A new year means a fresh start.  And more importantly… another great excuse for a holiday. Here are the insider picks  for your 2019 family holiday from six of our Travel with Kidz specialists

By Jemma Newlyn

The beginning of 2019 will send your thumbs into overdrive with all the dreamy new destinations you’re reblogging on Pinterest. How on earth are you going to choose from all these magnificent places?

The life of a wannabe vagabond is tough.

From six of our Travel With Kidz specialists, we bring to you the insider scoop. Here are the holidays that you should be adding to the top of your 2019 itinerary.

Portugal

Mandy Bradtke

Even if you haven’t considered the destination yourself, you’ve probably seen photo after photo on your Instagram feed. Portugal has been gaining popularity with tourists at high speed this year, and 2019 is the perfect time to go.

Travel Manager and TWK specialist Mandy Badtke knows the ins and outs of this beautiful Southern European country. She thinks it’s definitely 2019’s number one.

The little coastal country has an eclectic European/African mix of culture, food and architecture. Portugal sits on the Western border of Spain and is perfect for a holiday add on, or as a destination on its own.

Mandy praises the great weather, beaches, food and affordability, and highly recommends the Club Med Da Balaia in the Algarve.

View from the beautiful cliffs above Praia dos Tres Castelos to the west of Praia da Rocha in south Portugal. Children hiking and enjoying one of most spectacular places in Portimao, Algarve region.
Cruising

Sinead Phillips

A lot of people are sceptical. But chances are, there’s a cruise out there that suits your family better than you think.

Sinead Phillips is one of our accredited Travel With Kidz specialists and has 13+ years of experience in the travel industry. She says a cruise is the perfect way to take the hassle and expense out of planning a holiday.

Entertainment, food and facilities are all included in the initial cost, so once you have set off there’s no need to worry about the financial aspect.

“You don’t need to think about where to eat and how to keep the kids entertained. Everything is on hand and organised for you.” says Sinead.

Whether you want to spoil the kids rotten on a Disney cruise through the Bahamas, or treat yourself to luxurious yoga sessions and spa treatments on the Mediterranean Sea. There’s a cruise out there for everyone.

Boy in red t-shirt and his younger sister feed seaguls on deck of ship

Cambodia/Vietnam

Adela Backhouse

Two magical oases of dense mountain forests, stunning beaches, rich history and vibrant culture. Viet-bodia is the new Bali. or Camb-nam. I’ll stop.

Travel Manager and TWK specialist Adela Backhouse says Cambodia and Vietnam are easily the more popular destinations of 2019. And there’s a good reason why.

The bordering countries are located on the Indochina peninsula of South-East Asia. These culture rich destinations make for luxurious tropical getaways that won’t break the bank.

Take a cruise through Halong bay and explore the grounds of Angkor Wat. You can mountain hike through a jungle trail, or spend a week lying on one of the glorious beaches.

Flights are less than 9 hours from Aus, so you don’t have to worry about spending more time in the airport than at the beach. Who’s ready to go?

Dad and son traveling together in Angkor wat,Cambodia.happy family traveling concept

A mobile safari in Botswana

Gail Hughes

This beautiful South African country is brimming with diverse ecosystems and exquisite desert. TWK specialist Gail Hughes says it’s a hot holiday pick for 2019. A spectacular holiday in Botswana isn’t limited to one season, and this coming year its more convenient than ever.

A mobile safari allows you to encounter Botswana’s wildlife up close. Lions, leopards, elephants, rhinos and giraffes are just five of the many animals that live in this African wilderness.

For a family of four or more people, travelling with the expertise of your own private ranger provides an authentic and immersive experience like no other.

Gail loves that the holiday brings an opportunity to escape from the social matrix. “(There’s) no technology available in the wilderness; families can re-connect!”

The country’s tourism industry has a leading style and standard. Accommodation is pricey, but you get the quality that you pay for. This also means your experience won’t be disrupted by overwhelming numbers of tourists.

Gail says a mobile safari is perfect for families with kids aged 8 and up.

Jeep safari with gigantic african elephant in wild savanna(National park Chobe, Botswana)

Sri Lanka

Emma Ross

You can surf great waves, eat great food and climb great mountains. In fact, there’s not much you can’t do. And it’s super cheap.

Mobile travel agent and TWK specialist Emma Ross picks Sri Lanka as her hot destination for 2019.

“Family friendly beach resorts to gorgeous scenery and cultural experiences, there is something for every family’s travel style.”

She’s right – there really is something for everyone in this ageless country. It also has some of the friendliest people in the world.

Explore ancient Sigiriya, visit the Mlesna Tea Centre. Snack on kottu roti and join the 20,000 people that ascend Adam’s Peak in the middle of the night to see the spectacular morning sunrise from the top.

Sri Lanka has also been listed by Lonely Planet as the number one country to travel to in 2019. We think Emma is on to something.

Silhouettes of the traditional fishermen at the sunset near Galle in Sri Lanka

Around the world

Erin Ross

This one has always been on the list, but it’s never next on the list. TWK Specialist Erin Ross thinks 2019 is the year to tackle the biggest adventure of them all.

“An around the world trip is definitely doable… It just takes a whole lotta planning,” Erin tells us.

Whether it’s a South American crawl or a sail from Europe to Asia: campervans, empty suitcases and open roads are waiting. All you’ll need for this trip is determination and an open mind.

Erin says it’s all about making memories. The world is your oyster.

If not now, when?