As the mid-year looms, is it time for a much-needed escape? If a family holiday is long overdue, we have three of the best destinations for whatever your preference – the beach, city or snow.
For the beach: Bali
Bali is renowned as an ideal location for a family trip.
Many hotels provide rooms and facilities specifically for families, and have affordable options depending on what area of Bali you decide to stay in.
To avoid hefty credit card surcharges and unnecessary stress on your holiday to Bali, it’s important to exchange currency or get a cash passport from somewhere like Travel Money Oz.
Things to do:
Waterbom Park can be found on Jalan Kartika Plaza and is a great day out for kids of all ages. There are a number of rides, pool lounges with natural shade, as well as shallow pools and mini slides for the little ones. Tip – try to get there on opening at 9am to get lounges near the slides, so you can keep an eye on the kids.
Sacred Monkey Forest Ubud Sanctuary is a cheap and fun way to spend a morning with the family. There are over 130 friendly monkeys in the forest, who approach and climb on visitors. You can also buy bananas from the markets outside the forest to feed to the monkeys. Tip – it’s best not to wear jewellery or sunglasses when visiting the forest, monkeys are curious creatures and tend to steal things.
Banjar Hot Springs can be found in the hills above Lovina beach. They are separated into three areas, dictated by their temperatures. Also, if you decide to stay for lunch you can find a fantastic restaurant (Komala Tirta) just before the entrance to the springs. Tip – don’t forget to take towels as they are not available at the springs.
For the city: Paris
Oh la la! Paris may not seem kid-friendly at first glance but there are tonnes of well-organised, exciting activities for the kids across the city.
Paris is not entirely kind on your wallet, but there are child-friendly restaurants, wonderful museums and markets – plenty of alternatives to queuing for the Eiffel Tower.
Things to do:
Ile de la Cité flower and pet market comes alive every Sunday right next to metro Cité. Vendors sell all sorts of animals including dwarf bunnies, ferrets, parrots and many are available for petting. If you plan on visiting Notre Dame, it’s close by and the perfect activity after braving the queues. Tip – be sure to bring some hand sanitizer for afterwards.
Disneyland Paris, found just outside the city, is just as fun as its American counterpart but with that European flair. Themed parades, show and rides will guarantee a day of smiles, and the park can be tackled within a day. Tip – invest in the Fast-Pass system to avoid ridiculous queues.
Canauxrama is the city’s aquatic thoroughfare – the best way to view the river Seine and the city. It’s a two and a half hour trip and will run whether there is rain or shine. Tip– by booking online you can save a few euros.
For the snow: Italian Alps
Italy is an international playground all year round and a popular destination for families.
Escape to the Italian Alps to experience some breathtaking scenery and snow activities such as skiing and tobogganing.
Travelling in Italy with kids is a trip back in time and a taste of everything that encompasses modern, family-friendly Europe.
Things to do:
Skiing, snowboarding and tobogganing down the slopes is ideal for the adventurous family. There are over a dozen major ski resorts and staff will help you hire appropriate snow gear to make a few days fun of it. Tip – do your research into resorts which cater to the age of your kids.
Hiking in Gran Paradiso National Park might not be your family’s thing but by the end of your hike you won’t want to leave! With its alpine ridges, meadows and snowfields stretching towards France, it’s a piece of paradise where Italian locals go to escape city life. Tip – be prepared for the hike and pack a backpack of necessities.