Handpicked long haul holidays for 2016

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It has never been easier to travel long haul. The hardest part is often deciding which destination will cater to your interests as well as those of everyone you’re travelling with; particularly if you are in a large group or, like increasing numbers of us, taking a trip with your immediate or wider family. This all-too-common dilemma was highlighted by recent research from American Express.  For example, the study** showed that British parents are forgoing new holiday experiences, like long-haul holidays (42%) or city breaks (26%) due to concerns about whether they can cater for all ages. However, considering something more adventurous isn’t as difficult as you think. To help you, we’ve partnered with American Express and selected five long haul destinations – all of which are family friendly and offer the sort of experiences you’ll never forget.


This stunning South American gem is a vibrant, lively destination that is very much on the up, proving popular with those wooed by its picturesque charms whilst remaining largely undiscovered by most. If you’re in beautiful Bogota, we recommend you try the popular, family-friendly Santa Fe Cafe & Restaurante. You’ll find tasty traditional food that really tells your taste buds you’re in South America, as well as more universal fare such as hamburgers, sandwiches and a very tasty sweet menu for the kids.


Australia and New Zealand might seem like more obvious destinations, but Tasmania is proving to be the surprise package when it comes to Oz’s art and food scene. For anyone looking to get away with those of all ages, we recommend Mount Wellington. For families who like to go on bike trips together, a ride around this mountain would be a trip to treasure.

Sri Lanka

Regarded by many travellers as one of the most beautiful countries on the planet, Sri Lanka feels like a proper holiday. After all, it boasts stunning scenery, an always-convivial atmosphere and rich wildlife. With eight World Heritage sites packed into the small island, there are jaw-dropping historical marvels to keep the adults happy while there’s rolling surf, elephant rides and even whale watching for the kids. 


You and your family can get a big, healthy dose of culture, history and spirituality in beautiful Japan. Meanwhile, Mandarake in Akihabara is a must visit for any teenage anime or manga fans. Then spot geishas in the Gion district, gasp at Mt Fuji’s mist-shrouded peak and feast on sushi.


India introduced e-tourist visas for British citizens in 2015, so it’s now easier for families to travel there.  Head to Madhya Pradesh, located in central India. It’s a magical land of abandoned cities, national parks and stunning wildlife with a myriad of temples and forts for adventurous kids to explore. Stay in Mahua Kothi within the breathtaking Bandhavgarh National Park for a bit of luxury.

Source references:

*Mintel: The Rise of Multigenerational Tourism in Europe, February 2015

**Research by American Express from 4 March to 8 March 2016 of a survey size of 2000 parents with children aged from 0 – 18 years of age


American Express helps smooth the path for family holidays

A family holiday needn’t be a compromise – long haul, multi-destination or city trips can all be manageable and fulfilling options for every age group. For help with making your choice, check out our mini travel guides to Long Haul Destinations, A to B Family Adventures and Emerging City Breaks, which have been designed to help you to get even more out of your trip, whoever you are travelling with and wherever it is that you’re going.

What’s more, if you’re an American Express Cardmember you have access to:

•Over-the-phone advice to get connected with an approved English speaking doctor or lawyer almost anywhere in the world, 24 hours a day, with Global Assist®¹

•Discounts or complimentary wine or treats when dining at any of 400 specially selected restaurants – each one has been specially handpicked by locals²

•The opportunity to redeem Membership Rewards® points on eligible car hire with Europcar, Hertz and Sixt³

For family travel tips and to find out how we could help you on your way, visit

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3. Only applicable to Cards enrolled in the Membership Rewards program. Terms and Conditions of Membership Rewards apply and can be found at Points are not earned on American Express Travellers Cheques, Foreign Exchange and other Account Charges including Membership Rewards fees and annual Card fees. 

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