Travelling is the best way to teach cultures and language skills to anyone, especially kids. The direct contact with different peoples and cultures can do wonders when it comes to intellectual development, as they become more aware of what’s happening in the world. Although, sometimes is not easy to find that perfect place to take the kids. It has to have it all: fun activities, nature, learning possibilities and good gastronomy. Today, we’ve decided to give you 7 awesome family trip ideas that both you and you’re kids will love. Check’em out!
What’s not to love about Costa Rica? An ideal family travel playground, the country is filled with exotic wildlife, including an abundance of colourful birds, monkeys and the incredibly adorable sloth. You’ll find gorgeous beaches and lush jungle, as well as the opportunity for scenic hikes, swimming under waterfalls, zip lining, kayaking and more. Even kids as young as six can ride river rapids on a “safari float,” a gentle river ride over Class I and II rapids. If your timing is right, you might even be able to witness a mother turtle hauling herself up on the beach to lay her eggs, an unforgettable experience for travellers of all ages.
Yellowstone National Park
All kids should have the chance to experience Yellowstone National Park before they grow up. One of America’s most spectacular national parks, it boasts more geothermal features, including hot springs, mud pots and geysers, than anywhere else on Earth. They’ll be in awe watching Old Faithful shoot steam as high as 185 feet into the sky, and watching along with many other lesser known geysers too, along with the gurgling mud pots, colourful paint pots and brilliant multi-coloured hot springs. Grand Prismatic Spring, the largest hot spring in the country, was named for its striking colouration in hues that match the rainbow dispersion of white light by an optical prism of orange, yellow, red, green and blue. Stop at the Old Faithful Visitor Center to pick up an infrared-thermometer gun that takes readings of thermal pools when pointed at the water – the kids are guaranteed to love it. Of course, they’ll also love seeing all the wildlife, including elk, bison, Bighorn sheep, and perhaps even the more elusive bear or wolf.
The Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico
The Yucatan is another great place to take the kids with well-developed tourism infrastructure and lots of fun things to see and do. In Quintana Roo there are beautiful freshwater pools carved from the rocks called cenotes for swimming in, snorkelling opportunities, ancient ruins to visit, sandy beaches to play on and charming towns to explore. You can hit one of three theme parks, go snorkelling with the turtles and swim with the dolphins, and in Tulum, located along cliffs overlooking the cerulean sea below, you’ll be able to explore one of the last walled cities to be built by the Maya people. The archaeological sites are incredibly well preserved and it’s easy to imagine the once bustling community.
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Families who travel to Hawaii frequently know that it’s a great place for kids to not only experience striking natural beauty, but a multicultural environment and a true aloha spirit. The sun is out nearly every day of the year, and in Honolulu on the island of Oahu, older kids and teens will be able to experience the legendary scene at Waikiki and have the chance to learn to surf, boogie board, parasail or even paddle an authentic outrigger canoe. The highlight for many parents, however, is for the kids to learn firsthand what the Aloha spirit is all about – it’s more than just an expression, but a way of living and treating people with kindness and generosity.
Iceland may not seem like a destination the kids would love, but this is a place that’s truly magical for people of all ages, from the other-worldly landscapes complemented with a backdrop of colourful, dancing northern lights to erupting geysers and hot springs like the legendary Blue Lagoon. Bathing in the warm milky turquoise waters encircled by black lava rocks with the steam rising all around is truly a surreal experience. And, as most Icelanders believe in elves, or “Huludufok,” which translates to “hidden folk,” they’ll be fascinated with the tales of these fantastical creatures that are said to be invisible to the human eye. Talk with a local, and they’re likely to have a story or two about them, in fact, many building projects have been diverted to avoid their reputed habitats.
There are many kid-friendly destinations in Japan, but for a place that offers activities the whole family will enjoy, you’ll be especially spoiled for options in Tokyo. Let the teens explore Akihabara, where every other store on its main street is either a video game shop, a toy shop or a manga retailer (a Japanese-style comic book store). You’ll find plenty of parks and interactive museums to explore together too. And, Tokyo Disney Resort is an experience not-to-be-missed. Imagine the Magic Kingdom that combines the best of Disney World and Disneyland’s. Then combine it with the world’s best theme park.
The Cayman Islands
Families that enjoy diving and snorkelling together can enjoy one of the most breathtaking underwater worlds on the planet by heading to Grand Cayman Island. The largest of the three Cayman Islands it’s a water lover’s paradise with a multitude of family-friendly activities and attractions. many of which are right on picture-postcard beaches or in the warm waters that are as clear as a swimming pool. At Sting Ray City, a shallow sandbar, the kids can wade out into the sea where they’ll almost instantly have hundreds of gentle stingrays all around them. They can even feed them by hand for an especially unforgettable, if ticklish, experience.