Category: Family Travel

Tips, ideas and resources for families planning a volunteer vacation abroad.

Apr
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Tips for Families Traveling to the Galapagos

Posted by on April 20, 2017 · Leave a Comment  

Family travel means good times, great company, and memories to last a lifetime. However, family Galapagos travel can be even more memorable! There are advantages for families island hopping around the Galapagos, rather than being trapped on a cruise or on the beach for an entire week.

Read on to learn how our Galapagos Family Vacation is uniquely designed for families, with itineraries that keep the kids thrilled and the parents happy/less stressed/enjoying the trip and the family time.

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Mar
25

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Why Should Your Family Volunteer Abroad?

Posted by on March 25, 2017 · 1 Comment  

The popularity of volunteer travel, or voluntourism, has increased dramatically over the past decade. Whereas before, it was rare to know anyone who had volunteered abroad outside of a religious mission trip, there are now options for nearly anyone who wants to make a difference while vacationing.

Having operated in this space throughout that time, Discover Corps has noticed one exciting trend among our travelers—that more and more families are signing up to Vacation with Purpose.

I sat down with Discover Corps Founder and Director Andrew Motiwalla to discuss this trend, and to get the inside scoop on what it’s like to volunteer abroad with children. I also asked him which Discover Corps programs are best for families, what makes voluntourism is so special for to do together, and more.

Check out our interview below:

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Jan
22

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Top 10 Things to Do in Costa Rica for Families

Posted by on January 22, 2017 · 1 Comment  

In its first week, the new U.S. administration has already removed all references to Climate Change from its website and is openly looking to sell off drilling rights in National Parks and other public lands to the highest bidder. So the responsibility of parents to educate their children on the importance of nature and wildlife conservation has never been more vital.

There are few nations on the planet that are better for illustrating the beauty of nature than Costa Rica. The country was one of the earlier adopters of responsible ecotourism, with more than 25% of its 19,700 square miles protected from future development. It’s been ranked the best country in the world in terms of environmental sustainability on more than one occasion, and became the first country in the Americas to ban hunting in 2012.

There are so many things to do in Costa Rica, it can be difficult to decide where to start. The country has 26 National Parks and myriad nature reserves and wildlife refuges, encompassing diverse ecosystems ranging from cloud forests and rainforests to wetlands and coastal marine areas. In short, the place is paradise for anyone with an interest in nature, wildlife and outdoor adventure.

Here are our picks for the best things to do in Costa Rica for families…

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Nov
20

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Galapagos Islands Animals: A Beginner’s Guide

Posted by on November 20, 2016 · Leave a Comment  

Named the world’s first UNESCO Site in 1978, the Galapagos Islands is an archipelago of volcanic islands located 563 miles off the coast of Ecuador.

The landscapes of these 19 islands are remarkably diverse, from the lush green flora of the Santa Cruz highlands (where the Galapagos Tortoise roams wild) to the harsh, alien lava fields on Bartolomé. It’s also home to some of the world’s most fascinating endemic species, from ocean-feeding Marine Iguanas and Flightless Cormorants to diminutive Galapagos Penguins.

The islands are most famous for their influence on Charles Darwin’s Theory of Evolution. He observed that finch and tortoise subspecies genetically adapted to their environment differently on various islands.

Now, 177 years after Darwin’s Voyage of the Beagle, the Galapagos Islands is the only place in the world where wildlife has virtually no fear of humans. Curious Galapagos Sea Lions swim right up to you, and birds such as the Blue-Footed Boobie nest right beside marked hiking trails.

Here’s a look at some of the many Galapagos Islands animals you can expect to see when you visit Darwin’s paradise on Discover Corps’ new Galapagos Family Vacation

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Oct
30

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The World’s Best Family Travel Destinations

Posted by on October 30, 2016 · Leave a Comment  

Picking a vacation destination can be complicated, particularly for families. The more people you have involved in planning a family trip, the more difficult it is to appeal to everyone’s disparate interests and activity levels. But the best family travel destinations offer a diverse array of options for activities and accommodations, ensuring there’s always something for everyone.

Discover Corps founder Andrew Motiwalla and many of our staff members have kids, so we’re constantly looking for the best family travel destinations to add new tours to. Whether it’s exploring culture and history in Cuba or learning more about wildlife conservation in South Africa, we’re always exploring and expanding our options for family volunteering.

So when it came time to write about the best family travel destinations in the world, we decided to consult with the experts– more than a dozen of the world’s top family travel bloggers. From classic favorites like Costa Rica and Tanzania to adventurous options such as the Australian outback, Galapagos Islands and India, their picks span nearly every continent on the globe.

Check out their tips for the most amazing places for traveling with kids, and be sure to let us know your favorite family travel destinations in the comments!

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Sep
26

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7 Tips for Planning Multi Generational Family Travel

Posted by on September 26, 2016 · Leave a Comment  

Have you always wanted to take a vacation with your extended family, but feel like it might be too hard to make everyone happy?

Don’t be intimidated. A growing number of families are in the same boat! According to survey data gathered by Preferred Hotel Group, many people are now taking at least one trip a year that includes three or more generations of their family.

With multi generational family travel growing in popularity, we’ve compiled seven tips for planning an unforgettable family vacation that gets everyone– from grandparents to grandkids– excited. If you think of any we’ve missed, feel free to add your tips in the comments!

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Aug
28

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Planning a Family Trip: How to Get Kids Involved

Posted by on August 28, 2016 · 1 Comment  

Taking a family trip offers an exciting opportunity for bonding, learning, and exploring a new place together. Involving everyone in the trip-planning process is just as important as involving everyone in the trip itself, and that includes the kids!

Children may have varying levels of interest in the idea of “trip planning.” But they’re sure to become enthusiastic once they start to explore all of the fun things you can do together.

By involving kids in planning your family trip, we get them engaged on a deeper level. It’s hard to please everyone with every plan on the road. But when kids feel included in the planning process, they’ll have a better understanding of the trip as a whole. If there’s a portion that they’re not particularly enthusiastic about, they’re less likely to become agitated or bored if they have a say in what’s coming next.

Building anticipation for your family vacation can be a bonding experience in itself. So get everyone involved right from the very start, and you may find that the whole experience will be more rewarding. Here are a few tips to help you through the process…

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Jun
29

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Tips for Traveling With Kids From 12 Family Travel Experts

Posted by on June 29, 2016 · Leave a Comment  

Traveling with kids can be like a Charles Dickens novel: It can be the best of times or the worst of times. But a lot of the variance between these two extremes can be mitigated with proper planning and preparation. 

 

With summer travel season officially underway, we thought it would be a great idea to check in with some of the world’s most respected Family Travel Bloggers to get their tips on how to make traveling with kids a better experience for everyone.

 

Check out their expert advice!

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Jun
22

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What to do in Costa Rica with Kids

Posted by on June 22, 2016 · Leave a Comment  

 

What to do in Costa Rica with Kids

If happy is the way you like your family holidays, then Costa Rica—an annual inclusion in lists of the world’s happiest countries— might be the perfect place for the next one. But it’s not just smiles your kids will be wearing: They’ll need to pack their swimsuits, lace up their hiking boots, and dust off their binoculars. Adventures aplenty await!

With coastlines on both the Caribbean and the Pacific as well as a tropical treasure trove of cloud forests, live volcanoes, and diverse wildlife, Costa Rica has something to interest everyone. There are even a bevy of activities that will have enough experiential oomph to persuade a teenager’s eyes, at least momentarily, away from the smartphone.

Here’s our guide on what to do in Costa Rica with Kids…

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