Bored with the same old beach holidays and sightseeing? What if you could go skiing on white chocolate mountains, or have a conversation with the countless bubbles, enjoying their trail above ground? How about travelling around on the back of turtles? If you ask kids about their dream vacation, they might narrate something similar.
With the summer season firmly upon us, how many holidays this year will include hotels made of doughnuts or underwater resorts ran by a team of friendly mermaids?
Lastminute.com and Ardleigh Green Junior School in Hornchurch, Essex, have recently collaborated to reveal what kids would include in their dream holidays. The youngsters of Year 5 class were asked to put their imagination on paper and explore what the perfect holiday would look like for them and their families. Afterwards, these concepts were brought to life through the art of 3D visualization and the results look spectacular and dreamy. Check out the winning concepts and explore the children’s designs versus their 3D visualizations as well as a carousel of some of the other ingenious destinations reckoned.
The Donutel or The Donut Hotel- Visit the sugar-laden lands of the sea-borne Donut Hotel where visitors can bungee jump from clouds, cheer on a fishy underwater football match or indulge in a sky-high dish at the Fluffy Flavours restaurant. Partially submerged beneath the waves and made up of three structures joined by ziplines, this sweet place is perfect for foodies. The fish who play football underwater is a must-see!
Paradise Hotel – Guests of the Paradise Hotel, an underwater sanctuary run by cheerful mermaids, can expect a happy holiday full of floating fruit, happy fishy friends and a princess castle to spend the night in. You can swim with mermaids and fruit spawns randomly so you always have plenty to eat. Most importantly, if you show up on Mondays, you have the chance to clean up rubbish and plastic to save the ocean – a very eco-conscious holiday! Isn’t it perfect for an eco-friendly traveller to try and protect the surrounding wildlife, something that we need at the time and age?
Pirate Island – Here it’s hard to say which of the options – the fire-breathing dragon, crashing asteroid, pirate ship, or three volcanoes are likely to destroy the area first. Perfect for adrenaline junkies, this pirate-themed adventure hotspot is an island brimming with palm trees, sandy beaches, and fire-breathing dragons. Take a tour around the island in a fully-functioning pirate ship or hike up Pirate Island’s trio of active volcanoes, but watch out for the incoming comets!
Fish Submarine– With easy access to riding dolphins, a kids club made to look like coral, and a portal directly to the nearest pineapple accommodation.
The Mount Everest Expedition– This holiday features not only the mountain itself, but also a sea conveniently adjacent to Everest, and a flying pig to take you to a cloud restaurant which has a sky-diving board.
Here’s what the children, whose concepts ended in the top three holidays had to say about their artworks:
Daniel B (10): “The special thing about my holiday was my drawing pad because my talent was drawing and I did my best work on it. I also did my best work on the little boat because ancient boats are very cool.”
Poppy J, (10): “The thing that makes my holiday special is that it is giving an important message to dumping rubbish and plastic into the oceans as it is killing wildlife in there, and it needs to stop. So I created a holiday based on the situation, and hopefully one day all creatures in the sea won’t be poisoned by plastic and rubbish.”
Sophie H, (10): “My inspiration was donuts because I do love donuts. I love how I had donuts and then a room with ladders climbing up to it.”
And this is what a teacher at Ardleigh Green Junior School had to say about the collaboration and idea behind it:
“When we told the kids that lastminute.com had approached us and we were going to be working together on a project, they were all so excited about coming up with their dream holiday ideas. Once pen was put to paper, they were left to their own devices and for their imaginations to run wild. We saw everything from a huge spaceship to lands inspired by sweet treats.”Miss Georgina Holmes, Year 5 teacher at Ardleigh Green Junior School:
When we’re children, there’s so much magic in the world, and a holiday can seem like an endless possibility of what you might see or do; from swimming at the bottom of the ocean to escaping volcanic flows to the safety of a giant doughnut. Riding dolphins and eating at cloud restaurants might seem a bit tricky, but this collaboration has brought the ideas a bit closer to reality and has given something worth waiting for.
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