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    10 Reasons Why Families Should Absolutely Vacation Together

    Every family needs someone like you — the person who dreams big about how memorable it would be to get away together ... and who grabs the bull by the horns to make it happen. Every day, we help folks just like you plan a memorable multi-generation family vacation.<br><br><b>1. Think of it as stress release ... for everybody.</b><br>Adults don’t have a monopoly on stress. Over-scheduled kids race to keep up with their schedules, too. School, sports, and lessons from ballet to ACT prep ... it all adds up. Everybody needs to recharge. A night in a Berber encampment in <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/moroccofamily/" target="_blank">Morocco’s Saharan Desert</a> or sea kayaking off <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/alaskafamily/" target="_blank">the coast of Alaska</a> re-channels energy and breaks the rinse-and-repeat cycle of everyday life. Muscles relax, smiles widen, bonds grow.<br><br><b>2. Try something new and different.</b><br>Plenty of families enjoy yearly trips to the same beach or mountain cabin. Nothing wrong with that. Yet, at some point, the summer of ’19 can start to be interchangeable with ’17 and ’15. The remedy is to add in, say, a week in the <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/galapagosfamily/" target="_blank">Galápagos </a>one year, or a trip to explore, <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/grandcanyonfamily/" target="_blank">Bryce Zion and Grand Canyon National Parks</a>. The variety spices up life and the memories you make are more memorable when you step outside your traditional comfort zone.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/grandcanyonfamily/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T0000026SFj&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000012BcE" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><b>3. K.I.S.S. –  Keep it super simple.</b><br>The <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/family/" target="_blank">best family vacations</a> are the ones that are plug-and-play simple. After all, you don’t want to be obsessing about logistics while everybody else is having a good time. Arranging a family trip with Classic Journeys is a surefire way to treat everybody to an active, engaging, out-of-the-ordinary experience that will run like clockwork. This strategy works whether you’re pulling something together last minute or planning a year out. Whatever your personal planning style, we can make your next family vacation one of the simplest you’ve ever taken. <br><br><b>4. Turn “heads down” into eyes wide open. Don’t worry about bumps in the road.</b><br>Apple just introduced an app to minimize screen time. Travel is an even better way to achieve that goal. While you’re paddling to a rainforest village in <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/panamafamily/" target="_blank">Panama </a>or whale-watching in <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/novascotiafamily/" target="_blank">Nova Scotia</a>, touchscreens go untouched. Even if your phone is also your camera, you’ll find that grabbing shots of baby sea lions in the <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/galapagosfamily/" target="_blank">Galápagos </a>is a lot more engaging than checking out cat videos or the Museum of Ice Cream on Instagram. The time you all spend in the same moment is time nobody can take away from you.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/novascotiafamily/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T0000026SFj&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000012BcJ" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><b>5. Don’t worry about bumps in the road.</b><br>Pulling off any vacation requires somebody to keep things on track. You can count on <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/" target="_blank">Classic Journeys</a> to dedicate a team of experts to make sure your vacation runs just right. It just doesn’t have to be you. Experienced, well-connected and exceptionally <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/local-tour-guides/" target="_blank">fun local guides</a> handle all the logistics. Your flock can skip the endless line to see Michelangelo’s David in <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/italyfamily/" target="_blank">Florence </a>or juggle activities to take advantage of, particularly fine weather for sailing on an America’s Cup yacht in <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/new-zealand-north-south-island-family-tours/" target="_blank">New Zealand</a>. <br><br><b>6. Tempt your family into staying connected.</b><br>We hear all kinds of motives for<a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/family/" target="_blank"> family trips</a>. “I want my grandchildren to understand the world better.” “A cool trip is the only way I can bribe everybody to spend a week together.” “I want us all to have fun with each other like we used to.” Wherever you’re coming from, going on a <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/multisport-tours/" target="_blank">travel adventure</a> together really does work to make sure the people you love best stay deeply connected. And being the person who makes it all happen is incredibly satisfying. <br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/costaricafamily/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T0000026SFj&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000012Bc9" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><b>7. Prove that you’re cool enough to matter.</b><br>Rocket Grandma — our affectionate nickname for the leader of her family pack — didn’t just make sure her grandchildren could go zip lining and river rafting in <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/costaricafamily/" target="_blank">Costa Rica</a>. She geared up, strapped in and went for it herself. If you propose a vacation that sets your family free to set their own paces, you get some serious street cred, even if you decide to hit the spa while they take a roller coaster ride on the rapids. <br><br><b>8. See the USA (but not in a Chevrolet.)</b><br>The <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/usa/" target="_blank">U.S.</a> — and <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/canada-tours/" target="_blank">Canada</a> for that matter — offers great options for vacations that can fit neatly in a week. If any of you have driven together to <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/national-park-tours/" target="_blank">national parks</a>, you know that the old traditional quick in-and-out visits are not going to cut it now. And yet parks like <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/glaciernationalparkfamily/" target="_blank">Glacier </a>and the trio of <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/grandcanyonfamily/" target="_blank">Bryce, Grand Canyon, and Zion</a> are great venues for family travel when you explore with<a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/local-tour-guides/" target="_blank"> local guides</a> who get you past the crowds and into the real fun. (Dune surfing, anyone?)<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/glaciernationalparkfamily/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T0000026SFj&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000012BcO" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><b>9. Luxuriate in your time together.</b><br>“Back in ancient times — the 20th Century — we took some fairly economical vacations,” admits Debbie H. “We still could, but we’re all kind of over it.” That’s why she proposed their recent trip to <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/vietnamfamily/" target="_blank">Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia</a>. “We have more affection for <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/hotels/" target="_blank">luxury hotels</a> than we used to, and nobody seems to complain about that!” The luxury hotels and inns on our <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/family/" target="_blank">family trips</a> guarantee plenty of comforts.<br><br><b>10. Be smart and safe, but not boring.</b><br>Feeling safe and carefree is important, but don’t let caution cause you to settle for an overly timid trip. All of the destinations where Classic Journeys has handcrafted <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/family/" target="_blank">family trips</a> are places where you can all cut loose, have a super fun time, and feel perfectly secure in the process. Our super-well-connected<a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/local-tour-guides/" target="_blank"> local guides</a> know their regions inside out, and they know all of the where’s, how’s, do’s and don’ts you’ll ever need to have a smart and utterly unforgettable vacation together.

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    DNA Travel is a Real Trip

    “I just want to see the Ireland that my mom heard so much about from her grandmother.” “There’s a flyspeck of a village in Sicily that gave us our family name, and I’d like to walk its streets.” “They say we’re of French descent. I’ve always wanted to go feel French for a while, like eating croissants for breakfast every day.”<br><br>Talk about a purposeful vacation! Travelers in record numbers are using their trips not just to get away but to dig into the roots of their family trees. That sort of genetic impulse injects an extra level of excitement, and if a trip can help you feel more connected to your family and grounded in the world, so much the better!<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/italyfamily/" target="_blank"><img alt="Family in a gondola in Venice, Italy" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001bmMX&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM50000000jYkL" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br>The first thing to understand is that you don’t need pinpoint knowledge about your ancestors’ points of origin to pull it off. For every person who can go back 12 generations on Ancestry.com, there’s another one who’s fuzzy about which great-great-whoever came from “somewhere in the Balkans.” A crop of 23andMe customers, with a plot of their genomes in hand, are committing themselves to covering the same ground their forbearers did.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/grandcanyon/" target="_blank"><img alt="Family in the Grand Canyon" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001bmMX&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM50000000jYlO" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br>If you know nothing more than there’s Irish blood in your veins, a week with Classic Journeys on the <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/ireland-tours/" target="_blank">Emerald Isle</a> can still alter your perspective in the extreme. In Ireland (as in all of our destinations), our local guides are deeply informed and accustomed to answering questions like, “Why did the potato famine drive so many across the Atlantic?” You’ll see the cottages like the ones where your ancestors likely lived. You can’t look at those endless sheep meadows without wondering how it felt to land in some major American city and scrape by in a tenement where the view was of an airshaft. What kind of courage did it take? In <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/sicily/" target="_blank">Sicily</a>, which 100,000 or so people left around the end of the 19th century, you’ll see that traditions hold strong even now…and you come closer to appreciating why they held so fast to the old ways and their language. <br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/ireland-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="Guests near hydrangeas in Ireland" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001bmMX&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM50000000jYkQ" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br>If you are lucky enough to have detailed knowledge about the when, where and why of your family’s background, Classic Journeys can tailor a trip that zeroes in, right down to the house where it all started. This summer, we’re helping a family of 10 learn about their Norwegian roots — from Viking museums to a custom extension that will take them to the site of the family’s one-time steel mill in a remote corner of Norway. Another guest called on us to arrange a few days on the Greek island of Lesbos so that he could show his children and grandchildren where it all began. If you call Classic Journeys with the details, our experts will be happy to help follow your personal heritage trail.<br><br>Of the trends we’ve seen, DNA travel is the most meaningful and satisfying of all. Who would you be if that long, uncertain journey to the place you call home now had never happened? The question may be unanswerable, but a vacation that helps you explore it is truly one of a kind.<br> 

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    6 Winning Strategies for Families That Travel Together

    <b>From the mailbag: </b><br>You wouldn’t believe how many emails we get every day from guests who want to plan a family trip of a lifetime. And the questions aren’t only about where to go. They want to know how family trips work, what to expect, even how to “sell” the idea of a multi-generational vacation to all the generations within their own families. Here’s some advice you can really use from the travel-expert parents at Classic Journeys.<br><br><b>#1 Unpack everybody’s stress. </b><br>Adults don’t have a monopoly on stress. Over-scheduled kids race to keep up with their schedules, too. School, sports, and lessons from ballet to ACT prep … it all adds up. Everybody needs to recharge, even if they don’t think it’s true. A night in a Berber encampment in <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/moroccofamily/" target="_blank">Morocco’s Saharan desert</a> or sea kayaking off the coast of <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/alaskafamily/" target="_blank">Alaska</a> re-channels energy and breaks the rinse-and-repeat cycle of everyday life. Muscles relax, smiles widen, bonds grow.<br><br><span style="color: black;"><span style="font-family: calibri,sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: 11.0pt;"><img alt="Girl&#39;s Kayaking in Alaska" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001bnZT&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM50000000jgya" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></span></span></span> <br><br><b>#2 Mix it up to build experiences. </b><br>Plenty of families enjoy yearly trips to the same beach or mountain cabin. Nothing wrong with that. Yet, at some point, the summer of ’19 can start to be interchangeable with ’17 and ’15. The remedy is to add in, say, a week in the <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/galapagosfamily/" target="_blank">Galápagos</a> one year, or a trip to explore <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/grandcanyonfamily/" target="_blank">Bryce, Zion and Grand Canyon</a> National Parks. The variety spices up life, and the memories you make are more memorable when you step outside your traditional comfort zone.<br> <br><b>#3 Upend everybody.</b><br>There’s no better time than on vacation to try on a new role. Car-pool mom can become zip-line mom in <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/costaricafamily/" target="_blank">Costa Rica</a>. La-Z-Boy gramps can slip into a glacier-melt snorkeling suit in <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/iceland-family-adventure-tour/" target="_blank">Iceland</a>. The same shape-shifting happens with teens, too, as your tech geek cuts turf in <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/irelandfamily/" target="_blank">Ireland</a> or a soccer jock participates in a Buddhist alms ceremony in <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/vietnamfamily/" target="_blank">Laos</a>. Family vacations like these are a free pass to try something new (and very possibly life-changing).<br><br><span style="font-family: calibri,sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: 11.0pt;"><span style="color: black;"><img alt="Woman zip lining in Costa Rica" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001bnZT&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM50000000jgzE" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></span></span></span><br><br><b>#4 Turn “heads down” into eyes wide open. </b><br>Apple just introduced an app to minimize time spent in the blue glow of a smartphone. Travel is an even better way to achieve that goal. While you’re paddling to a rainforest village in <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/panamafamily/" target="_blank">Panama</a> or whale-watching in <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/novascotiafamily/" target="_blank">Nova Scotia</a>, touchscreens go untouched. Even if your phone is also your camera, you’ll find that grabbing shots of baby sea lions in the <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/galapagosfamily/" target="_blank">Galápagos</a> is a lot more engaging that checking out cat videos or the Museum of Ice Cream on Instagram. The time you all spend in the same moment is time nobody can take away from you.<br><br><b>#5 Don’t worry about bumps in the road. </b><br>Pulling off any vacation requires somebody to keep things on track. It just doesn’t have to be you. Planning a trip with Classic Journeys lets you turn the reins over to a team dedicated to you and your family. Sure, you know the itinerary in advance, but you get to let go once the trip gets going. Experienced, well-connected and exceptionally fun local guides handle all the logistics. Your flock can skip the endless line to see Michelangelo’s David in <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/italyfamily/" target="_blank">Florence</a> or juggle activities to take advantage of, particularly fine weather for sailing on an America’s Cup yacht in <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/new-zealand-north-south-island-family-tours/" target="_blank">New Zealand</a>.<br><br><img alt="Family walking the streets of Havana" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001bnZT&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM50000000jhC3" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br> <br><b>#6 Family travel is an even better idea than you think it is.</b><br>We hear all kinds of motives. “I want my grandchildren to understand the world better.” “A cool trip is the only way I can bribe everybody to spend a week together.” “I want us all to have fun with each other like we used to.” Wherever you’re coming from, going on a travel adventure together really does work to make sure the people you love best stay deeply connected. And being the person who makes it all happen is incredibly satisfying.<br>  <br> 

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