It used to be incredibly difficult to find destinations for a holiday that would please every member of the family, keep everyone entertained and ensure a great holiday all round. However, family friendly holidays have evolved considerably in recent years, with many resorts in destinations all over the world now having activities, events and excursions that will please family members both young and old.
With summer 2022 on the horizon, if you are on the lookout for a fantastic family friendly destination for your next getaway, detailed below are four options, which you can couple with family cover from Debenhams, that might just tick all the right boxes.
The French capital is a great destination for families with children of all ages thanks to the vast amount of things to do. The main draw for little ones will undoubtedly be Disneyland Paris where they can mingle with some of their favourite Disney stars in a magical wonderful of fun, games and rides that is guaranteed to leave a lasting impression.
Elsewhere in Paris, the Jardin Du Luxembourg enables children and adults to walk, run and play in this huge expanse of space where wooden boats can be sailed on the large pond, sandcastles can be built in the many sandpits and fun can be had on the swings and merry-go rounds.
There are also many sights to be seen in the French capital, which could potentially be more of a draw for older children, with the world recognised Eiffel Tower being at the top of the list. You then also have the Parisian coffee shops where you can indulge on hot chocolates, cakes and patisseries as a family before heading off to explore the city some more, with the oldest and largest toy store, Au Nain Bleu, being a popular choice as well as the many sweet and chocolate shops that can be found on the city’s streets.
These activities are just the tip of the iceberg as Paris has so many activities to enjoy together, as a family, that you’ll be heading home before you know it and planning your next visit to fit everything in.
New York, USA
The city that never sleeps is quite simply a wonderland for children and adults alike with awe inspiring buildings, eye watering skyscrapers and an almost endless list of must-do activities that you’ll want to tick off your list. From climbing the Empire State building to take in the panoramic views across the city to a boat ride down the Hudson river, a visit to the Statue of Liberty, a walk around Central Park and taking in a show on Broadway, you certainly won’t be short of things to see and do on your trip.
There are numerous tours available on a daily basis that will transport you around the city to take in many of these A-list attractions before you can then stop off for a hot dog or pretzel from one of the many street sellers found on every block. You can then head to a traditional American diner for your evening meal to enjoy a classic burger finished off with a slice of famous New York cheesecake!
A trip to New York, even if it’s just once in your life, will be one that you never forget and by taking your children along, you can create long lasting family memories that you will cherish forever.
What could be better than the opportunity to spot nature’s big five animals in their natural habitat? A Kenyan safari offers up this chance as you spend your days travelling across the sprawling savannah spotting an endless number of nature’s finest creatures whilst taking in the awe-inspiring beauty of the setting your find yourself in.
A safari is an incredibly special family getaway, with the resorts around the Mount Kenya National Park and Forest Reserve being the best location to set up for your stay. Alongside being in the perfect location for wildlife viewing, there is also the Mount Kenya Wildlife Conservancy close by which is well worth a visit to get a closer look at some of the area’s most elusive animals currently being cared for by the expert team.
Make sure you all pack your binoculars and a camera each as all you’ll want to do when out in the park and reserves is capture memories of your family trip to Kenya that you can look back on for many years to come.
No list of the best destinations to visit as a family would be complete without the inclusion of Orlando, Florida! A giant children’s playground, Orlando offers everything from thrills and spills theme parks to arts and culture, fantastic shopping and relaxing spas to suit every member of the family.
For youngsters and those who remain young at heart, Walt Disney World Resort is a whole other world of fun and adventure whilst the Universal Resort enables you to step into some of your favourite films, including the fantastic Wizarding World of Harry Potter that will capture the imagination and transport you into Hogwarts and some of the other memorable locations in the franchise.
Live music, dance and theatre are also commonplace in Orlando, forming a strong arts and culture scene, whilst there are an abundance of malls and shopping centres for you to splash the cash as well as award winning spas for the female family members to escape to and enjoy a spot of pampering.
Orlando is undoubtedly an all encompassing family holiday destination that offers something for everyone and won’t leave you a minute without keeping you entertained. All you need to do is decide how long you and your family want to stay!
What these four destinations all have in common, despite being in different parts of the world, is guaranteed fun for all the family, so why not make 2014 the year that you go all out and book the family holiday of a lifetime?
This post was written by travel blogger Oliver Kyle in partnership with Debenhams Travel Insurance; keeping you protected through comprehensive policies available at competitive prices to cover all the family.