For more than two years we went where we wanted, when we wanted as we traveled around the world. Compromise was relatively easy as a traveling couple, especially since we have the same interests. Fast forward five years and travel with children in tow, let alone two year old twin girls and another on the way, is a whole different story. In fact, those family holiday spots we used to avoid as a couple are looking awfully appealing these days. Marketing slogans like “something for everyone” and “family fun” not only catch our eye, but also factor heavily into our planning family vacations.
Although we avoided these places as a couple, we’ve found they really aren’t bad at all. In fact, the travel industry seems to be adjusting quite well to active, millennial parents, who want the family vacation, memories and the whole shebang as well as a little adventure and excitement.
As we put together our family travel plans for next year there are some options that have caught our eye.
Travel by Ferry. Believe it or not, ferry travel is not only adventurous, but also relatively inexpensive for large families and a great option for covering distance or getting beyond the typical tourist track. Did you know that you can see the Alaskan coast by ferry, getting off whenever you want to do some fishing, hiking or even camping in seaside villages? You can even camp aboard some of the ferry boats. For those of you eyeing the other side of the pond, Brittany Ferries family holidays, which run between the UK and France, even offer booking assistance and excursions once you are in France. Yay for less planning with twin toddlers in tow.
Family Resorts. When the twins were six months old we went on a family vacation to a Club Med family resort to celebrate a milestone birthday for Danny’s grandma. Admittedly we were skeptical, but even though our kids weren’t old enough for the kid club activities, we could totally see the appeal. Plus some of these places have activities that go above and beyond sailing races or sand castle contests – like zip lining, river rafting or ocean kayaking, sparking interest in our more adventurous side. For family travel inspiration check out family adventure activities at Woolacombe Bay Holiday Parks or places like River Riders outside of our old stomping ground in Washington, D.C., both of which are TripAdvisor award winners.
Sure our two year olds may a bit too young to battle for dominance in floating gladiator style orbs, but we certainly aren’t…
Have you joined the family vacation club? Been to any of the places listed above? Let us know your thoughts, tips and support.