While your family travel bucket list may already be out of hand, here are a few more destinations to consider. Whether a family of certified animal lovers or a family looking for unique experiences and interactions with wildlife, these destinations offer prime opportunity.
Home to incredible species and unique wildlife, the Outback is a one-stop shop for interactive and off-the-beaten path animal experiences. The Kangaroo Sanctuary in Central Australia offers sunset tours where visitors meet a kangaroo family and hold a baby. Need a visual? Follow them @thekangaroosantuary or watch the Kangaroo Dundee documentary by BBC and National Geographic.
Australia is home to Koala bear habitats and the world-famous wallaby, the Quokka. Known to be photo-bombing, smiley critters, the Quokka is relegated mostly to Western Australia in small packs. Your kids may have already seen photos of these happy wallabies popping in group photos of locals and joining selfies with travelers.
Between the idyllic landscape, weather and unending natural beauty, it’s no wonder Hawai’i is a haven for animals as well as humans. Cat-lovers, head to Lanai Cat Sanctuary visiting the more than 500 cats wandering through the sanctuary. Visitors come from all over to visit the land of cats. Dog lovers find refuge at Kauai Humane Society with adoptable pups, fun events and visits through Critter Camp and the Second Chance Rescue Program.
Wild game reserves, safaris and sanctuaries run through Kenya from top to bottom. Visitors explore the David Sheldrick Elephant and Rhino Orphanage, visiting orphaned elephants during feeding and mud bath time, or head to the Wildlife Trust in Nairobi, Kenya, for an up-close experience.
The Mwaluganje Elephant Sanctuary, Reteti Elephant Sanctuary, Saiwa Swamp National Park, Nairobi National Park, Buffalo Springs National Reserve and Kakamega Forest National Reserve are just a few more of the many locations ideal for animal lovers.
Elephants and monkeys take your Thailand trip to another level. Interact with monkeys at Prang Sam Yod, a former Buddhist temple now home to hundreds of human-friendly, but wild monkeys. Feed, ride and bathe elephants the green way with these ethical elephant experiences recommended by Thailand Tourism.
With cooler weather and fall colors on its way, it’s time to plan your fall family travels. Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resort PA Wilds in Mansfield is the perfect destination, and with both scary and not-so-scary events, kids and parents alike can celebrate the festive season with trick-or-treating, fall crafts, fun with the Yogi Bear characters and more.
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.
Oktoberfest is not all about beer. Although beer does play a major role, many of these German-themed fall festivals include activities fun for the whole family. You don’t need to travel to Munich to enjoy the oom-pah bands, lively dances, colorful Bavarian dress and traditional German foods; you can find them in almost all regions of the United States this October. Here are some good choices for families:
Rome is a city full of musts for visitors. You must visit the Colosseum, the Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps. And the list goes on, all the way down to trying gelato. No trip to Rome would be complete without the obligatory sweet treat, and for good reason. Gelato is delicious, refreshing and it comes in every flavor you can imagine. But while you can find it just about everywhere you turn in the Eternal City, it’s important to know not all gelatos are created equal. The city is brimming with fakes, and once you know how to tell the difference, not only will you see the fake stuff everywhere, but you will also refuse to settle for less than authentic.
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.
Looking for a unique, fun and educational activity for the kids during your next family travels? Well, Kidzania has you covered. Located in Dallas, Texas, this city is not only built for kids but also run by kids. It’s unlike any other entertainment parks; in Kidzania, kids learn useful knowledge, skills and experiences, all while having the chance to be independent.