SOURCE: Asia Transpacific Journeys

May 24, 2011 14:51 ET

Custom Family Travel on the Rise: Time to Reconnect and Explore Exotic Destinations With Asia Transpacific Journeys

BOULDER, CO--(Marketwire - May 24, 2011) - Family and multi-generational travel has been named the biggest new travel trend in 2011 by industry expert Virtuoso. With their hectic schedules, families are seeking cultural experiences in exotic locales where they can spend quality time together while expanding their horizons.

Marilyn Downing Staff, Founder and President of Asia Transpacific Journeys, believes that visiting cultures so different from the American lifestyle helps children learn about other cultures and traditions.

"Our sensitive and seasoned guides provide children with insights into the local cultures, religious traditions, exotic plants and animals," says Downing Staff, herself a parent. "It helps them understand that the world is a much bigger place than they may have thought before."

Here are their top picks for family trips that are both educational and fun in nature:


On a trip to Borneo, tropical forests lush with wildlife invite moderate trekking through jungle trails and a visit to Mt. Kinabalu, home to 270 species of birds and more than 70 species of frogs makes for a great day trip.

Families can also visit an Orangutan Rehabilitation Center, and observe such national treasures as Sumatran rhinoceroses and clouded leopards on night walks and passages over an aerial catwalk.


On this Thailand vacation to the country's cities, hill tribe areas and beaches, families learn how to become mahouts (elephant caretakers), visit a puppet theatre, ride an elephant and take a bamboo raft trip through the jungle.

The trip is not complete without a stay at one of Southern Thailand's famed beaches, where families can try sea kayaking and snorkeling.


With a Cambodian vacation, kids can be an archeologist for a day when visiting the Sambor Prei Kuk area -- which could pass for an Indiana Jones movie set if it weren't so completely authentic.

Afterwards, parents and kids should head to Siem Reap to explore Angkor Wat, simply a stunning sight for both old and young.


On a trip to Australia, families can explore the country's eco hotspots, kangaroo to platypus.

Wildlife sightings in this naturalist's utopia co-mingle with hiking, snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef, and tramping through the rain forest.

Families can also marvel at the fairy penguin, wallabies, brush-tailed possums, wombats and the famous Tasmanian devils.

About Asia Transpacific Journeys

Asia Transpacific Journeys specializes exclusively in custom journeys and small group trips to the Asia/Pacific region. Founded in 1987, no other company offers such expertise in the region. Its long-standing connections in Asia, outstanding personalized service, and deeply insightful cultural interpretations have made them the travel company of choice for organizations such as the American Museum of Natural History, the World Wildlife Fund, and Ivy League alumni associations.

For more information, visit or call (800) 642-2742.

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