7 family travel ideas to fuel your travel fantasies

Families can channel their inner adventurers with G Adventures’ July Family Trip to Costa Rica. At Rincón de la Vieja National Park, an ethereal land of bubbling mud springs and steaming volcanoes, swing on ziplines strung through the forest canopy, then play in the mud of the hot springs. Swim beneath the dizzying canyons and rushing waterfalls of the Río Negro, traverse the forest canopy across the suspension bridges of the Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve, then take a jungle boat on the river to Palo Verde National Park, walking past the crocodiles.

Photo: Courtesy of Ponant

In winter, the Magic of the White Continent The expedition departs in December from upscale French luxury cruise line Ponant (think Hermès toiletries, Ducasse-trained chefs, and an extensive premium wine list). The 14-day cruise through the otherworldly Antarctic Peninsula, an uninhabited land of spectacular ice floes and glaciers that was only explored in the 19th century, begins with crossing the legendary Drake Passage, the plan d Notoriously windy and choppy water between Cape Horn and the South Shetland Islands. Upon reaching the so-called White Continent, families will visit Ushaia, nicknamed chilly by Argentines (El fin del mundo, or the end of the world) and take Zodiac rides to volcanic beaches and tabletop icebergs to meet exotic creatures such as gentoo penguins, crabeater seals and humpback whales.

The Northern Lights in FinlandPhoto: Courtesy of Abercrombie & Kent

For the little ones, Abercrombie & Kent’s private eight-day Tailor Made Finland tour offers the ultimate prize: a meeting with Santa himself. The tour begins with a handwritten note on parchment paper requesting lunch with Santa Claus, served by elves in his secret forest, Joulukka. Next, families will visit the Elven Toy Factory, where gifts are actively made, take a traditional Lapland sleigh ride through the snowy forest pulled by real reindeer, attend the Elven School to learn skills such as gingerbread house decoration and enjoy a meal. straight out of Frozen at the Ice Restaurant, where food is offered on slabs of ice. This trip is a victory not only for the children, but for the parents, because it will guarantee the best behavior of your child until the end of the year.

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