L ooking to try a fresh vacation destination? We reached out to a few friends who are trusted travelers to give us some inspiration: co-founder of luxury travel bag company August, Jenna Jackson and showroom owner turned blogger, Brianne Manz. After ditching the corporate life in favor of entrepreneurial pursuits, Jenna, husband Charles and the fam set out to explore the world, returning to the states with 41 countries under their belt. She shared three of her favorite retreats, each appealing to a different travel mode: outdoors, sporty and rustic-luxe. Manz, who writes the blog Stroller in the City, which dishes on kids fashion, city living and family travel had some other top picks on her list (which she’s enjoyed with her 3 kids), from the happiest place on earth to chic island getaways! So hurry, read up and book your tickets. There’s nothing better than finding the best vacation spots that tick all boxes, luxe, sophisticated and kid-friendly fun! Bon Voyage! BUCKET LIST TOT-ALY COOL ADVENTURES HAND-PICKED BY JENNA JACKSON & BRIANNE MANZ

JENNA JACKSON, AUGUST BAGS Mukul Resort in Nicaragua: Why it’s a standout: “Nicaragua has very little tourism still so it’s a really authentic experience with all the 5 star touches.” Age: All ages geared toward slightly older children for water activities Tip: “Nicaragua is extremely laid back so pack light and tropical with plenty of sunscreen and bathing suits for the kids!” Parents will love: World class spa – daily yoga sessions Kids can enjoy: 2 private beaches, room service from your room’s butlers, bikes, pools and surf instruction. Oxfordshire, England Tip: “Be sure to rent a car or get a tour of the local countryside, which is breathtaking and full of all sorts of fun little pubs and restaurants like the great Wild Rabbit.” Parents will love: Stay at Soho Farmhouse. “Everything is thought out for you before you arrive so you’ll hardly need to bring anything, making packing nice and light.” Kids can enjoy: At Soho: “There’s a great kid’s club with treehouses and playsets for all ages and toys and costumes. Separate pool times for kids and adults, a paddling pool, three restaurants and lots of fun lawn games for kids during the Sunday roast…also horseback riding for kids and adults alike and a mini golf course.” Flathead Lake, Montana: Why it’s a standout: “The lake is the biggest west of the Mississippi and not well known (yet) so it’s not crowded and the towns all over the lake are quiet but super fun. Big Fork has the wooden planked sidewalks of the west and main street is filled with restaurants, art galleries and little shops.” Tip: “Stop by Sweet Peaks for ice creammade locally. And Lakeside has Tamarack Brewery for family night and great craft beers.” Parents will love: “Kandahar by the resort is an incredible restaurant, great for an adult night away after all the family fun.” Kids can enjoy: “Rent a boat and spend the day wake boarding, water skiing, wake surfing and exploring Native American cliffs paintings and wild horse island. Take a day trip to Glacier National Park and hike after driving up Going-to-the-Sun-Road. Finally, nearby Whitefish is another cute town with galleries, restaurants and shops. Up Big Mountain they have a summer toboggan run where you take the chair lift to the top and race your way down.”

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