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2018 family holidays that make the world a better place

Namrata Bhawnani
3rd January 2018

Travel with kids has incredible benefits, both for their education and to gain quality time together as a family. More families are becoming interested in making their travel time as ethical as possible, with eco-holidays and child-friendly volunteering trips on the rise. We’ve discovered some amazing trips that will give you memories to last a lifetime, while leaving a legacy that will last longer.

1/11 All-inclusive family volunteering with elephants in Thailand

Teenagers aged 14 and older and their parents can enjoy a Jungle Book experience at this elephant rescue centre in the hills of Thailand. The 15 elephant residents will benefit from the volunteers’ help as they prepare the elephants’ food, feed them, bathe them in the river and walk them through the forest. The elephant refuge is part of a larger wildlife sanctuary that’s home to over 400 other animals such as macaques, gibbons, sun bears and more; this really is an animal-lover’s paradise! A national park and beach are within a 20 minute drive, so this is an ideal spot for a family holiday with a difference. This project is also involved with an educational campaign to teach children and local residents about animal care and activism against animal cruelty, as well as rehabilitation projects to try and release as many of the animals as possible back into the wild.

What’s included: All meals, local accommodation (home-stay or basic hotel), pre-trip support, transfers to and from Colombo airport, 24/7 support staff and training.

When: Seven days; dates to suit

Price: From £639 per person per week and £864 for a fortnight for 14-16 year olds; £739 per week and £924 for a fortnight for adults aged 16+ (dependent on dates).

Find out more and book at Responsible Travel

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