The best way to keep kids engaged and interested on family travel is to make them part of the planning and travel process. You can be pretty sure of keeping a kid’s interest if the attraction or place you’re visiting is one they’ve chosen themselves.
For older kids, this can begin long before you leave home, by involving them in the choice of destinations and activities. Once at a destination, older kids can be responsible getting the family from place to place or following walking tours with GPS. They can be responsible for checking opening hours and determining if advance booking is necessary. Keeping track of the small change is a favorite for pre-teens traveling in a foreign country (and good math practice, too).
Kids love collecting things, and a good way to keep younger kids engaged and observant is by encouraging them to “collect” new experiences. A favorite mode of collecting is through different means of transportation — planes, taxis, buses, trams, cable cars, funiculars, gondolas, bicycles, ferries, kayaks, tuk-tuks — they’ll be surprised how many different ways they’ll see people getting around.
A favorite collection for our kids is animals, which they’ve found carved at the top of columns in medieval churches, worked into Roman mosaic floors, on flags, as part of statues and paintings and in contemporary street art.
If kids are are too young for a cellphone, give them a small inexpensive camera so they can record and share their collections.
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.
Filled with hidden treasures waiting to be discovered, Seoul invites travelers to unearth its many gems, and Seoul Tourism Organization is here to help travelers do just that. Through thoughtfully created initiatives like the Theme Tourism County Competition, Seoul Tourism Organization works closely with local districts to identify and showcase what makes each district unique and charming in all seasons.
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.
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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.