JET SET EXPERIENCES: Into Africa! FAMILY MATTERS… KIDS or NO KIDS?

Experienced trackers and guides suggest age 10 for bringing kids on safari, though they have—and will—take younger children. Considering vaccinations pre-trip, trans-Atlantic flight schedules, time spent sitting quietly in vehicles on game drives, and limited independent activity, 10 or older ensures the greatest outcome.

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At Nairobi’s Giraffe Manor in Kenya, a 1930s building celebrates classic British colonial décor, yet kiddos will most appreciate the herd of friendly resident Rothschild giraffes which often poke their heads into the restaurant in search of treats—an ideal “warm-up” to game drives. Lewa House offers beautifully designed “huts.” Three are original thatched roofs, while an additional four new structures emulate the originals and are fully sustainable. All meals are served family style with fellow guests. We loved this family-operated property.

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A rare offering while on safari, a horseback ride in Kenya’s Lewa Wildlife Conservancy may reveal the elusive black rhino.

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Melissa Pugh

Photo credit: Singita

JET SET EXPERIENCES: GALAPAGOS BY LAND

While most explore the Galapagos via expedition or cruise ship, in-the-know travelers navigate this natural playground by land. An ideal destination for both couples and families, exploring by land allows more flexibility. Think comfortable accommodations at night and private yachts by day.

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Galapagos wildlife is your call-to-action, with giant tortoises, blue-footed boobies, sea turtles, sea lions, and much more.

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The tented “glamping” experience at The Galapagos Safari Camp is custom designed to immerse visitors into Galapagos culture. Kids will be happy here, too, as the owner’s own children grew up on property. Pikaia Lodge is a modern, eco-chic hotel. Highlights include five-star dining and a communal pool for lazy afternoons and happy hours. Add either one onto a cruise itinerary and enjoy the best of both worlds!

CONTACT
For further information on a Galapagos adventure, contact Melissa Pugh.

JET SET EXPERIENCES: British Columbia Beckons

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Ease of access (wonderful direct air lift into Vancouver), coastal proximity (delightful seafood and wine pairings) and low elevation (for those prone to altitude sickness) are key variables for selecting this world-class resort.

The journey is the destination as you wind your way up the aptly named Sea to Sky Highway 70 miles from Vancouver to the Whistler base village (comfortably situated at 2,000 feet).  Despite its lower elevation, Whistler Mountain enjoys bountiful snowfall from nearby Pacific storms and provides endless unobstructed terrain for all levels.

The international influence in Canada produces a varied and vibrant culinary scene and endless shopping along the Cultural Corridor leaving plenty of options for those who prefer to take a brief hiatus from the slopes.

And when you retire at night, the Four Seasons Whistler Residences are perfect for families while the iconic Fairmont Whistler provides incredible views of the mountain with ski-in/ski-out access.  

To venture north to Whistler this winter, please contact Melissa Pugh.