3-genearation family trip to Bermuda

10 Tips for “KILLER” Family Trips (so you don’t kill each other)

A long time ago, when my firstborn was a baby, a seasoned older parent told me:  “Your children will always travel with you as long as you pay.”  

I have found that to be true 🙂  But there’s more to a successful family trip than the finances.   So here are our tried-n-true strategies at Rare Finds Travel for creating a family vacation that’s unforgettable (in a good way)…
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20+ Prime Places to Gather Your Group

Families play in Costa Rica with the Bug Lady, the Tarzan Swing, and lots of sloths!IF YOU HAVE “LITTLES”

  1. An old-school beachfront villa in Barbados:  These beachfront rentals come with a cook and maid/laundress which makes your trip a true vacation!
  2. Costa Rica:  Zip lining, the Bug Lady, family oriented small resorts and private rentals, plus private guides who let you go at your own pace and handle an impromptu bathroom detour  – all these factors make Costa Rica Pura Vida!
  3. A Dude Ranch:  Ranches like Rock Springs Guest Ranch in Bend OR offer special kids’ programs like the egg-n-spoon race in the weekly rodeo, kiddie wranglers, debris-shelter building, and more!  (there was even a staged cowboy kidnap!)  Your kids won’t want to go home.
  4. Italy:  With  an AirBnB’s kitchen, meals are easy. With child-specialized guides, even the Vatican comes to life.   Throw in a pizza-making afternoon and set up my Lost in Translation activity – and even a European city welcomes your family with “littles”.

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Olympic Wanna-be’s on the West coast: Salt Lake City is for you!

East coasters can drive up to Lake Placid, but West coasters?  You have your own olympic venue at SALT LAKE CITY.


Similar to Lake Placid, SLC has geared all of its Olympic venues for public enjoyment.

AND it has one of the hottest Apres-Ski setups around: a bright orange tent with the Veuve Cliquot logo at the base of the Deer Valley slopes.  Flutes, bubbling over with champagne, are served on fur ottomans before glowing hearths.   Here’s the scoop!

But don’t worry – there are legit Olympic activities too…

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Are you an Olympian Wanna-Be? Try Lake Placid!

One of my fondest Olympic memories is waking at 4am at the Gables Inn in Vermont, and watching the Women’s Downhill Finals in my PJ’s by a roaring fire.  I could almost feel the adrenaline of those competitors!

Do you want to feel part of the action?   I’ve thought of 2 places, right here in the US, where you can get the Olympic buzz next month. Games run February 9th-15th so if you book now, you have an excellent chance of grabbing a room.

Here’s option 1, for East coasters:  LAKE PLACID

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Arctic Jump!

MORE places to Unplug

This Masai might not be able to unplug.   But we can.

And judging from the response to my “20 places to Unplug” blog, a LOT of us are really trying to!

A break from technology.  From an endless to-do list.  From the hectic pace of life that sweeps us through week after week until we say “HOW could it already be Thanksgiving?!”

So here are some MORE ideas for you to save your sanity.

Want the FULL  list of 50 Places to Save Your Sanity?  Email me right here.

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Me on Nigel at the Rock Creek Horse Drive in Yosemite

Want Yosemite to yourself? Try a pack trip!

If you love horses, or travel with someone who does, you might want to know about Rock Creek Pack Station.

I took off last May to drive their herd of 200 pack mules and horses from the lower pastures in the valley to the high corral in the Sierras where you can meet them, all summer long, for a guided, supported, and concierge-d pack trip into the deep wilderness of Yosemite National Park! Continue reading