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Your (free) guide to the top travel destinations for families with babies, teens and everyone in between.
[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]No two families are alike. So, why do so many family vacation packages and tours look the same? At Our Whole Village, we think vacation opportunities should be just as varied and creative as the families who take them! That’s why, today, I’m shining a spotlight on distinct types of family travel. That way, you can find the best fit for your family’s unique interests and needs.
Here are my favorite tips for choosing the best vacation destinations with kids.
The way people like to travel differs as much as their personalities. For example, some families prefer traveling off-the-beaten-path while others go with an agenda. Many want to cross specific items off their bucket list. Still other families focus on luxury, small group, or multigenerational travel. No matter your family’s unique style, there’s a trip for you.
Travel by Style Activities:
Does it feel like your kids are always on the go-go-go? Take advantage of their seemingly endless wells of energy by embarking on fun family getaways filled with action. Adventure and active travel vacations are ideal for families who are already on the move but want to up the ante on vacation. And don’t let the term “adventure travel” turn you off. Instead, tailor your travel adventure to your fitness and comfort levels as well as your children’s ages.
Active Travel Activities:
Do you yearn to use your precious vacation time as a family to expand your children’s horizons? Do you long to show them how incredibly diverse people, places, and cultures throughout the world? Then, a culturally-immersive vacation is the perfect fit for your family.
When it comes to vacations to take with kids, exploring new cultures together through hands-on, authentic experiences probably rank high on your list. These culturally-immersive experiences not only reveal the real heart of your destination to you, but they also let you open your heart in return. You can even use your vacation as a chance to give back to the communities you visit!
Culturally-Immersive Travel Activities:
If your family needs a kid-friendly getaway to recharge and reconnect, consider a slow travel vacation. On a slow travel vacation, you’re less concerned about checking off all the boxes than exploring together, on your own terms. Typically, you’ll stay in one central location for the duration of your vacation, rather than packing up and moving to a new destination every couple of days. Relaxing while reconnecting — what could be better?
Slow Travel Activities:
Children who learn to respect wildlife from a young age are more than just mini environmental stewards. They’re also more considerate and kinder all around. Help foster these traits by taking your family on a wildlife viewing vacation.
Wildlife Viewing Activities:
Depending on the age of your children, certain travel destinations prove more suitable than others. For example, babies and toddlers require a slower pace with lots of stops along the way. But school-aged kids thrive on constant action, so they appreciate trips planned around exploration and adventure. (As long as it’s at the pace of their shorter legs.) Here are some unforgettable kid-friendly destinations to visit by age 8.
Preteens or tweens have more physical stamina and long for greater independence. They love trips where they can help with the planning. Teens thrive on family vacations to “cool” destinations where there are lots of opportunities for cultural exploration, visiting pop culture touchstones, and social media-worthy photos. Here are some more great places to visit with tweens and with teens.
If you have kids of different ages, you’ll have to do a little negotiating. But a family-friendly travel company can help you find the ideal location and activities to satisfy kids of multiple ages.
Travel by Age Activities:
Did you know that for every $100 spent by tourists in developing countries, the local economy only sees about $5? It’s time to change this trend, and you can help. Make a decision today to support travel companies that specialize in transformative family adventures that make the world a better place. Here are some examples of how Our Whole Village is restructuring the tourism dollar model so that local communities benefit:
Travel with a Purpose Activities:
No matter where you choose to go, always keep the principles of green travel in mind. Also known as “sustainable travel” and “eco-friendly travel,” green travel describes the practice of sustainable traveling habits. It means staying conscious of the well-being of the places you visit and opting to use more eco-friendly resources.
That said, there is so much that goes into green travel, from where you sleep to how you travel and the activities you do in a destination. As a result, it can seem daunting to know if you’re being eco-friendly or not. Fortunately, CarRentals has compiled handy tips to help you stay on track. Check out their ultimate guide to green travel below, which puts the principles of green travel together in one spot. Following these golden rules can help you be much more sustainable in your travels while enjoying the beauty of the world, wherever you go.
Of course, you can combine elements of the above vacation types to create the ultimate, customized escape for your family. Many families have diverse interests — if you’re one of them, search for itineraries that have the right mix of adventurous activities, culturally-immersive moments of discovery, and plenty of time for laid-back relaxation.
At Our Whole Village, we create transformational trips for curious families who want to create lasting memories while making a difference. We’re here to help you and your family experience the world, its people, and its cultures. Contact us today to learn more about the unforgettable experiences that we handcraft for adventure-seeking families just like yours.
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