When planning a trip to Rome, many people often look for day trips from the city, or other areas to explore. While it is possible to explore Pompeii and even Sorrento in a day, we would recommend spending at least a night in the area when traveling with kids. Sorrento has spectacular vistas, abundant lemon trees, and a charming town square. Pompeii is perfect for kids to run and explore, weaving in and out of the ruins as children would have before it was destroyed. Capri is charming and elegant, a worthwhile boat ride from Sorrento. So instead of rushing through a journey south, make plans to stay awhile and enjoy the area of Sorrento, Capri, and Pompeii with kids.
As your vacation planning for 2017 begins in earnest, we thought it would be helpful to reach out to other family travel experts and ask their opinions on the best family vacation destinations. The responses cover the globe, from extremely popular Cuba to exotic Jordan and our neighbor to the north, Canada. These suggestions come from the experts, family travel writers who travel with their families for a living. Everyone has visited these destinations with their families and they are sharing the best family vacation destinations for 2017 to help you with your planning!
The south of France is known for its spectacular scenery and it is difficult to know where to begin, but we’ve put together ten beautiful places to visit in Provence. With its rolling fields of lavender, pebbled roads lined with towering plane trees, and picturesque villages, it amazes me it isn’t completely overrun with tourists. Your senses will be on overload from the diversity of scenery, from the azure blue of the Mediterranean to the rust colored hills of Roussillon. It’s easy to understand why artisans have made the pilgrimage to Provence through the centuries to seek inspiration from this landscape. There are many villages, sights, and attractions to see, but here’s a short list of some of the best.
The Christmas season is a magical one throughout Europe, but there’s something special about the Christmas markets in Germany. Germans invented the Christmas market, and maybe that’s why no one seems to do them better. Aromas of gingerbread, sausage, and glühwein fill the air, as friends stroll past the wooden stalls shopping for the perfect holiday gift. The Christmas markets are all about family and friends, and spending time together during the busy holiday season. Here are some Christmas markets in Germany kids will love if you’re planning a visit.
A number of months ago an opportunity came across my desk to take a trip to the Dominican Republic. It was a cruise with a new company, Fathom. What intrigued me about Fathom, and the trip, was the fact they focus on impact travel, or travel with a purpose. An underlying reason for much of our family travel has been about educating our children, learning about other cultures, and exposing them to life outside our “bubble”. I thought Fathom would give us these things as well as an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others, and I am happy to report, it did that and much more.
Now is the perfect time to plan a unique summer family vacation. Whether your family enjoys the great outdoors, cultural experiences, or city life, there is a trip out there that is a perfect fit for your family. Here are five unique summer family vacations we would love to try and think you would enjoy too.
Norway is known for stunning natural beauty with its fjords and forests, waterfalls and Northern Lights. Oslo is all of this and more with its world class museums and architecture on display throughout the city and along its beautiful waterfront. The city is extremely family friendly and easy to navigate using your feet or public transportation. The Norwegian capital will delight in many ways, but we’re sharing 7 things families will love to do in Oslo, Norway.
Many adults are overwhelmed when planning a vacation two hours away, let alone heading to a country half way across the world. Imagine how a child feels when then are told they will be traveling to a foreign country. Children thrive on routine, and can experience anxiety when they are told they will be leaving the comforts of home to visit a new place where people don’t speak their language, and live a lifestyle different from their own. There are many ways to prepare your children for what they will experience, hopefully allaying their fears well before heading to the airport.
Even if you are not a large family, you can learn to save money from the tips I’m about to share. One of the more difficult issues we have encountered in our travels is finding suitable accommodation for our family of five. It seems most hotel rooms are built for a family of four and when traveling abroad, many hotels won’t allow more than two to a room due to fire code regulations. So what is a family of five (or more to do)? You have to get creative with your lodging.
If your family is planning a trip to Spain, and you want to make sure the kids have a good time, some times a good way to achieve that is through a family friendly tour. Real Barcelona Tours has guides that are local, English-speaking experts in art, history, and archaeology. They provide child-friendly tours with activities such as scavenger hunts to engage your children during the trip. Do your kids think art and museums are boring? If so, Real Barcelona Tours are perfect for your family, because fun and learning are guaranteed.
Munich is the heart of Bavaria, where locals welcome visitors with open arms. With year round festivals, outdoor beer gardens, and stellar attractions, the city is pleasant for adults and families alike. Whether you choose to stroll the cobblestone streets of Old Town or make use of the city’s excellent transportation system, one thing is for sure. The sights and sounds of Munich will appeal to visitors of all ages.
I am thrilled to have Jody Halsted from Ireland Family Vacations sharing her top destinations in Ireland for families. She is the person I go to for all things Ireland related, and she should be your first choice for questions too. Here are her family favorites.
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico has changed over the years from a rowdy, party town to a family friendly vacation destination. Visitors might be surprised to find there are numerous excursions that cater to guests of all ages, so there is no need to stay at the beach or resort pool. If you’re looking for the best places to go with kids in Cabo off the resort property, we have some fun ideas for you to experience that might push you out of your comfort zone.
Visiting Rome with kids can seem overwhelming, but it is a wonderful city to enjoy with children, who will love the ruins, the people, and the gelato! The city is beautiful any time of year, but the crowds will vary depending on weather and school holidays. Our best advice is to have a plan and make reservations for the more popular tourist sites, but leave time for wandering the squares and enjoying la dolce vita.
January is typically the time of year we begin planning vacations in earnest, asking friends and families for recommendations or planning a return trip to our favorite destination. For those of us that live in colder climates, we tend to look for destinations that offer beaches and ample sunshine. Here are some of our favorite warm weather destinations that need to be on your radar for a wonderful getaway!
Sometimes you discover a destination purely by accident. A place you have never heard of, but that captures your attention and imagination nonetheless. Holbox, Mexico is one of those places. It’s an out of the way island that beckons visitors with its relaxed lifestyle, but also offers plenty of opportunities to explore. Today I have Nikki from Clanventure sharing what families will love about Holbox, Mexico and I’m pretty sure after you read about this place, you’ll want to visit too.
When traveling as a family it can be difficult to plan a vacation that will appeal to everyone, so it is important to consider what the destination will offer. Will the kids have outdoor space where they can run and play? Will the parents have trouble navigating a new destination? Will the food be any good? Unfortunately for many destinations the answers to these questions can be difficult to answer. Hopefully we can help find a new destination for your family to consider by sharing our 7 reasons Germany is the perfect destination for families.
As the new year begins, and vacation planning begins in earnest, we thought it would be helpful to reach out to other family travel writers and ask them to share their best travel destinations for families. We received a variety of responses, spanning the globe, from exploring our nation’s capital to Canadian dude ranches to relaxing on beaches in French Polynesia. All of these recommendations are from experts in the field, family travel writers who travel with their families for a living. They’ve experienced these destinations first hand and are sharing their favorites so you don’t have to struggle to find your travel inspiration this year.
Three Kings Day in Spain and many other parts of the world is celebrated on January 6th to mark the day on the Christian calendar when the magi brought gifts to the baby Jesus. Today I am thrilled to have Laura from Mommy Maleta sharing the traditions of Spain for this look at Holiday Celebrations Around the World.
It’s a word I have often heard, but never understood, the word, Hogmanay. I know they celebrate Hogmanay in Scotland, so I sought out Two Scots Abroad (of course) to participate in the Holiday Celebrations Around the World series. I figure if anyone could shed some light on this holiday it would be them. I’m thrilled to have them sharing today because I learned a ton about this festive event!
As we continue with our Holiday Celebrations Around the World series, I am excited to introduce Mar from Once in a Lifetime Journey sharing her thoughts on the celebration of Caga Tio in Catalunya, Spain. It’s not your typical holiday celebration, but one I definitely wanted to learn more about and share with others. I hope you enjoy Mar’s post as much as I do.
It’s Christmas week and we’re continuing our Holidays Around the World Series by heading down under to see how they celebrate Christmas in Australia. I’m excited to have Paula from Contented Traveller sharing the Australian holiday traditions with us.
This week’s holiday celebrations around the world features a country I know very little about, Ethiopia. Amber from Global Munchkins is sharing the fascinating history of one of the world’s oldest nations. The celebration may be quite different from a traditional western Christmas, but it extremely festive in its own way.
As we continue with our Holiday Celebrations Around the World Series, we have Jen from Word Traveling sharing her thoughts on Christmas in Germany. Since we just returned from two weeks exploring the Christmas markets in Germany, I am happy Jen is sharing some of the background and history that surrounds the German holiday traditions. We enjoyed strolling the different markets, sampling the lebkuchen and glühwein, and shopping for traditional handicrafts such as wooden ornaments and paper star lanterns. Everything about the experience was magical!
Traveling to Europe as a family takes a lot of planning and our recent trip to Strasbourg and Colmar was no different. From hotels to flights, packing to attractions, a lot goes into organizing a trip that will make everyone happy. It took a couple of weeks of searching to find the right hotels and plan our route. I had the help of the tourism offices for attraction suggestions, but I really didn’t know what to do about transportation. I went back and forth between train versus car travel. It wasn’t an easy decision, but in the end we decided it was best to explore Strasbourg and Colmar by car.