This has been a stellar year for traveling families and our favorite destinations alike … we were busier than ever at Ciao Bambino designing incredible itineraries in all corners of the globe. European staples like Italy, France and Spain remain popular, but we’re seeing families embark on roads less traveled as well. Countries like Colombia, Slovenia, Laos, Croatia, Japan and Cuba have attracted the families who engage us for trip planning — there is a thirst for transformative travel and reconnection with what matters that is driving much of what we’re planning right now.
Our clients embrace the fact that that travel is much more than frivolous entertainment in 2018; on the contrary, it is an integral part of raising global citizens who are flexible, tolerant and motivated to make our planet a better place. Time is our most precious non-renewable resource, and there is no second chance to make these wonderful memories with our children once this time is gone. Each stage of childhood presents a new and very different family bonding opportunity, and our mission is to help our clients take advantage of each and every one of them.
And I’m proud to say that, based on what our clients have said about our Family Vacation Advisors, we’re doing a very good job of this indeed!
We had the most incredible family adventure ever in Japan! Thank you so much for all that you did to make our travels so seamless and effortless. We truly enjoyed every minute! — Hoffman family trip to Japan
I owe you a long overdue email with our highlights and a big thank you for another memorable trip for my family … I will tell you that when I’m curating ideas for my next trip, Ciao Bambino is a place I search to get a feel for how an area would be with kids or just to get a travel idea. As you know, traveling, from booking to re-entry when you come home, is an experience. We’ve learned to embrace ALL that goes along with traveling as a family as part of the experience. Every moment of our vacation is not Instagram-worthy, but there are many moments that are — and that has truly been because of you. — Wright family trip to France and Italy
We all felt that this was the most organized and awesome trip we have ever taken! Next time we travel overseas, I know we will be using Ciao Bambino again. Worth every penny!!! — West family trip to Scotland
A friend of mine recommended Ciao Bambino and I couldn’t be happier with the support we received. Some of the things that we especially appreciated include: an itinerary that was kid-friendly (not just fun activities, but a reasonable amount of things to do); attention to doing things that were in close proximity on the same day; giving us candid feedback; sending useful tips and information; and working within our price range; and being super positive and excited about our trip, which was contagious! … There is no way I could have pulled everything together as a busy, full-time working mom planning an international trip just one month before leaving! I am beyond grateful. — Hodges family trip to France
Thank you so much for planning such a spectacular trip for us. We had a blast. Any one of the days or trip segments on their own would’ve been the best ever. All together in one trip was mind-blowing wonderfulness! We had fun, we learned a lot and we saw and did so much great stuff. We loved our guides, drivers and hotel staff across the board. Logistically speaking, I really cannot imagine it going much more smoothly. Our family was brought closer together as our horizons were widened. We are grateful, and we will continue to use Ciao Bambino for our travel planning. — Windham family trip to Italy
As I have been looking at the pictures that I took of my holiday, I am reminded of what a special holiday it was. Everything was organized perfectly. The accommodations and activities were spectacular … We will definitely return to Africa again. — Mason family trip to Kenya and Tanzania
Thanks so much for preparing the most fantastic trip for us. We loved everything you planned for us. Everything was so easy with the app and the vouchers … Your customer service was amazing. You truly put us at ease, explained everything so well and made us really excited for our trip. You’re fabulous! — Kaufman family trip to Iceland
Thank you for all of your help creating an amazing holiday in France for our family! You really listened to what kind of experience we wanted, and helped us attain it! — Milling family trip to France
Overall, it was an outstanding trip. Thank you for making this possible. Your contribution impacted everyone on the trip and the experience you created will live with them forever. Thanks for your hard work. — Rosh family trip to England and Italy
[We] want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for planning such an amazing vacation for our family. Every aspect of the trip was truly perfect! All our friends and family have asked us our favorite place in Italy and it really is impossible to choose; it was all magical! We will treasure those two weeks for the rest of our lives. It is such a gift to be able to travel the world with the people you love the most and Ciao Bambino put the cherry on top. We are so grateful for your planning and advice and I can’t imagine planning another trip without your help. We are already talking about returning next summer! — Tahirak/Bitterman family trip to Italy
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In short, we had a really and truly excellent time … You put together a great experience for us, and I can’t recommend you and your organization highly enough! — Beck family trip to Ireland
We just returned home Friday evening and we are all still feeling the glow of the wonderful 2 weeks. Everything went smoothly and the itinerary was well thought out and worked well for our group … I also want to take a moment to tell you what a great experience we’ve had with Ciao Bambino. Years ago, when my oldest two were still babies (my kids are 13, 11 and 9 now), I read about Ciao Bambino in a parenting magazine. Even though we didn’t feel ready to travel with young children at that point in time, I kept Ciao Bambino in mind because I knew that one day we would travel with them as we did before we had children. And finally 2 years ago we planned our first European trip, to Italy, with Ciao Bambino. Everything went perfectly, as did this trip to France. Having all the logistics and details planned out so thoughtfully is such an incredible resources for families looking to travel this way. We recommend your company to everyone we know. Thank you to you and your knowledgeable travel consultants for helping to make these adventures a reality. — Heckman family trip to France
In a few short words, my family has described our trip as amazing, life changing, “meant so much to me.” Every tour and guide that you scheduled was very professional, informative and accommodating of our large multigenerational group. So many people who followed our photos on Facebook have commented on how much my kids and husband were smiling and how incredible the experience appeared … Thank you so much for making this journey not only possible, but also a memory of a lifetime. — Annello family trip to Spain and France
We LOVED our trip. Truly it was amazing! We had the best weather (not one day with rain and so much sun) and completely fell in love with Scotland. Thank you so much for the planning. — Memmott family trip to Scotland
Thanks again for all of your help! You made the trip easier for us to navigate as we went into unknown territory. It was definitely a trip of a lifetime and one we won’t soon forget. — Muse family trip to Italy
Editor’s Note: Photos courtesy of the individual families pictured.
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