Our favorite ways to spend time together this year.
When you think back to your childhood, chances are you remember a family vacation or two: learning to swim in the summer or ski in the winter, splashing in the ocean and making sand castles, or piling into the car for a road trip to a national park (and perhaps bickering with a sibling along the way). While the world – and the way we travel – has changed a great deal since then, parents (and grandparents) still value vacations with their children, which give kids and grandkids fond memories to look back on as well. According to a recent study by the Family Travel Association and New York University’s Tisch Center for Hospitality and Tourism, 93 percent of respondents were either “very likely” or “likely” to travel with their children soon.
For a successful getaway, many Virtuoso travel advisors recommend involving your children from the get-go, by requesting their input or offering options for where they’d like to go and what they’d like to do. They’ll not only look forward to the day of departure, but will also be more enthusiastic during the trip. But settling on a place to go is only part of the process. The following ideas can help inspire your itinerary – and family bonding – no matter the destination.