You want to explore the world with your family and create memories your kids will remember, but sometimes it can be a challenge to decide where to go and what to do. The following vacation ideas are great for families, and they are a great starting point for trip planning.
1. Go on the Original Western Vacation at a Dude Ranch
Escape the crowds of your urban or suburban life and take some time out at a dude ranch. Dude ranches provide a special brand of western hospitality you won’t find anywhere else in the world. A wide variety of activities are offered, including horseback riding, gold panning, mountain biking, fishing, hiking, rock climbing, bird watching, petting zoos, cattle ranching, campfire sing-songs, yoga, and zip-lining. Many dude ranches also have structured children’s programs that allow parents time on their own to participate in the activities that they are interested in. Certain dude ranches are also all-inclusive, providing accommodations, meals, and most activities in one price.
2. Set Sail on a Cruise
Cruises are a great way to experience multiple destinations in a single trip. You only have to unpack once and the accommodations, food, most entertainment and certain onboard activities are included in the cruise fare. Plus, many cruises have supervised kids’ clubs, so mom and dad can take some much-needed time to relax. Cruises feature a wide variety of onboard activities as well as many family-friendly excursions. There’s something everyone in your family will enjoy on a cruise!
3. Take a Family Safari
Safaris can include walking through the wilderness, driving in 4×4 vehicles through the savannah or flying in aircraft above the wildlife. A family safari is tailored to be interactive for everyone and to keep the excitement of wildlife spotting alive during the whole experience. These trips are a great way to expose your kids to nature and wildlife without having to worry about them becoming bored. A variety of accommodation options are offered, from basic tents through to luxury safari camps and lodges in various exotic destinations.
4. Learn to SCUBA
Combine the relaxation of a beach vacation with the accomplishment of learning a new skill! Imagine being able to swim next to a variety of aquatic life while learning more about the ocean environment. SCUBA diving also encourages valuable life skills, such as working with others and being adventurous. It may also provide your family with a new hobby that you can enjoy together for years to come.
Many resorts offer diving programs, including courses to try out diving for the first time and to potentially become PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) certified during a vacation. Children as young as eight can learn to dive in a pool or pool-like environment, but they must be at least ten years of age in order to become certified with PADI.
5. Tap into Your Inner Child at a Theme Park
Chances are your kids won’t be able to resist a classic theme park vacation. Whether you want to take your inaugural trip to Disneyland, “The Happiest Place on Earth,” Walt Disney World, “The Most Magical Place on Earth,” or the thrill seeker inside of you is ready to ride some crazy rollercoasters, a theme park vacation is one that won’t disappoint.
No matter what type of vacation you have in mind, we can make planning your next family trip simple and easy. To get more information about our services as a travel advisor contact us or schedule a free, 30-minute travel planning call with us today.