21 Feb Top 5 International Trips for Families in 2020
In our house, spring break and summer vacation are welcome reprieves from the hustle and bustle of the daily grind. Homework, deadlines, and schedules are put on hold in favor of pure fun! Impromptu activities work well during a staycation, but family travel takes some planning, especially for a trip outside the country.
If you’re craving an exotic escape, it would be wise to nail down details as soon as possible. Often the most challenging part of planning a vacation is deciding where to go! Luckily for you, I’ve narrowed down the top 5 international family destinations for 2020. Let’s dive in!
Amsterdam is the capital city of the Netherlands. It boasts distinctive architecture, canals, and bridges and is an ideal destination for families who love history and art. Public transit makes it easy for visitors to get around the city. For those who want to experience Amsterdam at their own pace, hopping on a bicycle is the perfect mode of transportation. Some highlights that you won’t want to miss are the Van Gogh Museum, the Anne Frank House, and the world’s only floating flower market.
Barcelona is a city that seems to have it all. In one day, you can swim in the Mediterranean Sea, eat tapas until you are stuffed, and catch an FC Barcelona football game (that’s soccer y’all) at the massive stadium. If you are planning a trip, consider staying in the pedestrian-friendly Las Ramblas district. It is a safe area full of shops, eateries, and entertainment in the form of street performers. The neighborhood is close to many sightseeing stops such as Park Guell, Gaudi’s Church of the Sacred Family, and the beach!
Looking for a Caribbean paradise with a laid-back atmosphere? Consider visiting Negril, Jamaica. Sunny weather – with hospitality to match – make for a pleasant family getaway. In Negril, you will find delicious food, stunning beaches, and some of the most breathtaking sunsets on the planet. This town is a short taxi ride from the Montego Bay airport, but the tempo in Negril is much slower. Whether you choose to stay at a posh resort offering a kids’ club, or a private villa, Negril is a superb location for a week of rest and relaxation.
Tamarindo, Costa Rica
Costa Rica is famous for rainforests, beaches, and volcanoes, and its beach town of Tamarindo is a cool getaway for families with active lifestyles. Tourists can enjoy excursions such as ziplining, horseback riding, surf lessons, nature hikes, and volcano tours. If you choose this destination, you will appreciate the culture, cuisine, and friendliness of the locals. Meanwhile, the kiddos will get a kick out of frequent sightings of monkeys, lizards, and colorful birds. In short, Tamarindo is a welcoming town just steps away from untouched natural beauty.
Adventure-seekers can reach Tulum in just under 2-hours by car from Cancun. Tulum is known for its beautiful beaches, magnificent views of the Caribbean Sea, and archeological site tours. There is no shortage of resorts in Tulum, ranging in price from budget-friendly to extremely extravagant. Most resorts will offer concierge services to help you book the best outings for your brood. You can design a unique experience with activities like snorkeling, touring Mayan ruins, and cave or cavern diving. Or simply hang out on the beach and enjoy the breeze.
International Travel Tips
Once you have decided where to go, it’s time to book your travel! But before you drop serious cash on an international trip, make sure you have done your homework. Here are some tips and considerations to help you plan your journey.
- Do you have passports for the entire family? If not, look into expediting your passport application at your local agency. The process is relatively simple, but you should expect to pay a rush fee.
- What season is it in the country that you plan to visit? Be sure to educate yourself about the climate and pack accordingly.
- What is the infrastructure like in your destination of choice? If your family has special medical or dietary requirements, ensure that needs can be adequately met during travel or that you have clearance to pack any necessary items.
- What are the cultural norms? If you plan to visit culturally significant or sacred areas, observe proper dress and etiquette as a sign of respect for the local people.
- Does the region in which you plan to travel present any safety or security risks? Always visit state.gov to stay in the loop about travel advisories or alerts before vacationing in a foreign country.
Where do you want to travel to in 2020 and beyond? Comment and join the discussion.