This article was originally published on the flight comparison site Skyscanner.
Family time is fleeting and therefore precious.
And during school holidays, people want to plan trips that maximise their time together.
This handy Skyscanner guide is set to help you identify the perfect vacation destination for your family during this year's school holidays.
1. For adventurous families: Colombo
Did you know the word "serendipity" derives from an old name for Sri Lanka?
This island paradise has so much to offer travellers: jungle tours, idyllic beach retreats, diving, surfing, and don't forget the delicious food. Discover this south Asian phoenix rising from the ashes of its turbulent history to take its place as one of the best destinations in the region.
2. For outback families: Adelaide
Start in bustling Adelaide for a cup of flat white and a taste of Australian city life. From there, go north! First, head to Uluru in the outback for a glimpse of one of the natural wonders of the world. After that, stop by Kata Tjuta, Nitmiluk National Park and more fantastic outback sights.
Eventually, you'll end up in Darwin, where you can take a heart-pounding swim with enormous saltwater crocodiles at Crocosaurus Cove. Fear not, you'll be safely enclosed in a plexiglass enclosure, so there's no risk of being chomped.
3. For otaku families: Osaka
Is your family crazy for sushi, sake and everything else Japanese? Then consider spending your next school holiday in the Kansai region. You can get your ninja fix in Koga, do your shopping in Osaka, go for a serene spiritual retreat in Nara, sip tea with geisha in Kyoto, and more.
Kansai's got everything that Tokyo has and more. Here you'll find cultural heritage, modernity, high fashion, and everything else. Live out your samurai fantasies in Osaka, dressing up like the heroes of yore and kicking butt as a team!
4. For road warrior families: Phoenix
If COE prices have got you down, and you're sick of being stuck taking the bus everywhere... for your next family trip consider taking part in an age-old American tradition: the Road Trip. Head to Phoenix, hop into your rental RV, and merge onto the highway to adventure.
America's Southwest is home to some of its most jaw-dropping natural beauty, such as the Grand Canyon, Zion National Park, and Arches National Park, ancient sites of mystery like Chaco Canyon and Roswell, and of course, Vegas, with its myriad of options for both adults and families. Time to rent a car and hit the road!
5. For classicist families: Vienna
Want more culture in your life? Europe is the perfect place for it.
Vienna is a gorgeous slice of European sophistication that has something to offer everyone in your family. You'll have a chance to expose your loved ones to classical art, opera, castles, history and fine cuisine.
Beyond the city itself, you'll be able to take day trips up the Danube, and the wonders of Hungary, Slovakia and Czech Republic are short train rides away.
6. For beach families: Fiji
Fiji has everything you demand in your vacation destinations. Resorts are top notch, and offer diving, surfing, or just lounging on the beach.
Fiji is one of the jewels of the south pacific and you're sure to find the right resort for your family. After all, you work hard, and you deserve to be waited upon hand and foot. The emerald ocean lapping against the pristine white sand looks lovely, doesn't it? Grab your suntan lotion and a good beach book, and you're all ready!
7. For do-gooder families: Manila
One phenomenon booming in the 21st century is volunteer travel. For families who want to make a positive impact on the world, this represents the perfect way to spend their vacation time doing something meaningful and fulfilling to help others.
There is no shortage of opportunities for this in the Philippines, ranging from working in women's shelters and teaching English in under-served communities to rebuilding villages destroyed by cyclones. If your family has an urge to save the world one project at a time, find an option that suits you on GoAbroad and then come back to Skyscanner to find the best price on tickets to Manila.
8. For laid-back families: Malaysia
You don't have to travel very far for a rewarding vacation experience. Just cross the border for some good times at Johor, with its smorgasbord of fun activities for families, which include Sanrio Hello Kitty Town, Legoland, Endau Rompin National Park, outlet shopping and more.
Once you've had enough of peninsular Malaysia, head north to the islands of Redang Archipelago, where your family can enjoy celebrity treatment in a five-star resort, relaxing and enjoying your time together.