- More people are looking to plan their next trip and spend time with their loved ones.
- Families can foster a love for travel in children by encouraging them to immerse themselves in new experiences all over the world.
- The United QuestSM Card helps travelers experience the world and have a seamless trip.
After a year spent staying home and restricted to local getaways, people are eager to explore the world, plan for meaningful cultural experiences, and even spend more on travel, while staying safe.
For parents who love to travel, this means sharing their passion with their kids and booking family-friendly trips. Exploring new destinations can instill a sense of wonder, introduce new foods and flavors, and create lasting memories — especially for young travelers.
From experiencing the vibrations of the great wildebeest migration in Kenya to cooking traditional Oaxacan mole in Mexico, here’s how to see the world and instill a love for travel in your kids.
See once-in-a-lifetime sights
Challenge yourself and your children to turn off distractions and enjoy being present among breathtaking sights.
There are remarkable, eye-catching destinations across the globe. Always dreamed of catching a glimpse of the northern lights? Enjoy the spectacular view from a rustic heated glass igloo in the Finnish Lapland. For sights that carry a rich history, try the Great Pyramid of Giza outside Cairo, Egypt. These structures are over 4,000 years old and are over 450 feet tall.
Planning a big international trip around your family’s schedule can be challenging, but the United Quest Card fuels cardmembers’ wanderlust with up to 100,000 bonus miles, 3X miles on United purchases, and 2X miles on all other travel purchases — making Quest cardmembers excited to keep experiencing the world with their families.
Taste authentic cuisines
One of the best parts of traveling is dining out and trying new foods, especially for children who have never seen or tasted new cuisines. The United Quest Card offers 2X miles at restaurants for cardmembers dining around the world.
Unforgettable culinary experiences can be found anywhere. The cuisine in Oaxaca, Mexico, is central to the region’s identity, so be sure to schedule a food tour or cooking class to make mole and other Oaxacan staples.
Consider booking a traditional tea ceremony in Kyoto, Japan, and get a hands-on, immersive experience crafting tea and learning different tea-making methods. Or take in flavors ranging from traditional Cape fare to French haute cuisine in Franschhoek, located in the Cape Winelands of South Africa. Pair the dining experience with fun family-friendly activities, like an open-sided tram that tours South Africa’s oldest and most-renowned wine estates all set against the breathtaking backdrop of orchards, vineyards, and mountain peaks that will leave kids speechless.
Smell fresh air and fragrant scents
From the cleanest air in the world to the most vibrant spice markets, taking in the scents is a great way to enjoy a new destination.
Breathing in fresh air is good for the body and soul. Hike a family-friendly trail along the coast in Maui, Hawaii, to walk through historic lava beds that last erupted two centuries ago. Or pedal with your loved ones on a bike tour throughout 900-year-old Angkor Wat temples in Siem Reap, Cambodia.
Some of the strongest scents come from spice markets across the world. Sample classic Greek foods like dolmades, tzatziki, or spanakopita at the Athens Central Market in Greece. Or visit La Boqueria in Barcelona, Spain, and instead of treating your kids to an ice cream cone, try their popular cone filled with cured meats.
Listen to extraordinary sounds
Children may gravitate toward headphones, but taking in the sounds of animals running, people speaking in new languages, or vibrant music is crucial to understanding the world.
Outdoor adventures are a great way to hear nature’s calming sounds. Families can experience the vibrations of the wildebeest migration at Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya — also called one of the greatest shows on Earth. About 1 million wildebeest and zebras, antelopes, and gazelle move across the land, making it an experience that travelers, young or old, will remember forever.
To instill a love of music in your kids, families can enjoy jazz music from its birthplace, New Orleans. Whether it’s JazzFest, Mardi Gras celebrations, or even just a live venue when grabbing a casual lunch, jazz reverberates throughout the entire city.
The United Quest Card makes it easier for families to travel, providing 3X miles on United purchases, 2X miles on all other travel, and two free checked bags (terms apply).
Run your hands through new surroundings
From sand on the beach to fabrics in a local market, there is so much to touch on a trip to add to the experience.
When looking to immerse yourself in different cultures, there’s no better way than to shop locally. Get a feel for different fabrics unique to each country. In Edinburgh, Scotland, you can find tartan fashion, or experience the rich history of yuzen silk used for traditional kimonos in Japan. Bring these unique items home as a memento or even souvenirs for loved ones to not only remember that culture, but also support the local craftspeople.
You can also feel your destination’s surroundings through fun activities like splashing around in natural wonders. Whether it’s diving into the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, soaking in the Blue Lagoon in Iceland, or even bathing in a cenote (a natural pool made from a sinkhole) in Tulum, Mexico, these experiences offer a stark contrast from our day-to-day and help families appreciate nature in a fun way.
The United Quest Card offers cardmembers a $125 annual United purchase credit to enjoy any kind of trip you want to take, plus, two 5,000-mile anniversary award flight credits to enjoy all these adventures on your list.
As you plan your next trip, consider ways to engage all of your children’s senses to excite them about travel. Be sure to check each country’s guidance and entry plans and consider the United Quest Card to add premium travel benefits and make the experience more enjoyable.
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