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The 9 best family vacation destinations in the world

Dreaming of getting away with the family? Whether you’re looking for a short break or a bucket list family getaway, we’ve found the very best family vacation destinations around the world that have something for everyone, from toddlers to teens to grandparents. 

1. United Kingdom & Ireland

Roman soldier riding a horse along Hadrian's Wall England

From castles and ruins to vibrant cities and cuisines, the United Kingdom and Ireland are some of the best family vacation destinations. Start in the cities where there’s endless entertainment from Harry Potter movie locations and theatre shows in the West End. Dive into royalty at Buckingham Palace, or celebrate music royalty in Liverpool, the birthplace of the Beatles.

The fun continues as you head out of the cities. Experience life as a Roman soldier at Hadrian’s Wall or try your hand at archery at Winterfell Castle from Game of Thrones. You can even spend the night in the stunning Ashford Castle in Ireland. There’s even something for the little one… They’ll love spotting the real-life Jemima Puddleduck or Peter Rabbit in the Lake District that inspired Beatrix Potter. 

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2. USA

family of three holding hands looking out over Bryce Canyon National Park USA

The USA is one of the world’s most diverse countries, making it one of the very best family vacation destinations. Explore the Wild West, meet a real horse wrangler on a Montana Ranch, and learn about Native American culture. Spot humpback whales and glittering glaciers on a cruise around Alaska. Go snorkelling and relax on the beaches of Hawaii. Or tick the world’s best theme parks like Disneyland off your family travel bucket list. There really is something for everyone in your family in the USA.

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3. Japan

pathway through a bamboo forest japan

Japan is one of those countries that seem to have it all… And that’s why it’s one of the world’s best family vacation destinations. Shop up a storm in Tokyo or immerse yourself in traditional culture in Kyoto. Marvel at beautiful landscapes like cherry blossoms, ornate gardens, and explore Mount Fuji. Relax in an onsen pool or go temple or castle hopping. Learn about samurais or tea ceremonies, or dive into the futuristic fun of Tokyo’s arcades. Whatever you do, you’ll have an unforgettable time in Japan. And everyone will love riding the bullet trains!

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4. Greece

girl holding scarf walking along whitewashed wall Santorini greece

Looking for a vacation destination that everyone from the kids to the grandparents will love? Greece just might be the one for you! Everyone will love sailing around the beautiful islands like Santorini and Mykonos… Or get on land and dive into the ancient history of Greece in Athens, Delphi and Olympia. Let the grandkids splash in the ocean while you kick back with a glass of ouzo or local wine. Both enriching and relaxing at the same time, you can’t go wrong with Greece.

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5. South Africa

family on safari in Africa looking for animals

There are few experiences more extraordinary than a safari in South Africa. The whole family will be thrilled to head out on game drives to spot rhinos, lions, zebras and more. Imagine getting up close to an elephant, or watching the magnificent sunsets over the savannah. You’ll even get to stay in stunning lodges in the heart of the South African wilderness. It’s a truly special experience that everyone will be talking about for years to come. 

6. New Zealand

forests and mountains surrounded blue water bays and sandy beaches Abel Tasman New Zealand

If you’re looking for variety, New Zealand has got to be on your family travel bucket list. Thrill-seeking families will love activities like bungee jumping, jetboating, skiing, and white water rafting. If you’re a nature-loving family, there are endless wonders from glaciers and volcanoes to beaches, lakes and even glow-worm caves. And if your family prefers the finer things in life, you’re in for a treat in New Zealand too. Imagine gorgeous wineries, lavish spas and hot springs with breathtaking views, and restaurants serving up the best local produce.

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7. Costa Rica

girl looking at a plant Costa Rica

If your family loves adventure, you’ve got to visit Costa Rica. It’s one of the best family vacation destinations in the world and for good reason. You can get active with thrilling activities like volcano ziplining and walking along the Arenal Hanging Bridges to spot wildlife. Or indulge in more relaxed activities like cruising the canals of Tortuguero National Park and soaking in thermal pools. Get immersed in the unique wildlife by spotting sloths in the jungle or watching sea turtles hatching on the shore. Or learn about Costa Rican culture by meeting a local family on their farm. Your family is sure to cherish this vacation forever.

8. Singapore

Gardens By The Bay night time light show Singapore

Singapore is so much fun! It’s famed for its family-friendly attractions like Sentosa Island, Universal Studios and the amazing Singapore Zoo. There are also vibrant food markets where you can try all kinds of delicious cuisines. Explore the beaches, jungles, waterfalls and the most incredible gardens you’ve ever seen. Or tick off some of the megamalls, museums, galleries and exhibitions… And don’t miss the Gardens By The Bay light show! The whole family will find something to love in Singapore.

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9. Italy

family enjoying al fresco lunch Italy

Italy is one of the world’s favourite family vacation destinations and for good reason. People of all ages will fall in love with Italy, whether it’s the food, art, history, fashion, or stunning landscapes. Watch Ancient Rome come to life as you dress up like a gladiator and visit the famous Colosseum. Indulge in pizza, pasta and gelato on the shores of the Italian Lakes. Snap some memorable photos at the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Trevi Fountain, or on a gondola ride in Venice. Marvel at Michaelangelo’s frescoes in the Sistine Chapel or enjoy a pizza-making class in Rome. Family fun is endless in Italy!

What are your favourite family tours or getaways? Let us know in the comments below!

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