Beyond The Numbers: Six Ideas For Traveling Adventures With Kids

Travel Adventures

Adventure travel with children or grandchildren can transform a simple vacation into an exhilarating journey, enriching your family’s life with unforgettable memories and invaluable learning experiences. In the “Beyond the Numbers” spirit, integrating adventure into your family travels does more than just fill a photo album; it fosters resilience, curiosity, and a deep connection with the world around us. Here are a few ideas for planning an adventure that will captivate the entire family.

Embrace the Planning Process as a Family

Involve the kids in the planning stages. Allow them to suggest destinations or activities they’re interested in. This could be anything from exploring ancient ruins to snorkeling in coral reefs, or even a safari adventure. Use resources like family travel blogs, documentaries, and books to fuel their imagination and help narrow down choices. This not only builds anticipation but gives them a sense of ownership and responsibility for the trip.

Choose Kid-Friendly Destinations with Adventure in Mind

Select destinations that offer a mix of adventure and child-friendly amenities. Costa Rica, for example, is renowned for its biodiversity and offers adventures like zip-lining through rainforests, spotting wildlife in national parks, and surfing lessons on gentle waves. Similarly, New Zealand is a playground for adventure seekers of all ages, with its scenic hiking trails, Māori cultural experiences, and opportunities for kayaking among fjords.

Focus on Educational Experiences

Adventure travel is a powerful educational tool. It exposes children to different cultures, languages, and ecosystems, encouraging a global perspective from a young age. Incorporate visits to historical sites, museums tailored to young explorers, or interactive science centers. Engaging with local communities and learning from them can also be profoundly impactful, teaching children about diversity and empathy.

HB Principal Father-Son Travel Experience

“This year my son enrolled in a UGA program in Tanzania through the Terry College of Business to learn about business in developing countries and Africa specifically. My son and I have always sought physical challenges to complete together and when we realized he would already be in Tanzania, we decided to plan a hike up Mt. Kilimanjaro following his studies.”

“I just returned from our climb and can say it was an epic father-son experience neither of us will forget. We hiked for a total of seven days with the highlight coming on day five as we summited at 19,341 feet. Besides the obvious highlights of beautiful landscapes, physical challenges, and bonding time, I was particularly impressed with how much my son learned about the people of Tanzania and business in the country. We had a local expedition crew leading our hike and my son shared many stories with me and our new friends of all he learned through UGA. He was even able to join in a few Swahili tunes of celebration!”

Safety First

While adventure implies a leap into the unknown, safety should always be a top priority, especially with kids. Choose activities that are age-appropriate and use reputable tour operators who prioritize safety. Also, prepare a travel kit with essential first-aid supplies, and make sure you’re familiar with the healthcare facilities available in your destination.

Pack Smart, Pack Light

Packing for adventure travel with children means balancing preparedness with the freedom to move easily. Invest in durable, lightweight luggage and versatile clothing suitable for the activities you’ve planned. Don’t forget essentials like sunscreen, insect repellent, reusable water bottles, and a few familiar items from home to comfort younger children.

Be Flexible and Embrace the Unexpected

Part of the adventure is dealing with the unexpected. Not everything will go according to plan, and that’s okay. This is an opportunity for the kids to understand the value of adaptability by embracing changes with a positive attitude. Whether it’s weather disruptions or a missed connection, these moments can teach valuable lessons in problem-solving and resilience.

Adventure travel with kids is an enriching experience that goes beyond the traditional vacation. It’s about discovering the world together, facing new challenges, and growing as a family. Remember, the goal isn’t to tick off a list of destinations but to foster a lifelong love for adventure, learning, and exploration. As you return home with stories to tell and experiences shared, you’ll find that these adventures have brought your family closer and have taught lessons that extend well beyond the numbers, enriching your lives in meaningful ways.

To continue exploring ways to enrich your family’s life experience beyond financial success, stay tuned for more insights from our “Beyond the Numbers” series.

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Jimmy Trimble, CFP®


Jimmy joined Homrich Berg as Director of Business Development in 2019. He brings over 30 years of experience in the fields of Wealth Management and Financial Services where he has enjoyed helping many individuals, families, and businesses with their financial and wealth strategy.