Oftentimes, the older we get, the more set in our ways we can become. Whether the fears you never realized as a child begin to sink in or the comforts of your home you’ve worked hard to provide are more alluring than the wide, open unknown, there are a few tricks of the trade you can use to encourage yourself, kids, partner and parents to step outside of the comfort zone — conveniently, by way of vacation.
Family vacations are a great time to shake things up and experience something new. Sure, you want to relax, unwind and recharge, but some out-of-your-comfort-zone activities can really elevate your trip.
Ease Travel Anxiety
First things first, you need to get where you are going. If anyone in your family or group is afraid to fly, claustrophobic or an anxious traveler, there are a few ways you can help. Downloading movies, shows and games on tablet devices is a great way to keep your anxious family member distracted, but also having a conversation about travel can help. Assure your timid family members through conversation, patience and understanding and once they see the experience is not only manageable, but they also have a partner to make it easier, they may be more willing to step a bit outside of their comfort zone.
Try New Foods
Once in your new family vacation destination, a great way to enjoy your surroundings is to take a foodie tour. This way, you get to dip your toe just outside of your comfort zone without compromising the whole trip. Even if your family is a mixed bag of adventurous and picky eaters, finding a half-day or even week-long foodie tour can help expose them to a new culture, or show off an interesting side to a destination you know and love. At the end of the day, your family gets fed, stretches their legs, walks around, visit markets and makes friends.
Visit the Locals
Whether on a cruise, resort or somewhere removed just far enough from reality to feel like a vacation, get out and about to make your way like a local — even if it’s only visiting a nearby town for a few hours to shop and have coffee, or booking an on-resort excursion and spending the day exploring the locale. If you’re nervous about the area, pre-plan or discuss with a hotel concierge about where to go or even custom tour opportunities.
Get Out and Ride
The old adage of “getting back on the horse” can be a literal activity on vacation. Find a local horseback riding tour, cycling excursion or hop-on-hop-off bus tour and get the lay of the land. This way, you can enjoy your surroundings with a new perspective and even test out those cycling skills you may have forgotten about — and the kids get a chance to show off!
One of South Korea’s most-visited and famous cities, Incheon is home to nearly everything your family could want from a vacation. Between the city’s stunning temples and historic landmarks to its modern shopping centers and world-class amenities, including golf courses, spas and dining establishments, you’ll have your hands full in just choosing what to see and do.
Zermatt’s colorful ski boutique-lined Bahnhofstrasse, stylish apartment-style lodgings of every description and views of the Matterhorn from every angle make up one of Europe’s most family-friendly destinations — and it certainly does not hurt that it is proclaimed the “world’s best ski resort” by organizations like SnowOnline.com year after year. During the warmer months, meanwhile, you will see many family groups with kids strolling the shopping streets (sometimes alongside a herd of about 50 free-range Valais Blackneck goats around 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.), enjoying fondue and pizza at nearby cafés, and taking advantage of the many hiking and bike trails.
Mana is the life force Tahitians believe connects all things. Feel the mana for yourself on a visit to the islands of Tahiti, and sample some of these activities as you connect with the breathtaking nature of the South Pacific. Fly Air France from the United States to Tahiti in the most convenient and comfortable way and let your holiday start on board.
San Diego is a great destination for families looking for fun no matter what time of year it is, but this fall, there is plenty to do for everyone — even when you have a budget. Thanks to year-round sunshine, the best way to explore this city is by heading outdoors and enjoying the beautiful weather.