A Hawai’ian vacation is something dreams are made of — sandy beaches, beautiful sunsets and lush landscapes ripe with adventure are the things that draw millions of visitors, especially family travelers, year after year. But when it comes to a meaningful vacation that can teach valuable lessons while also entertaining, the Hawai’ian Islands offer a chance to do something more meaningful: the chance to give back. Mālama, meaning “give back” in Hawai’ian, is a way to take a fun-filled vacation of a lifetime and turn it into a learning experience for the whole family.
The Mālama Hawai’i program aims to help visitors learn about the deep relationship the islands have between people and place and how the islands and their peoples helped shape each other’s unique histories. By taking some time to give back during your stay, you can be a direct part of the circle of life on the Hawai’ian Islands.
The program partners with hotels around the state to offer many ways to volunteer your time during your stay. By booking a stay at a partner hotel and participating in the volunteer program, you can receive a variety of rewards in exchange for a brief donation of your time.
Dedicating a day to clean up local beaches; plant native trees; or work on a farm planting native, sustainable plants can earn you anything from free breakfasts to bonus reward points or even a free night stay. Not only will you enjoy these great perks, but you will also be able to turn your family vacation into a rewarding memory for the family to last a lifetime.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.