30 November 2016

Written by Laura Nicholson-Simpson
for Daily Focal

As a family who loves to travel, we do so as often as we can, to as many different places as we can! We’ve had some pretty amazing trips over the yars and have even more exciting ones to come, fellow parents think we’re either amazing… or nuts!
 The one thing they all ask... ’Where should we go?’

Let us share our Top Travel Destinations with you!
From your first trip abroad with your little one to the more seasoned traveller, we hope there’s some inspiration for everyone!


Barcelona is a big favourite of ours. It’s a city bursting with history and culture, beautiful beaches, easily accessible transport links, great weather year round and the food… Omg the food! There’s a great Aquarium, plenty of kid friendly museums and the visual feast of flamenco dancers, fire breathers and mime artists that frequent Las Ramblas.
And with an average flight time of only 2 hours, it’s basically on our doorstep!
To find out more about Barcelona for families head over to Lonely Planet…
The French Alps
 There are so many towns and villages in the French Alps of the jaw hitting the floor beautiful variety that it’s very hard to choose just one. The one we have visited most however is Chamonix. 
It’s not the cheapest of places to visit but oh man is it worth it. From beautiful forest walks, hiking and some great climbing spots in the summer to a fantasy winter wonderland of deep snow, sledging and an ice cave in a glacier it’s the perfect year round destination.
You can even sign your kids up to ski school as soon as they’re old enough, leaving you time to hit the slopes yourselves, or indulge in a vin chaud!  
For more information on all things Chamonix visit:

We’ve visited various different destinations throughout Egypt and have yet to be disappointed. Where you go largely depends on what you’re looking for – Sharm El Sheikh is the place for you if you like a bit more hustle and bustle the ever popular Naama Bay has a Palm tree lined promenade with everything from hand painted papyrus to a Hard Rock CafĂ©. If you are looking for a more laid back all-inclusive hotels kind of atmosphere head to the beautiful resort of Taba Heights on the Sinai Peninsula. From stunning views of Mount Sinai itself to the breath-taking underwater views of the areas dive and snorkel sights, it’s not a bad place to be! Tours can be taken from both destinations to Cairo in order to see the Pyramids and to other history soaked archaeological sites around the country.
Most hotels have kid’s clubs that provide such a range of activities for your kids that they won’t want to leave the hotel at all. The Egyptian culture is very family orientated and trust me when I say your kids will be spoilt rotten by the time they leave. 
If you need to know more, take a wander over to:
Dubai is literally an explosion of over excitement waiting to happen. There are so many activities for families here you could be busy for a month. You could take a trip to Kite Beach and watch the kite surfers strut their stuff while the kids play on the play park or visit one of the many waterparks or aquariums. Head indoors to keep cool and visit the ice rink or Sega Republic or spend a few hours in KidZania where your little ones can decide what they want to be when they grow up through interactive play. There’s even the opportunity to get out in to the desert if you want to with many tour operators offering horse riding, camel riding and jeep safaris to name but a few!
Most hotels in Dubai are family friendly are there are good transport links including the metro – although we actually found it more cost effective to hire a car which you can do form as little as £12 a day.
If Dubai is your thing then head over here for more information:


Show me someone who doesn’t want to or hasn’t ever dreamt of an American road trip! Speeding along Route 69 in an open top Mustang with the wind in your hair and the sun on your face. The land of Hope and Glory.
This vast country, and it is huge, literally has something for everyone! From the sun-soaked beaches of Miami and dizzying lights of Hollywood, to the well-trodden cowboy trials of Texas and of course the ‘big apple’ itself New York, New York.  There is so much to see and do for kids over here that it’s hard to know where to start. Beautiful walks, nature trails and adventures in the national parks like Yellowstone, cycling along Venice Beach for an ice cream and how can we not mention the theme parks. With not one but two Disney Resorts and two Universal Studio Parks you are literally spoilt for choice.
Take a look at the following link to help you decide where is best for you:
Famed for its moon parties, cheap rum served by the bucket and lady boys, you’ll be amazed at what this beautiful country has to offer for families. Why not spend a fortnight in Phuket which not only has beautiful beaches crying out for a sandcastle or two but can also offer Aquariums, jungle parks, water parks, mazes, mountain bikes, horseback riding, and paddle boarding!
If a city escape is more your thing head to Chang Mai, famed for its laid back vibes and cooler than Bangkok weather it’s an enticing blend of both old and new. While there visit the Tiger Park, or Elephant sanctuary where you can be a mahout for the day. Take a bike tour around Chang Mai – suitable for all ages as they have baby and toddler seats. Go Zip lining through the rain forest or take a trek to spend the night under the stars with a local tribe. Your stay in Chang Mai can be as action packed as you want it to be and after all the fun and excitement there’s always one of the super relaxing spa’s to go and chill in.
If you can’t wait to make Thailand, your next destination check this out:

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