Whether you're hitting the road for the holidays or embarking on a multi-week journey to the other side of the world, traveling with kids is always an adventure. It's gotten a bit easier thanks to electronic devices, but nobody wants their kids staring at devices for hours on end.
Written by Chez Chesak, and reprinted with permission from Everett Potter's Travel Report.
In the Costa Rican jungle, at the base of the zipline tower, she balked, refusing to go any further. With my family all geared up in harnesses, helmets and gloves and the guides egging her on, our 8-year old daughter was not only afraid of the zipline – she was too afraid to even climb the tower that would kick off the tour of several ziplines through the park.
At only about 20,000 square miles, Costa Rica is a country that is packed with a vast variety of climates and landscapes, and the country remains a big ecotourism destination, as well as a goal for those seeking nothing but resort pampering or off-the-charts adventure. Beaches? Check. Volcanoes? Check. Biodiversity? Absolutely.
Kellyn, a 23-year-old college student studying to be a social worker, recently returned from a Peru family vacation, where she traveled with her mother. They spent two weeks hiking, exploring, catching up, and enjoying introspective time. Of all the experiences, though, the most valuable for her was the strengthened bond between mother and daughter, one she'll take with her as she finishes college and moves into adulthood.