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15 Bucket-List Ideas for a Family Vacation


What will next year’s family vacation be for you? Another week at the beach? A first trip to Disney? Heading home to the family? How about something more exotic? Family vacations can–and should–be about experiencing new things and having adventures together. Even if you don’t have the trip of a lifetime coming up, it can be fun to talk about dream about the destinations and activities that would be on each family member’s wish list.

Here are 15 destinations and activities to give you some ideas. We start far away in Australia and work out way back the to U.S. Which ones would top your family’s vacation bucket list?

15 Bucket-List Travel Experiences for Families

Australia

swim in a pink lake in Australia1. Swim in a Pink Lake in Western Australia

Hillier Lake in Australia is beautiful, serene and calming, surrounded by lush green vegetation with the ocean nearby. It’s also pink! Tourists come from near and far to float and bob in this salt lake, located on Middle Island, off the country’s soutwest coast. A special algae makes the water pink, even in a container. (Read about Senegal’s pink lake, too.)

Africa

 2. Breakfast with Giraffes in Kenya

Giraffes are stunning creatures, not only because of their long legs and protruding necks, but because they’re gentle and surprisingly graceful mammals. In Kenya, one can practically have breakfast with them as they stick their necks through the windows of the manor house (top). It makes for an utterly unique and fascinating experience– and an epic photo! Your kids will make an intimate connection with these animals, even as they try to steal your breakfast. (Read more on safaris.)

 Uganda mountain gorillas are gentle, fascinating and endangered3. Trekking with Gorillas in Uganda

There are only 800 mountain gorillas left in the world. They’re rare and endangered (due to poaching). You and your kids can observe them and learn on how to protec them on a spectacular walking adventure with the Gorillas in Uganda.

Asia

 the cherry blossoms in Kyoto are spectacular4. See the Cherry Blossoms in Kyoto, Japan

The beautiful cherry blossom flowers cover Japan in spring turning plces like Kyoto into a pink fairyland The cherry-blossoms are deeply symbolic to the Japanese, representing the beauty of life and new beginnings of spring. The lessons of cherry blossoms: Life is beautiful, fragile and short lived, so slow down once in a while to look around and enjoy it. (read more on Kyoto)

 A Hindu Temple sits on the roof of the world in India5. Visit Hindu Temples in the Indian Himalayas

The Himalayas are vast, straddling 1,500 miles across India, Pakistan, China, Bhutan and Nepal. The Indian Himalayas hide a series of remote and startling Hindu Temples, open to anyone willing to make the trek to the roof of the world.

Water sparkles like diamonds on the Maldives6. Walk on Diamond Beach in the Maldives

Firstly, the Maldives are absolutely exquisite, the definition of paradise, with crystal clear waters and pristine beaches. But the most impressive is Diamond beach, where the water glistens at night with bioluminescent plankton. It can look as though it has thousand of diamonds floating ont eh surface. Your kids will think it’s magic but you can tell them it’s something even better: Nature.

Europe

Up and Away in a beautiful balloon in Cappadocia7. Hot Air Ballooning in Turkey

Picture hundreds of multi-coloured hot air balloons floating in the sky above an enchanting town built into solid rock. It sounds outer-worldly, but you can experience this magnificent sight in Cappadocia, central Turkey.

The prettiest times of the day are sunrise and sunset. If you prefer to stay earthbound you can enjoy a rooftop picnic that allows you to look up at the balloons and down at the town.

The best way to see Lapland is on the back of a dog sled.  8. Husky Sledding in Finland

If your family doesn’t mind the cold, husky sledding can provide an extraordinary ride through a breathtaking winter wonderland. What better way to see the snow-filled Finnish country side? The sledding happens in Lapland—pretty close to the north pole, and only from January to May. Plan ahead and bring your warmest clothes!

 A snug way to see the Northern Lights, in a glass igloo in Finland9. Witnessing the Northern Lights, from an Igloo, in Finland

Finland is the only country to appear twice on the list. After your sledding, maybe you’ll be lucky enough to experience the Northern Lights, a natural phenomenon of greens, blues, pinks and reds dancing in the sky with an electric glow. The best time to see them is in winter, also the best time for sledding. And one of the coolest ways to do it is by staying in a glass igloo. You and your kids can cuddle in bed while staring up at the colourful swirls in the sky. Pure perfection!

the Blue Lagoon is fun for all ages 10. Blue Lagoon Iceland

Iceland is one of the most breathtaking places in the world, filled with waterfalls, glaciers, mountain ranges and natural warm-water lagoons. The most famous of its geothermal spas, the blue lagoon is also the biggest. There is room for young and old in this pool that’s surrounded by eerie volcanic landscape. (Read more about Iceland.)

 Stonehenge is on a lot of bucket lists11. Visit StoneHenge in the U.K.

Mysterious Stonehenge often tops of the list of history enthusiasts. The prehistoric monument dates back to 3100 BC and we still have not unlocked most of its secrets. Visit on a day trip from London to decide how you think it got there and what it was for. (Read about other U.K. destinations.)

 A different way to Kayak in Croatia -- underground12. Kayak through the grottos of croatia

Croatia is full of hidden gems, which is why it’s fast the rise as a popular European destination. One experience that stands out even her is kayaking through the underground turquoise waters of the Blue Grotto. It’s an unique and captivating journey that you won’t easily find anywhere else in the world! Best dress in layers, it can be chilly down there.

South America

Carnival can be a blast for families with older kids13. Experience the Rio Carnival in Brazil

Carnival in Rio De Janeiro is the biggest and most popular pre-Lenten celebration in the world. It’s an exhilarating street show that features overwhelmingly large man-made floats, women dressed in their most glamorous, glitzy dance attire, and lots of samba music. Thousands of people turn out to watch, cheer, dance and sing along. It might be overwhelming for young children but for you are and your teens it can be an awe-inspiring experience.

Iguazu Falls is a natural wonder that spans two countries14. Iguazu Falls in Argentina

For the nature lovers, Iguazu Falls in Argentina can be a magical experience The largest waterfall system in the world, Iguazu is made up of 275 falls that span the border of Argentina and Brazil. You can experience the falls from the sky by helicopter, from various lookout points, or from below by speedboat. This bucket list experience shows your family the power and beauty of nature.

United States

 swim with sea turtles in Hawaii 15. Snorkel with Turtles in Hawaii

You can snorkel in crystal clear water with some of the rarest marine life on earth without leaving the U.S. On Oahu and Maui families can take snorkel trips to bays and coastal areas where turtles make their home. Nothing gets kids as excited on a snorkel tour as seeing these impressive shelled creatures swimming by. Your kids will want to take one home, but it’s best to take a good long look and leave them undisturbed.

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Where does your family most want to travel and what does it most want to do on your next vacation? This bucket list of 15 world destinations will give you ideas to talk and dream about and maybe even start planning that dream trip. #bucketlist #travel #ideas

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