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.

Hey I'm Aaron, a 29 year old university graduate who needed a break from studying and to see more of the world before deciding what I'm really going to do with my life. I'm hoping to see as much of the world as possible and through writing my experiences down on my website maybe encourage or inspire other people to do the same. Travel is broadening my mind and opening more possibilities than I have ever known before and I hope to be able to convey this in my writing for the readers to enjoy. Stay tuned and who knows where I'll end up