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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This week I am happy to have Samantha Angell from Samantha Angell: Travel & Lifestyle Blog sharing how they celebrate Christmas in Sweden. I’ve been following Samantha for a little over a year, starting when she was an expat in Sweden and continuing to enjoy her adventures as she has returned home. We visited Stockholm last year, and the city is fabulous, I can imagine the rest of the country is just as beautiful. Find out what Samantha has to say about Christmas in this Scandinavian country!
London is one of those fabulous cities I long to return to again and again, so I’m thrilled to have Anna from Four Kids One Mom Guide to London sharing the inside scoop on a traditional Christmas in London! As part of our Holiday Celebrations Around the World, we’re exploring the holidays in different countries. I’m enjoying learning about new cultures and traditions every week and I hope you are too!
One thing I love about having others write guest posts is that I get to explore a completely unfamiliar destination from the comfort of my office. Nichola at Globalmouse Travels was kind enough to share why Cornwall is a must see UK destination for families. We have actually considered visiting before and even tried to make it there on our last trip to the UK before diverting to Wales because of transportation issues. I’m glad Nichola wrote this post because it once again reminds me of how I want to visit the area and explore all of these wonderful places firsthand.
Melissa from A Little Time, and a Keyboard is guest posting today and sharing her favorite family finds in Reykjavik, Iceland. I am insanely jealous because I have wanted to visit Iceland for a long time, and after reading this post, I want to book a flight tomorrow! Warning: after your read this, you’re going to want to book a ticket too!
Today I have Tiphanya from Avenue Reine Mathilde sharing her 5 Reasons to Visit Alsace with Kids. Tiphanya is French and has a three and a half year old daughter. After traveling through Europe for a year, her family decided to stay for awhile in Alsace. They have spent three months in the north part of the region and now will stay 2 years in the Alsatian city of Mulhouse before they begin their travels anew. We will be traveling to Alsace in November, so Tiphanya’s post is very timely for us. We are looking forward to our visit and she has provided us with some very useful information. Hopefully you will find some new reasons to visit Alsace with kids as well.
I am delighted to have Eileen Gunn from FamiliesGo! sharing her favorite things to do in Munich with kids. For those of you unfamiliar with Eileen, she is a veteran journalist, fearless traveler and mom of one. She’s written a book on career management that took lessons from extreme sports, climbed a volcano in the pitch black, gone kayaking in a typhoon, and launched a business. Eileen launched FamiliesGo! to help parents plan memorable vacations the whole family can enjoy together. Head over to her site to find advice for planning your next vacation. Munich is one of our favorite destinations in Germany, and we are excited we will have the chance to visit their famous Christmas markets later this year. Until then,… [Read More]
Now is the best time to travel to Europe on a budget. As a family, we have vacationed overseas every summer for the last five years and of course this is the year we didn’t plan a trip abroad. I kick myself every day, especially when I see the multitude of vacation photos as I spool through Instagram and Facebook. I am desperate to return, trying to finagle a trip out of my unsuspecting husband, hoping I can somehow make it happen before the end of the year. With the arrival of each child, the cost of travel has grown proportionately so I am constantly looking for ways to save money when we travel. Today I want to share with you how we are able to… [Read More]
Today I am thrilled to have Marina from Parental Journey sharing her 5 favorite places to visit with kids in Croatia. When Marina approached me about writing a guest post about Croatia, I was super excited because Croatia is one destination that has been at the top of my bucket list for years. I even recommended it for travelers as one of our favorite spring break destinations, although any time of year would be great. Croatia is a land of rich history and culture, with many beautiful natural wonders, ancient cities, and delicious food and wine. I hope Marina’s post inspires you to put Croatia on your bucket list if it isn’t there already!
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Best Sights to See in Stockholm with Kids Stockholm is known for its architecture, trendy cafés and boutiques, and idyllic scenery. I did not know what to expect of this gem of northern Europe, but I was pleasantly surprised by the mixture of medieval architecture, modern transportation and amenities, and its natural beauty. Parks are plentiful, there are kid friendly attractions throughout the city, transportation is easily accessible and the locals are friendly and helpful. Our time to explore the city was limited, but after a small taste, we are determined to return to this Scandinavian beauty sooner than later. Attractions The Royal Palace At first sight, the Royal Palace does not look like anything more than a large, stately building in the middle of… [Read More]
If you are planning to travel to France with your family, your first thought might be of Paris or Provence, but you might want to consider a journey to the southwest of the country and the Dordogne region. The area offers a wonderful variety of experiences for families from prehistoric cave paintings and medieval castles, to stunning gardens and breathtaking landscapes. The villages are charming, the locals are welcoming, and the food is incredible. With all the region has to offer, visitors to the Dordogne will find themselves wishing their vacations would never end.