Are we there yet?

the Wade family in PeruPicture this – you spend your youth backpacking, discovering some of the world’s most remarkable locations and getting away from the tourist traps. Then you get a little older, fall in love and soon you’re a parent – surely your days of adventure are behind you, right? Wrong!

In fact, Intrepid Travel is proving that travelling with kids can be even more rewarding than travelling solo. Intrepid’s co-founder Darrell Wade says that travelling with his family has opened up a whole new way of discovering the world; however, initially he was worried that his backpacking days were over…

“The same year I co-founded Intrepid, my wife and I co-founded our family. A travel company and kids both seemed like great ideas, but are families and real travel mutually exclusive? Would I ever get the backpack out again? Would kids destroy the incredible joy I have had from travel over the years? Anna and I were a little concerned.”

“My concerns have long since vanished. Our 3 kids all had passports by the time they were out of nappies and now have all done multiple trips around the world – some they can’t even remember. Let me tell you that families and travel do mix. We’ve had a great time together and grown closer as a family through our travel, but that’s not to say that it’s all easy. It requires a slightly different style than if you were without kids – a little more comfort at times (such as a pool) and some different activities (swap the museum for an elephant ride).”

And what does Darrell think is the best part of travelling as a family? “The absolute best thing about travel with children is that some extra doors open to you because I think you seem a bit more real and approachable to the locals. And you can see your kids grow too – they get new skills and a greater appreciation of the wonderful and varied world we live in. They’re happy to leave the Playstation behind and accept whatever new things come their way – kids are so much more adaptable and accepting than us grown-ups!”

It was from this philosophy that Intrepid’s Family Adventures were born. Designed to give families maximum adventure with minimum hassle, these trips have become a huge success. Intrepid is proving that adventure travel doesn’t have to end when you start a family. In fact, with a bit of additional planning and a flexible attitude, having a family means the adventure has just begun!

About the author

Sue Elliot - Like many of us, Sue contracted a serious travel bug at an early age. She's visited over 90 countries in search of a cure, but her wanderlust just seems to get worse. Thankfully at Intrepid Travel she's amongst people who understand the affliction and since 1998 Sue has enjoyed being our blog and newsletter editor. Here you'll find helpful travel advice and inspiring tales from Sue and other Intrepid travellers.

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