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Window Seat or Aisle Seat: 8 New Family Boating Vacations

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Summer is halfway through so if you’re looking for a more peaceful way for your family to travel, get off the hot freeway and out on the water. In her Window Seat or Aisle seat column this month Kerri Zane, author of It Takes All 5: A Single Mom’s Guide to Finding the REAL One, due out August 1, runs through all the different family-friendly boating options. And it’s not just cruise ships. Think gulets, houseboats and few other creative options you may have never imagined.

July. The lazy days of summer are upon us. For most of the United States the weather is hot and steamy. Your kids are undoubtedly in need of dipping his or her toes into cool blue waters. And I think there is no better way to beat the heat, than to escape with the family on a floating holiday.

According to Melody J. Anderson, a Los Angeles based Licensed Clinical Social Worker and “The Reality Therapist,” “Research proves that when families eat at least one meal a day together, they are physically and mentally healthier than those who don’t. “ So a holiday on board a boat is a great way to do this. But she went on to say, “in some cases kids, especially teenagers, will start to pout after 3 days, act bored.”

To prevent this Anderson suggests to first include the children in picking the boat on websites, so they feel more invested in the trip. Give everyone a night to cook, by preparing menus before you leave and a chore sheet. Find a venue that allows disembarking every few days and spend a night. Make sure everyone brings their favorite comics, magazines, books, playing cards, board games or jigsaw puzzles wrapped in moveable felt pads.

This summer for an intimate experience escape from the big cruise ships. Instead, you can plan an intimate wet and watery getaways, designed to create an unforgettable family vacations. You can spend one night or two weeks. In some cases you can even swap your land locked location for a floating home!

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Crewed yachts are like “floating boutique hotels” and can be found all over the world. The majority of these trips depart from the Mediterranean, New England, the Caribbean and the Bahamas. The biggest surprise is probably that you do not have to be a rock-star or royalty, with Amazing Charters prices start at $300 per person per day and are all inclusive. and there are often special discounts for kids.

These yacht vacations includes your own captain and private chef, your favorite water sports equipment, kite boarding instructors or anything else you want. They come in all sizes and so you will have the whole yacht to yourself, guaranteeing your comfort and privacy. You get to choose the “hotel,” the features and its staff, and then you get to choose the location and itinerary as well. For more information contact