Saturday, July 11, 2009

Have Kids, Will Travel

The most recent Lonely Planet guide, “Traveling with Children,” got a major overhaul with new kid-friendly destinations and activities, as well as ways for parents to stay sane. Brigette Barta, coordinating author, confirmed that parents can find a way to balance their needs with their kids' requirements for fun and play when on vacation. She said that “There's no doubt that traveling with kids is very different from traveling without them. It's a lot more tiring and demanding, and holidays can be harder work than staying at home. But the benefits of family travel are enormous."

Some of the recommended places by Barta were to be expected, but others really surprised. Here are some of the most interesting options she described.

United States
Well, it's not the most exotic of places to go, but in this economic climate, it's a reasonable one. If you're from the east coast, head west, and if you are going for the luxurious “camping style” experience, you might want to check out Winvian, located in Morris, Connecticut. Nestled in the quiet, but upscale area of the Litchfield Hills (where many a celebrity has spent the weekend), the Winvian has fifteen independent, cozy cottages in varied decors—and the location welcomes families with open arms.

Teens will love visiting Australia, which lets the outdoorsy types explore the outback, while beach lovers will adore soaking up the rays on Bondi and beyond. The Hayman is offering a special through, which gives bookers the 5th night free in this hotel located between the northeastern coast of Queensland and the Great Barrier Reef. Your teens can take their pick between boating, fishing, snorkeling, and volleyball, and you'll be saving some funds while you're at it with this special deal.

One of the more unusual selections on Barta's list, Syria is known to be an interesting place for children and adults alike. By visiting the rich culture of the city of Damascus, children will pack in plenty of knowledge and see a greatly different lifestyle, halfway across the globe. The Four Seasons Damascus is safe and centrally located, often chosen as the number one hotel to visit in Damascus. This elegant hotel is great for older or quieter children who want to explore Syria and have all the amenities from back home. No homesick children here!

Where will you take your kids on vacation? Will you be hopping on a bus, or taking a flight on a family getaway?

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