Best Family Getaways 2014

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Whether your family is looking to surf in Hawaii or spot wildlife in Costa Rica, these trips promise to bring your passions to life—and make you feel like a kid again.

Lend a Hand: Australia and China

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“Many of our family trips now include a volunteer component,” says Boston-based Elevate Destinations founder Dominique Callimanopulos. “We’ve seen unprecedented interest in this area.” To mix do-good opportunities with the kind of adventure and downtime multigenerational groups crave, Callimanopulos and her team created the Family Planet series. Two popular itineraries: Australia, in which your brood will learn to shear sheep with fourth-generation farmers just outside Melbourne, and China, where families spend time with children at a Beijing elementary school and help zookeepers in Chengdu feed and tend to the country’s beloved baby pandas. 12-day Australia trips from $7,500 per adult ($5,500 per child), double; nine-day China trips from $3,500 per adult ($2,500 per child), double.

Grazing piebald sheep on background of green grass.

Best Family Getaways 2014

Lend a Hand: Australia and China

“Many of our family trips now include a volunteer component,” says Boston-based Elevate Destinations founder Dominique Callimanopulos. “We’ve seen unprecedented interest in this area.” To mix do-good opportunities with the kind of adventure and downtime multigenerational groups crave, Callimanopulos and her team created the Family Planet series. Two popular itineraries: Australia, in which your brood will learn to shear sheep with fourth-generation farmers just outside Melbourne, and China, where families spend time with children at a Beijing elementary school and help zookeepers in Chengdu feed and tend to the country’s beloved baby pandas. 12-day Australia trips from $7,500 per adult ($5,500 per child), double; nine-day China trips from $3,500 per adult ($2,500 per child), double.

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