With just few months left to usher in the new year, most of us are planning for family getaways during new year so that we can all celebrate the year 2017 together with our families at exotic places.When it comes to planning a family vacation with teens and toddler in tow, the decision to choose a destination itself can seem stressful as so many factors need to be taken into consideration to make sure there is something to please everyone’s interest in the destination you choose to visit. The main essence of the vacation would be lost if your vacation turns out to be boring for your younger ones. The priority of the whole vacation for you would be to have a great time with family as well as ensure that everyone else including your kids are enjoying the trip you have planned. To keep them occupied and interested to feel excited for the trip, it becomes essential to choose a destination that may inspire them look forward to their family vacation. Check out these list of family friendly destinations you can opt from for your vacation in 2017.
Dubai doesn’t need any introduction as it is world renowned as one of the hotspots where families flock to have a great family outing. Jam packed with countless innovative attractions, Dubai guarantees a fun filled time for every age group with unmatched experiences you will seldom find in any other destination. Right from the tallest structure in the world – Burj Khalifa to the biggest nature oasis in the world – Dubai Miracle Garden, Dubai’s list of attractions will leave you spellbound. Plan a trip this year during the Dubai Shopping Festival to experience the city dazzle in festive vibes and go crazy on a whirlwind shopping experience filled with discounts, sale and big prizes to win. Extend your stay to welcome the new year 2017 amid Dubai’s massive firework displays and illuminations at iconic landmarks. While you are in Dubai, don’t miss the opportunity to visit its vast Arabian deserts. Take a detour with Dubai Desert Safari and enjoy a day marveling at the contrast side of Dubai. Enjoy dune bashing, quad biking and sand boarding if you are feeling adventurous. Later watch a calming desert sunset with your family in the evening and enjoy a fun filled get together along with traditional music, folklore and delicious barbecue dinner. Still don’t feel like leaving the desert? Stay back at the overnight Arabian styled camps and spend time together with your family amid the serene desert and starry sky.
Though Mauritius is better known as a honeymoon destination due to its idyllic settings, dreamlike beaches and azure waters, this island destination goes beyond just sun, sea and sand, and offers lots of options for families to have fun times together. A great place to gear up for some water sports for the adventure lovers in your family and laid back relaxation on the beach for those who would prefer a lazy day; even kids can have fun playing with you building sand castles. You would never get enough of the barefoot beach life of Mauritius. However, if you would like to venture beyond the idyllic beaches, there are plenty of options for you and your family to explore. Head to Captain Nemo’s Undersea Walk at Grand Baie where you get to wear a special helmet and walk on the ocean floor to discover the wondrous marine life of Mauritius. Take a Blue Safari submarine ride, visit the Mauritius Aquarium to know more about the nation’s incredible ocean life. Kids can have a gala time at water parks and leisure village. Marvel at the nature’s lush beauty as you explore Black River Gorges National Park, Casela bird park, Pamplemousses Gardens and other eco spots tucked away in verdant rain forests.
A trip to France gives you a whole lot of options to include in a family vacation; Paris in itself holds so many attractions and sights to explore. The marvelous icons of Paris – Eiffel Tower, Louvre Museum itself sets an enriching mood for your vacation. Take an evening cruise down the River Seine and be dazzled in the charms of illuminated city of Paris. Stroll around the city and sample some of its famous French pastries and croissants. Forget reality and enter the magical world of Disney with your kids and get engulfed in Disneyland Paris’s enchanting attractions. Discover the milder side of France at its pleasant countryside of Burgundy, Champagne and Loire Valley where you can explore the vineyards, nature trails and castles, and revel in the beautiful panoramas of French Riviera.
This tiny country set at the tip of Malay Peninsula will surprise you with its sheer enormity of amazing attractions. Even though Singapore is relatively small compared to other preferred family destinations of Asia, it is crammed with countless sights to explore and exciting attractions that you will be spoiled with choices. Undoubtedly one of the world’s premier family friendly destination, Singapore has some of the best recreational sights that can be enjoyed by the whole family. Take a tour to the Gardens by the Bay, a recent addition to Singapore’s innovative eco friendly marvels. Have a fun filled day at Universal Studios Singapore and Sentosa Island. Come close to nature and experience the man made nature oasis in the modern city with a visit to Jurong Bird Park, Singapore Zoo, Singapore Night Safari and Underwater world.
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A country with beautiful beaches, fascinating townships and exciting safari reserves, South Africa has every ingredient to be a perfect family destination. On a trip to South Africa, look forward to explore beautiful nature spots with exotic wilderness at Kruger National Park, Shamwari Game Reserves. Explore South Africa’s most preferred family hotspot – Sun City which provides as an ideal place for you to spend quality time with your family. The city of Cape Town offers you many delightful attractions such as Ocean Aquarium, Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, Drakenstein Lion Park , Boulders Beach and many more that even kids would love to explore.
You will never spend a bored moment at the vibrant city of Hong Kong. Spend magical days at Hong Kong Disneyland and relive your childhood dreams to meet your favourite Disney characters while having fun with your kids. Visit the Ocean Park where you can view the splendid realm of ocean life as well as encounter animal species in different nature habitat right from polar region to verdant rainforests. Take a ferry ride on the Victoria harbour or take a trip to the Victoria peak to view Hong Kong city skyline shimmering at night from different perspectives.
A nature’s pristine wonderland, New Zealand is one trip your family will remember for a long time solely for its sheer unmatched natural beauty. Apart from picture perfect panoramas, New Zealand offers beautiful historic cities, harbour towns, cycling and walking nature trails, cave explorations and loads of adventure sports – right from extreme to mild experiences which the youth find thrilling. New Zealand is a destination where you find yourself surrounded by diverse wildlife in the untouched natural habitat. Watch your young one’s delight as they watch dolphins and whales swimming besides them while on a cruise, and penguins paddling around on the beach shores. Spread across two islands, New Zealand gets your family to explore the unseen treasures of nature that can not be experienced anywhere else in the world.
The key to have a blissful family holiday is simple – choose the best family friendly vacation destination that suits to the interest of every member of your family. A destination that caters family oriented attractions are well equipped in accommodation suited for families, have easy accessible modes and provide facilities keeping in mind the needs of young ones. Once you have decided on your favorable destination, the rest of the trip planning is quite easy and all you have to do is look forward to spending joyous moments with your loved ones.