Top Travel Destinations for Action Packed Family Holidays

I know a lot of people that the thought of laying on a beach for two weeks wouldn’t be their cup of tea. Though it is something that I do enjoy myself, I see why it wouldn’t be for everyone. I think when children are a little older, perhaps from age 8 and onwards, they would much prefer a holiday to be active. When they can be out all day hiking, swimming, skiing, playing sport or horse riding, why wouldn’t they want to? So where are some of the best places to have a holiday like that?

taken a while ago (me with brown hair) in the Utah / Nevada border

South West of the United States

The amazing canyonlands of America’s south-west is a great place to go for an active family holiday. There are plenty of places where you can camp, even just right under the stars! There are five national parks in that area, including the epic landscapes of Bryce Canyon, Valley of Fire and the Grand Canyon. So it is a great place if you enjoy hiking and want to get away from it all. I have been to these places when I was a teenager and think I was just the right age for it.

9779f-sl370236There are things like water sports and horse riding in the area too, soaking in some Navajo traditions and hospitality. Then you could always head to Las Vegas for a fun day and perhaps a visit to the Hoover Dam.

Costa Brava, Spain

There are a large variety of things to do in the Costa Brava area of Spain from football and hiking to water sports and even skiing. So it is easy to see why areas there and cities like Barcelona are so popular for things like football tours, as well as active family holidays. If you like to walk and hike then the original Cami de Ronda footpath is one of the best ways for you to see the breathtaking coastline.

Of course, being so close to the sea, you can’t not try out diving or snorkelling. There is a dolphin diving centre too, so perfect for keen swimmers. Mud bike tours can be arranged that head up into the mountains, as well Segway and boating tours. Lots of choice in this area for sure.


Peru might not be a place you normally think of for a holiday hotspot. But for those of you that like to stay active, it is a great destination. Not only will be surrounded by some amazing views, but the history and rich culture of the country is just phenomenal.

First of all, the Inca Trail is a must, with the stunning wonders that are Machu Picchu and Cuzco. You could also spend some time in the Tambopata Reserve, located in the Peruvian Amazon. How amazing to take boat trips or take a hike in the jungle? There are also plenty of other activities in the area, like paddle-boarding, biking and zip-lining (if you’re feeling brave enough)!

Have you ever been to any of these places? Anywhere else that you would recommend for an action packed family holiday?

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  • Some great ideas here. I think there is nothing more important than spending time together as a family doing activities you all enjoy. Shout out to my mum who sat sipping tea at the top of the Grand Canyon while she made us all hike down and back again. In her defence I was a horrible teenager and she probably needed a break.. Thanks for joining us on #FarawayFiles Rebecca
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  • A really useful post, Rebecca. Peru would be top of my list with the kids – I’d love to stay in a rainforest lodge and do some trekking. I think riding in the States is a great idea, perhaps on a ranch. I’m also keen to take mine to India and go on a walking safari in Botswana, where they can learn more about bushcraft and spotting animals. Thanks so much for linking up with #FarawayFiles
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  • YES! As a mom of three tween/teens – we definitely have to balance between seeing cultural sites and keeping kids entertained with active options. We absolutely adore the United States National Park System – Zion, Arches and Bryce are some of our all time faves. I would add that Norway and Sweden have wonderful outdoor opportunities with skiing, hiking, kayaking and mountain biking as well. Cheers from Copenhagen and thanks for linking with #FarawayFiles – looking forward to see what you share this week! Erin

  • some great ideas never considered the usa but may have to investigate now, am very much an Easter traveller, thanks for the inspiration 🙂