Exploring a new city or seeing your own through a new lens is easily done with a guided tour. Kick it up a notch on your family vacation and enjoy a unique experience in some of the world’s most visited cities. Enjoy a new twist on the been-there, done-that tour scene.
Explore London like a local with the help of a homeless guide. Unseen Tours offers walking tours through some of the city’s most popular locales with a professionally trained guide who knows the streets better than anyone. Guides receive 60 percent of the revenue. — many are no longer homeless — and the company received a World Responsible Tourism Award for its efforts. The rest of the proceeds are reinvested in the company, which is a non-profit social enterprise.
Visit the London Bridge and Covent Garden between personal stories from the guide. The tour concludes at a local café or pub where guests often engage the guide in more stories about gentrification on the East End and inside stories of the area. Tours last 90–120 minutes for 12 GBP per person, or $15.65.Tours are also offered in other areas such as Shoreditch, Camden, Brick Lane, and soon Soho. Social responsibility is a lesson the kids can learn at any age and will make the whole experience more memorable.
Kayaking, bats and bridges. What could be a weirder way to explore Austin? Enjoy a Live Love Paddle tour to the famous Congress Avenue Bridge in Austin, Texas. Paddle out with the family on the nightly tours. Guests watch from the water as more than 1.5 million Mexican free-tailed bats fly out from beneath the bridge. Tours cost $45 per person and last more than two hours; kayaks, paddles and drinking water included. Perfect for active families and nature lovers, this tour is a unique and unforgettable experience with the kids.
See the worst Portugal has to offer with the “Worst” Walking Tour. In Porto, The Worst Tours brings guests on a free, two-to three-hour walking tour exploring the less desirable locales in the city. Stop by buildings in decay from abandonment and time while learning about Porto’s history, architecture and less-touristy destinations. For those who have been to Porto before, let your guide know and they can curate the tour to the group.
Your kids might fancy themselves hippies, but show them the real thing with a 1960s Summer of Love Tour through San Francisco, California. Hop on the Magic Bus Tour, beginning at Union Square, $55 per person, and explore all the landmarks from the 60s hippie movement. Rock out with the kids and join drum circles, while learning about the history, pop culture and politics of the time.
New York is one of those cities you can visit 100 times and never fully see. Explore a different part all together that will interest both you and the kids, during the Hush Tours Hip Hop tour through New York.
Hip-hop artist takes groups through the music side of Harlem and the Bronx, where the genre all began. Learn about hip hop music, dance and graffiti and see historic locales where big names like Nas, Biggie and Jay-Z grew up. Tours can last a few hours depending on the group, $32–75, and includes a lesson in hip hop dance, so dress comfortably.
What better setting for grandparents and granddaughters to connect and share than a fairy-tale château set beside a fabulous forest? The Gramping Getaway at Chateau Mcely Spa Hotel & Forest Retreat in Mcely, Czech Republic, offers a themed adventure centering around the charming story of the château’s Princess Nely and her magical cheetah friend Pralinka. The character of the princess is based on the children’s book Nely, the Princess of Chateau Mcely written by château owner Inez Cusumano.
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.
This October, take the whole family to London and take time to not only enjoy the classic sites but also these scary fun Halloween events and experiences. Whether it’s a spooky-filled trip to the London Zoo or a step into the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, here are the three can’t-miss experiences:
It’s time to start dreaming of your next family trip. Here’s some destination inspiration for you. Take a visual journey through Medellín, Colombia, with us.
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.
Make your family trip to Orlando so much more than just visiting the theme parks. Thanks to new vacation bundles from luxury hotels in Orlando, available as of Sept. 1, you can enjoy exclusive boating experiences during your trip.