Croatia

March 16, 2017

Best Destinations for your Next Family Vacation

Are you struggling to figure out where your next family vacation will be? Not sure you’d like to leave it up to the “fate” of “close your eyes and stick a pin on the map, that’s where we’ll go!”? With over 18 years of experience in the family vacations game, we’ve been to some of the best destinations in the world for families, some more exotic than others but all with something really special to offer. Below is a quick snip it of some of the best destinations for a family vacation!

Baja

Baja may be “close to home” but for many of us, will feel worlds away! Bright blue skies, crisp clear turquoise waters, rugged, pristine coastline and an eclectic group of locals make Baja a truly unique destination. In Baja you can also go glamping, which is basically the best and most comfortable form of camping that you could imagine. Add in swimming with sea lions and whale sharks and everyone will have a good time!

kayaking on a baja family vacation

Panama

Panama may be small in size but there is no question the country is bursting with adventure and flavor! From exploring the monumental giant, yes the Panama Canal, to spending an afternoon with a local indigenous tribe, relaxing on white sandy Caribbean beaches and even hiking through the jungles teeming with wildlife. Panama has something special to offer any adventure seeking family.

Thailand

The home of bustling Bangkok, quiet countryside, and picturesque beaches- there is something for everyone. Visit the night markets, spend a day caring for Elephants, give alms to Buddhist Monks, and snorkel alongside James Bond Island. Action, culture, oh and did I mention delicious, authentic Thai cuisine? Whether you have a family of older kids, millennials, or pre-teens; the long flight is well worth it to experience Thailand, an amazing country.

South Africa

It’s quite the commute to get here, but trust me; it’s totally worth it! A family vacation to South Africa is bursting with cultural differences, varied economic backgrounds, breathtaking scenery, and incredible wildlife viewing. The history within Cape Town, the stories of the struggle, and the vibrant, flourishing metropolis it is today provides a humbling feeling as you walk through the streets. The beautiful private nature reserves, the hospitality, and the flora is just “wow!” And finally, who doesn’t want to see elephants, lions, leopards, and the rest of the Big 5 up close and personal? The private game reserves allow you to see some of the most incredible animals at a distance where you don’t need to zoom in on your camera. It’s an experience like nothing else!

Croatia

Any history buff would appreciate the elegance and colorful beauty steeped within this amazing country. From architecture dating back to the 15-century Gothic-Renaissance era to 12th century churches. The charming cities of Dubrovnik and Split tell beautiful stories of the past, present, and future. For those that appreciate that perfect Instagram backdrop will have so many options here! I mean, you are exploring the Dalmatian coast, the epitome of the Mediterranean dream – bright blue waters, old stone fortresses and buildings lining the edge of the sea, and big dramatic cliffs overlooking white sandy beaches. Croatia is truly an amazing destination.



June 26, 2015

Four Ancient Sites Around the World That You Need to See

The world is full of amazing things from animals and architecture to jungles and restaurants. While these are all great things to work into any travel itinerary, sometimes the best sites are ancient. There are a few places that contain incredible feats of human ingenuity from thousands of years ago. When traveling to places such as Egypt, Turkey, China, or Croatia it’s important to take in as much history as you can through your travels. At Thomson Family Adventures we truly appreciate the past and embrace the beauty in those things ancient. Here are a few historical sites that everyone should see in their lifetime.

The Great Pyramid of Giza

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Another very popular site among world travelers is the Great Pyramid of Giza. This is the oldest and the largest of the pyramids in Giza. It is also the oldest of the Seven Ancient Wonders of the World and the only one that still remains. This single pyramid was built between 10 and 20 years and was finished around 2560 BC. For over 3,800 years this was also the tallest man made structure in the world! Although there is plenty of tangible evidence about who the builders of this temple were, like inscriptions from the workers on the inside of the stones, many people still believe that an alien source is responsible for its construction. What do you think— human strength and ingenuity or aliens!?

The Great Wall of China

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This is one of the most visited destinations in the world and not by accident. The Great Wall of China was built in sections that date as far back 220 BC. Once the wall was fully completed, it stretched 13,171 miles across China and is still the largest man made structure in the world. This is an impressive feat considering the technological advances that the world has seen. Although it is no longer used as a main defense system, it is still awe-inspiring and should not be missed!

The Old City Walls of Dubrovnik

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Croatia is a beautiful country and the city of Dubrovnik has been around since the beginning. As long as Dubrovnik has been around so have the old city walls. During Byzantine rule in the 7th Century, these walls were built to defend the city and they were quite effective. In fact, it is considered one of the greatest fortification systems of the Middle Ages since the walls were never breached during that time. The walls were continuously expanded and fortified up until the 17th Century.  In 1979 the Old City of Dubrovnik, which contains most sections of the Old Walls, was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The Underground City of Kaymakli

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In the middle of Turkey in Cappadocia is a large network of underground tunnels and rooms that together comprise the city of Kaymakli. This intricate system contains hundreds of tunnels and goes eight stories deep into the ground. The tunnels run to caverns that were turned into meeting places and chapels; some rooms could hold as many as 300 people! Thousands of people used this city as a hide out during times of war. Today Kaymakli’s tunnels are not just a tourist attraction; a town built in the area still uses parts of the underground city as storage space, stables, and cellars. Can you imagine living underground for months at a time!

Call us today to find out how you can see these sites and so much more on your next family vacation!