Wookies, Wompas, and AT AT Walkers – the Star Wars area of Disney’s Hollywood Studios is definitely the place for Star Wars fans of all ages to get their fix.
Have your wand and broomstick at the ready, as approaching Hogwarts castle for the first time is like watching the book itself come to life. Every curious detail is perfectly captured and realistic, with movie set magic gloriously realized. Because of this, a trip to Florida is not complete without a trip to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios. [Read more…]
Grab a bite at Krusty Burger, stop for a beer at the Duff Brewery, and make a quick trip to the Kwik-E-Mart. Walking into Springfield, USA at Universal Studios is like stepping directly into a nostalgic cartoon.
Wandering wallaroos, Joeys wrapped in blankets, and free roaming capybaras – certainly not the usual animals one would expect to discover while visiting a farm in British Columbia. Our afternoon spent interacting with these curious creatures at Kangaroo Creek Farm was the highlight of our recent weekend getaway to Kelowna, BC.
Towering in the distance, just off the spectacular Sea-to-Sky highway, Britannia Mine Museum’s monumental Mill 3 is hard to miss. One of 17 buildings on the site of this unique heritage site, Mill 3 was once the heartbeat of the North American copper mining industry; today, the building remains, educating the future through engaging and interactive programs and exhibits.
In this series of posts, we ask top travel bloggers your common questions regarding family travel. Through this series, we hope to inspire other families to pack their bags and head out on their own adventures.
In this eighth post in the series, we asked the following question, which was answered by several top family travel bloggers:
How do you bring the history of an area alive for your children?
Squamish, British Columbia, is a short 45 minute drive from Vancouver. Driving down the spectacular Sea-to-Sky highway, it is easy to understand why the journey itself has been heralded as one of the most beautiful drives in the world. A mecca for hiking, skiing, mountain biking, and climbing, Squamish is considered to be the outdoor capital of Canada. [Read more…]
With unparalleled views of the snowy peaks of Whistler, British Columbia, the PEAK 2 PEAK gondola is nothing short of awesome.
As we continue this series of posts, we ask top travel bloggers your common questions regarding family travel. Through this series, we hope to inspire other families to pack their bags and head out on their own adventures.
In this seventh post in the series, we asked the following question, which was answered by several top family travel bloggers:
What do you think is the biggest misconception that people have about traveling with kids?
Where’s Sharon- That there is nothing in it for kids – especially young ones. My kids (currently 3 and 4) get so many benefits from travelling. The exposure to different cultures, people, food, languages are all shaping who they are as people in a positive way. They are currently learning 3 different languages at their Malaysian preschool. They get to have adventures and they are learning about the world first hand. It is fascinating hearing my 4 year old talk about the world and how everything works. Best of all, they are getting so much quality time with mum and dad. It’s fantastic.
To read more about their family adventures, click here.
Kids Are A Trip: Part of the reason I started Kids Are A Trip, was to show people that traveling with your family doesn’t have to be complicated. We have too many friends that are overwhelmed with the thought of traveling with kids and we want to show them it is easy to do and how to do it. That being said, there is some planning involved, but once you establish a routine, it only gets easier. Traveling with kids is the best way to connect as a family and slow down from our hectic daily lives, and we are so thankful for to have the opportunity to travel as much as we do.
To read more from Kids Are A Trip, click here.
The Adventure Ahead: Once people have kids, they tend to think that travel has to simply mean theme parks and all inclusive resorts. While there is certainly a place for those types of adventures (and we have enjoyed several ourselves), we have found some of our off the beaten path adventures to be the most rewarding. They provide kids with so many great opportunities to learn about local culture, sample traditional food, see plants and animals in their natural environments,, and mingle with locals – opportunities they may have missed if they never stepped out of the resort.
Traveling with kids is definitely different than traveling as a couple, and it certainly has its challenging moments. However, it is also a truly remarkable experience, as you get to see the world through their eyes, and there are few things more magical.
Click here to read more from The Adventure Ahead.
Globetotting: I think that a lot of people believe that traveling with kids is difficult. And in some ways they are right; you need to pack more stuff, you lose the ‘spontaneous’ element of travel (no more pitching up in a town and hoping you find a hotel for the night), it’s more expensive (particularly as kids get older), it’s not always relaxing etc..
But I don’t believe that any of these reasons are enough to stop you from travelling with children. Travelling with kids can be a truly wonderful experience, whether you go away for a weekend or a round-the-world-trip.
For more travel adventures from Globetotting, click here.
1Dad1Kid: That it’s too difficult and unsafe. These are huge myths! I’ve been amazed at how easy it has been to travel with my son. And to be honest, I have felt safer in countries like Mexico, Honduras, Ecuador, Thailand, Romania, etc., than I usually feel in the US. On our small island in Honduras, he had an incredible amount of freedom at 9 and 10 years of age than he could dream of in the States. In Romania, he was able to stay home alone (with local friends for backup) for about a week while I went to Thailand on a press trip. I wouldn’t have felt comfortable doing that back home.
For more travel stories from 1Dad1Kid, click here.
The Educational Tourist: When people think of traveling with the kids they think they will have to spend all their time at kid stuff like watermarks, amusement parks and carousels. They think that kids want only to see that stuff and when you ask a child where they want to go they’ll say things like Disney! Waterworld! but that is only because they don’t know what is out in the world. You CAN see the world famous museums and palaces of YOUR dreams with the kids in tow. The trick is to prepare them with information. Without the story behind the art, a museum is just one ‘Madonna and Child’ painting after another. Of course they would get bored! You can do the research yourself or use my eBooks for kids. I did the research for my own travels with my own kids and then published them for others to use. The stories behind art and artists are fascinating and kids are naturally curious.
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Winding alongside the picturesque Cheakamus River, the dense forest clears to reveal an eclectic outdoor art gallery. Mangled boxcars scattered among towering cedar trees make up a kind of twisted train graveyard; local artists have laid claim to these unique canvases, creating a vibrant art installation hidden away for curious hikers to discover in the middle of the lush Canadian forest.