Affordability: Moderate. On an average Colombia is not an expensive destination, with ample options in accommodation & dining to suit any pocket. Sightseeing though is perhaps a tad bit more expensive in comparison.
Logistics: Moderate. Most itineraries to Colombia tend to spiral out of Bogota which connects well to neighboring international airports like UIO, LIM, CCS etc. & intercontinental ones like SJU, PTY, SAL, MEX, MIA, LAX, JFK, MAD, CDG, LHR, etc. Many domestic airports allow for extended visits to other famous towns & cities.
Points to Consider while choosing Unique Family Holidays
During our first Euro Trip back in May'15, we enjoyed the popular sights of Paris, Amsterdam & Brussels. However, what really stands out was our time in the Alsace region and in Luxembourg. Even though these were by no means obscure places, yet they seemed the path less trodden. So, when we plan to visit a new destination, we consider how amenable it is to the points below:
1. Ample opportunity to have the place entirely to ourselves.
2. Spend less time in lines & more time experiencing the place.
3. Better suited to accommodate any travel style - Fast, Slow or FLOW!
4. Gain a more intimate, unfiltered experience to build a personal connection to the place.
5. Greater chances of meaningful interactions with locals.
6. Gain another perspective, possibly a very different one from the popular narrative.
7. Be positive ambassadors of our country in places less visited by our fellow countrymen.
8. Greater flexibility of making up our own itinerary.
9. Newer stories to inspire our family & friends, to travel on the path less taken!
10. The likelihood of a higher Return on Experience for the money spent.
Are these Unique Family Holidays Affordable?
Even in cases where the overall spend is higher, it is usually a safe assumption that the return on investment (& experience) is palpably more. As we travel more often, we all come up with tips & tricks to make family holidays affordable. We have ours as well and will be sharing it soon!
Are these Unique Family Holidays Harder to Do?
These unique family holidays are often fraught with longer flight connections & layovers. They may even require adjusting to a new normal in terms of creature comforts. But are they decisively harder to do?
In our experience NOT! Of the many lessons travel has taught us, one is to overcome the fear of the unknown. Our travel mantra is "Be Informed. Not Influenced". We enjoy taking in the sights and sounds of the more popular destinations same as the next person. However, our most memorable family holidays are made of those exotic side trips & detours.
We lay great emphasis in preparing the kids before every trip, so that they enjoy both the journey & the destination. Most importantly, we rely on our trusty & comprehensive Travel Checklist, to iron out every travel wrinkle.
If you invest time in planning well, have your Family Travel Essentials sorted & focus on the joy of discovering the unknown - any destination, no matter how off the mainstream tourism radar - will not pose any extra challenges!
How Do We Pick a Unique Holiday Destination?
There are just so many places to discover. And we want to see as much as we can in this lifetime! Any time spent with our kids is a privilege we are grateful for. But to make each trip even more special, we use a simple 5-Step process to pick our next family holiday. Travel teaches us to embrace uncertainty, so this is not a blueprint of any sort. However, these steps help us consider the underlying factors like destination, theme, time of visit, activities & of course the budget. Most importantly, this process is a practical easy to follow approach that considers these factors in the right sequence.
We apply this process during our forays into the lesser known as well. We simply lay more emphasis on Steps 3 & 4. This helps us understand the ground realities during our planned visit & zero in on the right experiences to make the most of these unique destinations.
Investing the time to choose Unique Family Holidays allow us to form deep personal connections with a place. A room in our travel memory palace which will always hold a special meaning, unique to our family. In addition, these holidays are not harder to plan or do and are usually more affordable than mainstream options. But most importantly, they help us experience the joy of discovering something together. To take back stories that become part of the family heirloom, to pass on. So, cast off from the tethers of the safe harbor & take your kids on an adventure they will never forget!
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