Tips for family vacations 2022
Family vacations are different for everyone. Some are on the beach, others go on an outdoor adventure, and more and more of them want an eco-friendly getaway. No matter what brings your loved ones together, these family vacation destinations are sure to inspire, entertain and strengthen your bonds.
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Outdoor and adventure family vacation destinations
Nothing entertains, engages and challenges children’s minds and bodies like the great outdoors and a sense of adventure. These family vacation destinations are for nature adventurers.
Slideshow: Brecon Beacons National Park, Wales/Sedona, Arizona/Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland
Climbing rock faces, jumping from boulder to boulder and swinging through river rapids is all normal on a canyoning trip. The Brecon Beacons National Park in Wales is one of the best places in the UK to try canyoning, thanks to its landscape of deep gorges, waterfalls and rivers – perfect for families with teenagers.
If you want to take your adventure further, add a day to explore the underground cave systems of Fforest Fawr UNESCO Global Geopark.
A small town nestled in the world’s largest ponderosa pine forest, Flagstaff is a year-round playground for families thirsty for the great outdoors and adventure and close to Sedona. Natural treasures include mountains, lakes, canyons, deserts, parks, forests, cliff dwellings, caves, a gigantic meteor crater and an ancient volcano that can be explored on foot or by bike. Gaze at the stars at Lowell Observatory or experience the thrill at Flagstaff Extreme. In this outdoor adventure course, you and the family can hang on nets, climb swings and climb trees. When winter comes, hit the slopes on skis or snowboard.
Travel to the extraordinary Wupatki National Monument to learn more about Native American history.
The Causeway Coast covers most of the northern part of Northern Ireland and is famous for its rugged beauty and designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Take the older kids on the 23-mile cycle route that stretches from Castlerock to the Giant’s Causeway, passing along a long stretch of Northern Ireland’s Atlantic coast. Well signposted and virtually traffic-free, it’s a relaxing way to experience a UK adventure via seaside towns like Portrush and the majestic ruins of Dunluce Castle.
From the Giant’s Causeway, continue your adventure on three walking trails to reach the famous stone formation. The cliff top Runkerry Trail is one of the most peaceful and most of the way you can see as far as Scotland.
Read more: 8 of the most scenic routes for a UK road trip
Gourmet destinations for family holidays
The early days of the pandemic limited our dining experiences to our kitchens, local takeouts and binge cooking shows. Now we have many more opportunities to experience new cultures and cuisines. When you’re ready for your next vacation, add these foodie destinations to your list.
Slideshow: New York, New York/London, UK/Paris, France
Explore New York’s many neighborhoods across five boroughs, each with its own unique identity, culture and cuisine. Head to Café Kashkar in Brighton Beach to sample exquisite Uzbeki-Uyghur lamb meatballs. Or try Senegalese cuisine at Africa Kine in Harlem. Eat your way around the world at one of the regional markets, like Eataly. Sample incredibly delicious concoctions, such as kombucha popsicles, at Smogarsburg and a host of other cool food halls and markets, including Industry City, Essex Street Market and Hudson Eats.
Head to the Museum of Food and Beverage (MOFAD) to see and taste the science of food and flavor creation.
They say London has a restaurant for every country in the world, and there’s no better place in the UK – and maybe even Europe – to sample the cuisines of the world.
It’s almost obligatory to start your foodie weekend in London with a curry on Brick Lane, which is the heart of the city’s Bangladeshi community. But not all restaurants here are created equal – avoid the hawkers and set your sights on City Spice, which regularly wins awards for its creamy makhanis and fish thali platters. Stick around east London for some of the best vegan restaurants in town – Hackney’s Mao Chow serves the best vegan dan dan noodles ever (in our humble opinion) – before trying the plant-based tacos at the Soho’s Club Mexicana.
And now that you’re in Soho, you can have a mad barbecue or eat some of Yauatcha’s best Cantonese dim sum.
France likes to think of itself as the birthplace of gastronomy, and it’s hard to disagree on a gastronomic pilgrimage here. There are 44,000 restaurants in the French capital, and eating well doesn’t have to be expensive: areas like the touristy Latin Quarter and Montmartre are full of reasonably priced, fixed-menu restaurants where you can feast on a rich French restaurant. onion soup adorned with a heavy cheese crouton, usually followed by steak frites and crème brûlée.
While these restaurants make great pit stops on a museum-heavy day, you should set aside some time to experience the gastronomic heights this city has to offer. Enjoy creative plates with wine pairings at Septime or wood-fired pizzas at Da Graziella – and then there’s always the classic brasserie experience to be had at Chartier.
All-inclusive family vacation destination
An all-inclusive family vacation means total relaxation, fun for everyone, and no need to think of ways to entertain the kids or cook. It’s also a chance to escape those everyday things that take us away from our families.
Club Med has been a safe bet for family vacations since it all started in 1950. One of the vacation company’s Spanish offerings sits in sunny Marbella, on 12 acres of terraced gardens. The kids’ club caters to kids ages 4 to 17, and offers on-site sports like paddle tennis, flying trapeze, and archery to keep everyone entertained. Not to mention the nightly entertainment that accompanies your all-inclusive dinners.
Nearby there’s a water park, but families can take advantage of the beach club’s lagoon pool — though there’s always the adults-only Zen Zone for when things get too hectic.
This is a beautiful all-inclusive ranch, surrounded by the San Juan Mountains and natural hot spring pools that are perfect after a long day of horseback riding, biking, hiking, fly fishing, skiing, and snorkeling. snowshoes. Stay in one of the restored hand-hewn log cabins or a teepee. Eat a delicious meal prepared with locally grown organic ingredients at The Saloon. The former mining ghost town is full of surprises such as nightly bonfires, lawn games, a boxing gym, a climbing wall, screening rooms and free laundry service.
If you’re looking to take your family on a unique eruption, look no further than the island paradise of Mauritius. With its tropical, jungled interior and forested mountains, all framed by sugar-soft white sand beaches – not to mention its temperate and perfect year-round climate – Mauritius is second to none when it comes to to escape. And you can’t go wrong taking the family to Flic-en-Flac’s Sugar Beach resort, which has just benefited from a £10million refurbishment.
The pool has been designed with families in mind, from the beach-side level pool to the children’s area. A kids’ club, karate lessons, and tennis keep everyone busy, and there’s a gorgeous spa for the occasional adult getaway (read: massage).
Green family vacation destinations
Are sustainability, reducing your carbon footprint and thinking about ways to become greener part of your family values? If so, these family vacation destinations will inspire you in new ways.
Slideshow: Costa Rica/Slovenia
Every time you google this Central American country, it seems to have broken new sustainability records. Costa Rica runs on 99% renewable energy and has plans in place to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050. Much of the country is covered in lush jungle, with 25% of the country designated as forest tropical protected. Lucky ecotourists can head to national parks to see jaguars, monkeys and bats, or to the coast to see dolphins and hatchling turtles.
Stay at Finca Luna Nueva Lodge, where sustainable bungalows are scattered throughout the rainforests and where guests can learn about local conservation efforts. Or opt for eco-friendly luxury at Dantica Cloud Forest Lodge, where you can spot local wildlife from the comfort of your own hot tub.
If you want to immerse your family in nature, Slovenia is one of the most unspoilt and stunning destinations in Europe. It really is as pure as it looks on the postcards: all the mirror-clear lakes, snow-capped peaks, emerald green farmlands and chocolate hamlets. Take your kids camping, hiking, biking and swimming in nature through this Central European Eden, 60% covered in forest. The brand new 290km Juliana Loop cycle route in the Julian Alps is a great starting point if your family is active enough for the challenge.
Then, book rooms at Hotel Bohinj, a luxury eco-hotel on the edge of Triglav National Park. As one of Europe’s most energy-efficient accommodations, it has a wellness center you’ll be desperate to ditch the kids for, as well as contemporary seasonal cuisine.
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