over small parts of the holiday, giving them some purpose during journeys or down-times. Similarly, give them a budget of what they can spend during your trip so they can choose the activities they’d most like to do

  • Use up energy

It’s normally when they’re not occupied or have too much energy that teenagers cause any problems. So visit somewhere there’s lots to do and plan activities. Staying by the sea, for instance, means you can do paddle-boarding, kayaking, scuba diving, snorkelling and much more. When you’re armed with loads of suggestions, you’ll be ready to counter any complaints.

  • Give them a camera

You want to avoid those dreaded words ‘I’m bored’, but you also want to enjoy your holiday and do things you like. If you know it’s something your teenager isn’t too fond of, give them a camera to keep busy. For example, if you’re going to a castle to learn all about its history, they can snap away. What tips do you have for travelling with children? Share them with us.

Sources: https://www.skyscanner.net/news/flying-children-20-top-tips-keeping-kids-happy-board https://www.comparetravelinsurance.co.nz/resources/kids-safety-travel-guide http://www.parents.com/fun/vacation/ideas/8-fun-car-game-ideas/ http://mylittlenomads.com/tips-and-advice-for-traveling-with-children

I was four years old, standing on the summit looking down the steep white slopes of Dizin resort. I heard my coach saying “let’s go”. I hear the rest of this story  from my mom after 27 years today; telling me how proud she felt to see her 3 year old daughter ski from the summit so elegantly among all those adults.

As a mountaineer, an avid hiker, camper, tennis player, wrestler, volleyball player; he always pushed me and my siblings to try various sports. When traveling, he’s always chose roadtripping and took roads less traveled. My father has always took us on a search to discover the untapped destinations. By consistently pushing me out of my comfort zone, he rewarded me a life of adventure.

Kudos to Vagabond family and all you amazing parents that give the gift of travel to kids.

Free to Travel the World

Free to Travel the World

I grew up in Iran and moved to the US in 2012. Not knowing anyone or having a clue how to begin a life in the US. But, it was easy and exciting. I grew up with an attitude to walk off the beaten path to discover my potential capabilities and meet friends on the journey. So, moving to a new country and living as an expat was not hard at all.

Living in San Francisco brought me friends from all over the world. Friends with colorful cultures that opened my eyes to new stories, hobbies, and conversations. Conversations that led to wondering about new adventures. I wondered. And, as my parents taught me, I wandered to find answers.

Two years ago, I vagabonded in Oaxaca, to learn Spanish and Surfing. Puerto Escondido is a popular destination for surfers of the world, and as it’s name suggests it is a hidden treasure to tourists. So, I met inspiring people every hour of the day. I got to hear life stories that I could never imagine possible. I got to rediscover myself through their humility in doing “impossible” things. Story after story, I learned that despite all our differences, we are all essentially the same. I was at home within my tribe of travellers. And there, I started thinking “what if I could travel anywhere and meet these inspiring people everywhere. How can I guarantee to meet as many people in travel tribe as my life allows?”

When I returned to the US, I found it ridiculous that travel-tribers were trapped behind 9-5 office jobs. They were missing out on living their true life. They followed their travel dreams on instagram and facebook of their traveling friends.

They were scared about the financial burdens of traveling. Knowing that world travel doesn’t necessarily have to be expensive, I decided to dedicate my life to spread opportunities for others to experience what i experienced. Travtribe is born to spread the experience of authentic travel by removing financial obstacles. As a media startup, we promote travelers and share their inspiring stories to enlarge their follower base. Moreover, to inspire others to step out of their comfort zone and travel. We turn travelers into social media influencers that can make money by creating online content.

I grew up traveling. I learned to embrace the unknown and live an adventurous life. I intend to create the same opportunity for all other wanderlusters around the world.

I believe travel is the sole reason that we are on earth; to dream, sail, meet and discover. After all, the world is too big and our time is so limited.

Shar BehzadianShar is the Founder of Travtribe; a Travel media startup that democratizes vagabonding by  promoting and creating opportunities for world travelers. The startup utilizes technology and travel to scale citizen diplomacy, one handshake at a time.

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