There’s a great big world out there waiting to be discovered — one chock full of fun, surprising, and mind-expanding experiences. So why would you visit a fake castle when you can see a real one? Are sweaty actors in Mickey costumes really more exciting than black bears in the wild? Can dry ice on a Disney stage compete with dozens of geysers spewing steam fifty feet into the air?
Add to that the expense of a Disney visit, including airfare, hotels, entrance and parking fees, and costly food, combined with hours spent in line, and the theme park option starts looking bleak. Beyond being more educational on a lot of levels, travel to real places – where you share the common experience of discovery — makes memories that really matter. Here are seven totally epic family trips that will leave the whole fam happier than if you went to the so-called “happiest place on earth.”