This list ain’t for every family. But if you dream of taking your kids somewhere unique and exciting, check out ROAM’s 19 tales of REAL vacation adventure written by the parents who lived it.
By Maryann Jones Thompson
There’s no better time in history to be a family traveler. Long gone are the days when “family vacation” could only mean “Orlando,” “San Diego,” or “Get in the car, we’re going to Grandma’s.” Today, parents can take their kids just about anywhere in the world they want to explore together.
ROAM’s 19 Adventures for 2019 shares the true travel tales behind our most exciting trips of the year. Want to trek the Himalayas or dive Micronesia? Cruise Croatia or raft the Snake? Eat your way around Portugal or Airstream your way around Oregon? We’ve got a story for you.
Most of these trips aren’t the kind you can book this week – or maybe even this year. But we hope that ROAM’s picks for the year’s most interesting vacations will help shape your family’s “bucket list” for “big trips” in the years to come.
And kudos to the dozens of ROAM contributors who are pushing the boundaries of family travel, daring to take their kids on cool trips, and sharing the story of their expedition with other parents.
Flip through the gallery below to see ROAM’S 19 Adventures for 2019 and follow us in the coming weeks as we share the complete details for each one. And if these trips look too far/tough/expensive/dirty, not to worry: ROAM’s got 100+ reviews of great family trips – so let’s ROAM!
ROAM’s 19 Adventures for 2019
Counting down TRUE tales from the most unique and exciting family vacations of the year.
Maryann Jones Thompson – January 2019
After a thousand years in publishing as a business journalist and content strategist, Maryann brings her experience traveling as a backpacker, businessperson, expat and mom to writing and editing for ROAM. After traveling with her husband and kids to uncommon spots across six continents, she’s currently focused on finding ANY trip that’ll interest teens, hitting epic scuba spots, and expanding family-travel horizons in her native California and beyond.
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