17 Family Travel Trends to Watch For in 2023

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Ride the rails, set sail for adventure, take in the big city, and so much more

We know that families are eager to get out there and see the world—and 2023 is going to be the year that they do it in a major way. We expect to see lots of families taking those big trips with both domestic and international destinations on the agenda for 2023. Road trips aren’t going away either as families pretty much have these down by now. Where will 2023 take you?

Long-Haul Flights Are on the Agenda

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According to Airbnb, travelers are looking to international destinations like New Zealand, Australia, Brazil, and Thailand for 2023 travel. It's all about seeing the world beyond our backyard and travelers are ready to take those long-haul flights and visit the other side of the world. We recommend that you book a stay at a brand-new resort and make the most of your time off. 

Families Want to Ride the Rails

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According to Pinterest, in 2023 more families will ride the rails for their next vacation. Nobody has to drive, your sleeping quarters are included, and you get to see some of the most gorgeous areas of the country. Bonus: it's super eco-friendly. From trains that take you to five national parks, to those that take you from New England to Florida, there's so much exploring to do. 

All-Inclusives Are Worth the Money

Kate Loweth

Once thought of as a honeymoon-only extravagance, families are turning toward all-inclusive properties for vacations, especially when traveling with grandparents. Nobody has to cook, you know what you're going to spend in advance and kids will love getting to order mocktails from the swim-up bar. Some of our favorite just-opened spots are Club Med Tignes, the ski-in/ski-out resort in the French Alps, and Royal Uno in Cancún

Cruising Is Back

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Kate Loweth

Cruising has seen a major uptick in the past six months and we are looking forward to checking out new ships like Royal Caribbean's new Icon of the Seas in 2023. Set sail for Alaska to catch the salmon run or book your vacation on the Disney Wish for a trip that's full of character breakfasts and kid activities. 

Those looking to cruise on a smaller scale should look to adventure cruise companies like UnCruise and Adventure Canada where you can expect small ships, small crews, and only a few hundred passengers. Bonus: Families will find that expedition cruising offers a level of personalization that you can't get on other cruises. 

Back to the Big City

Kate Loweth

The last few years have seen road trips and national parks vacations getting their time in the spotlight. According to Expedia, cultural capitals like Edinburgh, Lisbon, Tokyo, Dublin, and Sydney are going to see a lot more travel focus for 2023. We can get on board for that! 

Travel as a Form of Self-Care

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With so much time to ourselves these past few years, we've come to know what we want and what we need to do to get it. Self-care has infiltrated the travel space with many hotels offering special pampering packages for moms (because really, moms need it the most). We expect to see lots more of that in 2023. 

Road Trips (Still) Reign Supreme

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The past few years really brought back our love of the road trip. If you are itching to find a new destination for 2023, check out this list of our favorite road trips in the U.S. and find unique Airbnb rentals you can reserve along the way. Before you head out, peruse this list of road trip hacks to get your crew prepared for the long journey, and download some of our favorite podcasts for kids so you don't have to fight over the radio station. 

Head to the Trees

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Whether it's the need to get as far away from civilization as possible or a Swiss Family Robinson obsession, families are taking to the trees and booking a night or two in a treehouse. There are loads of treehouses you can rent across the country with a ton of options, especially in California. There's even a brand-new treehouse resort near the Smoky Mountains that's opening in 2023. 

More Travel with the Grandparents

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We expect to see a surge in multi-generational travel in 2023 with families looking to get out and travel with grandparents. Whether you send the kids off on their "gramping" adventure without you or are looking for somewhere that three generations can enjoy, there are plenty of options out there. 

Guided, Small-Group Trips

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We want to go big with our travel plans but the actual planning of the trip is most definitely not part of the fun. Leave the planning and execution of your trip up to experts like Exodus Travels. You can book a private trip for your family, or join in a small group with other families that have similarly-aged kids to make it even more fun. Whether you go self-guided or have an expert there to show you the way, this type of travel is definitely the way to go for families. 

Another great option for a customized travel experience is Costa Rica Escapes, a company that specializes in creating family adventures based on the needs of your family. Definitely something you'll want to explore in 2023. 

Off-the-Grid Adventures

Kate Loweth

Many of us have developed our love of the great outdoors these past few years and we'll be looking for off-the-grid adventures for our 2023 trips. Think about a kayak trip in Yellowstone or a ranch vacation complete with a hot spring pool in Idaho. There are tons of awesome options out there with no WiFi in range. 

Ride Off into the Sunset in an RV

Kate Loweth

While most of us never considered RV travel as a fun option for a family, it has exponentially increased in popularity in recent years and we expect this trend to continue into 2023. If you are a total RV newbie, we suggest leaving the planning to the experts when you book your first RV trip. Think you can handle it on your own? Rent an RV, grab yourself a WiFi hotspot and head out on the road to give road schooling a try. You can even try out the rad stylings of a camper van

Cozy Cabins to Get Away from It All

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There's something so restorative about a weekend in the woods. Cabin rentals have become super popular and we don't expect that to change in 2023. They offer families time together, many times without WiFi, and you can even bring your dog. 

Explore Second-City Travel

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Living through a pandemic means we're all a little wary of traveling to crowded destinations. How about you swap touristy destinations like Venice and the Caribbean with lesser-known destinations that have the same feel but fewer tourists? This travel trend offers families a more low-key trip and the opportunity to get a more specialized experience while also lessening the impact of over-tourism on cities. Tour companies like True Colombia Travel allow families to experience cities rarely seen by tourists like Pasto, Colombia. Families are looking for immersive cultural experiences and 2023 will bring it. 

Take the Family Glamping

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Glamping gives you the best of both worlds—the smell of a campfire in your hair and an actual bed to sleep on. You won't have to schlep all of your camping gear with you, everyone gets a better night's sleep, and you still get time out in the woods away from WiFi and civilization. Check out some of our favorite spots for glamping including loads of options in California.

Make It a Micro-cation

Kate Loweth

If time and money are tight (hello, inflation), consider a micro-cation for your next family trip. These four-day-or-less trips allow you to see someplace new and get a break from everyday life. It's a good way to get the kids used to traveling without having to pack a ton of gear for everyone. Surprise the kids with a last-minute trip and see a new part of the country.

Spend Some Time in a National Park

Kate Loweth

With over 400 national parks in the United States, chances are there are quite a few nearby that you have yet to explore. National park trips are particularly fun for families as they give kids (and parents!) a little history lesson and a big dose of fresh air at the same time. Check out these national parks that are particularly kid-friendly from California all the way to Maine. 

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