Travelling to Tunisia as a family is one of those trips that offers the best of both worlds. Fun in the sun for kids of all ages, and plenty of culture and history to marvel at, all mean that there’s something in the delightfully diverse country for everyone to enjoy. In fact, there’s so much to do here that to get the most of your family vacation time, you’ll really need to plan in advance.
Starting to plan really early on includes deciding where you’re going to stay. Tunisia has a number of luxury hotels at your disposal, but before you go picking your bed by star rating it’s important to remember that Tunisia is large enough that getting around isn’t that simple. There’s no point booking a hotel on the country’s northern coastline if you’re burning to run barefoot over the dunes of the Sahara in the south. And when it comes to accommodation, you’re going to have a mammoth decision to make between independent hotels and whole resorts. Of course, if you want to go really traditional, why not book into a Bedouin campsite instead?
Yet another aspect of your Tunisian vacation that needs to be booked in advance, your choice of activities is nearly endless and needs some serious planning. Younger children will probably be happy with the hotel pool for a while, but for a great diversion, one of Tunisia’s many fabulous beaches should be enough to enthral even the most restless youth. Older children (and overexcited dad’s) can get to grips with a variety of watersports and adventure activities, while mum’s can enjoy some free time in one of the country’s fantastic spa’s.
Tunisia is one of those countries that positively oozes with historical tales and cultural events. The sand dunes of the Sahara reveal unique desert villages that are still inhabited today and which were once the focus of Bedouin trade. Further into the sands, and there are a number of cultural sites, including the UNESCO Kairouan Medina, which is still of significant religious importance today.
You’ve planned your holiday and you’re ready to set off, but there are still a few things to bear in mind. You’re travelling to a foreign country where the language may be a barrier. If you’re taking children with you, and especially if they’re very young, taking precautions regarding their health is of real importance. Make sure they wear some sort of identification tag such as a wristband or dogtag. It may seem overly paranoid, but if you get separated in the dizzying bustle of a Tunisian marketplace, you’ll be glad of the contact information they contain. Also, bear in mind the heat you’re likely to be experiencing – while sunbathing might be just what you’re needing, your children won’t thank you for days in the heat of the African sun. Make sure you pack plenty of hats, lotion and long sleeves, and try to plan afternoon activities that keep you in the shade.