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Top Ingredients for Great Family Vacation Getaways

If you’re currently looking for great family vacation ideas, look no further than a family adventure rafting vacation with Western River Expeditions.  Below are some of my observations of why a rafting vacation is one of the best family vacations in the united states, or even the world.

  • Escape from Technology: I guided many families down “the Great Unknown” of the Grand Canyon back in the days when cell phones were rare, e-mail was a novelty and “social media” consisted of chat rooms among only the geeks. Although the need for escape is much more clear today, the effect of escape was the same back then. The remote canyons of the desert southwest are preserved islands of “Don’t even try to contact me. I’m with my family.” 
  • You truly play together on a river trip. So many vacations are filled with a million choices that can divert the family into separate activities. Take a theme park, for example… Even Cruise Ships offer so much variety that each member comes home with an entirely different set of memories. On a river expedition, you all experience each rapid, each meal, each hike, waterfall and swimming hole with one common experience. You truly play together on a river trip. When you talk of it back home, you soon realize that only those who did it with you can understand why you got so much out of it.
  • Perfect place for teens to talk. After you’ve worked together as a family to set up your own little paradise at camp, along the sandy beach, you get the chance to fall asleep together under one giant sky… spotting satellites in orbit, shooting stars, and dreaming together of what the next day’s adventures might be. You can’t tell me that this is not the perfect place for teens to talk with their parents about their hopes, dreams and fears.

The simplicity, the adventure, the decision-free and linear nature of a river trip is simply good for the soul–whether you’re travelling alone or with your whole family. If you are ready to embrace a family vacation that will not just entertain, but transform, look up Western’s suggestions for family-friendly river trips.

Kam Wixom

Kam began guiding in the Grand Canyon in 1991, met & guided with his wife in 2000, and is the proud daddy of 5 kids. He now works as the Marketing Director for Western River Expeditions.

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