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Old 03-21-2019, 10:00 AM
 
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Okay, I'm going to offer two different ideas.

1. Alaska and BC. For sure, Alaska cruises are mass tourism, but the one-way cruises between Vancouver BC and either Seward or Whittier in southcentral Alaska are extremely scenic, quite kid-friendly and quite cost-effective if you keep the shore excursions, casino and booze expenditures under control. They're also hassle-free and very comfortable. You'll see spectacular "inside passage" scenery, tidewater glaciers, historic communities, whales...

On the Alaska end of the cruise (which can be either north- or southbound) the standard targets of Denali and the Kenai Peninsula are terrific, but if you're feeling a bit more adventurous, I'd look at heading off into the bush. From Anchorage you can fly in an Alaska Airlines jet to Kotzebue, an Inupiat Eskimo village above the arctic circle, for around $300 round trip, or for the same price visit Nome, the historic gold rush town on the Bering Sea. In Nome (unlike most places in rural Alaska) you can rent a vehicle and explore the surprisingly extensive road system that radiates from the town into the bush. You can see lots of wildlife - muskoxen, caribou and reindeer, foxes, moose, maybe a bear or two - and really get a feel for the vast landscapes of the Seward Peninsula. A week on the cruise and a week on land, done and done. Fabulous.

OR, do a round-trip cruise from Vancouver (which goes as far north as Skagway then turns around) followed by a week in the Vancouver area, or cross down to Washington, maybe to Olympic National Park. Look at the summer offerings around Whistler, or google the BC "Sunshine Coast" or BC Gulf Islands. These are all fantastic destinations, and it's the ideal time of year for them.

OR, just hang out around Vancouver. Visit the Richmond Night Market (not Singapore hawker centers but damn close) or do a day trip to Whistler. Go to a Shakespeare play at Bard on the Beach, in tents with the city skyline behind you. Wander through the forest in Stanley Park or see the tropical birds among the tropical plants in the Bloedel Conservatory. Shop the Punjab street market.

2. Edinburgh Festival and the Highlands.

If you haven't experienced the Edinburgh Festival (and Fringe) - well, you should. It's intense, crowded, accommodations are pricey (but not devastating) and it's like nothing in the world. Total blast in one of the world's great cities.

Then get a car and spend a week or so tooling around the Highlands. Visit Skye (or my preference, Mull) and see castles, distilleries, prehistoric sites, picture-postcard villages, lochs, moors and mountains. Maybe take in some Highland games somewhere (key timing.)

Or maybe instead or after, visit the coast around Edinburgh and Fife, then head south along the Northumberland coast to the Holy Island, Bamburgh, Alnwick (for its castle, aka Hogwarts) as well as Durham with its stunning cathedral, and maybe end in York before heading home.

Both of these options could be terrific ways to spend two weeks with your kid. Highly recommended.
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Old 03-21-2019, 10:14 AM
 
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Lord Howe Island.


Pitcairn Islands.
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Old 03-21-2019, 10:38 AM
 
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Okay, I'm going to offer two different ideas.

1. Alaska and BC. For sure, Alaska cruises are mass tourism, but the one-way cruises between Vancouver BC and either Seward or Whittier in southcentral Alaska are extremely scenic, quite kid-friendly and quite cost-effective if you keep the shore excursions, casino and booze expenditures under control. They're also hassle-free and very comfortable. You'll see spectacular "inside passage" scenery, tidewater glaciers, historic communities, whales...

On the Alaska end of the cruise (which can be either north- or southbound) the standard targets of Denali and the Kenai Peninsula are terrific, but if you're feeling a bit more adventurous, I'd look at heading off into the bush. From Anchorage you can fly in an Alaska Airlines jet to Kotzebue, an Inupiat Eskimo village above the arctic circle, for around $300 round trip, or for the same price visit Nome, the historic gold rush town on the Bering Sea. In Nome (unlike most places in rural Alaska) you can rent a vehicle and explore the surprisingly extensive road system that radiates from the town into the bush. You can see lots of wildlife - muskoxen, caribou and reindeer, foxes, moose, maybe a bear or two - and really get a feel for the vast landscapes of the Seward Peninsula. A week on the cruise and a week on land, done and done. Fabulous.

OR, do a round-trip cruise from Vancouver (which goes as far north as Skagway then turns around) followed by a week in the Vancouver area, or cross down to Washington, maybe to Olympic National Park. Look at the summer offerings around Whistler, or google the BC "Sunshine Coast" or BC Gulf Islands. These are all fantastic destinations, and it's the ideal time of year for them.

OR, just hang out around Vancouver. Visit the Richmond Night Market (not Singapore hawker centers but damn close) or do a day trip to Whistler. Go to a Shakespeare play at Bard on the Beach, in tents with the city skyline behind you. Wander through the forest in Stanley Park or see the tropical birds among the tropical plants in the Bloedel Conservatory. Shop the Punjab street market.

2. Edinburgh Festival and the Highlands.

If you haven't experienced the Edinburgh Festival (and Fringe) - well, you should. It's intense, crowded, accommodations are pricey (but not devastating) and it's like nothing in the world. Total blast in one of the world's great cities.

Then get a car and spend a week or so tooling around the Highlands. Visit Skye (or my preference, Mull) and see castles, distilleries, prehistoric sites, picture-postcard villages, lochs, moors and mountains. Maybe take in some Highland games somewhere (key timing.)

Or maybe instead or after, visit the coast around Edinburgh and Fife, then head south along the Northumberland coast to the Holy Island, Bamburgh, Alnwick (for its castle, aka Hogwarts) as well as Durham with its stunning cathedral, and maybe end in York before heading home.

Both of these options could be terrific ways to spend two weeks with your kid. Highly recommended.

Terrific suggestions, thank you! We have been to Vancouver twice and love it, and have also visited Sonora Resort in the Gulf Islands between Vancouver Island and the mainland, and similarly love it there. Alaska and Scotland are very much on our bucket list and we will look into these excellent suggestions. Thanks!
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Old 03-21-2019, 08:26 PM
 
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Aruba and its 300+ days of rain free weather makes it a great choice.

Orlando Florida, for Disney, then a week at a nice beach community.

Both Family Friendly.
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Old 03-21-2019, 10:17 PM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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Rent a Forest Service cabin in remote Alaska.

'Air drop' in.

They will come fetch you in a week (if the weather allows)
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Old 03-22-2019, 11:57 AM
 
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Next August (2020) I'm planning for a 2 week vacation someplace great and memorable, and would love to hear suggestions. We'd consider anywhere in the world that is safe for a 40ish couple and their 7 year old daughter to visit.


We have travelled extensively in the USA and in Europe, but are looking for something new and different that would be safe and reasonably comfortable with a 7 year old. We particularly love natural beauty and architecture, and some of our favorite places include Iceland, Istanbul, the Greek Islands, Canadian Rockies, Portugal, and the Norwegian fjords.


We've never been to Asia or South America, and 2020 seems like the year to do it because we can get away for 14 nights. But much of Asia seems to have bad weather in August, and ditto for parts of South America. We've been hugely interested in Japan for years, but August seems very humid and rainy to the point that it would be more than a minor annoyance. Ditto for Southeast Asia, where the weather largely seems worse with typhoons and the like. We're also very interested in South America, but are concerned that poverty and animal welfare issues would be a big turn off to us in places like Peru and Ecuador. (We're also interested in India but have ruled it out for similar reasons.)


Any suggestions would be hugely appreciated. Thank you!
Alaska? A cruise including Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway, and ending in Whittier. At this point, you spend a couple of days around Anchorage and you take a trip down to the Kenai Peninsula. Than you take the Alaska Railway north to Denali National Park and hope for a good day to photograph Mt. McKinley (Denali). You might or might not continue up to Fairbanks. Than you fly home going through Fairbanks/Anchorage to your home destination. August is best in terms of weather to visit there.
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Old 03-22-2019, 01:30 PM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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or... Bellingham, WA to Alaska ferry 2x / week in summer. .

Alaska Marine Highway

Can get cabins, or 'camp' on deck.
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Old 03-25-2019, 11:20 AM
 
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Alaska sounds great but I don't think we're adventurous enough with a 7 year old girl to do an "air drop" in and stay in a very remote area by ourselves.


Have been to Aruba and love it but it's an easy 4 hour flight from home, and so I wouldn't go there for a once in a decade vacation where I can break free from work for 14 days. Not a fan of Disney, but I appreciate any and all suggestions.
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Old Today, 08:35 AM
 
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I am the original poster and just circling back. Hope to decide in the next few months where we should go next August. Any thoughts on the Baltic States (Latvia/Lithuania/Estonia)? Or maybe 2 weeks in Vienna/Budapest/Prague? I'm intrigued by the idea of visiting Eastern or Central Europe, but would like to visit more than 1 country over the course of 2 weeks. Also looking at Slovenia to maybe combine with Croatia.
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Old Today, 08:37 AM
 
Location: Upland, CA
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I've been to Budapest (x2) and Prague and much prefer Budapest. It's cheap and there is a ton to do.

I am going to Tallinn in March so I am looking forward to that

If you are in the area, what about Poland? Poland is probably my favorite place I've been (neck and neck with Spain/Portugal), and it is really cheap as well.
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