Every year I like to do a round-up of the best family holiday destinations in the world. I had list for the best family holiday destinations for 2018 and 2019 but it’s now time to update this round-up for 2020! As before, I’ve included places chosen by some of my favourite travel experts; their recommendations cover everywhere from France and Finland to Peru, Portugal and much more. All the family travel destinations listed below have been tried and tested by both parents and kids so they’ve got the family seal of approval.
The best family holiday destinations in the world
As this number of the best places to travel with kids continues to grow, this year I’ve divided the list – loosely – by continent. Below, you’ll find the best places to visit in Europe with kids in 2020, where to visit in Asia with kids in 2020, our favourite destinations in the Americas to visit as a family in 2020, top destinations in Africa for families in 2020 and recommendations for the best places in Australasia to visit in 2020. So, what are you waiting for? It’s time to get packing!
Where to visit in Europe with kids in 2020
Europe is always a great destination to visit with kids. Offering everything from fun city breaks (take a look at this post for ideas on the best cities in Europe for a family-friendly city break) to long road trips, there’s something for everyone here. Some of the countries in Europe nominated as the best places to visit with kids include Germany, Slovenia, Belgium and much more. Wherever you choose to travel in Europe with kids, you can’t go wrong!
Lapland with kids
For me, one of the best places to visit in December with family is Finland. Our trip to Finnish Lapland remains one of our best family holidays ever. Winter in Finland is enchanting; a land of vast skies, spellbinding scenery and incredible adventures. There are two ways to visit Lapland; the first is to fly into Rovaniemi and visit either the Father Christmas Village or SantaPark, two places where it’s Christmas all year round. Your second option is to do what we did and fly into Kittilä and travel to the village of Äkäslompolo. This peaceful town is next to Ylläs, one of Finland’s most popular downhill ski resorts, and is a wonderful place to base yourself for your arctic adventures. During the week that we were in Finland we went cross-country skiing, tried snowshoeing, enjoyed a couple of hours downhill skiing, rode snowmobiles and experienced an incredible afternoon with Hannu and his herd of reindeer. You can also visit an ice hotel, take a husky sleigh ride and even meet Father Christmas (he actually came to our cabin!). For a magical winter wonderland like nowhere else, Finland is hard to beat.
Finland with kids
So good I’ve picked it twice! Following an amazing summer road trip around southern Finland, this country is my pick for one of the best places to travel with kids in 2020. From cosmopolitan Helsinki, where you can explore an island sea fortress, swim in the Baltic Sea and eat your body weight in cinnamon buns to the peaceful and breathtakingly beautiful Finnish Lakeland region, we absolutely love this country for families. At Lake Saimaa you can see ancient rock art, spend days paddling on Europe’s fourth biggest natural freshwater lake, visit Santa’s summer hideaway and go in search of the rare Saimaa ringed seal. Finland’s oldest city and its former capital, Turku, is another great destination for families. With an ancient castle, excellent museums and fun riverboat tours, there’s lots to keep kids and parents entertained. One of the highlights of visiting Turku, however, is definitely Naantali. This pretty harbour town is undoubtedly one of the best-looking in Finland and it also happens to be the gateway to magical Moominworld. If you’re looking for somewhere a little bit different to visit in 2020 with the kids then I can highly recommend Finland!
Iceland with kids
Iceland is definitely one of the places that I’m recommending as one of the best countries to travel with kids in 2020. We visited for a long weekend and managed to see Reykjavik, the Golden Circle and spend time in the Blue Lagoon; a ‘greatest hits’ tour that was the perfect introduction to Iceland. Reykjavik is a small, walkable city with lots to do for kids. There are some excellent museums, including the Maritime Museum and the Settlement Museum, colourful streets to wander along and plenty of weird and wonderful ice cream to try. We spent time wandering along the sea wall, admiring the city’s concert hall, Harpa. This beautiful building is made from shimmering squares of glass and lights dance across its surface. The sea front is also where you’ll spot the Solfrar, otherwise known as the Sun Voyager. If you’re planning to do the Golden Circle it’s well worth hiring a car and self-driving. This well known route takes in Þingvellir (Thingvellir) National Park that was once the site of Iceland’s parliament from the 10th to 18th centuries. The park sits in a rift valley caused by the separation of two tectonic plates. You’ll also visit the mighty Gullfoss Waterfall and the highly active Geysir Hot Spring Area with boiling mud pits and exploring geysirs, and the Secret Lagoon. It’s a well trodden path but for good reason, it’s absolutely beautiful. The Blue Lagoon is located near the international airport making it an easy stop on your way to or from Reykjavik. We enjoyed our visit but it’s busy and expensive, on our next trip to Iceland we’ll make sure to check out some other lagoons instead.
Belgium with kids
Belgium is often overlooked as family travel destination but the truth is that this small European country is a brilliant place to visit and another one of my picks of the best places to go in 2020 with kids. From the bright lights of Brussels, home to the beautiful Grand Place (a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most stunning squares in Europe), the excellent Comic Strip Centre and the cheeky Manneken-Pis, this is a fun place for a city break with kids. And that’s before I even mention the plentiful supply of frites, gooey, melt-in-your-mouth gaufres, and amazing chocolates that are for sale on seemingly every corner. Away from the capital there’s plenty to explore in Belgium with kids. One of our favourite places to go in Belgium is Durbuy, in Belgium’s Wallonia region. This picturesque city is filled with winding cobbled streets and timber-frame houses, surrounded by emerald-green rolling hills. But there’s more to Durbuy (pronounced Dur-bwee) than its fairytale looks, this medieval village is in fact “la plus petit ville du monde” (the smallest city in the world). Despite its size, however, Durbuy has lots to offer families including great walking, a fantastic adventure park, some fun outdoor activities such as fishing and herding goats, and some fascinating underground caves. Durbuy also boasts family-friendly accommodation and some great restaurants. We can’t wait to go back!
France with kids
Quaint towns and villages, epic beaches and majestic mountains await your family in France. Whether you’re traveling with young artists, writers, historians, adventurous eaters or outdoor enthusiasts, the country offers something for everyone and is one of the best family travel destinations for kids of all ages. Retrace history on the storied D-Day Beaches of Normandy. Bask in the fabulousness of the chic French Riviera and explore the nearby principality of Monaco, once known for its own American actress turned royal princess, Grace Kelly. Ski the Alps. Hike the Pyrenees. Explore the enchanted fairytale like island of Mont St. Michel. Visit the sprawling royal estate of Versailles. Meander through a mother lode of museums in Paris covering an array of topics ranging from art, literature and history to religion, military, and science. Take a class in making macaroons; go camping in the South of France; get a firsthand look at what inspired Monet by visiting Giverny; take a tour in an old 2CV around Lille; go on an amazing zipwire in the Ardennes and much more! France is a diverse country with a rich heritage of historic and natural sites to discover and explore with your kids.
Portugal with kids
Portugal is one of the easiest European countries for families to enjoy. Welcoming and child friendly, it has something for all ages and a variety of landscapes and opportunities to suit all needs. If you’re travelling with young kids then you can take comfort in the fact that Portugal is one of the best international places to travel with toddlers. If you like cultural tourism, Portugal is home to no less than 14 UNESCO Worlds Heritage Sites, including castles and forts that are guaranteed to pique the interests of even very young explorers. If you like nature, you can explore Sintra/ Cascais National Park and if you prefer the beach, you will be spoilt for choice: the Portuguese coastline is legendary, with its gorgeous weather and vast sandy beaches! Lisbon, Porto and Faro are the main gateway to Portugal but it doesn’t matter where you start: Portugal is sure to envelop you and your kids in its beautiful weather, delicious food and charming musing for a trip to remember!
Marta, Learning Escapes
Greece with kids
Greece. Photo Credit: Family Travel Magazine
Most people associate the sunsets, blue roofs, and white buildings of Santorini with the country of Greece. But this beautiful, historic country has so much more to offer, and is really one of the best holiday destinations for kids. Visit Athens, and explore the ancient ruins of the Acropolis and the new Acropolis Museum. Venture out to Delphi, the home of Apollo. Kids learning about ancient civilizations will especially appreciate the chance to see these ancient structures in person. But Greece isn’t all about learning. The islands, including Santorini and Crete, offer breathtaking views, delicious food, fun water sports, and so much more. Many of the islands offer a number of family-friendly resorts that cater to any family’s needs. Prices are reasonable, making it an even better option for traveling families. See more about our experience in Greece here. If you’re wondering where not to go in Greece with kids, then take a look at this post!
Jody, Family Travel Magazine
Cyprus with kids
Cyprus is definitely one of the best holiday destinations for families. Cyprus is a small island in the Aegean Sea that can be driven east to west in just 3 hours and North to South in about an hour. In that small space, you can see Ancient Ruins, Mountains, Beaches, and plenty of natural beauty. Cyprus is also home to the only split capital left in the world. Nicosia is split between Greek Cyprus and Turkish Cyrus and you can visit both. Near Paphos there are great beaches and a Turtle Sanctuary. Close to Limassol there are 2 important ancient Greek ruins. These ruins are in much better condition than anything we saw in Greece and with a fraction of the visitors. Aiya Napa hosts great beaches, a bit of a party vibe, and a fun waterpark. There are great restaurants all over Cyprus. Not only that, but the food is fantastic; think calamari, grilled haloumi, kebabs and plenty of dips.
Nicole, Family with Latitude
Slovenia with kids
For a tiny country, Slovenia sure packs a punch! From its lively capital, Ljubljana, you can reach almost anywhere else in the country in less than two hours, including the dramatic Julian Alps, fairytale Lake Bled, vast underground caves, hilltop castles and even a small but beautiful coastline. The Slovenian cuisine is divine, combining features from its neighbors Italy and Hungary with its own unique twist. We loved strolling along the Ljubljana riverfront and through the friendly farmers market. But dreamy Lake Bled was our favorite place – after an easy hike in nearby beautiful Vintgar Gorge, we relaxed on the grassy banks with Slovenians and other travelers, swam and watched the iconic boats paddling visitors to the island with its pretty church in the middle of the lake. Don’t forget dessert – the cream cake is delicious. For a great value as a destination that’s brilliant for kids, consider a Slovenia family holiday for your next family holiday.
Julia, Inspire World Travel
Scotland with kids
If your family loves history and the outdoors, Scotland should be on your list of the best places to visit with kids. Edinburgh is an obvious choice with kids but there’s plenty to do further afield as well. Adventurous kids will love exploring the castle ruins and dungeons, imagining what life was like when clans and even Vikings ruled these lands. The whole family can enjoy the mystical side of Scotland while discovering the many fairy legends on the Isle of Skye. If your family likes to hike, Scotland is a perfect destination; walking, hiking and biking trails are well maintained, and the right to roam assures that you needn’t worry about trespassing while exploring the great outdoors. Overall, we found Scotland to be easy to travel in, affordable and peaceful, and in today’s busy world, the rare sight of someone staring at their phones was a welcome change. Best of all, the people made our trip especially memorable – friendly, funny and laid-back, the Scottish people reminded us why travel is so rewarding.
Jenna, This Is My Happiness
Norway with kids
We recently visited Norway for the first time and were impressed by how family-friendly it is. We have always heard that Scandinavian countries are very easy to visit with children, but Norway still exceeded all our expectations; it really is one of our favourite travel destinations with kids. From play areas at the hotels and creative playgrounds all over the place, to the most kid-friendly hands-on museums we have ever visited – in Norway they really understand the importance of keeping the kids busy and entertained.
Whatever your family’s interests or travel style, you will find plenty of things to see and do in Norway with children. From hiking, kayaking, fishing, scenic train rides and boat trips to charming towns, quirky museums, and many cultural attractions – there is plenty of choice for everyone. I asked my kids what they enjoyed the most from our 2-week road trip in Norway and here are some of their favourites: hiking to the Pulpit Rock, learning how to can fish at the Norwegian Canning Museum in Stavanger, meeting real Vikings at the Viking Valley in Gudvangen, ‘fishing’ at the Norwegian Fisheries Museum in Bergen, riding the scenic Flam railway, and driving the scenic Trollstigen road.
Jurga, Full Suitcase
Switzerland with kids
Switzerland is a paradise for families. Mums and dads love our safe cities and clean and reliable public transportation but it’s our jaw-dropping scenery and fun activities that can turn kids who are normally attached to screens into kids who are happy to step away from the electronics and out into nature. In the winter you can ski, snowboard, sled, and snowshoe and in the summer months you can discover the mountains along kid-themed hiking trails with superb playgrounds and awesome views. But there’s more to Switzerland than just the beautiful mountains. Perhaps a well kept secret is its more than 1000 lakes just begging you to jump in and cool off on hot sunny days. Depending on your location, those lovely swimming spots are called “Badis” on the German side, “Lidos” on the Italian side and “La Plage” on the French side, usually have a lovely stretch of grass or sand as well as other creature comforts—some more extensive than others–where you can go to socialize and cool off with the locals. You will find these swimming spots in the mountains as well as the in the cities, including Geneva, and they are a great way to relax after a long day exploring. When looking for your next best destination for kids I would highly recommend choosing Switzerland.
Kristin, Simple Family Travel
Austria with kids
Austria is a dream family destination in any season and at any age. Visit the Lipizzaner stallions and enjoy delicious hot chocolate mit schlagg (with whipped cream) in Vienna during winter. You can also plunk your kids in ski school in the Alps, just a few hours by train from Vienna. One or two days might be expensive but a week of ski school is amazingly reasonable and a never-forget adventure with the world’s skiing experts. Summer in Vienna includes outdoor cafés, pubs with playgrounds, and wandering through the vineyards that ring the city. The country is steeped in history and art so there are plenty of traditional museums to enjoy, many with special exhibits for kids. Other museums are fantastic for kids as well. At the Haus der Musik, you can explore the music that makes Austria special and even conduct an orchestra. The new Optical Illusions Museum is a dream destination for teens who can easily take 100 funny pictures of themselves in a one hour visit. If you’re looking for the best holiday destination for kids then I would definitely recommend Austria!
Ashley, Family on the Loose
Germany with kids
While Germany or Deutschland may be more known for its beer and Oktoberfest, we’ve found it quite family-friendly and loved our visits there. For kids who enjoy fairytale stories, Germany has over 25,000 castles, castle ruins and palaces to visit. Many of them are well preserved to see the grandeur and fascinating history. We loved visiting the medieval towns and charming villages filled with colorful half-timbered houses. Germany is brimming with landscapes, fairytale trails and settings straight out of the Brothers Grimm storybooks (their birthplace). There are plenty of kid-friendly museums in cities for unique cultural and educational experiences, try Berlin for a brilliant European city break with kids. Many of them are free for everyone under 18 years old. Munich’s Deutsches Museum is the world’s largest science and technology museum and be sure to go to the Chocolate Museum in Cologne. Germany also holds some of the best Christmas markets when visiting during the holidays. If your family is an outdoor enthusiast, there are plenty of natural wonders and trails including the famed Black Forest area. My kids absolutely love Europa Park. This is Germany’s largest theme park and Europe’s second most popular. With over 100 attractions and events across 13 different European themed “countries”, it’s a family favorite. You also can’t go wrong with giant pretzels and bratwurst for snacks on the go. Germany is clean, a safe holiday destination for families and easy to navigate from their efficient transportation system to the well-connected autobahn.
Mary, The World is a Book
Ireland with kids
Thanks to Star Wars and Game of Thrones, Ireland is topping travel lists the world over and is pick for the best place to visit with family in 2020. A country with more than its share of otherworldly landscapes and dramatic castle ruins, Ireland is also relatively small, easy to navigate, and has the benefit of little to no language barrier for English speakers. But Ireland is more than a dramatic filming location. It’s a country filled with magic and mystery, history and hauntings, saga and scenery. It’s a country where castles (or ruins) appear around every bend of the notoriously windy roads, where stories are told nightly by a pub fire to the accompaniment of music, and where a warm welcome is guaranteed. The best way to explore Ireland is by car. And be sure to leave room in your itinerary to follow the road less traveled- that is where your memories will be made.
Jody, Ireland Family Vacations
Denmark with kids
Families looking for a destination that is safe and friendly with a variety of adventures will find the perfect vacation in Denmark. If your kids are interested in Vikings, you’ll want to head to Roskilde and the Viking Ship Museum. There’s an interactive village where kids can try on chain mail, watch a blacksmith at work, and even take a ride on a viking ship in the harbor. LEGO lovers should head to Billund, where the building blocks were invented. Of course there’s a LEGOLAND and even a life size LEGO house. In Copenhagen, kids will love Tivoli Gardens, one of the oldest amusement parks in Europe. Include time for a bike ride, walking along the Strøget, and cruising the canals. Be sure to sample the tasty food from street vendors and tour the royal palaces. Don’t forget the national parks, white sand beaches, and charming fishing villages. Denmark really has something for all ages!
Kirsten, Kids Are A Trip
Where to visit in the Americas with kids in 2020
Guatemala with kids
Our family trip to Guatemala remains one of our best family holidays, which is why it’s one of my top picks for family travel in 2020. Still relatively undiscovered by family travellers, this colourful Central American country is an incredibly friendly place to visit with lots of things for families to do. Start your trip in the colourful colonial town of Antigua, an easy place for wandering with plenty to keep kids busy such as chocolate-making workshops. From here head to Lake Atitlan, stopping at the colourful market of Chichicastenango along the way. You can’t visit Guatemala without visiting Tikal, one of the world’s most impressive pre-Columbian sites of Mayan civilisation. It’s a little out of the way, located deep within the jungle in the northern province of El Petén, but really can’t be missed!
Mexico with kids
Mexico makes a friendly and beautiful choice for families seeking a vacation destination. Northern neighbors from Canada and the U.S. find Mexico to be an easy-to-reach and affordable choice for travel with kids. Plus, even the pickiest of children tend to enjoy Mexican food, with tasty choices like tacos, quesadillas, and grilled chicken or steak available on most menus. Mexico’s culture emphasizes the importance of family, so kids are welcomed in most restaurants, often with special play equipment to enjoy. With over 5,300 miles of shoreline, many travelers flock to the country’s gorgeous sandy beaches. For those seeking a city getaway, Mexico City is the largest in North America and offers up tons of cultural and historic sites and museums. Mexico’s ancient ruins provide an educational opportunity for children and their parents, too. If you’re looking for a unique destination, I suggest that one of the best places to travel with children in Mexico is San Miguel de Allende in Guanajuato state. With its cobblestone streets, plentiful Spanish haciendas, and gorgeous central plaza — it feels like a slice of Europe with a side of guacamole.
Colleen, Travel Mamas
Jamaica with kids
Jamaica is a great destination for families. You might think that a trip to Jamaica with kids means staying in an all-inclusive resort but the good news is that there are plenty of other places to visit if big hotels are not your thing. Kingston, the capital, has some fun sights for families including Fort Royal, once home to swashbuckling pirates and ne’er-do-wells, and Devon House, a landmark mansion that is also home to excellent Jamaican patties and delicious homemade ice cream (if you’re wondering what else you should eat in Jamaica, take a look at this post). If you’re looking for sun and sand then Treasure Beach is a great option in Jamaica for kids. You will find no big hotels on Jamaica’s Treasure Beach (there is a two-story build limit), just a smattering of guest houses, AirBnBs and a few low-key boutique hotels. The coastline doesn’t boast the fine sandy beaches of the north, but what Treasure Beach lacks in virgin sands, it makes up for with a community vibe and a celebration of all things local. If you’re looking for a beach holiday with a difference, then Jamaica is my top choice for 2020!
Dominican Republic with kids
Home to independent boutique hotels and all inclusive resorts – as well as lots of lovely beaches – the Dominican Republic is a great winter destination for families and a top choice for 2020. For a Caribbean holiday with a European flavour, head to the Samana peninsula on the northeast coast of the Dominican Republic. Las Terrenas, home to a large French and Italian community, is a lovely place to stay (one of the best in the Dominican Republic) with a charming mix of cultures and cuisines. Plus there’s a picturesque beach nearby. There are also lots of activities in the Samana peninsula from visiting the Limon Waterfalls and whale watching to cave visits, mangrove kayak tours and more. If you do want an all-inclusive resort in the Dominican Republic then you can’t beat Club Med Punta Cana. This is family holidaying made easy with good food, a fantastic kids’ club and a partnership with Cirque de Soleil, which means the circus school is second to none. However you choose to explore the island, the Dominican Republic is definitely one of the best places to go with kids in 2020!
Colombia with kids
Colombia is pure magic and has the happiest people on earth; it’s our pick for where to go with family in 2020. Colombians will teach your entire family how to have fun as you discover a rich and diverse country teaming with things to do. Be the explorer in the ancient sacred cities, Bogota opens its arms to visitors like no other. At over 3000 meters high closer to the starts, this cosmopolitan city is full of contrasts that invite to enjoy culture and history. It is also the gateway to the rest of the country. You can conquer the Andes, explore the Amazon jungle, learn to dance salsa in Cali, Have a cup of coffee in The zona cafetera near Medellin and be a rancher in Villavicencio. Barranquilla invites you to its colorful carnival in February and While Historic Cartagena offers pristine beaches, plus island hopping. Colombia has it all!
Mena Pregi & Taty Pradilla, Cool.Moms.Cool.Tips
Peru with kids
Peru is long associated with ancient Inca history and the famous Machu Picchu. But those are just a small part of why a Peru family holiday is so incredible! Peruvians are warm and hospitable and they absolutely LOVE children. And the country itself is built like a playground. The mountainous terrain and green lush interior are perfect for climbing, exploring and learning about the amazing hummingbirds that flutter by. While the raw, desert coast is full of towering sand dunes, incredible marine life, and beautiful small towns. There is lots to do in Peru for parents as well. The country’s Pisco region is famous for wines and Pisco Sours. Peru is also one of the worlds top foodie destinations. Two of the top 10 restaurants in the world are in the capital of Lima. And every restaurant seems to offer its own unique take of classic Peruvian food that kids will absolutely love. Take a look at this post for tips on visiting Machu Picchu with kids
Kevin, Wandering Wagars
Canada with kids
Canada is a breathtaking and adventurous country to visit with your family and truly one of the best destinations for kids! If you are looking for city life be sure to check out Winnipeg and the Assiniboine Park Zoo to see the rescued Polar Bears. And the Canadian Museum For Human Rights to learn all about human rights in Canada and around the world. If you are looking for outdoor adventure head over to Banff National Park and Jasper National Park, in Alberta Canada. While you are there you can walk on a glacier, soak in a natural hot spring, and see some of the most beautiful lakes we have ever seen! Nearby Waterton National Park is also definitely worth a visit. If your family loves to get outside and hike and explore and maybe come across a bear or two then Jasper and Banff are the place for you. The scenery is out of this world and the hiking is some of the best we have done in North America.
Bryanna, Crazy Family Adventure
Bermuda with kids
Rich in history, boasting beautiful beaches, and full of activities, Bermuda really is one of the world’s best destinations with kids. This small British territory packs a lot in a small area. From the Royal Naval Dockyard with its National Museum of Bermuda to various forts, you can visit one-of-a-kind places. Other fantastic structures include St. Peter’s Church (more than 400 years old) and the Unfinished Church. Fort St. Catherine, with numerous tunnels and towers is a must-see. When you’re finished, cool off in one of many beaches, including the famous Horseshoe Bay with its pink sand and coves that create little calm pools perfect for the kids. And if it’s raining? Many child-friendly indoor options include the amazing Crystal Cave and Fantasy Cave and fun museums. At the Bermuda Aquarium, Natural History Museum & Zoo you’ll see hundreds of animals and a 145,000-gallon coral reef exhibit. The Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute is another fantastic facility with hands-on exhibits and a simulated diving experience. For more unique adventures on the island, try helmet diving, a whale-watching or glass-bottom boat cruise, swimming with dolphins at Dolphin Quest, or dancing along with Gombey troupes at one of the island’s many street festivals. Remember, you can’t rent a car in Bermuda, but taking a taxi or riding the bus is easy.
Patricia, Fairfax Family Fun
Alaska with kids
Alaska is one of North America’s most fantastical destinations and one of our favourite family destinations. With spectacular scenery and adventures for all activity levels, Alaska is the perfect multi-generational destination, appealing to the littles as much as it does to the elderly. From land focused trips to cruises and flight tours, a visit to Alaska allows families to experience it’s dramatic landscapes in various ways. America’s Last Frontier takes you back in time, allowing visitors to be enchanted by glaciers and massive snow covered mountains while bears roam the landscapes and whales and puffins cruise the seas. In addition to the abundant wildlife, you can experience native Alaskan cultures and history by panning for gold, visiting Native American totem poles and exploring the various influences left by Russia. With limited roads throughout the US’s largest state, the accessible areas of are easy to navigate by rental car, rail or by a tour. For the more remote areas of the state, families can enjoy small boat cruises and flight tours for an immersive experience. Alaska is perfect for families who love adventure, the outdoors and wildlife.
Karilyn, No Back Home
Chile with kids
Chile is my top family holiday destination for 2020. It’s stunningly beautiful, it’s diverse, it’s full of adventure, and it’s kid-friendly. Plus there’s very little jet lag if you’re coming from the US. I’d recommend starting in the mountains of Patagonia. We hiked and went horseback riding, and the kids had a great time seeing all of the animals – guanacos and rheas primarily but also some pumas. Tierra Patagonia is a great base. Then head to Santiago for a couple days for the food and culture before flying north to San Pedro de Atacama and the Atacama Desert. The desert is full of activities – far more than you would expect! There are geysers, salt flats with flamingos, other Chilean animals like vicunas and viscachas, hot springs, markets, mountain biking, and amazing sand dunes. And if that’s not enough, there’s Easter Island! The famous Moai statues are incredibly cool for adults and kids alike, but beyond the statues the island has a great Polynesian vibe – kind of a cross between Hawaii and Tahiti.
Eric, Travel Babbo
National Parks, U.S.A. with kids
Our family spent a good portion of 2017 exploring several National Parks in the US and for 2020, we see that trend continuing. America’s National Parks are fantastic, and we think they are great places to travel with kids, offering families a unique experience and family vacation. They offer something for everyone, and with such a diverse number of parks and terrain, families are certain to find an adventure they can all agree on. If you enjoy warm beaches and the ocean, consider Dry Tortugas, Virgin Islands, or Channel Islands National Parks. Mountain lovers will enjoy Rocky Mountain National Park or Great Smokey Mountains National Park. Hike through stalagmites in Mammoth Cave National Park, or shoot the rapids on the Rio Grande River in Big Bend National Park. With 417 parks, monuments, seashores, and other outdoor areas, it’s easy to find an adventure to suit your family, so start planning your 2020 trips today!
Carrick, Along for the Trip
Cuba with kids
Perhaps I’m biased as a first-generation Cuban American, but the island remains at the top of our list of best family holidays in the world. Venture out of the all-inclusive and into the streets of Havana or the countryside of Pinar del Rio to experience the true jewel of Cuba: its people! With mild temperatures and a culture that celebrates la familia, there are scarcely any areas in Cuba in which kids are not welcomed. For older kids, Cuba affords a wealth of first-hand education in history, political science and language with a testament to the incredible ingenuity of the Cuban people. Everything from outdoor adventure, cultural immersion, crystal-blue beaches, and colorful colonial cities bring adventurous parents to Cuba with kids. What are you most excited to explore?!
Vanessa, De Su Mama
Galapagos Islands with kids
Taking my daughter to the Galapagos Islands in 2015 easily ranks among the greatest trips we’ve ever taken. Located 620 miles off the coast of Ecuador, the archipelago features 18 major islands (many of which remain uninhabited) and 3 smaller islets spread across 3,040 square miles. Taking a small ship cruise with International Expeditions was a great way to explore Charles Darwin’s paradise, where the weird wildlife is utterly unafraid of humans. The magical memories were many: Standing next to Giant Galapagos Tortoises; being surrounded by hissing, spitting Marine Iguanas; swimming with playful Galapagos Sea Lions; and snorkeling alongside Galapagos Penguins. The Galapagos Islands is a great place to learn more about the science of evolution, the fragility of nature, and the importance of conservation. And in the process of learning and exploring these remote, rugged landscapes together, we strengthened family bonds that will hopefully last a lifetime. I’ve been to the Galapagos twice in the last five years – it’s one of the best family destinations in the world and I’d go back in a heartbeat!
Bret, Green Global Travel & Green Travel Media
Hawaii with kids
The land of aloha offers so much for the family traveller – gorgeous beaches, tropical trade winds, kid-friendly activities, lots of restaurant choices, and many familiar comforts of home. Each of the islands in the Hawaiian chain is unique, keeping the destination fresh for visitors who may return to favorite resorts year after year, or choose to island-hop in search of a spectacular sunset from a different beach. Hawaii is one of the best travel destinations with toddlers as well as active tweens and teens. Families will find plenty of ways to keep as busy, or as relaxed in a Hang Ten state as they wish. From hiking on Kauai’s rugged Na Pali coast, donkey-riding on Molokai, visiting Pearl Harbor or Waikiki on Oahu, snorkelling off Molokini and riding the sugar cane train on Maui, or building sandcastles on the black sand beach on the Big Island, Hawaii is a true family travel paradise.
Claudia, The Travelling Mom
Costa Rica with kids
Costa Rica is one the the best exotic vacations for families! Whether you’re into adventure activities like ziplining, white-water rafting, horseback riding, and surfing or you’re more in favor of relaxing in nature at beautiful beaches or hiking through lush rainforests, there is something fun to do in Costa Rica for EVERY age and interest level. Since it’s one of the 20 countries with the most biodiversity on earth, you have the chance to see amazing animals in the wild like sloths, monkeys, tree frogs, toucans, and parrots! This small country has two international airports to choose from, making it easy to get around and easy to find good flight deals to. It’s one of our top recommendations for families! Pura vida!
Sara, Mom Endeavors
Where to visit in Asia with kids in 2020
Asia is an amazing place to explore with children. With colourful cultures and some of the most beautiful scenery in the world, the only trouble you’re going to have is deciding where in Asia to go. My list of the best places to visit in Asia with kids for 2020 is shorter than I would like but the following are all fantastic family destinations. If you have somewhere you think should be added to this list, let me know!
Sri Lanka with kids
Beautiful Sri Lanka has had a tough time recently after the terrorist attacks in April 2019. But the good news is that the British Foreign Office has lifted travel restrictions to the country. Plus, security has been stepped up around the island. Sri Lanka really is a wonderful destination for families. This little island has something for everyone from culture and wildlife to adventure and beautiful buttery beaches. Toddlers will love the calm, swimmable waters and the turtle sanctuaries that can be found around Bentota. For big kids and teens, Sri Lanka is filled with activities from water skiing and surfing to canoeing and mountain biking. Sri Lanka is also the only country in the world where you can see the biggest land animal, the elephant, and the largest marine mammal, the blue whale, in one day. The southern coast of Sri Lanka is one of the best places in the world to see blue whales. Nowhere else in the world do these incredible creatures come so close to land, or are so reliably seen. Feel tempted to visit? Take a look at this post for some of the best things to see and do in Sri Lanka with kids!
Japan with kids
Our family fell head-over-heels in love with the enchanting Land of the Rising Sun – Japan. This magical, stunning, friendly country is one of the best places to travel with family. Whether you experience the famous Tsukiji fish market, Shibuya’s busy crosswalk, pop-culture central Harajuku, one of the eclectic theme cafes or Disney, Tokyo thrills children of all ages! Kyoto’s spectacular gardens, the Golden Temple, the Monkey Park, the many shrines, gyoza (mmmm!), and the elusive geishas captivated our family. The foodie capital of the country, Osaka, offers so much for families including a castle, and plenty of kid-centric attractions. A visit to historic Hiroshima teaches your children the importance of promoting peace. A relaxing escape to tranquil Miyajima Island rewards your family with ultimate zen and incomparable beauty. Discovering cities like Kamakura with its tremendous Buddha and Hakone with it’s fabulous outdoor art museum and famous black sulphur eggs that are said to add years to your life create wonderful memories. And seeing Mt. Fuji will leave you speechless! Japan’s gastronomic delights, historical sights, hospitality, kitschy pop-culture, and natural beauty enchants parents and children alike! Japan is also a great place to go skiing and, in 2020, Japan will be hosting the Olympics, giving you even more reason to visit.
Lisa, Hilton Mom Voyage & We Said Go Travel
Taiwan with kids
Taiwan is the perfect family destination! Often overlooked for more popular countries in the area, Taiwan is definitely worth a visit and is one of the best places to travel with kids in Asia. You will meet the friendliest people in the world, eat some of the best food anywhere and your child will feel like a rock star with all the attention (locals love kids!). The first Din Tai Fung opened in Taipei, so be sure to visit! We centered our stay around Taipei and it was really easy to get around using their color-coded MRT system. When exploring the city, you will stumble upon lots of playgrounds so the kids can get their energy out before continuing on with the day. Taipei has a children’s museum, lots of restaurants with play areas and a ton of things to entertain both adults and kids. Be sure to visit one of the many night markets in the area! It’s the perfect destination to experience an amazing culture and really great food. If you’re looking to explore beyond Taipei, this post details a family-friendly itinerary of Taiwan
Maggie, Milana’s Travels
South Korea with kids
South Korea is my pick for one of the best holiday destinations with kids. Travel to South Korea is seriously underrated, with many travellers heading to it’s neighbours Japan and China, but not to Korea. Korea has a tonne of natural beauty, fascinating culture and beautiful people. The food is amazing but can be spicy though BBQ is always a good bet. There are so many fun things to do in Seoul like palaces, markets and the world’s largest indoor theme park. The best part is that the Korean people love kids and are incredibly friendly, open and not afraid to chat with foreign visitors.
Bethaney, Flashpacker Family
Where to visit in the Middle East with kids
Egypt with kids
There are parts of Egypt that where travel restrictions and warnings are in place but there are other areas of the country that you can visit safely; there is no FCO advice against travel to Cairo, Alexandria, the tourist areas along the Nile and the Red Sea resorts of Sharm el Sheikh and Hurghada. Popular tourist spots have a strong police presence and the thousands of visitors who travel to Egypt every year have mostly trouble-free visits, which is why Egypt has made this list of the best places to visit in 2020 with children. Egyptians love kids and tourist safety is taken very seriously. Now is a perfect time to explore Cairo and the rest of Egypt as prices are still extremely affordable. In Cairo there are lots of things to do in Cairo for kids of all ages – where else can you explore what life was like 4,500 years ago in the morning, investigate a palace in the afternoon and then end the day with a quiet sunset sail down the mighty Nile? The port city of Alexandria on the north coast was once home to the largest library of the ancient world until it was lost to a fire. Today, it’s home to Bibliotheca, one of the biggest and most famous libraries in the world, and you can also visit the ruins of the Old Library as well. The city is also where you’ll find the Citadel of Qaitbay a 15th century fort on the edge of the Mediterranean sea. Sailing down the Nile is a once in a lifetime experience and the Red Sea resorts are the perfect destination for a relaxing family holiday. Egypt has a lot going for it, make sure you put it on your list of best places to travel with kids!
Jordan with kids
Jordanians are famous for their hospitality and warmth, and their country offers an astounding variety of adventure within a relatively small country. We visited with our two daughters and found it to be one of the best travel destinations with kids. Ride a camel to the historic archaeological city of Petra, hidden among sandstone cliffs. You’ll be astounded at the majestic classical buildings that appear almost magically as you ride through the deep caverns. Take a ride through the desert of Wadi Rum and sleep in a Bedouin camp. You can pretend you’re Lawrence of Arabia while the kids sled down sand dunes and scramble over rocks. At night, watch a star show unlike any you’ve ever seen. Stay in a resort by the Dead Sea, where older kids can marvel at the experience of floating in the salty waters. Watch the sun set over Israel on the opposite shore. If that’s not enough adventure, head to Aqaba on the Red Sea for snorkelling, windsurfing, and some of the best scuba in the world. For more ideas on travelling in Jordan with kids, take a look at these top 10 things to do.
Paige, All Over the Map
Australasia with kids
Australia with kids
Australia is our pick as the best country to visit with kids because there is no end to the adventures a family can have in this beautiful country. From hugging koala bears and searching for penguins near Melbourne to spending lazy days on the beaches in Surfer’s Paradise and Bondi; hiking through the lush greenery in the Blue Mountains and Daintree forests and biking through the desert around Uluru-there is just so much to see and eat and do. Our family of four spent six weeks flying and driving around the country in April and May and we can’t find a favorite part-we liked every place we visited and we all want to go back as soon as possible.
Terumi, An Emerald City Life