Step out of the ordinary and into something magical this coming school break!

November 12, 2018

School’s nearly out and the countdown begins for the final bell to ring. Planning the highly-anticipated year-end family getaway can be tricky when accommodating the needs of the whole family, so whether your family is looking for adventure, a little bit of fairy tale magic or a journey of self-discovery and philanthropy, Agoda, one of the world’s fastest-growing online travel agents (OTA), has a huge selection of hotels and vacation home rentals to inspire holiday ideas that will give your family something to talk about long after the break is over! 

Walk on the whimsical side 

With a great selection of unique accommodation options, you might just find magical places to stay that are destinations in themselves. Take for example, Hằng Nga guesthouse in Da Lat, Vietnam, which is also known as the ‘Crazy House’ or ‘Fairy Tale House’. It’s a tree-trunk-like guesthouse that features rooms with different animal themes, winding staircases, a maze of pathways and bridges that lead you to panoramic views of the city. Imagine the delight on your kids’ faces when you tell them they will stay in a property that looks like it comes right out of a scene of a nursery rhyme. 

Live out a real-life Indiana Jones-style adventure 

Want to holiday like an action hero? Why not explore lost cities and the great outdoors such as the Inca City of Machu Picchu, high in the Andes in Peru. Touch down in Lima, Peru where Caza Azul will make an ideal basecamp for the family, then make your way to explore the dramatic landscapes of the Sacred Valley where activities such as mountain biking, trekking, horse-riding and river rafting abound. Finally, cap off the journey by exploring the mysteries of Cuzco and marvel at the ancient city of Machu Picchu. 

Become a local for a day (or two!) 

‘Eat where the locals eat, shop where the locals shop and sleep where the locals sleep’ – this travel philosophy will have you and your family experiencing and embracing life as the locals know it. Head to Seoul to get the full Korean experience. Start off by checking in to the Hanok 24 Guesthouse Gyeongbokgung, a traditional Korean-style homestay. Ask the guesthouse owners what their favourite local spots and family activities are, or better yet, have them plan your itinerary for the day! Yes, you heard us right – give your guidebooks a break and get the inside scoop from the locals themselves for an authentic experience. 

Make a Difference 

For a more meaningful family holiday, consider giving back to local communities by taking part in a volunteer experience or supporting a local non-profit that is guaranteed to leave a positive impact on your kids. Not only will this give the entire family a real hands-on understanding of local wildlife and communities, it is also a great way to bond! 

In Thailand, there are plenty of ethical elephant sanctuaries available like the Happy Elephant Home. Here the entire family can learn about humane animal treatment while also spending the day or afternoon preparing food, feeding and bathing the gentle giants! Relax and unwind in the rice field facing individual villas at the Phusanfah Resort, 30 minutes away.

About Agoda 

Agoda is one of the world’s fastest growing online travel booking platforms. From its beginnings as an e-commerce start-up based in Singapore in 2005, Agoda has grown to offer a global network of 1.8 million properties in 200 countries and territories worldwide. It offers travelers easy access to a wide choice of luxury and budget hotels, apartments, homes and villas to suit all budgets and travel occasions. 

Headquartered in Singapore, Agoda is part of Booking Holdings (Nasdaq:BKNG) and employs 3,700 staff across 53 cities in more than 30 countries. and the Agoda mobile app are available in 38 languages.

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