20 Reasons Why A Rafting Trip Is The Perfect Family Getaway

Jun 11, 2012

20 Reasons Why A Rafting Trip Is The Perfect Family Getaway

You don’t have much time.

No one does. It’s why vacations are so important. You’ve got to make every second count.

But you don’t want to be in “hurry up and relax”-mode the whole time.

You want something to do with your family that everyone’s going to like. And it can’t be all tourist-trap-y.

You need some real-deal vacation time.

Well, I’m here to give you the answer: white water rafting.

Seriously. Scenery? It doesn’t get better than a white water river. Fun? Throw buckets of water on your kids all day … ‘nuff said.

Adventure. Relaxation. Great food (no lie, the food is a highlight). A river trip has it all.

Here are 20 reasons why a rafting trip is the perfect family getaway:

  1. Incredible value, and all-inclusive price (no extra fees for parking, meals, or ride tickets).

  2. Getting hit with waves from all sides is ridiculously fun.

  3. If they don’t already, your kids will think you are the god of awesomeness for booking the trip.

  4. There are pools between rapids for swimming, water fighting and relaxing.

  5. Your guides are just about the nicest, funniest, coolest people on earth.

  6. Food is somewhere between incredible and amazing.

  7. It’s good for the spirit to spend time on moving water.

  8. Two words you’ll never hear on a river trip: I’m bored.

  9. Rapids come in all sizes; we take you to the ones that are family-size.

  10. You will get at least one photo that will be a guaranteed wall-hanger.

  11. The sound of rushing rapids + laughter is one your family will never forget.

  12. The family that splashes together stays together.

  13. You can push your much-loved family members into the river.

  14. Absolutely no iPods, iPads, iPhones, icomputers, or idistractions allowed.

  15. If your kids get messy at lunch, just chuck them in the river.

  16. Tame enough for mom, exciting enough for dad (or vice-versa, about half the time).

  17. Your guides take care of everything for you; your only job is to have fun.

  18. Prepping a family for a river trip is easy, and we help by giving you all the info you need.

  19. Along with the fun, there’s a lot to learn out on river trips. Families love that part.

  20. There is nothing — absolutely nothing — half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.

 

Ok, I stole that last one from the “The Wind In The Willows.” But still, totally true.

Fact: Family river trips rule. And those are just 20 reasons. Got more? Throw us a comment.
Ben Curnett
Ben has guided whitewater trips from the Youghigheny to the Yangtze during his 20 years of running rivers. After spending most of his adult life floating rivers and ski patrolling, he picked up his long-neglected degree in creative writing and went to work managing social media at WELD.