Travel is slowly picking up around the world, so we’ve put together a list of must-visit places that you can take the family to! Whether it’s a short getaway or a long vacation, these cool destinations each have their own list of activities that both kids and adults alike are sure to enjoy. Time to plan and book up for the next holidays!
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Are your kids especially excited about Christmas? If yes, you’d definitely need to visit Santa Claus Village in Lapland! It’s open every day of the year, but will of course feel the most joyous during December. Here, you get to meet Santa Claus in person and even meet Santa’s reindeer in the village. You even get to peak into the life of Santa’s elves at the Elf Academy, where the elves will share their tips and tricks on how to become Santa’s little helper. At the end of the experience, don’t forget to write a postcard and mail it to yourself at the Santa Claus Post Office — they’ll keep it safe for you and send it out the following Christmas!
Santa Claus Village, www.santaclausvillage.info
One of the most bustling cities in the world, Tokyo is a definite must-visit destination. While you’re there, you absolutely have to add Disneyland and Disneysea to your itinerary, because no family trip is complete without a little bit of Disney magic. Book a stay at the Disney Resort, where they’ve recently opened the very first Toy Story Hotel in the world. Visit their Ginza shopping district on a Sunday, the only day of the week when the roads are closed and pedestrians can leisurely walk through the entire area.
Start your day before dawn even breaks with a hot air balloon flight over the Yarra Valley. The view of the city at sunrise feels surreal and will have you feeling refreshed as you star the day. Then, visit the Melbourne Zoo, where the kids can meet and learn all about some of Australia’s native animals. While you’re in the city, remember to ride the tram — it’s free of charge! — so that the kids can try a mode of transport that they’ve never experienced before! Melbourne also houses an array of interesting cafes, so do add some to your itinerary for a nice cuppa.
A city with much to see and much to do, Seoul will be a delight for the entire family. Touristy sights that you should not miss include the N Seoul Tower, best visited at night for a spectacular bird’s eye view of the city. For an entire day of family fun, visit either Lotte World or Everland, two theme parks where the children can have an enjoyable time. There’s even an Alpaca World, a popular destination for families because the kiddos get to befriend and feed alpacas during the visit.
Dubai is a beautiful place with a lot of wonderful attractions for tourists. Visit the Red Dunes and sandsurf there or even ride a quad bike. The kids will surely love the Atlantis Aquaventure Waterpark, an awesome theme park with amazing slides and rides. There’s also a Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo where you can all go through a memorable journey into ocean life. When the heat gets to you, take a break at the Dubai Mall, known for its luxury stores and conveniently located downtown. There’s also an ice rink within the mall so the kids can do a little bit of ice skating!
Chiang Mai has so many must-see sights that’ll make you fall in love with the city. They’ve got the Doi Inthanon National Park, where you get to check out the view from the highest point in Thailand. The summit is also accessible by car, so it’s not gonna be a tedious hike up even if you’re bringing your kids! They also have tours in Chiang Mai to visit the Long Neck Village and Hill Tribes, where you get to immerse yourselves in various cultures and learn more about them. After sundown, take a trip to the Chiang Mai Night Safari Park where you can get close with wild animals in an enclosed tram ride.
Not a fan of planning itineraries? No worries. At Club Med, they’ve got an endless list of activities lined up for the day, so you can just pick and choose while you’re there. Some examples include beach activities and exercise classes, and it’s an all-inclusive holiday package so you don’t have to calculate any costs while you’re on holiday There are also a ton of activities catered to kids, and you can even sign up for the Kids Club, a fun-filled childcare experience where the kiddos get to make new friends and enjoy activities together.
Club Med, www.clubmed.com.sg
The one thing you must really do when you’re in South Africa is to go on a safari. Aquila Safari is near Cape Town, and they offer a day safari and overnight safari. Bring the kids to see wild animals like elephants and lions in their natural habitat — they’ll definitely be thrilled about the experience. Boulders Beach is a lovely, sandy stretch of shoreline where the family can take a nice coastal walk. You’ll probably also be able to see wild African penguins while you’re there, as they squawk and waddle through the beach.
Florida’s the perfect destination if you’re planning a family trip for the end of the year. It’s a state that gets a lot of sun all year round, so you’ll be able to avoid harsh cold climates. What makes Florida the best place for a trip is the theme parks. Orlando has one of the biggest Disneyland parks in the world; you’ll probably need two whole days just to cover the entire space! They’ve also got Universal Studios, where the adults can try more thrilling rides and scream their heads off. Do remember to visit the Harry Potter World within the park and let your kiddos act like they’re little witches and wizards for some extra fun!
Prague is a gorgeous city that’s a great destination if you and the family are into sightseeing. Prague Castle for one is beautiful and definitely worth a visit. The family can also take a slow stroll across Charles Bridge at sunset; it’s stunning and definitely memorable. Take a trip to Wallenstein Pallace and visit the gardens, a lovely place for relaxation where you might even manage to see some free-roaming peacocks. If you’re there during the Christmas season, be sure to drop by their Christmas markets at Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square. You’ll find all sorts of trinkets and souvenirs as well as popular foods such as smoked meat dumplings and roasted ham.