Planning Your Family Vacation

When it comes time to plan your family vacation, keep in mind one thing: one size does not fit all. journey-1130732__340.jpg Families grow and evolve, and so do the interests and passions. Regardless of whether you are traveling with youngsters, energetic middle-schoolers, sulky teenagers, or a big family, the best vacation is out there, waiting to be found!

Let’s face it, family quality time is moderate these days because of insane lifestyles so a vacation together is a significant time for families to truly be together.

Experiencing things collectively is not only good for individual family members, it also strengthens family ties. And they give everyone the chance to take it easy, appreciate life, as well as each other.

Family holidays, though, can be a tricky and daunting task. Finding the precise activities to keep everyone interested is a tedious undertaking.

So what is the secret to a fantastic family holiday?
Make sure that there is enough to do to keep all people content, no matter what age.

While the little ones will need babysitters, medical care and special foods, teens and tweens will have other requirements. Although family time is vital, teens will need some time to themselves sunning by the pool, going out to discover on their own or meet up with fellow teens.

Immersive travel is a way to learn more about the place you are visiting and allows your family to be more than typical tourists.

Experiencing the lifestyle close up and personal will allow you to become a part of the community and let it become part of you. Discovering the stars in the night sky, feeling the splash of a whale, witnessing the hatching of a sea turtle and wandering through the jungle will make you understand there is nothing more valuable in this world than travel. You can have one-of-a-kind adventures: make croissants in a French boulangerie, visit local school children, like the Masai Mara, or get up close and personal to a glacier in Antartica.

Grasping some of the regional lingo and tasting some exotic food will have the whole family having fun.

Whether one is looking for a luxurious and relaxing setting or seeking to discover far-away places, the options are endless.
A short list of some of the places to visit is listed below:
Nihi Sumba Island, Indonesia
For an over-the-top wonderland for all ages, visit the Indonesian hotel, Nihi Sumba; named one of the best international hotels.

Here you will find a spa situated under a fountain, a deluxe wellness center, a private place to surf, horseback riding and an open-air Land Rover Safari.

Cruise the Italian Riviera
There is nothing like luxury yacht travel where the possibilities are endless with shopping, touring, water sports or if relaxation is your aim, quiet time. This trip will take you from Naples to the Blu Grotto in Capri, Positano and leave you at the volcanic island of Stromboli.

The Ranch at Rock Creek, Montana

Maybe your thing is fishing, camping or horse-back riding. But if your vision is to fall into the most comfy bed ever at the end of your day, therefore you definitely want to check out the Ranch at Rock Creek in Montana. This ranch gives you magnificent cabins and the most heavenly spa treatments.

African Safari
A safari is a one-of-a-kind chance to get your kids off their devices and to look up, see the world and experience nature. People of all ages will be left enlightened by the awesome beauty of the African plains and wild animals.

Iceland
Iceland is increasingly popular these days and there are many reasons as to why. It’s a remarkably spectacular locale and only a quick flight from the east coast.

And it offers both grand adventure for the young ones and luxury for you. Moreover, your kids will be wowing their friends back home with on-line photos of the Northern Lights.

Patagonia
One other magnificent destination if you are looking to get away from the sweltering summer season months is San Carlos de Bariloche in Patagonia, an alpine style town in the hills of the Andes. Bariloche, as it is known locally, is only a 2-hour flight from the city of Buenos Aires.
Costa del Sol, Marbella

If your young one wants to practice his/her tennis skills with a professional and your only wish is to unwind by the beach, then you will want to arrange your next holiday at the Puente Romano Beach Resort in Marbella, Spain.

Bermuda
If you want great weather all year, then go to Bermuda – and it is a convenient trip from the east coast of the United States. The Hamilton Princess & Beach Club, fondly referred to by the Bermudians as the “Pink Palace”, is the ideal vacation spot for the entire family.

sunset-2581737__340.jpg However you slice it, the very best family trips become legendary, evoking tales for years to come.

Weekend Getaways Not Far from Home

There are times when a quick weekend getaway is exactly what you need to relax and unwind. But choosing which destination to travel to can be daunting when you are only going to have a few days free. There are, of course, lots of places that are great for an idyllic weekend away.

New York City

New York City is a transportation hub, and depending on where you are arriving from, you can drive, fly, or get there by train. It is fantastic even in wintertime, as there are many indoor attractions such as Broadway shows or museums, while in summer tourists can explore outdoor places including the High Line and Central Park.

History buffs can head to Ellis Island by way of ferry to check out the first stop of many immigrants in days past or climb to the top of the famous Statue of Liberty.

San Francisco
There is much to love about San Francisco: the iconic cable cars you can ride through local streets, the eclectic hilly neighborhoods, the spectacular Golden Gate Bridge, and of course the lovely weather.

Baseball has never been as picturesque as in San Francisco; go to a game at AT&T Park and enjoy the gorgeous views of the beautiful San Francisco Bay.

Washington, D.C.
bora-bora-3023437__340 (1).jpg Both history enthusiasts and future politicians will love Washington, D.C., with its many things to see on the National Mall such as the inspiring Lincoln Memorial, the spectacular Washington Monument, and many others; and most are free of charge. The weekend brunch scene is especially fun here, but be sure to secure reservations ahead of time.
New Orleans

You can't tackle all of the Big Easy's top sights in one weekend, but its distinct offerings make it easy to choose activities based on your interests. History enthusiasts can visit The National WWII Museum, while outdoorsy people can stroll through City Park. Foodies (or even non-foodies) will want to breakfast or snack on the traditional beignets, then spend some time wandering around the famous and lovely French Quarter.

Nashville, NC
This small town is loved by easy-going hipsters, beer connoisseurs, as well as anyone who loves gorgeous mountain scenery.

The Blue Ridge Parkway and Pisgah National Forest feature jaw-dropping panoramas, and the North Carolina segment of the Appalachian Trail is a must for die-hard hikers. More than a hundred wonderful craft beers await you at local breweries, so go on over once you are ready to kick back and relax.

Chicago
With its distinct and varied neighborhoods, awesome food scene, historic architecture, and other fun activities, Chicago is a perfect weekend getaway.

If the weather is mild, cruise down the Chicago River to see the city’s iconic architecture, then head over to Millennium Park to check out the sculpture locals affectionately call “The Bean”.

If you go in the frigid winter months, you might want to visit the fantastic local museums like the Art Institute of Chicago or the Field Museum.

Seattle

Seattle is a vibrant hipster city celebrated for its coffee culture (Starbucks started here) as well as the iconic Space Needle and vibrant Pike Place Market with its great bars and restaurants. Outdoor adventurers will want to have time on striking Mount St. Helens, an active volcano, or in the gorgeous Discovery Park.

Don’t forget to dress appropriately – Seattle is known for its cloudy and wet climate.

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