Teenagers often get a bad rep for being tricky travel companions; notoriously hard to please when it comes to family trips.
While they’re not all like that, we’ve designed a range of teenage-specific itineraries (for kids aged 10 and up) that yours will love. Adventurous, active and with plenty of outdoor family time; they’ll keep everyone happy (and away from their phones). Think trekking in the Himalayan foothills or seeking out the Big 5 in Kruger National Park – welcome to destinations without the drama.
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The clue’s in the title. These trips are for families only (including any aunts, uncles or cousins who’d like to come along, of course). As long as you’re travelling with a child under the age of 18, you’re a family in our eyes. Plus, unlike other travel companies, children aged 17 years and younger receive a 10% discount off the price of their trip.
Travel with other families
Travelling the Intrepid way is a bit like travelling with a group of friends. These trips are made up of 3–5 like-minded families, and the kids tend to hit it off straight away, allowing you to enjoy some well-earned R&R. We often find the whole family ends up making friendships with people from all over the world, staying in touch long after the adventure ends.
Small group sizes
Intrepid’s family group sizes are small enough to avoid the crowds and reach some out-of-the-way places, but big enough for a good social mix. Our average group size of 10 allows us to hop aboard local boats, buses or trains, eat at friendly, family-run restaurants and kick back in traditional accommodation and homestays.
We know the biggest challenge on a family trip is keeping the kids entertained. So we’ve planned in advance. Nearly all of our hotels feature pools, and each day has a great mix of action-packed adventure and flexible free time. Your local leader can also suggest activities based on your kid’s hobbies or school curriculum.
Our leaders are specially trained to run family adventures, so you’re well taken care of. You can also rest easy knowing we conduct safety assessments on all our activities to meet local standards as well as our own comprehensive safety policy.
We strive to use travel as a force for good. That’s why we choose to give back to the communities we visit, carbon offset all our trips and take our social and environmental responsibilities seriously. We’ve been officially certified as the world’s largest travel B Corp, which means when you choose Intrepid Travel, you can rest assured you’re travelling to improve the planet.
Your teen doesn’t have to be a history buff to be blown away by ancient Angkor Wat. You’ll all enjoy exploring Ta Prohm – the root-covered jungle temple made famous by Tomb Raider – and Bayon – with its 54 towers decorated with over 200 enigmatic smiling faces.
Follow in the footsteps of brave explorers on a four day hike to Machu Picchu – the lost city of the Incas. Take in sweeping views of the Sacred Valley, hike through moody cloud forests and discover ancient ruins and villages before arriving at the famous Sun Gate overlooking the city.
Imagine falling asleep to the sounds of the African bush? The howl of a hyena, the distant trumpet of an elephant, the hum and buzz of insects. Spend two nights at an authentic bush camp on an island in the Okavango Delta. There are no bells and whistles here (no toilets, either!) – just you, your family, and the great outdoors.
There’s so much to love about a family holiday in Bali – it’s equal parts relaxing and exhilarating! And the adventure doesn’t get much better than white-water rafting along the Ayung River. Buckle up your life jacket, grab your paddle, and get set for an excellent adventure through rainforests, gorges and rice paddies.
We put a lot of care into choosing the accommodation we stay in, avoiding the big chain hotels in favor of locally run establishments offering a unique experience. Whether it's a rustic homestay in Thailand or a log chalet in South Africa, we choose good quality operators where most rooms will feature ensuites and air conditioning is standard. Wherever possible we pick hotels that provide triple or quad rooms and always try and offer conjoining rooms when they are available.
One of Northern Vietnam’s top nature escapes, Mai Chau and its rice fields and stilt houses play host to many minority groups, notably the White Thai people. Enjoy a night of friendly cultural exchange and tuck into a homemade banquet lovingly prepared by the locals.
It doesn’t get much better than a night on a traditional Turkish sailboat in the Mediterranean. All bedding is provided, decks have ample space for star-gazing, and with a bit of fresh water available to rinse off the salty stuff, you’ll be perfecting that stylish Euro hairdo in no time.
A beautiful mountain retreat run by the same family for seven generations, this comfortable lodge has a nice green lawn on which to relax and admire the mountains from, and optional yoga on offer for those interested. It’s a treat to come home to after a solid hike in the Himalayas.