Focus: 5 family trips to take if you won the lottery


5 family trips to take if you won the lottery

Where would you take your family if you won the lottery? From theme parks to visiting Santa, here are 5 family trips to take if you won the lottery.

Imagine you won the lottery, where would you take your family for a dream holiday? What bucket-list adventures would you plan if money was no object? From meeting Santa in Lapland to discovering dinosaur bones in Utah and going theme-park crazy in Florida, here are five of the ultimate family trips to take if you won the lottery.

Theme park fun in Florida
A trip to Orlando, Florida, is the stuff that kids’ dreams are made of. Highlights include Universal Studios’ Wizarding World of Harry Potter, seeing rockets at the Kennedy Space Center and of course, visiting Walt Disney World. A two-week trip would leave space for chill-out days at the beach, an Everglades airboat trip and time to cool off at water parks like Disney’s Blizzard Beach.

To make the trip extra magical, you can stay in a Disney hotel, organise a character breakfast where the kids can meet their Disney heroes and buy express passes or VIP packages to cut the queues. Then there are the parades, shows and nightly firework displays over the iconic Disney Castle to enjoy.

A white Christmas in Lapland
For the ultimate Christmas treat, head to Finnish Lapland to experience a snow-covered winter wonderland. Take sleigh rides through pine forests dotted with frozen lakes surrounded by snow-topped mountains. As you’re in the Arctic Circle you also have the chance of spotting the Northern Lights, a truly bucket-list experience.

For younger kids, the trip is all about meeting Santa and his elves, while older members of the family will love the chance to test out snowmobiles, take a husky sleigh ride, explore otherworldly igloos, ski and go sledging. The picture-perfect trip would include a stay in a traditional log cabin in the woods.

Dream safari in Kruger Park
Kruger Park in South Africa is one of the world’s most famous wildlife reserves. A safari would give you the chance to see Africa’s big five: the elephant, lion, buffalo, leopard and rhinoceros. You’ll get to see these animals in their natural habitat along with other wildlife including monkeys, hippos, giraffes and all types of birds.

Luxury lodges in the Kruger Private Reserves are perfect for families and offer Jeep safaris, guided nature walks and night drives. Better still, the park is conservation driven and preserved by the South African National Parks organisation. Kruger Park covers nearly 20,000 square kilometres of plains, forests and mountains and is just several hours from Johannesburg.

A lavish Royal Caribbean International Cruise
A cruise is the perfect, lavish family getaway. Royal Caribbean cruise ships sail all over the world, from Europe to Asia, the Caribbean, Scandinavia and North America and are great for families with kids of all ages. Ships feature pools with water slides and toddler splash zones, as well as flow rider surf simulators and hot tubs. Choose from dozens of dining options that range from New York pizza to fancy restaurants.

There are kids’ clubs, in-cabin babysitting services and teen rooms, as well as activities to keep the whole family busy. These include 3D theatres and evening shows, rock climbing walls, ice skating rinks, arcades, sports courts and spas. On a lottery-style budget you could afford the Ultimate Family Suite on the Symphony of the Seas which includes an air hockey table, TV room and balcony with whirlpool.

Dinosaur discoveries in Utah
Utah, USA, is a great place for an outdoor family adventure. Camp under the stars in one of the state’s National Parks such as Zion or Snow Canyon, where you can cycle along trails and explore incredible rock formations. The state also boasts adventures like white-water rafting and zip lining, as well as Grafton Ghost Town and acres of rocky desert scenery.

Utah is one of the world’s hotspots for dinosaur discoveries and throughout the state you’ll find dinosaur tracks, fossils, bones and attractions. Check out the largest collection of Jurassic bones ever found at Clevelaned Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry, view dinosaur fossils embedded in rocks at Dinosaur National Monument and follow the Warner Valley Dinosaur Tracks.

Where would you take your family if you won the lottery?