When you have a young baby, the idea of travelling abroad can be very daunting – long flights, too pricey, too hot – but this doesn’t have to be the case! Choose wisely, do some research and you’ll find numerous family-friendly holiday destinations. Here are 5 holiday ideas to get you inspired:
Disneyland is an obvious choice for kids, but it’s also a superb choice for adults with babies too. We all grew up watching Disney films, and being inspired by the magic. A trip to Disneyland Paris is not only a nostalgic trip into our own childhoods, but now you can share the magic with your baby too. Just think of all the cute photographs you’ll be able to get with Mickey and the gang to show to your child in the future. Keep in mind; Disneyland can become extremely expensive depending on where you stay. There are some great deals to be had though, especially if you can book in advance and go outside of normal summer holiday times – ideal for babies and toddlers who aren’t in school yet.
With a flight time of around 4 hours from the UK, Lanzarote might seem a little tricky for some families, but if you can all survive the travel, this island is a paradise for adults and children of all ages. Lanzarote is full of all-inclusive resorts, which can make your trip far more affordable, especially if you can book within off-peak season. Not only is this cheaper, but it’ll mean you won’t be there at the height of scorching heat. Perfect for relaxing, one of the best activities on this island is spending the day at the beach. Opt for child-friendly beaches like Playa Flamingo in Play Blanca or Playa Chica in Puerto del Carmen, which are frequented by families. For a day out, Timanfaya National Park offers bus tours around the futuristic ‘mars-like’ landscape and The Rancho Texas Park has the island’s biggest zoo, with plenty of activities for kids of all ages.
Greece is incredibly accommodating for families with young children and Crete is no exception. Many of the local hotels have great amenities for young children, including staying for free, providing a cot, kid’s activities and even heated kid’s pools perfect for learning. These hotels can become very expensive, though, especially if you want to visit in summer. You may find it more cost- effective to rent a local villa. These have the advantage of being more private, more flexible, and having their own kitchens so you can prepare your own food. Known as being an incredibly safe place to travel with children, however, keep in mind that Crete gets a strong cross-breeze that often masks just how warm the weather is – this means that heat stroke can become quite common. Places like Elafonsi beach, with its turquoise waters and pink sand, are very popular with young families, especially as there are tiny lagoons splendid for dipping tiny toes into. The Cretaquarium also has lots of fish and wildlife to see.
Also in Greece, Halkidki is one the country’s best-kept secrets, and it is also one of the best places in Europe for those travelling with a baby. The Sani Beach Club is a resort hotel in the region that comes with a brilliant idea included in your room – a 30-minute babewatch! This means that, for no extra cost, an accredited babysitter will look after your baby for half an hour a day so you can take a well-earned dip in the pool. The hotel also offers longer creche services for babies over 4 months, perfect if you wanted to have a romantic dinner together. In order to explore the area, you really need to rent a car and drive to the various beaches and water parks nearby.
Portugal is a superb destination for a young family due to its safe beaches, numerous budget flights, and a lower cost of living. Central Algarve has plenty of family resorts including Porto Pirata, which is a massive pirate-themed resort. It has plenty of activities for the kids, including a life-size pirate ship and children’s park for ages 6 months and above. Overall, the region is very family friendly and all the local supermarkets will have everything you need, so you don’t need to worry about your baggage allowance or running out of essentials. Generally, children under 2 stay for free in hotels and cots are available in most.
Travelling with a baby can seem daunting – especially if you worry about annoying other passengers on a flight. Just keep in mind; other families are travelling to most of these destinations too. Try to aim for a flight time of under 4 hours and contact your airline beforehand – they should be able to accommodate you at a partition aisle and provide an airplane cot. Taxi wise, you probably shouldn’t rely on these having baby seats available. It’s likely to be easier to hire a car and pre-book a baby seat instead. This will give you more flexibility to travel on your holiday too.