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

Oct
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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
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7 Tips for Planning Multi Generational Family Travel

Posted by on September 26, 2016 · 3 Comments  

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
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Planning a Family Trip: How to Get Kids Involved

Posted by on August 28, 2016 · 2 Comments  

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
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Tips for Traveling With Kids From 12 Family Travel Experts

Posted by on June 29, 2016 · 12 Comments  

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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Apr
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The Benefits of Volunteering as a Family

Posted by on April 13, 2016 · 2 Comments  

 

Family is so important. We’d all like to see our families grow closer and stronger. But finding the time and the activities to bring our family members together can be a challenge.

Different ages, interests, schedules, and personalities can make it difficult to get everyone on the same page. But despite our many differences, we’re still family.

Volunteering as a family is an excellent way to close the gap between ages, interests, and more. It’s an activity that everyone can enjoy, while learning the value of doing good things for the causes and the people we care about.

With April being National Volunteer Month, we took time to consider the many ways that volunteering could help make your family closer and stronger.

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Mar
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Family Travel Tips: How to Plan Your Vacation

Posted by on March 13, 2016 · 2 Comments  

Does it ever feel like winter will never end? Don’t worry, summer will sneak up on us sooner than we expect, and with it comes summer vacation!

For families, summer vacation can mean the rare opportunity to escape the demands of our work and school schedules to relax and have fun.

Summer vacation planning, on the other hand, might seem like the opposite of relaxing. But with the proper amount of time and consideration for the details of your trip, the planning process can be almost as much fun as the vacation itself.

We’ve laid out some great travel tips for summer vacation planning to make them simple and stress-free. Get the family involved in the planning process, and you’ll be enjoying the excitement of summer vacation together in no time.

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Feb
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16 Family Travel Blogs to Follow in 2016

Posted by on February 21, 2016 · 25 Comments  

As any new parent will tell you, the simple concept of family travel can be a bit terrifying. All of the traditional travel fears seem to become heightened tenfold when there are kids or grandkids involved.

 

Yet traveling with kids can also be one of the most rewarding experiences of our lifetimes, taking us away from the humdrum rituals of our daily routines and allowing our families to spend time together, creating wonderful memories that can last a lifetime.

 

Here at Discover Corps (where many of us travel with kids of our own), we’re big believers in the benefits of family travel. We’re proud to offer what we consider some of the Best Family Volunteer Vacations in the world, from working with sea turtles in Costa Rica and manatees in Belize to taking care of elephants in Thailand and feeding baby rhinos in South Africa.

 

But how do we ensure our family’s vacation goes off without a hitch? Where are the best places for families to travel together? How do we save money along the way? For the answers to these and many other questions, we often turn to the world’s best Family Travel Blogs. Here are 16 of our favorites worth following in 2016.

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Feb
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The Best Family Volunteer Vacations

Posted by on February 9, 2016 · 2 Comments  

Sometimes it can be a challenge just to gather the whole family together for dinner. Everyone has different schedules, different tastes, and different distractions from the time you’d like to spend with them. So organizing family volunteer vacations might just seem like a headache waiting to happen.

But participating in volunteer vacations can be an incredibly rewarding experience that brings your family closer. When you find yourself in an unfamiliar place, stripped of daily routine, you and your family can rediscover the joy of spending time together, with the shared purpose of doing something good for others.

We believe that family volunteer vacations can present the best kind of travel opportunities for families of all shapes and sizes. The following options are all family-friendly trips offered by Discover Corps. Explore these exciting options for family volunteer travel experiences and discover the rewards that might await you and yours.

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Nov
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7 Reasons Travel is Among the Best Gifts to Give

Posted by on November 20, 2015 · 1 Comment  

Gift giving is one of many holiday activities that, for many of us, can be both rewarding and stressful.

While we all enjoy the look of appreciation on our loved ones’ faces  when they unwrap something we’ve hand-picked just for them, finding a gift that will inspire joy rather than thinly veiled disappointment is tricky. Do they already have it? Will they like it? Will it fit?

But there’s one gift that won’t involve any of those questions. Here are a few reasons why the Gift of Travel is among the best gifts to give for the holidays…

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