For many Americans, family vacations have meant piling into the station wagon (without seat belts in the olden days) trekking across the country to see Old Faithful, the Grand Canyon, or maybe just to grandma's house.
Today, families have so many more options for travel, and they are taking advantage of them.
From international trips once thought of as adult-only, to top-of-the-line luxury hotels, to private-like (yet still affordable) air travel without the hassle of the TSA , family travel is stepping up its game.
Family-friendly safaris throughout Africa
More and more parents are interested in bringing their kids on safari in Africa and business owners are paying attention. More child-friendly trips are being offered by safari operators throughout the continent of Africa.
South Africa now offers malaria-free game parks which give families the ability to see the majestic big game animals without being forced to take the previously required antimalarial drugs prior to their trip.
A company named &Beyond runs the WILDChild program in Southern and East Africa which makes safaris both educational and fun for children. And in East Africa, lodges have begun to offer larger family suites to accommodate the needs of those traveling with children.
Luxury family-focused resort on Disney property
Orlando appeals to families due to the many Disney parks and other family attractions in the area, but now there is a top tier, free-standing luxury resort on Disney property. Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World opened August 2014 as a complement to the other Disney resorts.
Dana Berry, director of public relations at Four Seasons Resort Orlando said in a recent email interview that the resort offers extensive family-friendly room options and suites. "We have an on-site character breakfast twice a week, The Good Morning Breakfast with Goofy & Pals, and a Disney Planning Center in our lobby, to assist guests with all of their needs for the Disney parks."