Family Travel: Create Memories and Look Through A Different Lens

Jamie Forbes
Apr 7, 2017 · 4 min read

by Jamie Forbes | posted in: adventure philanthropy, Family Culture, Family Legacy, Family Strategy, Giving for kids, Philanthropy, Philanthropy Education |

Sandboarding in the Sahara

Our cellphones didn’t work, and nobody complained.

Ok, well, my phone did work, but I used it mostly for navigation.

I recently returned from two weeks Morocco with my wife and two daughters. We hiked the Atlas Mountains, had tea with nomadic Berbers and learned about Islam and Moroccan culture.

And we laughed a lot.

Image courtesy of Unsplash

We have always traveled with our kids, mostly opting for off-the-beaten-track options and finding opportunities to interact with local people. With a stable government, multiple ethnicities living peacefully together, good roads and diverse landscape, Morocco sounded like a great country to explore.

Yup: We Rode Camels

And with daughters 13 and 16 years old, it was an extra bonus that the kids’ phones — the communication buffer that many think of as extension of themselves — would only function when we had access to WiFi. To their credit, the girls embraced this technology rationing, and we all enjoyed what happened as a result.

What did the trip lead to?

Guided Through Fez
Having Tea With Berber Family
Vivid Colors and Smells
Sibling Bonding
Trekking in the Foothills of the Atlas Mountains

Our trip to Morocco provided memories that has already erased any disappointment over missed Instagram feeds or broken Snapchat streaks. It’s a beautiful country with incredible diversity in culture, history, traditions, architecture, landscape, climate, and food. We loved Morocco, but you don’t have to go to get on a plane and head to foreign country to have this kind of meaningful experience. You can pack up the car and drive a day in any direction and experience new things.


Originally published at on April 7, 2017.

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