Once the COVID crisis has passed in America, and around the world,  and it’s safe once again to travel around the globe freely, there are so many choices of new places to see. Although America is host to dusty prairies, rolling hills, thundering mountains, and pretty much every landscape you can think of, you might want to try something different. If you do – think Oceania, the quasi-continent that encompasses Australia, New Zealand, and a whole host of Polynesian gems that are just waiting to be discovered by your family. Stuck for ideas? Read on.

Great Barrier Reef

One of the greatest natural wonders of the world, the Great Barrier Reef, is home to almost 3000 coral reefs, as well as a whole ecosystem of different fish and plants. The colors are exciting. The experience of snorkeling is family-friendly with pre-teen and teenage kids. What’s more, the Great Barrier Reef is being impacted so severely by global warming that it might be a once in a lifetime experience that your kids will remember for the rest of their lives. 

Adelaide Hills

For families who want the freedom of a recreational vehicle in a different country, they could buckle up and explore the Adelaide Hills. A beautiful but often underrated location, the Adelaide Hills can be gorgeous, and there are also some fantastic options if you want a break from your RV. It’s not difficult to find an award-winning caravan park in Adelaide Hills with Mini-golf, swimming pool, and bistro facilities. 

Waitomo Caves

The Waitomo Glowworm Caves are an exciting place for your family to visit in New Zealand. These caves are different from most grottos you’d find across the world as the stalactites that look like melted wax dripping from the top of the caves are illuminated by glowworms, which glisten on the cave walls and light the water below, looking like a constellation. These troglobites are sure to amaze everybody in your family. 

Fiji 

Fiji is a nation composed of a series of islands in the South Pacific. There are over 300 islands in Fiji, but Viti Levu and Vanua’s main islands are where most of the Fijians live. Fiji is known worldwide as a tropical paradise, with beautiful clear seas surrounding them and full of life, perfectly white beaches, and more. If anybody in your family likes snorkeling, diving, shark feeding, whale watching, surfing, sailing, or just sunbathing, you should visit Fiji. 

Fiordland National Park

Fiordland is the biggest national park in New Zealand and is one of the most beautiful places on planet earth. It was detected by the Western world relatively late, so it seems relatively untouched as the native Maori lived very sustainably on the land, they called home. The park was also the location for some memorable locations in the Lord of the Rings, including the Dead Marshes, Anduin River, and the areas South of Rivendell. Game of Thrones was also filmed partly in Fiordland National Park, so expect cinematic beauty and some great family photos to take home with you. 

By Erica Buteau

Change Agent. Daydream Believer. Maker. Creative. Likes love, peace and Jeeping. Dislikes winter, paper cuts and war. She/Her/Hers.

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