When you think of ideas for family vacations, what comes to mind? Do you think of the long lines at theme parks, the hectic rush to hit every item on an over packed itinerary, or dragging tired, whiny kids from site to site or store to store? For some, that is not their idea of fun.

If you are one of those families, consider taking your family on a true adventure this year. Step outside of the box and embark on a family wilderness vacation that every single member will love.


Vacations are all about creating memories, right? Well, what kind of memories are you creating as you stand in endless lines at the theme park, the kids focused on their cell phones or tablets, as you silently count the hours until the park closes so you can escape the swarms of people?

Wilderness vacations don’t have large crowds and they encourage families to bond with each other as they enjoy nature. The natural environment draws people closer to each other, connecting them as they disconnect from technology and society. You may not have some of the luxuries that you are accustomed to, but your family will be having so much fun they will hardly miss it.

Sure, there is something to be said for traditional family vacations, but how many times have you gotten home and felt that you needed a vacation from your vacation? It should be about resting, relaxing and reconnecting, but often it’s a month of activity packed into two weeks. The focus is more on the vacation itself than it is on the family that should be connecting through it. A wilderness vacation has all of the adventure and none of the hectic schedule. It brings families together.

You can send your kids back to school after summer or winter break with tales of crowded theme parks or hectic, fast paced big cities, or they can tell stories about mountain streams, spotting beautiful wildlife, and the adventure of a lifetime.

So, what will it be? This year will you take your family on just another cookie cutter, “traditional” family vacation? Or will you embark on an adventure that will bring you all together and cherish long lasting memories?

Take the path less traveled

Adam Lackner - BrushBuck Wildlife Tour Guide
The backcountry is a place of enjoyment for this outdoorsman. Adam spent five years in the Marine Corps before heading for seasonal guiding positions in Alaska, Montana, Colorado, Idaho, Arizona, Mexico, and now Wyoming. “Being where the mountains are big keeps the complaints small!”