Here, in a post by one of my family travel writers, you can find some good and cheap destinations for your family trip along with useful tips to make your vacation a success!
The first love, the first job, the first car—indeed, all those “first things’ have their special place in our life. After all, these were those moments which first time came into our life!
So, it is quite obvious to understand your enthusiasm ahead of your first overseas family trip! Yes, the first time you will visit those amazing places which you might have only seen in movies and television.
And now, summer is here and it is the right time to take a family trip.
However, whether you are travelling with elderly people, teenagers, kids, or toddlers, it is pertinent to choose the right destination to ensure every family member has a great time. A few of the best family friendly vacation destinations are listed below which I am sure your brood will never forget.
Note, considering that you are travelling with your family, I have picked some affordable destinations which are not too far from India and are good for you if you are travelling with senior citizens and toddlers.
- Singapore: An ideal destination for a short holiday, it is an apt choice for every family member. Apart from the high-end shopping malls and fine dine restaurants, Singapore offers a range of options for child friendly parks and gardens. Don’t forget to explore the dining options near Clarke Quay. It has an excellent public transportation system that makes it easy to commute. Don’t forget to visit the Singapore Flyover which not only gives you an amazing view of the Singaporean skyline but also reaches to the spice islands of Indonesia and Malaysia.
- Nepal: Just cross the border from India and a beautiful country like Nepal is ready for you to explore. Apart from a gateway to the Himalayas for adventurous people, Nepal presents the perfect mélange of traditional and contemporary values. Thamel, the commercial neighborhood of Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal, has tons of shops which are selling everything from mountaineering gear to souvenirs. Often referred to as a utopia of natural beauty, Nepal offers a lifetime experience to patrons.
- UAE: With its iconic skylines and world famous beaches, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) offers a lot for both family and solo travellers. Dig into the country’s Bedouin past on sparkly nights before exploring its wonderful forts. Though, it may take a while for an outsider to look beyond the glamour of Dubai, the largest city of the UAE, for which it is known for, you can find some more amazing things in this incredible city to explore. A long walk around the old Bastakiya district is a must do for history lovers.
Then there is a Deira Gold Souk which you should visit even if you don’t want to splurge on gold. At least, you can proudly say it in front of others—yes, I have visited Gold Souk. Desert safari and dune bashing are there to give you a glimpse of Dubai. Then there is Abu Dhabi, the capital of the UAE, which has Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, the major sightseeing attraction.
- Qatar: Witness the culture and heritage of Doha, the capital city, in the ethnic city of Qatar. With its traditional artifacts, ancient ruins and civilisation, Qatar is living up to the expectations of the vast cultural heritage of Western Asia. The glittering skyline of Qatar at night when lights on stylish towers reflect in a pristine clear water of the Persian Gulf gives great photography opportunities.
- Sri Lanka: With its white elephants, ancient heritage and precious stones, Sri Lanka has seduced travellers of all age groups with its beauty. Poised just above the equator in the Indian Ocean, the country offers an array of extraordinary places to visit within its physical dimensions. If you are a shopaholic, the huge market of Colombo will surely interest you. For seafood lovers, it’s a paradise!
- Malaysia: One of the most popular destinations for Indians, Malaysia is a country that can’t be explored in one trip only. The great thing about Malaysia is that whatever travel means to you or what type of traveller you are, you can easily find something here for you that will fulfill all your wildest travel fantasies. The pristine clear beaches of the country are the perfect secluded relation spots for you and your family. If any one of your group members is a history lover, then wander the streets of George Town, a UNESCO heritage city, that is packed with historical gems. For some adventure, visit Snake Temple where real snakes live!
Now, when you have decided where you want to travel, here are some useful tips to ensure a peaceful family trip abroad:
- Book two or more bedroom suites: Instead of booking one standard hotel room, choose accommodation that offers one or two bedroom suites. Though you will pay little more for this convenience, a good sleep at night is important for having a relaxing trip.
- Make reservations: Do yourself and your family members a favour and make all hotel and transportation reservations ahead of time to avoid unnecessary delays.
- Travel light: Did you know most of the popular international family destinations offer services for families, like car seats, strollers, woolen clothes, etc.? So, do good research before travelling and ditch stuff that you can easily find to rent.
- Slow down: This is one of the most important tips which I want you to always keep in your mind if you are travelling with your family. Don’t try to replicate the way you used to travel during your solo trips. Instead of squeezing too many activities or sights into your day, reserve lots of time for family relaxation. Remember, travel is supposed to be fun and not some activity that you have to do if you want to have fun! Simply being with family should be enough to have a nice trip.
- Buy travel insurance plan: This is self-explanatory. Whether you are travelling alone or with family, a mishap can arise to disrupt your journey. And when more people are travelling together, the chances of meeting with an accident are high. Moreover, if you are travelling to the Schengen area, you actually have to go with a Schengen travel insurance with a minimum coverage of EUR 30,000.
So, insure your journey with a comprehensive travel insurance policy, which in addition to medical coverage, covers various other perils like loss of baggage, missed flights, loss of passport, flight cancellation, etc.
Remember, choosing the right destination can make or break your family trip. Though it is necessary to consider the needs of your kids (if you are travelling with them), don’t forget to include some of your favourite places also in your itinerary. Long flights can be tedious and hard on some of your family members, especially kids and senior citizens. Moreover, when you travel in a group, you can easily find discounts on flight prices.
Believe me, family travelling is not something that you should put on hold until your kids get older. Though you might have to plan a little bit more than you would have done in the case of solo travelling, you will be glad to see the positive impact a vacation has on your family!