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Guest Post: Dream Destinations for Family Vacations

Travelling to new places is a wonderful bonding opportunity for parents and children and a terrific educational experience. We have previously written about the power of experiential learning and family vacations are a natural extension of that. In today’s guest post by Emma Johnson, she shares some dream destinations you can plan with your family.

Emma is a full-time teacher, mother, driver of children, cooker of dinner, washer of laundry, sayer of bad words, and hockey mom extraordinaire. She is not afraid to speak her mind, even if that means dropping a few old-fashioned hashtags, $#!&. In her free time – like that exists – she blogs in order to vent the frustration that comes with raising three kids. Her mantra, blogging, and swearing are better than a drinking problem.

Dream Destinations for Family Vacations

Are you planning a vacation with your family? Science suggest that vacation is necessary for the development of each individual. Taking some time off from school, work and everyday routine and immersing yourself in new places with new culture, food, and tradition learn from is something that your kids will forever treasure.

So, you’ve been tightening your belt and saving every penny that you can for the past years just because you want to give them the ultimate vacation that they can’t forget. You want to make sure that this vacation is a dream come true for them.

These are some of the ultimate vacation destinations that you and your family can have the best times of your lives:


If you and your family want a picturesque vacation destination, Iceland is the place to go. This beautiful country is an epitome of contrast, from rivers running through their desserts to fire erupting from ice.

You can start off with one of the most famous tourist spot in Iceland, the Blue Lagoon. It is located on the Reykjanes peninsula, close to the international airport in Keflavik and only forty minutes’ drive from the capital. This place is an enchantment and mystery, with its milky blue water surrounded by lava. Indulge in their luxury spa treatment and dine in their restaurant afterwards.

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Your family can also take a dip in Seljavallalaug, a unique geothermal pool which is built in a wet hillside, located at the foot of a mountain. Thingvellir National Park brims with cultural, historical and geological importance. It’s the largest natural lake in Iceland and an ultimate secret diving place.

Turks and Caicos

Live your ultimate beach vacation in this magnificent place filled with pristine, turquoise water and beaches. Do you have a family member who’s an avid fan of diving? Or maybe thinking of learning this hobby? Book your next trip at a family resort. The island offers a diving-experience you will never forget.

Have your kids experience whale watching on Salt Cay. They will be amazed at the great shows of splashing tails and fins, with the majestic view of Salt Cay in the backdrop. Mingle with some tourists and locals at T & C Fish Fry and have a taste of their local culture and satisfy your cravings for various seafoods.

Machu Picchu

According to the New York Times, you will be more productive if you take more time to relax. Vacation getaways nowadays are no longer limited to beaches and theme parks. More people are opting to have trips filled with adventures and fun.

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Satisfy your family’s craving for fun and adventure by going to Machu Picchu, now considered to be one of the seven wonders of the world. Marvel at the Manuel Chavez Ballon Museum, one of the must-see attractions of the country. Learn about the history of Machu Picchu and let your kids enjoy the interesting artefacts while learning. If adventure is what your seeking for, get your dose of adrenaline rush at the Cola de Mono Zipline in Santa Teresa. Scream your lungs out as you zip line across the gushing Sacsara river. Then recover your tired body by heading to their thermal baths in town.

Your family can also join the 10-day REI Adventures tour for a full-packed vacation get-away. The tour starts from Cusco to see the ancient Inca site and other Peruvian cities. You will be taught how to repair trails, restore some archaeological finds and clear invasive plants as you go along the way. While learning culture and history, your eyes will be amazed with magnificent sights.

Live a Cowboy Life in Colorado

Have you ever dreamed of living a cowboy life? Wouldn’t it be nice to watch the sunrise over the mountain while saddled to your horse? Isn’t it lovely to end your day over some campfire with your fellow cowboys while drinking your favorite beer and strumming your guitar?

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Make this cowboy dream into a reality by visiting Mill Creek Ranch at Old Cow Town. This guest ranch with an Old West feel is tucked into beautiful San Luis Valley, just west of Saguache, Colorado, and about a four-hour drive from Denver.

Experience the cowboy life you’ve only seen in movies. Spend your day with trying your hands on horseshoes, archery and mini-golf. Head back to Mad Cow Saloon at night and have a sumptuous dinner with hand-cut steaks or tender beef brisket. A dessert of apple crumb cobbler to cap the dinner off.

The next day, you can have the ultimate spa experience by soaking your tired cowboy feet at Joyful Journey Hot Springs. Experience not just horseback riding but also cowboy chores at the Zapata ranch.

Find a Destination Everyone Will Enjoy

Instead of giving your kids toys or other material things, create a travel fund instead. Going on a vacation with your kids will foster stronger family ties and creates lasting beautiful memories. If you’re having trouble deciding on where to go – get the kids involved as much as you can. This is supposed to be a family-oriented vacation, so you want to choose a destination where everyone can have fun and relax.


Published by Shen-Li

SHEN-LI LEE is the author of “Brainchild: Secrets to Unlocking Your Child’s Potential”. She is also the founder of (a website on parenting, education, child development) and (a website on Right Brain Education, cognitive development, and maximising potentials). In her spare time, she blogs on Forty, Fit & Fed, and Back to Basics.

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