As dilemmas go, deciding which global destination to head to for your next family holiday is an enviable one, but that doesn’t make it any easier!

With almost 40 Stubborn Mule destinations to choose from worldwide, from short-haul Europe and North Africa to further afield in Asia and Latin America (and with more being added on a regular basis), the question is: how to choose?!

To help, we’ve collated the ultimate travel guide, providing at-a-glance information about what each destination has to offer the family traveller.

See what you and your family could be doing in 2022 and beyond!

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1 – Argentina family adventure holidays

Family adventure holidays in Argentina - young traveller in front of Perito Moreno Glacier

Perito Morino Glacier

Why go?
Argentina is one of the most varied countries in South America, stretching all the way from lush jungle in the north to the barren magnificence of Patagonia in the south. Buenos Aires thrums to the beat of toe-tapping tango whilst Iguazu Falls is alive with the shrieks of colourful birds and the thunder of the waterfall. The Lakes District is postcard-perfect and beautifully manicured; the deserts of the north are wild, remote and striking; the coast is the preserve of whales and vast colonies of seals. Whether you are looking for trekking, jungle, adventure, fine wines or a giant steak, there is something for everyone in Argentina.

Anything else I need to know?
Argentina is HUGE so don’t be fooled into thinking you can do it all. There are plenty of domestic flights but prices add up. This is not a cheap destination.

Weather
The length of the country means that the weather varies wildly. Broadly speaking, the centre and the south (Patagonia) is ideal during Christmas and at Easter. If travelling in the European summer (the Argentinian winter), stick to the north. See Argentina weather guide.

Argentina family adventure holidays prices
Budget: From £12,000
Mid-range: From £14,000
Luxury: From £20,000

Prices are for a two week holiday, including flights for a family of 4. Our Argentina family holiday price guidelines give more detail.

How?
Our Buenos Aires, Patagonia & Lakes is perhaps the quintessential Argentina trip, ticking off all of the main scenic highlights. Add in more of Patagonia by extending into Chile on our Best of Argentina and Chile. For something completely different, explore the less-visited north (including the majesty of Iguazu Falls) on our Highlights of Northern Argentina.

2 – Belize family adventure holidays

Belize - hammock on beach - family adventure holidays

Swing in a hammock beside the ocean

Why go?
Perched on the edge of the Caribbean, Belize is a small country that packs a big punch. The beaches are superb and the off-shore reef offers some of the best snorkelling and diving in the world. Inland you have Mayan ruins, lush jungles teeming with wildlife, mysterious caves that are home to ancient mummified remains and masses of activities. See our Belize photo blog for further inspiration.

Anything else I need to know?
No direct flights. Many activities better for older children (8+).

Weather
Ideal at Christmas and Easter. Good in summer. Avoid in September/October. Our Belize ‘When to Go’ guide gives more details.

Belize family adventure holidays prices
Budget: From £10,000
Mid-range: From £12,000
Luxury: From £16,000

Price guideline is for a two week holiday, including flights for a family of 4. For more details, see our Belize pricing guide.

How?
Try our Belize Adventure Highlights. Or twin it with Guatemala on our Belize & Guatemala Highlights to add volcanos, colonial towns and indigenous Central American culture.

3 – Borneo family adventure holidays

Face to face with an orang-utan on a family adventure holiday

Encounter orangutans up close at Sepilok Sanctuary

Why go?
One of the world’s ultimate wildlife destinations, most people who travel to Borneo come for two things: orangutans, it being the best place in the world to see them, and adventure. Trips here are action packed, with canoe and boat rides, mountain and jungle treks, forest canopy walks and cave exploration. Throw in some down time at upmarket beach resorts and jungle lodges and you’ve got the perfect family adventure. Take a look at our Top 10 things to do with kids in Borneo blog for what else to see and do.

Anything else I need to know?
No direct flights. Consider adding an ascent of Mount Kinabalu (highest mountain in South East Asia) for older children.

Weather
Fine to visit all year round, best weather is in the European summer holidays. Our Borneo ‘When to go’ guide has more details.

Borneo family adventure holiday prices
Budget: From £9,000
Mid-range: From: £12,000
Luxury: From £14,000

Price guideline is for a two week holiday, including flights for a family of 4. See our Borneo price guidelines for more in-depth advice.

How?
We have two Borneo sample itineraries, a 2 week Active Borneo adventure and a 3-week Borneo Adventure trip.

4 – Brazil family adventure holidays

Family adventure holidays in Brazil - sandy beach example

There is every type of beach in Brazil, from quiet bays of golden sand to the stylish beaches of Rio de Janeiro

Why go?
It’s big, it’s biodiverse and it’s absolutely, glitteringly, full-of-sass FAB-U-LOUS (and, if we’re honest, Brazil probably knows it, too!) Where else in the world can you experience not just a handful but more-than-is-even fair brilliant beaches along its huge Atlantic coastline? There’s wildlife in bucketfuls not just in the Amazon jungle, but in the wetlands of the Pantanal, whilst in the eco-centre of Bonito you can enjoy adrenaline fuelled activities. And we haven’t even mentioned the Iguazu Falls! Visit the home of Carnival to discover yourself why Brazil simply buzzes (it’s not just the samba) or have a look at our Top 10 things to do with kids in Brazil. 

Anything else I need to know?
The Amazon area is malarial. Brazil can be an expensive destination.

Weather:
Easter and summer are the best times to visit but find our more in our Brazil ‘When to go’ guide.

Brazil family adventure holiday prices
Budget: From £11,000
Mid-range: From £13,000
Luxury: From £16,000

Price guideline is for a two week holiday, including flights for a family of 4. For further information, consult our Brazil pricing guide.

How?
Both our Highlights of Southern Brazil and Rio, Amazon and Salvador, sample itineraries are two weeks long, whilst combining Brazil and Argentina for Families is a 19 day long trip.

5 – Burma family adventure holidays

washing elephants in a sanctuary in Burma on a family adventure holiday

Bathe elephants at Green Hills Elephant Sanctuary

Why go?
Steeped in history and culture but without the crowds of some other South East Asian destinations, Burma (or Myanmar as it is also known) is the ‘Indochina’ of old, a place where you’ll enjoy meeting the incredibly friendly locals, explore world-famous temples, visit monasteries, bustling markets and hill-tribes and experience a really off-the-beaten track family adventure.

Anything else I need to know?
Beaches close in summer (although you can add on beach time in neighbouring Thailand). No direct flights.

Weather
This is an all year round destination. Christmas is hot and sunny, Easter is hot and humid, summer is hot with some rain at times. Our When to go guide has more information.

Burma family adventure holiday prices
Budget: From £8,500
Mid-range: From £10,000
Luxury: From £13,000

Price guideline is for a two week holiday, including flights for a family of 4. Check out our Burma pricing guide for further details.

How?
We have two sample itineraries depending on what time of year you visit: Burma in Summer and Burma at Easter or Christmas

6. Cambodia family adventure holidays

Child with giant prawns on a stick - family adventure holiday in Cambodia

Prawn kebab in Kep

Why go?
Smaller and less visited than its South East Asian neighbours, Cambodia’s biggest claim to fame is Angkor Wat, the largest religious monument in the world. Whilst this is undoubtedly a jaw-dropping sight, only 10% of visitors explore further. What a waste! Away from the crowds, there’s a huge number of other attractions here, from tropical beaches to crumbling colonial towns and floating villages (yes, really!) to jungle treks and ziplining, all of which can be tailored to your family’s preferences. Have a look at our Cambodia Photo Blog or our Top 10 things to do in Cambodia for inspiration.

Anything else I need to know?
No direct flights, a great country to combine with Vietnam, Thailand or Laos.

Weather
Summer is green season, beaches are ideal for Christmas visits whilst Easter can be very humid. Check out When to go to Cambodia for the full lowdown.

Cambodia family adventure holiday prices
Budget: From £8,000
Mid-range: From £9,000
Luxury: From £12,000

Price guideline is for a two week holiday, including flights for a family of 4. Our Cambodia pricing guide will tell you all you need to know.

How?
We have two sample itineraries, our 2 week Cambodia Highlights and a 3 week Vietnam and Cambodia Highlights

7 – Canada family adventure holidays

Explore by canoe on Emerald Lake, Banff National Park

Why go?
Watching bears on the beach, kayaking with dolphins, howling with wolves and whales galore – Canada is a wildlife paradise. The Rocky Mountains offer endless opportunities for outdoor activities and cities such as Vancouver and Toronto have that North American vibe kids love. Self-drive itineraries offer the ultimate in family flexibility. There are also some incredible wildlife and mountain lodges to experience – check out Where to stay in Canada for further inspiration.

Anything else I need to know?
Distances can be huge so don’t try to pack too much in. Save it for a return visit!

Weather
Ideal May to September. Plenty of snowy fun in the winter. When to Go to Canada will tell you all you need to know!

Canada family adventure holidays prices
Budget: From £10,000
Mid-range: From £12,000
Luxury: From £17,000

Price guideline is for a two-week holiday, including flights for a family of 4. For more information head to our Canada pricing guide.

How?
Try our Western Canada for families for that perfect Ocean to Mountain adventure. Or head to Toronto and discover some little-known gems on our Lakes, Falls, and Cities of Ontario.

8 – China family adventure holidays

Family on adventure holiday sitting on the Great Wall of China

Walk along China’s Great Wall

Why go?
China isn’t just one of the world’s largest countries, but also one of the most fascinating; steeped in history and culture, with extraordinarily diverse landscapes including mountains and gorges, deserts, rice terraces and even fast-moving cityscapes. Most of its most famous sights and sites need little introduction; The Great Wall, The Terracotta Warriors, Giant Pandas and The Forbidden City. You’ll also experience far less famous, but we think just as fascinating places and activities, including boat rides, bullet trains, hill tribe villages and more. Here’s our Top 10 things to do in China with Kids blog.

Anything else I need to know?
Visas cost £200 per person.

Weather
Ideal during spring and autumn, but summer is good too although expect some rain. Winter is cold. Check out our When to Go to China guide.

China family adventure holiday prices
Budget: From £10,000
Mid-range: From £13,500
Luxury: From £16,000

Price guideline is for a two week holiday, including flights for a family of 4. Our China pricing guide gives further information.

How?
We have a 3-week China Highlights Adventure and 2-week China Highlights Adventure

9. Costa Rica family adventure holiday

Costa Rica activities - kids about to go zip lining

Zip-line in Arenal or Monteverde

Why go?
One of Stubborn Mule’s most popular destinations and with good reason: it’s packed with jungle wildlife (a hummingbird hotspot, ditto sloths, turtles and whales) and offers stunning beaches on both the Pacific and Caribbean coasts. This provides the perfect backdrop to adrenaline-fuelled activities, from zip-lining to whitewater rafting. There’s a huge array of accommodation from wallet-friendly eco-lodges to phenomenal upmarket accommodation choices. For more inspiration check our Top 10 things to do with Kids in Costa Rica.

Anything else I need to know?
Meals are expensive when there – at least UK prices. Self-drive is a great option. Adrenaline fuelled activities best for older children only.

Weather
A year-round destination, although the driest months are from the Christmas to Easter holidays. Our Costa Rica When to Go guide has more info.

Costa Rica family adventure holiday prices
Budget: From £9,000
Mid-range: From £10,500
Luxury: From £14,000

Price guideline is for a two week holiday, including flights for a family of 4. Further details can be found in our Costa Rica pricing guide.

How?
Depending on when you want to travel, take a look at our Costa Rica Summer tour or Costa Rica Easter or Christmas, both 15 days. Alternatively, why not combine a trip with another destination, Costa Rica and Panama

10 – Croatia family adventure holidays

Croatia family holidays - girl jumping into the Adriatic - family adventure holidays

Snorkel, swim and sea-kayak in crystal clear waters

Why go?
Blissfully clear azure Mediterranean waters are Croatia’s biggest drawcard and have to be seen to be believed. Think lazy days watching the sunset and more active days snorkelling and swimming. There are also gorgeous coastal towns (Dubrovnik being a clear favourite), stunning mountain scenery, and the best gelato in Europe (controversial, we know). Adventurous families will be particularly happy here with endless scope for activities, including white water rafting, hiking, cycling, kayaking and more. See what Stubborn Mule Travellers did in Summer 2021.

Anything else I need to know?
Many of the budget airlines fly here so it’s cheap to get to.

Weather
Ideal during May half term and the summer holidays. October half-term also works for a more active (less beach focussed) trip – see more weather details.

Croatia Rica family adventure holiday prices
Budget: From £6,500
Mid-range: From £8,500
Luxury: From £11,000

Price guideline is for a two-week holiday, including flights for a family of 4 – see more price details for Croatia.

How?
Try our Highlights of Croatia or Croatia Short-Break. Or twin it with Slovenia on our Slovenia and Croatia itinerary to add time in the beautiful Slovenian Alps.

11 – Cuba family adventure holidays

Listen to Cuban musicians on family adventure holiday in Cuba

Mix Cuba’s irresistible Latin vibe with time on a gorgeous Caribbean beach and exploring picturesque scenery

Why go? Cuba is poised on the cusp of change, the ageing American Cadillacs slowly being overtaken (literally) by newer models from the Far East and Europe. The crumbling colonial splendour of Havana still entices but there’s a brand new no-expense-spared 5-star hotel in the heart of the city.

So the key message is Go Now! before it changes too much and its unique blend of old and new, communist and Caribbean disappears forever. What’s more, there are blissful beaches, endless tobacco fields backed by limestone mountains, beautiful colonial towns, and a heady samba vibe. Find out more in our Top 10 things to do in Cuba with Kids blog or our Postcards from Cuba photo diary.

Anything else I need to know?
It’s inexpensive whilst in the country but flights aren’t necessarily cheap. Casas (B and Bs) are a great accommodation option.

Weather
The months between December and May are the best time to visit, with lots of dry, warm days – check out our Cuba weather guide for further information.

Cuba family adventure holiday prices
Budget: From £8,000
Mid-range: From £10,000
Luxury: From £14,000

Price guideline is for a two-week holiday, including flights for a family of 4. Our Cuba pricing guide gives you the full lowdown.

How?
Take a look at our 10-day Highlights of Cuba sample itinerary or our more immersive Cuba in 2 weeks trip.

12 – Ecuador & Galapagos family adventure holidays

Galapagos with kids - mother and son on the beach with sea lions

Get up close to amazing wildlife

Why go?
Compare and contrast some of the world’s bests. First up, Ecuador is arguably South America’s best kept secret yet one which boasts fabulous Amazonian wildlife, volcanic landscapes, Incan ruins, jungles and Andean mountains. It’s affordable with small travel distances, too.

Some 850 miles off-shore, and needing no introduction whatsoever, The Galapagos islands offer the world’s most unique, untouched and exquisite wildlife and family experiences, from swimming with marine iguanas and sea-lions to coming up close with giant tortoises and pelicans. See our Galapagos with Kids blog for an in-depth first person account and The Ultimate Galapagos Guide for more information

Anything else I need to know?
Children visiting the Galapagos need to be strong swimmers (8 +) to get the most out of the experience. Mainland Ecuador is perfect for the outdoorsy family.

Weather
The summer holidays are the best time to visit Ecuador, whilst the Galapagos can be a year-round destination. To find out what works for your family, check out our Ecuador & Galapagos weather guide.

Ecuador & Galapagos adventure holiday prices
Ecuador excluding Galapagos
Budget: From £9,500
Mid-range: From £11,500
Luxury: From £16,000

Ecuador including Galapagos
Budget: From £24,000
Mid-range: From £28,000
Luxury: From £35,000

Price guideline is for a two week holiday, including flights for a family of 4. Our Ecuador & Galapagos pricing guide has more information.

How?
Our 14-day Volcanoes and Jungles sample itinerary takes in the best of mainland Ecuador whilst our active Ecuador & Galapagos Highlights adds in the Galapagos cruise. Alternatively, combine the Galapagos with Peru, in our Peru & Galapagos Highlights sample trip.

13 – Egypt family adventure holidays

Mother with children inside tomb on an Egypt family adventure holiday

Ever wondered what it’s like inside a pyramid?

Why go?
Just over four and a half hours separate you and your family from centuries of history, culture, camels and fabulous food. Whilst the Pyramids and Sphinx at Giza are the biggest draw in Egypt there’s much to offer the adventurous family traveller, as our Eight Egypt Must-Do’s blog highlights. Cruise down the Nile as fishermen have for centuries, visit ancient temples and burial chambers which once housed pharaohs and take a camel ride into the desert sunset. Truly amazing!

Anything else I need to know?
Short flight time, reasonable flight costs, cheap whilst there, fully escorted throughout.

Weather
October and Easter are perfect temperatures, Christmas warm but cooler in evenings, the summer months can be very hot. Our Egypt weather guide has more details.

Egypt family adventure holiday prices
Budget: From £7,500
Mid-range: From £8,500
Luxury: From £12,000

Price guideline is for a two week holiday, including flights for a family of 4. To find out more, head to our Egypt holiday pricing guide.

How?
Take a look at our sample itineraries, 9-day Highlights of Egypt or combine it with another country as in our Egypt & Jordan Highlights.

14 – Greece family adventure holidays

Sailing around Zakynthos - Greece family holidays

Choose from blissful islands or the stunning Peloponnese

Why go?
Greece’s attractions are legendary and justified; numerous beautiful islands speckle the Mediterranean offering a wonderful mixture of stunning beaches, charming towns, and hills covered in lemon orchards and olive groves. The mainland has just as many attractions with superb mountain scenery, delightful fishing villages, and buzzing coastal cities. And right across the country are spread numerous ancient ruins, a testament to Greece’s ancient past. Temples, amphitheatres, colonnaded streets… all straight out of the history books and into the children’s imaginations.

Anything else I need to know?
Pick your itinerary carefully; some parts of Greece are very over-developed so it’s important to choose your destinations with care.

Weather
Ideal during May half term and the summer holidays. October half-term also works well, particularly if you look at Crete which is quite far south. See more information on when to go to Greece.

Greece family adventure holiday prices
Budget: From £5,000
Mid-range: From £6,500
Luxury: From £10,000

Price guideline is for a two-week holiday, including flights for a family of 4. Our Greece pricing guide has more details.

How?
Greece is so huge and varied it can be difficult to know where to start. For a quintessential island trip look at our Athens and Cyclades example. Sticking to the mainland, our Peloponnese Adventure includes many highlights as well as some far less well-known destinations. Our Crete Adventure takes you to wild scenery and gorgeous beaches.

15 – India family adventure holidays

Sunrise on a family adventure holiday in India

India can bring peaceful moments too

Why go?
A bucket-list destination for good reason, India offers a vast amount for the family traveller. At times frenetic and teeming with a kaleidoscope of sights, sounds (and smells), it’s also a place packed with spirituality, where you can discover a rich centuries old-heritage, fascinating history and diverse culture, north and south. From mountains and deserts to jungles, beaches and waterways, a family adventure here will excite the senses and deliver a holiday you’ll never forget. Want to know more? Take a look at our Top 10 India with Kids blog.

Anything else I need to know?
Journeys can be long due to distances travelled although internal flights can be arranged. There are cheap flights from the UK.

Weather
In the north, September to March is the best time to travel, Easter being hot, July and August being hot with showers. Christmas is warm and dry. In the South, Goa and Kerala, Christmas is the best time to travel, monsoons in summer. For the lowdown, head to our India weather guide.

India family adventure holiday prices
Budget: From £7,000
Mid-range: From £9,000
Luxury: From £12,000

Price guideline is for a two week holiday, including flights for a family of 4. For more details, consult our India holiday price guide.

How?
We have two sample itineraries, Wonders of Rajasthan and Kerala Family Holiday, both 15 days.

16 – Indonesia & Bali family adventure holidays

Family canyoning in Bali

Active kids (and parents) will love canyoning in Bali

Why go?
There’s good reason why ‘Bali’ and ‘tropical paradise’ are synonymous. Fringed with white, sandy, palm-flanked beaches and bath-warm water, the island’s interior is lush, verdant and easy to get around. There are erupting volcanos, bubbling hot springs, cascading rice terraces and one of the best cuisines in Asia. If you’re wanting an all-rounder, destination wise, this is it. Don’t forget your snorkel!

Anything else I need to know?
The perfect blend of R & R, great for children of all ages. Add a cruise around the Komodo Islands to see the dragons.

Weather
Ideal during European summer holidays when the weather is at its driest and sunniest. Our Indonesia & Bali weather guide has further details.

Bali family adventure holiday prices
Budget: From £7,500
Mid-range: From £9,000
Luxury: From £15,000

Price guideline is for a two week holiday, including flights for a family of 4. Our Indonesia & Bali price guide has more information.

How?
For a relaxing Bali trip, try our 2-week ‘Relaxing Bali‘ itinerary. For maximum adventure in Bali, combined with a 3 night Komodo Cruise, look at our ‘Active Bali & Komodo‘.

17 – Japan family adventure holidays

Great Torii at the Itsukushima shrine on Miyajima island - Japan with kids holiday itinerary

The Great Torii of Miyajima at low tide

Why go?
It’s a cliche but, more than any other country in our portfolio, Japan is a land of contrasts. On the one hand you have the ultra-modern, fast-paced, neon-lit cities of Tokyo and Osaka (and the bullet trains which serve them) whilst on the other you have the more historic and gentler paced Kyoto, known for its Geisha culture, and the quiet samurai towns ranged along the Nakesendo trail.

Not sure where to start with your planning? Our Japan with Kids blog might help…

Anything else I need to know?
Japan is expensive!

Weather
An all year destination but best visited during Easter, Summer and October half term. Have a look at Japan – When to Go for further information.

Japan family adventure holiday prices
Budget: From £12,000
Mid-range: From £14,000
Luxury: From £17,000

Price guideline is for a two week holiday, including flights for a family of 4. Our Japan pricing guide has more information.

How?
We have two sample itineraries to Japan, a 14-day Highlights of Japan trip or a shorter Japan in 9 days trip.

18 – Jordan family adventure holidays

Boy exploring Wadi Rum in Jordan on an active family adventure holiday with Stubborn Mule Travel

Explore Wadi Rum on foot, by camel or four-wheel drive

Why go?
Small, friendly, safe and eternally welcoming, a family adventure to Jordan will have you seeing world-famous archaeological sites whilst enjoying incredible natural beauty. From Bedouin camps to crusader castles, from Roman ruins to floating in the Dead Sea, exploring Jordan is as fascinating as it is easy due to short travelling distances. Check out our Jordan with Kids Top 10 blog for more. What’s not to like?

Anything else I need to know?
Great infrastructure, safe, short travel times, cheap destination, mid-haul flights. Great for kids of all ages.

Weather
Best visited from October to Easter, summer too hot for most travellers with children. Our Jordan weather guide tells you all you need to know.

Jordan family adventure holiday prices
Budget: From £7,500
Mid-range: From £9,000
Luxury: From £13,000

Price guideline is for a two week holiday, including flights for a family of 4. For more details, head to our Jordan pricing guide.

How?
We have two sample itineraries; Highlights of Jordan, 9 days or, perfect for teens, Active Jordan, 10 days.

19 – Kenya family adventure holidays

Kenya - kids on safari - family holiday tribe blog

The game-rich Masai Mara makes for the perfect safari for younger children

Why go?
This is where you come for the quintessential African safari. Scan the rolling plains for the Big 5, enjoy a bush breakfast in the shade of an acacia tree with giraffe strolling past, share stories around the camp fire under an African sky before retiring to your tent (luxury or otherwise) for the night. And in addition to the superb wildlife, Kenya has a long and beautiful coastline. Time on its palm-fringed beaches provides the perfect complement to those early mornings and long days on safari.

For pure safari-inspiration check out our 30 Unforgettable moments on safari. For ideas on what else you can do in Kenya to complement your safari, have a look at our Top 10 Kenya with Kids blog.

Anything else I need to know?
Although every family is different, in our opinion safari is best suited to children 8+.

Safari is expensive, period. In Kenya if you can possibly afford it, it’s worth staying in the (much quieter) private conservancies, but these are pricey.

You will need to take malaria tablets.

Weather
Summer is best, Christmas good (and for beaches, too), Easter is not ideal. Our Kenya – When to Go has more details.

Kenya family adventure holiday prices
Budget: From £13,000
Mid-range: From £15,000
Luxury: From £18,000

Price guideline is for a two week holiday, including flights for a family of 4. Further info can be found in our Kenya pricing guide.

How?
Take a look at our sample itineraries: Highlights of Kenya (15 days) or Kenya Safari & Beach (10 days).

20 – Laos family adventure holidays

Family adventure holidays - visiting hill tribes in northern Laos

Receive a warm welcome from the hill-tribes in northern Laos

Why go?
Nestled between China, Thailand, Myanmar (Burma) and Vietnam, Laos is much less visited and developed than any of its neighbours. This is the South East Asia of two decades ago, a place which welcomes family travellers with open arms. Families will love taking a boat trip down the Mekong, watching saffron-robed Buddhist monks gather alms in the stunning UNESCO Heritage centre of Luang Prabang, cycling through village fields, cooling down in waterfalls, meeting hill tribes and eating bowlfuls of noodle soup. Want to know more? Take a look at our 10 reasons to take the family holiday to Laos blog.

Anything else I need to know?
Malaria tablets are advised for travel to the south (but not north) of Laos.

There are no direct flights. Combines really well with Vietnam / Thailand / Cambodia.

Weather
Best visited during October to April, when it’s warm and dry. You can visit during other times of the year during the green season, though. To find out more, check out When to Go – Laos.

Laos family adventure holiday prices
Budget: From £9,500
Mid-range: From £11,000
Luxury: From £14,000

Price guideline is for a two week holiday, including flights for a family of 4. Or check out our Laos pricing page for more information.

How?
See our Laos sample itinerary page or go straight to: Laos Highlights or Thailand, Laos and Cambodia.

21 – Mexico family adventure holidays

Families on jetty at Mexico's Lake Bacalar on adventure family holiday

You are never far from an opportunity to swim in Mexico’s Yucatan

Why go?
Mexico is a huge country and you can’t tick off everything in one go. For first time visitors we recommend concentrating on the Yucatan Peninsula with its wonderfully family-friendly offering of Mayan ruins, gorgeous beaches, picturesque cenotes, enticing hacienda stays, exciting activities and jungle. It’s easy to explore on a self-drive basis but we can arrange a driver if you prefer.

For more inspiration check out our Top 10 Things to do in Mexico with the kids blog.

Anything else I need to know?
Don’t be put off by the bad press for Cancun….it’s very easy to escape the package holiday resorts.

Weather
Visit all year round but for the best of the dry season visit at Christmas or Easter. During the summer months there will be the odd downpour. Check our Mexico weather guide for further details.

Mexico family adventure holiday prices
Budget: From £7,000
Mid-range: From £9,000
Luxury: From £14,000

Price guideline is for a two week holiday, including flights for a family of 4. Our Mexico pricing guide has more info.

How?
Take a look at our sample itineraries, Best of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula or combine it with another country, ‘Best of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula and Belize’, both 15 days.

22 – Mongolia family adventure holidays

Fun places to stay on kids holidays abroad - teo girls peeping around the door of a yurt in Mongolia

Stay overnight in a Mongolian ger (yurt)

Why go?
Wild, windswept and a place where you can easily go a day without seeing another person, Mongolia is about as ‘other-worldly’ a place as we offer. Perfect for the family who loves the outdoors, you’ll enjoy a nomadic escape far from the trappings of modern life. Live with nomads in their gers (yurts) for an insight into their way of life, go horse riding or camel riding in the desert and steppes but most of all, enjoy this once in a lifetime experience.

Anything else I need to know?
Accommodation and infrastructure is much more basic than most other Stubborn Mule trips.

Weather
Best time to visit is during the summer months, June, July or August. The winter months are too cold. For more details, see Mongolia – When to Go.

Mongolia family adventure holiday prices
Tours from £11,500 based on simple accommodation of local gers (yurts) and simple hotels.

If you upgrade to hotels and tourist ger camps throughout, the price will start from £13,000. Accommodation here will still be relatively simple.

Price guideline is for a two week holiday, including flights for a family of 4. Our Mongolia price guide has more info.

How?
We offer two sample itineraries: Highlights of Mongolia – 3 weeks or our 2 week Mongolia Family Adventure

23 – Morocco family adventure holidays

Boy on mountain with view of a desert camp - Morocco family adventure holiday

Hike, camel trek or quad-bike in Morocco’s rocky Agafay desert

Why go?
As the most exotic destination you can get to in just over three hours from the UK, Morocco is a perennial favourite for family travellers. Cheap, too, but that’s by no means its biggest draw. Here you can be transported into a world of colourful, incense-infused souqs (markets), untouched desert and snow-capped mountains that are perfect for hiking. Spend your nights in the splendour of a city riad or cocooned in a boutique kasbah relaxing by the pool. We can’t recommend it enough for family-friendly adventures, see why in our Morocco Top 10 things to do with Kids blog.

Anything else I need to know?
Entirely do-able for a long weekend or short trip. Cheap flights.

Weather
Best to visit during spring or autumn, so it’s perfect for Easter or October half term. Summer is very hot, winter a little unpredictable and you can’t guarantee heat. Our Morocco weather guide can help you choose!

Morocco family adventure holiday prices
Budget: From £6,500
Mid-range: From £8,000
Luxury: From £11,000

Price guideline is for a two week holiday, including flights for a family of 4. Our Morocco price guide tells you more.

How?
We have two sample itineraries; see our Morocco Family Short Break (7 days) or Highlights of Morocco – 15 days, for more. A long weekend is also completely do-able (as confirmed by the Stubborn Mule team’s recent 2-night Morocco summer party!)

24 – Namibia family adventure holidays

Namiia for kids - child jumping into a pool set in desert landscape

Climb the huge dunes and then cool off in the pool (photo thanks to Barney Worfolk-Smith)

Why go?
This is where you come to get away from it all. To get out into the vast African wilderness with huge skies, endless vistas and dramatically impressive landscapes. There’s phenomenal wildlife in Etosha National Park (world-class safaris on offer here), but Namibia is also about giant sand-dunes, remote rocky deserts and a wild coastline. Ideal for those who like the great outdoors and like the idea of a family road trip in some of the world’s most exciting wilderness.

Our Namibia with Kids Top 10 tells you more.

Anything else I need to know?
Journeys can be long. Superb for return Africa visitors or for older children and teens.

Accommodation is in short supply so book early – ideally a year or more in advance.

Weather
A year-round destination. In the European summer it can get hats-and-gloves cold at night. Easter and October are perfect. For further details, check out Namibia – When to Go.

Namibia family adventure holiday prices (self-drive)
Budget: From £8,000
Mid-range: From £9,500
Luxury: From £15,000

Price guideline is for a two week holiday, including flights for a family of 4. Our Namibia pricing guide will give you more information.

How?
Depending on how much time you have, choose from our Highlights of Namibia (2-weeks) or Highlights of Namibia (3-weeks)

25 – Nepal family adventure holidays

Children enjoying giant prayer wheel in Nepal

Spin a lucky prayer wheel in Nepal

Why go?
Think ‘Nepal’ and most people will equate it with the world’s finest (and highest) mountain scenery, the majestic Himalayas. Those who have visited, though, will tell you there’s much more than trekking for families to enjoy – there’s world-class wildlife viewing and tiger spotting, white-water rafting and other adrenaline-fuelled sports, a medieval capital city and a calm spirituality that pervades throughout. Nepal is also, we think, home to amongst the friendliest and welcoming people in the world. Take a look at our ‘Top 10 things to do with kids’ blog for more information. 

Anything else I need to know?
A landlocked country means no beaches, but add some R and R time at a luxury hotel (with a pool) in Pokhara.

Weather
The winter months, October to April, are when Nepal is at its best (and the mountains can be clearly viewed). From May onwards, the weather is humid and muggy and visibility is not at its best. Our Nepal weather guide will tell you what to expect.

Nepal family adventure holiday prices
Budget: From £8,000
Mid-range: From £9,000
Luxury: From £14,000

Price guideline is for a two week holiday, including flights for a family of 4. For more details check out our guide to Nepal holiday prices.

How?
Take a look at our sample itineraries to see which suits your family best, Nepal Highlights (no-trek), 14 days, or Active Nepal (3-day trek) 12 days.

26 – New Zealand family adventure holidays

Cycling above Fletcher Bay, Coromandel, on New Zealand family holidays

The ultimate in family adventure holidays in the great outdoors

Why go?

Campervan heaven – the peaceful roads of New Zealand will take you past snow-capped mountains, dazzling glaciers, aquamarine lakes and lush coastal rainforests. Swim with dolphins, cruise through fiords, take scenic floatplane and helicopter flights and hike the great trails through jaw-dropping scenery. Kids will love watching the Maori haka and digging their own thermal pool at the beach. Parents will enjoy the freedom of the open road – with a superb glass of local sauvignon blanc waiting at the end of each day.

See our New Zealand in Pictures blog for further inspiration.

Anything else I need to know?

It’s a long flight – allow time for jet lag by spending a few days in a boutique retreat. See Where to Stay for some ideas.

Weather

Ideal at Christmas and Easter. Avoid the winter months of June-September unless you don’t mind it cold! For further details, head to our New Zealand weather guide.

New Zealand family adventure holidays prices

Budget: From £11,000
Mid-range: From £13,000
Luxury: From £15,000

Price guideline is for a two week holiday, including flights for a family of 4. Our New Zealand price guide gives you more details.

How?
Try our Highlights of New Zealand if you are limited to two weeks and want to combine North and South Islands. For a slightly slower pace check out our three-week New Zealand Grand Tour.

27 – Norway family adventure holidays

Norway family adventure holidays - fjord scene

Fjord landscape

Why go?
Fjords, sublime mountain scenery, the Northern Lights, Bergen, Vikings. Need we say more? It’s the Norweigan scenery that’s the clincher here, though; it really is just incredibly beautiful. Properly drop-dead gorgeous and almost entirely without crowds (assuming that you avoid a couple of hot spots). This is nature at its most pristine, with more than 100,000km of coastline (not a typo) and dramatic craggy peaks.

Anything else I need to know?
It’s pretty expensive, particularly if you like a beer or glass of wine at the end of the day.

Weather
Active holidays are ideal during May half term and the summer. Possibly also October half term. For snowy winter fun, come at Christmas or during February half term. See our Norway weather guide.

Norway family adventure holidays prices
Budget: From £8,500
Mid-range: From £9,500
Luxury: From £12,500

Price guideline is for an 11-day holiday, including flights for a family of 4 – see our Norway price guide for more.

How?
Our Norway in Summer itinerary includes a wonderful range of activities and showcases some of the most spectacular scenery in the south and centre of the country. For winter fun, our Norway in Winter itinerary is based in the Arctic Circle, for snow-shoeing, husky-sledding and the Northern Lights.

28 – Oman family adventure holidays

Four kids on top of sand dune in Oman's Wahiba Sands on a family adventure holiday

Have fun in the dunes at Wahiba Sands

Why go?
It’s safe, it’s stunning and it’s rapidly emerging as a favourite Arabian destination for adventurous families. Boasting fabulous beaches (turtle spotting, anyone?), forts, picturesque fishing villages and incredible mountains, you can also enjoy desert camps, wild camping by the beach as well as the too-many-to-choose-from upmarket hotels in Muscat and beyond. Journey times are also relatively short. Is there no end to Oman’s appeal? (Answer = No. See our Top 10 things to do in Oman with Kids or read about Telegraph travel writer Mike Unwin’s Stubborn Mule trip to Oman with his family).

Anything else I need to know?
Great half-term destination as flight times are short; self-drive trips are easy and can keep costs down.

Weather
A winter-sun destination, best visited from October to April. Travel possible during other months but can be very hot. See our Oman – When to Go.

Oman family adventure holiday prices
Budget: From £8,000
Mid-range: From £9,500
Luxury: From £12,000

Price guideline is for a two week holiday, including flights for a family of 4. Our Oman holiday pricing guide might be useful.

How? Highlights of Oman (12 days) and Oman Short Break (7 days) are our sample itineraries.

29 – Peru family adventure holidays

Family holiday tribe - culture

See Machu Picchu – one of the world’s most significant archaeological sites

Why go?
If you’re wanting to experience the very best of South American in a nutshell, Peru should be your first port of call. Machu Picchu may be Peru’s most famous and iconic sight, but it’s just the proverbial tip of the iceberg. There’s stunning high altitude mountain scenery, remote hilltop Incan ruins, lively traditional markets, roaming alpaccas and llamas, adrenalin activities (zip-wires and white water rafting), friendly homestays on the banks of Lake Titicaca and the Amazon jungle teeming with wildlife. Have a look at our Peru Top 10 for more information.

Anything else I need to know?
You’ll need to acclimatise, so we factor this into the itinerary. Like many Latin America destinations, internal flights can make this a more expensive holiday option.

The altitude and activities mean that we think Peru is ideal for families with slightly older children (8+).

Weather
The ideal time to visit is during the European summer when it should be sunny, if cold in the mountains; weather is more varied at Christmas and Easter. Head over to our Peru weather guide for more details.

Peru family adventure holiday prices
Budget: From £10,500
Mid-range: From £13,000
Luxury: From £16,000

Price guideline is for a two week holiday, including flights for a family of 4. Our Peru pricing guide may also be helpful.

How?
Take a look at our 3-week ‘Highlights of Peru’ or 2-week ‘Highlights of Peru trip’ depending on the time you have. Alternatively, combine it with the Galapagos on the ultimate wildlife adventure in our ‘Peru and Galapagos Explorer’ (18 days)

30 – Portugal & Azores adventure holidays

Portugal family holidays, footpath to the beach, Praia da Bordeira, Carrapateira, Costa Vicentina, Algarve

Kayak, snorkel, swim, and bodyboard in Portgual

Why go?
Mainland Portugal is renowned for the beautiful white beaches of the Algarve but is so much more than this. Lisbon and Porto are a delight and both are small enough to be very child-friendly. The rolling hills of the Alentejo are stunning and beg to be explored on foot, by bike, or by horse. There are dramatic and deserted Atlantic beaches buffeted by surf, gorgeous river valleys begging to be visited by kayak, and remote national parks.

Anything else I need to know?
Many of the budget airlines fly here so it’s cheap to get to. Mainland Portugal offers fantastic value for money; the Azores are much more expensive.

Weather
The mainland is ideal during May half term, the summer holidays and October. The Azores are best visited April – September. Madeira can be visited all year round. See our guide on when to go to Portugal.

Portugal family adventure holiday prices
Budget: From £5,500
Mid-range: From £6,500
Luxury: From £8,500

Price guideline is for a two-week holiday, including flights for a family of 4 – find more details on Portugal prices.

Madeira family adventure holidays prices
Mid-range: From £6,000 for a short break including flights

Azores family adventure holidays prices
Mid-range: From £6,500 for a short break, £8,600 for two weeks including flights.

How?
Try our Highlights of Portugal for the perfect summer holiday. For a shorter adventure-laden trip, try our Azores family holiday short-break or our Madeira family holiday short-break.

31 – Slovenia

Family adventure holidays, family group cycling in Slovenia

Cycle through picturesque Alpine landscapes

Why go?
Slovenia’s scenery is straight off the front of a postcard, almost too perfect to be true. Turquoise lakes fringed by snow-capped mountains; lush valleys cut through by thundering rivers; dramatic hills with incredible views. Slovenia is all about the scenery; yes the capital Ljubljana is beautiful and worth a wander, but you come here for the mountains. Explore on foot, by bike, in a kayak, atop a raft. There are plenty of options for children of all ages and all activity levels.

Anything else I need to know?
Slovenia has a coastline but to be honest it’s not stunning. If you want to finish up on the beach, add on a few days in Croatia at the end. It’s easy and inexpensive to do so.

Weather
Ideal during May half term and the summer holidays. October half term also works for a more active (less beach focussed) trip.

Slovenia family adventure holidays prices
Budget: From £5,500
Mid-range: From £7,500
Luxury: From £10,000

Price guideline is for a two-week holiday, including flights for a family of 4.

How?
For a great mixture of mountains (Slovenia) and beach (Croatia), try our Slovenia and Croatia itinerary. Or if you want to limit your time to Slovenia alone, let us know and we’ll tailor the itinerary accordingly.

32 – South Africa family adventure holidays

Safari in South Africa - family holiday

Drinks and snacks as the sun sets on safari is one of those special moments that the family will never forget

Why go?
Year-round sunshine (somewhere in the country), a fantastic coastline, spectacular scenery, thrilling safari opportunities and a fascinating cultural history means that South Africa never goes out of fashion for the family traveller.There are direct flights and no jet-lag which makes this an ‘easy’ destination for families and the world-class wine and food only add to the appeal (for parents, at least!) Take a look at our South Africa Photo Blog and be inspired.

Anything else I need to know?
Direct flights and no jet lag. Malaria tablets recommended for Kruger but not elsewhere.

Weather
South Africa is such a huge country that the climate varies widely. Broadly speaking, Cape Town and the Garden Route are beautiful at Christmas and Easter but too cold in the summer. The north can be visited year round but is very hot over Christmas. For more details see South Africa – When to Go.

South Africa family adventure holiday prices
Budget: From £8,500
Mid-range: From £10,500
Luxury: From £14,000

Price guideline is for a two week holiday, including flights for a family of 4. Our South Africa pricing guide has more detail.

How?
There’s a huge amount to see and do in South Africa. Take a look at our three sample itineraries to see which suits your family best: Classic Cape and Garden Route, Kruger & Beach family safari and our luxury KwaZulu Natal and Swaziland trip.

33 – Sri Lanka family adventure holidays

Young tourist learning how to pick tea in Sri Lanka

Learn how to pick tea in the lush highland plantations of Sri Lanka

Why go?
Sri Lanka is a perennial Stubborn Mule favourite, a small country that manages to incorporate a winning combination of idyllic beaches, magnificent cultural sites, superb wildlife (leopard and wild elephants in particular), and gorgeous lush scenery. The food is delicious and the people are delightful. There is a huge variety of family friendly accommodation available for a range of budgets, from luxury beach resorts to eco-lodges, family guesthouses and tented camps. Take a look at our Sri Lanka with Kids Top 10 , our Top Tips for family travel to Sri Lanka or our Top 5 wildlife experiences for more inspiration.

Anything else I need to know?
Ideal for families of all ages.

Weather
A year-round destination, except for October half term. For further info head to our Sri Lanka weather guide.

Sri Lanka family adventure holiday prices
Budget: From £7,500
Mid-range: From £9,500
Luxury: From £15,000

Price guideline is for a two-week holiday, including flights for a family of 4. Our Sri Lanka pricing guide has further information.

How?
The time of year that you visit will dictate which part of the country is best to travel to. See our Sri Lanka Summer Tour or Sri Lanka Christmas and Easter sample itineraries for details.

34 – Tanzania family adventure holidays

Stubborn Mule family meeting local people on Tanzania family safari

Meet the Hazda people and learn survival skills

Why go?
With its combination of world-class wildlife experiences and spectacular natural scenery (Ngorongoro Crater, Mount Kilimanjaro and the sprawling plains of the Serengeti), Tanzania is undoubtedly one of, if not the most popular safari destinations for family travellers. Home to the Big 5 and with the landscapes made famous by umpteen wildlife documentaries (think endless horizon, single acacia tree with lolling leopard), the spice island of Zanzibar (actually an archipelago of 50 islands) also makes for the perfect place for R & R. Have a look at our Tanzania with Kids Top 10.

Anything else I need to know?
Safari is expensive. Although it varies from one family to the next, we think a safari is ideal for slightly older children (8+).

You will need to take malaria tablets.

Weather
The summer holidays, Christmas and October or February half terms are the best time to visit. Easter can be quite wet. You may also find our Tanzania weather page useful.

Tanzania family adventure holiday prices
Budget: From £13,500
Mid-range: From £17,000
Luxury: From £22,000

Price guideline is for a two week holiday, including flights for a family of 4. See also our Tanzania price guide.

How?
Tanzania Safari & Beach or for more active families, Kilimanjaro Family Climb.

35 – Thailand family adventure holidays

Kids on a boat trip in Thailand

Be thrilled by the idyllic coastline and islands in Thailand

Why go?
If you’ve never been on a long-haul family adventure, Thailand is one of the best places to start. In the north, you’ll enjoy jungle treks, adrenaline fuelled activities, elephant sanctuaries and hill tribe treks as well as bustling markets (fried cricket, anyone?). In the south, the emphasis is very much on R & R with tropical, sandy beaches, idyllic islands and balmy, warm waters (fabulous food, too), with accommodation ranging from barefoot-chic to the height of luxury. Take a look at our Thailand with Kids Top 10 for more inspiration.

Anything else I need to know?
Focus your holiday on one area, either north or south to avoid expensive internal flights.

Weather
It’s possible to visit Thailand year-round, but November to March are the best, making it a great Christmas or Easter escape. Thailand – When to Go gives you the full lowdown.

Thailand family adventure holiday prices
Budget: From £8,000
Mid-range: From £9,500
Luxury: From £12,500

Price guideline is for a two week holiday, including flights for a family of 4. Also check out our Thailand pricing guide.

How? Highlights of Thailand encapsulates the best of the country, both north and south. Our ‘Southern Thailand Adventure’, includes the dramatic and beautiful scenery and beaches of the south.

36 – Turkey family adventure holidays

Cappadocia landscape -family adventure holidays

Don’t miss the fairy-tale landscapes of Cappodocia

Why go?
The food alone is enough to entice some to Turkey… but aside from this, it promises a beautiful coastline, other-worldly landscapes, magnificent ancient ruins, and the intoxicating buzz of Istanbul. There’s something for everyone here; those more inclined to relaxation will love the Turquoise coast with its beguiling blend of beach, boutique hotels and the odd activity. Those with a thirst for adventure will want to explore the backstreets of Istanbul, hike through the fairy-tale landscapes of Cappadocia and kayak, raft, bike, hike along the coast. With a bit of relaxation at the end of course!

Anything else I need to know?
Some people assume Turkey is always hot. It’s not! Winter can be cold and sometimes wet. Choose your season with care.

Weather
Ideal during May half term and the summer holidays. Easter and October half term also work for a more active (less beach focussed) trip – more Turkey weather details here.

Turkey family adventure holidays prices
Budget: From £4,500
Mid-range: From £7,000
Luxury: From £10,000

Price guideline is for a two-week holiday, including flights for a family of 4 – find more prices on Turkey here.

How?
For a definitive two-week trip that includes many of Turkey’s big attractions, try our Highlights of Turkey. For a more relaxing holiday, our Turquoise Coast Adventure will suit – it can be shortened or lengthened to suit.

37 – USA family adventure holidays

Rafting - Green River - on USA family holidays

Rafting on our 3-night Green River trip is a highlight for families who love the outdoors

Why go?
Live the American dream on a USA family self-drive trip through such iconic cities as San Francisco, Las Vegas, New Orleans and New York. Get out of the car to hike the Grand Canyon or Yosemite National Park. Spot bears amidst the thermal mud pools of Yellowstone. Embrace your inner cowboy at a dude ranch in Montana then ‘let it go’ at Disney. Get the kids California dreaming and head for Hollywood. Take a look at the key Places to Visit in the USA.

Anything else I need to know?
Try to limit the driving and spend quality time in each place rather than rushing through.

Weather
Ideal from spring to autumn with summer being peak season – book early – more USA weather details here.

USA family adventure holidays prices
Budget: From £9,000
Mid-range: From £11,000
Luxury: From £14,000

Price guideline is for a two week holiday, including flights for a family of 4. Also check our USA pricing guide.

How?
Treat the children to a journey from San Francisco to Los Angeles on the Classic California adventure. Or combine Las Vegas with the Grand Canyon and Yellowstone on Western National Parks USA.

38 – Vietnam family adventure holidays

Places to visit in Vietnam - traditional round boat

Try boating in a basket, Hoi An

Why go?
It’s a cliche but Vietnam is a land of contrasts and whilst embracing the 21st century, Vietnam manages to hang on to past charms. You’ll see all the quintessential images, the red-sailed junks floating amongst Halong Bay’s majestic karst limestone scenery, steaming bowls of pho, families jostling on motorbikes in Saigon or Hanoi and conical straw-hatted workers in the paddy fields from the windows of your train. There’s food, beaches, culture, history, scenery…. what more do you need for a perfect family holiday?! For more inspiration, take a look at our Vietnam with Kids Top 10 blog.

Anything else I need to know?
Flights are only direct on certain days of the week. Combines really well with Cambodia.

Weather
The weather varies significantly up and down the country. At Easter and in the summer concentrate on the north and centre. At Christmas, head south for reliable sunshine and winter warmth. Vietnam – When to Go might also be useful.

Vietnam family adventure holiday prices
Budget: From £8,000
Mid-range: From £10,000
Luxury: From £14,000

Price guideline is for a two week holiday, including flights for a family of 4. For more details, head to our Vietnam pricing guide.

How?
Check out our 15-day Highlights of Vietnam and our shorter 10-day Northern Vietnam. Alternatively, combine Vietnam with neighbouring Cambodia on our Vietnam & Cambodia Highlights.

Family adventure holidays – next steps

Whilst we couldn’t possibly go into detail as to what the above destinations have to offer (for that visit our destination pages), we do hope this helps with your holiday planning.

If you’d like more advice or information, we always love hearing from you. Simply call us on 01728 752751 or use our contact form to get in touch.

Liddy Pleasants, MD Stubborn Mule Travel