New Family Travel Traditions

National Geographic Traveler contributing editor Heather Greenwood Davis is the magazine’s family travel advocate, guru, and soothsayer.

Here’s her latest advice:

Reader Question: I want to start a tradition of taking my animal-loving grandkids away on their tenth birthday. Where should we go?

My Answer: The trick to showing big animals to little people is accessibility. Yosemite National Park is a haven for wildlife. Spot black bears and mule deer right from Yosemite Valley.

The Galápagos Islands in Ecuador offer sea lions, giant tortoises, marine iguanas, and blue-footed boobies. It’s as close as you’ll get to an animal Eden.

Heather Greenwood Davis and her family were recognized as Travelers of the Year by Traveler magazine in 2012. Follow Heather on Twitter @GreenwoodDavis

Do you have a family travel tradition you would recommend to others? Share it with the Intelligent Travel community by leaving a comment below for a chance to appear in National Geographic Traveler magazine!

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  1. Hanna
    October 20, 2014, 8:56 pm

    The Galapagos Islands is a great destination with children too. There is so much to see, it’s amazing! I have photos from my trip here

  2. Kiral
    October 19, 2014, 12:40 pm

    Awesome! We too have a long standing tradition to travel around the world with the family! Seeing the beautiful world along with our family makes the travel most enjoyable as well as life time memorable!

  3. Maria Mincey
    October 15, 2014, 8:00 am

    Very interesting perspective! I’d love to read this.