Summer is the perfect time to have an adventure! While taking the family to the beach or road tripping to some giant amusement park can be lots of fun, perhaps you’re looking to do something different this year. Why not consider traveling abroad? Many people write off international travel as too expensive or too dangerous, but that isn’t always the case. Here are some international trips you can take that are family friendly and tons of fun!
Iceland has become one of the leading international destinations for American families in the last several years due to decreased costs of traveling with IcelandAir. Enjoy breathtaking views at the Blue Lagoon, marvel at the natural beauty of the Aurora Borealis, or walk along thousands of miles of glaciers. This is currently one of the safest countries on the planet with an almost zero percent violent crime rating. The Global Peace Index even ranked Iceland the safest country seven years in row.
Chile is a fabulous vacation spot that will take you to the ends of the earth at Cape Horn, the most southern point of South America. Visit Santiago and learn what Charles Darwin discovered hundreds of years ago. Enjoy spectacular sights in the Atacama Desert, the driest warm climate on earth. Chile is the safest country in South America, with the only crime to watch out for being petty pickpockets.
Few people are aware of the beauty of Tasmania but leaving Australia without seeing this paradise island would be a shame. It is home to many wildlife species, rainforests, mountains, and rivers. Visit the traditional British colonial town of Hobart and hike to the beautiful Cradle Mountain and Wineglass Bay. Explore the prison ruins of Port Arthur and visit the Tasmanian devil sanctuary. Tasmania has very little crime and the only true concern is staying clear of the island’s venomous snakes. Don’t worry though, there hasn’t been a single recorded human death caused by snakes in Tasmania!
Oman is a tiny country in the Middle East known for the beauty of its sweeping deserts and secluded beaches , along with thousands of caves to explore. If you time it right, you can scuba dive inside one of the local “wadi”, a normally dry valley that fills with water during the monsoons. Muscat, a local city, offers incredible architecture and many different shopping opportunities. Oman has a very low crime rate compared to the rest of the Middle East and is home to a relaxed and polite population.
Norway may just be the perfect travel destination as it is known as the happiest country in the world! Travel to Norway and see Sognefjord, the country’s longest and deepest fjord. Skiing is available year-round or you can challenge yourself with a life-changing hike to Trolltunga. This destination also won’t empty your wallet as flights are known to be crazy inexpensive. Recognized for its extremely low crime rate and the trustworthiness of its citizens, Norway will be a destination you won’t soon forget.
Greenland is a unique vacation in that it is a country known for how remote it is. It is a trip that very few people take yet it provides an unforgettable experience. The scenery is incredible! At the Ilulissat Ice-fjord you can watch icebergs break off from glaciers and float out into the coastal waters. Hop on a boat and experience an up-close encounter with a whale. Or unwind and relax in the warm waters of the Uunartoq Hot Springs. Best of all, Greenland boasts cities with practically no crime.
Morocco sees close to 18 million tourists a year due to its remarkably reasonable prices. Here you can see the city of Marrakech and visit the Berber villages in the High Atlas Mountains. The blue colored town of Chefchaouen at the base of the Rif mountains is a wondrous place to explore. You can even travel by camel through the Erg Cebbi desert, a photographer’s dreamland. Traveling to Africa can be long and difficult, but Morocco provides a safe place to explore the continent. Like most tourist destinations, there is some petty crime, but it is, overall, a safe and very hospitable location.
Canada is a great travel destination because it isn’t too far from home. There is no shortage of beautiful scenery and cosmopolitan cities to explore. Montreal provides the vibe of a European city without having to cross the ocean and Toronto is one of the most diverse cities in the world. This country provides world class winter sports and amazing hiking locales any time of the year. The Canadians are known to be welcoming and generous to Americans with an overall low crime rate.
AMSA security wants to remind you to be safe while traveling abroad. Before you leave, remember to check travel advisories for your intended destination as conditions in a country can change rapidly at any time. Make sure you don’t forget to prepare your home before you leave for vacation. Install a home security system before you go, make it appear as if your home is always occupied, and enjoy your vacation.