What It Takes to Plan A Family Getaway

sunset-3902980__340.jpg When it comes time to organize your family vacation, bear in mind one thing: one size does not fit all. As kids grow and change, so do their likes and dislikes.

Whether your travels will be with young kids, energized middle schoolers, moody teenagers or your mom and dad, the ideal vacation is out there waiting for you. It is important in today’s insane world that families have true “family time” and a family vacation is a great way to do this. Enjoying things collectively is not only good for individual family members, it also strengthens family ties. And they allow everyone to sit back, delight in life and create enduring memories.

Family holidays, though, can be a complex and complicated undertaking. Keeping each member active and involved is tough!

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

Teens and tweens will have needs that are completely different from the younger kids. As mentioned, family time is significant, but teenagers require independence, adventure, time with peers and to hang out by the swimming pool. Immersive travel is a way to learn more about the place you are visiting and permits your family to be more than typical tourists.

Experiencing the culture close up and personal will allow you to become a part of the community and let it become part of you.

Looking at the stars, hiking up to that mountaintop, going on a safari or even whale watching will leave you with memories that will last a lifetime and make you want to see other places. You can have one-of-a-kind adventures: make croissants in a French boulangerie, visit neighborhood school children, like the Masai Mara, or get up close and personal to a glacier in Antartica.

Everyone in the family can enjoy grasping a bit of the local language, as well as trying some of the exotic foods that will please even the pickiest of eaters.

Whether one is looking to enjoy a luxurious and stress-free setting or seeking to uncover far-away places, the choices are endless.

Below is a short listing of just a few of the places to visit:
Nihi Sumba Island, Indonesia

There is no other hotel in the world like the Nihi Sumba in Indonesia – it has been called the best and most entertaining hotel in the world. The panorama here will take your breath away and it distinctively features a spa situated under a fountain, horseback riding, surfing and even an open air Land Rover Safari.

Cruise the Italian Riviera
What could be better than cruising the Italian Riviera on a luxury yacht? Here you will be able to do it all: shopping, touring, swimming or water skiing - or if your goal is to escape from the world, relaxing with a nice glass of champagne.

Begin your travels in Naples, head to the Blu Grotto in Capri, Positano, and conclude them on the volcanic island of Stromboli.

The Ranch at Rock Creek, Montana
Perhaps your thing is fishing, camping or horse-back riding. But if your vision is to fall into the most comfortable bed ever at the end of your day, then you undoubtedly want to check out the Ranch at Rock Creek in Montana.

china-1670420__340.png Here you will be staying in the most magnificent cabins and can take advantage of the most up-to-the-minute spa treatments.

African Safari
If your dream is to get your kids off their phones and to re-connect to the natural world, then a safari is for you.

You and your family will be left in awe by the impressive beauty of the wildlife and the great plains of Africa.

Iceland is increasingly popular these days and there are many reasons as to why.

It is a remarkably spectacular destination and only a quick flight from the east coast. And it offers both adventure for the young ones and extravagance for you.

Not only that, your kids will be able to post images of the Northern Lights and amaze all their buddies back home.

Another magnificent locale if you are looking to get away from the hot summer months is San Carlos de Bariloche in Patagonia, an alpine style town in the hills of the Andes. Bariloche, for short, is a mere two-hour flight from the capital of Buenos Aires.

Costa del Sol, Marbella
If your young one wants to practice his/her tennis skills with an expert 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 is ideal because the weather is always pleasant and it is not a long flight from the East Coast.

The Hamilton Princess & Beach Club, fondly referred to by the Bermudians as the “Pink Palace”, is the ideal vacation spot for the whole family. Whatever the family vacation, it is bound to evoke intriguing and inspiring stories for many years to come.

Weekend Getaways Close to Home

Sometimes life calls for a weekend getaway to de-stress, do something different, and have a little fun. seashell-2821388__340.jpg But finding the best place for such a quick trip is not always very easy. Below is a list of a number of great spots for a weekend trip you will love.

New York City
Visitors can get to New York City by train, plane or auto, so weekend getaways are a breeze. It has so many fun inside and outside things to do that weather conditions should not factor into your decision: Central Park and the High Line for lovers of the outdoors, and intriguing museums or entertaining Broadway shows if and when you prefer to stay indoors. If you appreciate fascinating historical monuments, you can get to both Ellis Island and the famous Statue of Liberty via an enjoyable ferry ride.

San Francisco
Visitors love the climate in San Francisco, which encourages tourists and locals alike to enjoy outdoor activities such as riding the iconic cable cars, walking across the dramatic Golden Gate Bridge, and exploring the unique neighborhoods that each have their own colorful personalities.

What's more, sports fanatics can enjoy great views of the San Francisco Bay from AT&T Park in baseball season.

Washington, D.C.

Both history buffs and future politicians will love Washington, D.C., with its many things to discover on the National Mall such as the inspiring Lincoln Memorial, the impressive Washington Monument, and many others; and most are free of charge.

The weekend brunch scene is really great here, but be sure to get reservations ahead of time.

New Orleans
New Orleans has so many things to do it’s not possible to fit it all into a single weekend, so choose carefully.

The picturesque City Park has a lot of fun things to do if you want to be outside in the open air, or if you prefer museums, check out the famous and fascinating National WWII Museum.

Foodies (or even non-foodies) will want to breakfast or snack on the classic beignets, then spend some time walking around the famous and charming French Quarter.

Nashville, NC
Part mountain village, part hipster retreat, this North Carolina locale is a haven for adventurers and beer lovers. The legendary Appalachian Trail passes through the area if you want to hike a segment, and nearby Pisgah National Forest and the Blue Ridge Parkway also offer fun day hikes.

A day in the mountain air will make you thirsty, so be sure to check out some of the great local breweries, which together have over 100 locally-crafted beers for you to sample.

With its unique and varied neighborhoods, great food scene, historic architecture, and other fun activities, Chicago is a fantastic weekend getaway. When the temperatures are mild, check out the famous sculpture nicknamed “The Bean” or take a tour down the Chicago River to view the beautiful architecture.

Meanwhile, museums including the Art Institute of Chicago and the Field Museum are perfect places to escape winter's biting temps.

In Seattle, be sure to stop in a local café for coffee, as the city is known for its laid-back coffee scene (it’s home to the original Starbucks); tour the iconic Space Needle; then head over to vibrant Pike Place Market in the evening for dinner or drinks.

For anyone who would like a good workout, go for a hike in the picturesque Discovery Park, or for daring adventurers, head over to Mount St. Helens, an active volcano whose last major eruption was in 1980. Just remember to take an umbrella and a raincoat – weather in the Emerald City can be cloudy.

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