At this time of year, many of you are thinking about where to go on vacation. You know Fall and Winter are around the corner. Some last-minute planners are thinking about Thanksgiving or Winter break. Others are planning for Spring or Summer. Regardless of which trip you are planning, picking a location can be overwhelming. There are so many places in the world to go and how do you pick?
I personally try to find a place that will please all the members of my family and their varying interests. Sometimes this is challenging, when you have boys and girls with different interests and a wide age spread. Next, I plan for the year with a mixture of culture, sports and nature trips. So I will do a city, a golf or ski trip and maybe a trip to the National Parks or the Amazon. When the kids are 8-18 I think that showing them new cultures and places is really fun. They are only young for a while, so I try to do one really cool and memorable trip a year.
After figuring out beach vs sports vs nature, I determine budget and distance I can travel. For instance, you can find a vacation spot close to home or on the other side of the world. Look at lists of top destinations and books with suggestions. Some of my favorites are “Fodors,” “Travel + Leisure” and “1000 Places to See Before You Die,” as well as some of the National Geographic books. The internet and library have a wealth of information, and then you might ask friends or travel agents.
I actually have a book with some of my recommendations for kids of various ages and interests: Come Fly with Me. Let me know if you would like a copy.
Here are my top picks for families:
Tennis and Golf: Kiawah
Cruise: Royal Caribbean
National Park: Grand Tetons
Animals: African Safari
Ski Vacation: Vail
US City: Seattle or Boston
European City: Rome or London
All this really depends on your family and what you like. Feel free to call me and I’ll help give you some suggestions.
Liz and Mike Kohler