Enjoy your vacation at one of the best holiday destinations with children
15 December, 2023
Holidays look a little different once your family includes children! But different is good. Pick a destination the kids will love and you’ll all have a great time.
Remember when you could just throw a few things in the car on a whim and head off for the weekend, or even a week? A holiday with kids needs a little more planning, but it’s well worth putting in the effort to travel somewhere new and make family memories together. We’ve put together our best tips for a memorable holiday with young children and a list of child-friendly destinations for you to consider.
Where are the best holiday destinations with kids?
Small children are actually pretty easy to please. They’ll be content so long as they get time to play at plenty of parks while they’re on holiday! But to step it up a notch, you may like to head to the beach or try a farm stay. City holidays are also great as most big cities will have art galleries or museums with special activities tailored to engage children. Many major cities also have a zoo nearby and botanic gardens for kids to explore.
If you’re keen to venture further afield, here are arguably the best holiday destinations for kids overseas:
- New Zealand: It’s perfect for a holiday spent outdoors. Visit the Lord of The Rings set, head out on hikes, enjoy the luge and gondola in Queenstown and take in the beautiful scenery.
- Fiji: Get away on a tropical trip with the luxury resorts in Fiji. Many hotels feature inclusive kid’s clubs and water activities such as water slides, trampolines and zip-lines to keep children entertained.
- United States: Let the little ones explore their favourite fictional places and meet their favourite characters at Disneyland and Universal Studios.
- Japan: Visit Disneyland and Universal Studios’ Super Nintendo World for countless days of entertainment.
Tips for holidaying with kids
Holidaying with kids is a little more complicated than travelling solo or as a couple, after all, you’re responsible for an extra little human (or two, or more!). So, make some time before you leave to consider what your child is going to need while you’re away from home. Here’s our best tips:
- Where possible, stick to the routine you have at home for naps and meal times.
- Take an extra adult with you to help out. Aunts and uncles can be great fun and grandparents love being included.
- Allocate additional time for all travel tasks. Little legs walk slower, prams take time to set up and buckle up and someone always needs to go to the loo!
- Pre-book as much of the holiday as possible so you’re not stranded with tired kids and no accommodation!
- Carry snacks. Lots of snacks. Hungry children are no fun. Same goes for adults, actually.
- Take plenty of photos – and make sure you’re in them too.