Category: Family Travel

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

May
25

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Costa Rica’s Unique Wildlife

Posted by on May 25, 2017 · Leave a Comment  

Wildlife in Costa Rica, in many ways, contributes to the country’s “happiest place on earth” moniker. The abundance of unrivaled natural beauty is something to behold!

From the indigenous flora and fauna, to the farms and gardens, to the animals, there is no shortage of magnificent wildlife in Costa Rica to see on your trip.

Take a look at the most visually stunning destination sights you’ll see, right after the jump.

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May
11

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5 Ways to Experience Cuba

Posted by on May 11, 2017 · Leave a Comment  

Cuba vacation. Yeah, we said it. Vacation. Vacationing in Cuba is possible now! There are some restrictions, but they’re all met by Discover Corps tours.

Once you decide a Cuba vacation is in your future, the ways in which you can experience the country are endless. Our five suggestions: A weekend getaway in Havana, a Yoga & Culture Exploration (think: retreat), a celebration of arts and culture, volunteering in Havana alongside Cuban youth, or exploring Cuba’s natural side – including the lush countryside and biosphere reserves.

Pack your bags, grab your hats and sunglasses, brush up on your Spanish, look forward to your favorite cigar, and let’s go!

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Apr
27

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REPORT: Vacations Are Important To Family Happiness

Posted by on April 27, 2017 · Leave a Comment  

Family vacations abroad aren’t the single most popular family travel choice, but don’t let that fool you – AAA found that these trips landed on their list of top five most popular vacation options for traveling families. This is for good reason: Reports have shown that vacations are important to both family happiness and positively impacting children.

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Apr
20

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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 · Leave a 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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