Family travel snap: Lonely Planet Pathfinder, Nellie Huang

This month we’re tagging along with adventure travel blogger Nellie Huang and her young daughter Kaleya as they explore the beautiful, baby-friendly city of Budapest.

Nellie and her husband Alberto Molero run the successful travel blog WildJunket ( and have visited over 100 countries on seven continents together. Kaleya is now making quick progress on her own country list as she joins her intrepid parents on their travels.


What’s the story behind this photo?

We’re in Budapest for a weekend break from our home base in Spain – our favourite trip with our 15-month-old daughter Kaleya to date. Here Kaleya is exploring the elevated gardens that surround Parliament, one of the most beautiful landmarks in the city.

This photo reminds me of the joy I felt at seeing her eyes light up as she smelled the flowers and put her best foot forward to walk around the perimeter wall. Travelling with children can be challenging, but it is also so rewarding. My husband and I feel that we spend the best quality time with Kaleya when we're travelling as it breaks our routines and brings us all closer as we encounter new experiences together.

After strolling around the square, we headed to the Danube River for a river cruise. Budapest looked stunning from the water and we couldn't have asked for better weather. Kaleya was extremely excited to be on a boat, though the wind eventually lulled her to sleep. While she napped in her stroller my husband and I drank in views of the city, holding hands and smiling from ear to ear.

Kid's perspective

Kaleya loved all the squares and parks in Budapest, so much so that she didn't want to leave the Parliament square! We had to drag her to the Danube River where she started crying until she saw the boat we were about to hop on.

Nellie’s top tips for visiting Budapest with kids

1) Budapest is famous for its historical thermal baths that have therapeutic waters and beautiful architecture. However, some of them don't allow children under three so try Gellért Lido, Aquaworld Waterpark and Dagaly Lido if you have young children.

2) Don't miss Margaret Island (Margitsziget), a peaceful hideaway from the bustle of the city. It stands in the middle of the Danube River, but is easily accessible by tram, bus or boat. We loved the lush greenery on the island and Palatinus Strand is another kid-friendly thermal bath we highly recommend.

Where’s next on your family travel bucket list?

First up the Christmas markets in Alsace, then a road trip around the wadis, deserts and beaches of Dubai and Oman over Christmas AND then a three-month trip in Southeast Asia, which will take us around Singapore, Laos, Indonesia and Timor-Leste. Well, Kaleya does need to work on her list of countries visited, after all…

Lastly, complete the sentence:

When we shut the front door ready to go and travel as a family, we always make sure we have...

…cookies, cheese or crackers. Kaleya can't go without snacks!

Follow Nellie on Twitter for inspiration and advice on travelling all over the world.

More tips on visiting Budapest with children can be found here.

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