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Sometimes it is challenging to find quality time, to create those special moments and to experience life with your family and children.  There is nothing like a great travel adventure to create memories.  The most remarkable family vacations are ones where everyone has fun and is able to spend special time together.  It is all about shared experiences that strengthen family connections and the creation of memories that last forever.

Introduce your family to some of the world’s most intriguing cultures, customs and a varied ways of life.  International travel provides children the opportunity to learn to appreciate the youth of other countries and assuredly they will cherish the customs they encounter during their travels.

Depending on the age range of your family, it is important to find well-located and family-friendly hotels or resorts.  In recent years, more resorts have created activities on location that include age-appropriate water sports, crafts, circus-type activities, horseback riding in addition to golf and spa services.  It is essential the activities are plentiful and multi-generational if you are including children through seniors.

The perfect family vacation is all about where you go, when you go, who is going, and how you travel to ensure everyone gets the most out of every moment of the trip.  I believe input should be offered by everyone in the family.  I have a friend who when planning their vacation allows each family member to select a special activity.  For example, when their family traveled to Australia, a priority for her husband was a day of fishing, for her son a day of hiking was important.  To her daughter a day of shopping, and to her “high tea” was a must do.  Each family member was expected to participate in each others “special activity”.  They selected the itinerary and each planned their special day to the delight of each family participant.

Today’s traveling family often includes grandparents taking along children and grandchildren resulting in vacations that are relived at family gatherings for years to come.  My top three recommended locations for a multi-generational vacation include Alaska, Kenya and the historic East Coast of North America. 

You can discover Alaska by land, sea and air.  A stay in a wilderness lodge will feed your spirit of adventure.    A wilderness hike, coupled with a treasure hunt or a jet boat ride down a mountain river in search of treasures creates an exciting excursion.  Not to be missed is a flightseeing trip around the foothills of Denali National Park.  In the Kenai region, a family can enjoy kayaking and river rafting.  Children of all ages will be entertained panning for gold at historic Crow Creek Mine; and not to be missed is a glacier adventure cruise with an expert wildlife guide providing an up-close encounter with numerous animals.   The Wildlife Conservation Center allows animal lovers a great opportunity to see animals indigenous to Alaska.  A cruise to Alaska will provide many of these adventures at a variety of ports of call making it possible to unpack once and know where dinner is served every evening.

Travel America’s road to independence as you visit locations where the history of our country played out.  A visit to Independence Hall and the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia are essential.   Take the opportunity to walk the battlefields of Gettysburg and explore the interactive National Museum of the Marie Corps.  An excursion to 18th Century Colonial Williamsburg is like a step back in time.  A visit to George Washington’s Mt. Vernon on the Potomac River where the past will engage all family members is wonderfully educational.  Our nation’s capital will top off this historical adventure when you view Iwo Jima and Lincoln Memorials, the Capitol Building and the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.  This is every family member’s opportunity to learn about the achievements that shaped modern-day America. 

If you enjoy animal life, a visit to Kenya is a must!  The abundance of animals in their natural habitat will delight and surprise you.  Here you can witness the breathtaking migration of millions of wildebeest and zebra traversing the famed Masai Mara Reserve from late June through October.  Pop up minivans and land cruisers are used in the national parks.  Day walks or overnight ‘fly-camping’ are excursions that may be included to enhance the game experience. 

Additionally, the colorful Masai people add another cultural dimension to the Kenya experience.  Their nomadic life, traditional dress and reverence of their cattle, provide a rare and unique perspective on life.

There are travel companies who specifically design vacations to be family inclusive.  I highly recommend Tauck Bridges vacations.  Tauck is a family owned and operated travel provider who has been established in the travel industry since 1925.  I personally participated in one of their East Coast trips and was hosted in their family home in Connecticut.  As you might imagine that was an eclectic and fascinating experience!

Trafalgar Tours pride themselves in delivering “the perfectly planned family vacations to Britain, Europe and North America.”  The choices are numerous and the right time is now to enjoy your family and include them all in a trip of a lifetime.

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