It’s often said that the family that plays together, stays together, but to make that adage come true, you need to take your family to a vacation destination that offers a wealth of intriguing activities. Exotic locales around the world are perfect for this purpose because they usually incorporate cultures and settings that are fascinating due to their sheer unfamiliarity. Most tourists, after all, do not live in the shadow of a live volcano or amidst the rich fragrance of the rain forest in bloom, yet the whole family can readily enjoy such experiences while on vacation to one of the world’s tropical regions.
The glory of Hawaii
Hawaii is ideal for American families eager to experience an exotic destination where English is spoken by one and all. In addition to helicopter volcano tours – always a hit with older children and teenagers, Hawaii features world-famous surfing beaches such as Waikiki and ample opportunities to swim and scuba dive in waters so clear you can see down dozens of feet to the bottom. Parents will also appreciate the chance to experience a bit of history as they visit sites such as the Iolani Palace, from which Hawaiian royalty once ruled, and the U.S.S. Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor where tourists can see the underwater remains of one of the battleships attacked in December 1941.
Fun in the sun in Bali
Bali, an exotic island destination in Indonesia, features unusual tourist attractions that help it to stand out among the tropical world’s vacation playgrounds. Visitors staying in a Bali luxury villa will certainly want to take their children to Kuta’s Waterborn Park, where water slides and swimming pools dot a luxurious jungle setting complete with shopping for the adults. The entire family will also enjoy the Taman Burung Bird Park for its display of hundreds of different species including parrots, hornbills, kingfishers, and of course, birds of paradise.
Exotic animals in the “City of Lions”
The tiny nation of Singapore is also ideal for families looking to spend time together in an exotic setting. The Singapore Zoo features an unusual “Night Safari” that allows visitors to see tropical animals during their nocturnal phase when they are most active. Animals from the Himalayas to the equator are included along the route, and best of all, the entire safari takes place on a tram, which means that young children can enjoy the fun without getting too worn out. The Singapore Zoo is also one of the few places in the world featuring an “aviary” where flying squirrels are free to soar above the guests.
Why choose an exotic destination?
A successful family vacation starts with a destination that everyone wants to visit. Families who visit the same locations year after year often run into resistance from one or more of the children, who may begin to complain about going to the “same boring place again.” Striking out in new directions and visiting the exotic tropics means that parents certainly won’t hear that complaint this year.
Besides, a vacation should do more than help you relax. It should also provide you with a thrilling experience that will stand out during family reunions for years to come.