Planning a family vacation adventure requires considering such matters as the ages of the participants. For example, small children and grandparents will probably not enjoy long hikes. But they might enjoy canoeing down a river or visiting a festival. Other possibilities include road trips or diving trips. Here are some other vacation ideas:
1) Ancestry trip
An ancestry trip can take two forms, depending on wherever you know where your ancestors came from or not. In the first type, you visit their old hometown or even country. Some tour companies work with clients on ancestry trips. Brendan Vacations, for instance, assists travelers in Scotland and Ireland. They can arrange for your family to meet a genealogist who can help you learn more about your ancestors. If you don’t know who your ancestors were, you can visit the Genealogy Center in Fort Wayne, Indiana or The Holladay House B&B in Orange County, Virginia. The former boasts extensive genealogical information, while the latter has records about people who lived in the 13 original colonies.
2) Tree House Lodge
Tree House Lodge is a small property on Costa Rica’s Punta Uva beach. It has five houses that can each accommodate four to six people; one of them really is a tree house. It is near both a wildlife refuge and a national park; the former boasts 35 species of coral and lots of tropical fish. Adventurers may go surfing, white water rafting, or ride zip-lines through the trees.
3) Pacific Crest Trail
The Pacific Crest Trail is one of the country’s National Scenic Trails. It runs through the crests of the Sierra and Cascades mountains in California, Oregon and Washington. The whole trail is 2650 miles long, and you may hike or ride horseback. Many people travel a few miles, while a few hardy souls explore the whole trail.
4) Schooner Cruise in Maine
Despite being a small state, Maine boasts a coastline that’s 2500 miles long. The Maine Windjammer Association operates the largest fleet of historic sailing ships in North America, and they offer cruises from May to September. The trips can last from two days to over a week. In addition to admiring the gorgeous coastline, you would learn how to help sail the ship.
5) Galapagos Islands
The Galapagos Islands, a World Heritage site, consist of 19 islands off the coast of Ecuador. They are famous for their unique animals that include giant tortoises and blue-footed boobies. In addition to watching the animals, which have no fear of humans, you can go hiking, diving, kayaking or surfing. You can also volunteer with environmental groups that work on habitat restoration.