When you’re a parent who lives to travel, one of life’s biggest challenges is to come up with family vacations that are sophisticated enough for you, yet kid-friendly enough for your offspring. As TripAdvisor’s Travel Advocate, I’ve been sharing a lot of advice over on the TripAdvisor blog lately for how to accomplish just that. In case you’ve missed these posts, here are links for you:
* How to Visit the World’s Iconic Landmarks. Here’s how to navigate the world’s most popular (read: jam-packed) landmarks without losing your children’s interest or your own mind. For my boys, climbing to the top of a monument (or as close as you can get to the top) is key, as is perusing the postcards in the gift shop before you explore (so you know what to look for). In fact, we buy our postcards ahead of time, then race around the museum or monument on a scavenger hunt to find what’s on the postcards. Works every time.
* Wine Weekends That Even the Kids Will Love. Here are five off-the-beaten-path U.S. wine regions that feature scenic wineries with award-winning tours, yet also offer kid-friendly activities and affordable hotels that are close enough to be an easy drive yet far enough that they don’t wreck those dreamy vineyard views.
* What to Do in Venice, Italy, with Teenaged Boys. Actually, I’d recommend these diversions and excursions to almost anyone bound for Venice. If these activities can hold the attention of teenaged boys, there are few people they won’t thrill, right?
* Activities in Vienna, Budapest, Prague, and Dubrovnik That Your Family Mustn’t Miss. Not only will these hidden-gem museums and parks keep the kids engaged, but you’ll elude the worst tourist hordes of summer.