Would you let your child choose your vacation destination? Having children pick the next family vacation is becoming increasingly popular. It gives children a huge responsibility, teaches them valuable planning skills and is an exciting way to include them in something they usually do not get to take part in. If this idea seems unrealistic for your family, you can always let the kids plan one full day of fun or have them help you plan a single activity during your trip.
If your family is more on the spontaneous side with an expendable budget, stick pins in the locations of several possible destinations on a globe. Spin the globe and whichever pin it stops on is where you go. This is a popular method of trip planning younger generations take part in, especially working travelers and backpackers.
If globe spinning is not sensible for your family, allow each child to plan a special activity. Have a brainstorm session revealing the destination to your children and allow them to take some time researching what is going on in the area. As I got older, my parents allowed me to plan an activity and take responsibility for a big part of the vacation-planning process. Over the years this allowed my family to partake in tons of adventures. Check out some of the activities I helped plan.
In 2009, we spent a week in the north exploring Bar Harbor, Maine, where I saw my first whale up close and indulged in endless amounts of lobster.
In 2011, my family took a long road trip to the South, exploring Charleston and Savannah and stopping at every beach along the way. Our favorites were Hilton Head and Folly Beach.
In 2013, my sister and I took a snorkeling trip in Cancun, Mexico, where we explored the marine life, underwater ruins, clear water and gorgeous beaches. This excursion was an all-day event that took us to three different diving spots, the last being a ship wreck.
In 2014, I proposed one of my most daring vacation activities in the Great Smoky Mountains. All four of us conquered the Goliath Zip Line Adventure. This zip line course is the highest, fastest and longest in the Smokies and suspends you 475 feet in the air.
My parents planned most of our vacation activities, but were always open to ideas and requests that would give them a bit of relief from the organization. I gained a lot of experience planning, compromising and learning with my family along the way as we explored the great outdoors.
Huntsville, Alabama, is one of those destinations helping define the family-friendly vacation. Home to NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, the city is lovingly nicknamed Rocket City thanks to its history of always reaching for the stars. This is where you’ll find Space Camp, where kids and families can take part in various programs at the world’s largest space museum, U.S. Space and Rocket Center.
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.
Through Dec. 31, family travelers can enjoy the most unexpected thing in Florida: a white Christmas. The Now Snowing in Celebration festival in Kissimmee, Florida, embraces winter traditions for both locals and visitors. Free to visit, families will love heading to the town built by Disney.
Let family travels take you to one of these stunning aquariums around the United States. Recently, Aquarium Store Depot analyzed TripAdvisor reviews containing words such as beautiful, breathtaking and picturesque for 175 public aquariums across America. Each aquarium ranked based on the percentage of reviews to determine the most eye-catching aquariums.
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.
All aboard! A holiday afternoon tea on a vintage train winding its way through lush wine country? If that sounds a lovely to you as it does to us, the Napa Valley Wine Train is on track to offer you a great seasonal experience perfect for sharing with family or loved ones. Tea is served in a holiday-decked vintage Pullman rail car with historic features like Honduran mahogany paneling, etched glass partitions, sumptuous armchairs and gleaming brass accents.