Planning family travel may look a little different.

The landscape of travel has significantly changed over the last six months. As a result, those changes, will certainly impact your travel planing decisions. Looking ahead to booking your family travel for 2021, there are a lot of things to consider.

In February 2020, Virtuoso released its annual report on the state of family travel. It predicted families would turn to multigenerational trips. As a result, beach resort stays, experiential travel and villa bookings were a focus. Furthermore, they would look for active experiences, animal interactions, educational experiences and food-related activities. The predicted top destinations for family travel, according to the brand? Italy took the top spot, followed by Hawai’i, England, Costa Rica and France.

It’s easy to see how some of these predictions didn’t play out over the course of the year, but some still hold true. Families are looking for multigenerational trips and the same sorts of activities.

So, going into 2021, where can you find those same experiences? Here are our five recommendations.

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Family Travel to Mexico!

Many travelers have found Mexico to offer a safer and more convenient travel experience during the COVID pandemic. The strict policies they have put into place put travelers at ease. Because Mexico offers convenient access from many air hubs across the United States, it makes getting to the country simple.

While Mexico may not have made Virtuoso’s list for top family travel destinations this year, it does certainly offer a lot of the things that families are looking for.  Beach resorts, active and adventure opportunities and plenty of local cultural and foodie experiences.

Additionally, there are plenty of destinations to choose from when considering a Mexico vacation for your family in 2021. For those wanting a purely relaxing resort stay, Cancun, Cozumel and Riviera Maya deliver. For those who want something less crowded and more immersive and experiential, Ixtapa and Huatulco, on the country’s west coast, are a good fit.

Learn more about Mexico’s COVID travel restrictions, here.

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Aruba offers a lot for Family Travel!

Aruba has been a top pick for traveling families for years. The island’s location, outside of the Caribbean’s hurricane belt, makes it an even more appealing choice. Weather will be one less thing to stress about.

Aruba offers lots of outdoor activities, from off-roading to simply exploring the many beautiful beaches. There’s something for every traveler in your group, no matter their age, if you want to plan a multigenerational trip to this caribbean location.

You may even want to consider Aruba for celebration travel as well, as the destination has long been a favorite for destination weddings, honeymoons, anniversary trips and other milestone occasions.

Learn more about Aruba’s COVID restrictions, here.

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Will your Family Vacation include theU.S. Virgin Islands?

You crave the Caribbean waters but not all your family members have passports. A trip to the U.S. Virgin Islands may have what you are looking for. There is ease, convenience and peace of mind that comes with traveling to a domestic locale.

The USVI has done an excellent job of keeping its COVID cases under control. Take a look at their  extensive guidelines and resources for travelers interested in visiting the Territory in 2021.

In addition to the convenience the USVI provides American travelers, it’s also quite suitable for luxury family travelers. If you’re not quite up to staying at a beach resort, other accommodation options include private villas, such as those offered by Villas of Distinction. A private yacht is another option. The yacht option does allow you to see more of the Territory in one trip. You can travel to various small islands and inlets on your own schedule.

For families seeking luxury or adventure, paired with convenience, in 2021, the U.S. Virgin Islands is a clear winner.

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The Family will have Plenty of Adventure is Costa Rica!

Another top family destination, Costa Rica. The small Central American country has grabbed traveling families’ attention with great success.  Costa Rica is filled with opportunities for active experiences, educational experiences, animal encounters and more.

If a beach resort stay is what you are looking for, there are plenty of possibilities. Many families choose to dive into the heart of the Costa Rican rainforest. Choose a villa or luxury resort stay near the volcanos or mountain springs. Enjoy the abundant wildlife. Interested??

Find all of the Costa Rican travel guidelines, here, including state-specific restrictions for U.S. travelers.

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Does your Family seek the Open Seas?

A Destination Alternative: A Small Ship Cruise

Are you a long-time fan of cruising? Going on a cruise and visiting multiple ports of call is still an option.

If sailing with a larger cruise line still makes you a little uncomfortable, it’s worth looking into a small ship cruise. Uncruise is one provider that offers sailings to a limited number of passengers. As a result, it’s small size and limited passenger numbers, allows them access to some of the most interesting locales around the world. Families will enjoy the balance of luxury and adventure. And who knows — you may just discover your new favorite way to cruise.

Let’s Start Planning!

In conclusion, if a family vacation is something your wanting to do. From Cozumel to Costa Rica, Anytime Travel Agency can help you get there, safely. Let’s start planning yourfamily’s 2021 adventure now!

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