The Best Places to Unplug with Your Family
FEB 2017 INSPIRATION
Turn off your notifications and break the screen habit. These are the “Best Places to Unplug” with your family.
Our Young Explorers program in Botswana was designed specifically with children in mind. Its aim is to introduce the wonders of the African wilderness to young minds through safari experiences like tracking, bush survival skills, and game drives, with an emphasis on conservation and respect for the earth. Each family is booked on exclusive use to the six bedded camp and includes a private chef, waiter, housekeeper, and two professional guides to ensure the experience sticks with your family long after you leave the bush.
Retreat to the dry north of Chile to the oasis of San Pedro de Atacama. The Atacama Desert is said to be the driest in the world. Here, families can unwind away from the Internet and distractions with numerous unforgettable family-friendly adventures, from hiking and horseback riding to 4×4 tours and hot air balloon rides. This unique level of incredibly customized family travel makes Atacama one of our best places to unplug.
Gather the family for an unforgettable stay in the heart of the Welsh countryside. The Grove at Narberth is a privately-owned country house hotel nestled in the heart of Pembrokeshire and perfectly situated near secluded beaches. There are plenty of castles to explore and outdoor pursuits for all ages.
Share your teen’s love for fantasy in Japan, home of anime and manga comics. From museums to specialty shops, there’s enough to delight the true fan. For those not interested in Japan’s modern comic culture, Ninja sword lessons and dressing up in kimonos offer a more traditional look at the country’s incredible culture.
Head to the Philippines for a far-flung adventure without leaving your comfort zone. The islands have a very Americanized culture, which makes it a comfortable and pleasant destination for apprehensive travelers. Once you get there, try whale watching or simply laying on its beaches to captivate each member of your family.
At Sasaab the children’s program was designed “by kids for kids” to enable children to explore Kenya’s Samburu through game drives, camel rides, and the Samburu Olympics (javelin throwing, bow and arrow, rungu throwing). Children can also learn how to be a Samburu through discovery of the toothbrush tree, water collection, fire making, identifying medicine trees, and survival in the bush.
With Donna Salerno Travel, families traveling to Switzerland not only benefit from the beautiful scenery, but they also have the opportunity to visit an authentic alpine chalet near Gstaad. Embark on a private cheese making experience with a local farmer who utilizes century-old artisanal traditions.
Escape to the Galápagos Islands for a full week amid the Enchanted Islands always a favorite and one of the best places to unplug while traveling. Whether exploring by land at a luxury camp or by sea via an intimate cruise vessel, adults and children alike will marvel at the wildlife wonders brought to life by their personal experienced and knowledgeable naturalist guides.
Explore China’s rich cultural heritage with adventures that engage the whole family. It’s easy to craft a journey that pairs light hikes on the Great Wall of China and bamboo rafting near Guilin with visits to museums and cooking classes in Beijing and Shanghai. There are a number of properties that even cater to young children with activities like kite-flying to make your journey to China truly unforgettable.
Still very much an undiscovered gem in European tourism, Georgia is a fresh and authentic destination where families can experience a connection to the country more profoundly than what is possible in many more well-trodden destinations. Our favorite family affair is lunch at Chateau Svanidze, a local family home where you can bake bread, taste homemade wine, and try famous dumplings called khinkali, Georgian barbecue called mtsvadi, and khachapuri cheese pie.
The Thai people are incredibly friendly and welcoming to children of all ages. For a leisurely holiday, you can’t get much more pure or relaxing than Phuket’s white sand beaches and clear blue waters. Combine a stay in Phuket with a few nights in Chiang Mai at the Four Seasons Resort. It has specially designed children’s programs to engage the littlest of learners through garden tours, kite making, stone painting, and clay pot creation, just to name a few. As a family, you can also become a Thai farmer for a day and learn how rice is grown, head out on nature trails, or take a cooking or Muay Thai Boxing class.
Bali isn’t just an island paradise for honeymooners, it’s great for families too. There is a seemingly endless list of activities among our best places to unplug – from swimming and snorkeling to hiking, biking, and rafting, or digging into the culture and history of its temples, you’ll never grow bored.
Replace screen time with memories to last a lifetime.
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Source; Ker and Downey