5 Dream Vacations for Families
By Nina Syahira
August 15, 2014
Photo sourced from Photo Happy family running at beach - © Ximagination | Dreamstime.com
Imagining ocean waves lapping on beautiful white sandy shores with a cool drink in hand while trying to concentrate at the office?
It's now the 3rd week of August which makes it the middle of the month and August is in the middle of the third quarter of the year so that means the big holiday season is still too far away and if all this is turning your smile upside down... Take a deep breath! Maybe it's time to consider taking a lengthy leave from work and actually get that island vacation you've always wanted.
A good trip somewhere would be the perfect way to re-energise so that you can tackle the rest of the year with zest. There’s nothing better than waking up without a screaming alarm clock, spending a whole afternoon lazing around on the beach and indulging in all-you-can-eat buffets at sunset. Or maybe you prefer more adrenaline-pumping activities like roller coaster rides all day at the theme park. As long as you enjoy and get to relax, it would be a dream vacation.
For those who have kids, this would also be a great opportunity to treat the entire family this coming school holidays. There are plenty of great vacation spots around the world that you and your kids would enjoy together so start planning now for the ideal family holiday with our top 5 suggestions!
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1. Glow worm cave in Waitomo, New Zealand
This could probably be the place to see on a list you might find online for someplace romantic or really cool. Romantic because, well, based on the picture above, it looks like a magical place where you can take a quiet boat ride under a starry night sky with your loved one. But here’s the kicker; those glowing things are not stars. They’re actually worms that radiate luminescent light, hanging from the ceiling of a cave that’s been part of New Zealand’s cultural and natural history for over 120 years. You and your family would be truly mesmerised by the very sight.
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2. Venturing into “the happiest place on earth” and movie sets
It’s always fun to step into a world of fantasy from time to time, more so when it’s exploring the places you’ve seen in your favourite movie. Tourist attractions like the Warner Bros. and Universal Studios offer visitors a chance to take a look at the actual sets and props used in the movies.
Harry Potter fans from all over the world have flocked to London to see the movie sets that were saved from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 and reassembled by the original cast and crew. They’re also given the chance to learn how the movies were made and even enjoy a glass of the iconic butterbeer.
Head south to New Zealand and visit the home of the Hobbits! The Shire™ as seen in Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit epic trilogies is located on a huge private farm in the rural Waikato town of Matamata. Walk past the Hobbit holes where the famous Bagginses once lived and take in the beautiful sights of the Hobbiton village movie set. Come this spring, they would surely be quite breathtaking! Be sure to check the availability of tour dates beforehand to avoid disappointment!
While checking out popular movie sets is fun, nothing else comes close to the Disneyland Resorts. Truly a magical place, the theme parks are so popular that the Walt Disney Parks and Resorts division is forever expanding. Currently there are two in the United States alone, three in Asia (Tokyo, Hong Kong and Shanghai) and one in Paris.
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3. Cultural visit and cosplay fun in Colonial Williamsburg
Ever wanted to learn the history of a place by going back in time during the American Revolution in the 18th century? Well, there isn’t actually a time machine but Colonial Williamsburg is a living-history museum where visitors can experience the eve of American independence, dine in colonial trades, take a carriage ride and meet the people from this rich past.
This trip would be akin to having an interactive adventure in the life and culture from back then, all the while enjoying the comforts of a modern family resort holiday. Are you game to become a citizen of the Revolutionary City?
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4. Complete R&R in Sydney
The state capital of New South Wales is home to one of the most iconic beaches in the world, Bondi beach. Also known as Bondi bay, this popular tourist attraction is named after an Aboriginal word that means noise of water breaking over rocks. There is even a TV show featuring the lives of the lifeguards and duties there.
Besides surfing and swimming, this Australian city also offers plenty of other fun water activities like kayaking around Sydney Harbour and its National Parks. Then afterwards, you'll be spoilt for choice to wind down with either some shopping, visit art galleries and museums or dine in beautiful restaurants around the city.
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5. Creative hospitality in Tokyo
Right in the heart of this vibrant metropolis is Park Hotel Tokyo that boasts a high level of service catered to the needs of their international clientele. The hotel also stays true to Japanese love for nature with a glass-roofed atrium and an abundance of greenery intertwined with the modernity of its architecture. But they didn’t stop there.
Recently, they have embarked on a new project called “Artist in Hotel” where they sponsor artists to turn their rooms into living spaces for their creative artworks. This is all part of the Atrium Restaurant Travel. So far, eight have been given their unique makeover which will soon be followed by the rest of the 31 rooms on the same floor.
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