Forget the Traditional Family Reunion
Are you with your family this Memorial Day? Did you take advantage of the long weekend to schedule a short vacation? This week we'll be talking about some of our best destinations for small groups such as families and friends traveling together. We can offer some really incredible pricing for groups as small as 6, so read on to hear about planning a family reunion that will make all others pale in comparison!
My memories of family vacations as a child center around really, really long car rides to visit my dad's brothers in Florida. It was fun when we got there, but nothing I'd like to repeat as an adult! But what about a week in Provence? Or taking over a small villa hotel in Tuscany? What about a more exotic trip, like to Southeast Asia? Sign me up!
One of our favorite destinations for small groups is At Home in a Tuscan Villa near Pisa. It's partly because although it's not at all a small villa, it's a small hotel, so it doesn't take a large group to take over the whole place. Also, Dunia, the owner and hostess, is like family from the moment you meet her (and likewise the chefs and everyone who works there!). You could be there with "Nonna" Simona and Chef Francesco waiting for the tiramisù to be served! We have a family traveling there in a few weeks to celebrate a college graduation, and another small group going in the fall, this time friends who travel together every year.
We have another family traveling together to France, where they will spend a week exploring the Cuisine and Culture of Provence with our partner Mark. They have taken over the entire country inn and will enjoy cooking and eating their way through the gastronomy of Provence, all while exploring the local areas of interest such as Marseille, Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, Avignon and the villages of the Luberon!
But what about our more exotic locations? We just had a group of ten friends and family traveling on our Cuisine and Culture of Southeast Asia 8-night itinerary in February. What could be more fun than exploring a new and exotic location for the first time with a group of your closest friends?
And it doesn't have to be people you've known your whole life—we have many travelers meet and become friends on our trips who then go on to travel again together (on another trip with The International Kitchen of course!). A group of ladies who recently participated in one of our WOW weeks is now talking about reuniting for our new trip to Peru's Amazon!
Where would you like to go if you were taking an international cooking vacation for a family trip? What about if you were traveling with friends? We'd love to hear from you!
By Peg Kern
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