A family vacationing with toddlers has different needs than a family traveling with teens and Backroads is catering to them both, as well as other family dynamics, with its adventure itineraries created for different age groups.
Backroads family trips are designed for distinct youth age ranges, with activities and routes tailored to families with younger kids (aged 4-12), families with teens and older kids (aged 9-19), and families with older teens and 20-somethings (aged 17+). Offering biking, walking, hiking and multi-adventure tours around the world, Backroads runs active family trips to popular summer destinations including national parks such as Yosemite, Glacier, Yellowstone, the Tetons, Bryce, Zion and the Grand Canyon, in addition to European favorites like the Dalmatian Coast, Iceland and Switzerland. Trips are designed so families can enjoy time together as well as independently, while parents can connect with other parents and kids can make new friends of similar ages during kids-only activities.
“We understand the unique dynamics at play when families travel, from that first real summer vacation when kids are old enough to enjoy it, to the milestone trips that expose older kids and teens to new cultures and experiences,” said Backroads founder and president, Tom Hale. “We know that family interests and fitness levels vary, and life stages and ages play a key role. We design our trips with this in mind.”
Backroads family trips include activities and cultural experiences tailored to families and kids. For example, on family adventures in Italy, parents can select the biking or hiking route that suits them while kids learn how to make pizza in a hands-on cooking class. In South Africa, Tanzania, or Ecuador’s Galápagos, families can witness wildlife in their natural habitat, while other adventurous opportunities include camping in a national park, sea kayaking along the Dalmatian Coast, learning to surf in Spain’s Basque Country, and riding horseback in Iceland.