At Our Whole Village, we plan meaningful vacations for families who want to create lifelong memories and show their kids the world in a more conscious and intentional manner.
We help families take meaningful vacations so that they can escape everyday life, show their kids the world and make lifelong memories - with care, confidence and peace of mind.
Your (free) guide to the top travel destinations for families with babies, teens and everyone in between.
Now that we’re getting into the rhythm of 2022, it’s time to think about resolutions. But not like the self-help style New Year’s resolutions that you’re used to. Nope, we’re talking specifically about family travel resolutions. As the world continues to reopen and reinvent itself, focusing on these resolutions will help your family reconnect with your love of travel. It’ll also prepare you for getting back into the mix of global adventuring.
Here are five compelling and adventurous resolutions to incorporate into your 2022 family travel plans.
Unfortunately, 2020 and 2021 marked a long trail of cabin fever punctuated by interrupted travel plans. Most families haven’t ventured internationally for years. So, it makes sense to plan a vacation that lets you make up for missed holidays.
The travel industry has already seen a significant uptick in around the world (RTW) itineraries as well as those with a regional focus. What these approaches to travel share, no matter your itinerary, are a laser-like focus on maximizing your travel time and experiences. Fine examples of this approach to globetrotting include cultural-treasures tours and wildlife safaris. Find out more about the nuts and bolts of building an RTW family vacation.
The COVID-19 pandemic nixed many family gatherings in 2020 and 2021. But you don’t have to wait until the next big holiday to get your crew together again. Pick a destination you’ve all longed to see, and then rent a home or villa to serve as your vacation base. For example, Villas of Distinction offer well-appointed oceanfront properties on Saint John and Saint Bart’s. They also rent homes near the Mayan ruins of Mexico and along Costa Rica’s rainforest-covered coastline.
No matter where you choose to go, having a home base means you won’t have to repack your bags every few days and move from hotel to hotel. Instead, you can focus on immersing yourself in local culture. Each villa sits ideally located to maximize adventure in easy walking distance. And day trips will further enrich your experiences.
One of the most beneficial things to come out of the past two years is the acceptance of remote working. Remote work policies have already attracted many individuals to explore new destinations and lifestyles. As a result, the desire for immersive experiences has increased dramatically. Instead of tiny bites of a given destination, these individuals and families are opting to stay in one location for extended periods, really getting a sense of what it’s like to live like a local.
Extended-stay options abound, organized by travel companies like Onefinestay and Cuvée with its ultra-luxury villa collection. Options are matched to each family’s style, whether you’re looking for a stay in London’s Notting Hill or a rustic retreat on horse property in Aspen, Colorado. Take your vacation from ordinary to extraordinary by working with a family travel advisor who can match you with museum tours, personal chefs, art experts, and activities each member of your family will adore.
Leave the mundane behind on a trip to the seventh continent, Antarctica. You’ll find more travel options than ever before, from new cruise ships to opportunities to fly (rather than sail) the Drake Passage, notorious for its choppy waters. Enjoy incredible opportunities to learn about the ecology of this intrepid land while taking in the otherworldly silence of the continent, punctuated by the occasional cracks of breaking ice. Check out the highlights from our recent family trip to Antarctica.
Cruises worth considering include National Geographic’s 126-passenger Endurance, Ponant’s 245-passenger Commandant Charcot, and Seabourn’s 264-passenger Venture. The Endurance boasts an X-bow design that makes rough sea crossings smoother, and its start-of-the-art interior includes infinity Jacuzzis. As for the Commandant Charcot, this hybrid-electric ship consists of a high-end restaurant showcasing the cuisine of Alain Ducasse, the Michelin-starred chef. The Venture includes two six-passenger submarines, which make a variety of unique excursions possible. Or, head out with Atlas Ocean Voyages for the kid-friendly adventure of a lifetime.
Home-cooked meals became necessary in 2020 and 2021 when many of us found ourselves stuck at home without an end in sight. This required honing your skills and trying new recipes. Why not take it to the next level by going on a family vacation centered around learning to cook local cuisine? Destinations where you can learn how to cook vary greatly and offer a wide variety of unforgettable experiences.
For example, at the Hotel d’Angleterre in Copenhagen, Denmark, learn how to whip up authentic Danish pastries and open-faced sandwiches known as smørrebrød. Or head to The Grand, York in England to master the art of baking fruit scones, mince pies, and sweet and savory tarts for a proper tea time. Our Whole Village also specializes in incredible opportunities to cook with local chefs in Peru, Ecuador, and Brazil, among other destinations. Find out more about how we incorporate learn-to-cook travel into our family vacation itineraries.
Make 2022 the best travel year ever with one or more of the resolutions listed above. Whether you decide to take the leap and start planning an RTW family travel experience or you prefer to dive into mastering international cuisine on a learn-to-cook vacay, you’ve got many wonderful options to choose from. The same goes for those looking to take advantage of remote work options or longing to catch up with family. And if you’re after a genuinely epic family adventure, consider booking a cruise to Antarctica.
Ready to jumpstart your 2022 travel plans? We can help. Let’s talk about your family travel resolutions for this year and how we can help you bring them to life.
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