One of my favorite types of gifts to get my kids for their birthday or the holidays is a travel subscription box. If you have been following me for a while, you will notice it comes up often as a great way to keep your kids' wanderlust alive and travel from home.
Travel subscription boxes are also a great way for kids to learn about world cultures and countries around the globe.
But recently, a new, exciting travel subscription box has come on the market, called Up and Away Adventures. And here's the best part – it is designed for the whole family to enjoy, from kids to adults!
So, imagine my excitement when recently, the company gifted me a box to try for myself! I am excited to share with you why Up and Away Adventures is a fantastic travel subscription box for kids and families. And, how you can enter to win a giveaway of their December 2020 box in time for Christmas!
I have been gifted a box from Up and Away Adventures for the purposes of this review, however, the following review is entirely my own opinion. You can enter to win a giveaway from Up and Away Adventures with the entry form below. This post also contains affiliate links for which I receive a small commission at no additional cost to you should you make a purchase using this link. See my disclaimer.
I confess I have gotten as excited about my kids' travel subscription boxes as they have!
Up and Away Adventures was started by two friends named Jim and Scott, who have a love of travel. They started this company as a way to share travel in an experiential way with families who share their passion for discovering the world.
In each themed box (which adorably looks like a suitcase), is experiential country themed-content that is educational, interesting, and fun. With something for each member of the family to enjoy, the box incorporates culture, cuisine, people, and other items related to the country through games and activities.
When Jim and Scott say the box is for the whole family, they truly mean it! I was equally as excited by the contents of our box (which was Spain-themed) as my kids. While they grabbed for the craft and activities, I grabbed for the recipe cards and Spanish rice! I was thrilled to get an authentic Gazpacho and Paella recipe (among others!)
Each Up and Away Adventure suitcase is themed for a country. Inside each box is a multi-sensory experience that includes culture, games, facts, activities, and interesting facts. The items will introduce families to:
Inside of our Spain box, I was extremely impressed by the number of items, fun facts, creativity, and unique products included inside.
When Up and Away Adventures says a multi-sensory experience, they truly mean it! Our box even came with a scent (see below.)
My immediate impression: This is a tremendous value for what is included. And, I learned a lot!
The Up and Away Adventure box of Spain was truly filled with something for every member of our family. It was thoughtfully curated with activities and items to appeal to a range of ages and interests.
While we have tried and enjoyed travel subscription boxes from a variety of programs, some of them are good for children under age 10 and others are more geared for adults. Few have been able to capture the interest of our family in such an educational, sensory, and engaging way.
This is truly an experiential travel subscription box for families. Even older kids and teens will enjoy Up and Away Adventures.
In my opinion, Up and Away Adventures has something for the whole family, but the activities are – at least in our Spain box – appropriate for elementary-aged kids and up. While a preschooler or toddler would love the Picasso stickers, the splat tomato, and the passport, as well as the cute suitcase it comes in and the candy, the activities and crafts would definitely require adult help.
For preschool and younger elementary-aged students, a travel subscription box-like Little Passports Early Explorers or Little Global Citizens might be better for them to get them started and introduce them to world cultures. These boxes would have activities suited for this younger age group.
But I would still recommend Up and Away Adventure boxes for the family to support additional world culture education.
And, it is definitely an excellent travel subscription box for mid-elementary-aged kids, older kids, and families. Few travel subscription boxes approach teaching kids about world cultures in this multi-sensory and experiential way.
The subscription offers a bi-monthly box. The boxes are sent at the end of every other month.
On the Up and Away Adventures website, you can purchase a single box if you are interested in a specific country from a previous month. It is also a great way to supplement homeschooling or if you are looking to introduce your children to one country to complement work on multicultural education activities. For kid-friendly recipes from around the world, check out my post on 101+ recipes!
The bi-monthly subscription cost is $49.95 per box which is sent out every other month by the 20th of the month. Individual boxes are $54.95 each.
In my opinion, YES! My immediate reaction to our box was that it was so full of educational and experiential content, that it was well worth the money. Though I have traveled quite a bit, including to Spain, I learned a lot of new things from this box! And, many of the items can be used more than once!
The box was also designed with the help of an educational consultant, who is a certified elementary school teacher with over 24 years of experience, according to the Up and Away Adventure website. There is so much included in this box that would support any homeschool curriculum.
You can find out the next month here on their website. Currently, Up and Away Adventures is only shipping to the United States, Hawaii, and Alaska, and US Territories. Ready to order? Click below ⬇.
Up and Away Adventure boxes might be new on the market of travel subscription boxes, but they are already making their mark as a fantastic option for families. Not only can you experience travel virtually from home, with a complete sensory experience, but there is something for the whole family. Up and Away Adventures would not only make a fantastic gift, but it can support home education. And, while travel is limited, it is a fantastic way to travel from home.
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