Anne Koke’s Family Adventure Travel with Custom Travel Adventures

May 17th, 2016

Peta has been a great travel advisor for me. This is the third trip I have done through her and I will do a more. Peta has her contacts in the areas that I travel and puts together a trip very specific to my goals.

My family adventure travel with Custom Travel Adventures have taken me to Egypt with kids seeing the Pyramids, a family holiday in Africa, seeing Gorillas in Rwanda, travel in Tanzania to hike up Kilimanjaro ,we also did a safari in Tanzania to see the most amazing wildlife and culture,travel to Ecuador, cruising the Galapagos Islands, visiting indigenous people deep in the jungle and bird watching in Southern Ecuador.

The highlight for this last trip was the remoteness of one of the areas I visited. But I wouldn’t have been able to see and take full advantage of the area without great guides I had. The three legs of my journey had different guides for each area which made for very knowledge guides in those areas.

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Adventure Travel to India with Custom Travel Adventures

March 15th, 2016

Cherie Hershman and Mick Ostroff trip report on their vacation to India with Custom Travel Adventures

Thank you so much for an incredible “family adventure tour of a lifetime”. My parents, husband and I traveled for over 3 weeks all over India, and it was amazing. The itinerary you put together for us was perfect, and when it wasn’t the local agent was very accommodating. We were able to experience the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of the country on our schedule, with our private guide and driver. One of our favorite moments was a cooking class we took with a local woman who quickly came to see us as her family and began calling my father, “papa” in the most loving way. We felt well taken care of, safe and respected the whole trip.

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Family Adventure Trip to Belize: Trip Report

February 20th, 2016

Family Adventure Trip — Trip Report from Tracy Moran and David Klim, who traveled to Belize with their two boys.

Peta from Custom Travel Adventures was awesome! We knew we were ready to start doing some more adventurous travel, but we were also nervous about our first big trip out of the country with both boys. I needed help and guidance and reassurance that we were making kid friendly and safe choices on where to go, where to stay and what to do. We wanted to explore the jungle and also enjoy some island time while in Belize. Peta provided several options and helped us select an ecolodge that was kid friendly and an awesome, small resort on ambergris caye where we had a huge bungalow with the amenities we wanted but in a quiet and intimate setting. There was a lot of planning that went into our trip, but Peta made it all so much easier and saved me a ton of time.

There are too many hightlights to list! Cave canoeing, night hiking, horseback riding in the jungle and evening inner-tubing down the river that ran through the lodge – we were literally the only ones on the river each time! – the iguana project and Mayan ruins were also amazing. Snorkeling as a family during our time on the island was definitely a highlight. Getting to know the kind, knowledgable and friendly people of Belize made it hard to go home!

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Family Adventure Travel to China: Trip Report

February 20th, 2016

Family Adventure Travel to China report from Bonnie and Robbie Cape, who traveled to China with Custom Travel Adventures with their kids of 16,14 and 11yrs.

 

We were VERY pleased with the service provided by Peta. She planned an exciting and interesting itinerary with events and activities that were of interest to all 5 of us. We had a fabulous family adventure tour; likely our most excellent vacation ever.

Highlights of our trip

Truly, it was all amazing. We loved the cities. We loved the villages. We LOVED the food!
Our favorite part was the 2-day Tiger Leaping Gorge hike. It was spectacular.
We had a meal with a local village family in Lijiang, which was wonderful.
We loved our day in Xian, especially the bike ride on the city walls.
Volunteering with the pandas was fun, and definitely an experience. We wish we had gotten o see the babies, and we know they had babies, but they said we couldn’t see them
Our tour guides were all local to the cities they toured us in, so that was excellent.

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Featured in ParentMap Magazine: Tips for Family Adventure Travel With Kids

July 28th, 2015

Featured in ParentMap Magazine: Tips for Travel With Kids

 

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Click here to read the full article on ParentMap.com

From tots to teens, successful family adventure travel will be yours if you plan ahead.

1. Start budgeting for your family vacation in advance. This can be a fun project for the whole family to get involved in. Brainstorm about creative ways to save, perhaps having garage sale, or cutting down on the hot chocolates, lattes and eating out because it is amazing how the amounts add up!

2. Plan ahead. A big cost-saver is accumulating points on your credit card and using this to pay for your flights. Also, booking early helps you get the accommodations you want, at lower rates, and if you are taking the trains, rail passes are cheaper when booked in advance.

3. Travel off-season. Especially when traveling with kids, prices are way better and places less crowded.

4. When starting to plan family travel, think about a slower pace when you are traveling with kids. Select kid- friendly destinations, and also make sure that you get some input from your children about what interests them. This can go a long way as a bored, tired child (or surly teen) is no fun on a family vacation. Pace yourself when traveling with kids, because they often need more time to acclimate and can get cranky when rushed or miss out on sleep.

5. Make sure your passports are valid, and check with your travel agent because most countries require a six-month validity after entry. Check to see what visas you will need and what travel requirements are required for the country, including vaccinations.

6. A definite must is to take travel insurance. You may have medical coverage through work. If not, annual medical travel insurance usually saves you money.

7. Be sure to discuss your family’s interests and true budget with your travel advisor if you use one, as you do not want any surprises when it is too late to change your itinerary.

8. Start a planning project in advance if you have little kids. To build excitement and prepare, give them tasks such as learning a few words in the local language if going abroad or checking out library books about the city or country, and the sites and history of the location you are visiting. If you have older kids, starting a journal is a great way to remember fun facts. Discuss your trip with them; some kids do not like to be surprised.

9. Prepare for traveling. If going on a long flight, be sure to take plenty of snacks, games, activities, music and a change of clothing even for older kids.

10. Pack light, but be sure to include a lightweight windbreaker and a fleece even when heading to a warm climate. Include small things that you kids can entertain themselves with on a longer car or train ride.

11. For older kids, set limits on electronics ahead of time. If cell phones won’t be allowed, or you plan to restrict their use (a good idea because data roaming can be pricey, and a tween or teen obsessed with their phone will miss out on most of the travel experience) warn your kids of this in advance.

12. When possible, try local modes of transportation to get a feel for local life. There’s nothing more fun for kids than a rickshaw, camel or elephant ride, or even a boat float.

13. Some roads and rails can be bumpy, so be sure to have something to give kids for a queasy tummy.

14. When traveling with kids in a foreign culture, learn a few basic phrases in the local language like “thank you, hello, where can I find” … This will be appreciated to by the locals and is fun for the kids.

15. During your family vacations to developing countries, find a school or cause to donate money to as opposed to feeling overwhelmed by requests for money on the street.

16. Only drink bottled water that is sealed when in a developing country or abroad, and be careful about food or fruit washed in non-bottled water.

17. Always speak to others who have traveled with kids to get their family travel tips. Word-of-mouth is often the best intel!

Check out these top family travel destinations for more ideas.