There's much more to do in Pacific island paradises than just lie on a towel.
With mud, blood and insects on the menu, a Bear Grylls family survival course is no picnic for Ben Hatch and daughter.
Not many tourist spots boast of being dark and difficult to get to, but the Namib desert is one of a number of remote "Dark Sky Reserves" drawing in stargazers for a celestial safari.
You don't have to carry a tent to enjoy some of the best hikes in the world.
Australia offers myriad opportunities to get up close and personal with the oceans' most weird, powerful and mammoth animals.