Family adventure holidays

Why 2023 is a great year for big family adventure holidays

Last updated 17th January 2023

When it comes to planning 2023 holidays with Scott Dunn you can let your imagination run wild. Almost anything is possible. So if it’s your year for a big family adventure, we know just the people to make it happen.


Holidays with younger kids are easy to plan with Scott Dunn

How to plan your 2023 holidays with Scott Dunn

The team at Scott Dunn don’t just work in travel, it’s their passion. You can guess what they do in their free time. And, as most of them are parents too, they’re also creating a new generation of world travellers. With that kind of background, you can be sure everyone at Scott Dunn is dedicated to making sure your 2023 holidays are all about enjoying the experience and letting them take care of the details.

Scott Dunn has a talent for family adventures. So the planning of your adventurous 2023 holidays will be bold and imaginative and precisely tailored to your family. If you want awe-inspiring destinations this year, you’ll be amazed by how many extraordinary places the team know first hand. Alternatively, it might be time to introduce your kids to different cultures. Scott Dunn’s global network of great local guides lets you do just that, even in some of the most remote parts of the world.

Of course, because every adventure is individually tailored and your Scott Dunn travel expert is on hand before, during and after your trip, nothing is left to chance. Luxury is another constant you can rely on too. Even treehouses in the wilds of Costa Rica are luxurious. You can look forward to barefoot and beachy villas in the Maldives being beautifully boho, but thoroughly opulent. And as every tiny detail of your holiday is taken care of by Scott Dunn, you also have the luxury of not having to worry about a thing, no matter how big an adventure you have in mind for your 2023 holidays.

All the best family adventures start with a bit of inspiration, so here are just a few inspired ideas to get you thinking.


Look forward to exceptional childcare on Scott Dunn ski holidays 2023

Scott Dunn luxury ski holidays give parents more time to ski

Scott Dunn Explorers Kids Clubs take care of children from just four months. Right now you’ll find them at Val d’Isère and Courchevel which means it could be the perfect time to think about a ski-break with your pre-schoolers. Not only are resorts quieter during term time, you’ll have the pick of luxury hotels and chalets. As well as having freedom to ski yourself, the relaxed atmosphere is ideal for your little one’s first ski break. And if all that doesn’t sound tempting enough, you can also take advantage of lower costs outside school holidays.

Luxury ski holidays for families with pre-schoolers


Leopard seen on safari in Botswana

Is anything more adventurous than a family safari in Africa?

Family safaris are top of the list for adventure holidays 2023. When have they ever been anything else? Seeing the Big Five with your kids is an unforgettable experience for parents. Although on safari with Scott Dunn you can also see the Big Seven: lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and buffalo, Southern Right whales, plus Great White sharks. And spending time with local people and learning traditional skills, is yet another wonderful memory families get to make on Scott Dunn safaris.


Kwandwe Ecca Lodge, South Africa

Even babies can go wild on 2023 holidays in South Africa

Since there’s no lower age limit on safari holidays with Scott Dunn, you can enjoy the adventure with babies as easily as with teenagers. Older kids can witness rare species up close in Botswana. Bottle-feeding baby rhino is magical for younger children. And a trip into the wilds of Rwanda to observe mountain gorillas is the ultimate adventure for teens.

  • Scott Dunn’s choice of carefully curated partners and selection of remarkable luxury camps in malaria-free areas like South Africa makes it possible to safari with the youngest of kids. Kwandwe Ecca Lodge in the Eastern Cape is a great example. There’s no stinting on the wildlife experiences here, but gentle, warm, creative childcare means the holiday is ideal for kids from new-born to five years old.

  • Lewa Wilderness conservancy in northern Kenya’s Laikipia couldn’t be more fun for five to 10 year olds. The area is famous for its black and white rhino population, so the game viewing is remarkable. However, what makes this safari really exciting is the mix of wildlife experiences and fun activities tailored to the ages of your kids, ranging from bi-plane flights to swimming in the Ngare Ndare Forest and even camel riding.
  • Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe is the setting for Somalisa Camp. A great base for safaris with 10 to 15 year olds, it’s only a short drive from spectacular Victoria Falls and the dry season here falls during the UK school summer holidays. Not only is this by far the best time for game viewing, kids are guaranteed to see elephants up close, as the Somalisa swimming pool is a favourite drinking spot for these thirsty giants in June, July and August.
  • If you’re looking for a once-in-a-lifetime safari holiday with older teenagers, think about a stay at One & Only Gorilla’s Nest in Rwanda’s Virunga Massive. Here, the thrill of wild mountain gorilla trekking through incredible landscapes is paired with visits to local villages or hikes to spy on golden monkeys. And downtime consists of fun activities tailored to your interests, which can be anything from archery lessons and yoga classes to visiting some of Africa’s finest inland beaches on the shores of Lake Kivu.

Explore Scott Dunn’s safari experiences for 2023 holidays with kids of all ages


Enjoy the freedom of beach holidays with under fives

The beach is still the best type of adventure in 2023

Sand and sea are the biggest adventures for under-fives, and if you book 2023 holidays in May, June or September, you can have the beach almost all to yourself. It’s amazing what a difference it makes travelling during term-time and Scott Dunn are big fans of making the most of those precious pre-school years.

Although, there’s now a great incentive to plan a beachy summer holiday with older kids this year at some of Scott Dunn’s favourite hotels in Europe. Book before 31 January 2023 and you get half-price childcare for up to 2 children at Scott Dunn Explorers Clubs at Pine Cliffs in the AlgarveDaios Cove in Crete, and Costa Navarino in Greece. It’s a fantastic offer, especially when combined with Scott Dunn early booking discounts which are also available until the end of January 2023.

  • Short flights and sunny spring and autumn weather make the Mediterranean a great choice for easy breaks with younger kids.
  • Scott Dunn Explorers Kids Clubs in Greece, Cyprus and the Algarve care for kids as young as four months.
  • Mauritius and the Maldives both offer indescribably idyllic beach holidays and off-season travel is great value with Scott Dunn.
  • Scott Dunn Explorers Kids Club at Shanti Maurice in Mauritius is open year round for kids aged between four months and 11 years.
  • Niyama Private Islands in the Maldives is another great choice for a term time break with younger kids. Scott Dunn Explorers Kids Clubs here care for kids from 12 months to 12 years.

Take a look at Scott Dunn family beach holidays this year


Discovering Rome is more fun on Scott Dunn private tours

Capture the coolest culture in your 2023 holidays

An adventure doesn’t need to be action packed or remote. It can be an amazing train ride in Sri Lanka or a cruise down the Tiber.  Perhaps it’s a curated family tour of the Louvre or a village visit in Vietnam. It might even be a day on Spinalonga Island in Crete.

In fact it can be anything you want it to be and that’s all part of the fun of planning with Scott Dunn. As well as being experienced world travellers, the team are great listeners so just bring your ideas and take it from there.


Sigiriya, Lion Rock, Sri Lanka

Some cultured 2023 holidays to get you thinking

  • Combine Rome with Sicily’s volcanoes, villages and beaches on 10 days in Italy with kids.
  • Sri Lanka is a complex and beautiful country which Scott Dunn’s 12-night private tour makes amazingly accessible for families.
  • Nowhere has island hopping down as well as Greece. Travel from Athens to the most authentic of the Cyclades on this 9-night Greek Islands holiday.

See top 10 family adventures for 2023 holidays


Sunrise, Palm Springs, California

Top family adventure destinations for 2023 holidays

Sometimes the best adventure just comes down to that place you’ve always wanted to see. Here are a few of the fantastic destinations Scott Dunn recommend for families this year.

    • Scott Dunn Ecuador & Galapagos adventure mixes wonderful wildlife with fun activities and even a hint of the Amazon.
    • If this is the year you can’t resist the call of sloths and cloud forests, follow your heart on a private tour of Costa Rica tailored to your family.
    • A two centre holiday,  Thailand With Kids adventures around both Bangkok and Koh Samui.
    • Family Fun in Japan capitalises on that knowledge to create an awesome experience from Tokyo to Kyoto.
    • Scott Dunn 2023 holidays in Vietnam are carefully designed to balance activity, culture and downtime.
    • Ultimate Family Fun in California ticks every box from iconic cities to phenomenal national parks, classic road trips and theme parks.

Discover more summer destinations for 2023 holidays

Ready to start planning your next big family adventure? Visit Scott Dunn and find out where you should be going in 2023 and how easy it is to get there.