Have you ever taken the time to plan out a family bucket list for your family? Whether you’re a parent or grand-parent, there is always time to make plans for your future that involve traveling with the entire family.

By Sara Kramer

Family Bucket list Travel

I first traveled to Africa when I was 10 years old. I didn’t know it yet but it was a trip that marked my entire future. That trip, coupled with a trip to Colorado with my grandparents around the same time, instilled in me a love for travel. Not just travel to check destinations off my list, but travel with my whole family. Sharing meals and experiencing something new together. Even now, as a parent with children of my own, my first thought when planning a trip is, “Who do you think will want to come?” For me, traveling with those who I love most is what makes seeing the world special to me.

I still remember waking up in a bush camp in Botswana, in a tent with just my twin sister. Excitement, awe, and mostly fear gripped me. “Was that an elephant I just heard? Were those are monkeys jumping on our roof?” These questions went through our heads as we fell asleep to the foreign sounds outside the tent each night.

In Colorado, I remember off-roading with my grandparents through the mountains, stopping along the way to marvel at the beauty of the Rockies. I look back on those moments and realize I want the same for my children. Not the same moment, but the same opportunity to make life-changing memories outside the bubble in which they live.

Make a Plan

My children are five and seven now. The perfect age in which to start thinking about the next several years of travel. And after two years of pandemic living, I’ve never felt more sure that now is the right time to start making plans for their future. We’ve already missed so much. It’s crazy to say because it feels so far away, but I have to plan now to make the most of our time before they graduate. Africa is a must. I’d also love to take them to Europe. Of course, we have some domestic trips planned, but it’s the international travel that I can’t wait for them to experience the most.

Do you have a family bucket list? Here are a few ideas to get you started:


This one-of-a-kind destination is perfect for the animal-loving, adventure-seeking family. With several species of animals unique to the Galapagos Islands, you’ll get the opportunity to explore like Darwin did. From small family cruises to multiple opportunities to explore on land, the Galapagos Islands are the perfect destination to add to your family’s bucket list.


Botswana is an ideal travel destination year-round. Each season brings something different. The green season offers lush green grasses, rich colors, and active game. Meanwhile the dry season offers game that’s easier to spot. Walk where the bushman walked. Learn how to make your own bow and arrow. Follow tracks to spot your favorite African animal. Cruise the Okavango with the hippos. Reconnect with nature and your family on this one-of-a-kind adventure sure to make a lifetime of memories.


I traveled to Egypt with my parents and sister and brother-in-law and we all said it was one of the best trips we’d ever taken. History comes alive right in front of you in Egypt. This ancient country is a must for any family that loves history and culture. Stand in awe at the foot of the pyramids. Cruise down the Nile River where history unfolds along the riverbanks. Learn from your private Egyptologist about a country as old as time. It’s a trip that will leave you changed.

What are you going to add to your family bucket list? Wherever it is in the world that you’d like to travel in 2022, Ker & Downey can take you there. Our team of designers are at their best when crafting a journey unique to you. Contact us today to start planning your next getaway. And for daily travel inspiration, follow us on Instagram and Facebook.