The best places to travel with toddlers should have plenty of fun attractions, lots of space to run wild and enough to keep parents interested too. We know how important it is to plan ahead when kids are on holiday, so we've narrowed down our top 5 destinations for holidays with toddlers.
Stuggling to pick your next break with the little ones? Struggle no longer - here are our top picks for holiday destinations your toddlers will love.
Berlin has heaps of activities for children and adults of all ages and all interests. Animal lovers are in luck as Germany's capital boasts Zoo Berlin, Tierpark Berlin and Sealife Berlin - three great attractions that are home to a wide range of animal species. The Berlin TV Tower also makes for a great day out with the kids. It offers some of the best views in the city from a whopping 368m high.
Dubrovnik is a beautiful city in southern Croatia bordering the Adriatic Sea. It's a surprisingly kid-friendly destination and has lots on offer for visiting families. Adventurous water babies will love kayaking and snorkelling around the hidden coves. Parents can soak up the spectacular natural scenery of the Old City of Dubrovnik, a recognised UNESCO World Heritage Site. Once the kids are tired out, grab a spot on one of Dubrovnik's many sandy beaches and catch some well-deserved rays.
While Rome is famous for being a city of history and culture, it's also got plenty to intrigue little ones. Try a pizza-making experience to learn the secrets of cooking like a Roman local or book a gelato tour to taste the finest ice-cream the city has to offer. Kids will love the Colosseum too while listening to tales of fighting gladiators and ferocious lions.
Reykjavik is a very family-friendly destination with lots on offer to keep kids interested. The centre is clean, safe, modern and compact, making it the perfect city to navigate on foot during the summer months. Visit during April to experience The Reykjavík Children's Culture Festival which takes place in the Icelandic capital every year. The Festival aims to introduce kids to a wide range of cultural opportunities through exciting workshops and performances.
Dublin is a fantastic city to experience with children. There's a ton of green space to let the kids run wild and plenty of indoor attractions, once the temperatures start dropping. Dublin Zoo is an obvious choice to keep everyone entertained. There's a great opportunity to relax, get up close and personal with the animals. If you want to escape the bustle of the city, check out Malahide Castle, 9 miles north of central Dublin.
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Tips for Travelling with a Toddler
Every parent knows that travelling with toddlers can be a stressful experience. With enough research and preparation, holidays with little ones can create some of the most magical memories life has to offer. Take a look at our top tips below to make the ride as smooth as possible.
The more preparation you do before the trip begins, the easier things will be once you're there. Pack smart for day trips - bring extra clothes, extra snacks, extra everything to make sure you're never caught short halfway up a mountain in the middle of nowhere. Bring things to keep the kids interested on long journeys too, like colouring books and travel games.
Give yourself a break
Holidays with toddlers can be a very rewarding experience. However if you need a quick break to catch your breath lots of holiday destinations offer the option to drop the kids off for a few hours . Whether it's kids' clubs, ski schools or swimming lessons, it's a great way to stay sane and take some well-deserved me-time!
If you're travelling to a destination with radically different weather, make sure you're well-prepared. Bring hats, high-SPF sun cream and plenty of water bottles to keep safe in hot climates. Make sure you and the kids have the required vaccinations before travelling anywhere exotic. Don't forget to pack bite creams and mosquito protection, if needed.
Your mantra when travelling with toddlers should be 'expect the unexpected'. Even though planning is important, sometimes it's impossible to stick to strict sightseeing schedules when little ones are in the mix. If you're tired out, don't feel bad about heading back to the hotel for a few hours to rest or letting the kids watch TV to keep them occupied.
Turn up early- everywhere
There is nothing more stressful in life than running through an airport to catch a flight with tired kids and heavy suitcases in tow. Avoid the inevitable mad rushes by giving yourself plenty of time to get to airports, train stations and attractions with timed ticket entrances.