Buckle up for a fun ride!
Hello, adventure-seeking families! Family vacations offer a chance to create unforgettable memories and forge stronger bonds. Family ADVENTURE vacations are ways to discover the world's wonders together in exhilarating ways. If you’ve been looking for an adventure as a family, I’m about to tell you about TEN incredible worldwide destinations that are perfect for unforgettable family adventures!
1. Iceland: Land of Fire and Ice
Iceland is a land of incredible natural beauty! Witness powerful geysers erupting in the Geysir Geothermal Area, and explore the stunning waterfalls of the Golden Circle. Hike a glacier or go ice caving in Vatnajökull National Park, where you can marvel at magnificent ice formations. Relax in the famous Blue Lagoon, a geothermal spa, and let the warm waters rejuvenate your spirits. For a unique experience, don't miss the opportunity to go whale watching in the cold waters surrounding Iceland. It’s a fantastic place for a family adventure.
2. Costa Rica: Nature's Playground
Costa Rica offers lush rainforests, magnificent volcanoes, and breathtaking coastlines, making it an amazing playground for adventurous families. Traverse the misty trails of Monteverde Cloud Forest, glide above the treetops on exhilarating zip lines, and enjoy the animals and plant life up close & personal. Embark on a whitewater rafting expedition along the thrilling rapids of the Pacuare River or go on a captivating jungle safari in Tortuguero National Park, home to turtles, monkeys, and vibrant birdlife.
3. Canada: Wilderness Wonderland
Canada's vast landscapes offer endless possibilities for family adventures. Visit the Canadian Rockies and explore Banff National Park, where you can hike to stunning viewpoints, fish the rivers, kayak on crystal-clear lakes, or spot wildlife like bears and elk. Take a whale watching tour on the coasts of Vancouver Island, or go on a thrilling dog sledding expedition in the winter wonderland of Yukon. Don't forget about Canadian cities like Vancouver and Montreal, where you can immerse yourselves in vibrant neighborhoods and indulge in delicious cuisine.
4. Norway: Fjords and Fairy Tales
Norway's stunning fjords and picturesque landscapes make it an ideal destination for an adventurous family getaway. Cruise through the majestic Geirangerfjord, surrounded by towering cliffs and cascading waterfalls. Hike along the awe-inspiring trails of Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock) or Trolltunga (Troll's Tongue), offering breathtaking views of the Norwegian wilderness. Explore the charming coastal towns of Bergen and Ålesund, where you can learn about Viking history and soak up the maritime atmosphere.
5. Japan: Tradition and Natural Wonders
Immerse your family in the rich cultural heritage and natural beauty of Japan. Begin your adventure in Tokyo, a bustling metropolis where tradition and innovation coexist. Explore the serene bamboo forests of Arashiyama in Kyoto, visit historic temples, and participate in traditional tea ceremonies. Take a hike through the scenic trails of Mount Fuji or venture to the snow-capped peaks of Hokkaido for thrilling winter sports activities. Don't forget to soak in the healing waters of a traditional onsen and savor the delicious and diverse cuisine Japan is famous for.
6. Kenya: Safari Spectacular
Prepare for a family safari adventure in Kenya, where you can witness magnificent wildlife in their natural habitats. Embark on game drives through the iconic Maasai Mara Reserve, known for its abundant wildlife and the annual Great Migration. Spot elephants, lions, giraffes, and zebras as you explore the vast savannah. Take a hot air balloon ride for a breathtaking aerial view or visit the enchanting Amboseli National Park, where you can marvel at the majestic Mount Kilimanjaro as a backdrop. Or embark on a river cruise, where you can see the countryside and wildlife from your floating hotel.
7. Thailand: Tropical Paradise
Escape to the tropical paradise of Thailand, where adventure awaits everytime you turn around. Discover the bustling streets of Bangkok, visit ornate temples, and experience the vibrant local culture. Explore the ancient city of Chiang Mai and immerse yourselves in traditional Thai craftsmanship and elephant sanctuaries. Head to the stunning islands of Krabi or Phuket for thrilling water sports like snorkeling, scuba diving, and kayaking in crystal-clear waters. Don't miss the opportunity to hike through lush jungles to reach hidden waterfalls or experience an unforgettable family overnight stay in a floating bungalow.
8. Australia: Outback and Beyond
Discover the vast and captivating landscapes of Australia with your adventurous family. Explore the Great Barrier Reef and introduce your children to the wonders of snorkeling or scuba diving amidst colorful coral reefs and exotic marine life. Immerse yourself in the beauty of the Australian Outback, where you can witness the grandeur of Uluru (Ayers Rock) and learn about the ancient Aboriginal culture. Don't forget to embark on a thrilling wildlife safari in Kangaroo Island, where you can spot kangaroos, koalas, and playful sea lions.
9. New Zealand: Land of Adventure
If you and your family crave thrilling escapades (and especially if you’re already traveling Down Under to Australia), look no further than the stunning landscapes of New Zealand. Known as the "Adventure Capital of the World," this island nation has something for everyone. Explore the geothermal wonders of Rotorua, where you can witness bubbling mud pools and soaring geysers. Set sail on an unforgettable cruise through the Milford Sound, surrounded by towering mountains and cascading waterfalls. And, of course, don't miss the chance to experience the thrill of bungee jumping or skydiving in Queenstown! I recently wrote about some great things to do & see in New Zealand, along with a sample itinerary of what it could look like.
10. Tanzania: Roaming with Wildlife
Prepare for a safari like no other in the vast plains of Tanzania. Take your little explorers on a thrilling game drive through Serengeti National Park, where they can witness the Great Wildebeest Migration in all its glory. Encounter majestic lions, graceful giraffes, and towering elephants as you navigate through the African savannah. Extend your adventure by visiting the Ngorongoro Crater, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where you can spot rhinos, zebras, and even the elusive black-maned lions.
With these ten incredible family adventure destinations, your bucket list is crowded! It’ll be tough to fit all of these into the 18 years you have with your kids! From the enchanting landscapes of Iceland to the captivating wildlife of Kenya, these destinations offer endless opportunities for thrilling experiences and unforgettable memories. So, gather your loved ones, decide where you’d want to go next, and get ready to pack your sense of adventure. I’ll help you get to wherever you want to go, so you can make those connections with your loved ones and your next destination.