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Beautiful Adriatic Bay and the Village near Split, Croatia

What you look for in a vacation destination changes drastically after you start a family. But that doesn’t mean you have any fewer options than before.  There are some amazing family-friendly destinations that can be found nearly anywhere on the planet. Here are just a few of your top options.

Croatia

If you’re craving for a bit of that European culture you might as well start with Croatia. It is considered one of the best vacation spots for kids in Europe.

If you have the kind of kids that love to explore, you will want to check out the caves in Croatia. One of the most popular is the Festinsko Kraljevstvo. Here your kids can explore the open spaces, discover the natural sculptures, and enjoy the children’s park. There’s even a bar outside for Mom and Dad to enjoy.

And who doesn’t love a day at the beach? Croatia has sandier, family-friendly beaches to offer than you could ever ask for. But don’t just stop there. If you’re visiting between the months of April and November you will have ideal weather to go sailing or take a ferry ride to one of the beaches for a morning swim in a quiet bay and spend the afternoon exploring the villages and building sand castles.  

Costa Rica

Whether you want to relax, or you’re up for a little adventure, Costa Rica is the ideal place to take your family on your next vacation. Give Mom a break and stay at one of the many, beautiful resorts where you won’t have to lift a finger while the kids have the time of their lives.

Spend the morning hiking to a volcano or waterfall, swimming in the hot spring, zip-lining through the jungle, or horseback riding. Then take the afternoon off to relax by the pool or at one of the many beaches. One especially popular beach is Playa Manuel Antonio. The water is warm, clear and great for surfing. The whole family will stay entertained by the many monkeys inhabiting the surrounding areas.

If your family enjoys the monkeys at the beach, they’ll be especially excited to visit one of the many wildlife sanctuaries. There they will see wild birds, sloths, and many more species up close while learning about conservation and caring for the animals.

Thailand

Something that will stand out to your whole family is the hospitality and general friendly nature of the Thai people, especially when it comes to children. Because of the respectful, family oriented culture, it is known to be an overall safe country to travel in with children.

Railay beach in Krabi Thailand

A super fun way to experience Thai culture is to visit a floating market. The locals paddle through narrow waterways selling various, colorful souvenirs, and authentic food. It’s a special way to soak up the sights, sounds, smells, and flavors of Thailand. Two exceptional floating markets are Khlong Lat Mayom and Amphawa.

No visit to Thailand is complete without an unforgettable experience of visiting an elephant sanctuary. Your child will be able to have an up-close encounter with one of the biggest land animals. They can even have the opportunity to feed and swim with these gentle giants. It will be an experience that they’ll be talking about for the rest of their lives.

Australia

The activities available for your family in Australia are too many to count. In Sydney alone will be able to explore parks, beaches, zoos and aquariums. There is even a dinosaur museum, several amusement parks and indoor skydiving.

If you’re looking to get outside of the city, venture to the Australian Outback. Uluru is a good place to start where you can explore the magical red monolith, ride a camel, and go sightseeing in a helicopter.

You can’t visit Australia without spending a day at the Great Barrier Reef. Although it will take some time and planning to make it to these beaches due to the infrequent flights and boat launches, it is well worth the wait. Be sure to take time to do some snorkeling and scuba diving to soak up the captivating underwater life.

As you plan your next family vacation, don’t forget to check out these destinations to give your family the vacation they will never forget.

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Top 5 European Cities - Rome
Top 5 European Cities - Rome

When selecting where to travel and what to do while you’re there, is crucial that you have a good idea ahead of what you’ll find on each site to make an informed and thoughtfull decision. I’ve created this simple Top 5 of European Cities with a short description of what you can visit on each one to be used as a simple guide when planning a trip to the Old Continent.
#5 Amsterdam
First thing you’ll notice is the lack of tall buildings and traffic on one of the most important and visited cities in the continent, yet everything is smaller and more candid, from the cars to the old narrow houses to its stone streets, and bicycles, Vespas and the tram are the main meanings of transportation. Book a tour on boat through the main canal, and visit some of its many museums. As must would be the Stedelijk Museum of modern art, the Museum het Rembrandthuis with Rembrandt’s workshop, and the Van Gogh Museum, that holds the larger collection of the author’s work in the world.
#4 Madrid
As place of residence for the Royal Family, you can’t miss the Royal Palace with its 130 meters wall with hundreds of windows and balconies. Visit the famous Puerta de Alcala (Door of Alcala) and the Puerta del Sol (Door of the Sun) in the Plaza Mayor, in the very heart of the city. Prepare to be impressed by the Cuatro Torres Business Area (or Madrid Arena), place for the tallest buildings in the country.
#3 Rome
a.k.a Eternal City, with more than 3 thousand years old. I’d recommend you separate your days between doing the tour through the ancient part of the city and the religious part. From the Ancient Rome, you can’t miss visiting the magnificent Coliseum with its tunnels and dungeons, the Pantheon and the Roman Forum. From the Roman Catholic part, of course you can’t leave without visiting San Peter’s Churche in the Vatican, where Miguel Angel painted the Creation of Adan on the roof of the Sistine Chapel.
#2 London
Ride the famous Underground (tube for the locals) for transport or the Double Decker Bus to visit the neightbourhoods of Notting Hill and the Soho on the West End. Go up on the London Eye for the best panoramic view of the city and visit the London Tower, a must for the ones who want to appreciate its historic value.
#1 Paris
a.k.a City of Brighting Lights. The first recommendation would be that you try to separate at least 4 or 5 days on your trip just for this beauty. It has a vast quantity and different type of museums, but the ones you definitely don’t want to miss are the Louvre, the George Pompidou for Modern Art and the sculptures garden in the Rodin Museum. You also can’t leave before you have a glance at the city from the top floor of the Eiffel tower, visit the Arc du Triomphe or take a closer look at the gargoyle statues on the top of the Notre Dame Gothic Cathedral.