Taking your kids with you on your travels is a great way to enlarge their perception of the world we live in. However, spending the whole holiday at the hotel pool won't necessarily give your offspring a real idea about what the destination is really about and how the locals live their life. For a deeper experience we encourage families to stay with a local family in a rural village for 3 or 6 nights during their holiday. Read below the reasons why we believe staying with a local family in a Duara village on your next family holiday will be an experience worth trying:

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 Iina & her daughter in Pha Mon, Thailand

Iina & her daughter in Pha Mon, Thailand

 Iina's children in Tung Lakorn, Thailand

Iina's children in Tung Lakorn, Thailand

 

1.
A chance for a new kind of travel experience and a better understanding of the local way of life

 

Staying in a local village for a few days is a great way to show your children that there are different ways to travel. In a truly authentic environment, without other tourists around, your family will have a chance to dive deeper into the local culture and experience the destination from the locals’ point of view.

For your kids this is an opportunity to learn about the country, its culture and local customs in a practical way – a much more memorable method of learning than reading about it in a textbook!  

 Duara co-founder Annika with her daughter in Neluwa, Sri Lanka

Duara co-founder Annika with her daughter in Neluwa, Sri Lanka

“We were warmly welcomed and I felt very safe throughout our stay as someone always had an eye on the children.”

Iina & her family with two kids (aged 6 & 8), Finland, February 2018.
3 nights in Pha Mon and 3 nights in Tung Lakorn in Thailand.
 

“The whole community was very interested in our family and we were welcomed warmly.”

Katja & her family with three kids (aged 2, 6 & 10), Finland, January 2018.
3 nights in Neluwa, Sri Lanka.
 

“Our baby girl got taken care of when we were busy with something or when she was just running around the house.”

Lauri & his family with one kid (aged 1), Finland, January 2017.
3 nights in Neluwa, Sri Lanka.
 

 Duara co-founder Annika with her daughter in Alagollewa, Sri Lanka

Duara co-founder Annika with her daughter in Alagollewa, Sri Lanka

 

2.
An opportunity to spend time together as a family, without modern distractions

 

Staying in a local village can be the perfect opportunity for you to take a break and disconnect your family from the busy outside world for a moment. While life at the villages is definitely not boring, it will be different compared to your normal everyday life.

The new surroundings and experiences will give you a chance to concentrate on the present moment and enjoy the time you spend together as a family. There is also a good chance that you will be without internet connection – a great reason to focus on your stay without any modern distractions!

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 Iina and her family in Tung Lakorn, Thailand.

Iina and her family in Tung Lakorn, Thailand.

 Annika, Lauri and their daughter in Tung Lakorn, Thailand.

Annika, Lauri and their daughter in Tung Lakorn, Thailand.

“Staying at the village was a perfect opportunity to relax and unwind together as a family for a few days after traveling around the country.“

Katja & her family with three kids (aged 2, 6 & 10), Finland, January 2018.
3 nights in Neluwa, Sri Lanka.

 

"We spent four nights in the village, me, my wife and our baby girl. But as time slows down when you are on the countryside without internet and the other attractions it felt like a week or two. And still, we would have wanted to stay longer.”

Lauri & his family with one kid (aged 1), Finland, January 2017.
3 nights in Alagollewa,  Sri Lanka.

 Katja's daughter in Neluwa, Sri Lanka

Katja's daughter in Neluwa, Sri Lanka

 

3.
A chance for your kids to try new activities and make new friends

 

Children tend to face the world with an open mind and healthy curiosity towards new acquaintances and experiences. This attitude is rewarded in Duara villages where the kids get to see and do things that are not available in tourist resorts. Learning how to milk a cow or seeing how the local delicacies are cooked are examples of the experiences that set a homestay apart from hotels.

As children have a capability of adjusting themselves to new environments, lack of common language with the local kids is usually not a problem. Activities such as playing sports or board games together are a great way to get to know the local kids. After all, the language of play is universal!

 The daughter of Lauri and Duara co-founder Annika in Alagollewa, Sri Lanka

The daughter of Lauri and Duara co-founder Annika in Alagollewa, Sri Lanka

 The daughter of Lauri and Duara co-founder Annika in Pong Nam Ron, Thailand

The daughter of Lauri and Duara co-founder Annika in Pong Nam Ron, Thailand

“What the kids enjoyed most was taking part in the normal daily activities, such as preparing food for the elephants, cooking and even washing the dishes.”

Iina & her family with two kids (6 & 8 years), Finland, February 2018.
3 nights in Pha Mon and 3 nights in Tung Lakorn in Thailand.
 

“The kids quickly made new friends without any prejudices, proving that lack of common language is not a barrier.”

Iina & her family with two kids (6 & 8 years), Finland, February 2018.
3 nights in Pha Mon and 3 nights in Tung Lakorn in Thailand.

 The daughter of Lauri and Duara co-founder Annika in Pha Mon, Thailand

The daughter of Lauri and Duara co-founder Annika in Pha Mon, Thailand

 The daughter of Lauri and Duara co-founder Annika in Pha Mon, Thailand

The daughter of Lauri and Duara co-founder Annika in Pha Mon, Thailand

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4.
Your kids will learn to appreciate better the everyday luxuries they have at home

 

The living conditions at Duara villages are adequate but simple and modest. There may not be any modern conveniences around and taking a shower could mean washing yourself with water from buckets. Experiencing a simpler way of life can be a valuable experience that will make your kids more grateful for all the amenities and possibilities they have at home.

An ordinary thing like limitless warm running water can suddenly feel like luxury!

Giving up some of the comfort your family is used to is a way to gain a different, authentic experience that will give some food for thought for the whole family.

 

“The kids didn’t mind the lack of modern comforts – they merely thought it made the stay more interesting and fun!”

Katja & her family with three kids (aged 2, 6 & 10), Finland, January 2018.
3 nights in Neluwa, Sri Lanka.

 The daughter of Lauri and Duara co-founder Annika in Tung Lakorn, Thailand

The daughter of Lauri and Duara co-founder Annika in Tung Lakorn, Thailand

 Katja and her daughter in Neluwa, Sri Lanka

Katja and her daughter in Neluwa, Sri Lanka

 Iina's son in Tung Lakorn, Thailand

Iina's son in Tung Lakorn, Thailand

 

5.
You and your kids will get a new view of the world and memories that will last for a lifetime

 

Seeing the real everyday life at the villages, experiencing the hospitality of the locals and participating in the daily activities will give each of your family member a chance to see the destination from a new angle and widen their perspective of the world we live in.

Diving deep into the local culture could spark up some interesting conversations in your family and the memories you make will stay with you for a lifetime.

“We started to feel like part of the family since day two and it was really hard to leave this place. We got the most heartwarming welcome and company during our stay.”

Lauri & his family with one kid (aged 1), Finland, January 2017.
3 nights in Alagollewa, Sri Lanka.

 The daughter of Lauri and Duara co-founder Annika in Pong Nam Ron, Thailand

The daughter of Lauri and Duara co-founder Annika in Pong Nam Ron, Thailand

 

Text Laura Kara. Photos by DuaraTravels, Katja and Iina.


Remember that children at the age 0-4 stay in Duara villages for free
and children at the age 5-15 for half the price.

We also encourage families with older children to contact us
directly at elina@duaratravels.com and ask for special group discounts.