May 2, 2016

Summer Family Vacation Ideas

May is here, and that mean Memorial Day is just a few weeks away, along with the start of the summer season. Summer is an ideal time for family vacations. With the kids out of school it is easier to spend some time creating new memories together by taking a trip. There are a lot of options to choose from, including some great destinations and travel companies that offer incredible experiences for every age. Whether your vacation includes just you and the kids, or with grandparents as well, you will find some inspirations listed below to get you on your way to planning a summer vacation.

Tauk Bridges Family Adventures

Tauk Tours has been in the business of guided tours for over 80 years, and as a true family company, they understand the benefits of families that travel together. The Tauk Bridges Family adventures is all about bringing families together to experience unique destination and cultural journeys. Working with partners such as BBC Earth, families are transported to a new world, whether it is a river cruise in Europe, an American National Park tour, a rain forest trek in Costa Rica or a once in a lifetime journey to the Galapagos Islands.

Theme Parks

Universal Studios and Disney Parks offer one of the best ways to spend a family vacation. With plenty of things to do, there is never a dull moment at these places where happiness rules. No matter the park you are going to, there are always exciting deals and promotions going on to help you save on your travel budget and get more from your vacation. Theme parks are in the business of family vacations, they know there are multiple generations coming to visit, and they provide activities and benefits for everyone.  From special character breakfasts or lunches, to incredible and fast rides, and amazing exhibits, a theme park makes for a great vacation on its own.

Travel Impressions

One of our travel industry partners, Travel Impressions, works with destination hotels, resorts and tours to provide travelers with incredible deals. Their buying power is our buying power and that means incredible deals on exciting places to take a vacation. They have a new program for this year called Steal of a Deal. Each week they share with us, the latest in last minute deals to all inclusive resorts, exciting destination tours and more.  If you are looking for someplace tropical, think about an all inclusive resort, along the Caribbean, in Mexico and Hawaii, an all inclusive resort gives you a home away from home for the entire family.


Taking a cruise offers a lot of different choices for everyone everyday. A cruis gives you one place to unpack and multiple places to visit and explore. Cruise companies such as Royal Caribbean Cruise Line had specially planned kids activities and excursions suitable for every age. With a cruise, a multi generational family vacation becomes the ideal vacation for everyone. Of special note, Royal Caribbean has recently become the first cruise line to be certified as Autism Friendly by the Autism on the Sea Organization. This means if you have a child with autism, the specially designated benefits, such as priory boarding will help ensure everyone can vacation with ease.

MSC Cruises are another great choice, they offer a variety of short cruises all over the Caribbean and Mexico, and kids sail free on board MSC. Right now they have 3 and 4 night cruises in the Bahamas, the Caribbean and along the coast of Mexico.

Disney Adventures is now offering river cruises in Europe with Ama Waterways, where the whole family can experience cultural immersion in Disney fashion, with story tellers, personal guides, culinary and adventure experiences everywhere you turn.

These are just a few ideas for summer family vacation fun. We have more ideas, and are regularly adding to our Vacation Ideas for You and our Cruises pages on our website. When you are ready to begin planning your next vacation, take a look and see what inspires you. For a small fee, we at C.P. Trips are here to help make your travel dreams a reality.  Call us at 503-658-5646 or email at