Top Five Countries To Visit With Your Kids

These five destinations outside of North America provide excitement and relaxation that everyone in your family can enjoy. Read on to find out more about our favourite places to visit with family abroad


 

You’ve travelled to all the major theme parks in North America with your kids, and now you’re looking for something new to do together. If you feel comfortable travelling with your children, why not venture out of your (and their) comfort zone to explore destinations outside of North America? There are many places you can visit that are family-friendly and which offer quality entertainment for kids AND adults. That may seem like a tall order, but we’ve done the scouting for you as we present five family-friendly travel destinations abroad.

England

There is much to see and do in England, particularly for a family that loves experiencing history through movies and books. To children of reading-age, England is likely associated with castles, magic and all-things Harry Potter. Harry Potter fans (young and old!) can enjoy visiting the famous filming locations for the series, as well as other spectacular films. Alnwick Castle in Northumberland for instance has hosted the Potter series as well as other films. The Knight’s Quest opportunity at Alnwick allows children and adults the chance to experience life during the medieval times by dressing up and role playing in the historic site. There is also the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London (Leavesden studios) which provides even more Harry Potter-related entertainment. If your children are old enough to be familiar with Shakespeare, charming Stratford-Upon-Avon in Warwickshire, the birthplace of Shakespeare, will delight everyone in the family due to its picturesque English countryside appeal, as well as the history it provides. Aside from castles and film fun, there are also farms and zoos that will appeal to animal-lovers and those who enjoy beautiful landscapes, such as Dairyland Farm World in Newquay, Cornwall. Lets not forget to mention the lovely canals and rocky, coastal regions for those who enjoy boat tours and canoeing. England is truly a magical experience for children and adults.

Dubai

This wealthy Middle Eastern nation unites tradition and culture in a unique and interesting way that will appeal to both adults and children. Everyone in the family can enjoy the mystical beauty of the desert through a safari ride in an SUV followed by a camel farm tour. There are also numerous beaches and luxurious resorts. However, sand and sun aren’t the only form of entertainment. At the Mall of the Emirates, adults can enjoy not only a quality shopping experience but can go skiing too! The Mall hosts “Ski Dubai”, an indoor ski slope that offers skiing and snowboarding lessons. For more exotic fun, there are also outdoor traditional shopping bazaars (known as “souks”) that will give tourists a taste of the smells, flavours and colours of the spice route, which to kids would likely recall Aladdin to their minds. Dubai’s famous “Gold Souk” has worldwide fame due to the exclusive devotion of the shops to selling luxurious gold ornaments that will dazzle the eyes. Likewise there are other souks that are devoted to spices, perfumes and rich textiles. Tradition is combined with modernity in Dubai as modern consumer products (such as electronics) can also be bargained for. Dubai is a dazzling experience for everyone in the family.

South Africa

A family that loves wildlife will gravitate towards this choice for obvious reasons. The numerous safari parks and game reserves are reason alone to venture to this exciting country. The prospect of observing The Big Five and other wildlife in their natural habitats will appeal your young Lion King lovers and keep adults enthralled as well. The landscapes of the wild are breathtaking and sublime, and will delight the senses of tourists of any age. There are also many parks outside of the safari experience with lush vegetation that can be explored due to South Africa’s pleasant, temperate climate. Beautiful beaches are also in abundance, with resorts that cater to adults and children. South Africa also offers a blending of African, Indian and Dutch cultures, which is interesting to experience through the wonderful mosaic of restaurants that will make eating-out a thoroughly enjoyable experience. Overall South Africa provides an interesting, eclectic mix of travel entertainment and an environment that accommodates children well.

Australia

Kangaroos, koalas and kids: there are no three things better suited to each other. Kangaroos and koalas have long been symbols of childhood and are exotic substitutes for the traditional Teddy Bear. The thought of seeing either animal in its natural environment should be enough to convince people young and old to visit Australia. There are so many animals, such as the infamous crocodile, that can be observed in all their native glory. One can definitely count Australia as a place for the animal-lover, which most kids inherently are. But there are other fun reasons to visit Australia with children, such as being able to enjoy the lovely beaches and parks with their sublime, rough and terrestrial landscapes. One can also explore the history of this former British colony and the culture of the indigenous peoples of Australia. There is a lot to see, learn and do in this diverse nation that kids can participate in and enjoy along with their adult guardians. However, as the Australian sun is particularly fierce, extra-special care should be taken to ensure that both children and adults are protected with broad-rimmed hats, lots of water and a high dose of sunscreen (at least SPF 30).

Greece

History-loving children and adults can enjoy the excitement of walking in the footsteps of all their favourite gods and goddesses of Ancient Greece. The ornate temples and ruins of Ancient Greece will bring enjoyment and awe to voyagers young and old. But your whole family will love equally the sight of the azure beaches of the Mediterranean, white-washed houses, pretty blue-domed churches, and coastal farms, along with the delicious, traditional Greek cuisine that is offered everywhere. Greece is a very family-friendly country as family togetherness is a core value of Greek culture. Tourists will find many restaurants that are family-friendly and children are a common sight at most tourist attractions. If one would like to experience a perfect balance of historic sight-seeing, authentic, traditional cuisine, and family-friendly fun, Greece is the destination of choice.

Have you taken your kids on an international trip? Share with us your experience in the comments below! 

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