Top travel destinations of 2016

We love international travel! For everyone in the family, getting outside our own country lends to better understanding of global issues, better empathy for others, and a greater appreciation of world cultures. Here’s what we loved most!

Florence Italy:

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It may not be terribly original to fall in love with Florence, but we did anyway. We fell hard. This city was the perfect size for exploring on foot; we never got on public transit once after arriving by train. We stayed in a spacious AirBnb rental over a pottery shop, we shopped at local grocery markets and artisan cheese and meat shops, and we managed to see most the sights in three days. Did we wish we had more time? You bet! Next time around, we’ll stay for a week, and explore the hill towns adjacent to Florence.

Peru:

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If you have kids over age 8-10, go to Peru at first opportunity! This country is friendly, beautiful, historic, and challenging, all at once! You need to know a few things before you go, and you need to have kids old enough to handle the high altitude and sometimes-grittiness of this country, but you’ll be wowed! I experienced Peru’s Andean highlands, Sacred Valley, Cusco, and Machu Picchu with Vantage Adventures, which I do recommend highly.

Be sure to allow at least three days for Aguas Calientes and Machu Picchu, so you don’t have to try to tour it all in one day, and book the Vista Dome train en route…it’s more than a means of travel! Take time to explore the Sacred Valley with it’s wonderful Incan villages and ruins, and allow for three days in Cusco.

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About the author

Amy Whitley AUTHOR: Amy Whitley is the founding editor of Pit Stops for Kids and content editor of Trekaroo. She writes on staff monthly as a family travel expert at Go Green Travel Green and Practical Travel Gear, and contributes to Outdoors NW as an outdoor adventure traveler. Find Amy at Google.

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