These holidays gift your loved ones something more than toys and gifts- gift them the chance to make memories for a lifetime. A family holiday is the best way to come together and bond over shared experiences. This is why going on a family holiday at least once a year is as important, as making it a memorable one. The perfect family holiday is one where you see and experience things together, so, the destination you choose needs to be one which has something to interest everyone. Here are a few destinations to think about when planning your next getaway as a family.
Enjoy Outdoor Activities in Europe
The charm of Europe with its fascinating destinations and experiences can prove irresistible when planning a family vacation. The city of splendours, as Ernest Hemingway called Paris, tops the list of family-friendly cities on the continent. Besides the magnificent Eiffel Tower, it is also home to Disneyland Paris which is a sure-fire hit with children and those young at heart. Glide down the canals of Amsterdam in a boat or rent bikes for the whole family to explore the city. Spend some memorable moments at the Keukenhof Tulip Gardens and let the kids have hands-on fun at the Science Center NEMO. When in Switzerland, be sure to go on a chocolate factory tour and satisfy your sweet cravings with some free samples! Matterhorn Glacier Paradise and the open air Museum at Ballenberg are some other fun attractions.
Marvel at Manmade Wonders in Dubai
A great blend of the traditional and the contemporary, Dubai has soaring skyscrapers rubbing shoulders with the mysterious sand dunes of the desert. Go up to the observation decks of the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, for breathtaking views of the pulsating city, be dazzled by the jewellery on offer at the Deira Gold Souk, and enjoy a dinner cruise aboard a dhow in Dubai Creek. Younger visitors are sure to be thrilled by attractions such as IMG Worlds of Adventure, Dubai Aquarium, Atlantis Aquaventure Waterpark, Ski Dubai, and Children’s City. Fit in a desert safari and don’t miss out on shopping for souvenirs at the Dubai Mall.
Fun Time in Malaysia
With many theme parks, animal farms, and aquariums Malaysia is a dream come true for families with children. Legoland and Sunway Lagoon are theme parks that promise endless hours of fun. Take the cable car ride to Genting Highlands or bathe the pachyderms at Kenyir Elephant Conservation Village. Pet the cuddly inmates of Farm in The City and explore the underwater world at The Shore Oceanarium in Melaka. Check out the Chocolate Museum at Kota Damansara and head for some Go-Karting fun at Sepang International Circuit. In Putrajaya, enjoy hot air ballooning or go on a lake cruise. Don’t forget to enjoy water sports at some lovely beaches at Penang and Langkawi.
Make Memories in Spectacular Singapore
A melting pot of South Asian cultures, Singapore is all about fun, food, and frolic. The Singapore Zoo with its night safari, the Botanic Gardens, Gardens by the Bay, and Jurong Bird Park are all examples of how this tiny nation has managed to balance ecology and development. Shop till you drop at Chinatown, Little India, Orchard Road, VivoCity, and Mustafa Centre and sample the exotic dishes on offer from the best of Indian, Malay, and Chinese cuisines at Marina Bay Sands and Clark Quay. Universal Studios is for young and old alike, and if it’s thrills you seek, go indoor skydiving on Sentosa Island.
Commune With Nature in Australia
Famous for its kangaroos and koalas, Australia is an ideal location for a leisurely family holiday. It is blessed with an abundance of nature’s wonders, of which the Great Barrier Reef is a good example. Take a catamaran trip to explore atolls and go scuba diving especially if you have teens. Enjoy the spectacular beaches along the Gold Coast, hit the theme parks and aquariums in Melbourne and visit Australia Zoo in Queensland. Don’t miss the view of Sydney Opera House from a boat cruise in Sydney Harbour and capture the sunset at Uluru, also known as Ayer’s Rock. Be sure to catch the Penguin Parade on Philip Island and fit in a trip to Kangaroo Island for sea lions, koalas, and of course, kangaroos!
Be Amazed at Scenic Sri Lanka
Being an island nation, there is no dearth of spectacular beaches in Sri Lanka. Bentota and Negombo near Colombo, and Unawatuna near Galle top the list of beaches to visit. Mirissa Beach with its golden sand is the perfect place to go on a whale watching cruise. The famous Yala National Park offers opportunities for wildlife safaris, and you might be able to spot leopards, sloth bears, and plenty of exotic birds. Horton Plains National Park is a favourite with hikers while the wetlands and lagoons of Bundala National Park are home to plenty of crocodiles. For an experience to be cherished, visit Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage where you can feed the gentle animals and watch them bathe in the river.
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