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December 2022

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Across the Tasman Sea, Australia is another great place for multi-gen bonding. Of course, everyone wants to see kangaroos, which is easy since there are more than 50 million of them in the country. Roos hop along country roads, graze on golf courses, and can sometimes be spotted on the beach and in vineyards. In Sydney, Toronga Zoo has all of Australia's native animals on display, but it's way more fun to see them in a natural setting. I never tire of looking at the beautiful Sydney Harbour Bridge, and the hardiest members of your family might want to climb up and check out the view. It's a popular guided activity (though not for the faint-hearted), and a bonding experience that will be talked about for many years. Likewise, experienced surfers will want to grab a board and head to the waves. Torquay, in the state of Victoria, is the surf capital of the country, but Bondi Beach in Sydney and Byron Bay further north are also great spots. More Fun in the Middle East Dubai may not be on your bucket list, but we were surprised at the number of family-friendly things to do. Wild Wadi is a great water park close to the pricey Burj Al Arab. And what visitor doesn't want to see the indoor ski "resort" at the Mall of the Emirates, one of the largest shopping malls in the world? Outside of the city at Al Maha Desert Resort, we rode camels into the desert, learned about falconry, and did some dune bashing. Fun fact: Sandboarding in the Middle East was popularized by San Diego's own Tony Hawk. Detour destinations ABOVE The Sydney Bridge Climb offers spectacular harbor views RIGHT Kangaroos aren't shy! BELOW Sandboarding is popular in the Middle East, just ask Tony Hawk << SYDNEY BRIDGE CLIMB: PHOTO COURTESY OF DESTINATION NSW KANGAROO: PHOTO COURTESY OF ADAMS / HANSEN STOCK PHOTOS SANDBOARDING: PHOTO COURTESY OF TONY HAWK

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