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Family Vacations That Adults Will Love Too

by Wendy Perrin | February 1, 2019

When you’re a parent who lives to travel, one of life’s biggest challenges is to pull together family vacations that are sophisticated enough for you, yet kid-friendly enough for your offspring. I’ve taken my own boys (now 15 and 16) to more than 50 countries, and you can see  a few of our favorite places from more recent trips in the first Instagram post below. I also asked the trip designers on my WOW List of Trusted Travel Experts to share their ideas for other unusual and exciting family vacations. What would you add? Tell us in the comments below.

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'Sophisticated Family Travel' There's definitely a trend in parents wanting to engage with their children in stimulating experiences during their vacation. Check our fab & totally British selection below. – *Experience life as a Queens Guard by going Behind The Scenes at the Household Cavalry Museum before heading over to Buckingham Palace and viewing the Changing of The Guards – all led by ex-Queens Guard! – *Explore the British Museum – There’s no cooler way than solving codes, deciphering clues, using electronic trackers and breaking open lock boxes! – With ‘Skip the line tickets’, and ‘Before & After Hours' access, these speedy entries help the little ones stay calm and focused, keeping everybody happy!! – #queenofclubsuk #wendyperrin @wendyperrin #WOWweek #WOWlist #behindthescenes #totallybritish #familytravel

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We REALLY look forward to having families choose Malta for their family outing because it is always such a surprise on many different levels. The best time for family vacations are from April until November to ensure a great number of experiences. The best are always hands on activities with local artisans, food experiences or countryside experiences. It´s quite the bonding experience. One of our most exciting experiences for families is with a falconer – where he relives this popular skill from the High Middle Ages. We've got it all from rock climbing, abseiling, water activities, quad biking, games with the locals and more! #WOWWeek #WOWList @wendyperrin #malta #familytravel #mediterranean #luxurytravel #falconry

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The beautiful Palomino Islands off the coast of Lima are worlds away from the bustling city. Your teens will especially love this full-day sailing excursion to Palomino’s four islets. The best part? You’ll get to meet local wildlife up close. Get to know the Humboldt penguins, pelicans, and more than 8,000 sea lions that live on the Palomino Islands. (Yes, pictures are welcome!) If you’re feeling extra adventurous, you can even join the sea lions for a dip in the water! #wowweek #wowlist @wendyperrin #peru #adventure #adventure #travel #travelfamily #familytravels #familytravelblog #familytravelblogger #familytraveltips #familytraveller #familytraveler #failytravelling #familytraveling #familytravellove #familytraveleres #familytravellers #aracari #aracaritravel #aracariinspires #aracariconnects #aracaricelebrates

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Colombia has something for everyone, families included. The Coffee Region is not only a breathtakingly stunning UNESCO World Heritage Site but also abounds with adventurous activities. The countryside outside of Medellin affords stunning views over lakes and mountains. Go bamboo rafting down the rivers, meander through the national parks, tour orchid farms or go horseback riding. You can appreciate the natural beauty of Colombia and also have the infrastructure that supports boutique accommodations for you and your loved ones! @wendyperrin #Colombia #trustedtravelexpert #wowlist #wowweek #familytravel #familyholidays #familyvacations #coffeeregion #medellin #adventure #activities #nature #countryside #rivers #lakes #mountains #travel #holidays #vacations #discovercolombia

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Who says you can't learn something new while on vacation? Grab the whole family and explore the underwater beauty of St. Barth's coral reefs by snorkeling or scuba diving! The area around Pain de Sucre, an islet just off Gustavia harbor, is considered the best diving spot on the island. There are a number of diving schools that offer full-day expeditions to neighboring islands as well! For more information and pricing, contact reservations@stbarth.com  #stbarth #stbart #sbh #caribbean #islandlife #dreamstbarth #liveyourdream #sea #sun #paradise #ocean #islandlife #villa #villalife #villarentals #lifestyle #getaway #beautiful #escape #beach #stbarthlife #WOWWeek #WOWList #WendyPerrin

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Today on @wendyperrin's #WOWWeek is about family travel. With a wealth of historical and cultural sights, China is perfect for your next family vacation. Our experienced guides don't just show you landmarks, they make learning come alive with hands-on activities and exclusive access. From learning how to put on make-up and costumes in the traditional style backstage at the Sichuan opera to being a panda keeper for the day at the Dujiangyan Reserve, your children won't just see Chengdu as an outsider but actually live the culture.⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ #wildchina #WOWList #WOWFamilyTravel #chengdu #china #travelasia #traveltheworld #bucketlist #wanderlust #explorechina #experiencechina

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Creating interesting vacations for adults and kids alike can be a challenge. Today our #Wendyperrin Travel Specialists look at how to bring a trip alive for family members of all ages. Greg Tepper — " I believe family travel should be both exciting and enriching. History comes alive in St Petersburg through our Extraordinary Experiences: Learn about the Romanov dynasty at Peter & Paul Cathedral – the symbol of the city since 1703 and where all of the imperial family is laid to rest – then climb the towering cathedral steeple (normally closed to the public) for an insight into the workings of the bell tower and for extraordinary views across St Petersburg. For a hands on experience, visit the Amber Room workshops at Catherine Palace — discover the secrets of the artisans who recreated the fabled Amber Room after its destruction during WWII, and learn first-hand how this ancient sap is transformed into art." #WOWWeek @wendyperrin #russia #stpetersburg #amberroom #specialaccess #artisans #belltower #WOWlist

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And on Facebook, we heard from WOW List trip designers, as well as travelers. Here’s how they make family trips rewarding for the whole clan:

 

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