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Our Whole Village  Meaningful Family Adventures. Local and authentic travel experiences for families who want to raise global citizens and give back.

During our authentic Costa Rica homestay experience in El Roble the girls enjoyed making bracelets with our gracious host, Mazarella. Which kinds of authentic experiences do you long to try on your next family vacation? Are there any skills you’d like to learn? Or, other ways you’d like to connect with locals?
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Our authentic Costa Rica homestay experience in El Roble was hands down one of the highlights of our trip. We enjoyed the leisurely days, visiting the local school, talking to the local artisans. The girls loved making tortillas and other local dishes with Mazarella. They also made bracelets together, picked fresh peppers with Mazarella’s grandson and had endless fun with their dogs, who would then follow them everywhere. We were only there for two nights, but felt very much like part of the family. It was eye-opening to the girls to see and experience a different way of life (no AC and no hot water!), yet feel the genuine love and warmth of Mazarella and her family. Would you consider doing a homestay during your next family vacation?
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We asked a few of our favorite family travel bloggers to give us their picks for the hottest travel destinations 2019. Each of these destinations offers one-of-a-kind, kid-friendly experiences. They also focus on sustainable tourism practices and giving back. The result? Transformational trips your whole family can get behind. Check out their top 10 picks here: https://ourwholevillage.com/family-travel-bloggers-hottest-travel-destinations-2019/. (Image Credit: Kirsten Maxwell, Puerto Rico)
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Did you know that protected reefs along both of Panama’s coasts provide habitat for large tropical fish populations as well as reef sharks, bottlenose dolphins, and humpback and sperm whales? You can also view five of the world’s seven sea turtle species here. During our trip to Panama in 2017, we couldn’t get enough sun-kissed days spent in the sand and surf scoping out some of the abundant sea life.
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Did you know that Panama serves as a biological corridor connecting Central America to South America and dividing the Pacific Ocean from the Caribbean Sea? According to the National Society for the Protection of Nature, Panama, and CNN News, this Central American gem houses more than 10,000 different plant species including 1,500 varieties of trees, 1,200 types of orchids, and 678 fern species. Add to this 972 indigenous bird species and 255 species of mammals, and you have a land of ecological abundance.
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What do you and your kiddos know about the chocolate making process? In Costa Rica, we got to experience the process up close, from cocoa pods to spoonfuls of chocolate sauce. Each pod contains 30-50 beans surrounded by a sweet pulp. The beans are tart, like a sweet lemon, and very refreshing on a hot day in the tropics. After being carefully removed and fermented, it takes between 400 and 500 beans to make a pound of chocolate!
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Here’s another fun shot from our road trip between Las Vegas and San Francisco when we took to the sky. I love this shot because it reminds me that there’s nothing like experiencing a destination through a child’s eyes. The wonder, the excitement, the sheer joy… You regain your own sense of youthful exuberance along the way while making memories that last a lifetime.
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Here’a a throwback shot from our road trip between Las Vegas and San Francisco… I thought it was the perfect image to wish you all a Happy New Year! May 2019 be filled with many colorful adventures and sweet successes!
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Traveling with kids comes with countless benefits including my personal favorite — experiencing the world through their wonder-filled eyes. I savored watching my daughters interact with this lovely local in Costa Rica, their voices filled with excitement, smiles plastered across their faces, and their imaginations sparked in anticipation of more adventures. What do you cherish most about traveling with children?
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There’s nothing like the majesty of Costa Rica’s jungle waterfalls. Their power and magnitude always fill me with awe and wonder, and I find myself longing to draw closer to the cool drapes of mist surrounding them. Or, jump into the turquoise pools they empty into below. I couldn’t help but watch with delight as my daughter proved equally transfixed.
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Did you know that Panama City, the capital of Panama, boasts a rainforest within its city limits? Or, that it grows some of the best coffee beans in the world? A relatively small nation, Panama offers endless pristine beaches with more than 1,500 miles of shoreline. We had an unforgettable time touring this diverse, lush country.
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Ready to embark on the family adventure of a lifetime? When you book your next family vacation with Our Whole Village by December 24th, you’ll receive $100 off per person. Where will 2019 take you and your family?
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