Dubai, 4 May 2015: It’s the transitional age between childhood and being a teen and when Romeo Beckham turned twelve last year, he had travelled the world more than most children.Inspired by this, British Airways has compiled a dozen ‘holiday must do’s’ to achieve by the time you’re twelve years old – from burying your sibling in the sand, to going beyond the big screen in Singapore and jumping on the giant piano in New York!
Additionally, to offer customers affordable travel options and book their ‘holiday must do’s’, British Airways will run a sale across its World Traveller and Club World cabins from 4 to 6 May, allowing for travel until 30 Nov 2015.
1. Go BIG in New York
You don’t have to be a child of the eighties to appreciate playing chopsticks on the giant piano at toy shop FAO Schwarz in New York. Made famous in the Tom Hanks film ‘Big’ it’s still as popular today as it was 25 years ago.
2. Take a selfie with Mickey Mouse
Disneyworld is a once in a lifetime holiday that should be documented in a selfie with Mickey Mouse. Disneyland Paris is a short flight away from London but for the original and best check out Disneyworld Florida. Return fares on World Traveller from Dubaito Florida via London Heathrow start from as little as AED 3185* and return fares on Club World start from as little as AED 13975*.
3. Get a pen pal
Whether it’s Jean-Luc from La Rochelle, or Nicos from Mykonos, the childhood pen-friend is a pleasure not to be missed. On the next holiday abroad, join the local ‘Kids Club’ where you’ll be sure to find an international friend for life.
4. Je voudraisun ‘pain au chocolat’
It’s a rite of passage for all children to ask for a ‘pain au chocolat’ in broken French. Who cares what it is, or if you even want it, you spoke the local lingo! It’s simple and tasty and is a common breakfast food when you in France. Return fares on World Traveller from Dubaito Paris via London Heathrow start from as little as AED 2355* on World Traveller and Club World fares from as little as AED 10445*.
5. Game of Bones
London’s Natural History Museum is an impressive place to visit. Stare in wonder at the dinosaurs that once ruled the Earth, before raiding the gift shop for keepsakes. Return fares on World Traveller from Dubai to London Heathrow start from as little as AED 2285* on World Traveller and Club World fares from as little as AED 10465*.
6. Go beyond the big screen
Visit Hollywood, Madagascar, New York, Sci-Fi city, ancient Egypt, the Lost World, New York or an enchanted land far away all in one day at Universal Studios in Singapore. If that’s not enough, visit the S.E.A Aquarium, meet the Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins and much more at Resorts World Sentosa.
7. Make a splash!
Feeling brave? Take on the gravity-defying waterslide on your next trip to the UAE. Sure, you’ll scream the whole way down, but it’s SO much fun! The Aquaventure Waterpark at the Atlantis Palm, Dubai is fantastic for families.
8. Stay Classy
San Diego Zoo is a hit for kids and big kids. While Dads pretends to be Ron Burganday from ‘Anchorman’, you can spend the day marvelling at the pandas, wombats, gorillas, komodo dragons and other amazing creatures. Return fares on World Traveller from Dubaito San Diego via London Heathrow start from as little as AED 4445* on World Traveller and Club World fares from as little as AED 17235*.
9. Just one Gelato
When it comes to ice-cream, there’s no place like Rome. Insist to the grown up’s that it’s a well-deserved treat and part of the ‘cultural experience’ after being dragged around sightseeing all day. Return fares on World Traveller from Dubaito Rome via London Heathrow start from as little as AED 2335* on World Traveller and Club World fares from as little as AED 10265*.
10. Scream if you want to go faster
There’s nothing more exhilarating than the scariest scary ride at a theme park. Whether it’s Disneyland in Paris or Florida or whether it is Alton Towers in the UK, take it on, before you’re too old!
11. Head in the sand
It’s the essential holiday photo everyone should have and will serve as a classic memory in years to come. No trip to the beach is complete without burying your parent or guardian in the sand, leaving their head out to capture on camera.
12. Rule the world at KidZania
Imagine a world where children are in charge – that’s the concept behind KidZania, and the reason why millions of children visit their mini-cities offering ‘education and entertainment’ all in one. A massive hit all over the world, the nearest inthe Middle East are in Dubai and Kuwait. The London version opens in 2015.