Hold a brainstorming session. Let each child describe his or her version of an adventurous family trip then add your own vision. Perhaps they'll want to visit a region they saw in a movie. Or, try a sport that one of their friends raved about. Pull out the common denominators, such as hiking, rafting or horseback riding. Let your kids know up front which ideas have to be discarded because there's not enough time for such a trip or if it won't fit your travel budget
Collect Information Together
Let the kids help gather information about trips that include these activities. Together, use Web search engines to learn more about these activities, locales where you can enjoy them and tour operators who focus on your interests. Interested in visiting a certain locale? Let older kids contact local chambers of commerce or a country's national tourism authority for information.
Share Trip Preparations
Once you've collected the information hold an informal meeting during a family dinner to decide where you will actually go. Draw the kids into finalizing plans by letting each one be responsible for an aspect of the trip, whether it's having the younger kids plan snacks to bring along or encouraging teens to research any special experiences for their age group.
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