The ease with which so many people can travel nowadays means that more families than ever are deciding to go further abroad for their family vacation. Travel to exotic locations is becoming much more affordable, and budget airlines and competitively priced travel companies make this process a lot smoother than it was several years ago.
There are so many destinations around the world that are family friendly and which will enable your children to experience a different culture and gain an understanding of the world beyond that of their own country. Traveling to exotic locations also allows your children to get out of their comfort zone and become independent and resilient individuals. Learning how other people live is something that your children will gain from this kind of experience, and can help them understand the importance of integration and tolerance as well as many other life skills.
If you have considered going further afield than you normally do on your summer vacation location, or have already been looking around at places you would like to visit, but are worried about cost, then take a look at the following countries which are budget-friendly holiday destinations.
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If you want an unforgettable adventure on an entirely different continent, then consider visiting SouthEast Asia which includes Thailand, the Philippines, and Malaysia. While this subregion of Asia is renowned for being a backpackers destination, it is also seeing an increase in families who come to visit this beautiful, diverse part of the world. Flights to the various countries within this region can also be purchased cheaply if booked in advance.
One of the many great things about Malaysia is the Malaysian people who are incredibly welcoming and family orientated individuals who will make you and your family feel comfortable. They are also particularly welcoming and warm towards children! Malaysia is a culturally diverse country that offers an enormous amount of places to visit such as Kuala Lumpur, Penang, the Cameron Highlands, as well as countless other destinations. There are also many attractions which cater to children such as Legoland Malaysia and the Sunway Lagoon theme park. Another plus of visiting Malaysia is that it is a very affordable country to visit, with the price of living and traveling within this country is far less than many other nations you might go to for a vacation. Getting around by train bus and plane is straightforward as Malaysia is very well connected. Choosing to rent a home while visiting this country can be much more affordable than staying in a hotel as well as providing you and your children with the comfort and security that comes with a home. There are many ways you can find apartments to rent, and going through a certified estate agent or renting site is the most secure way.
Thailand is now a popular tourist destination for many reasons, not least of which is the beautiful landscape which includes jungle, coast and the infamous hustle and bustle of its capital city Bangkok. Traveling here with a family is easier than you would think, and even if their bus systems are known for being a little chaotic, their trains are renowned for their comfort and relative affordability. The many markets, temples, and cultural attractions will mean that there is something new to do every single day, and the only problem you will have is trying to fit in everything you want to see in the time you are there. Chiang Mai, Bangkok and the well-known islands and beaches offer you a range of different experiences depending on what kind of experience you and your family want to have in Thailand. As with any other country that has a different culture to our own, make sure you are aware of any cultural differences or sensitivities and make sure you keep this in mind when deciding where you want to go. One tip is to bring a scarf or shawl with you when visiting temples as you will need to cover your shoulders.
The laid back atmosphere of the Caribbean, the crystalline water and the all-year-round sun make it one of the best locations for a family who want a beach holiday. The Caribbean is home to over 7,000 Islands which makes a choice a little overwhelming. There are, of course, many countries and islands that are more well-known such as Jamaica, Barbados and the US Virgin Islands however if you want a unique experience then it might be worth checking out Belize and St Martin.
Belize is a cheap destination that is home to an incredible array of waterfalls, beaches and archaeological sites. Tourism is on the rise in this country, with it ranking as the second biggest industry in the nation. As a result of this, Belize caters for all types of travellers and English is spoken by many people. The wildlife alone will keep your kids entertained, as well as the underground rivers, jungle tours and Mayan remains which you can experience together as a family. As Belize is well connected to other parts of Central and South America, you might consider visiting neighboring Islands or countries.
St. Martin/St. Maarten
This Island is split between a French and Dutch side, with both sides being easily accessible. Each side has its own culture, with food, languages, and currency being completely different. Despite their differences, both sides share the same laid back attitude and beautiful beaches. This is one of the cheaper Islands of the Caribbean, with the Dutch side being slightly more cheaper than the French. Consider visiting the island with bikes and taking one of the many tours this Island has to offer.
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Visiting India as a family might not have been on your list of things to do before your children grow up, perhaps in part to the reputation India has as a chaotic and sometimes overwhelmingly busy country to visit. Visiting India, however, is an experience that you will never be able to forget as the colours, smells and tastes of this country are entirely unique. If you still have your reservations, consider visiting Kerala on the south coast of India. Kerala is a family friendly destination with beautiful backwaters and rolling hills, that is a lot more slow-paced and tranquil than perhaps Mumbai or New Delhi but still, allows you to experience the essence of India.
Prague, Czech Republic
Visiting Prague is an excellent way to enjoy a city holiday without feeling like your children will get bored. This city is simply heaving with museums, open air festivals, markets and shops, including several chocolate factories! This is an affordable place to visit with a large amount of hotels, hostels, guesthouses and apartments to choose from. Walk along Charles Bridge all the way up to the Castle and make sure you stop along the way for some delicious pastries! The famous John Lennon wall is worth going to have a look at as well as the Old Town Square
The Republic of Ireland’s capital is an excellent destination for all kinds of travellers, and the many things to do there means that there are plenty of options for young children to enjoy the delights of this culturally rich destination. Dublin offers all the modern amenities that you would expect, while also providing a rich history and sense of mystery that makes this country so unique. There are a big theatre district, many shops and restaurants and countless museums to entertain everyone. Make sure to check out the National Leprechaun Museum for a fun, interactive storytelling experience for children and adults alike.