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Ask the Experts: Where Can I Take my Children on a 5 Week Adventure?

It’s that time of week again, where our travel experts tackle another question from one of you, our travel hungry blog readers. This weeks question comes from mum of 2 Sharyn who’s dying to take her sons on an adventure they won’t forget.

I want to take my 3 year old twin boys on the adventure of a lifetime, they love animals, swimming and anything which involves getting dirty! I have always wanted to do a round the world trip but can only take 5 weeks off work, and I’ll be travelling alone with the boys. I have a budget of £8,000 what would you recommend? Sharyn.

If you have a burning travel question that you’re dying to have answered send us an email and we’ll put it to the experts right here on the blog.

Claire Whittington from STA Travel Brighton says…

When you say animals and plenty of activities the first place I think of is Africa and I think South Africa could be just the place for you and your boys.

In 5 weeks you could hire a car and travel along the coast from Cape Town to Johannesburg stopping along the Garden Route and Wild Coast. There are so many great places to stop but I’m sure your boys would love watching the Ostrich racing in Oudtshoorn or what about taking them on the “Woodcutters Journey” in Storms River where you’ll drive through the giant yellowwood and stinkwood trees in an open vehicle whilst keeping an eye out for all sorts of wildlife.

As you get into the Kwazulu Natal area why not visit a traditional Zulu village where you can leave your car behind and get to the villages by horse or ox-wagon and you will be treated to traditional food and dancing. The whole coast is full of forests and beaches for your sons to explore so where ever you stop along the way there will be plenty of places for them to get messy!

Game drives on safari can get a bit boring for younger children as there is a lot of driving about and often the animals can be quite far away or run off quickly so why not treat them to an experience of a lifetime and go on a safari on elephants. There are quite a few private reserves that offer the opportunity to ride about on these amazing animals whilst also keeping your eye out for other African wildlife.

With all of that to keep your boys entertained we also need to think about you! One of the best trips in South Africa is taking in the wine regions such as Paarl and Stellenbosch. A lot of vineyards have children’s play areas so you can enjoy a glass of wine and the stunning views whilst having a bit of a rest!

Amy Pearson from STA Travel Leeds Vicar Lane says…

For a really interesting adventure I would recommend starting your trip in Asia, where you can get a stopover in Bangkok for around 10 days.

Firstly take in the major sights of the city and then head up North to Chang Mai. Here you can do a full week volunteering for an elephant conservation project, this is a really rewarding project that I’m sure your children will thoroughly love, it also gives them an opportunity to learn about the animals and gain real hands on experience dealing with them.

Next stop is Australia. I’d definitely recommend flying into Melbourne and taking a day trip to Philip Island. This is home to 23 thousand penguins that descend on the island at dusk, you can organise an excursion to sit on a boardwalk and watch them arrive. You can even get involved with the rangers and help build the wooden box homes that are buried into the ground for the Penguins to live in, in order to protect them and this delicate Eco system.

Next stop, head straight up to Airlie Beach and sail around the Whitsunday Islands, stopping off at the Whitehaven Marine National Park. Spend your next days snorkelling in the Great Barrier Reef. The pontoon at Knuckle Reef even has a slide and a submerged boat, perfect for children!

Finish your last two weeks in New Zealand, by hiring a camper van and exploring the country, here they can do white water rafting, whale watching and even visit the set of the ‘Lord of the Rings’ movie.

Don’t forget, if you have a burning travel question you’d like to have answered on the blog, you can email it to us now and see what inspiring ideas our experts can find for you!
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  1. Sally

    this is a very good article, keep them coming

    1810 days ago
    • Lisa Crowther

      Thanks Sally, glad you enjoyed it! Are you signed up to the blog? It will make sure you never miss a post :)

      1807 days ago
  2. "David"


    1. Fisrt some basic or background information. My wife and I are planning a one month visit to South America in mid-November mid-December 2013. There are two most important items on our list: Foz do Iguazu in Brazil, and Machu Pichchu in Peru. And then visit a few more important tourist in between. Certainly not all of them; we realise we do not have adequate time. Brazil to Paraguay to Bolivia to Peru.

    We are planning to arrive in Brazil in Rio de Janeiro. Spend a few days in Rio, and move to Foz do Iguazu. Spend 2 days there to see both Brazilian and Argentinian sides of the Falls.

    Then move to Asuncion in Paraguay. Spend 2 days in Asuncion and move to La Paz in Bolivia.

    From La Paz move to Puno in Peru. From Puno to Cusco and Machu Pichchu.

    From Cusco to Lima.

    Fly out of Lima to England.

    Both of us are well travelled and mature 60+ healthy persons. As such we hope to fly over long distances, rather than take long-distance bus. We are not against using buses, but would prefer flights.

    2. That is the introduction. Now the questions.

    a. What is the best way to reach Iguazu Falls? – from Rio?

    b. Is it better to fly from Sao Paulo?

    c. Or, is it better to fly into Iguazu Falls from Buenes Aires?

    d. What is the best way to leave Iguazu Falls to Asuncion? Bus or airplane?

    e. Or, is it better to fly out of Iguazu Falls to La Paz? We are prepared to miss out Paraguay completely if necessay.
    f. Regional air passes: the information I read is a bit confusing: segments vs. mileage.

    g. Also, if we are going to buy – for example – TAM regional airpasses do we have to buy international air tickets (for England to Brazil, and Peru to England) also from TAM? Do we have to buy regional air passes simultaneously with international air tickets?

    Thank you in anticipation of your help.

    Best regards,


    1808 days ago
    • Lisa Crowther

      Hi David, Thanks for your reply! To be honest I think the best thing for you to do would be to come in and have a chat with one of our Travel Experts in store. They will be able to sit down with you and talk you through your plans and offer a lot of tips and advice – giving you the opportunity to ask any other questions that pop into your head too. Here is a link to our stores you can book an appointment at a time to suit you. Personally, I think a tour is a great option for you, they offer a good level of comfort, a huge array of activities and a mixed group of like-minded travellers, here are a list of our South American tours you can narrow the choices down until you find the one’s that could potentially suit you. Good luck ^Lisa

      1807 days ago
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