Summer is fast approaching and it’s time to get amped up about that annual family vacation. If you’ve scrambling to make last-minute plans, I’ve got a challenge for you. Don’t go on that typical 7-day cruise. Avoid the all-inclusive resorts with tired activities. I dare you to switch it up. Trekking through the stunning backdrop of the Alps, snorkeling in the aquamarine waters off the coast of the Galapagos Islands, or even spotting exotic animals in the rainforests of Borneo.
Try out these new takes of summer family adventures and get ready for the adventure of a lifetime.
Mountain Holidays, Morzine, France
The Alps in France are still an abundant playground even in the summertime. Opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts are limitless. Have an exhilarating afternoon exploring the canyons, a thrilling white water rafting ride, or cascading across a valley via zip wire. When you want to take it down a notch, go on a guided alpine walk to gobble up views of the landscape or enjoy a mountain bike ride on some of the best routes in Europe.
Coastal Holidays, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
Due to limited tourism, the Galapagos Islands have blessedly remained unscathed by tourism. Lots of people simply take a cruise around the islands, but I encourage you to get a real experience of the islands. Sea kayaking into the island’s various inlets will allow you to get up and close with the playful sea lions, Galapagos tortoises, and other animals in their natural habitat. Or maybe you prefer snorkeling, where you’ll be sharing the pristine waters with a plethora of marine life. After you dry off, hike up the volcano crater or merely relax on the soft white sand beaches.
Rainforest Holidays, Kota Kinabalu, Borneo
There are many places were rainforests are begging to be explored, but few places can match up to the splendor of Borneo. In the tropical rainforests you will come face to face with some of the world’s most endangered species, which happen to be indigenous to the area. While on the way to the mysterious Gomantong Caves, famous for bird nest harvesting, you will spot a variety of exotic birds. Make sure you hop aboard a jungle rafting trip to get a unique perspective on some of these rare creatures, such as the Borneo pygmy elephant.