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Old 06-25-2014, 12:57 PM
 
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My kids (will be 11 and 13) at the time and are on year round school. They are off the entire month of December and we are considering taking a trip in early December before most people get out of school. They are experienced travelers so we don't necessarily need kid things for them to do. Places we have previously been that we really liked were Italy (especially Lucca in Tuscany), Kauai and Costa Rica. We don't like extremely touristy places and like to stay in a place with some local flavor.

We have considered going back to Hawaii (possibly the Big Island) or Costa Rica, but are thinking of someplace new. My husband will be in Barcelona the first week of December and one thought is for me and the kids to fly over, hang out with him for a few days, then head to the Canary Islands for a week, possibly with a day trip to Morocco as well. I"ve been trying to figure out if the Canary Islands are what we are looking for or not really.

Thoughts on this trip or any other destinations that would be good this time of year?
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Old 06-26-2014, 11:18 AM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ > Raleigh, NC
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Lanzarote is an island that is really interesting. They have an area that is Laurence of Arabia like desert where the kids can do a camel ride. Most of the island is volcanic rock, black, and astronauts have trained there prior to going to the moon. The beaches are lovely, smallish island where driving is easy and safe, water is clean, food is good and the natives are very friendly. There's also an interesting home for a famous artist who built his home underground. Many vrbo units, and I'd encourage you to consider them instead of a hotel if only to take home the wonderful fresh baked breads and Spanish cured meats.

Plenty to do that is unusual and fun for adults and kids, but I wouldn't bother with a day trip to Morrocco. That place deserves several days or a week to really appreciate.
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Old 07-10-2014, 01:53 AM
 
Location: Oregon - Pahoa
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Have you looked into Malta? Capri? Mykonos? or Cyprus?

I second utilizing VRBO via the previous poster.

I love Big Island, one of my favorite places... but when in Rome..
But really, if your husband is going to be over there already, might as well take advantage of the beauties beyond! Who knows when you will be over there again!

Have fun!
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Old 07-12-2014, 05:11 AM
 
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Canary Islands is a great choice. Ive been there once - I am totally sure you will like it)
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Old 07-14-2014, 07:17 AM
 
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How about adding a day trip to Gibraltar?
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Old 07-14-2014, 08:48 AM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ > Raleigh, NC
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How about adding a day trip to Gibraltar?
A bit too far, I would think, for a day trip.
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Old 07-14-2014, 08:50 AM
 
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I've been to the Canaries - Lanzorate is amazing as was mentioned. Just be aware those places are full of Brits in December and the main towns feel like a Picadilly tourist slums during that time - sunburned brits, bad teeth, and fish and chips shops everywhere, particularly when the cruise ships dock. I am not sure there are a lot of things to do for Children however.
Morrocco I have never been to but from every reviewer I have read that goes over for a day trip (for the exotic Marakesh experience) has come away disappointed. If you say for a few days however, it might be different.
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Old 07-14-2014, 11:32 AM
 
Location: Niceville, FL
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Lonely Planet has a Canary Islands guidebook. If it's anything like their usual writing, it would probably be useful in flagging the places that are usually overrun by tourists and figuring uot whether those parts of the islands are worth visiting anyways.
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