Hop Skip Holiday

by Eddie Rayner

If you’re planning a quick getaway with the kids, check out these top three family destinations under five hours for all age groups.

Negombo, Sri Lanka: Toddler Takes On Travel

Flight time: 4 hours and 40 minutes

Take your little one on a wilderness journey and watch through their eyes as they excitedly connect with nature’s animals like baby turtles and blue whales.

Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
Visit a breeding ground for elephants where your toddler can witness them bathe in the river. From a baby elephant all the way to the matriarch of the herd, you get to interact with them all.
Price: AED26 – AED52
Suggested time: 3 hours

Tip: Don’t feel the need to pack a million toddler products with you. Milk and diapers are readily available at almost all grocery stores across the country.

Paphos, Cyprus: Being a Child with Your Child

Flight time: 3 hours and 40 minutes

A great story is always a way to bond with your kids, and what better tale than that of the alleged birthplace of the Greek Goddess, Aphrodite. Explore Paphos and it’s mythological stories of days passed.

Half-Day Jolly Roger Pirates Cruise
What better way to bond with your child than setting sail on a voyage including walking the plank and watching an action-packed pirate show.
Price: AED162 per person
Suggested time: 4 hours

Petra, Jordan: Trekking with Your Teen

Flight time: 3 hours and 30 minutes

Explore the ancient sandstone city of Petra by horseback or in the shadows of the moon by night. Either way this famous site is a place your teenager is sure to enjoy.

Lost City of Petra
Declared as one of the Seven Wonders of the World in 2019, this ride through time will leave your family in awe at the towering cliff walls of the Petra Mountains, the mystic caves, and the chilling ruins. Indiana Jones fans will especially feel the magic here.
Price: AED260 for a day pass
Suggested time: 6 hours

Tip: Don’t forget to stop by the Dead Sea for a mud bath – the fastest way to clear up your skin. Your teenager will love you for this.