The new year is just about here and if you and the family are looking to take a bucket-list trip in 2024, now is the perfect time to start planning. If you are looking for a little inspiration for what’s going to be big in the New Year, read on for our suggestions for a vacation to remember.
Take an African Safari
Year after year, African safaris make the list of bucket-list vacations. You can visit beautiful countries like Tanzania, Kenya and South Africa to see the continent’s Big 5: lions, leopards, elephants, buffalos and rhinos. Or, head some place even more exotic like Rwanda to see gorillas in their natural habitat. Safari tour companies work harder than ever to make safaris family-friendly, accessible and sustainable by offering specialized kids programs to ensure the little ones have a safe, educational and entertaining trip.
Search for the Northern Lights
Sometimes it’s the places we remember from our childhood vacations, but more often than not, it is the unique experiences we have. I remember a childhood trip deep into the desert with my family to view Halley’s Comet as a child, and while I may not remember where we were, it was staying up all night wrapped in blankets to watch the comet through a telescope that stays with me to this day. A Northern Lights experience will leave very much the same type of imprint on your children as your family ventures into the wilds of Alaska, Canada, Iceland or Norway in search of this magical event. With 2024 being the peak of the current aurora cycle, the coming year is the best time to make it happen.
Plan a Good Old-Fashioned Road Trip
Sometimes the biggest trips are the ones in your own backyard, and you don’t have to spend a fortune on international air travel and fancy hotels to have a once-in-a-lifetime family experience. America is blessed with beautiful scenery and incredible, must-see attractions like Niagara Falls, the Statue of Liberty, Mount Rushmore, Devil’s Tower, Old Faithful and the Grand Canyon, just to name a few. A road trip across the United States, or even through select parts of it, can take you to places drawing visitors from across the globe. Not only is a road trip a great way to see as many as possible, but the bonding time spent with the family will also give everyone memories to last forever.
Corpus Christi, Texas, might just be the perfect Texas spring break destination for family travelers. With nine beaches, more than 100 miles of sandy shores, and new and notable attractions sprouting up, there’s too many reasons not to skip this Texas city this spring.
As the only major U.S. airline to own a flight school, United Airlines already hit a major milestone, and now the carrier celebrates another important — and historic — step as the inaugural class of United Aviate Academy pilots graduates, leading the next generation of aviators. The 51 students in the graduating class were majority, at 80 percent, women and people of color — another stride toward United’s goal of training 5,000 new pilots by 2030 with half women or POC.
Student and youth travel marketplace StudentUniverse recently released the results of its annual The State of Student & Youth Travel Report. The report details trends of Gen Z travelers, many of whom participate in family travel.
Family travelers looking for outdoor sports in winter but feeling discouraged by the increasing ticket prices at mountain ski resorts can find a more economical way to enjoy the snow in Vermont. Although traveling along a level trail through snow-covered forests may not have the thrills of mountain skiing, it has pleasures of its own, and at a much cheaper price tag.
United Airlines is in the midst of a major initiative to modernize its fleet over the next several years. After first announcing the plan in 2021, planes fitted with United’s signature interior are finally beginning to appear across the airline’s narrowbody fleet of Boeing and Airbus planes. United flyers are sure to notice these enhancements from the moment they step on board: Each new or updated plane sports remodeled seats, seatback entertainment screens for everyone, Bluetooth connectivity and more, all adding up to a better experience on every journey.
LEGOLAND New York Resort is about to make it easier for family travelers to move throughout the park this summer. The Minifigure Skyflyer, opening this summer and a first for LEGOLAND Resorts, offers an interactive new way to travel between themed lands.