There’s so much to love about an adventure-based family vacation, but at the top of our list is the family bonds created when you tackle physical challenges together. Siblings who moments ago were squabbling will soon be high-fiving as they finish each zip on a zipline course. A spirit of cooperation takes over as the whole family works in sync to navigate the rapids on a rafting trip. Parents will beam with pride as their children conquer fears, and kids will delight in seeing their parents do the same.
Ciao Bambino Advisors have personally vetted suppliers around the world who offer adventure activities for families with children of all ages. Our vendors have exceptional safety standards and proven track records of positive feedback so our clients can feel confident they are in exceptional hands. Hanging from a harness 200 feet in the air is no time to rely on the quality of anonymous online reviews.
Soft adventure activities can truly be found anywhere. From a canoe ride past castles in rural France to bike rides around Mt. Fuji in Japan, we love suggesting active experiences for our clients in destinations around the world.
These are our favorite destinations where the primary focus is family adventure travel.
Diverse landscapes and tons of adventure activities make Iceland a dream come true for families who love outdoorsy thrills. Dune buggy rides, glacier treks, and plunges in thermal pools are just a few of the many options. Iceland works during all four seasons, but plan accordingly for weather limitations outside of the warmer summer months.
With convenient flights from destinations around the U.S., families love the various offerings for adventurous fun in Costa Rica, like ziplining through the jungle, ATV rides through coffee plantations, and rappelling down cliffs. The physical fun is offset by leisurely days on the beach or by the pool.
Europe isn’t typically a hotspot for adventure travel, but Slovenia is the exception. Hikes to waterfalls, kayak rides around lakes and along rivers, and so much more await families who come to this still-under-the-radar destination.
The rugged landscape alone gives families the sense of adventure immediately upon arrival in Peru. Hiking to Machu Picchu, biking through farms, and llama riding mean adventure mixes seamlessly with cultural immersion.
Families don’t have to travel far to experience true adventure. For Americans, there’s plenty to experience right in our own backyard. From rafting through the Grand Canyon to hiking in Yellowstone to fly fishing in Glacier, these protected lands are ripe for family adventure.
As the home of the Panama Canal, where mariners of the past finally tackled the Atlantic to Pacific transfer, this Central American country is a tropical paradise for adventure experiences. Think ziplining, rafting, and so much more.
With a rare mix of African, Arabian, and European influence, just walking the colorful streets here feels like an adventure. Families love camel rides through the dessert or trekking up mountains on mules, mixed with culinary adventures like cooking lessons or food tours through spice markets.
Rural and urban adventures abound in Colombia, with bike rides through vibrant Cartagena or hands-on agricultural experiences at local farms. Families also love the mix of cities, mountains, and beaches here, meaning the activity options are very diverse.
Offering both modern, man-made adventure and natural, historical experiences, Dubai works well for adventurous families who still seek luxury and pampering. One day you’ll be slip sliding around some of the world’s most incredible water parks, or even skiing indoors at enormous malls, and the next day you’re riding camels through the desert the way nomads might have centuries ago. Be sure to research what to pack, as the mosques often have strict dress codes.
Lovers of the great outdoors find lots of natural adventure in Chile’s stunning mountain and coastal landscapes. Hiking through Patagonia, biking along rivers, whitewater rafting, surfing, and even skiing are all options for adventurous families..
In addition to planning adventure-filled trips to these locations and other hot spots for physical fun, we can also help families pick and choose among various adventure tours, like Adventures by Disney. These tour providers coordinate everything from lodging to dining options to transportation between destinations. Our advisors are happy to share their first-hand, pro tips for how to squeeze the most fun out of these group experiences.
We work with each family to customize their trip and ensure all goes smoothly. The only bumps on a family adventure vacation should come from dune buggy rides across glaciers or camel rides through the desert, not forgotten transfers or misplaced hotel reservations.
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This is a challenging time for our clients given the uncertainty around the spread of coronavirus, particularly for those with near-term travel plans in impacted areas. We’re working with our suppliers on being flexible with their booking conditions, and enabling families to postpone travel to a later date without a penalty, when possible. Likewise, given the unpredictability around destinations that may be impacted in the future, we’re helping clients planning new trips and understand ways that they can protect themselves until the situation improves. We are ready to help our clients work through questions and concerns.