In an ever-changing world, making travel plans can be overwhelming. Here are suggestions from four travel advisers to help craft your next adventure.
1. LAKE TAHOE, NEVADA “Lake Tahoe provides an all-around family escape for those looking for an active outdoor vacation,” says travel expert Katie Bower of American Express Travel (amextravel.com). “Expect beautiful hiking trails, sandy beaches and gorgeous lakes, where stand-up paddle boarding is popular,” she says. She also notes that nearby ski resorts offer summertime entertainment and festivals.
2. COASTAL ADVENTURES With four kids, Mary Curry, a travel expert at Adventure Life (adventure-life.com), has a handle on what kids want from a family vacation. Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast is a great place to learn about the natural world. The turtles and rain forest trip gets underway when “the turtle hatchlings are just beginning to head out to sea and need the help of little hands to dig them out of the sand,” she says. Head in the opposite direction at summer’s end and cruise the northern coast of Norway’s Spitsbergen in search of the King of the North — the polar bear.
3. EXPERIENCE EXCURSIONS “Today’s families are seeking experiences,” says Didi Johnson of Phoenix-based Camelback Travel (camelbacktravel.com). Johnson is a fan of Telluride, Colorado, for its high-altitude ambience, hiking and natural beauty. She also likes the adventure offered by Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and pairs the destination with a stay at the Four Seasons for those seeking family-friendly luxury in their lodging choice. For an ultimate family adventure, Johnson recommends an African safari.
4. GROUP TRIPS If you are planning a family gathering, consider the advice of Jason Shames, CEO and founder of hiskipper.com, an online travel agency that specializes in finding the right accommodations for small groups at the best prices. Shames likes the Red Jacket Mountain View Resort in North Conway, New Hampshire, for families in part because of the Kahuna Laguna, a 40,000-square-foot water park. For those who gravitate toward horseback riding, gorge hiking and biking, he suggests the Omni Homestead Resort in Hot Springs, Virginia.