Seven Trip Ideas for the Long-Awaited Family Reunion

Getting loved ones together again is cause for a proper celebration.

Here are some ideas to help get you started, from adrenaline-pumping adventures in New Zealand to relaxing staycations amid the rolling hills of Virginia. 

Go wild in Africa.

Lions, boars, and bonding – oh, my! Few experiences tie travelers together the way a shared wildlife encounter does, and Africa offers them at every turn. While journeying through Botswana, float over the Okavango Delta in a hot-air balloon together, spotting herds of elephant and sable antelope below. Or, snorkel among schools of colorful, glittering fish during a sun-soaked stay at Mauritius and compare favorites back on shore.

  • Micato Safaris
  • One&Only Cape Town
  • One&Only Le Saint Géran
  • Trans Africa Safaris

Take a group bike tour of Kenya’s Chyulu Hills with Micato Safaris.

Get your culture fix in Asia.

Asia’s cultural offerings are as varied as the continent is vast, which means shared learning experiences abound for entire families. For example, in Singapore, follow your appetite from the upscale hotel dining to the city’s iconic — and, now, UNESCO-recognized — hawker street-food centers for a one-of-a-kind dining experience. 

  • Israel My Way – Israel
  • One&Only Desaru Coast
  • One&Only Reethi Rah
  • One&Only Royal Mirage
  • Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore

Unleash your inner explorer in Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Islands.

Golden beaches, turquoise lakes, and towering, snow-capped mountains make this corner of the globe a dream for adventurous families. From your overwater bungalow at Bora Bora, head out for a guided rainforest hike, or try parasailing for birds-eye views of the lagoon. In New Zealand, soar over stunning Milford Sound in a helicopter tour, followed by a nature cruise.

  • InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa
  • Seasonz – New Zealand
  • Tahiti Legends

Savor the flavors of Europe.

Across cultures, food and drink are at the heart of family gatherings, and Europe is unparalleled when it comes to exploring culinary traditions. Why not explore Ireland, where travelers can sip rare and exclusive whiskeys from a 160-bottle collection during a private, expert-led tasting.

  • Adare Manor
  • Family Twist
  • Kulm Hotel St. Moritz
  • Moloney & Kelly – Ireland
  • Monaco Government Tourist Office
  • Schloss Elmau Luxury Spa, Retreat and Cultural Hideaway
  • Taj 51 Buckingham Gate Suites and Residences
  • Tourism Ireland

Adare Manor offers plenty of family-friendly activities, from falconry classes to horseback riding to fishing.

Soak up the sun in Latin American and the Caribbean.

In Latin America and the Caribbean, varied terrain offers aquatic, jungle, and city adventures for all ages and skill levels. The crystal-clear waters surrounding Turks and Caicos are ideal for everything from kayak safaris to fishing charters. In Mexico, guests can swim with whale sharks, try stand-up paddleboarding in the Sea of Cortés, or learn to surf along the Baja Sur coast.

  • Half Moon, Jamaica
  • Ladera Resort
  • Mandarin Oriental, Canouan
  • One&Only Mandarina
  • One&Only Palmilla
  • Park Hyatt St. Kitts
  • Round Hill Hotel and Villas
  • The British Virgin Islands Tourist Board
  • The Palms Turks & Caicos
  • The Reef at Atlantis
  • Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos Pedregal

Choose your own adventure in the United States and Canada.  

With dazzling cities, wide-open landscapes, and world-class ski resorts, the United States and Canada offer a little bit of everything. Get a taste of city life, local-style, in Boston, New York, or Washington, D.C. on a behind-the-scenes tour. Experience a slice of Americana and golf on Cape Cod, or plan a ski escape in British Columbia.    

  • Fairmont Kea Lani Maui
  • Fairmont Scottsdale Princess
  • Hotel Villagio at The Estate at Yountville
  • Park Hyatt Aviara Resort, Golf Club, and Spa
  • Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort
  • Salamander Resort & Spa
  • Terranea Resort
  • Ventana Big Sur, an Alila Resort
  • Waldorf Astoria Monarch Beach Resort