The Smart Parents Guide to Family Adventure Vacations

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If you’re anything like me, there’s a sharp demarcation between how you traveled before you had kids and how you travel now.  Before kids, I buzzed into Alaska’s wilderness on a propeller plane and landed on a river sandbar.  After kids, I rented a lot of condos on Kauai.

FAV imageNow, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with a relaxing week in Hawaii — who doesn’t love a little aloha? — but once your kids are a little older, you might be ready to dust off your adventure travel credentials.

But where to start?

To answer that question — and many others related to family adventure travel, I’ve partnered with family travel expert Amie O’Shaughnessy of Ciao Bambino to write the Smart Parents Guide to Family Adventure Vacations.

The guide is free to you, because it’s sponsored by a handful of tour operators who lead really great family trips to the destinations we recommend.

Please note: the guide is a PDF and may take a few minutes to load, depending on your connection speed.  Stick with it — it’s worth the wait.


January 23rd, 2014 | by Jamie Pearson 7 comments

7 Responses to “The Smart Parents Guide to Family Adventure Vacations”

1. Seana on January 23rd, 2014

This is FANTASTIC! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

2. wanderingeducators on January 23rd, 2014


3. Amy at Ms. Toody Goo Shoes on January 26th, 2014

This is fabulous! Thank you!

4. Rod Austin on February 2nd, 2014

Great guide, thanks for sharing (and thanks for keeping it free!).

Looks like you’re into adventure travel. Come visit Montana with your family!

5. Rob on February 21st, 2014

Awesome guide – this will definitely come in handy for lots of parents!

I know you guys do some international travel, you might be interested in a project I’ve been working on. I’ve recently created a new series of travel books for kids to teach them about different countries and cultures, it definitely helps in getting kids excited about visiting a new place- check them out at Thanks!

6. Marsha Solvason on July 2nd, 2014

Beautiful, Smart, Informative, Fun. Invaluable information. I am soooo impressed.

7. Lisa Balazs on October 31st, 2014

Just what I’ve been looking for! Thanks for creating this.

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