Summer holidays are the busiest time of the year for tourism. With 2020 and Covid putting the breaks on the majority of families planned get-away, it’s never too early to start thinking and researching for 2021. Especially if you have flight vouchers at hand, perhaps this holiday will be the dream vacation you’ve always dreamed of.
Make memories and look for destinations that offer plenty of activities for all members of the family. You want to take into account the weather, accommodation (check whether they have travel cots) and amenities. But children are so versatile, they can and will adapt to your new surroundings faster than you will!
Don’t let long haul flights put you off flying with a baby or a toddler, if you’re prepared you will find the flight relatively stress free. For tips and advice on flying with a baby and toddler, click HERE. We have visited so many places with George and have made so many incredible memories. Travelling with a baby or toddler is incredibly rewarding.
COSTA DEL SOL, SPAIN
In less than 3 hours you can be strolling around sunny Spain, eating tapas and exploring the coast. With an average of 320 days of sunshine a year, you can see why it is such a popular destination! Due to its popularity you will find competitive flights and prices for accommodation, if you are willing to look. The majority of business owners speak English and you will easily find the same brand and products that you can buy at home.
Either rent an apartment, self cater or book a hotel, there are so many options to chose one that best suits your family needs. Spanish culture is very family orientated and within a half an hour radius you have beaches, mountains, water parks and zoos!
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DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
Dubai is a City built to entertain. There is something for everyone here. Theme parks, malls and all of it is air conditioned! Grab a direct flight which takes just under 8 hours and you will find yourself in the Dubai International airport.
Which has an indoor waterfall that is worth checking out. The roads are wide, flat and easy to follow, so you can rent a car and explore spend a day visiting Abu Dhabi very easily.
Cinemas, an aquarium and a ski slope are located in just one of Dubai’s malls. You will find Dubai is clean, safe and has a list of activities longer than your arm. You simply will not have enough time to do everything you want!
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If you fancy a city break, Rome is ideal for young families. Not only is it easy to explore many of the sites on foot, the streets are relatively flat for getting around with a pushchair. A short haul flight and you can be following in the footsteps of legends.
Rome is affordable and you can visit the majority of the sites without entering. Be prepared to queue and pay a hefty ticket to enter attractions such as the Colosseum (which is absolutely worth it by the way).
You’ll also find specialist tours for kids and families, such as a three-hour scavenger hunt tour around the Trevi Fountain, Pantheon and Piazza Navona. Or a pizza- and gelato-making class – bound to put any little monkey in a good mood.
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If you’re prepared to travel further afield, Bali is an affordable baby-friendly option. Canggu, Ubud, Jimbaran and Nusa Lembongan are among the most family-friendly areas. Hotels are well-equipped with cots and highchairs, while you can easily book a nanny or babysitter to take care of your tot while you have some alone time. A nanny can even join you on your outings to let you have a bit of a break too thanks to an extra pair of hands.
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From amazing sculpture parks and playgrounds to top-notch theater productions specifically geared toward the younger set, Seattle is full of things to do as a family. Perhaps the best part is that parents will have a great time too, reliving childhood dreams at the Pinball Museum or sampling delicacies at the iconic Pike Place Market.
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Another child-friendly Italian destination is Tuscany. Indulge in pizza and ice cream in the Italian sunshine, while your tots can spend their days playing in the pool. The medieval town of Lucca is completely flat and easy to navigate with a pushchair, but you might want to consider travelling out of season as temperatures soar during the summer months and it may be too hot for babies and toddlers.
With plenty of outdoor spaces, adventure parks and segways for hire. With a bit of planning you can really make Tuscany work for everyone. Rent a villa or apartment and take in the evening views with a glass of wine when the little ones have fallen asleep.
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Hailed as the ultimate City of fashion, culture and couture, Paris can be intimidating for travellers especially with a new baby. However, the City is easy to navigate and public transport is efficient, cheap and reliable. Purchase a day pass for the Hop on/Hop off bus and you can get to see all the sites with none of the stress.
Paris has plenty of parks and open grounds that you can enjoy for free, the majority of which are situated at their main attractions. If you can accept that you won’t get anywhere in a hurry during peak season, adopt a slower pace and take in the sites and sounds of the City.
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Lauterbrunnen is situated in one of the most impressive trough valleys in the Alps, between gigantic rock faces and mountain peaks. With its 72 thundering waterfalls, secluded valleys, colourful alpine meadows and lonely mountain inns, the Lauterbrunnen Valley is one of the biggest nature conservation areas in Switzerland.
If you have kids that love to be outdoors and you do to, then this is the place for you. Packed with families, you can walk through the valleys, hire bikes or take a train to the top. If you are a big James Bind fan then you can even visit one of the summits where ‘On Her Majesty’s Secret Service was filmed.
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