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Travel Gear for Kids: Travel Games Since kids are so immersed in electronics, I try to find things for them to do that are engaging but do not include electricity on our family adventures. My current favorites are made by SmartGames and the kids are excited to try out their Noah’s Ark Travel Game. Pros: It’s about the size of a CD case and folds out to lap size, which means our two kids won’t get in each other’s way.  Each game comes with about 48 levels beginning with “starter” and working up to “master”. Although these games are usually designed for ages 5 and up the master levels are really hard, I have trouble with them and I like logic puzzles! Though designed for one player, the harder levels can be solved more easily if the kids work as a team. So they can take turns for awhile, and then when they get tired of...
Call us weird, but our family does not mind a little hard work during a vacation. The important adjective here is "little." The staff at Wildland knows our preferences very well, and that is why we enjoy traveling with Wildland so much. On December 29, 2013 we began our adventures in Costa Rica with a ride through the interior highlands of the country. Our guide made stops along the way to show us a variety of wildlife: toucans, sloths, and iguanas to name a few. After a therapeutic stop for ice cream, it was time to get serious. We arrived at La Fortuna Waterfall for some swimming. Two brave family members out of four made the decision to get their feet wet. The water in the swimming hole was chilly, but the experience to swim near a gorgeous 150 ft waterfall was unforgettable. The jovial atmosphere at La Fortuna was...

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2013 has brought many new family adventure vacations to the Wildland collection and we couldn't be more excited to share these new experiences with adventurous families. We spent last year traveling around the globe searching for new destinations and making new connections, so that we could handcraft the adventures families were asking for. Our new trips for 2013 are the perfect blend of adventure travel mixed with our signature 'Wild style' of meaningful cultural encounters and active explorations all the while staying in boutique accommodations that encompass the local hospitality and way of life. This type of travel is perfect for families wanting to make the most of their travel time by choosing adventures that also serve as educational experiences for young travelers.  With out without further adieu here's what's new for family adventure travel in 2013.   Our Nicaragua Family Adventure offers 9 days to explore the natural beauty and colonial charm that...

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Multigenerational Travel: Going Wild With The Whole Gang   After planning far flung family adventure vacations for the past 25 years, we’re having great fun these days planning trips for large family groups including many of you who traveled with us when your children were younger and are now hosting trips for your extended family including grandkids in tow! This growth in multigenerational travel at Wildland Adventures hasn’t really changed much in our modus operandi because it is essentially an extension of the family adventures that we have specialized and expanded upon for a generation. Our own family travel life experience follows the development of the Wildland Adventures family travel program. Five years after our son was born in 1989 we started designing family adventures and invited other like-minded families with young kids like ours to join us. First we designed our Costa Rica family adventures; next we designed Panama and Belize...

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“Nicaragua was exactly what I dreamed it would be - off the beaten path but very comfortable. Julio was one of the best tour guides we've ever experienced. He was intelligent and knowledgeable, and a pleasure to be around. I would recommend him to anyone! One of the reasons we wanted to visit Nicaragua was that it isn't yet Americanized (no Starbucks or McDonalds!). We felt comfortable wandering around the towns at night. At no time did we fear for our safety. If you don't mind giving up a few modern conveniences, this is a trip well worth taking.” Beth Pollock and family (parents and two daughters 15 and 18) "Our accommodations were absolutely wonderful. Quite and serene. We could not have had better guides. Julio Flores was knowledgeable, fun and always on time. He was also flexible and the drivers were terrific. Definitely the way to go for the 4...
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