Post-pandemic travel is at an all-time high. But where should you take your family? Exotic global travel destinations, with breathtaking scenery, interesting history, and novel culinary treats await. Let’s explore some interesting locales, then take a look at how to keep your family safe while traveling.
¡Viaje a México!
Cancun, on the Yucatan Peninsula skirting the Caribbean, is well-known for its beaches, nightlife, and top shelf resorts. Visitors enjoy two distinct parts of the city: El Centro (downtown) with its traditional beauty and Zona Hotelera, a hotspot with 5-star hotels, endless shopping, restaurants and beach.
Cozumel is infamous for scuba divers, who descend on Arrecifes de Cozumel National Park to see its amazing submerged sea sculptures. Diving locations include the Mesoamerican Reef with colorful coral and unusual sea life. The eco park Chankanaab hosts a wide variety of sea life, including kid-friendly attractions like dolphins, sea turtles, and even the endangered manatee.
Travel to Central America
Belize jungle areas are home to Mayan ruins, such as the Caracol pyramid and Altun Ha. Enjoy an educational journey and explore historic ruins. Many choose to relax on the beach with the Caribbean Sea to your east and dense jungle to your west. Scuba divers love the massive Belize Barrier Reef which is home to several species of marine life.
Costa Rica is teeming with exotic wildlife like delightful spider monkeys and quetzal birds, thanks to its dense rainforests. The region’s biodiversity will have pique curiosity and have you snapping photo after photo of unusual animals, plants and flora. Revel in awe of the magnificence of nature at the foot of a majestic volcano.
Panama is the land mass that links South and Central America. See both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans in one day! When beach time is over, Panama city offers bustling nightlife and casinos amid modern skyscrapers. Rainforest at Natural Metropolitan Park and the colonial buildings in the Casco Viejo create a mesmerizing landscape.
Antigua and Barbuda
The Caribbean is exalted around the world for its pristine beaches. Surrounded by coral reef, sandy beaches, and panoramic views free for the taking. Antigua and Barbuda top the savvy traveler’s list, especially if that traveler is a history buff. The islands have a rich military heritage. Nelson’s Dockyard is a restored historical center, the base of Admiral Horatio Nelson in the 1780s.
St. Lucia’s coasts have luxury resorts set alongside fishing villages. It is favored by travelers for its volcanic beaches and reef-diving. One of the most impressive features of St. Lucia is its 15 meter high waterfall called Toraille, another fantastic photo op for sightseers.
Family Safety While Traveling
It goes without saying that safety should be a top priority when traveling, especially internationally. Unfortunately, children can become a target while on a family vacation. If you suspect abuse or need to bring a lawsuit for sexual abuse in front of a legal professional, the FBI, along with domestic and international law enforcement, provide helpful information here. There are several steps you can take to protect your family before you walk out the door:
• Share your travel itinerary with someone you trust
• Research reputable ground transportation services
• Get familiar with your destination and the surrounding area
• Familiarize yourself with the State Department’s resources for international travelers
Most of us only get to take one or two vacations a year, if that. Taking steps to protect yourself and your children before boarding the plane will go a long way to ease your stress and let you lounge in luxury at your exotic destination without worry.