Everything Family Travel
Updated: Apr 20
Hello Family Travelers!
After being cooped up at home for a while, families are ready for vacations & adventures!
Here's everything you want to know about family travel and resources to make your next vacation everything you need it to be!
Family Vacation Fun Facts
60 % of family travelers say they're planning a post-pandemic trip within the next 9 months.
The most popular vacation types for families are beach vacations, visiting theme parks and visiting national parks.
Kids are decision makers, too! Kids have more influence than ever on their vacation’s destinations and activities.
Top U.S. Destinations for Family Travel
Here are the destinations that are trending with families that I serve. I've been planning incredible experiences for families like yours who are ready for adventure!
From world-famous theme parks & attractions, thrilling waterparks, lush lazy rivers, over-the-top resort pools, to laid back & relax opportunities for memory-making fun! Orlando has experiences your family will never forget. My clients are planning Walt Disney World Resort, Universal Orlando, SeaWorld, Discovery Cove, Legoland vacations
Nestled between verdant mountains and serene ocean waters is Ko Olina on the coast of O‘ahu. "Ko Olina" means "Place of Joy." and your family will fall madly in love with this paradise. Aulani Resort is the ultimate family getaway celebrating the beauty, history and welcoming spirit of the island. Come along and spot humpback whales on a catamaran cruise, tour O‘ahu‘s moving World War II memorials, hike to a hidden waterfall or soak up the sun and family fun on an award-winning beach. All this and more is waiting for your family.
Family time comes naturally at Dollywood's DreamMore Resort and Spa. Surrounded by the beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains yet only minutes away from the excitement. Dollywood offers everything to make your family's trip memorable with more than 40 world-class rides, high-energy entertainment, award-winning dining and the friendliest park atmosphere in the world!
From the dawn of space exploration to current and ongoing missions, you can get an up-close, hands-on feel for the story of humans in space. Go behind NASA’s gates to the Apollo/Saturn V Center. Walk among giants to see rockets from NASA’s Mercury, Gemini and Apollo programs. Experience the thrill of the space race with the launch of Apollo 8. Train like an astronaut in the essential functions of space shuttle flight. Prepare your crew for take off!
Stunning white beaches, challenging golf and world-famous fishing define the Emerald Coast city of Destin. This popular spot on Florida’s panhandle is the perfect family getaway. Whether you have toddlers who love playing in the sand or older kids who want to swim, boogie board or build sandcastles, you can’t go wrong with the beaches in Destin. We offer all types of accommodations to fit your family's needs including vacation rentals. Here are a few things your family will love while taking a break from the beach: World-Renowned Restaurants, Dolphin and Pirate Cruises, an alligator park, HarborWalk Village, Henderson Beach State Park. A visit to Destin will rejuvenate your family and leave you with happy beach memories for years to come.
Travel Guidelines for Families
Travel has changed a bit and there are some new guidelines and rules to follow. First, in the U.S., travelers must wear a mask in airports, on airplanes, on trains and all other types of public transportation, as well as in national parks and on other federal lands.
Destinations have specific guidelines and safety protocols in place such as theme park reservations, mask-wearing, temp checks. We'll discuss guidelines while chatting about your trip!
Autism Friendly Theme Parks
The following theme parks provide a host of thoughtful amenities to welcome you!
Walt Disney World
Understanding Family Airport Procedures
TSA procedures for children who appear to be 12 years old and younger. For the purposes of screening procedures, an infant is defined as a child who must be physically carried by an adult throughout the screening process. A toddler is defined as a child who receives assistance in walking by an adult throughout the screening process.
Formula, Breast Milk and Juice
Inform the TSA officer if the child has a disability, medical condition or medical device, and advise the officer of the best way to relieve any concerns during the screening process. Inform the TSA officer at the beginning of the screening process that you carry formula, breast milk and juice in excess of 3.4 ounces in your carry-on bag. These liquids are typically screened by X-ray. Formula, breast milk, juice in quantities greater than 3.4 ounces or 100 milliliters are allowed in carry-on baggage and do not need to fit within a quart-sized bag. Remove these items from your carry-on bag to be screened separately from the rest of your belongings. You do not need to travel with your child to bring breast milk.
Place all carry-on baggage such as children's toys, bags and blankets on the X-ray belt for screening. Strollers, umbrella-strollers, baby carriers, car and booster seats and backpacks must be screened by X-ray.
Children 12 and under can leave their shoes, light jackets and headwear on during screening. Children will not be separated from their parent/guardian. Remove infants and children from their carriers and carry them in arms through the walk-through metal detector. Infants may be carried in a sling through the walk-through metal detector but may be subject to additional screening.
For children 13 years and older, TSA’s standard screening procedures apply.
Did You Know…
Being part of our travel community has its perks! Let me help take care of the details so that you can make memories. I can take a lot off of your to do list and give you a helping hand.
Did you know that I can help arrange these things for you?
Nannies that will tagalong with you on your Adventure
Scooter and Stroller rentals
Special Occasion Merchandise Resort Deliveries
Special Occasion Cake Resort Deliveries
Resort Grocery Delivery
Resort Jedi Training
*Some items listed are subject to availability
Don't Miss these Special Travel Opportunities
Walt Disney World get 2 Extra Days Free
Book By May 2, 2021 for travel most nights through September 25, 2021
Walt Disney World Stay Under the Stars
Save 20% on Campsites now through May 27, 2021
Spring into Magic at Walt Disney World
Save up to 30% on Rooms at Select Disney Resort Hotels now through July 10, 2021. Book through May 27, 2021.
Limited Time Universal Orlando Offer
Save up to $200 on 4 Day Tickets for family of 4. Book through April 27, 2021
FREE Water Park Tickets With Your Dollywood Resort Stay
Receive 10% off per night and up to FOUR complimentary Dollywood’s Splash Country tickets (up to a $200 value) when you stay and splash any day during the water park's 2021 season.
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Tami Quigley is a Travel Advisor with Magical Enchanted Vacations. She helps busy parents, overwhelmed family reunion organizers, romantic partners, and groups of friends plan vacations filled with unforgettable memories.