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Victoria Westmacott

Victoria Westmacott writes at farflunglands.com, a family travel blog dedicated to experiential learning and transformational experiences. Victoria likes to look beyond the traditional family-friendly resort, theme park and 'fly-and-flop' beach holiday to far-flung lands where kids can be safely removed from their comfort zones and immersed in cultures significantly different from their own. This, she believes, is how children (and adults!) learn best. Together with her husband and two children, Victoria has lived in USA, Vietnam, India and Panama. She is currently based in Quito, Ecuador. Follow her on Twitter @farflunglands, Facebook @farflunglands and Instagram @farflunglands

Santa Cruz Island with Kids – Galapagos Family Vacation Guide

SANTA CRUZ ISLAND with KIDS – Santa Cruz is one of four islands in the Galapagos that is inhabited by humans. Set bang in the middle of the archipelago, this volcanic island – shaped a little like Australia, yet only half the size of Sydney – is the tourist hub of Ecuador’s ‘Enchanted Islands’. It’s …

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Lima with Kids – Peru Family Vacation Guide

FAMILY VACATIONS IN PERU: Lima with Kids – Many travelers bypass Lima when they visit Peru, preferring to start their adventure in the picturesque colonial city of Cusco, instead. But this large, modern city actually has a lot to offer travelers, not least its incredible food. Lima is one of the world’s top food capitals …

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Santiago with Kids – Chile Family Vacation Guide

CHILE, Santiago with kids – Sandwiched between the Andes Mountains and a smaller coastal range of hills, Santiago sits within a bowl-shaped valley in central Chile. The mountains provide a dramatic backdrop to the capital and are the setting for myriad outdoor activities including horse riding and skiing. Its unique geography is not always a …

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Granada with Kids – Nicaragua Family Vacation Guide

NICARAGUA, The 411 on Granada with Kids – Founded in 1524, Granada’s locals like to claim it is not only the oldest city in Nicaragua, but the first to be settled in all of the Americas. While that may or may not be true (León, to the north of the country, stakes the same claim), …

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Panama City with Kids – Panama Family Vacation Guide

PANAMA, Panama City with Kids – If you were to compare Panama City to some other capitals in the world, it would seem more like a tropical village than a seething metropolis. But that’s just one of the many reasons why this commercial hub of the Americas is a great family destination. You can explore …

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Havana with Kids – Caribbean Family Vacation Guide

CUBA, Havana with Kids – For many travelers, Havana feels more like a movie set than it does a living, breathing city. Everyday folk go about their business in 1950s Chevrolets, Buicks, and Fords and you half expect a director to pop up from behind a camera at any given moment to shout, “Cut!” Its …

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Sacred Valley with Kids | Peru Family Vacation Guide

PERU, The Sacred Valley with Kids – The Sacred Valley, or El Valle Sagrado, sits between Cusco and Machu Picchu in Peru and was once the heart of the Incan Empire. Carved out by the Urubamba River, this beautiful valley sits at 2,792 m (9,160 ft) at its lowest point and makes a great first …

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