Children are only children for so long, and the time you spend with them during these moments might go by in the blink of an eye. Going on holiday together is one of those special chances you have to capture every moment with your camera and your mind to cherish the memories later on in life. There are plenty of places around the globe that are ideal for families with kids of all ages and sizes, even grown-up children! No matter what your budget is or where you want to go, there are places on every continent for you to enjoy together.
While Toronto is often called a place for solo travelers, families shouldn’t overlook this Canadian city. The reasons are many. Toronto has great food options like poutine, free summer festivals, and attractions like the Royal Ontario Museum, the lookout from the 346 meter tall CN Tower, art and history galleries, and plenty of kid-friendly options like improvisation classes at the Bad Dog Theatre.
San Francisco, CA, US
Yes, California isn’t for those on a budget, especially San Fran; but no place in the US is like it. Aside from the Golden Gate Bridge and artsy piers, San Francisco has Alcatraz Island tours, the California Academy of Sciences, the San Francisco Zoo, cable cars, aquariums, Chinatown, and so much more to keep children from getting bored. Be sure to go between September and November, when the temperature is still warm but crowds are fewer.
For an outdoorsy adventure, head to Peru, where kids can join you on mountaineering tours are Pisac, learn about the wildlife of the Amazon Rainforest, fish for piranhas, go tarantula spotting, and even play soccer with the locals around Lake Titicaca. Climbing to top of the mountains around Machu Picchu is another excellent way to spend time with family. Or, if you want, check out the catacombs of Lima before trying your hands at bargaining in Cusco.
Kirindy Reserve, Madagascar
For a trip with more mature kids, try Madagascar. Here, you can take a safari trip to the Kirindy Forest Reserve, a protected dry forest that has everything from lemurs to fossa cats, and tiny chameleons. At night, you might be lucky enough to see the giant jumping rat, which is actually a primate. Then, head to Morondava to see the monolithic baobab trees and learn about their legend.
Want to be pampered? Then head to Azura Benguerra Island in Mozambique. Here, children and adults alike enjoy private pools, villas, water sports, and even a private butler. Of course, if you want to budget, Mozambique has plenty to do elsewhere, including the Bazaruto Archipelago, expansive beaches, exotic wildlife, and nature parks. Maputo, the capital, is full of streets lined with lovely jacaranda trees, shopping, food stalls, and award-winning restaurants.
Look beyond the City of Lights for excellent family vacations. Head instead to the castles around Dordogne, the beaches of Côte d’Azur, and Perros-Guirec. The latter is a less traveled region of France which has a rich Celtic history and use of the Breton language rather than French. Throughout Perros-Guirec, there’s even campsites and water parks for kids and plenty of nightclubs for adults. One place you’ll definitely want to see is the Pink Granite coast near Ploumanac’h.
If you are looking for a unique way to spend Christmas, Austria is a must-go destination. In the wintertime, especially right at the snow, the tourist crowds have dissipated, leaving behind freshly fallen snow, Christmas markets all a-glitter, and snow-capped mountains for skiing and snowboarding. Austria also has fantastic chocolatiers, great music and art history attractions, and many playgrounds for kids to burn off excess energy.
Even if the kids are too young to enjoy the setting of Game of Thrones, the Dalmatian Islands, best visited in early summer and fall, were practically made for children both young and old. There are fun museums like the Optical Illusions Museum in Zagreb and Zadar, or play at the beach, take an island-hopping cruise, visit the national parks, go on a Jeep safari for wild horses, visit a stone masonry school, and watch the sunsets in Dubrovnik.
Around the year, Singapore is sure to be a wonderful treat for your family. There is amazing food to be found at bustling hawker markets, stunning beaches at Sentosa and East Coast Park, Universal Studios, nearby Legoland in Johor Bahru, Malaysia, and even plenty of shopping to do on Orchard Street. If your family loves nature, then Singapore won’t disappoint there either. Check out the UNESCO Heritage Sites like the Singapore Botanical Garden, where there is even a special children’s play area or Gardens by the Bay.
The budget-friendly Thailand is a popular destination for many, because you can get a lot for a little money. Go snorkeling around the islands, watch fire shows in the evening, walk night markets for exotic edibles, head to elephant sanctuaries, and enjoy adventures via overnight trains and bus rides. The top places to visit are Bangkok for the bustling streets and bright lights and Chiang Mai, for the laid back nature and fascinating historical sites.
Anywhere you go in Australia, whether it is the West, North, South, Victoria, or New South Wales area is ideal for children. Why? Because you can easily go to the beach, visit a zoo or nature reserve, try skydiving and bungee jumping, walk the Sydney Harbor Bridge, selfie with quokkas on Rottnest Island, check out free galleries and museums, drink the world’s best coffee in Melbourne, and enjoy great transportation (which is usually free in CBD areas) anywhere except the Outback. The possibilities in Australia are endless. The only obstacle kids face in Australia is deciding what to do.
Wherever you decide to go around the world is sure to have kid-friendly attractions and things to do, but the above listed destinations are unlike any other for around the year excursions and fun.
Tips for Traveling with Kids
When traveling the world with youngsters, though, there are some special considerations to make. If you follow these tips, you’ll be able to plan an exceptional holiday with kids anywhere in the world.
- Know Your Kids
Certain ages are bound to get more out of some destinations than others. For example, you shouldn’t head to the temples of Thailand or Singapore until your kids are in their teens, so they can understand the culture and history. If your kids are young, stick to amusement parks, which are safe. As they get older and wiser, you can start taking them into the wilderness.
- Be Ready For Long Flights
Whether you are taking an 8-hour flight or a 24-hour one, flying is hard on kids. Not all flights have entertainment, movies, and games. Airports aren’t made for children, either. Be sure to pack enough healthy treats, books, and games to keep your kids occupied. If possible, always build up to longer flights with shorter adventures first.
- Go Towards The Water
Kids at any age love water. Therefore, choose destinations with pools, water parks, beaches, and water sports like kayaking. You won’t regret it.
The best places to spend the holidays with family are those locations where memories can be made – and that might just be anywhere, the destinations listed above are your best bet for having an epic holiday. Be sure to choose places befitting everyone’s ages and interests, and you are sure to make memories that last a lifetime.