Don’t let the half-term break pass you by. Make the most of the time off and head to these destinations to experience them at their very best, as recommended by Lightfoot Travel.
Hawaii is a great escape for families who are happiest in nature. With the year-round clement weather, you can kick off your shoes and head for the white sands and turquoise waters of Maui and Kauai before turning the adventure up a notch with a helicopter flight over the islands’ national parks and volcanoes. Animal-loving kids will adore looking for Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles and going on a dolphin and whale watching cruise. Other activities include exploring hidden caves, trekking the rainforest, swimming in waterfalls or simply chilling at your hotel where you can hit the spa, bar or pool. Read more on an example itinerary such as this one.
If you’d like your October to come with tropical vibes, Nay Pad Hideaway - just a plane-hop from Cebu - is the place to be. It is re-opening this summer after a refurbishment, and this gorgeous all-inclusive retreat is the ultimate in relaxation offering just ten villas and the chance to do as much or as little as you like. Days revolve around the pool which comes with loungey daybeds, a cocktail-packed bar, and sea views. For activities that are a bit less horizontal, try joining a cookery class, checking out the new gym, or heading on a boat trip. Come evening, send the kids to the open-air cinema, while you snuggle up with your other half in one of the hanging pods dotted throughout the grounds. Also great? Children receive lower rates.
October is the perfect time of year to travel to Oman. The temperature is cooler, and there are plenty of adventures to enjoy. Start in Muscat where little ones can run riot at the kids’ club, and teens and adults can swim with dolphins. Then head to Ras al–Jinz Turtle Reserve where you can observe endangered green turtles nesting and swimming. Enjoy a desert safari experience in the Wahiba Sands where you can go quad biking, sandboarding and camel trekking before bedding down in a luxurious Bedouin house, and end your travels on the white sand beach of Six Senses Zighy Bay scrabble, sleeping by your private pool and spa-ing will be the key activities on your schedule. Find inspiration here!
Peru may be far-flung, but it’s a fantastic October option for families with older children. Sail along the Amazon River looking for birds, mammals, and reptiles while learning about the local flora and fauna. Go on walks through the rainforest in search of monkeys and macaws. Have picnic lunches by lakesides and visit local communities to learn about daily life. After all, that excitement, fly to Cusco and explore mystical Machu Picchu with your expert guide. While it’s quite a workout for little legs, exploring the fascinating Incan ruins of the city will keep you occupied for hours with its maze of houses, fountains, temples, and terraces. If this year is too soon to go long-haul, put it on your list for 2019. Discover more here!