Jan 072013

While many families with teens and tweens slow down travels when school and sports start in September, our favorite family travel bloggers somehow manage to stay on the move all year round!  Over the last couple of months they have had some pretty amazing experiences that we thought you might like to hear about.  They have lots of great ideas and inspiration that might inspire your next family vacation.  Here’s a round-up of some of our favorites!

A smoldering Halema`uma`u crater on the summit of the Kīlauea volcano

A smoldering Halema`uma`u crater on the summit of the Kīlauea volcano

The Best of the US

Kara Williams and her intrepid tweens from The Vacation Gals, has us wishing we had stowed away on her family trip to Hawaii’s Big Island – one of our all time favorite family vacation destinations.  They barely had time to enjoy the beach between taking lessons at the FBI Surf School, enjoying a Blue Hawaiian helicopter tour of the volcanoes and waterfalls,  going undersea in the Atlantis Submarine and kayaking with Kohala Ditch Adventures.  What a trip and what great ideas for family fun in her post Family-Friendly Activities on Hawaii, the Big Island.

Terri and the family from Travel 50 States with Kids, made it a priority to visit the national memorials to fallen war heros during their recent visit to Washington DC.  The kids were the ones who decided to devote half a day to walking around the Tidal Basin and National Mall viewing both the presidential and war memorials.  Her post DC – War Memorials includes detailed directions and lots of photos to help you plan your visit.

Sherri and her son from Sherri’s Traveling Classroom visited the Wright Brothers National Memorial in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina to celebrate the 110th Anniversary of Flight when the Wright Brothers sailed over the the Outer Banks in their “Wright Flyer”.  The Memorial includes reproductions of the early flyers as well as reconstructions of the 1903 wooden living quarters and hangar where the Wright brothers conducted their experiments.  Outside, markers show where the first flights took place – this looks like a “must visit” location for anyone interested in the history of aviation and flight.

We're really in New York City!

New York City!

Mo and tween daughters from Mo Travels enjoyed Hot Dogs, The Plaza, and Dolls! Oh My! during a December visit to the Big Apple — New York City — another one of our top 10 vacation destinations for teens and tweens – particularly girls that love to shop!  After tea at the American Girl Doll Cafe and a tour of the The Plaza hotel, the girls couldn’t wait to see what else New York had to offer.

Playing Tourist Around the World!

Talon and Son from 1 Dad 1 Kid 1 Crazy Adventure took time out from their ongoing world schooling adventures to play tourist in Cancun.  Although initially concerned about tourist safety in the area they soon decided it was fine to walk and explore all around town, even outside the main tourist areas.  In What About Tourist Safety in Cancun we get some insight into staying street smart while enjoying Indian food, shopping malls and a water park.

Claudia, her husband and tween boys from the Travelling Mom kept the tourist theme going with a visit to the Westside Mall in  Bern-Brunnen, Switzerland. They declared it an architectural landmark and the Coolest Mall in Europe  after checking out the the Bernaqua Erlebnisbad & Spa – the Adventure Pool – which includes 18 different indoor & outdoor water facilities, including; several waterslides (the longest covered ones in Switzerland), indoor & outdoor pools, kiddie splash pool, saunas, spas and fitness facilities.

Stuart and Kirstie and their tweens from The Family Adventure Project spent a week visiting London on a mission to view the city from the air as many different ways as possible.  In Climbing Up over London: Up at The 02 Arena they travel over (as in on the roof) of one of London’s largest domes – the 02 Arena in East London–  attached to a wire suspended along a walkway.  Apparently the roof doubles as London’s largest trampoline too!

Finally, Lisa and family from Gone with the Family fit in a visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Château de Versailles during their recent trip to Paris.  In Visiting The Palace Of Versailles With Kids, her 15 year old and 8 year old daughters were of divided opinions about the luxurious lifestyle of 17th century French royalty with the younger daughter being very impressed by the beauty of the palace whereas the  teenage declared it to be an excessive waste of money that could have been better spent elsewhere.

Where to Next?

Thanks again to all our traveling family bloggers for keeping us up to date about life on the road.  We can’t wait to read what they will try next!  Stop by all their blogs for even more wonderful ideas for the next time your family needs a little travel inspiration.

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