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Summer 2019: Best Family-Friendly summer vacation destinations

If you want to take the kids away during school holidays but don't know where to go, read on! We've selected some of our favorite family-friendly summer vacation destinations to help you plan the perfect summer trip
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Best family-friendly summer destinations for very young families

Having young children doesn’t mean you need to miss out on travel adventures. In fact, it’s even more reason to get exploring. Chances are if you’re traveling with babies or toddlers you will want destinations with all or some of the following: a direct flight, good public transport, pedestrian-friendly streets, and lots of hotel or hostel choice.

To give you some ideas, here’s our pick of some of the top summer vacation destinations for young families:

Lisbon, Portugal

Flight time: direct flight is around 8.5 hours

Cost: from around *AED1,511 per adult

Why it suits a family: Lisbon has good public transport links in and around the city. It’s very pedestrian friendly (but a little hilly, so take comfy shoes and a light stroller!). There’s tons of places to eat and drink and loads of nearby options for day trips.

Best family-friendly summer vacation ideas: Lisbon

Melbourne, Australia

Flight time: direct flight is around 13.5 hours

Cost: from around *AED1,989 per adult

Why it suits families: If you can handle the flight (check out this article if you want tips) then Melbourne is a wonderful city for a very young family. There’s great public transport all around the city, so you won’t be worrying about car seats or flagging down cabs. Top attractions for families include Luna Park, the Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium and Melbourne Zoo.

Best family-friendly summer vacation ideas: Melbourne

Budapest, Hungary

Flight time: direct flight is around 8 hours

Cost: from around *AED729 per adult

Why it suits families: The Hungarian capital is an easy place to visit with small children and most hotels/hostels are child friendly. There’s lots of things to see and do with littlies in tow, including walking tours (pushchairs or carriers would be ideal), boat trips down the Danube, museums, galleries, and public parks. For more things to do and see, click here.

Best family-friendly summer vacation ideas: Budapest

Best family-friendly summer destinations for young families

Taking slightly older children on holiday means you’ll need to think carefully about where you go. If there’s too little to see and do you might find it a struggle. But if you try to take on too much, you may end up with some tired and grumpy children on your hands! Here’s some ideas of easy family-friendly summer vacation destinations for young families:

Larnaca, Cyprus

Flight time: direct flight is around 4.5 hours

Cost: from around *AED1,329 per adult

Why it suits families: Larnaca is full of historical sights so is a great place to get kid’s imaginations running. It has tons of independent cafes and shops and is home to one of the island’s most popular beaches – Mackenzie Beach. It’s as family-friendly as they come with toilets, sun beds and food and drink stalls.

Best family-friendly summer vacation ideas: Larnaca

Prague, Czech Republic

Flight time: direct flight is around 6.5 hours

Cost: from around *AED1,162 per adult

Why it suits families: Prague is a good city for a family of any age, really. It has loads of history, museums, castles, restaurants and shops. Read more about all it has to offer: Top attractions and things to do in Prague.

Best family-friendly summer vacation ideas: Prague

Mauritius

Flight time: direct flight is around 8 hours

Cost: from around *AED2,054 per adult

Why it suits families: The island of Mauritius has loads to offer families – hiking trails, scuba diving, snorkeling, kayaking, pristine beaches and lots of all-inclusive resorts. It’s small enough for you and your family to explore almost all the island, but don’t feel pressured to do so!

Best family-friendly summer vacation ideas: Mauritius

Best family-friendly summer destinations for older families

If your kids are teenagers you’ll want a holiday that keeps them busy and engaged. There’s nothing worse than a bored teenager. Check out these family-friendly summer vacation destinations that would best suit families with older children:

London, United Kingdom

Flight time: direct flight is around 7 hours

Cost: from around *AED1,005 per adult

Why it suits families: London has everything you’d want for a family-friendly summer vacation with older children. There are museums-a-plenty, as well as parks, festivals, shops, restaurants, theaters, etc. It’s easy to get around by bus or on the Tube and many of the attractions have discounts on family tickets.

London
Best family-friendly summer vacation ideas: London

New Delhi, India

Flight time: direct flight is around 3 hours

Cost: from around *AED677 per adult

Why it suits families: We know it’s a total cliche but India really is a feast for the senses and should be on everyone’s travel bucket list. There’s a huge amount of Indian influence in the UAE but nothing quite beats seeing the country in person and tasting the food, shopping at the markets, and riding in an auto rickshaw!

Read more: Top 10 things to do and see in New Delhi

Best family-friendly summer vacation ideas: New Delhi

Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Flight time: direct flight is around 8.5 hours

Cost: from around *AED1,269 per adult

Why it suits families: When the weather is nice, Edinburgh is up there with the best family-friendly summer vacation destinations anywhere in the world. With everything it has to offer – Edinburgh Castle, the Royal Mile, Edinburgh Fringe, Princes Street, and more – there’s enough to stop a teenager from ever being bored.

Read more: Top 10 things to do and see in Edinburgh

Best family-friendly summer vacation ideas: Edinburgh

*This article was published May 2019. Information and prices correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.

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