The Most Kid-Friendly (and Parent-Friendly) Trips Around the World

two adults and one small child sitting on the grass overlooking the ocean

Vacations are certainly different once you add a kid to the mix -- but that doesn’t mean they can’t be just as wonderful. If you are looking for a vacation that will cater to both your and your child’s appetite, look no further. Here are some destinations around the world that cater to all interests and price points, featuring activities for the whole family. 

Visit South Africa for wild animals and stunning beaches all in one destination 

two giraffes walking through their natural habitat

Sure, your kids have seen animals like this on television and at the zoo, but have they ever seen zebras and elephants and ostriches in the wild? They’ll go crazy for the animal sightings, and you’ll go crazy for the comfort provided in the glamping set-ups in the lodges located around the park. Plus, the African sunsets, views, and atmosphere cannot be beat! 

While you’re down in South Africa, hop on over to Cape Town after Kruger. Lion’s Head is a family-friendly hike suitable for all ages, and your kids will love the beach at Fish Town! Then head nearby to Franschhoek for a picture-perfect autumnic scene and some delicious South African wine for the parent(s). There is even a tram tour that takes you from vineyard to vineyard -- your kids will love the tram and you’ll love the wine! 

Road trip through the fairytale-like countryside of New Zealand

hobbit house in new zealand

If you are reading the Hobbit to your children (or if they have already seen all the Lord of the Rings movies), why not take them to the real-life place where Middle Earth was filmed? Road trips are an excellent way to bond as a family, and an even better way to cover lots of ground on a trip. Plus, New Zealand (even if they drive on the left) is the perfect country for such a trip with its rolling hills and picture perfect scenery. 

Make daily stops to take kid-friendly hikes around the country, visit the penguins at Milford Sound, and go fishing in the Bay of Islands. You could even stop by New Zealand wine country for you! Plus, all the activities means your kids will fall right asleep at nighttime, leaving the whole evening for you and your partner to spend some quality time together. 

Splash around on Baja’s beaches

whale tail in the blue waters of Baja

Baja, Mexico has some of the world’s most exquisite beaches, making it a beautiful place to watch your kids play in the ocean! 

But did you know that Baja is not only a stunning spot for a beach vacation, but also a great place for wildlife watching? Yep, Baja is heaven for all those who want to see some of the world’s greatest creatures. 

On the safe, yet exciting boat tours, you and your family can see what Jacques Cousteau called the “world’s aquarium” -- full of all different types of majestic creatures. Afterwards, relax on one of Baja’s pristine beaches and swim in the ocean with your children. It’s bound to be a vacation they won’t forget. 

Other amazing activities for the whole family in Baja include incredible sport fishing as well as snorkeling and scuba diving! 

Relax at an all-inclusive resort in Phuket, Thailand

beautiful resort with pool in phuket thailand

We get it -- sometimes all you want to do is relax by a pool knowing your kids are safe and happy. But that doesn’t mean that you need to go to Disney World or Sandals to find that sort of peace. Rather, you can still get off-the-beaten-path and have an incredible time at an all-inclusive resort.

Sound appealing? Why not check out one of the many all-inclusive resorts in Phuket, such as the Katathani Phuket Beach Resort. Its Kids’ Club and multiple kiddy pools will keep your children occupied as you enjoy one of the luxuries of Southeast Asia — a beachside massage. 

Explore the unique biodiversity of Costa Rica

bioluminescence in the sea waters at night

Located just outside of San Juan, Costa Rica’s bioluminescent bays will have your kids jumping for joy. Book a translucent kayak tour and be surrounded by the bioluminescence in all its glory. Plus, it provides a wonderful chance to explain the science of bioluminescence to your more academically minded children. 

During the day, check out a perennial kid favorite, a turtle nesting ground on the beaches of Tortuguero National Park, full of all different types of the park’s eponymous animal. This truly is fun for the whole family! 

Other amazing activities in CR include jungle excursions with high-altitude ziplining, white-water rafting, and (of course) relaxing on a beach. Your kids will love Central America’s wildlife and you’ll love its unique beauty. 

Explore Zagreb’s cobblestone lanes and museums

colorful street in zagreb croatia with basilica in the background

Want something a little less outdoorsy? Head to Zagreb for some beautiful streets, delicious Eastern European food, and exciting activities. 

First, check out Zagreb’s world-renowned Museum of Illusions. Featuring a variety of fascinating illusions, as well as games and puzzles, this is a great place for kids to get lost in for an hour or two. 

Afterwards, head to the famous Dolac Market for a smorgasbord of food at the local daily farmer’s markets. The fruits and vegetables are so pretty your kids will be begging you to buy them! 

Cap off your day with dinner at one of Zagreb’s best restaurants, and once you put the little ones to bed, head back out to check out Zagreb’s world-famous music bars! 

child sitting on fathers shoulders while surfing a small wave

Whether your thing is art, play, or the great outdoors, there is a perfect trip just waiting for you and your family. So don’t fret -- you do not have to sacrifice having amazing vacations once you have kids. Jubel is ready to take you on a trip that will keep the whole family smiling and reminiscing for years to come. 

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