While you’re spending time with your loved ones over the holidays talk about your family plans for 2014. Many families are finding the road to togetherness may lead away from home. That’s because somewhere between MP3 players, social networking sites and text messaging, it’s become increasingly difficult for families to create meaningful moments and memories. Now, as parents (and grandparents) look for new and old ways to connect with their children, family travel is on the rise. In fact, according to HospitalityNet, family travel is growing at a faster rate than all other forms of leisure travel.
“Families are increasingly looking for ways to explore the world together, whether it’s touring historical sights in Rome or learning about America’s Wild West,” said travel expert Phillip Gordon. “Traveling as a family is a great way to share passions and interests and connect in more meaningful ways. It’s an investment that always has a great return.”
While resorts and cruises catering to families are options, more families than ever are taking escorted tour vacations. Here are a few of the reasons parents choose to tour the world with their families:
· All-inclusive prices give families the value they want. When purchasing an escorted tour vacation, parents can pay for transportation, hotels, many meals and visits to major sights up front as part of the vacation package. Tour operators specializing in family travel often offer kids 25 to 50 percent off.
· Escorted tours provide a nice blend of free time and planned activities. When taking a tour, families can match their personal passions with planned exploration.
· Educational journeys are part of the fun. As families encounter famous sights on tour, they don’t just drive by; they get to go inside and learn the stories that bring each destination to life.
· Escorted Tours can be both kid and parent friendly. Transportation, sightseeing and safe, well-placed hotels are included as part of a tour vacation. The on-site tour director is responsible for making sure everything goes smoothly for each traveler. Some tour operators, such as Globus Tours, also offer VIP access for families with no waiting in lines.
· There’s probably no easier way to travel abroad. Taking an international vacation as a family can be an intimidating proposition. On a tour, the majority of planning can be done before the vacation and an English-speaking tour director—someone with deep roots in each destination— will take care of details on the trip.
As you and your family discuss your options, you may want to consider one of these great Globus vacations: View all Globus family tours.
· Oahu, Maui & Kaui – 10 days from $1,249 per person, land only
· London & Paris: A Tale of Two Cities – 7 days from $2,049 per person, land only
· Canyon Country Family Adventure – 8 days from $2,069 per person, land only
· Patriots’ Passage – 8 days from $2,079 per person, land only
· Wild, Wild West – 9 days from $2,329 per person, land only
· From the Colosseum to the Eiffel Tower – 10 days from $3,429 per person, land only