March 12, 2013, Seattle, WA â As families head into spring break, and find themselves wishing they had gone beyond the amusement park and artificial resort compounds this year, a Wildland Adventures trip just might be the ticket to both entertainment and enlightenment in wildly authentic and natural destinations like Turkey, Kenya and Nicaragua when it is time to travel with the family once again.
Having earned the titles of âFamily Travel Proâ and âFamily Adventure Gurusâ by National Geographic Traveler and Adventure magazines, Kurt and Anne Kutay of Seattle based Wildland Adventures have created all-ages family adventure vacations to just about every destination in the world. And with special value pricing for children and teens, parents won't have to worry about breaking the bank during the upcoming holidays.âThe company's focus on family travel really blossomed when my son was in high school,â says Kurt Kutay, president and founding CEO of Wildland Adventures. âDuring breaks, we'd take the family abroad â first to Central America and then farther afield â and, soon, other families from his school started to join us. It was at that point we recognized the demand for this type of travel and the family adventure tours were born.âToday, Wildland Adventures is recognized globally as one of the top companies offering family adventure travel, leading hundreds of families per year on adventurous cultural and natural history vacations. When planning the perfect family adventure for spring breaks, Kutay has prepared a list of tips to ensure a successful holiday:1. Walk among the people. Following local footpaths through villages and farmlands opens windows to family life far different from our own. During your vacation, walk through the new land and meet people of different cultures.2. Capitalize on everyone's interests. When planning your family adventure, gather around the kitchen table and make sure everyone's interest and ideas are included in the itinerary. 3. A good family guide is key. The best guides for family trips are parents or teachers who are familiar with young minds so they can deliver age-appropriate interpretative information. Guides should possess the spirit of a child for fun, discovery and exploration.4. Build anticipation. Provide pre-departure trip materials that include colorful, age-appropriate information about the destination. Some suggestions are laminated wildlife guides of animals they can expect to see or posters of the rainforest and other habitats they'll visit. 5. Anticipate a peak experience. Plan activities in a walking itinerary that kids find personally rewarding: come across a waterfall or ruins or climb to the top of a castle or ancient temple. The trick is to make the journey as much fun as the destination.6. Show the parents a thing or two. Involve activities that allow all family members to participate together â learn about yourselves, discover inner strengths or skills and do things you never imagined. Try out activities that parents might not be as adept as kids to reverse normal roles at home: kids can show their parents a thing or two!7. The right group. A big part of planning family adventures at Wildland is pairing the right families together; this creates a great group dynamic for kids and parents to share their experience with other travelers their own age. When the right groups come together it is magic and something we strive to provide with our family trips. For spring 2013, Wildland Adventures has highlighted three adventure vacations to whet the appetite of family travelers of all ages:- Nicaragua: This active family vacation takes guests off the beaten path to reveal the natural beauty, people and colonial charm that are Nicaragua's heart and soul. Accompanied by a naturalist guide, each guest sets out to explore the picturesque Spanish colonial city of Granada by horse-drawn carriage, treks through rainforests amongst hundreds of tropical birds, flies through the rainforest canopy by zip line and hikes amongst the Mombacho and Masaya Volcanoes. Prices for the 9-day Nicaragua Family Vacation start at $2,485 USD per person.- Kenya: Get out into the remote wilds of the Kenyan bush on an exciting adventure with your family. Track wildlife on foot and camp along the water's edge while learning local tribal traditions from your native guides. Access rustic-chic luxury lodges and camps by with bush flights and fill your days with game drives, night drives, walking safaris, and remote camping via camel back. Prices for this 11-day adventure start at $7,050 USD per person.- Turkey: This active family vacation to Turkey brings families through countless Roman, Greek and Byzantine ruins, whitewashed towns and local villages and to the turquoise waters where the Aegean meets the Mediterranean. Based from comfortable, family-friendly hotels, the journey starts with a historic tour by foot through Istanbul, continuing with a flight to Cappadocia to discover the underground tunnels and churches on to the Roman ruins of Ephesus, finishing with relaxation on the beaches and in the pine forests of the Lycian Coast. Prices for the Turkey Family Adventure, which runs for 13 days, start at $4,095 USD per person.To learn more about these or other Wildland family adventure vacations, visit www.wildland.com or call 1-800-345-4453. About Wildland Adventures Rated by National Geographic Adventure as the #1 Best âDo-it-all' Outfitter on Earth and Fodor's as one of the World's Best Tour Specialists,Wildland Adventures has guided travelers through fragile natural and cultural environments for 25 years, creating innovative ways to support local people and help protect their culture, environment and communities. Offering more than 130 unique itineraries in 28 countries, on a Wildland adventure vacation there are remarkably few barriers between visitors and local cultures, creating an authenticity in the way people travel and the places they encounter. Along with India, a sample of destinations offered include Costa Rica, Peru, Patagonia, the Galapagos, Belize, East and Southern Africa, Alaska, Turkey, the Middle East, and New Zealand. Wildland Adventures is proud to be a founding member of Trusted Adventures, an alliance of top adventure travel companies offering adventure trips around the world. 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