I was in my front yard catching up on everything I didn’t do while I was on vacation when my neighbor asked me about my trip to Costa Rica and if I would go back again. I didn’t even hesitate to answer, “In a heartbeat,” I said. Her next question was of course, why?
And I have to admit I hadn’t really thought about it until she asked. On our trip, there were two parents, one grandparent and two borderline tween girls.
Exploring places off the beaten path is one of my favorite things about traveling. But planning a family vacation with a tour operator makes that a little difficult. It’s hard for a destination to have that undiscovered, almost exotic allure when you’re walking in a group of 30 or more. Hard, but not impossible.
When we went on our family trip to China, Guilin amazed us all. It was the part of the tour that lead us to the Li River, in other words, tourist central …