Finding Fun on Your Family Vacation

Plan your next family vacation with fun filled experiences for everyone!

Many people ask, “Are family vacations important?” Yes! Now more than ever, it is important to bond with your family throughout those precious years you have with them.

Sometimes parents just think of how to plan a family vacation to a theme park or short road trip but it is possible to combine family fun with cultural immersion. Kids love to be active and engaged so why not do that on a vacation the whole family will love?

Planning is half the fun so engage the entire family in the process. Decide together, not just on the destination but also choose fun activities together. If your children are too young to have an opinion, give them choices and see where their imagination will take them. Purchase picture books from your decided destination and read them to your little ones before bedtime and watch their excitement grow!


While on your trip, let the older kids lead an excursion. They may have discovered some great local activities that are not in your guide books. For example, they could have found a local restaurant because of a picture that is trending in that location on Instagram.

Don’t forget to take breaks though. Smaller legs have to take more steps, and although walking tours may hold kids' attention more than a driving tour, it will take more of a toll on their energy. This option is great because they can get up close to touch and taste sights, attractions and the local cuisine around them. A good tip with kids is to reward adventurous eating with ice cream. Ice cream is a staple in many destinations especially across Europe where you can find unique flavors not generally seen around the U.S., such as Red Bull found in Slovakia or Nutella found in Italy.

Remember not to forget your adult time. Many hotels, resorts and cruise lines have children’s programs that last into the evening so parents have time for themselves to relax and unwind. The kids will be engaged with other children around their age group and can even eat their evening meal while you dance the night away.

Take a look at some family vacation spots our advisors recommend and have fun on your next family vacation!


Backroads offers deluxe biking, walking & hiking, multi-adventure and family vacations around the globe PLUS active river & ocean cruising, culinary tours, and snow adventures. All Backroads trips are fully escorted by 3-4 trip leaders and 2 support vans while guests travel at their own pace, enjoying exhilarating activities, cultural encounters, scenery, camaraderie and fun. They have active adventures for younger children as well. Between scavenger hunts, exploring local culture, or finding a new best friend from the other coast, their trips are loaded with magic for kids 4 years old and up.


Big Five Tours & Expeditions, Inc.

Since 1973, Big Five Tours & Expeditions, Inc. has created life-affirming journeys to some 44 destinations worldwide. Their destination specialists, award-winning adventures and premier 24-hour White Glove Service® guest assistance combine to present the journey of a lifetime to individuals, families and small groups. Sustainable travel is at the heart of Big Five. Sustainability benefits both you the traveler and the places visited. Whether the focus is cultural, wildlife or adventure, Big Five tailors each journey to your interests traveling in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the South Pacific.


Abercrombie & Kent Italy

Abercrombie & Kent Italy specializes in the creation and delivery of high-end travel services to discerning guests. Their knowledge of the Italian travel industry is unrivaled, pulling on the expertise of staff from across Italy, as well as the United States and the UK. Their deep passion allows them to provide imaginative, unique experiences that not only meet, but far exceed your family’s expectations. Quality is guaranteed under the office's unique Guardian Angel service providing 24/7 support. Insider Tip: Fall is the perfect time to visit Italy - The cities are less crowded and temperatures are cooler which helps you and your children explore more comfortably.


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