18 Surprising Family Vacations
Collected by Rainer Jenss, Family Travel Correspondent
Just because you're traveling with kids doesn't mean you have to go the usual route. Inspire an appetite for adventure with a hot air balloon safari or an "uncruise" to the furthest corner of the earth. No matter where you land, these family trips are just as fun for adults.
Kota Agung, Agung City, Tanggamus Regency, Lampung, Indonesia
Pulau Pisang is an island off of the South East tip of Sumatra. Hiring a tiny fishing boat to get there is only half of the adventure. The island has no motorbikes, no restaurants, and no place to stay other than with a local family in their...
126 Broadway, Matamata 3400, New Zealand
Welcome to Middle Earth in the South Pacific, and an ideal stop for traveling fans of the author J.R.R. Tolkien and the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movie trilogies. Near the rural town of Matamata—itself a destination for its LOTR-inspired...
Playón Chico, Panama
The family-owned Yandup Island Lodge is located on a private island across from the remote Playon Chico community on the Caribbean coastline of San Blas, Panama. The eco-lodge offers two tours a day: a visit to a beach on one of the archipelago's...
52068 W Fork Rd #38, Dolores, CO 81323, USA
Among the most lauded hotel openings in recent years, Dunton Hot Springs is a glitterati mainstay, with its batch of former mining community cabins that look straight out of a Ralph Lauren catalogue. You don’t have to book a pricey stay at...
161 2nd House Rd, Montauk, NY 11954, USA
It’s a hot August day, and I’m in the hip fishing village of Montauk, New York, at the tip of Long Island. Three friends and I just arrived at Ruschmeyer’s, a Neverland for summer-loving grown-ups who want to relive their childhood camp memories....
7485 Virgelle Ferry Rd N, Loma, MT 59460, USA
Eight miles of gravel road away from an already lonely stretch of highway in Central Montana, the Virgelle Mercantile Bed and Breakfast offers quiet comfort. Well, mostly quiet. If you choose to sleep outside in the sheep wagon or one of the...
Anchorage, AK, AK, USA
5743 Flåm, Norway
This really doesn't look like the kind of place where one would want to spend more than a few minutes in transit. Not because it is shady or unsafe - quite the contrary. But because it's so small, and virtually empty. Not a soul in sight except...
We really enjoyed our stay at the guesthouse Eyvindara in Egjilstadir, Iceland. We only spent a night there but it was very comfortable and enough space for 4. This particular cabin has a small living area, kitchenette equipped with all for light...
Mingulay, United Kingdom
Mingulay resembles an island that you can only dream about. Taking a boat trip from Barra with 5 other people we were greeted by Basking Sharks in the bay and a party of Grey Seals on the beach. A lovely man called Donald is the only man who can...
KM18, Jalan Telupid Tongod, Kinabatangan, Sabah, Malaysia
Late afternoon and pitch dark rides up and down the Kinabatangan proved awesome.. Our first exposure to the Pygmy elephant (80% the size of Asian elephants) was a herd of 40 (15 of which we could readily count, including 4 babies, one nursing)...
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