So you’ve decided it’s time for the annual family vay-cay! It's been a long time coming, bur the million dollar question remains, ‘Where to go?’ Or rather ‘What is the perfect family holiday destination?’
Having kids shouldn’t stop you from travelling and seeing the world. Whether you're a high impact holiday-goer, a campervan fan, or a lounge-side lizard, your ideal family holiday can be a matter of picking the right destination. Keep reading for some nifty child friendly travel hotspots.
Travelling with Infants
Travelling with tiny tots in tow can be daunting; ‘how will my baby be on the plane?’ ‘Will the hotel have baby friendly facilities?’ ‘Will it be too hot?’ ‘Do I need to worry about vaccinations?’ All these questions can have you stressing out before you've even booked your airfares. However, with a sprinkle of planning and a good dose of preparation you’ll be on your way to an easy and stress-free first holiday!
Does the thought of disrupting your baby's sleeping pattern send shivers down your spine? If so, why not stick to destinations with similar time zones. Restricting the number of time zones you fly through can help you beat the jetlag blues.
City breaks can be ideal for new families too thanks to their good transport networks and well-equipped hotels. These days it's not a stretch to expect family friendly facilities at most major hotel chains. Look out for accomodation with accessible cribs, babysitters, child-friendly entertainment, pram access and more!
Perhaps you're after a touch (or plenty) of TLC? After the upheaval of a new addition to the family a luxurious, all-inclusive package deal may be well up your street. When your baby is teeny-weenie a pampering retreat may be just the ticket for your first holiday. Child-friendly retreats can take the hassle out of scheduling all your day-to-day activities. Simply wile away the hours by the pool with a good book whilst your little one luxuriates in the shade by your side. Sound good? We thought so!
Travelling with your infant is perfectly safe and a great way to kick off your new life together as a family. There are all manner of exciting destinations to pick from. Keep reading to find out more.
travelling with toddlers
Are your kids suffering from a case of the terrible twos? You’re gonna need all the help you’re can get (just kidding)! Stick to resorts that cater for families like the Caribbean, Florida (did someone say Disneyland?), the Mediterranean, or even destinations closer to home such as the Gold coast of Australia. They’ll be kids clubs where your toddler can meet new friends, kids pools, activities and child-friendly entertainment.
It's hard to predict your toddlers taste but most will love the novelty of a good animal or water park. And beach destination have long been popular choices for families; a bucket and spade can provide hours of entertainment for sand n' surf loving tots!
If your little one enjoys getting about on daddy's shoulder or kicking back in a pram, sightseeing city breaks can be equally enjoyable. Mix it up with museums and amusement parks; these can be a great source of visual stimulation and are guaranteed to tire out the most energetic of toddlers.
Travelling with young children
Now your kids are a bit bigger, the real fun can begin! There should be no barriers to travel now that your kids can express where they’d like to go and what they’d like to do. Consider holidays destinations where your younger children can discover new interests, sights and cultures such as Bali, Europe, or even as far as the UK.
Young kids are typically more adventurous so activity planned holidays can be a winning concept. Theme park trips (dare we mention Disneyland again), water parks, bike rides, museums, road trips, walking, trekking and camping would all be great holiday or day trip ideas.
The beach is still a winner with this age-group. Tween love to splash in the waves, dig in the sand and explore new places. The more activity and adventure you can provide them with the better.
Travelling with teens
After the terrible twos, so come the terrible teens (just joking....or are we)? Now your kids are of a ripe age, you can venture out towards some more exotic locations which previously would have been too 'out there'. The world is now your oyster as they say!
Now's a good time to consider some more high-octane adrenaline activities. Water babies may be ready to try snorkelling or scuba diving trips and snow bunnies may want to look into skiing, snowboarding. Adrenalin junkies may even be ready to trial more adventurous activities like rock climbing or bungy jumping.
Traveling with teenagers can be really fun and really rewarding so aim high!