I think there’s a common misconception that city breaks are just for adults; when in actual fact that couldn’t be further from the truth. In my opinion holidays are all about experiences and making memories. Doing and seeing things you might not otherwise have the chance to do. Many of my favourite childhood memories stem from holidays abroad exploring exciting places.
I always thought having children restricted where I could travel to and what we could do on holiday. But in reality the world is your oyster, if you want it to be. With access to some of the worlds most iconic cities on our doorsteps there really isn’t any excuse to feel confined.
Just because you’re visiting a city doesn’t mean you can’t do traditional holiday activities such as visiting the beach. Take some time out from sightseeing on one of Miami or Cape Towns many beaches. Cape Town has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world and, if you’re lucky, you might even spot a penguin or two paddling in the shallow water. Going on safari and visiting Cape Town has always been on my bucket list and I’d love to share it with my family.
I’ve never been but my sister lives in New York and it sounds like an amazing place to take the kids. What do kids love best of all? Going to the park, and what could be better than a trip to Central Park; one of the worlds most iconic parks. Take a trip to Central Park Zoo, hire bicycles or if you’re visiting at Christmas take to the ice with a spot of ice skating. The possibilities are endless – you just have to think like a kid!
We can’t talk about exploring exciting places without mentioning the Far East. It’s always been on my bucket list and, once I’m done having kids, I plan on escaping out to the likes of Singapore or Bangkok. The culture is so far removed from our own that I think it would be a real eye opener. The lights, technology and skyline alone would blow my sons mind for sure! Florence would be in her element; Hello Kitty and other cute animated characters as far as the eye can see no doubt!
There really isn’t any need to restrict where you plan to travel when you have kids, no more than you would when travelling as a couple anyway (unless you plan on scaling Everest of course). Kids minds are like little sponges pre-adolescence and they really do gain from varied and rich experiences. Both myself and my husband spent a lot of time abroad as youngsters and it’s a love of travel and exploration that’d we love to pass on to our kids and city breaks are a fantastic way to do it!