INSIDER INTERVIEW: Kate Baker (UTracks, General Manager)

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INSIDER INTERVIEW

Kate Baker

UTracks, General Manager

Kate and her family on a hiking holiday in Corsica in the Mediterranean

After being exposed to many different cultures travelling with her parents as a child – from trekking in the Himalayas when she was 12 to climbing Mt Kilimanjaro in Tanzania at age 15 – Kate Baker now loves sharing adventures with her own kids, Lachlan, 17, and Georgiana, 15. The general manager of World Expeditions brand UTracks, which offers guided and self-guided walking and cycling holidays in Europe, takes her children on trips at least a couple of times a year. The lucky teens have experienced everything from seeing the northern lights in Lapland to climbing volcanoes in Sicily; cycling through tea plantations in Kerala, India; crossing Corsica on foot and canoeing through the jungles of Borneo.

My ideal family holiday is… one which is active and engaging.

My fondest family holiday memory is… walking around Mont Blanc with my kids (then aged 8 and 10), leading the donkeys, and later at the refuge (mountain hut), seeing them play UNO with the other children, none of whom had English as their first language.

The clan in Iceland

Many family travellers are not aware that… kids are the best icebreakers and open doors to different travel experiences. The thing that makes a great family hotel or resort is… one that has a good vibe. For example, the Downtown Camper in Stockholm has a movie room, suspended nets to listen to music, yoga sessions, table tennis on every floor and my teens’ favourite: the best breakfast buffet, which runs until midday.

Every family should experience… dogsledding in the Arctic, trekking in Nepal, cycling in Spain … I can go on …

My top tip for travelling with kids is… keep things fun, active and eye-opening.

Angela Saurine
Angela Saurine
Angela Saurine is an award-winning travel and lifestyle writer and proud mum who lives in Sydney. She started out in journalism in local newspapers before setting off to explore the world for two years, living at Whistler ski resort in Canada and in London. On her return home, her passion for adventure led to a role as national travel reporter at News Corp Australia – a position she held for four years before embarking on a freelance career. She loves skiing, islands, expedition cruising, eco-tourism and Indigenous tourism.