The Best 2018 Travel Trends to Explore with Kids
Each year, more and more families are packing up and traveling to far away places. But where are they going? Today we’re exploring the top family travel trends of 2018 and what we can expect to see most over the next year. One thing is for sure, family vacations no longer have to mean day trips to the beach and vacations centered around theme parks!
7 Great Family Vacation Ideas Based on Current Travel Trends
1. Ancestry Travel
Want to do something really fun? Test the DNA of your children with a kit at home, and determine your next trip based on the results! Embark on a world tour visiting where their ancestors roamed, and see part of the world you are connected to. The three of us received our results this year, and we were thrilled to find out Kiddo and I were part Panamanian and now we can check our trip to Panama off the list!
2. Kids Rule
A few years ago the luxury travel sector adopted the “pint-sized VIP mentality.” They realized that children would eventually become their loyal future clients, and that they also held the key to return visits. If hotel staff can to cater to children and help them have the time of their lives, then the parents are likely to return, as well as give glowing referrals to other parents.
Now properties across the globe are stepping up their family travel game big time. In 2018, you can expect to see more destinations introducing camps and discovery zones, top-of-the-line welcome amenities, themed workshops, and on-property activities for the kids such as practicing with the golf pros or cooking with one of the chefs.
3. Volunteer Tourism
Many parents are looking to use their vacation time for the good of the world, and one of my favorite trends for 2018 is volunteer tourism. Combining volunteering and travel has been available for a while, and you can’t ignore how incredible it is to be able to give back to the communities you visit. Whether you are heading to the Amazon jungle or spending time in the Middle East, you can arrange with tour operators who specialize in volunteer tourism travel so you and your family make a difference on your trip by improving the lives of other families.
4. Divide and Conquer
Hoteliers aren’t the only ones who know that kids matter most. Whether it has to do with more one-on-one time or finances, many parents are switching gears and traveling solo with one of their children, creating quality time to bond while traveling the world. How cool is that? This past year, Kiddo and I traveled to Mexico, Alabama, Tennessee, and Central America together while Hubs opted for smaller one-on-one staycations in 2017 and for big family vacations in 2018.
Read more >> Traveling One-On-One With Your Child
5. Multi-Family Tours
One of my favorite trends I know we will see more of is the joint family vacation. Last summer we went on our first multi-family tour and it was hands down amazing! We had the best time ever on an international trip with Thomson Family Tours. They matched our family up with two other families beautifully. As an intimate group, we we toured the country of Panama and the kids had a BLAST! I can be a bit of an introvert and Kiddo is an extrovert. I wasn’t sure how this was going to play out, but it will go down as one of the best trips of our lives.
I now more than ever appreciate using a tour guide when visiting an area for the first time. Our guide in Panama brought out the very best of the destination and was able to show us places that only the locals are familiar with. I can’t wait to go on our next multi-family tour. I have my eye on an African Safari, but it was such a positive experience that I would go anywhere!
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Whether it’s cruising on the ocean or aboard a riverboat cruise for a magical adventure, families are flocking to the high seas. Cruising offers the best of both worlds for families because there is something for everyone. Board the ship, unpack once, and travel from port to port seeing more than normal in a short amount of time. With the ability to visit multiple ports for just the right amount of time, families can soak in the culture and decide if this is somewhere they would like to return for a longer period of time.
Read more >> What to Pack for a Cruise with Your Family
7. Glamping and Dude Ranches
This mom doesn’t camp so I can’t really toss my hat in the ring for this one, but I have camped. Quite honestly, as much as I love the great outdoors, I much more prefer the cushy life and Diamond Status of the Hilton Honors program. I’ve had my eye on a few glamping spots over the years, and from what I can tell 2018 is the year your Facebook feed is going to be flooded with postcards from the great outdoors.
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