Re-Connecting Through Family Adventure Travel

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Family adventure travel provides families with opportunity to reconnect while exposing them to different cultures and areas around the world.

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Our trips are designed to give our families the opportunity to experience different cultures, participate in local activities and traditions, visit area schools and the chance to relate to families and children from different backgrounds.

According to Journeys International, families now more than ever, are looking to family adventure vacations as a way to reconnect, engage and educate their children on different areas of the world.

With the hustle and the bustle of today's society families barely have time to breathe let alone reconnect. Everyday it is a rush to get to work or school, cart children back and forth from practices and social activities, cook dinner and finish daily household chores. By taking a family adventure trip to exotic locations such as Nepal, Tanzania, Belize, Thailand, Mexico and Peru parents are able to bond with their children but also expose them to different cultures and new adventures.

"Family travel is a wonderful way for a family to reconnect and learn not only about each other but also about other families from different countries." States Joan Weber, Director of US based Journeys International. "Our trips are designed to give our families the opportunity to experience different cultures, participate in local activities and traditions, visit area schools and the chance to relate to families and children from different backgrounds."

To make a family adventure trip a successful bonding experience it is important to fully investigate the trip while keeping several key points in mind. Make sure that not only is the trip family orientated but also age appropriate. Confirm that activities can be adjusted for skill level and interest of the group and inquire about the guides and their ability to engage the children. Lastly it is imperative to find out if the accommodations and meals are family friendly. Listed below are family adventure trips that address these points.

2008 Family Adventure Trips

You Better Belize It: A Family Adventure
When families join Journeys guide-extraordinaire Luis Godoy for this nine-day trip packed with activity, adventure and surprise in magnificent Belize, participants of all ages are always thoroughly delighted. Not only does Luis have complete comfort in the rain forest, encyclopedic knowledge of the orchids and tropical birds and reptiles, and total command of Mayan lore, but he communicates these with an energy, passion and joy rarely matched by guides anywhere. He makes everything fun.

Thailand: Secrets of Siam for Families
This trip is designed for unusual, hands-on learning experiences in cozy eco-lodges and nature resorts set amidst the gentle backdrop of traditional Thailand. Ride an elephant, do some light hiking or biking, raft or canoe along the rivers between tribal villages.

Jambo, Tanzania! Family Safari
Join Journeys' Director of Sales Pat Ballad and her granddaughter on this safari and see it all - lions, rhinos, zebras, hyenas, hippos, baboons and more. This safari, especially planned for grandparents, parents and kids is timed, plotted, outfitted and guided to enhance your experience of the migration in every way possible.

Peru: Incas and Amazon for Families
The Amazon and the Andes is an amazing 2-week adventure. In Peru enjoy delightfully contrasting, highly educational experiences on a beautifully paced, expertly guided program.

Mexico: Christmas in Oaxaca
This Christmas holiday trip in Oaxaca offers more color and more hands-on fun than anywhere else in the Americas.

Within each of these selected trips families have the opportunity to reconnect and bond, forget about the daily challenges at home and really learn about the different cultures around the world. The trips are specifically for families and are designed to provide a truly amazing experience.

About Journeys International:
Journeys International of Ann Arbor, Michigan, was recently chosen by National Geographic Traveler magazine as one of Ten "Best Outfitters on Earth." Journeys International has specialized in ecotourism since 1978. They offer the best nature tours, safaris, treks, adventure travel, family and cultural trips on earth. Whether it is called an eco vacation, adventure travel, ecotravel, ecotour, sustainable travel or responsible travel, for nearly 30 years they have been creating ecologically sensitive and culturally responsible travel to exotic destinations around the world. Specialty ecotrips include women's tours, Kilimanjaro climbs, exploration cruises, festival trips, student group trips and cross cultural and wildlife safaris. For more information about this trip or other Journeys trips visit http://www.journeys.travel or contact Journeys at 800-255-8735.

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