25 Most Popular ROAM Adventures

Counting down the best-read family vacation reports of 2018.

By Maryann Jones Thompson

Witnessing the calving of a glacier… Clapping at your daughter’s first backstrokes… Standing off with a bull elephant… Waiting 10 hours at LAX for your delayed flight to take off… Begging your son to put down his iPhone…

The highs! The lows! The stretches of fun in between.  Over the past three years, ROAM is proud to have published more than 100 reports of real family vacations, written by the parents who planned, paid for and shared the adventures with their kids.

What were the most popular ROAM Reports of 2018? Read on for a countdown of our top 25 best-read family vacations and maybe you’ll find your next family adventure!


ROAM’s 25 Most Popular Vacations of 2018


25. Meeting Friends in Japan

A reunion of 8-year-old BFFs in Tokyo & Kyoto creates a family of Japanophiles.

24. A New Year’s Blast in Panama

Celebrate with a swim in the Pacific AND the Caribbean.

23. A Not-Quite-White Christmas in Chamonix

An Alpine Noel delivers on sparkle, not snowpack.

22. Not Taking the God out of Israel

You don’t have to be religious to appreciate this amazing country.

21. Time to Take the Kids to Cuba

Here’s how to have an unforgettable family adventure.

20. Ortigia: Finding the Italy of Our Dreams

The tiny island town off the coast of Sicily turns down-on-Italy cynics into believers.

19. SUP/Skate/Stroll on Vancouver Island

Canada’s West offers biking, surfing, dining, tidepooling and more.

18. Wild & Wondrous Safaris in South Africa

Find more than the Big 5 in Sabi Sand without losing your shirt.

17. Summering in Australia’s Winter

It might be the best season for a walkabout Down Under.

16. Winter Adventures in Alaska’s Denali National Park

Snowshoe, ski, and drive through Alaska’s backcountry.


15. Wet & Wild in Belize

White sand, jungle and Mayan ruins, Belize has it all.


 14. Oahu 101: A Waikiki Week with Everyone

Even a room-without-a-view leads to the perfect multigenerational vacation.

13. Family Galapagos on a Budget

How to see Earth’s natural spectacle without breaking the bank.

12. Return to Italy Bambinis

Celebrating our anniversary on the Amalfi Coast where it all began.

 11. Yosemite & Sequoia: Snow Amazing!

A winter getaway offers all of the glory but none of the crowds.

10. Getting Into the Swim in Maui

A week of Hawaii highlights for a San Francisco family.

9. Autumn Leaf-Peeping in Woodstock, NY

Enjoy a funky getaway to the Hudson River hippie hamlet.

8. Toddling through the Heart of Mexico

Go Guadalajara and Lake Chapala for non-touristy culture and family fun.

7. Country Music & Food Bliss in Nashville

An LA mom and daughter find new boots and new friends in Tennessee.

6. Hikin’ Cavin’ & Moosin’ in the White Mountains

Counting down the five “must-dos” in New Hampshire’s wilderness.

5. The Perfect Time in Patagonia

Expansive vistas, unforgettable hiking, and once-in-a-lifetime glacial action.


4. Jumping for Milos

It’s the best Greek Island for a family vacation.


3. Exit Elsa, Enter Evita: Buenos Aires for Families

With world-class heroes, food and art, Argentina’s capital charms kids and parents alike.



2. Rafting Heaven in Hell’s Canyon

ARC’s experts make the Snake River fun, easy and delicious

1. A Big Week in Yellowstone

Here’s a day-by-day itinerary for a family adventure in American’s first national park.



Maryann Jones Thompson is Founder & Editor of ROAM

December 2018

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