Taking your baby away for the first time is a big milestone and choosing the right destination is key to making the trip a success. Unless you are super adventurous you will probably want somewhere that is neither too hot nor too cold, has a pretty good healthcare infrastructure and a good range of relaxed activities with relatively little travel involved. To help, we’ve pulled together eight destinations for your infant’s bucket list. For general tips, have a look at our article on travelling with your baby.

Three kids walking away from the camera in a cobble-stone alley lined with potted plants; the kids are all wearing sunhats and two have backpacks
Older siblings leading the way down a lush alleyway in Mallorca © Imgorthand / Getty Images

Mallorca, Spain

Partying in Magaluf probably won’t be on your agenda with a small baby but the north of the island has pretty market towns with promenades to push the stroller along, beautiful beaches for your bundle of joy to discover a love of sand and restaurants which really welcome babies. There’s also a fantastic foodie culture so you can take advantage of nap time and enjoy feeling like a grown adult again.

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A woman in a sunhat, vest and shorts sits on a swing that hangs over the beach from a large leaning palm tree; to her right are tropical waters and above a vibrant blue sky dotted with puffy white clouds
The coast of Ko Samui is a place of peace and plenty, whatever your age © daphnusia / Shutterstock

Ko Samui, Thailand

A perennial favourite whatever stage in life you are at, Ko Samui’s popularity may be a detractor for some but it does means that you can find pretty much everything you need for travelling with a baby: nappies, formula, restaurants with high chairs, a range of family-friendly accommodation options and so on. Spending time at the beach is an obvious choice with an infant but when you need a break the temples and gardens can be surprisingly good for little kids (offering shade and new things to look at). But the best reason to take your baby to Ko Samui is the warm Thai welcome you will get wherever you go.

The silhouette of Norwich Cathedral's tower in mist, as seen from Kett's Heights.
Norfolk is dotted with treasures, whether historical or coastal in nature © David Cabrera / Getty Images

Norfolk, England

The east of England is known for being flat, making it a very suitable place if you have a stroller and like to walk while your baby sleeps. Being a bit further away from London but still a relatively quick drive, Norfolk offers good value in terms of accommodation and dining costs, and it has a relaxed easy-going vibe and plenty to keep parents of the very young happy. Think sandy beaches, sweet coastal towns, National Trust properties, and if your little one has become a walking one then a trip to the magical Bewilderwood is a must.

Top cityscape view on the dome of Santa Maria del Fiore church and old town in Florence; the wide streets are perfect for strollers and travel with your baby
Florence's museums, galleries and streets are just some of Tuscany's baby-friendly environments © Ross Helen / Shutterstock

Tuscany, Italy

Like the Thais, Italians LOVE babies and believe us it’s so nice to be on holiday somewhere with a culture that embraces and adores your precious bundle. Toddling infants are welcomed at historical sites, and where better for that first lick of gelato or nibble of pizza. But why Tuscany particularly? With a babe in arms you can easily explore the museums and galleries of Florence and Pisa, the hilltop towns are perfect places to people watch with a coffee and a small person, and yes there are beaches if you want them. Stay on a working farm and enjoy watching your baby interact with animals too.

A thatched-roofed tropical bar sits beneath hulking palms on a beach at Cozumel island. The bar is painted bright yellow and red with green and white plastic chairs. It's partly obscured by green palm trees and sits on a white-sand beach with a jewel-blue sea in the background.
Quintana Roo is lined with infant-friendly beaches, as well as resorts that offer babysitting services © mikolajn / Alamy Stock Photo

Quintana Roo, Mexico

Easily accessible with plenty of baby-friendly flight times and also pretty affordable due to the large number of options available, Quintana Roo is home to both Cancún and Mexico’s Caribbean coast and welcomes families with open arms. There are baby-friendly beaches, plenty of family accommodation options (including all inclusive resorts with babysitting and all chores taken care of if you want to properly switch off) and opportunities for fun away from making sandcastles, exploring ruins or watching wildlife.

Sunshine Coast, Australia

With all the delights of Queensland packed into one easily-navigated area, the Sunshine Coast is a lovely place to take your baby. It’s warm without being too hot, there are loads of things to do whether you want to wander round markets, take the pram along a beachside path or hang out in the pool, and it has a reputation for some of the best family-friendly places to stay in Oz. For a treat, Noosa Heads is an upmarket town with a relaxed vibe, and easy access to the rainforest for walks with a baby in a carrier if you’ve had enough of the sand and sea.

Visitors riding the swan boats at the Boston Public Garden on a sunny summer day; in the background, behind the tree-lined waterway are a couple of glass skyscrapers poking up into a blue sky dotted with a few whispy white clouds; baby travel
Boston's parks, museums and playgrounds do a great job of catering for travel with your baby © f11photo / Shutterstock

Boston, USA

A city break might seem like an odd idea for new parents but while a baby still sleeps a lot there’s chance to visit that gallery or museum you’ve always wanted to, linger over a coffee as you people watch and even have dinner at adult’s dinner time and not 5pm. Boston is a great choice because it also offers plenty for the very little person, with lots of playgrounds to explore and fountains to frolic in as well as museums that specifically cater to the very small. Check out the Children’s Museum, the Museum of Science and the New England Aquarium for starters. And then plan to bring your son or daughter back when they are school age too!

Campervan on road in Tongariro National Park, with volcanic peak (with its rocky summit cloaked in a petite cloud, in background). Free campsites and having all your baby's gear at hand in a campervan makes New Zealand a great destination for travel with your baby.
Camper vans in New Zealand offer the freedom to roam with baby (and supplies) in tow, but also astounding landscapes to discover © Justin Foulkes / Lonely Planet

New Zealand (by camper van)

If New Zealand has always been on your travel wishlist, then maternity or paternity leave can be a great opportunity to do a longer trip and visit a part of the world you’ve always wanted to. While you have to be careful with the amount of time your baby spends in the car seat, hiring a camper van allows you to keep exploring without having to unpack all the baby paraphernalia all the time. The freedom of the open road combined with the buzz of exploring somewhere in your new family unit is the stuff family memories are made of. Your baby might not remember the details as they get older but the fact you did it will always be part of their travel history. And as it's New Zealand, free camping is also an option.

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