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Non-Theme Park Destinations are Great for Family Vacations

There parks aren’t necessary for fun family vacations. Did you know that a 2010 Family Vacation Survey found that 97 percent of parents who go on family vacations want a trip that both  they and their children will enjoy?   I can’t imagine what the other 3% prefer!

Travel Ticker®, a leading inspirational travel website, today announced the results of its 2010 Family Vacation Survey, conducted by Harris Interactive®. This year, 80 percent of parents who go on family vacations say they would prefer to visit a non-theme park destination for their next family trip if cost and planning efforts were comparable. To help, the experts at Travel Ticker have done all the planning work for them, finding affordable family trip ideas for an experience better than any theme park.

Here are Travel Ticker’s top five theme park free family vacation ideas:

1.       Adventure: Hike through the Amazon, swing on a jungle vine like Tarzan or experience the mystical “Lost City in the Clouds” with your family adventure to South America. With family-friendly vacation packages that make planning easy, exotic destinations like Machu Picchu are more accessible than ever – and at a value beyond your wildest dreams.

  • Peru trip with air, hotel, Machu Picchu tour + extras, $849 – A trip and deal of a lifetime. Get your flight, 4 nights in three cities, transfers, breakfast, and tours (including Machu Picchu) from $849. Booking your air/hotel/tours individually can cost $200 more. Valid May 27-November 10. Book by 6/2/10.

2.       Edutainment: Big cities are the perfect combination of education and entertainment, and they’re sure to keep both kids and parents delighted. When it comes to cities, there is no place like New York to experience a huge array of edutainment options at prices that can fit any budget. Explore the world-famous FAO Schwarz Fifth Avenue store, discover the city’s fascinating history with free Big Apple Greeter tours or visit some of the world-famous museums.

  • $129 NYC hotel in Midtown, includes weekend (reg. $209) – The Thirty Thirty Hotel in Midtown Manhattan has rates from just $129 for stays any night of the week, July 1-September 6. Or stay June 1-30 from $10 more. This is the best offer we’ve seen all year for NYC. Book by 6/9/10.

3.       Cultural: Europe is the crème de la crème if you’re looking for a rich, eye-opening cultural experience. And Italy has enough culture and excitement to satisfy the entire family. Whether it’s feasting on traditional pasta and pizza, seeing the world-renowned opera or just mingling with locals, this year is a great time to skip over the pond with a steal of a deal. Mamma mia!

4.       Au Naturel: Take in the sights and appreciate Mother Nature at her finest with a trip that’s sure to leave everyone with a meaningful and lasting impression. Costa Rica is a great family destination to experience the beauty of Earth. Get close to wildlife that your children have only read about in books, swim under a waterfall and see the breath-taking cloud forests – all for an amazingly low price.

5.       Beach/All-Inclusive: Fun activities for you and the kids, amazing food, yummy drinks and beautiful beaches that’s all pre-planned and available for one low price? That’s the magic of an all-inclusive resort. Taking a family beach vacation can be the pinnacle of stress-free vacations.

  • All-inclusive stay in a suite at oceanfront Cabo resort — $79 – Weather, wallet, and kid friendly. For just $79 per person, per night, you’ll get a garden-view suite at the intimate Solmar Resort and all meals and drinks. Plus, kids stay/eat/play at no extra cost. Offer valid now-December 22 with a 3-night minimum. Book by 6/9/10.
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