Too many tour companies claim to offer family travel experiences only to venture to their site and learn that families must not consist of babies. I have a 14 month old and I want to travel the world. Where are all of the true family tour companies? Even Adventures by Disney, yep, that’s right, Disney, has a minimum age of four. No wonder couples are putting off having children until later in life. Are we really that restricted when we have children? Are toddlers not considered part of “family travel”? Are there no other adventures parents out there that would like to bring their children to experience new countries and cultures?
We recently went to Hard Rock Vallarta as a family. Athena loved playing in the pool, dining in different restaurants, playing on the beach, and relaxing on the balcony. (At 14 months old, she likes to travel. She may look like her father, but it’s easy to tell that she’s Mommy’s girl.) I would consider Hard Rock Vallarta an excellent family location, especially since it’s all-inclusive. It takes a lot of the work out of travel. Darren and I even took turns riding the boogie boards, zipping down the water slide, and exploring the unlimited drink options that you’d expect to find at a Hard Rock Hotel. The Hard Rock was the ultimate playground for fun in paradise. The only down side of the resort was that the Kid’s Club was designed for kids ages 4-12. The only way Darren and I would have been able to participate in an activity together was if we brought a nanny with us. Who can afford to travel with a nanny? I don’t know what your family income is but I do know that we don’t fit in that category.
Blogging is my full time job. I don’t go to work; at least not your typical 9-5 job anyway. Athena still fits into the “lap child” age and I’d like to take her on a trip around the world as my 2014 bucket list, but I don’t even know where to begin. I’d love to hear your suggestions on the best countries, tour companies, or adventures for a parent and a toddler.
I’ve recently been looking into Curacao as a travel option for Athena and I. With the Curaçao Seaquarium, the Dolphin Academy, the Ostrich Farm, family beaches, beautiful weather, and direct flights from Charlotte it could actually be a toddler-friendly country. I might check it out before the new year begins.
We want to participate in family cooking classes, sporting activities, outdoor adventures, tours, beach days, excursions, and the list goes on. 83% of American families plan to take at least one vacation with family members, including young children, this year. Why should that market be isolated? They should be embraced! I want to travel around the world with Athena and continue to show the world that we are only restricted by our own imagination.
Do you know of toddler-friendly countries or tour operators in other parts of the world? Please share them here and help make my 2014 bucket list dreams a reality.
The more unrealistic we are with our dreams and goals the more we are able to achieve!