23 Aug 2012
Setting out on a soft adventure
I’ve always liked a spot of adventure on holiday – almost anything in fact, as long as it got my heart racing without actually being too risky. Now, of course, every outing is currently something of an adventure (and requires more careful packing).
But hopefully once I start to get the hang of parenting (hopefully I will at some point get the hang of it!), it will be great to start adding an adventurous element. So I like the sound of Off The Map Travel’s ‘soft adventure’ holidays, designed for families, as a nice bridging option between adult adrenaline thrills and the reality of travel with kids.
For example, there’s a trip to Dalsland, Sweden’s Lake province in the west of the country, where you can try a zip line and high rope course, explore the water on a boat or kayak, cook on an open fire and sleep under the stars in a teepee.
Or on the sleepy island of Gozo, just off Malta, there’s abseiling, snorkelling and riding, as well as the chance to discover the island and its people on a foodie eco tour. And for older children, Aragon, in the Spanish Pyrenees, has paragliding, canyoning and white-water rafting.
All of which sound good to me. Even if I have to wait for Minnie to be able to support her own head (and a few more years on top) before we get to try them.