7 family travel specialists share their tips on where to holiday in 2020
From the Santa Claus Village Rovaniemi in winter, to the sun-soaked beaches of Vanuatu, 7 of our travel with kids specialists share their their top family holiday picks for 2020.
1. New York City is great in summer or winter says Erin Ross
New York is such a fantastic destination for a family adventure! From Central Park to the Statue of Liberty and everything in between, there is something for all ages in this vibrant city. A great way to get around all of the attractions is to book a New York Pass which gives you entry to many of the main attractions as well as some extras like the Superhero walking tour, where you can view superhero movie and comic book sites, or ’The Ride’ which is an interactive musical bus tour around the streets of Midtown Manhattan.
Take in a Broadway show near the famous Time Square, go to a baseball game at Yankee Stadium, or an NBA game at Madison Square gardens. There are so many wonderful adventures within the city that the whole family will love. New York is a city that offers many bucket list ticks for everyone in the family.
About Erin Ross Erin loves everything about travel. From the planning and preparing to getting there to the the sights, smells and sounds of a new city. The shopping, the culture, the people and then arriving home with so many new memories after an amazing adventure.
Renowned for its unique and colourful culture, Bali is a destination unique from the rest of Indonesia. The popular tourist areas of Kuta, Legian, Seminyak, Nusa Dua, Sanur, Jimbaran and Uluwatu are famous for stunning beaches and a profusion of fabulous five-star resorts.
While beaches may be the island’s biggest drawcard, Ubud, located at the base of the mountains about an hour’s drive northeast of the capital, Denpasar, is the island’s biggest cultural draw. As famous for its artworks as its natural beauty, Ubud’s location amongst fields of rice paddies spilling down terraced mountains offers a laidback alternative to Bali’s busier beachside towns.
There’s an amazing resort scene catering to families. Free kids’ clubs are available for guests of most major hotels, with many also offering family rooms with children’s discounts. The growing alternative of serviced holiday villas is also great for families, as these spacious multi-roomed homes away from home are an ideal option for multi-generational holidays.
About Michelle Desmarchellier Michelle is a family holiday specialist. She has travelled extensively through South East Asia, the Pacific Islands, Australia and Europe and have left parts of my soul in every African country from Ghana to South Africa.
Highway 1 down the Californian coast from San Francisco to Los Angeles has so much to offer families. In San Fran kids love Alcatraz, the seals (Pier 39), the trams and biking. Head down to Monterey for whale watching and wander around cannery row. Next stop San Simoen to see the elephant seals and spend the night in sleepy Cambria with its quaint B&B’s and the best clam chowder. Drop into glamorous Santa Barbara or Santa Monica to enjoy the beach. All this fun even before you get to LA to enjoy the many amusement parks.
About Sam Watts Sam always been passionate about travel and exploring incredible places. She has travelled extensively knows what it takes to create a memorable family holiday.
4. Visit Santa Claus Village Rovaniemi, Finland says Warren Parkes
What kid wouldn’t want to visit Santa Claus Village in Finland? So many amazing experiences all in one place. Ice Sliding, husky sledding, snowmobiling, northern lights and of course meeting Santa himself will ensure the smile will never leave their face. So surreal! Why not tick this off the bucket list while the kids are young.
About Warren Parkes Warren has travelled extensively with his family of 3 girls and is happy to share his experience with you so that you get the most out of your family holiday.
The kids loved the reindeer sleigh ride. Credit: Warren Parkes
Ohana (family) is such a part of Hawaiian culture, it’s in everything they do. From chillaxing to history to adventure there is something for family members of all ages. Consider all the islands – from the shopping and attractions on Oahu to the natural, untouched beauty of the Big Island. There are many reasons why Hawaii has become a popular destination for family holidays year-round.
About Emma Ross Emma first went overseas when she was 11 and knew then that she wanted to travel for the rest of her life. She became a Personal Travel Manager to bring together having a family and planning great holidays for other families.
Are you looking for a holiday destination with tranquil lagoons and pristine beaches? All-inclusive resorts? A short plane ride? Vanuatu ticks all those boxes.
Just offshore you’ll find a kaleidoscope of coral reefs. Vanuatu has both black volcanic sand beaches and deserted golden beaches. Head inland and you can explore lush rainforest, jungle waterfalls, live volcanoes and soothing hot springs.
A range of resort and apartment accommodation caters for all types. Many have water activities, Kids Clubs and onsite family facilities to enjoy together. Some also have kids stay free, kids eat free deals.
About Adela Backhouse Travel has always captured Adela’s imagination. She’s an expert in North America having lived in the US and Quebec Canada for over 5 years, as well as all things French and the beautiful paradise of the South Pacific Islands.
Go on a family safari to East Africa. To travel at your family’s pace and cater to everyone’s breaks and sleep needs, try a self guided safari. You can stay in private houses and have your own vehicle and guide. The kids will love seeing the wildlife up close – Lions, leopards, elephants, rhinos and giraffes are just some of the animals you’re likely to encounter.
About Gail Hughes Gail specialises in offering tailor-made African Safaris. She travelled extensively through Africa, visiting Kenya, Tanzania, Zanzibar, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Botswana & South Africa. She knows how to find the right safari experience for every family.