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Child friendly holidays: where to go

Child friendly vacations: where to go for the best family break

Discover the best child-friendly vacations destinations that you and your little ones will love

When you become a parent, lots of things change and especially vacations. Lots of aspects of travelling change; where you go, how you get there and what you do when you arrive. So, while you might have hated the idea of a child-friendly destination before you became a parent, suddenly it looks like a great idea.

Life is so much easier all round when your vacations destination is child-friendly. So, what makes a child-friendly vacation and where do families like to go? Here's a very quick guide to child-friendly vacations. We hope it helps and don't forget to pack SnoozeShade!

What is a child-friendly vacations?

Generally speaking, a child friendly vacation has:

  • childcare options
  • accommodation with facilities such as a highchair, pack and play and stair gates
  • family-friendly restaurants close by
  • child-friendly attractions close by
  • toys and play equipment on hand

Depending on where you go and what type of accommodation you choose, there should be some or all of the above to make your vacation a little easier with kids.

What’s the best kind of vacation with children?

Gone are the days of luxury cruises around the Bahamas... or are they? These days, kids are welcome on most package vacations but that's not to say it’s always appropriate to take them. Before you book, it’s a good idea to think about your family and what you all like to do together. Are you outdoorsy? Camping could be fun. Do you like to wander art galleries and eat in cafes? A city break might be perfect. Kids love the beach and swimming pool? You know what to do.

Don't try to force fun onto your family. If you'd really like a sporty vacation , try the activities out at home before you book, so that you're really sure the whole family will enjoy it when you get there. There's nothing worse than taking the family skiing, hiking or boating, only to discover nobody likes it at all!

Sit down together and involve the kids in the decision making, if they are old enough. Let them suggest destinations or talk about what they want to do on vacation. There's a really good chance you'll be able to please everyone with the right destination.

Where to go

Again, that depends on your family and what you enjoy doing together. But there are some things worth considering before you book:

  • Does it have clean beaches with family facilities, such as baby changing, water sports hire and parking?
  • Does the accommodation have all the facilities that you need? Baby gear, washing facilities, cribs, highchairs, etc
  • What activities are there close by to entertain the kids?
  • Will you be using childcare while you're away? Do the carers have qualifications and good reviews?
  • What do other families say about the accommodation and destination in general? Read the online reviews!
  • How long is the journey?
  • Is it within your budget?
  • Is there a range of accommodation types such as a hotel or villa?

Some of the best vacation destinations are right here in the US, but if you do want to travel a little further afield, here are our top five vacation destinations for kids:

Spain

The short flight will appeal, as will the warm weather and sandy beaches when you get there. You can choose from a city break or a beach holiday (sometimes both) and there is bound to be something for everyone.

Florida

The ultimate in child-friendly vacation destinations! Florida used to be the holiday you only do once in a lifetime but it’s now more accessible, with package deals and cheaper flights. What more could the kids ask for in a holiday? Theme parks, beautiful beaches and stunning weather. Perfect.

Balearic Islands

Ibiza, Mallorca and Menorca are great for families. The weather is great and the facilities are usually spot on.

The Algarve

Another firm family favourite. Portugal's Algarve region has it all - sports, beaches, restaurants, theme parks- and you can get some really good deals on accommodation too.

France

If you have been to the UK, France is very close geographically but it couldn't be more different in terms of culture. It also has theme parks at Euro Disney and Parc Asterix.

Further reading:

Camping, clamping and festival essentials for babies and toddlers

Ten of the best products when sleeping away from home with your baby

Tips for a great bedtime routine

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