Are you trying to find the perfect holiday destination for you and your family? Are you thinking along the lines of a camper van in Iceland type trip? Then look no further! Whether you want a relaxing, family-friendly beach resort or a snowy adventure your children will love, we’ve got you covered. We understand that finding great accommodation in a place that offers activities for all ages can take time, that’s why we’ve teamed up with My Baggage who have pulled together this guide to help you narrow down your options and book your dream holiday in no time.
Check out the 10 suggested destinations below, all hand-picked thanks to their beautiful location and the fun-filled holidays they offer to young families.
Italy is often cited as one of the world’s best holiday destinations for families and with good reason. Apart from the fact that Italians are very family orientated themselves, the nation also has lots to offer for all ages. You and your family can spend days at the beach and explore some of the world’s most famous cities on foot. You can take in memorable sights like the Leaning Tower of Pisa, not to mention you can all enjoy the delicious food. After all, who doesn’t love pizza and ice cream!
You can certainly see why adults love Mexico; the tropical climate and white sandy beaches are just the beginning. But the kids are sure to love it too. You have the option to stay in a number of luxurious resorts with huge pools, kids’ clubs and great evening entertainment. What’s more, there are plenty of day trips to be had from exciting adventure parks and jungle trails to Mayan ruins and natural aquariums.
Thanks to its stunning beaches and beautiful weather, you can visit Portugal almost all year round. If you and your little ones love the sea or you want to try your hand at surfing, the Algarve is a magical place. It could be a great place to kitesurf due to its pleasant weather and breathtakingly beautiful beaches. Browsing websites like Kite Control (or similar others) could provide packages for surfing lessons, hydrofoil kitesurfing, etc., to make the most out of your trip. Moreover, you can book yourself into a hotel or if you fancied doing something a bit different, then why not consider hiring a camper van when you arrive. Portugal is a fairly small country and this gives you the option to see more of it, stopping at some of its greatest cities and beach resorts like Lisbon, Porto, Albuferia and Lagos along the way.
Not only is Bali breathtakingly beautiful, but the locals are very friendly and always accommodating to young families. Here you and your family can spend days soaking up the sun and playing on the beach. On the days you want to give the sun lounger a break, why not take in the nation’s wildlife at Monkey Forest or you can arrange to go dolphin watching with a local tour provider. A holiday to Bali will be fun-filled, relaxing and truly unforgettable.
If you fancy something other than a beach break or you’re hoping to book up a chilly Christmas trip, Lapland in Finland is the perfect family destination. You and your little ones can meet Santa, play in the snow and sit around a roaring fire in the evenings. What’s more, if your children are that bit older you might want to buy a ski pass, even if just for a day or two. Finally, you can plan days out with reindeer trips or husky-pulled sledges. If you’re lucky you might even get to see the Northern Lights.
6. United Kingdom
The United Kingdom has a great deal to offer, from city breaks in Scotland to beach holidays in Wales. The weather can be a little unpredictable, but with so much to do, you won’t be put off by the odd rainy day. Why not spend some time in nature in any one of England’s national parks (such as New Forest or Lake District) where you can spend your days walking or riding bike trails. Or choose from staying in quintessentially British villages and visiting rural pubs for hearty grub or taking a beach break in Cornwall complete with cute seaside towns and coastal walks.
Cyprus is the perfect mix of beach resorts and traditional harbour towns, so there’s something for everyone. Many hotels here are family-friendly, offering great entrainment for all ages and it is also home to one of the world’s greatest water parks. Here you’ll get the perfect mix of culture and relaxing beach holidays, where you can spend days sitting poolside and others exploring traditional Cypriot towns and searching for beautiful mosaics.
Austria is becoming increasingly popular with young families, so much so they opened the aptly named ‘baby hotel’. If you choose to stay here you can enjoy swimming pools for kids of all ages, children’s entertainment, childcare services and even a tailored menu specifically design for breastfeeding mothers. Alternatively, you could arrange a skiing holiday for older children or visit some of the great cities like Vienna. Public transport is really simple here so you can get about and spend days out exploring. If you choose to forgo the hotel you can stay in Austrian-style chalets or even find accommodation staying on working farms.
Another up and coming family destination is Bulgaria. There are plenty of child-friendly hotels and some of the most stunning, unspoiled, sandy beaches the world has to offer. If you and your family are quite active there’s plenty to see and do here. You can take part in a number of different water sports or go out exploring the nearby temples.
And last but certainly not least, Hawaii is a dream destination for many parents and lucky for you the children will love it too. Here you’ll have your pick of five-star resorts, most of which offer children’s clubs and plenty of entertainment to keep them busy throughout the day. You can then explore the island during the day and even go on one of the Kai Kanani Tours around the island. Or, if you fancy having the pool all to yourself, there are also plenty of stunning villas to choose from. The great weather makes it perfect for spending days at the beach or enjoying playing in the pool with the little ones.