If you’ve decided that 2016 will be the year you take the family vacation of your dreams, you’re in luck! With the global economy on the mend, there are more and more options for families looking to get away and enjoy some quality time together in a beautiful location.
Family friendly vacations need to have a great mix of entertainment options that appeal to both parents and kids. We’ve picked some options to consider across a variety of different environments: a city, a resort, and the great outdoors.
Resort Life: Club Med Punta Cana
If you’re after a luxury beach experience that’s all inclusive and friendly for kids, you can’t beat Club Med. Punta Cana in general is a gorgeous island destination, and you’d have a great time at many of the resorts on the island, but Club Med specifically caters to families, offering a huge variety of activities.
The best part about this resort is their partnership with Cirque Du Soleil. The resort features an interactive acrobatic playground where kids can swing on a trapeze, walk on tight ropes, and bounce on trampolines. There are also many inclusive activities that will give parents the chance to go off on their own excursion while the kids are having fun under adult supervision.
City Life: London
With its huge variety of museums and parks, London is a travel destination in its own right, but it’s actually a wonderful family destination. Visiting many of the historic buildings is a great way to make history come alive for school age children, and older kids will love experiencing the shops and parks in the city. The efficient subway system is free for kids under five.
The South Bank of London, home to the Tate Museum, the London Aquarium, and the Southbank Centre, is a “step-free” zone, making it a great option for parents with strollers.
Outdoor Life: Vancouver
If you and your family want to get into the great outdoors, consider Vancouver! A relatively short flight away from home, Vancouver has impressive Pacific Northwestern weather and wildlife. Kids will love taking a Seabus to Northern Vancouver, sailing past soaring seagulls and floatplanes taking off.
Then they can walk across the Capilano Suspension Bridge, a staggering 230 feet high in the air. Check out Kitsilano Beach for a taste of the ocean. Inexpensive and close to the city, Kitsilano offers impressive views, playgrounds, and scenic nature walks that will expose kids to a variety of new plants and animals.
Every family is different, so shop around and find the best vacation fit for you and your family. We hope you have a great time!
Dominique Barba, CTC, ECC