It can be hard to turn off the TV at home... so take a vacation that's a getaway from the Tube as well.
- Head to suggestions for going away unplugged -- such as this luxury resort on Hawaii's Big Island, where guests stay in "hale" (ha-lay) cottages on 82 acres; the much-lauded YMCA of the Rockies; eco-resorts in Belize; and other suggestions, both near and far.
- YMCA of the Rockies - picked by FamilyFun Magazine as a top family resort, this great year-round "family camp" has two giant outdoors playgrounds -- Snow Mountain Ranch, with 5100 acres, and 860-acre Estes Park-- myriad activities, and no tv's in its lodge rooms and most of its cabins.
- Kona Village, Big Island, Hawaii: this luxury getaway on the Kohala Coast -- with no phones or tv in rooms-- has "hale" cottages (pictured above) spread over 82 acres; snorkeling; outrigger canoe and glass-bottom boat rides; kids and teens program.
- Belize Eco-Lodges: Belize -- the small country with Caribbean beaches and coral reef just south of Mexico's Yucatan-- has some very cool "jungle lodges"; one even combines rainforest and reef.
- Bitter End Yacht Club, British Virgin Islands: a top pick of Child Magazine, Travel + Leisure, and more, this resort features sailing and other watersports (and does have an outdoor movie theater, if the kids need a moving-image fix.)
- Fiji Resorts for Families: beautiful beaches, simplified life, unspoiled tropical paradise... it just suits this fantasy that many Fiji resorts are tv-free. And by the way, Fiji is less expensive than you might think.
- Summertime Family Camps: family summer camps typically have beautiful settings, simple lodgings, meals included (probably in a dining hall), and many, many outdoors and other activities. Affordable, too.
- Outside the Box: wherever there's a big resort or a name-brand hotel, there's probably some smaller place that would welcome your family. Sure, these places don't have all the amenities and built-in activities; but they might have a great beach, or great location as a home-base for exploring on your own. And thanks to TripAdvisor.com, you can probably get real-time reviews from other family travelers, which removes a lot of the risk when stepping outside the resort box.
* photo courtesy of Kona Village Resort