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Of course, this is all easier said than done when one

of your kids is “a daredevil” and the other is “afraid of

her own shadow” (pg. 19), or when your boys refuse

to try something cool, like snuba diving (pg. 10) —

not because they’re afraid, but because they’d just

rather stick with what they know. Kids are tough

customers when it comes to their comfort zones,

so trying to coax them into trying something new,

like swimming with sharks (pg. 37) can be

frustrating. The thing is, it’s also really important.

As Crystal Luxmore found in her recent story ‘Do

Small Kids Gain Anything From Travel’ for the

Globe

and Mail

: “Travel can help by opening up unusual,

vivid experiences outside of the everyday — and

these are what stick around the longest.”

Whether it’s island-hopping in the Caribbean (pg.

29) or beachcombing in Maui (pg. 14), travel is the

best way to create meaningful memories with your

kids, and imbue their childhoods with unique and

valuable experiences that will endure as they

grow — even during their dreaded teen phase (pg.

33). Perhaps that’s why a survey by Top Flight Family

found that 65 per cent of parents would be willing

to let their kids miss school in order to travel —

because as clichéd as it sounds, there’s a lot to be

learned from the school of life.

So this year, as you begin planning your annual family

getaway, ask your kids not only what they’d like to

do for fun, but also what they’d like to

accomplish

on vacation. Make it a goal; a game for everyone.

Whether it’s trying ceviche for the first time or

tackling the zip line, there’s no better way to step

outside your comfort zone than with some fun in the

sun with your family.

Need some ideas? I suggest you start by turning

the page.

Your adventure awaits!

Britney Hope

Editor

bhope@ensembletravel.ca

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Ultimate Family Vacations | FALL 2017

“Venture outside your comfort zone. The rewards are worth it.”

These words, spoken by Rapunzel from Disney’s

Tangled

, an

animated fairytale about a boundary-pushing teenager longing to

see the world beyond her hidden tower, were thrilling for me, as a

traveller, to hear when I first saw the movie. My childhood princesses

cooked, cleaned and dressed up for the ball. The idea that princesses

are now fighting their own battles on their own adventures and telling

kids to try new things — even if they seem scary — can only be a

good thing for today’s young travellers.

I’m a believer that testing your limits in the face of your fears is the

best way to discover what you're truly capable of. And a sense of

adventure, whether it’s exploring strange newworlds or sampling

strange new foods, is what makes the act of travel — especially with

kids, who often see things differently — so wonderful.

Welcome to The Adventure Issue!

EDITOR'S NOTE

Ultimate Family Vacations Fall 2017

DEPARTMENTS

6

Kid’s Corner

Latest travel gear for kids

8

How To

Flying solo: tips for travelling as a single parent

19

Point of View

Raising two fearless daughters, one trip at a time

25

What’s New

Disney’s dazzling new plans for the future

FEATURES

10

The Art of Sink and Swim

Learning to snuba in Saint Lucia

14

Memories of Maui

A multi-generational family adventure

29

Island Hopping in Paradise

Amazing ports of call for cruising families

33

Teenage Angst is Coming

One mom braces herself for teen rejection

37

Throwing My Kids to the Sharks

How to encourage the young to be bold

CONTENTS

CREDITS

PUBLISHER

Ensemble Travel® Group

EDITOR

Britney Hope

CONTRIBUTORS

Jeff Bogle, Candace Derickx,

Timothy Fowler, Heather Greenwood

Davis, Jennifer Hamilton, Lisa Kadane,

Jenn Smith Nelson

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Liz Scull

CREATIVE DESIGNER

Cherry Ann Valles

FOXX Advertising & Design

PRODUCTION MANAGERS

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FOXX Advertising & Design

ADMINISTRATION

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PRODUCTION SERVICES

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TURN KEY Marketing Solutions Inc

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ENSEMBLE TRAVEL® GROUP

CO-PRESIDENT

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VICE PRESIDENT MARKETING

Carl Schmitt

DIRECTOR OF MARKETING

Franca Iuele

ENSEMBLE TRAVEL® GROUP

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FALL 2017 | Ultimate Family Vacations

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LEARNING TO SNUBA IN SAINT LUCIA © JENN SMITH NELSON

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A BEAUTIFUL MAUI BEACH

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TOY STORY

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CRUISE SHIP ARRIVES IN PORT