To find the best places in the world to travel with kids, we went right to the experts—all those well-traveled parents that have seen the world, sometimes many times over, with kids in tow. We were looking for places that had a combination of fun stuff to do, a sense of adventure while being safe, kid-friendly attitudes, and were also relatively not too challenging to travel around with kids.
Without further ado, here are 11 of the best places around the world to travel with your kids.
11 Best Places for an International Family Vacation “Costa Rica is really a great place for families. It has animals, very friendly people, nice places to stay (especially good for families with kids still napping), beaches, and it’s adventurous enough for adults and teens. We had a great time kayaking, zip lining, swimming in waterfalls, hiking, lazying on the beach, and the highlight was all the birds and especially the sloths. Manuel Antonio beach area was where we saw the most sloths. The rafting was on the Pacuare river and we stayed overnight along the river in a lovely lodge off the grid. We saw the most variety and number of birds in Monteverde. We also saw sea turtles laying eggs in Tortuguero. It’s an excellent trip for families of all kinds,” shares Laura Barta, author of My China Travel Journal: A World Village Playsets book. Image Credit: Unsplash “My six-year-old will say the two best places to go are: the airport and Bali,” Erin Michelle Threlfall, an expat in Bali, shares. “Bali is a fabulous destination for families because there is a lot to do for both adults and children. Many hotels offer wonderful packages with events to entertain the little ones while the parents relax, and there are plenty of family adventures as well. Whether your thing is tree climbing in the mountains, surfing, hiking, museum seeing, biking, sailing, animal visiting, elephant safari-ing, water slide riding or just hanging on the beach to build a castle, Bali has it.” Image Credit: Unsplash “Istanbul is the most child friendly city in the entire world,” says Nicole Rowan on our Facebook page. Istanbul native Lale Kumral, mom of two American born and raised kids continues, “My kids love the magical, almost fairytale like feel of historical sites and ruins in Istanbul. The kids will have a better appreciation of historic sites after a trip to a city like Istanbul! My kids also love the warm and the very vibrant feel of the city, crowded and fast in ways that they are not familiar with:) And they love the food—doner or iskender, which is doner on a bed of pide topped with butter and tomato sauce usually accompanied by yogurt, is their favorite.” Having said that, timing is key Lale notes. “The hot summer months with the crowds, the historic/touristic sites can prove to be too much for young ones. So in the summer I would do Bosphorus cruises and a trip to the Princess Islands—have the kids tour the islands by ferry and horse carriages.” Courtesy: Beylerbeyi Palace, Istanbul. Image Credit: Unsplash “I could easily spend a month or two in Singapore and never run out of options of things to do with my family,” CoreyAnn Khan, American expat mom currently living in Malaysia tells us. “It has science, art, and assorted museums, gardens, zoo, and nature sanctuaries, amazing architectural feats, and everything on Sentosa Island (Universal Studios, Butterfly Park, Cable Car, Underwater World & Dolphin Lagoon, etc). Most malls have water/splash pads for playtime, many restaurants cater to children and families, and there are a plethora of children’s clothing, book, and toy stores. Extracurricular activities are everywhere (ballet, music, gymnastics). Mass transit is wonderful between the MRT, LRT, and SBS Transit.” Cordelia Newlin de Rojas adds, “I did love the many water splash areas… And it really feels like a green city. I used to call it the emerald city when we lived there!” But do take note, it is pricey: “Singapore is amazing but only if you have a fairly large budget. The city is so, so expensive! Image Credit: Unsplash
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