What It Takes to Plan A Family Getaway

When it comes to the moment to choose your family vacation, bear in mind one thing: one size does not fit all. california-1751455__340.jpg The entire family grows and evolves, and so do the interests and passions. The greatest vacation is waiting for you, whether you are vacationing with small children or big ones, young adults or grandma and grandpa.

It is essential in today’s crazy world that families have true “family time” and a family vacation is a great way to do this. Joint experiences are not only good for each family member, but they also bring everyone much closer.

And they allow everyone to unwind, enjoy life and build lasting memories. However, family vacations can be exceptionally difficult to plan. Finding the right fun-filled activities to keep everyone engaged is a tedious endeavor.

So what precisely is needed to have that awesome holiday? It is simple: make sure there is plenty to keep everyone occupied. The younger ones might need nonstop attention, specialized foods and doctor visits, while the older ones will need something altogether different. While family time is fundamental, teens will need some time to themselves sunning by the swimming pool, going out to discover on their own or meet up with other teens.

Immersive travel gives you the chance to learn about the community of the locale closely, instead of just being a typical tourist. Getting involved in the local lifestyle and experiencing it first hand, you can truly become part of the place you are visiting, and it will be part of you always. Discovering the stars in the night sky, feeling the splash of a whale, seeing the hatching of a sea turtle and wandering through the jungle will make you realize there is nothing more priceless in this world than travel.

You can delve even further and visit children at a Masai Mara school in Kenya or get close to a glacier on a Zodiac in Antartica with a real marine biologist. Learning some of the regional lingo and tasting some exotic food will have the entire family having fun.

There are so many places to see and things to do, whether you are searching to slow down or go out and explore the world. Following are a few choices of places to go:

Nihi Sumba Island in Indonesia For an over-the-top fantasy for all ages, visit the Indonesian hotel, Nihi Sumba; called one of the finest international hotels.

The landscape here will take your breath away and it distinctively boasts a spa located under a fountain, horse back riding, surfing and even an open air Land Rover Safari. Cruise the Italian Riviera Yacht travel boasts the best of all worlds – here you can shop til you drop, go touring, waterskiing or if you choose, take it easy with a good book.

Set sail in the city of Naples, cruise on to Capri, Positano and complete your travels on the volcanic island of Stromboli. Montana: The Ranch at Rock Creek

Maybe you are merely looking for a good fishing spot, an ambitious hike or a place to go horse-back riding. Yet you still fancy falling into a comfortable bed with 1000 thread-count sheets at the end of your day. If so, therefore go to the Ranch at Rock Creek in Montana. You will be staying in luxury cabin accommodations and getting facials and massage treatments at the spa.

African Safari A safari vacation is well suited for those who want to detach with the devices of the world and breathe in fresh air as well as re-discover nature.

Even your bored teens will be fascinated by the magnificent natural beauty of the African plains and awed by the incredible animals. Canyon Ranch in Lenox, Massachusetts

At Canyon ranch, you and your teenager can experience something unique, including classes in physical and spiritual fitness with emphasis on the mind-body connection.

For those who seek to look into the unearthly world further, there are tarot card readings and the chance to get an astrological reading as well.

Iceland Iceland is all the rage these days and there are many reasons as to why. You will arrive at this enchanting place in only 5 to 6 hours when leaving from the east coast.

hotel-1979406__340.jpg And it offers both adventure for the young ones and luxury for you. Not only that, your kids will be able to post images of the Northern Lights and wow all their buddies back home. Patagonia One other amazing spot if you are looking to escape the sweltering 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

Does your teen want to sharpen his/her tennis skills and do you want to sip sangria on the beach? Well then you want to arrange your next trip at the Puente Romano Beach Resort in Marbella, Spain. Bermuda Bermuda has great weather all year and is not a long flight from the East Coast. The Hamilton Princess & Beach Club, or “The Pink Palace” as it is named by the locals, is a great spot for all ages.

No matter how to slice it, the very best family vacations will be remembered for years to come.

Weekend Getaways Close to Home

Sometimes life calls for a weekend getaway to de-stress, discover something new, and have a bit of fun.

However, finding the ideal place for such a quick trip is not always easy.

The following is a list of a few great spots for a weekend trip you will love.

New York City

Visitors can reach New York City by train, plane or automobile, so weekend getaways are a piece of cake.

Don’t let weather stop you; indoor activities like distinguished museums or Broadway shows are plentiful, while outdoor activities such as the High Line and Central Park can also be lovely even in the winter. port-1030760__340.jpg For a dose of history, take a ferry to Ellis Island or the Statue of Liberty. San Francisco San Francisco is one of the most breathtaking cities in the nation with its famous Golden Gate Bridge, Victorian architecture dotting the steep hills, interesting and eclectic neighborhoods, cable cars, and nice weather all year long.

Baseball has never been as scenic as in San Francisco; go to a game at AT&T Park and enjoy the gorgeous views of the spectacular San Francisco Bay. Washington, D.C.

Not only is America's capital chock full of free attractions, many of them are concentrated on the National Mall, making it effortless to see the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument and other highlights in just a matter of days. When you are visiting, don't miss out on the well-known weekend brunch scene – just be sure to make reservations in advance. New Orleans The fascinating city of New Orleans offers an incredible array of activities to pick from.

History enthusiasts can browse The National WWII Museum, while outdoorsy people can walk through City Park. Anyone spending time in New Orleans has to designate some time to walk around the famous French Quarter (preferably in the evening) and save some appetite for the tasty traditional beignets. Nashville, NC If you are looking for a weekend of fresh mountain air and sunshine followed by delicious artisanal hand-crafted beer from a craft brewery, Nashville, NC is the perfect weekend getaway.

The legendary Appalachian Trail passes through the area if you want to hike a portion, 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 cool local breweries, which together offer over 100 locally-crafted beers for you to sample. Chicago

Chicago's famous eats, unique neighborhoods, and abundance of can't-miss sights make it a fantastic weekend vacation spot. If the weather is good, 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 colder winter months, you might choose to visit the fascinating local museums like the Art Institute of Chicago or the Field Museum.


Seattle is a colorful hipster city famous for its coffee culture (Starbucks started here) as well as the iconic Space Needle and vibrant Pike Place Market with its fun bars and restaurants.

You can also schedule in a hike in Discovery Park or on nearby Mount St. Helens. Be sure to bring an umbrella, as it does rain often in Seattle, though it’s generally more of a light mist.

Create Your Own Getaway

Can you recall the greatest trip of your life? Why has it stayed in your mind for so long? Was it the location? That was probably a good part of it.

Although, the people who went with you were instrumental in making it fun. Often times a nice holiday with your friends and/or family is genuinely all you really want.

And other times, ones goes away to meet new people, and possibly even a new love interest. Customized travel is the best way to create your perfect vacation. While specific schedules can be made for you to stick to, developing a specific one for you takes into account your special hobbies and interests, the time you have, and of course, budget.

But choosing a custom tour that meets all your specifications can be a tough task. This is the time you go to an specialist in the field. They can answer your queries about all sorts of things like; where to go, how to plan the ideal family vacation, where to go for that perfect romantic getaway, the best way to see the world, and a whole lot more.

Specialized tour packages are also perfect for those with special interests.

There are options here that a group tour generally cannot deliver. Adventurers, historians, foodies who are seeking a special, immersive experience will benefit from a tailored travel program. Wildlife photography is a good example of this kind of travel program. Getting that flawless shot is mostly a game of holding out, something that can be hard on your typical trip.

A photography expedition guarantees that you get as much time as you need to get that photo that will amaze your colleagues.

Birdwatchers will also appreciate this kind of travel. Inspirational words from Robert Lynd were dead on; “In order to see birds, it is necessary to become a part of the silence”. Birders, as they are known, can devote all the time they need on a private tour looking for that hard-to-find species without having to look at their watches.

Also important to take into account are time and finances. How much holiday time do you have and how much do you have left on your credit card? Customized tours are 100% flexible and can be designed to meet these specifications.

Do you want to go to an event or festival at a given time of the year? Travel specialists can guide on when to go and help find you the best tours. A tailored trip means you can do what you want to do with no interruptions. It means you can concentrate on what you want to do and not get caught up in intricate schedules.

It’s the way to go for your dream come true holiday!

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