General Manager of UTracks, Kate Baker, shares her love of adventure with her family
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.
Hi Kate Baker, what is your ideal family holiday?
My perfect family holiday is one that is both active and engaging.
What has been your favourite family holiday?
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.
Kate, what tips do you have for other parents when it comes to travelling with kids?
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.
Would you like to suggest an activity that every family should experience at least once?
Every family should experience dogsledding in the Arctic, trekking in Nepal, cycling in Spain … I can go on …
What tips do you have for other parents when it comes to travelling with kids?
My top tip for travelling with kids is to keep things fun, active and eye-opening.