#87 visit the Donkey Sanctuary in Bonaire
Donkeys roam free around Bonaire but a visit to the Donkey Sanctuary is must do! Aside from the great work they are doing for the feral donkeys it is truly a fun family experience! Expect to be completely surrounded by donkeys … We called it the donkeyapocolypse!
Any opportunity to learn how something is made is a great experience for a family. It always amazes and delights to learn the process from start to finish and somehow it makes you appreciate the products a little more. My kids feel that way about Guatemalan coffee. Taking a tour of Finca Filadelfia coffee farm is a day of fun and education. We started with an amazing zip line through the Guatemalan tree canopy. It was Fast paced and loaded with gorgeous views.
My kids were not sure they were going to like the coffee tour but they were mesmerized once it started. Coffee in Guatemala is grown on the volcanic soil and grafted from two different plants. The process is fascinating. You can see is drying in the sun and watch the hand sorting. Taste testing at the end is just as fun as the coffee is some of the best in the world. We bulk order it so we can enjoy it at home now!
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A Pura is a Balinese Hindu temple and the place of worship for the people of Bali who practice Balinese Hinduism in Indonesia. Balinese Hinduism is a unique blend of Hinduism with local animism and incorporation of Buddhist saints. Visiting Bali is like gaining a glimpse into a secret world. The people of Bali spend a portion of each day making and delivering offerings. These small and beautiful arrangements, primarily made of flowers, are everywhere. A visit to a temple in Bali gives you an opportunity to see hundreds, if not thousands, of these beautiful gifts of thanks. Your family will never forget a visit to Bali.
100 Family Travel Experiences #97 Visit the Cat Park in Lima
Lima is an amazing and vibrant city. There are so many things the kids loved to do here, but we all loved the park in the center of the city that is dedicated to the feral cats. About 80 cats roam free in the park amongst the flower gardens and trees. The cats of the Parque Kennedy in the Miraflores district are looked after by a group of volunteers. They receive veterinary care and seem quite happy to stay within the park. A walk through the park spotting and counting the cats is an enjoyable family activity.
My family and I returned in May 2013 from almost a year-long adventure traveling the world. We visited over twenty countries and six continents. We have two kids who were 10 and 14 at the time and we lived our dream. It has changed the way we look at life.
The truth is if you asked me three years ago if we could do this kind of trip I think we all would have said “no”. We were the typical American family. We were over-scheduled, over-indulged and way too busy to take a year off. There was no way our jobs, the kids’ sports, or our life would allow us to “up and leave”. Amazingly, once we made the decision to go – everything fell into place.
The specifics of why we chose to go and how we did it are in another blog. And truthfully they are unimportant to you. Every family’s reasons for going, how to go and where to go will be unique. Just like parenting choices, buying clothes or decorating your house. We have different styles of travel. There isn’t a “right way”. BUT traveling with your family is good. The benefits are plenty. Finding a way to make it priority and to make it happen will pay off. It will be the best decision you ever made.
This is why I am starting this blog. I am here to motivate and charge you with taking the first step. I want you to just say you are interested in traveling with your kids. Then help you find the way to make it fit with your lifestyle.
There are plenty of websites that will give you the “how to’s” and connect you to the people who have done it. I will help you navigate them. I will get help you stay motivated. I just want you to reach the point where you say “I CAN DO IT!”
We did it. You can too. You don’t need to do it the way we did. Just use us as an interesting story that motivates you. I’ll tell you a bunch more and maybe, hopefully you’ll find your own path!