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Family travel: 9 things we’ve learned

Free range children, bounce testers, Betwixmas... here’s our pick of what’s happening in the family travel world

Family travel: 9 things we’ve learned
The Raymond Blanc Gardening School

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1// Free range children
A survey by personal care brand Professor Scrubbington’s found many children miss out on the great outdoors. The brand has teamed up with The Bushcraft Company to launch the first ever, literary-inspired family nature camps.

2// Marmaris: Turkish delight
This Turkish seaside spot tops the Post Office’s annual Family Holiday Report — its Beach Barometer places it as the cheapest of 15 European destinations. It’s followed by the Costa del Sol, the Eastern Med and the Balkans.

3// You were young once
One in two Brits disappointingly want child-free flights, says the latest poll of 2,000 Brits by HolidayHypermarket.co.uk. A staggering 52% of us would opt for child-free flights, given the opportunity. Other pet hates: people taking up personal space (23%) and drunk passengers (21%).

4// Break the bank
Take the extended family away for Christmas and check out Wow House’s exclusive portfolio of big homes. Cotswold View Manor, set within a private 400-acre estate, has an infinity pool, three saunas and a cinema room. With eight luxury suites, it’s a snip at £24,000 for 22-26 December.

5// Parents rock
What do Britain’s kids love best about their summer break? Spending time with their parents (53%), followed by enjoying sunshine (50%), being outdoors (45%) and visiting new places (41%). Survey by cruiseshow.co.uk/birmingham.

6// Betwixmas travel
Activities Abroad’s family favourite, the Jeris Festive Fun in a Winter Cottage itinerary, is opening up for Betwixmas (that time between Christmas and New Year). Expect husky and snowmobile safaris, Northern Lights, sleigh riding and an ice pool. Departs 26 December.

7// Autumn trails
Great Rail Journeys reminds us: “Autumn is the perfect time to travel; not too hot and the landscapes are beautiful.” Some of the best train journeys include New England, New Delhi, Scotland, Sorrento, The Cotswolds, Nepal, Dubrovnik, Prague, Lisbon and Berlin.

8// Gardening is in
The Raymond Blanc Gardening School at Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons offers a dedicated children’s and adult gardening course. Learn how to sow seeds, look after plants, and the important role insects play in the garden. Courses begin in March 2018. From £225.

9// Bounce testers
I-escape’s junior reviewers have left no bed untested, bouncing their way through 900 hand-picked Kids Collection properties in Europe and further afield. How do we sign up to be a reviewer?

Published in the November 2017 issue of National Geographic Traveller (UK)