It’s been a very strange year so far. To say the least. I don’t know about you, but I’m beginning to really, really miss structure, and routines, and stuff to look forward to. Our holiday this year was cancelled, and I can’t help but start thinking about – or rather wishing for – the future that may come, if we’re lucky. This week I’ve found myself daydreaming about the best family holiday destinations in the world.

We’d not yet found the courage to take the girls on a plane till we booked Italy for earlier this year, which was subsequently cancelled. So while it’s not something we’re able to do imminently, I’ve been wondering about where I’d most love to whisk Pixie and Elfin away to. So I’ve put together a bucket list of family holidays that I think they’d love as much as we would, for when the time comes…

Thinking about taking your little one/s away? If you're looking for inspiration or advice for child friendly trips and resorts abroad, this bucket list will help! Including some of the best family breaks for parents and children alike, from beach holidays to Christmas getaways.

The Best Family Holiday Destinations in the World

Lapland

I know it’s still only mid August, but in a blogger’s world it’s necessary to always be thinking several months ahead. So by that logic it’s just about acceptable for me to allude to the ‘C’ word in this context, right? Well, either way, the girls at the perfect ages to embrace the festivities this year – something we’d ordinarily be dipping into at our local garden centre already by now!

And it got me thinking once again about my burning desire to visit Lapland.

In spite of my issues with Christmas (of which there are a few) when it comes to the magic and theatre of the season, I’m like a big kid. I adore it – and I would love nothing more than to visit the heart of it all and watch my daughters soak up the atmosphere like a sponge, while I live vicariously through them… Yep, I confess, that’s precisely what I’d be doing.

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For all the reasons listed above, this would truly be a family break full of wonder and intrigue. Plus – of course – the Aurora Borealis! It’s definitely going to happen, I’m just not yet sure when…

My Family Holiday Bucket List

Where to Stay in Lapland

If you want a 5* experience, it has to be Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort, doesn’t it? Yep, that’s the one with the glass igloos in case you were wondering.

Christmas in New York

I know, I know – it’s practically the same thing as Lapland.

But a childlike part of me is desperate to live out my favourite Christmas movies IRL (Miracle on 34th Street, obvs.)

That means it must be snowing, and the trip must include lots of toy shops. (Seeing this in print, I’ve a bad feeling the reality may be somewhat different to the fantasy, since I actually can’t stand crowds…)

My Family Holiday Bucket List

Where to Stay in New York

My dream stay would be at The Plaza – the perfect blend of luxury and family.

Venice

It was on my bucket list from the moment I became aware of its existence, and I’m fortunate to have been there twice; the first time my husband proposed, and the second as part of a cruise for our honeymoon. However, my hubby was confined to our cabin with a dreadful case of gastroenteritis and was literally holed up until the moment we had to catch our flight home.

I’d love to return, with or without our daughters – it’s beautiful and romantic, and reality is suspended as you walk around Venice and see roads replaced with canals and cars replaced with gondolas. Idyllic.

My Family Holiday Bucket List

Where to Stay in Venice

Having stayed here myself, this wouldn’t be my first choice for a family break – but if it’s opulence and majesty you want, you cannot go wrong with the breathtaking Sina Centurion Palace on the Grand Canal.

Bali

It’s basically paradise isn’t it?

This one may be less for the family and more for me if I’m honest. However I’m led to believe that it’s a fab location for children too, so though the inspiration may be mine alone, I do think we could all have a wonderful time.

There’s so much to do in Bali (I’ve been planning my pretend holiday), but I’d be especially keen to visit the Bali Safari and Marine Park where you can enjoy the authentic natural beauty on elephant back! It would be a once in a lifetime experience, and I don’t doubt children would be totally enthralled too. Oh, and the food just sounds exquisite – far more enticing than bangers and mash…

My Family Holiday Bucket List

Where to Stay in Bali

You can get cheap hotel deals at various resorts, but one that particularly stands out for me is the stunning Ayana Resort and Spa Bali.

Disney World, Florida

Just to prove it’s not all about me and what I want… This would certainly earn hubby and I major parent points – and I hear it’s fun for all the family too.

For me, in terms of magic and awe it wouldn’t be quite on the same scale as Lapland, but I’m sure it would come a very close second.

My Family Holiday Bucket List

Where to Stay near Disney Land

If you want to stay a Disney Resort hotel (of course you do), there’s plenty of choice raging from ‘value’ to ‘deluxe’.

With this being my bucket list I’ve not opted for budget hotels in every instance and I’m sure there would be more affordable alternatives.

However, if you’re going to dream, you should dream big, right?

Have you visited any of these beautiful destinations, and would you recommend any other specific locations for fabulous family holidays?

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An award-nominated blogger and author, Kate is an experienced breastfeeding advocate, and expert baby sleep chaser. Her writing has appeared on Mothercare, Huff Post, and BritMums.

6 Comments

  1. Happy Mummy Reply

    Lapland UK looks like a good alternative to actual Lapland! I do fancy NY and Florida! x

    • Kate Tunstall Reply

      Yes, I think maybe next year we’ll give Lapland UK a try! But really I’m desperate to get to the real thing! x

  2. Mummy Times Two Reply

    Wow some totally stunning places there. I’d love to go to Lapland. Maybe next year when the little man is a little older. #OutsideMyWindow

    • Kate Tunstall Reply

      It’s so difficult knowing the right time to go with little ones, isn’t it? But that’s one of the reasons I’d love to do Lapland – it’s totally geared up to enchanting them. I think it would be magical.

  3. Definitely dreaming big! Disneyland Paris was a great family holiday for us, we got a deal for a 5 day trip and the advantage over Florida was French food, no jet lag and just a train ride to get there. Long time ago now but happy memories. I’d love to take my children to Iceland. I have a friend who had taken his kids twice and plans to go back, he has convinced me it’s the ultimate adventure! #outsidemywindow

    • Kate Tunstall Reply

      I’ve heard Paris is very expensive but I guess it is worth the cost! And that does make sense actually.

      I am so excited for when we finally do the Lapland trip!

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