Don’t get me wrong Disney World and Disney in general extend every effort to keep kids happy and stimulate them for a lifetime. No one can argue with that. But are you looking for something that may change you and your kids forever.
Think about this. Would you and family prefer to scale a mountain in Colorado or the Himalayas, go scuba diving in the Caribbean or Australia, or wander through a farmer’s market in Italy or Vietnam? What counts — for each of us — is the new ways we see the world — and possibly make new friends in foreign places.
For families this type of experience is almost impossible. In between sports practices and games, music lessons, volunteer work, and of course heaps of school projects and homework, families are pressured preparing children for college. As a result, an emerging family travel trend is blending vacation time into a child’s school curricula for history, literature, geography, and science. The emerging trend is called Eco-adventure vacations. This type of family travel focuses on fun, outdoor experiences and the impact these meaningful travels can have on a child’s imagination. They might even grow up to be the next Walt Disney.
These Eco-adventure vacations offer up-close-and-personal views of nature are led by naturalists and historians who are trained to understand — and have a passion for — culture, plants, birds and animals and their relationships to ecosystems.
Eco-adventure vacations bring education alive, and if a child can better understand the world they will be more likely and better prepared as an adult to improve it!
Pocket Book Questions:
If you’d like to compare the cost for an Eco-adventure compared to a trip for a family of four to visit Disney World, for starters Shannon Albert’s article “How much does it cost to go to Disney?” in wdwprepschool calculates approximate total cost ranging from $2,200 for a “Frugal Family” to $12,000 for a “Fancy Family.
Eco-adventure vacations may be just a as cost comparable, but the life long experience for your children may be immeasurable.
A vast array of choices makes it easy to find one that suits your family. Here’s just a few to give you an idea:
Journeys For Family Trips:
JourneysTravel recognized by Conde Nast as the Top Travel Specialist for Family Travel since 2003 offers Custom Family Adventures or Group Travel with other Families.
Telluride Resorts Eco-Kids-Camp:
There’s something for the whole family at the Telluride Resorts, Telluride Colorado
TellurideResortsEcoKidsCamp offers Eco-Kids Camp for ages 5-12 and EcoX Camp for 8-14. The respective camps offer day long outdoor activities, which include moderate hikes, bouldering, river tubing, mountaineering, mushroom hunting, cooking, and science experiments plus arts and crafts.
Telluride Resorts travel and lodging information:
TellurideResortsTravelPlanning provides all the details on how to get to Telluride, how to get around Telluride, and find a place to stay from a large selections of options.
EcoFamilyAdventures with Child Activity Directors to journey with families to places like the Middle Fork Salmon River, Idaho, Costa Rica, and Ecuador/Galapagos, and Turkey give the parents a time to enjoy the trip while their children learn fascinating wonders about the natural world.
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