Best Family Friendly Travel Destinations

Do you miss the days when traveling to any destination in the world was an option, with no specifications? Well, you might not have that option when you have a family, but there are still a number of destinations around the globe that best suites you and your family.

So whether you are planning for a Thanksgiving weekend or the upcoming summer break of kids, we have some amazing travel destinations that happily support your family anytime of the year.

1. Orlando
This magical kingdom is the ultimate place for a family holiday. Start with bathing in the fine sun of Florida’s beaches. The calm waves and clean water adds to the delightful experience. The Orlando Water Park is another famous attraction of Orlando with the 120-foot water slide that is going to take your breath away! It is an amazing experience for marine lovers and the Sea World’s Aquaticais only one of the things which make it stands out. The elders and kids crave for the Walt Disney World. The never ending adventures of this place would make it one of the most memorable moments of your life. Orlando is famous for a lot many things. The springs are another family attraction of Orlando because there is no better way to refresh than to take a dip in one of these springs. Of course, you’ll have to wait for summers! Have a Harry Potter lover in your family? Treat them with the spectacular Universal Studios.
Orlando ensures an amazing family break!

2. London
London is one of the most family friendly destinations in this world. All the bachelors might envy families because some of the places in the city are only ideal if you’re traveling there with your kids! There are many farms in the city that would allow you to pet the pigs and have a lovely day outdoors. The Hackney City Farm is one of the best ones in the city. Harrods is a world of its own and it would be delightful to explore it with your family. Madame Tussauds is another fun attraction; pose with the celebrities and get famous around the globe! The London Aquarium is one of the best aquariums in the world with a large variety of fish and sea life.

In short, there is never a dull moment in the lively London. It is the best place you could be at with your family!

3. Paris
The city of love and lights is known for being a paradise for lovers and historians. But you can’t possibly miss out kids here. This is why it is a fine choice for a family vacation. Landing in Paris soon? Take a trip to the famous Eiffel Tower which is the iconic structure of the country. You’ll get the best views and the finest food. The Musees is another great place to be, and it is likely to turn your children into museum lovers. You don’t have to face the misery of the high fees as the entry to most of the museums is free of cost for kids. Who doesn’t know about the world famous Disney World? Mickey, Minnie and their crew would ensure you have a lovely family time with a world full of adventures and thrills.

4. Mexico
Looking for some family fun? Mexico is the right choice! The Mexico City itself would keep your family occupied for a lifetime. Chapultapec Park and the Natural History Museum are some of the places that would amuse your family a great deal! Visiting CancĂșnis a must if you are traveling with your family. The Capitan Hook Private Dinner is a special event offered for kids and the cruise is truly filled with amazement. An interactive aquarium for all the marine lovers and the adventurous water parks of the city adds to the cherry on the top. There’s endless fun in Mexico, waiting for you to visit soon!

7 Great Spring Vacation Travel Destinations

Going to a beach location for spring vacation has become a tradition in the US. However, traveling out of the country can be expensive so this year stay it’s recommended to stay US bound. The United States has some great spring travel destinations without the expensive price tag of traveling overseas.

Miami, Florida. Miami Beach is known for having beautiful beaches and crazy nightlife. If you want the ultimate spring vacation full of fun then head to Miami. If you book in advance you can even find cheap airline tickets. Miami is a top destination for spring breakers looking to have some fun so be prepared for the mayhem.

South Padre Island, Texas. South Padre Island has been a popular spring destination for years. MTV has even hosted their yearly spring break show there. South Padre Island offers over a hundred miles of beach so you’re sure to find a spot to kick back and get some rays without needing to share a towel with some random on the beach. It’s recommended to book this popular spot in advance to not only get a cheap hotel but to get a cheap hotel at a popular hotel close to the beach.

San Diego, California. San Diego is a wonderful spring break destination whether you are a college student or a family. San Diego offers wonderful beaches, great snorkeling, and swimming. If you get tired of the beach you can check out the World-famous San Diego Zoo. At night the Gaslamp Quarter in downtown San Diego offers great restaurants and a great scene for adults full of fun bars. Look online for discounted airfare to this top spring travel destination.

Fort Myers, Florida. Fort Myers is a great place to visit if you are looking to get away from the spring break craziness. Fort Myers will provide a more relaxed vacation along with beautiful beaches. This is a great destination to take the whole family.

Lake Havasu, Arizona. Lake Havasu is a wonderful place to visit in the spring. However, watch out for the partygoers on the lake. Lake Havasu is 45 miles long and has over 400 miles of shoreline so you are sure to find a spot to relax. The local business usually offers a variety of discounts during spring to attract lots of people. Make sure you snap a few photos on the original London Bridge, which was transferred to Lake Havasu in 1971.

Vail, Colorado. Beaches not your scene? Don’t worry. If you are looking for something other than the normal beach vacation check out Vail. Vail offers some of best skiing in the United States. Vail seems to offer it all from spas, shopping, skiing, and even nightlife. This is one destination where you can do it all. Don’t forget your bathing suit because nothing beats a night in the hot tub while stargazing.

Hawaii. Hawaii is excellent place to go during the spring. You can also find great discounts airfare on airline tickets during this time. If you book in advance you can also get cheap hotels here as well. With several islands to choose from you will surely have a wonderful vacation in this tropical paradise. If you are looking for nightlife check out Oahu. If you are after beauty and relaxation then Kauai or Maui will probably be the place for you. If you’re seeking beaches adventure, hiking, and skiing then the Big Island is a great option for you. No matter what you pick Hawaii doesn’t disappoint. If you can’t pick an island, then check out inter-island travel. Inter-Island travel can be a great way to see everything Hawaii has to offer.

New Solo Travel Destinations Off the Beaten Path

Always looking for new solo travel destinations, I followed a friend’s suggestion to try Slovenia. Traveling alone, the prices were good, and Slovenia provided options for hiking in the summer, skiing in the winter or just exploring its history/culture year-round. Having been to former Yugoslavia’s Croatia, Montenegro and Serbia, Slovenia made sense as the next step.

After arriving in Zurich, I discovered my flight to the capital city, Ljubljana, had been cancelled. However, I was quickly accommodated and dispatched to Germany for a connecting flight. On arrival, a fellow passenger and I watched forlornly while the door on our flight closed leaving us behind. Not to worry, I was reticketed on a flight to Austria. I arrived hours before the next scheduled flight to Slovenia. As I waited to make it to my fifth country in 18 hours, I kept my eyes glued to the jet way. I was afraid I would fall asleep, miss the flight and be sent to a 6th country.

It was well worth the journey. Ljubljana’s historic area was a surprise as it looked more like Vienna than the Balkans. My Art Nouveau choice, the Grand Hotel Union Executive, combined style with convenience. It was walking distance to the Old Town and its multiple restaurants which were still serving at 10 PM. Eating alone was no problem. After a lively conversation with the table next to me, I could almost say I felt like I was solo no more!

In heading out the next day, I was struck by how similar the architecture along the Gallus Embankment was to parts of St. Petersburg. The Ljubljana Castle had a colorful history from defending against the Ottomans to serving as a prison in the Austrian Empire and again in World War II. Afterwards, I strolled back through the Old Town, the Plaza and the Triple Bridge. The last key sight was the Dragon Bridge topped by a fierce creature keeping watch over the city.

Having felt so at home, I was almost sorry that it was time to move on the next day. I was off via public bus for another 3 day adventure. I had read about the town of Bled, a tourist haven since the 19th century popular also with the ruling dynasty and later Yugoslav’s Tito. In the current day it is also a great spot for hiking, golf and fishing. I had two chief objectives: (i) visiting Bled Castle and (ii) exploring the small island of Bled and its Church of the Assumption. I was surprised to see there was no pedestrian bridge to the church. Access was by boat only and not then as it was in the dead of winter when “icebergs” predominated.

Undaunted, I struck out for my second destination, to reach Bled Castle. Its history even antedates William the Conqueror’s Conquest of England. My guidebook described it as a brief walk from my hotel. As I approached the hill, it looked like a snow-capped Mt. Everest crowned at the top with ice-covered boulders. When I somehow made it to the entrance, I realized getting down would be even more challenging. After my tour, no cabs were available. In a moment of desperation which I DO NOT recommend, I accepted a ride with a stranger, an elderly gentleman who found me stumbling down the hillside. A safer alternative to hitchhiking would have been to sit down and slide down like a human luge.

Next I headed out to my last destination, Kranjska Gora on the Austrian border. By then, I thought I was an old pro at mastering local buses. However, I discovered a large difference between the English words “bus stop” and “bus station”. When the bus stopped on a two-lane road and opened the door, I jumped out into the snow with my suitcase. Across the way, I saw the village with a path through the snowdrifts. Guided by welcoming local residents, I located my hotel, fortunately painted a very bright yellow and conspicuous from a distance.

My first day on the slopes I skipped my usual routine: a private or semi-private lesson to get the lay of the land. That was a mistake. My rental skis had been set by height and weight but apparently not by ability. As an infrequent intermediate skier, there was more ice than I could handle. The result? At the top of the slope, the one ski that came off would not go back on while the other would not come off at all. Glad there were no witnesses, I was rescued by snowmobile and sent down the lift with my skis then firmly in my lap. As I approached the bottom of the lift, loud shouts began instructing me exactly(?)what to do. Not understanding a word of Slovenian, I just waited for the lift to stop. When that never happened, I took a wild leap on the still moving lift. Luckily, the next day with a private lesson went much more smoothly.

Then it was back to Ljubljana for a little shopping and a much shorter flight home!

Looking back on it, Slovenia was a great choice for a solo traveler because of:

  • Attractive prices even when traveling alone
  • Friendly people and safe environment
  • Active sports options summer and winter
  • Multiple historic and cultural sites to explore
  • Available local public transportation
  • Proximity to the crossroads of Europe for combining vacations
  • The benefit of still being off the usual tourist route.

Italy The World s Top Vacation Destination

Every year, the U.S. Tour Operators Association, a professional association of travel agents and tour operators who arrange travel for more than 10 million travelers every year, runs an informal survey among members to name the world’s top vacation destinations. Year after year, one country tops the list of international vacation destinations – Italy, the heart of civilization, the cradle of romance and the home of the Holy Sea.

What is it that makes Italy so special? The spectacular scenery and warm, wonderful climate are only the background of the picture. Italy is a colorful mosaic of travel experiences, a delicious mélange of flavors and cultures that offers something for every traveler. From cosmopolitan culture buff to adventurer, from the serious student of history to the socialite, Italy truly is the country that caters to them all and everyone in between.

Italy’s cities and countryside offer a true embarrassment of riches. You could easily spend months touring the countryside and never see half of what the country has to offer. What is it that brings so many to bella Italia every year?

See Italy for the Art

Italy was the center of the Renaissance, and is one of the most artistically rich countries in the entire world. According to UNESCO, half the world’s artistic and historic treasures are located in Italy. In Florence, Venice, Rome, Naples, Milan and other cities, you’ll find artistic and architectural wonders that you won’t find anywhere else. Michelangelo, da Vinci, Botticelli, Tintorello, Correggio, Donatello – the most famous artists of all the eras worked and left their legacies in frescoes, paintings and statues throughout the country. And while much of the art is held in museums in nearly every city, there is art everywhere, from the stunning stained glass windows in a tiny chapel in Abruzzi to the painted ceilings of cathedrals.

See Historic Italy

History lives in Italy. Long known as the cradle of Western civilization, Italy’s cities and countryside are a treasure trove of historical sites. You can walk the Via Appia and feel the weight of centuries drop away as you realize that two thousand years ago, this very road was traveled by the armies and citizens of Imperial Rome. Visit the Coliseum in Rome, or wander through the preserved city of Pompeii and become a part of history. And of course, there is the Vatican, the walled city inside Rome that is the home and the heart of the Catholic Church, where scholars come to study ancient texts and treasures.

Visit Italy for the Scenery

The scenic vistas of Italy are as varied as its twenty regions. From snowcapped mountains to sweeping, white sand beaches, the natural beauty of Italy is as alive and vivid as the paintings of its most famous artists. When you venture beyond the cities, you’ll still find the untamed beauty of the Tuscan hills with their craggy, winding paths and terraced vineyards. You can wander through twenty three national parks and nearly 500 protected nature preserves that are protected by the government. There are sea cliffs and alpine mountains, rolling hills and open plains. And there is always, of course, the sea with its ever-changing yet everlasting face.

Come to Italy for the Food

Italian food and hospitality is famous the world over for its abundance. Abondanza is a concept that is well-understood in the Mediterranean country. Everywhere you go, you’ll find groaning tables and open, welcoming arms inviting you to mangia! Mangia!! A full tour of Italy is a gustatory delight, for there is no single style of Italian cooking. Instead, each region of Italy has its own unique flavors and combinations that are drawn from the local specialties and available foods. Tuscany is famous for its seafood, Milan for its rich sauces and complex flavors, Bologna for its traditional red sauce. Eating and drinking well is a way of life in Italy, and whether you treat yourself to a fine meal in one of Rome’s five-star restaurants, or stop at a roadside ristorante in a small province, you’re sure to be served the best of the best.

To Your Health!

Italy has been famous for its thermal spas and springs since the times of Hippocrates. Italian spas enjoy the benefits of both sea and fresh water springs. Hot water thermal springs are plentiful, thanks to the country’s geological peculiarities and the network of underground volcanic springs. Today, the thermal spas are a popular attraction in nearly every region of Italy, and have become popular holiday destinations in their own rights. Italian health spas offer more than just the baths. Many are located close to cultural and leisure attractions, and make a wonderful base of operations for your stay in the country.

Travel Gems in Italy

If you visit Rome, spend at least one day just walking around the city. You’ll discover many tiny sites and historical finds that are not on any tourist map. These sites may have been uncovered during the construction of another building and never completely excavated, but are there to stumble across and enjoy away from the bustling crowds.

By all means, visit the well-known museums in the major cities, but for a real treat take a drive outside the cities and seek out small towns and villages. You’ll discover some of the most amazing and unexpected treasures tucked into alcoves or painted on the walls of village churches throughout the country.

Skip the hotels and rent a villa or cottage in a small town if you’re staying in Italy for more than a few days. In many cases, it won’t cost much more – and will often be less – than a stay in a good hotel, and your hosts will treat you as part of the family while you’re there.

Italy is a country of contrasts and beauties whose charm grows deeper and warmer with every visit. It’s no wonder that it regularly tops the list of holiday destinations worldwide, or that so many who visit return again and again to its warm and welcoming arms.