Stubborn Mule in the Press

We are always delighted when travel experts in the press recommend Stubborn Mule, so please forgive us for showcasing a few of our favourite mentions. For links to the Times and Sunday Times, you’ll only be able to see these sites if you already subscribe.

Jan 2020

Adventures that push the boundaries
We’re delighted that The Metro has picked out our new Borneo and Mainland Malaysia itinerary for families who love wildlife adventures. Visit Sepilok Orangutan Centre, Selingan Island, Kuala Lumpur, Taman Negara, Kota Bahru and the Perhentian Islands.

Family Traveller
Jan 2020

Family travel experts share tips on what to do when things go wrong
Check out our MD’s answers in Family Travel magazine on what to do about delays, avoiding illness and financial protection.

Lonely Planet
December 2019

Travelling with children
Our MD Liddy Pleasants talks about what’s she has learned from travelling with her kids. The idea for Stubborn Mule began when she cycled around South East Asia for 5 months with her young children. Read more about the company history.

The Times
October 2019

Autumn Half Term
For keen hikers, Julia Brookes, suggests Stubborn Mule’s tailor-made Jordan family holiday, with hiking along country lanes to hilltop castle of Ajloun, exploring Wadi Rum and Petra, and then a soak in the Red Sea at the end. Read full article here – Subscription required.

National Geographic Traveller
October 2019

Explore Mongolia’s vast Gobi Desert
National Geographic recommends Stubborn Mule’s 10-day Mongolia trip for teenagers – includes Ulaan Baatar, Yolyn Am, Gobi Gurvan Saikhan, Khongoryn Els, Bayanzag, Erdenedalai, Khogno Khan, Erdene Zuu, Orkhon River Valley

The Times – Travel Doctor
July 2019

Family-friendly cycling in southeast Asia
In answer to a reader’s question about family-friendly cycling tours in southeast Asia, the Times Travel Doctor recommends Stubborn Mule’s trips to Vietnam which can include cycling through the Red River district of Hanoi and the hill country of Mai Chau. A two-week trip can also include cookery classes, time on the beach and boat trips. (A subscription is required to read article – check out the online version here.)

The Jewish Chronicle
July 2019

Hottest trends in travel – The rise in intergenerational holidays
The Jewish Chronicle quotes our MD, Liddy Pleasants, who says there’s been a notable rise in families going on holiday with all the generations coming along. She says the impetus may be grandparents celebrating a big birthday or a last big family holiday before the kids move on.

The Times (Weekend)
July 2019

Travel Tips – Direct flights to Durban, South Africa
The Travel Tips editor picks out our new family trip to KwaZulu Natal, which makes use of the new direct BA flights to Durban, shaving off three hours from the usual route. The trip include Mkuze Game Reserve, Thonga Beach and a boat trip to see hippos at Makakatana.

The Times (Weekend)
March 2019

Travel Tips – A Family Adventure In Mongolia
The Travel Tips editor Jane Knight reports on family holidays with a difference and suggests a Stubborn Mule trip in Mongolia. She mentions our new  Mongolia Adventure which includes a camel safari with camping in the Gobi Desert, as well as exploring the Orkhon River Valley by yak cart and hunting for fossils at the Flaming Cliffs feature. (A subscription is required to read the full article).

The Telegraph
March 2019

Make a date with a dinosaur
The Telegraph recommends Stubborn Mule’s two-week Mongolian Family Adventure, which includes a 4WD drive road trip through the Mongolian wilderness. Along the way there are sites of historic interest with paleontological digs at the Flaming Cliffs of Bayanzag, home to a large concentration of dinosaur fossils. Families can explore the site on foot and look for dinosaur eggs.

Lonely Planet magazine
February 2019

Arabian Nights in Oman
Guy Ritchie’s live action remake of Aladdin is due for release later this year, but Lonely Planet says you don’t need a magic carpet to enjoy a Bedouin camp experience in Oman. With the awe-inspiring backdrop of Wahiba Sands, our trip into the Omani desert is recommended, complete with private wild camping, Bedouin experience and dune bashing.

Good Housekeeping magazine
February 2019

2019 – What’s hot
With the new Aladdin film due to be released in May 2019, Good Housekeeping magazine shines a spotlight on Jordan’s Wadi Rum. This spectacular desert is where much of the filming takes place. Good Housekeeping picks out our nine-day family trip to Jordan for active families.

Family Traveller Magazine
January 2019

The Best of the Best
Stubborn Mule Travel has been Highly Commended in the magazines’s annual ‘crème de la crème’ listing for Best Adventure Specialist for Families.

The Daily Telegraph
January 2019

Where to see primates … the 10 greatest places on the planet
Family travel writer Mike Unwin picks his top places to see primates and chooses Stubborn Mule for family fun in Sri Lanka and the chance to spot langurs, macaques and the cute loris monkey.

The Times (Weekend)
January 2019

Best Half term adventures for families
The Times recommends Stubborn Mules’s hilltop walks in Morocco where you can divide your time between exploring Marrakesh’s souks and hiking in the High Atlas Mountains. Guided walks to hilltop villages are offered (younger children can ride on a mule) and the opportunity to visit the famous kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou. The trip can also include an evening trip by camel into the desert… and if you are lucky you’ll catch a spectacular sunset.

The Daily Telegraph
January 2019

Tweens and teens – the best 2019 summer holidays for families
See Catherine Cooper’s top 20 holidays for tweens and teens, which features a Stubborn Mule trip to Belize and Guatemala.

The Times 
December 2018

The 20 best family holidays
Julia Brookes picks a Stubborn Mule holiday trekking and rafting in Nepal as one of her top 20. (A subscription is required to read full article). Checkout our sample Active Nepal itinerary here.

Sunday Times Travel Magazine
November 2018 issue

Thailand – A Connoisseurs Guide
Check us out in this enjoyable glossy magazine, which showcases our suggested Highlights of Thailand itinerary.

The Daily Telegraph
October 2018

Bows and arrows in Tanzania – Best destinations for October half term
Sally Peck and Natalie Paris share their thoughts on why October half-term is the perfect time to escape Britain.

The Times 
September 2018

Where to book now for October half term
The top pick is an exotic half-term family jaunt with Stubborn Mule to Oman. Read Julia Brookes’ round up here. (A subscription is required to read full article.)

The Times – Travel Doctor
June 2018

Where can we go for a child-friendly holiday in Cambodia?
A reader asks the Travel Doctor if there are any companies that offer child-friendly trips to Cambodia next summer. She has children aged 8 and 11. Find the answer here.

The Telegraph
March 2018

The best Easter family holidays
The Telegraph recommends Stubborn Mule for a family-friendly Cuba holiday and highlights our Cuba Highlights itinerary, with classic car trip in Havana, zip lining through the forest in Las Terrazas, riding a bike or horse through the streets of Vinales and exploring an underground river by boat. Read more here.

The Jewish Chronicle
September 2017

Cathy Winston’s awfully big adventure
Temples, open-air trains and floating tents – the JC finds out why you should see Cambodia with kids. Read Cathy Winston’s An awfully big adventure.

East Anglia Daily Times
January 2017

Exotic family holiday ideas for 2017
Who says you have to set your sights low when you have children and also want a holiday to remember? Liddy Pleasants talks with EADT reporter Steven Russell.

The Guardian
April 2016

Cuba – Explore both the well-trodden and lesser-known parts
The Guardian recommends Stubborn Mule for a Cuban family adventure, highlighting our knowledge of child-friendly hotels and exciting programme of activities. Read more here.

The Guardian
October 2015

Record bookings for Cuba as tourists rush to see it before it changes
Liddy Pleasants, Stubborn Mule Travel’s MD, is quoted in this article about the increase in interest in travel to Cuba. Read the full article here.

The Independent
April 2014

Peru is much more than Machu Picchu
The Independent recommends Stubborn Mule’s two-week family holiday to Peru for families, including an overnight at Skylodge Adventure Suites, transparent pods that cling to the side of a mountain. You spend the night suspended above Peru’s Sacred Valley. Find out more.

The Independent
May 2014

Get ready for summer
The Independent suggests adventurous families look at Stubborn Mule’s new family tour of Borneo. Read on…


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