Family Adventures Await

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Want to show your children the world? Family Adventures Await is a full service travel agency that specializes in creating customized, authentic experiences the whole family can enjoy. We specialize in creating the types of experiences families have always dreamed of having together, but didn’t know how to accomplish. We customize vacations to each unique family giving you the experiences you are looking for, taking away all the stress of planning an unforgettable journey. We plan a full itinerary for you to review, with a wonderful balance of activities for the family to enjoy, immerse in the culture and simply down time to just relax and soak it all in. The key to making your vacation memorable is having experiences together that will strengthen family bonds and grow your family closer together. We also understand that adventure does not mean “roughing it” to most families, we balance unique and luxury accommodations to meet the needs of all of your family members.

As the founder of Family Adventures Await, Jennifer Shanks uses her background in Social work, 20 years of international travel and her incredible connections throughout the industry to connect families with local people while truly experiencing cultures and giving back to the communities they visit. I spend time getting to know my clients and building a relationship with them. The more I know the family I am planning a trip for, the more I can create a journey to meet their specific needs. Adventure means something different to every family, and my goal is to find that perfect balance between what they are comfortable with and what will challenge/ excite the family, leaving them with an unforgettable memory. I don’t want my clients to simply visit a foreign country, I want them to experience it and get the most out of their precious time together. Some of the experiences I have arranged for my clients are: hiking through Ice Caves in Iceland, trekking through tribal villages in the hills of Vietnam, rappelling into cenotes in Mexico, volunteering in a local school, taking a family friendly cooking lesson in an Italian Village and spending the night in an animal sanctuary in Costa Rica. One thing I can guarantee is that your vacation will never feel “cookie cutter” when you book through Family Adventures Await.