What makes a family vacation unique? Is it flying to an exotic location, baking up special homemade snacks for the road, giving back to a community you visit through voluntourism, or creating a travel scrapbook when you get home? I think it’s fair to say that all of these things can make for a unique family vacation.
The key to planning a unique family vacation is finding destinations and activities that will appeal to your family’s passions. For example, my son has long been interested with fossils. It’s something that his Grandpa Terry got him interested in from a very young age. I would love to take my son on a dinosaur digging and fossil finding trip one day. That would be such a special and unique vacation for us!
Both of my nieces are animal lovers, so we make an effort to see local wildlife, and visit zoos and aquariums whenever we travel. The sea lions in San Francisco pictured above are a real hit with my family. What would make a vacation unique for them? I would love to take them to Costa Rica for a volunteer vacation to help save the sea turtles. They are nearly old enough to do something like this, so I better start planning.
Need a little help planning your own unique vacation?
You might recall that I am one of five Moms on the Alamo Chief Travel Moms Council. It’s a real honor to partner with Alamo Rent-A-Car and talk about something I am very passionate about – family travel. Throughout the summer we are putting together some amazing #AlamoDriveHappy boxes which include items personally selected by each Chief Travel Mom. We are pleased to share the newest Alamo Drive Happy Box to help inspire your next unique vacation!
What’s inside the Alamo Drive Happy box?
About a Mom – @aboutamom
ALEX DIY Duct Tape Tote
Angela (that’s me) says: “Making a Duct Tape Tote Bag is a fun family vacation activity that lets kids create a one-of-a-kind travel tote to use while on vacation, and to bring home souvenirs and treasures.”
A Nut In A Nutshell – @blueviolet
Crayola Color Wonder Mini Stow and Go
Liz says: “Let the kids use their imagination and creativity to create drawings inspired by your vacation destination on this travel drawing kit Everyone can share in the fun of making an original family travel masterpiece!”
Dear Crissy – @crissy
Chamilia Charm Bangle
Crissy says: “Commemorate the moments that make your journeys unique by adding special charms to this bracelet – remember the best moments from your family vacations!”
The Divine Miss Mommy – @stacieinatlanta
Stacie says: “Download games to heighten the vacation experience, like Road Trip Bingo or a Nature Scavenger hunt – it will make the unique things you see that much more special.”
The Rebel Chick – @therebelchick
Polaroid 300 Instant Camera
Jennifer says: “Your kids will get more excited to snap photos of the amazing things you see on your trip and you can easily put together a special collage at the end of the journey!”
I am just loving everything that is in this newest box! I am flying to Nashville with my son this weekend and will for sure be bringing the Polaroid Camera and Kindle with us.
Then next week I am taking my nieces to Atlanta for a weekend of fun at Stone Mountain and Six Flags. We’ll for sure be using the duct tape tote to bring home souvenirs and the girls can keep busy in the car and get creative with the Crayola Color Wander set. The Chamilia Charm Bangle is super cute and Maddie can’t wait to add some special beads to it. I’ll need to pick up a second bracelet for Becca… and maybe one for me and one for Grandma too.
Need some inspiration for your next vacation?
I’ve partnered with two of my fellow Alamo Chief Travel Moms to create a fun and inspiring Unique Vacation Pinterest Board! Our Pinterest board is full of travel related products, destinations, and ideas all to inspire a unique family vacation. Please check it out and repin to your own travel boards!
Want to win a Drive Happy Box of your own?
It’s simple to win one! We’re giving 4 away! Just create your own “#AlamoDriveHappy: A Unique Vacation” board by re-pinning some of our ideas and your own to create a unique vacation for your family. If you create a Pinboard, you might win one of four #AlamoDriveHappy Boxes! To enter, share a link to your Pinboard on Twitter using #AlamoDriveHappy and tag @TheRebelChick , @StacieinAtlanta and @AboutaMom – we’ll pick a winder at random! Contest is open to U.S. and ends on June 6, 2014 at 11:59pm EST. I cannot wait to see what you come up with!
How do you plan a unique family vacation?
This blog post is brought to you through my partnership with Alamo.