Travel destination for toddler and a school age child... Semi-adventurous?
Replies: 8 - Last Post: Mar 11, 2013 9:34 AM Last Post By: morag1975
Dec 7, 2012 5:58 AM
Travel destination for toddler and a school age child... Semi-adventurous?We have two children aged 2 and 6, both girls. We live in eastern Canada, and we are looking for a neat travel destination for spring. I am interested in something that would satisfy all of us, and it gets a bit tricky because our children are kind of far apart in age and have different interests. We are not really the all-inclusive/cruise kind of people (not that there's anything wrong with that!), and although we have done Disney with the older child, not wanting to go there this time (at least I am hoping to avoid it). Did I mention the grandparents might tag along?
Was thinking a huge range of places (Florida Keys, Costa Rica, even Europe). But I am interested in seeing what the Thorn Tree people think. I'd like a place that is generally 'safe' in terms of vaccinations and getting around but somewhere a little tiny bit different.
Thanks very much!
Dec 7, 2012 6:20 AM
1Try South Florida and the Keys...lots of bird watching...its for sure going to be warm...plenty of seniors and Canadians around... The US is safer and has support facilities for tourists...and not too exotic...
Keep the kids away from the alligators...which are everywhere there is water...even on the side of the road...
Dec 7, 2012 6:56 AM
Dec 8, 2012 7:15 AM
3Oh boy, so many ideas. Iceland is a great unusual destination and great for families. Just spent a month there with older kids (6.9.11) but very safe and easy travel destination in terms of jabs, no scary animals, good infrastructure too. And mind blowing landscape. Probably convenient connections from Canada, might even be able to stop off en route to Europe if you wanted to do 2 centres.
We had an extraordinary time in New Zealand touring around with 2 and 4 years old, but a long way to go. Also very safe and easy travel destination. We stopped off in Samoa for a month with kids the same age. Very interesting eco touring experience but few more vaccinations and linguistic challenges.
In Europe the world is your oyster. Lots more ideas on our blog for unusual and adventurous travel with kids
Dec 9, 2012 7:59 PM
4Would you consider something urban like Washington DC or NYC? The museums and parks would appeal to both kids, and the adults. And just walking around the city, going to cafes, taking the subways etc can be an adventure!
All museums nowadays seem to have children's room/education center. And often you can download activities or scavenger hunt materials to prepare for the visit.
We took our son to Amsterdam and Paris at ages 3.5 and 4.5. Both times we stayed in apartments and visited a park every day.
Good luck and have fun!
Dec 19, 2012 2:13 AM
5I had an amazing time with my daughter in Laos. Highlight was riding elephants down to the river (bareback) and then scrubbing them clean with a laundry brush. Second highlight was visiting some hill trive villages. It was also a safe, cheap country.
Dec 20, 2012 11:50 AM
6Take them somewhere that's different to where you live! At least somewhere they speak a different language. I'd also be thinking somewhere a bit tropical (a definite yes to elephants!) or where the scenery and nature walks and even the cities look different to the way they do back home and on tv. Broaden their horizons a little.
Feb 4, 2013 3:55 PM
7Hi. I'm about to venture forth with my 10 year old daughter. We have planned the 800km walk along the Camino de Santiago from souther France to the West Coast of Spain. I have spoken to many people with young children, babies, older kids and teenagers and all have said it is very 'do-able'. You don't need to walk the entire length, and there are many different Camino's starting from various points around Eastern Europe. Actually, a traditional Camino starts when you walk out your front door, but I would suggest this for anyone looking for something different (grandparents included)! Yes, it is a traditional Spiritual pilgrimage, but I reckon anyone travelling is on a spiritual journey. There is ample information available on the web regarding this walk. Bien Camino
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Mar 11, 2013 9:34 AM
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