With a world full of incredible options to find your favourite travel destinations, it can be a challenge to decide where your next adventure should take you. Every continent, country and city can offer something so vastly different from the next. We all do have at least one favourite travel destination, though narrowing it down to just one can feel impossible.
I could no sooner choose a favourite star in the heavens. – Ever After
Travel Bloggers Share Their Favourite Travel Destinations
We asked some travel bloggers to share one of their favourite travel destinations. We hope it will help you discover some truly beautiful places in the world that you would like to visit. From iconic cities, to places you may not have ever heard of, get ready to have your wanderlust skyrocket as these places spark your desire for adventure.
Table Of Contents
- Rome, Italy
- South Africa
- Black Hills, South Dakota
- Tioman Island, Malaysia
- Trinidad and Tobago
- Oslo, Norway
- Mt Cook National Park, New Zealand
- Maui, Hawaii
- Oahu, Hawaii
- Gippsland, Australia
- Boracay, Philippines
- San Diego
- Banff, Alberta
- Blue Ridge Parkway
- Provence, France
- Rovaniemi, Finland
- Moab, Utah
Take a look at what 24 Travel Bloggers had to say about their favourite travel destinations. We start off below with one of our personal favourites, Rome!
On our first European adventure, we fell in love with Rome. The city is full of great food to eat, charming neighbourhoods to get lost in, and classic sightseeing spots that are laced with so many layers of history. Plus, it would be wrong to not acknowledge that its gelato and pasta sure is tasty.
We love that the architecture has been so well preserved. It was an incredible feeling to stand among so much history. This is a feeling that you do not find in a lot of European cities that are taken over by wanting to become more modern. It is a feeling that you won’t soon forget.
The Trevi fountain is one of the most impressive pieces of art that we have ever seen. It is mind-blowing to imagine the work and level of intelligence that was required to create something of such detail all those years ago. It is said that if you throw a coin over your shoulder into the water, you will be sure to return to Rome. We are hoping that will still hold true! Another impressive sight is the Colosseum. Built of concrete and stone, the structure is considered to be one of the greatest works of architecture and engineering. It is absolutely incredible to think about how old the amphitheatre is, what used to happen within the walls and how complete the remains are. Also, what is a trip to the Vatican in Rome without seeing Michelangelo’s famed Sistine Chapel?
There is so much more to Rome beyond the Colosseum, Trevi Fountain, Roman Forum and Vatican. We also found some interesting legends, such as The Mouth Of Truth. People believed that the mouth of the marble face would close if anyone put his hand in it and told a lie. The Holy Stairs were brought back from the Holy Land by St. Helena, the mother of Constantine the Great. The stairs are marble, but today are covered in wood to preserve them from the thousands of pilgrims who climb them on their knees. The Holy Steps are not allowed to be climbed on anything other than one’s knees. How fascinating to witness such history and beliefs all over the city.
Rome deserves more than just a mad dash around to discover the most popular sights. We were, of course, impressed and wide-eyed with the main attractions. However, it was through taking the time to explore beyond those tourist attractions that we found a love for Rome. Take some time to wander randomly around Rome and you’ll see what we mean. Rome is one of our favourite travel destinations!
With so many amazing travel destinations in the world, it takes a lot for a country to make it onto our list of favourite travel destinations, but South Africa makes it with ease.
South Africa is a beautiful and diverse country. It has fantastic beaches, dramatic mountain ranges and an incredible array of wildlife and, of course, the jewel in its crown, Cape Town, which has been voted the best city in the world time and time again.
The best region of South Africa to explore with a family is the Western Cape which includes Cape Town, the beautiful winelands, the famous Garden Route and plenty of non-malarial game viewing opportunities.
One of our favourite things to do in South Africa with the kids is to take a safari because South Africa offers the most family-friendly safaris in the world. The kids will never forget this thrilling experience and it is so important to educate them on the conservation of these amazing animals.
Visiting the wine farms in Stellenbosch and Franschhoek is also a favourite thing to do with kids. Many of the wine farms have excellent facilities for families, including outstanding play areas and family-friendly restaurants, but it’s really their picnics that we go for.
There is nothing better on a hot summer’s day than to sit and enjoy high quality, locally sourced food and not have to worry about the kids’ table manners.
South Africa offers something for everyone and is a destination that can be visited over and over with something new to discover each time. We can’t wait to go back.
Written by Jacs from Flashpacking Family. We’re a UK family of four with two, young, adventurous boys. We love to get off the beaten path and discover new places with the kids, whether that is somewhere local in our campervan, or to more distant (and warmer) places. We hope to inspire people to step out of their comfort zone and go adventuring with their kids.
The Galapagos Islands top the list of our favourite travel destinations! Getting there is easier than you think, just hop on a short flight from Quito or Guayaquil and you’ll be transported to a world of natural beauty and wildlife. If you think that the Galapagos Islands with kids are unattainable due to cost, think again. You can easily do a land-based budget trip and not miss out on seeing any of the sights and animals.
If you base yourself on Santa Cruz Island, stay at the Semilla Verde Boutique Hotel. It’s surrounded by lush trails with giant Galapagos tortoises freely roaming the grounds. It’s a sight you’ll remember for life! In downtown Puerto Ayora, visit the famous fish markets where you can see sea lions just feet away from you lounging on the ground, clearly undisturbed by humans. The Charles Darwin research station is a must visit to learn about the history of the island. On the nearby beach, you’ll see black iguanas camouflaged by the black rocks.
There are many boat tour companies that operate out of Santa Cruz Island, taking you to nearby islands where you can snorkel with the sea turtles and sea lions, see blue footed boobies and explore undisturbed land filled with amazing wildlife. Want to see hundreds of wild iguanas? Head to Tortuga Bay, where you will have to step over them as they cover the walking path. These guys are so used to humans that they don’t even move when approached. If you’re looking for a once in a lifetime trip, the Galapagos Islands will not disappoint!
Maggie Alexander is the voice behind Milana’s Travels.
Iceland, with its blue lagoons, glaciers and spectacular volcanic landscape has got to be one of my family’s favourite travel destinations.
In summer, stay in a log cabin in the wilderness and watch the midnight sun skate along the horizon, transforming the rugged tundra with its golden hues. Or go in winter for the chance to glimpse the Holy Grail of travel, the Northern Lights.
Perhaps the most famous of Iceland’s many attractions is the Blue Lagoon where you float up the pool bar in volcanically warmed, but icy looking waters. Ladies in 1950’s swimming hats drift past offering natural silica face masks which make for a ghostly family snap. In winter, add to your album by playing with dramatic frozen hairstyles.
A lesser known, but utterly captivating highlight is watching baby puffins learn to fly by launching themselves into the sea from the dramatic black cliffs at Vik, voted one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Then head 10 minutes round the coast to Reynisidrangar, with its craggy caves and jagged, pitch black sea stacks, encircled by swooping arctic terns.
Being the land of ice and fire, glaciers and volcanoes can be found round every corner. On the Langjokull glacier expedition, travel on a semi–aquatic monster truck across a glacier, then head down into the centuries old ice itself. Children go free so this is perfect for a family trip.
For more natural wonders, stop by the original geyser at Geysir and peer into neon pink and blue volcanic pools as plumes of heated water jet 60 feet up into the air next to you. Continue around the fabulously named Golden Circle, the road linking many of Iceland’s main attractions, on to the vast Gulfoss Falls and walk through rainbows in the mist.
For a final treat stroll along the edge of the towering tectonic plates in Pingavallir Rift Valley, where the ground is literally still moving apart beneath your feet. A boardwalk takes you through an impossibly green landscape dotted with a thousand blue lakes and arctic white waterfalls.
Monochromatic Iceland, with its flashes of volcanic colour, is truly an other worldly land of wonder for the whole family.
My younger carefree self spent 2 and a half years pottering around the world. I am now all grown up and work in a school, which does allow me plenty of time, if not money, to keep exploring with my children and sharing the mishaps, surprises, stories and lessons learned in my new family adventures travel blog, Holidays From Hels.
Black Hills, South Dakota
The Black Hills rise up out of the Great Plains like an oasis in a desert of grass. The pines are dark on the horizon and hide the incredibly rugged landscape.
Iconic sights like Mt Rushmore and Crazy Horse draw millions each year but the real pull for me, the reason why this is my favourite destination, are those sights created by nature. While we marvel at the engineering feats we carved out of the granite, nature sculpted even more awe-inspiring sights. When we hike the Cathedral Spires Trail or drive the famed Needles Highway, we give our families a chance to feel that child-like wonder that comes from something new and novel.
The Black Hills are sacred to the Lakota peoples and it becomes obvious why to anyone who walks through them. Walking through the valleys and hills, finding hidden caves and long forgotten waterfalls you can feel the history and struggle over this land. On one such excursion, one that was much more difficult than we had bargained for, we were rewarded with something our kids will never forget. Atop a steep ravine lies the Spearfish Community Caves, a hidden gem known only to locals and guides. A creek cascades over the cave mouth and disappears into the rocks below. Inside the cave are names, graffiti left by youths over the last century. But in the farthest back crevice is a wall, ground smooth and dotted with ochre hand prints.
My favourite time to visit the Black Hills is in June, when the wildflowers are in full bloom. The scent of wild lilacs carry up into the mountains casting a hint of perfume into every breath. The weather is mild with warm days and cool nights. In June the wildlife is always on the move. Bison and elk are a regular occurrence while driving through areas of Custer State Park. On the trails bighorn sheep watch hikers from the tops of cliffs and bluffs.
It is truly a remarkable place. Where kids can explore, climb and run free. Where families are inspired to grow stronger. Where nature calls out and guides us to places of amazement.
As a young man a NDE left David renewed with a childlike wonder he uses to help families strengthen their bonds and grow deeper spiritual connections through travel. After that experience he studied developmental psychology and brings that science based foundation and spiritually based approach when using travel to build up our families, children and ourselves. Read more of David’s adventures at https://davidnbrace.com/.
Tioman Island, Malaysia
Trinidad and Tobago
Trinidad and Tobago is a twin island republic that’s the southernmost country in the Caribbean. Interestingly, Trinidad is actually closer to the northern coast of Venezuela than its sister isle of Tobago.
While the two islands share a flag, and a very rich history, life can sometimes be quite different on both islands. Trinidad is industrialized, while Tobago is more laid back with some of the Caribbean’s best beaches. The country also boasts one of the best carnivals in the Western Hemisphere which takes place on the Monday and Tuesday before Ash Wednesday.
Being that close to Venezuela means that the country has a lot of natural oil reserves, but as oil prices declined over the past few years the country has pivoted and embraced a number of other industries.
In Trinidad, ecotourism has taken off. It’s one of the few places where giant leatherback turtles nests. If you visit at the right time of the year you can take a guided tour where you see female turtles come ashore, dig a hole in the soft sand, and lay their eggs. Families can also enjoy hikes through the lush rainforest to observe the many creatures that live there. The culinary scene in Trinidad has exploded with unique dishes that are influenced by the different ethnicities that make up the population. The abundance of fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs makes every dish sing. While Trinidad isn’t known for having white sand beaches you can still find some beautiful ones there. The most popular is Maracas Beach where visitors can enjoy a Bake and Shark sandwich. It’s so good that celebrity chef, Andrew Zimmern, declared it one of the best sandwiches in the world, and yes, it is made with shark meat!
Over in Tobago, visitors can spend their days exploring the island and discovering the many white sand beaches such as Pigeon Point Beach, Castara Bay, Englishman’s Bay and many others. The surrounding reef provides many opportunities for scuba diving and snorkeling, or if you prefer to stay above the water, you can spend your day deep sea fishing, jet skiing, paragliding, and kite surfing. Off the island of Little Tobago divers will find the world’s largest brain coral. Tobago also has quite a few forts that are located in its hills with the most popular being Fort King George which overlooks Scarborough, the island’s capital.
It was back in 1889 that the two islands were joined under British rule. Before that Tobago had changed hands a few times between the French, Spanish and Dutch.
Whether you’re looking for parties, nature, food, or, ocean fun, Trinidad and Tobago has everything that you need to make your family vacation a memorable one. That makes it one of our favourite travel destinations!
When planning a Scandinavian trip, Oslo is easily a match for better known Stockholm or Copenhagen. Oslo is a compact city and easy to navigate on foot or via the very frequent trams. It’s clean, feels really safe, and is perfect for a family break. Oslo is one of our favourite travel destinations. We spent a lovely long weekend wandering, taking in the different styles of buildings and stopping frequently for coffee and cake. Here’s a run down of our favourite bits.
Oslo’s Royal Palace is right in the heart of the city, surrounded by a lovely park. We particularly liked the children’s sculpture park where artists have brought a selection of children’s drawings to life.
Oslo’s medieval akershus fortress was constructed from 1299. The site now also houses the Norwegian Resistance Museum, the Armed Forces Museum and a visitor centre.
The National Gallery is home to arguably Norway’s most famous painting, The Scream by Edvard Munch. Do make time to look around the rest of the collection too. With everything from ancient Greek sculpture to the modern day you’re sure to find something that interests all the family.
Don’t miss the Oslo Opera House. You don’t have to attend a performance to enjoy this amazing building. It seems to change shape as you walk round it, never the same building twice. The real treat though is following the sloping, white tiles all the way to the roof. The view all around is fabulous.
You can’t come to Oslo without visiting the Viking Ship Museum. A quick ferry ride takes you over to the museum peninsula of Bygdoy. The museum is arranged around three incredibly well preserved ships. Each contained a huge number of artifacts and the exhibits along with a film projected on the ceiling in one room really bring Vikings to life.
Nearby you’ll find the Norwegian Cultural Museum which showcases a huge collection of houses and buildings brought together from across Norway. They represent all different eras of Norwegian history from the thirteenth century onwards. It gives a fascinating insight into what life was like.
The Vigeland Sculpture Park is home to over 200 sculptures. In bronze, granite and iron the sculptures represent the life’s work of Gustav Vigeland. It’s quite an impressive sight. We really enjoyed being able to get up close and look at them from all angles.
Cat Price started her family travel blog Yellow Days in 2011 and enjoys proving that young children shouldn’t limit your travel plans. Follow her at https://catsyellowdays.com .
Mt Cook National Park, New Zealand
New Zealand’s famous Mt Cook National Park is one of our favourite travel destinations. There is something so special about the mountains and the beauty about Mt Cook is that it is so accessible to all people.
One of the best ways to explore Mt Cook National Park is to take a walk or hike into the mountains. The most popular trail is the Hooker Valley Track. It is a beautiful flat walk, taking 3-4 hours return and it is just stunning. Throughout the walk, you cross three incredible swing bridges, weaving your way between the mountains to the terminus at the Hooker Lake. Here you will see Mt Cook, New Zealand’s highest mountain in all its glory. In the winter, the lake may even be frozen which is quite a site.
If a shorter walk is more your thing, you could try the Tasman Glacier Viewpoint, a short 40 minute return walk to an incredible view over the Tasman Lake and the beautiful glacier. You could also try the Kea Point Track, a very gentle 1 hour return walk to a viewpoint over Mt Cook and the Mueller Lake.
If you are adventurous, there are a lot of fun activities you could try in the region. These include: kayaking with icebergs, skydiving in the mountains and scenic flights over Mt Cook and the West Coast Glaciers. Can you even imagine the views from up there?
Top tips for visiting Mt Cook National Park
- Always allow an extra day or two in case Mt Cook is in cloud. The mountain really is beautiful and you don’t want to rush your time in the region.
- This is an alpine region so be wary of the weather. Prepare and dress appropriately
- If you wish to hike higher into the mountains, make sure you check in with the DOC visitor centre before you go to stay safe.
Written by Jennifer Parkes from Backyard Travel Family: Active Family Travel Specialists in New Zealand.
Hawaii is always our top choice for vacation destinations. If we had to choose just one favourite Island, Maui come to mind.
Maui has so much to offer! From beach to rainforest, volcanoes and waterfalls, we love the variety in this tropical paradise.
The west coast of Maui is almost always dry and warm, which makes it perfect to relax on the beach and by the pool while sipping your favourite drink. Snorkelling and playing the sand at Kapalua Bay, Napili Beach or the black rock at the north end of Kana’apali beach are our favourite!
You’ll find epic snorkelling at Molokini crater a few miles off shore at the marine sanctuary.
Lahaina is the perfect town to spend the evening shopping,eating and strolling the ocean.. Don’t miss the massive Banyan Tree at the end of Front Street. Once the sun goes down be sure to catch a magic and comedy show at Warren and Anabelle’s.
Beyond relaxation, beach sitting and gorgeous views, Maui offers adventures and spectacular sights.
Watch the sunrise from the top of Haleakala Volcano. Bike down for some fast-paced adventure.
Do not miss the road trip to Hana. Start early (this is no problem with the time zone change) and plan plenty of time to see everything! Take this guide book to know exactly where to find the hidden gems, waterfalls, rainforests and coastal views along the way. While the road is long (66miles) and slow (10 mph) it is worth all the motion sickness pills to see these gems.
In Hana, visit red sand beach, black sand beach and the state park. A few miles beyond Hana hike into the bamboo forest of Haleakala National Park. Explore multiple waterfalls and soak in the seven sacred pools of O’heo.
If you still have time for more beauty, walk through the lust and majestic moss covered mountains in I’oa Valley State Park.
One of our family’s favourite travel destinations is Maui, Hawaii!
Contributed by Jamie Harper from Fly by the Seat of our Pants.
Oahu is known for Waikiki. But if you’re willing to drive roughly an hour, you’ll discover a completely different vibe. It’s the laid back vibe we prefer…welcome to North Shore, Oahu. It offers the perfect balance of awe-inspiring nature, play, and connection. Just because this part of Oahu is slower paced than others, doesn’t mean there’s not much to do. Some of our favourite things to do include exploring Waimea Valley, eating at the food trucks along Kamehameha Hwy and of course, playing, connecting, and relaxing at the beaches.
Waimea Valley is magical and full of Hawaiian culture and history. The history of Waimea Valley dates back to early days when Polynesian voyagers landed on the shores of Oahu. Known as the “Valley of the Priests” it played an important role in the religious history of the island. Today you can pay a small fee and hike the paved, stroller friendly trails along the Waimea river. The trails are surrounded by incredible botanical gardens and wildlife. Our kids have fun identifying the beautiful and unique birds flying through the gardens that are highlighted in a guide available at the entrance. The hike is doable for the whole family (about 20-30 min each way) and the reward is an exhilarating swim under the falls. Floating on your back at the base of the falls and gazing up at the dense green walls of the valley is breathtaking. We found this to be a great rainy day excursion as the canopy from the lush landscape provides refuge and a unique experience.
Food Trucks is synonymous with the North Shore. There’s something about eating amazing food at picnic tables with a Hawaiian sunset as the backdrop that makes the food even more amazing. And also, the sound of kids giggling while they watch (and sometimes chase) the free roaming chickens run under and around our table makes dinner a memorable experience too. From Haleiwa to Kahuku, if you cruise Kamehameha Hwy there are so many choices for delicious dishes, great ambiance, breathtaking views, and delightful people. Our favourite pick is the trucks across the street from Shark’s Cove.
Oh, the beaches on the North Shore. The pristine beaches are incredible, and you can find some secluded gems to have all to yourself if you are willing to work for it a bit. From the beaches on the perimeter of the Turtle Bay Resort to the tucked away beaches in Laie, we have found ourselves on many occasions playing on the beach and in the waves without another soul in sight. Here are our top five:
Kawela Bay: This gem is secluded, a great place for spotting sea turtles, and super fun for exploring the massive, gorgeous banyan trees in the small forest behind the bay. Fun fact: parts of LOST and Pirates of the Caribbean were filmed here.
Kokololio Beach Park: The southern part of the beach is secluded and if you arrive at low tide the rock formations create a little baby pool, perfect for littles!
Waimea: The blues here are crazy! It’s a world famous surf spot, but we prefer it in the summer when it’s as calm as a lake. And we love the cliff jumping here too.
Kuilima: This is our fave morning beach. We love to grab a coffee and pastry from Turtle Bay Resort’s Lobby Lounge and then set the kids loose. This beach is great for the kids–it’s calm and lies in a protected cove. It’s part of Turtle Bay Resort, but open to the public. Parking is super easy if you get there before noon.
Sharks Cove: This is not so much of a beach, but it offers amazing snorkeling with it’s incredible reef and tide pools to explore. It’s a great place for kids to gain confidence in snorkeling skills while easily seeing colorful fish. Be sure to stop at the food truck’s across the street when you’re done snorkeling–we’ve eaten at every truck and you can’t go wrong!
We’ve been coming to North Shore, Oahu for years and still can’t get enough. The magic lies in it’s slow, laid back vibe and the natural beauty that is around every corner.
Nikki Harrington is the momma behind the keyboard at Our Travel Anew, where she shares truths on mommahood, stories & tips about her family’s travel & adventure lifestyle, and her hard fought truths about failure and personal growth.
Gippsland is a large region in Victoria, Australia and is it a complete hidden gem to visitors from overseas and for some Australian locals too! Gippsland stretches from just out of Melbourne all the way to the New South Wales border and we always say it doesn’t just have something for everyone, Gippsland has it all!
There are so many amazing things to do in Gippsland that you will be amazed at how diverse the area is. From majestic mountains to mighty rivers, to unique animal experiences and untouched coastlines you can find the perfect place in Gippsland. This makes it one of our favourite travel destinations.
One of our favourite things to do in Gippsland is taking the 5-minute ferry ride from Paynesville to Raymond Island. On Raymond Island, there is a native colony of Koalas that you can walk the island to see. It is a great free activity and one the kids (and adults to be honest) absolutely love doing. You can take a car on the ferry and drive around the island to see kangaroos, echidnas and visit some of the beaches but the best way to see the Koalas is to walk the designated area and have a picnic lunch at the BBQ area before heading back on the ferry to Paynesville.
Explored by Bec from Wyld Family Travel, a blog about exploring destinations, attractions, accommodation and travel options for the whole family.
Copenhagen is one of our family’s most favourite travel destinations. We loved our time in one of the happiest cities in the world. An intriguing mix of old and new, Copenhagen is insanely charming. There’s nothing that you won’t love about the capital city of Denmark.
From enchanting waterways to unique bike culture to cute cafes to royal palaces to fascinating design and architecture to the concept of hygge to Danish food – Copenhagen is all things Danish and beautiful.
Taking a cruise in Nyhavn, ogling at the statue of Little Mermaid, having coffee and cake at one of the waterfront cafes, visiting Tivoli – a Victorian-era amusement park, enjoying rides at Bakkan – one of the oldest amusement parks, taking in the views over the city from the Round Tower, strolling the bohemian Freetown Christiania, climbing the Forest Tower, exploring the Superkilen Urban Park in Nørrebro, taking a day trip to dramatic cliffs at Møns Klint are some of the best things to do in Copenhagen.
Getting around Copenhagen is effortless with an efficient, inexpensive, and child-friendly public transport network. Biking remains the best way to explore biking city. As they say, “Do in Rome as Romans do,” rent a bike and explore Copenhagen like a local.
As for accommodation, this New-Yorker apartment is one of the best Airbnb in Copenhagen. Located right in the heart of Copenhagen, the apartment is charming and family-friendly.
Visit Copenhagen, and I bet you can’t help but adore all things Danish. What are you waiting for then? Book a flight to Copenhagen right now!
I am Anjali Chawla, a family travel blogger, at Travel Melodies, based in Delhi. I share travel tales, travel tips, and ideas to inspire people to travel with kids for kids. Join me as I unclothe the beauty around the world, one place at a time.
The Philippines is an often-underrated gem in Southeast Asia. This diverse island country has a little bit of everything- from the bustling city of Manila to the pristine beaches of Boracay, there’s sure to be something you’ll love. It’s one of our family’s favourite travel destinations!
On a trip to the Philippines, we usually spend time in Manila and visit some of the family-friendly sites there. If you can handle the terrible traffic, there is a lot to enjoy in Manila. A few favourites include DreamPlay (an indoor kids activity center based on DreamWorks), and Art in Island (a trick art museum). For something a little more cultural, you can’t go wrong with Lakbay Museo, an interactive cultural museum, or the historic walled city of Intramuros.
From Manila, it’s only a quick flight to one of the stunning tropical beaches. Some of our favourite beach destinations are Boracay and Bohol. The beaches in the Philippines have been called some of the most beautiful in the world and they definitely live up to the hype.
No matter your preferred speed, there are activities for everyone at the beach. Those with adventurous inclinations might enjoy parasailing or helmet diving. If you’re looking for a more laid-back experience, you might prefer paddleboarding or a relaxing massage on the beach. And young travellers will love the soft, fine sand and the calm waters.
Depending on your interests, you can also find fascinating geological features in the Philippines like the rice terraces in the north and the famous chocolate hills in Bohol.
Like most places in Southeast Asia, the exchange rate can be very favourable depending on where you’re from. And as an added bonus, it’s common for locals to speak at least some English, so communication typically isn’t too challenging.
A trip to the Philippines has so much to offer. The food is delicious, then people are friendly, and you can always find activities to keep everyone in the family entertained. It’s a perfect place for a fun family getaway!
Martha is the mother of three fun-loving young boys and the creator of GoPlaces With Kids, a blog focused on helping families explore the world- whether through family travel or cultural crafts and activities at home.
San Diego is a beautiful city with amazing weather. It is clean, affordable, and easy to reach both by plane and by car from several nearby cities. There is enough to do to fill several weeks, making it one of our favourite travel destinations, but the following are some of our favourites.
Our favourite beach near San Diego is La Jolla Cove. It features seven miles of coastline with jagged rocks, white sand beaches, and crashing waves. There are coves to explore and places to swim. You can enter the area free of charge. Typical beach activities, such as surfing, snorkeling, and kayaking, are available there.
La Jolla Cove is special because wild seals and sea lions have claimed the area as their own. While you can’t swim with the animals, you can walk onto bluffs and stand within feet of them. They are largely unfazed by people, so you can observe their antics up close.
If you would like to spend a day at a theme park in San Diego, SeaWorld San Diego should be at the top of your list. The park features a few rides, adorable animal shows, and plenty of animal exhibits to enjoy. There is also a large play structure and a Sesame Street themed land for small children.
You can also easily reach LEGOLAND California from San Diego by car. LEGOLAND California is perfect for young children, with lots of smaller rides, LEGO structures, and play areas.
Arguably one of the world’s best zoos, the San Diego Zoo is special. The property is huge and unique. It is a must stop for animal lovers. In addition to the zoo, there is a separate San Diego Zoo Safari Park. As the name suggests, the safari park is more spread out and features several safari tours to provide guests with different experiences.
Balboa Park is a huge property, spanning 1,400 acres. It has play structures, restaurants, botanical gardens, multiple museums, including the Natural History museum, and shopping areas. The property is immaculate and well maintained, with no shortage of ways to entertain yourself.
Adriene is the voice behind Put On Your Party Pants, where she shares stories on how to adventure with kids.
Banff is one of the best destinations in the world with endless things to see and do, both in summer as well as during winter. Situated in the stunning Canadian Rockies, this small town has an enviable location. Surrounded by beautiful lakes, glaciers, numerous hiking trails, endless forests and much more, you could easily spend months here and not be bored. This makes Banff one of our favourite travel destinations.
Some (though not nearly all) of the highlights to include on your Banff itinerary are:
Lake Louise and Lake Moraine: both lakes have a stunning blue colour that’s due to the rock flour carried to the lake by melt water from the surrounding mountains. Visit early in the morning to catch the sunrise and tackle one of the many hiking trails in the area (such as Plain of the Six Glaciers Trail at Lake Louise and the challenging but rewarding Sentinel Pass at Lake Moraine).
Cave and Basin is a National Historic Site: learn about the interesting history of the original Banff’s Hot Springs. The hot spring was discovered in 1883 by workers of the Canadian Pacific Railway and you can visit this very cave. While you can no longer bath in these hot springs, you can do so at the Upper Hot Springs at Sulfur Mountain.
Legacy Trail: this beautiful 25-km bike trail between Banff and Canmore is a great family friendly activity. Along the way you can enjoy beautiful views, lunch at the picnic area halfway and even spot some local wildlife if you are lucky!
Lotte Eschbach is the voice behind Phenomenal Globe, where you’ll find travel advice and travel inspiration for adventurous and independent travelers.
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Blue Ridge Parkway
The Blue Ridge Parkway is one of my all-time favourite travel destinations. It embodies what I love about the USA. The endless driving and road ahead. There’s more road and more beautiful views after every turn. You don’t need to stop, you can just go on and on.
The Blue Ridge Parkway is a 469 mile long road that winds through the Blue Ridge Mountains in the states of Virginia and North Carolina. You can drive it in one day, but that would be a waste since then you would miss out on all the fun stops along the way.
Next to being a stretch of road surrounded with beautiful nature, it also has one of our all-time favourite accommodations. We stayed one night at the Fancy Gap cabins and loved the views on the mountains and the fireflies, rabbits and deer that came close to our cabin.
We loved the Blue Ridge Parkway for its endless views on the mountains, perfect sunsets to watch from one of the overlooks, the numerous hikes and waterfalls starting at it. There’s also a large number of attractions close by worth a visit, like Grandfather Mountain and Mount Mitchell State Park.The Blue Ridge Parkway connects Shenandoah National Park in the North with the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in the South. Both parks are beautiful and offer another day of adventure for you.
We drove the Blue Ridge Parkway back in 2015 and still have fond memories about driving it.
Suggested by Cosette Karsmakers from KarsTravels , a historian who blogs about road trips and family travel.
Several years ago, families wouldn’t even consider traveling to Colombia, but the country has made some significant headway since then. It’s reputation as a violent haven for drug cartels was enough to keep anyone away, but an increased focus on security has it seeing a growing tourism industry.
Colombia is one of the best travel destinations for families looking to escape winter. We traveled there in December from Canada and were happy to trade cold, snowy days for sunny beach days. Our itinerary for Colombia with kids was mainly along the Caribbean coastal region. It was the ideal mix of beach time and an exciting adventure trekking to the Lost City.
It’s since become one of our family’s favourite travel destinations and we look back on those fond memories often. Our kids are still asking to return to Colombia. They loved it as much as we did.
We started our trip with some time on the beach in Santa Marta. From there, we hiked up to the Lost City. It’s not common to find kids on that trek, but ours did amazing. Many of the other trekkers were excited to see such young kids accomplish that difficult trek. After the trek, we returned to Santa Marta for some much needed beach time and to enjoy the popular Tayrona National Park.
We split the remaining time between Minca and Cartagena, before heading to Isla Mucura to finish up our holiday on the beach. Waking up the sounds of the waves, spending entire days on the beach and joining a night tour to see plankton was exactly what we needed before returning to winter in Canada.
Celine Brewer and her husband own Family Can Travel, a travel blog about active family adventures. Along with their two kids, they spend most of the time in the Canadian Rocky Mountains and travel part time looking for new outdoor adventures around the world.
One of my favourite travel destinations is Provence, France. Summertime in Provence is like a scene from a movie. With rolling lavender fields to quintessential hilltop villages, enjoying Rosé and a relaxed Provencal lifestyle are just some of the many reasons Provence is so glorious.
French food is truly divine, and we have loved the French cooking classes we have taken to learn more about how to cook some of their delectable cuisines. You can also follow in the footsteps of Van Gogh in St. Rémy-de-Provence by following along the Van Gogh trail, where he lived. You can view decorated panels showing his work on the short 1km walk near the town center. To channel our inner Van Gogh’s participating in an outdoor painting class was one of my favourite experiential activities to enjoy the glorious landscapes of Provence.
On those hot summer days, a trip to Cassis is well worth a visit. This glorious seaside town is as picturesque as it is delightful. It is also a great place to enjoy a beach day, to hire a boat tour of the Calanques, or enjoy a seafood lunch overlooking the ocean. You could also spend an afternoon in the glorious Lac du St. Croix, a crystal clear blue lake perfect for families.
But my favourite part of Provence is that you really can stop, slow down, enjoy life, and live like the French. This is especially true when you stay in one of the glorious bed and breakfasts in Provence. Provence is such a wonderful place for families to discover new things, try new experiences, and enjoy France in such a unique way.
Keri Baugh is a family travel blogger at Bon Voyage With Kids. She has lived abroad three times and traveled to more than 30 countries, and worked as a Cast Member for Walt Disney World and for an educational travel company. Keri travels with her family, including her three children, several times throughout the year, and loves sharing tips on traveling with kids.
The small city of Rovaniemi is one of the best locations for a trip to explore Finnish Lapland, which makes it one of our favourite travel destinations in the Arctic.
Although the city’s architecture is not so spectacular, you can still observe a couple of old wooden houses in the center. Some of the Finland-wise famous architect Alvar Aalto’s work, including the City Theater, is also worth seeing. The Arktikum Museum is the most visited landmark in the city: you can learn about Arctic life, the indigenous Sami people, and flora and fauna of Lapland. If you want to learn more about Finnish culture, head to Korundi, the fine-art museum.
However, the main reason tourists visit Rovaniemi is the magical Santa Claus Village, located only a couple of kilometers outside of the town borders. You can come and say hi to Santa whole year-round, visit reindeer and husky farms or explore the stunning Finnish nature. And don’t forget to try the sauna.
In winter, the snow-covered land and trees offer a unique opportunity to go on sleigh rides, drive a snowmobile or hunt for northern lights in the wilderness. In summer, the sun never sets, the nights are bright. You can pick wild berries in the forests or observe the wildlife, including reindeer and moose, during this unique period of the year. Whether you decide to visit Rovaniemi in winter or summer, you will be able to browse among many activities that this city and Lapland offers.
Katalin Waga is a Lapland-based outdoor enthusiast who loves hiking, road-tripping, and traveling with her family. She spends her free time far away from civilization in one of the national parks, explores off the beaten path places, or hops on a road trip.
Nestled between two of Utah’s big 5 National Parks, Moab offers one of the best family vacation locations in the United States. From camping to glamping or RV boondocking to posh AirBnB stays, Moab is the perfect family getaway for an immersive outdoor experience. With a smaller airport and about a 4 hour drive from the closest major city, Moab is approachable, but far enough away from major tourism that Mother Nature’s canvas has been preserved.
Families enjoy a range of adventures including mild to extreme backcountry ATV tours, kayaking or white water rafting the Colorado River, and mountain biking. Above all, however, driving the scenic byways and hiking the parks steal the show.
The highlight is the Arches Scenic Drive and a hike to one of the stunning geologic rock formations at Arches National Park such as delicate arch. Blowing the minds of those young and old, Arches is recognized as perhaps the best stargazing and astro tourism location in the world. The Milky Way can be seen with the naked eye on any clear night.
From one unique rock formation to another, the family can then head over to either Deadhorse State Park or the Needles District of Canyonlands National Park. Deadhorse is a horseshoe shaped bend of the Colorado River that carved a unique canyon and is a popular capture of both Instagrammers and movie producers alike. It has made an appearance in over 20 Hollywood movies including Mission Impossible I and II.
Needles looks like another planet with sheer cliff canyon walls made out of multi-colored distinct layers of sedimentary rock. Popular foot trails and four wheel drive roads wind through the shadows of imposing sandstone spires.
Day or night and all year round, the natural wonders surrounding Moab always deliver, making it one of our favourite travel destinations.
Mike Baron is an outdoor enthusiast, husband, and father of three wild boys. When he’s not outside, he’s usually writing about it, either on his own Family Travel Blog, FivePax, or as a freelance travel writer.
One of our favourite travel destinations is Ireland, land of the leprechauns. A mystical land full of history and legends, Ireland is a travel destination that has it all. Despite being a small island, as a travel destination it packs a punch and no matter what type of traveller you are, there is something for everyone on the Emerald Isle.
The landscape of Ireland is mostly green, hence its name “The Emerald Isle”, and while rolling green fields are the main feature, you will also find sheer coastal cliffs, flat-topped mountains, a barren landscape that would make you think you were on the moon and strange hexagonal coastal columns with an interesting tale behind them. The Cliffs of Moher, Benbulbin Mountain, the Burren National Park and the Giant’s Causeway are just some of the best places in Ireland to visit.
Of course, Ireland is also famous for leprechauns, a group of supernatural, small people that are widespread in Irish folklore. Usually depicted as a small bearded man, they are often mischievous characters on an eternal quest to find a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow. These are not the only legendary creatures of Ireland and you can find tales and stories in abundance in Ireland.
Ireland is also a country steeped in history with castles around every corner, museums with artefacts dating thousands of years and the country also has other historical sites which are older than the Pyramids at the Bru na Boinne Valley.
There are some of the best cities in the world to visit in Ireland including the capital Dublin, Galway in the West and up-and-coming Belfast. You can enjoy a warm Irish welcome and good old-fashioned craic in the pubs in any city and town you visit. And the world’s longest coastal touring route is located on this island, the Wild Atlantic Way. Ireland really is a travel destination that has it all and it can cater to every budget.
Cath Jordan is the voice behind Travel Around Ireland, a blog dedicated to providing Ireland travel guides from a local to help you plan your visit to Ireland.
For families looking for a versatile travel destination, look no further than Indonesia. This Southeast Asian country of more than 17,000 islands, strung across the Equator, offers a diversity of experiences for families to enjoy. Whether it’s a beach getaway, a nature adventure, a cultural experience, or a quiet retreat, Indonesia has a little something for every type of traveler. The variety makes it one of our favourite travel destinations.
Being one of the world’s largest island countries, Indonesia has no shortage of beaches to explore. The island of Bali is a popular beach destination, but islands like Lombok, Flores, and the Gili Islands also have beaches that are popular among travelers. For nature loving families, head to the island of Sumatra to witness orangutans in the wild, or Komodo Island to see the famed Komodo dragons.
Besides nature and beaches, Indonesia also offers a rich and diverse culture, with over 600 distinct ethnic groups. Families looking for a culturally immersive experience can visit the city of Yogyakarta on the island of Java, where they can try their hand at the traditional art of batik. Or spend time in Ubud, on the island of Bali, where the cultivation of rice is more than just a means of sustenance, but a way of life.
The best time of year to visit Indonesia are during the months of May, June, and September, when the weather is the least hot and humid. Avoid visiting during the peak season of July and August. Indonesia has major international airports in the cities of Jakarta, Denpasar, Surabaya, and Medan.
Astrid Vinje is dedicated to promoting an approachable perspective on family travel. Through her blog, The Wandering Daughter, she writes about the destinations her family visits, and also shares tips on worldschooling, cultural experiences, long term travel and responsible travel, in the hopes of inspiring other families to adopt a travel mindset into their daily lives.
Namibia is one of our favourite travel destinations of a lifetime! We had honeymooned in South Africa and Mozambique ten years earlier and wanted a big trip to celebrate some life milestones, but this time we had kids in tow! Namibia had been recommended by several people on account of it being much more kid-friendly than other destinations. One of the best things about Namibia is the ability to do a self-drive safari across the whole country so you don’t have to worry about young kids being allowed on the group game drives. It gives you the flexibility to move at your own pace, listen to audiobooks, stop when you want, etc.
We had high expectations so Namibia had a lot to live up to but it exceeded everything! It is a truly beautiful country with lots of very distinct areas to visit. We were on a tight two-week itinerary in Namibia. We started, as many do, in the capital, Windhoek, and took a circular route down to the Kalahari Desert, across to Sossusvlei and Dead Vlei in Namib-Naukluft Park, and on to Swakopmund on the coast. From there we drive up the Skeleton Coast, and then inland to Twyfelfontein, Damaraland, and Palmwag before heading back across to Etosha National Park and then back to Windhoek. Some people arrange to start in Zimbabwe or Botswana and drive down and others start in South Africa and drive up. Others on a tighter time frame fly between destinations, but this adds significant cost to the trip.
We loved seeing such varied spectacular landscapes and how Namibia remains very rugged and relatively untouched and spoilt. There were long distances to drive between each area which wasn’t always easy, but really gave us a sense of disconnecting from everything. We often felt as if we had the whole country to ourselves.
Emma is a freelance travel writer and public speaker currently living in Singapore (her 10th city of residence!) with her husband, 2 kids and a dog. She is well-versed in international travel and expat life and is the mastermind behind the blog: Wanderlust and Wet Wipes.
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