When it comes to deciding on a family-friendly vacation destination, it’s hard to get everyone to agree. And as a travel-loving mom, you probably want to go a bit off the beaten path or cross international borders. If you are skeptical of mixing family vacations and holidays abroad, here are five surprising ideas for family trips abroad that may change your mind.
Paris, France. You may want to shop for designer kids clothing online before you whisk the family off to one of the most fashionable cities in the world, but it will be well worth the effort. It’s true that Paris is for lovers, but it also has enough chocolate shops and public fountains to keep little ones entertained. In addition, they’ll get just as much of a kick out of ascending the Eiffel Tower as you do.
Grand Cayman in the Cayman Islands. If you’ve been aching to go to the Caribbean but want a vacation spot that the whole family will enjoy, look to the Cayman Islands. This trio of tiny land masses in the Caribbean sea is full of opportunities for aquatic discovery for kids–and adults, too. Stingray City is a unique twist on scuba diving, or the family can hop aboard a real-live submarine to journey into the deep blue sea. Afterwards, you can even pet sea turtles on a beach farm for one last animal encounter.
Edinburgh, Scotland. When you think of the United Kingdom, your mind will probably first wander to London. But Edinburgh is a great place for kids because of its rich and entertaining Scottish tradition. Take family trips to Edinburgh Palace and the National Gallery of Scotland while marveling at the lush green scenery that covers the countryside. Not to mention, you could simply frame this destination as the birthplace of J.K. Rowling to get younger family members revved up and ready to go.
Brooklyn, NY. It may not seem like the most exotic vacation destination, but Brooklyn offers the advantage of being the most family-friendly boroughs in one of the world’s most diverse cities. You can hop from the Brooklyn Children’s Museum to the New York Aquarium and then over to Coney Island for entire summer days filled with fun.
San Jose, Costa Rica. It’s known as ‘the happiest place on earth’ and for a good reason. Even in the heart of the capital, you’ll be surrounded by forested areas, which makes for easy travel to some colorful and mind-blowing nature expeditions that will rock your kids’ socks off. But even still, you’ll have quick access to the National Museum of Costa Rica, canopy tours through the rainforest and horseback riding in the mountains. Top it all off by buying tropical themed souvenirs to take home for a complete and satisfying trip.