It’s important to plan regular family vacations before the kids zip off to college and start their own lives. Summer isn’t over yet so there’s still time to plan the family tour of a lifetime. Tick off your travel bucket list together while making new core memories that you’ll laugh about for years to come. If you’re wondering where to travel with your family, we’ve rounded up seven top family-friendly travel destinations to help inspire your next trip abroad.
What destination is always a good idea? Hawaii. These tropical islands dotted in the Pacific Ocean are like little drops of paradise on earth. Perfect for a family vacation, venture through unbelievably beautiful lush landscapes, wander picture-perfect beaches and enjoy stacks of outdoor activities in Hawaii. It’s the perfect place to visit with family of all ages from kids to teens. Learn to ‘wave slide’ in Waikiki, snorkel with sea turtles, and witness bubbling volcanoes in one unforgettable trip.
GET INSPIRED BY: Best of Hawaii
Ah, Italy. This European country has a way of grabbing hold of the hearts of those who are lucky enough to visit. Breathe in, slow down and embrace the “la dolce vita” while cruising about spectacular Italy while on a family tour. Of course, July and August are the busiest months, but the sun-kissed southern regions like Sicily, the Amalfi Coast and Puglia stay warm right through September and into October. That’s perfect if you’re looking for a last-minute summer family vacation!
GET INSPIRED BY: Southern Italy and Sicily
USA National Parks
With 61 national parks scattered across the United States, there’s no shortage of extraordinary natural wonders to explore. From wandering between 300-foot sequoia trees to peering over a mega canyon with two billion years of history, USA National Parks are wonderlands of education and adventure. Lace up those hiking boots and take the kids on the road for a late summer family vacation in the great outdoors. Together you could be exploring the natural sandstone arches in Arches National Park or the bubbling hot springs of Yellowstone.
GET INSPIRED BY: Five Epic National Parks
For somewhere truly unique, take a family tour through the remote desert plains and vibrant cosmopolitan cities of magical Morocco. Open your eyes – and educate your kids – to another culture, language and continent when you venture to northern Africa for a trip to remember. From the dunes of the Sahara to the souks of Marrakech, experience the bright colours, sweet scents and ancient traditions of this enchanting country. Morocco bakes in the summer months, so it’s perfect for a shoulder season, late summer or early spring family vacation.
GET INSPIRED BY: Spain, Morocco & Portugal
It’s impossible to avoid the charms of the Emerald Isle. Take the kids for a holiday of a lifetime while you explore the ridiculously beautiful landscapes, conquer ancient castles, dance a jig with locals and uncover the unexpected in Ireland. From the dramatic coastlines to lush green hills, to fun and funny encounters with the cheery locals, Ireland is a family vacation you’ll never forget – and will be talking about for decades to come.
Looking for the family vacation idea to beat all others? How about a safari drive in Kenya. Enjoy plenty of “pinch-me” moments together, making memories as you witness spectacular pink flamingos in Lake Nakuru, watch hippos rolling in a watering hole near your lodge, and go exploring to find the Big Five in the wilderness. Kenya is a quintessential African destination where you can meet the ancient Maasai tribes, explore open savannahs where the great migrations cross, and meet elephants, tigers and lions in the wild.
GET INSPIRED BY: Wonders of Kenya
At last New Zealand has reopened the borders, allowing the world to once again discover real-life Middle Earth. From the sea to the mountains, Aotearoa (the indigenous Maōri name for New Zealand) offers non-stop spectacular landscapes, friendly locals and tasty food. Cruise on the famous Milford Sound, city hop through Auckland, and enjoy local flavours like a mince and cheese pie. You’ve got time to plan the perfect family vacation to experience the best of NZ. You could even delay your family tour until Christmas when the southern hemisphere country experiences summer.
GET INSPIRED BY: Contrasts of New Zealand
Feeling inspired to book your next family vacation? Let us know which family friendly travel destinations you’re dreaming of taking the kids to in the comments below…