Where can I take my ten-year-old and still get my adventure fix?
A. Parenthood and wanderlust aren’t mutually exclusive—and the answer is not an all-inclusive resort. “Of all the destinations we offer, Costa Rica is the best for five-year-olds,” says Jim Kackley, general manager of Thomson Family Adventures, which has a trip designed for hip-high travelers (www.familyadventures.com). In Corcovado National Park, you’ll see scarlet macaws, the occasional jaguar, and enough cold-blooded reptiles to keep a troop of kindergartners slack-jawed—without trekking miles of rain forest. Though most kids would probably be content to hang out at the hotel pool, challenge them with a tandem canopy zipline near Arenal volcano or an outrigger canoe tour in Palo Verde National Park.
Holly Morris is a TV host (Treks in a Wild World, Globe Trekker). She is also the author of Adventure Divas and founder of the multimedia company Adventure Divas. Post your travel questions here and they could get answered in the magazine.