If you’ve recently had a baby you will have experienced a lot of change in the past few months, but eventually the time comes when you feel ready to get back to your normal life. As part of this, you might be considering a well-earned holiday. Thing is, it’s a little different planning a trip now you’ve got to factor your baby into the equation. You might be concerned about long-haul travel, flying, jet lag, dealing with different temperatures and perhaps even sanitation for your little one. There’s a lot to take into consideration before you book a holiday for your family.
But don’t be put off by this, travelling with a baby can be very rewarding, not to mention you’ll make some great memories to treasure forever. All you need to do is decide on a family-friendly destination that is going to make travelling with your little one as easy and enjoyable as possible. To help you out, we’ve pulled together a list of eight of the best holiday destinations from around the world for travelling with a baby. Check out the full guide below.
There are some obvious activities we associate with the Netherlands that are definitely not family-friendly! But don’t be fooled by this part of its reputation, this nation is perfectly suited for family travel and the beautiful cities of Amsterdam and Rotterdam are particular highlights. It’s easy to get around on foot so you have the option of carriers or pushchairs and there are plenty of activities that you can enjoy with your little one. You can enjoy the many parks and museums, and even take a boat ride along the canals. The Dutch are very welcoming and will do all they can to accommodate your family, making travelling here very easy.
If you’re concerned about sanitation or hygiene for a young baby, Japan could be the perfect holiday destination for you. Hotels, supermarkets and attractions are kept extremely clean and sanitised regularly, there are also comfortable changing and nursing rooms scattered throughout the cities. And if in doubt, you’ll almost always find a changing station in large supermarkets. You can enjoy the many family-friendly cafes and restaurants with soft play areas for your little ones to play, as you dine on the delicious local cuisine. And to top it all off, Japan has a very welcoming approach to breastfeeding which can often be a worry for new mums when travelling to new countries.
If you want a relaxing break and some of the most stunning beaches in the world, Bali is well equipped for family travel. You don’t have to lug all the baby’s equipment over with you either as you can rent things like pushchairs and carriers when you arrive, at very affordable prices. The Balinese people are very friendly and respectful towards families and most restaurants and hotels are equipped for young babies. You can even find very affordable childcare if you fancied an adults-only night out.
Spain is a very popular holiday destination thanks to its beautiful beaches, cities and reasonable temperatures all year round. There are plenty of baby-friendly activities to enjoy, from days on the beach to exploring exciting cities like Barcelona; public transport is very easy to navigate and, in most places, it’s easy to get around by foot anyway. Because it is such a popular destination many resorts can accommodate for families and young children and better still, if you go at the right time of year you can enjoy the sun without having to worry about it being too hot for the baby.
North America is a very big place, which means there are plenty of family-friendly destinations to choose from here. Big cities like New York and San Diego are easy to get around on foot, and there’s always plenty to see and do. Not to mention that Americans love their food and therefore most restaurants can accommodate for families and babies.
But if cities aren’t for you or you don’t want to spend your entire holiday in the hustle and bustle of the city, there are plenty of national parks you can visit and outdoor activities you can take part in too. Most can accommodate for pushchairs, but carriers can be easy if you’re on your feet all day. So if you choose North America you’ll also have the option to choose days out taking in the fresh air and letting baby enjoy nature.
Because Greek people are so family-oriented this is a great place to travel with children and babies. Most resorts will be equipped for little ones, providing cots and highchairs, and quite often because of the family feel, young children can eat free in restaurants. So if you’re looking for a budget holiday with beautiful beaches and great food – Greece could be the place for your family.
This beautiful country is also very family-orientated and spending the evening enjoying good food with family is an important past time. The Italians are very polite and keen to help, so most restaurants and hotels are able to accommodate babies. You can enjoy the small towns or head to bigger cities like Milan, either way, you’ll feel well looked after and have plenty to explore. With a number of attractions being outdoors such as the Leaning Tower of Pisa, it’s easy enough to take your little one with you.
Arguably nowhere in the world is better equipped for family travel than Scandinavia. The organised Nords make public transport, getting around the cities and looking after your baby very easy. In fact, in places like Sweden, parents with pushchairs can actually ride the bus for free. And no matter where you choose to go, be it Denmark, Norway, Sweden or Finland, you’ll be blown away by the breathtaking views. Not to mention many of the attractions are set up to be family friendly. Finally, most locations here (particularly big cities) are equipped with special family toilets and changing facilities so you don’t have to worry about being caught out or struggling to find a changing station.