06/17/2013 02:23 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

5 Reasons Why Active Family Travel Is Growing


People take vacations for a variety of reasons; some to rest, some to discover new places, and others to experience unique adventures. Still others like to travel as a family, to experience a new place and try new things together. Active travel is one of the best types of family trips because it offers a variety of benefits that regular travel does not. Here are five reasons why families love active travel - and why you'll never hear "I'm Bored" again!

Great way to bond
In our day to day lives, it's often challenging to get everyone in a family together at the same time. With everyone so busy with work, school, sports, and hobbies it often seems impossible to coordinate schedules and spend quality time as a whole family. Active travel is a great way to bring everyone together. Family members are able to catch up with one another without the usual distractions of daily life. What better way to reconnect than while canoeing down the Cher River, cycling through lavender fields, or zip lining over an adventure park?

Never get bored
As with most families, each member has their own preferences and enjoys different activities. Traditional travel sometimes makes it difficult to keep everyone happy and entertained. With active travel, there are so many things to do that nobody will get bored. Multisport tours blend biking, hiking, canoeing, via ferrata, ropes course and zip lining, just to name a few. Once you finish one activity, there's always something new to experience. Everyone in the family will enjoy the variety and excitement of participating in these adventures together.

Still have time to relax
Despite its name, active travel also allows plenty of time to relax and unwind. On self-guided active vacations, you're the boss. If you don't want to do something, you don't have to. There's always plenty of time in between activities to sit and eat, people watch or just take in the beauty of your surroundings. Take a break whenever you want, sit back and relax. At night, when all the fun and adventure has died down, unwind however you'd like. You manage your itinerary, so you call the shots.

All ages can participate
Because of the wide variety of activities, active travel is perfect for the whole family. Everyone can participate, from young children to grandparents! And, if something happens to be challenging for some family members, there is always something else they can try. There's so much to choose from, you're certain to find the right fit for your whole family.

Different way to learn about the region
Anyone can pick up a book and read about a destination, but to truly learn about the history and culture of a country you must experience it first-hand. Adventure travel opens the doors of discovery for families to explore and learn together. Visit the sites you've read about, talk to the local people, go to Renaissance festivals, and visit museums full of artifacts that are over hundreds of years old. It's like real, live history and geography lessons. And with the added bonus of active adventures, you'll be able to see the country in a different way than most average travelers do.

Traveling as a family can be an amazing experience. Active travel makes this experience even more incredible by creating new ways to bond and learn about each other while truly discovering the destinations you visit. These are just a few of the countless reasons why families love active travel. What will your reasons be?