Have you got a travel bucket list? Most of us have them right?
To be honest I find it hard to narrow down all the places I’d like to go to. I always think my bucket list should be places I’ve not visited before, but then there are plenty of places I’ve already been that I would love to go again, or even places I’ve been without the children that I’d love to visit with them.
It’s so hard to fit an entire planet into a lifetime!
There are so many places I have on my real ‘full’ list, it’s probably easier to list the places that aren’t on the list in reality. However, here are a few of my thoughts – I’d love to know what destinations you have on your list.
Borneo is the third-largest island in the world and the largest in Asia, so worth a visit on that basis right? I’d love to go as it feels like one of those places that wouldn’t be in your regular top 10 of places to visit, especially with a family in tow.
Then, you start reading about Borneo and think, well, quite frankly how could you not want to visit? The possibility of seeing a wild orangutan swinging through the jungle canopy, spotting an Irrawaddy dolphin in the shimmering waters of the South China Sea, or locking eyes with the reptilian gaze of a saltwater crocodile means I’m totally sold.
You might be thinking why Greece? There are so many other places in the world. True, but it’s not that far away and I’ve never been. It’s supposed to be great for water lovers and well, I live with five of those, so I think it’s a must for us at some point.
Kos or Crete perhaps? Greece seems like the kind of place where you could do something new everyday. I think it would be the perfect blend of action and relaxation for us as a family. I’ve heard great things about the water parks and the beaches, so I think it would be one of those holidays spent in swimwear!
I’ve also heard that you should try and explore on your own, so look for car hire Crete to get an idea of what is available.
I can’t make any list involving travel without having Dubai on there somewhere. It’s an amazing place and seems like such a wonderful place to take the children as well. It feels very safe and there is just so much to do and literally something for everyone. The variety of things from skiing, to water parks, to swimming with dolphins, to crazy desert dune rides, to high rise buildings with amazing views, incredible shopping, stunning beaches and bath warm sea – the list always seems endless when it comes to Dubai.
What’s more, it’s one of those places that feels really far away but in terms of travel time it really isn’t, so there’s no need to worry about how jet lag will affect the family. You can pretty much arrive and get going straight away.
Spain might seem a dull choice after the likes of Borneo and wild orangutans BUT, one of the things about travelling is that it also somehow makes you appreciate the things you have closer to home.
We love Scotland and Wales, Ireland and parts of England and sometimes you do have to stop and see the amazing things much more on the door step. Europe is accessible and ‘easy’ by boat, train or flight and you can be there quickly.
I have spent some time in Spain but it’s not somewhere we’ve been as a family. There are tons of family-friendly destinations, with amazing beaches, hotels and water parks – the tricky bit is where to choose!
Antigua is not somewhere we have ever been but it’s a place we’ve heard amazing things about. Antigua is one of the two major islands that make up the Caribbean nation of Antigua and Barbuda. Ringed with coral reefs, the island is known for its many sandy beaches, and would really suit my water babies I think.
There are tons of water-based activities and glorious beaches to play on all day long. The weather is warm all year around and with a flight time of just under nine hours, it’s do-able with a family.
When they’ve had enough sand in their toes there are dozens of zip lines, tree top walks, courses and aerial trails through dense, tropical Antiguan forest. Another favourite pass time of my tribe!