Emily Kaufman, the Orbitz Travel Mom, offers tips for parents looking to make sure summer vacation is memorable, for the right reasons:
• Make sure there is something for everyone. When investigating your next travel destination, make sure there are activities available that everyone finds interesting. One way to engage adults and children is to select a destination that offers family learning experiences. In addition to hotel and resort amenities, consider a location that offers natural opportunities for everyone. Los Cabos, Mexico is a great family locale with world-class beaches and family-friendly activities, including snorkeling and kayaking. Rich in culture and history, Los Cabos also boasts a fascinating ecosystem.
• Do your homework in advance, since all kids camps are not created equal. Kids camps are a great source of activities, and can add additional entertainment to any family vacation. Resorts, hotels and cruise lines are working hard to keep children engaged with top-notch programs, but it’s important to do a little research in advance. Look for programs that go beyond the arts-and-crafts basics.
• Research water-based activities. Family members of all ages love water activities, and the days of the single hotel pool with a 10-foot kids slide are over. A number of new hotels and resorts include water parks as a central feature. Rose Hall Resort & Country Club in Jamaica features one of the largest human-constructed water attractions in the Caribbean. Sugar Mills Falls, the resort’s exclusive water theme park, features 2,760 square feet of cascading waterfalls, a 280-foot-long, 30-foot elevation thrill slide, a “lazy river” for tubing, three terraced pools and a secluded whirlpool/spa area.
• Design your vacation to match your style. When choosing a summer hot spot for your family, be realistic about the type of trip that will please the majority of your travelers. Host a family meeting to discuss expectations.
This article was prepared in cooperation with ARA Content.