Travel expands your view of the world, helps you discover who you are, and builds experiences and memories that last a lifetime. It’s never too early or too late to travel, but making a plan to see the world may seem like a daunting task.
National Geographic Traveler Magazine’s June 2016 issue attempts to break it down through traveler snapshots in, How to See the World in a Lifetime. Each decade of your life can include a trek to another corner of the world.
You can start this journey with your children. Resourceful Girl explored these two articles in Have a Family and Travel the World. You don’t need to trade-in your wanderlust for a family. You can have both, and North America and Asia offer family-friendly adventures that get you from toddler to teen years.
North America for Little Kids, By Aaron Huey
The wide-open spaces and changing landscapes of the American West are perfect for young children, who thrive on novelty and adventure: climbing (and falling from) sandstone formations, eating Navajo tacos at an Indian market, hiking under stars far from the light pollution of cities, watching a rodeo in a small town, sleeping in tents.
In his first years Hawkeye hiked Joshua Tree National Park (on our backs) in southern California and saw the colourfully painted slopes of “Salvation Mountain,” by the Salton Sea. Once he began walking, I took him on solo trips to places his mother and I had marked on our old map, places I’d especially loved, from the well-trodden lookouts in Arizona’s Grand Canyon and Monument Valley on the Arizona-Utah border, to such lesser-known spots as Utah’s Newspaper Rock and Shiprock, New Mexico. I wanted to instil in him a love for adventure, scraped-up knees, and the smell of rain on sagebrush.
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Asia for Tweens and Teens, By Cheryl Knott and Jessica & Russell Laman
“My friends are probably at home playing video games, and I’m pulling a canoe upriver in Borneo!” shouted our son, Russell, eight years old at the time, as we made our way to my research station deep in the rainforests of Indonesia’s Gunung Palung National Park, one of the last strongholds of the endangered Bornean orangutan. The real world always beats electronics.
That’s the essence of why my husband, Tim Laman, and I have brought Russell and our daughter, Jessica, to this isolated rainforest camp annually, as I check in on my long-term project studying wild orangutans, and Tim takes photographs for National Geographic Magazine.
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Europe in Your Twenties, By Nina Strochlic
Offering a little bit of everything, Strochlic breaks down an epic week-long journey that, “tracks the locals in Budapest, Zagreb, and Sarajevo”.
Venture from the well-worn Prague and Vienna circuit to explore lands where prices are cheaper and flea markets plentiful.
This insider-inspired European itinerary starts in Budapest to soak alongside locals at thermal baths, then south to Zagreb, with its artisans and eccentric Museum of Broken Relationships, and finally to Sarajevo, where the bullet-scarred Olympic bobsleigh track is a sobering reminder of the 1990s war. Throughout, an enterprising new generation gives visitors to the Old World a fresh welcome.
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Australia in Your Thirties, By Roff Smith
A continent unto itself, brash, sun-splashed Australia serves up the perfect mix of adventure and urbanity for 30-somethings who spent the twilight of their 20s Instagramming Italy’s piazze and tweeting from Trafalgar Square.
The land down under fuses carefree youthfulness with a jazzy sophistication, raw nature with edgy architecture—and not just in the expected places, such as relentlessly cosmopolitan Sydney or along the Great Barrier Reef.
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South America in Your Forties, By Jane Wise and Pablo Corral Vega
Recently, my husband and son announced, out of the blue, “We’re going on a road trip, just us men.” So it’s come to this, I thought. The guys go one way, leaving mom on the sideline. Fine. I can play this game.
“I’ll hit the road too, then,” I bantered back, “trolling for adventure.” We all chuckled—until my eyes fell on the mess in the kitchen. Suddenly I knew hitting the road was exactly what I’d do. Head out, go rogue, take that walk on the wild side. All I needed was a destination that had, oh, everything: nature, culture, history, good food, and an adventure or two. A land that would fire up my routine-rusted mom synapses.
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Into the Heart of Africa, By Elizabeth Lonsdorf
Framed by the Ruwenzori Mountains, this UNESCO Biosphere Reserve encompasses grasslands, forests, wetlands, and lakes, and is home to more than 90 mammal species.
Excursions will include a game drive to spot such classic African animals as antelopes, baboons, and lions (including uncommon tree-climbing lions), and a wildlife-watching cruise along the Kazinga channel, where we’ll view hippos and entire families of elephants.
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Antarctica, By Jayne Wise
Antarctica simply can’t be missed by any traveller driven by curiosity and attracted to 21st-century exploration. This is the wildest, most dramatic place on Earth. Be prepared for constant surprise.
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