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Where would you go?

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TakeMeToYourLiar · 21/08/2021 17:00

We are in the lucky position that we have around 6k to spend on a holiday.

We would like to go on a really memorable trip in the next year

DS will be 5 and DD 1


We don't want a beach holiday, and would like the kids to experience another culture.

We have had vague ideas of:
Hong Kong
Japan
Israel
New Zealand

But no experience of any of them or which would br best or when to go.

DS starts reception in w few weeks so ideally would be in school holiday

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throttlebottom · 21/08/2021 23:46

Sri Lanka?

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Houseplantmad · 21/08/2021 23:47

I think your budget isn’t big enough for NZ or Australia. It’s very expensive in both and unlikely borders will open to tourists for some time. Kids cope with jet lag very well going there IME. It’s just us who felt rubbish for days!
Japan is great but quite expensive (although cheaper than NZ).

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StCharlotte · 21/08/2021 23:56

On the back of the Madagascar idea, how about a Safari? Surely they'd remember seeing a lion!

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Ylvamoon · 22/08/2021 08:37

I highly recommend Switzerland (they have cheese vending machines!)
You can travel on the Bernina Express breathtakingly beautiful train journey through the Alps - 1st class ticket to get the panoramic views! You can visited glaciers and beautiful towns & cities like Lucerne ...

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TakeMeToYourLiar · 22/08/2021 08:39

@Ylvamoon

I highly recommend Switzerland (they have cheese vending machines!)
You can travel on the Bernina Express breathtakingly beautiful train journey through the Alps - 1st class ticket to get the panoramic views! You can visited glaciers and beautiful towns & cities like Lucerne ...

This sounds like fun, but isn't Switzerland breathtakingly expensive
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Ylvamoon · 22/08/2021 08:46

Yes, Switzerland is expensive, we have done a few day / short trips and always managed on a budget as family of 4.
Your budget should be sufficient.

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Ylvamoon · 22/08/2021 08:49

PS we have had our base in Germany, Black Forest / Lake Constance, again lovely destination, but Lake Constance can feel very touristy in the Summer months.

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Jigsawtrain · 22/08/2021 09:08

@StCharlotte

On the back of the Madagascar idea, how about a Safari? Surely they'd remember seeing a lion!

Lots of safaris don’t take children of OP’s age
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StCharlotte · 22/08/2021 09:10

Ah okay. Didn't know that.

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Bagelsandbrie · 22/08/2021 09:13

Switzerland is HUGELY expensive….! I went years ago and remember being shocked at paying £12.50 for a Malibu and coke…. We went to Lucerne and I was desperate to get home again just so I could stop haemorrhaging money. (Although it was amazingly beautiful).

I wouldn’t go anywhere far with such young children. I’d just have some nice typical family holidays - maybe New York for a city type break if things become more stable there - and I’d leave the big proper travelling type stuff until they’re a bit older.

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solittletime · 22/08/2021 09:13

I’ve always dreamed of going to Vietnam. Can’t help with any of the details but know it is very child friendly. I have travelled to other similar countries, you just need to be organised with medical insurance anti malarials and jabs, but on your budget you might be able to afford to do it in more comfort so would be worth it

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solittletime · 22/08/2021 09:14

You. An go very far with young children if you are prepared for it not to be the perfect adult wanderlust experience, and still get lots out of it

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Madcats · 22/08/2021 09:15

We travelled quite a bit when DD was young. We always tried to go somewhere that either had lengthy food opening hours and/or room fridge (or self catering) if we were crossing multiple time zones. We found that DD was pretty good at sleeping on night flights and usually made sure we had lounge access so we could eat before we flew)

In Singapore toddler DD was spoiled rotten by the hotel staff. There is plenty for young children to do (big wheel, day and night zoo, Sentosa....) and different cultures/cuisines. It is very clean and ordered. Maybe time it to coincide with the grand prix if one of you fancies watching.

Another favourite is Mauritius, which again is very tourist/child-friendly. Many of the hotels have lovely kids clubs (to make friends as much as anything). It is a mix of beautiful beaches, sugar and tea plantations and rainforest, with mosques and hindu temples. Going all inclusive should keep you within your £6k budget (the Attitude chain of hotels is good at trying to introduce a bit of local culture into your stay).

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actiongirl1978 · 22/08/2021 09:20

If you go for NZ via LA, I recommend the sky seats in economy on air new Zealand. We had them for the LA leg with DC and they were amazing.

Also we took DD who was 1 to Oz for our honeymoon and we had a brilliant trip, though we weren't in economy so the flights were easier than they might have been.

If you go for Oz, we stayed in St Kilda Beach which was v child friendly. A lovely play park, swimming pools, could see massive jellyfish off the jetty, great market, amazing cafes for lovely breakfasts. We found Melbourne fabulous for children (we had a pushchair so obvs remember the ease of getting around).

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Jigsawtrain · 22/08/2021 09:36

I would second Singapore, you could have a week there with loads to do and a week somewhere in Malaysia either beach or rainforest.

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Jigsawtrain · 22/08/2021 09:36

I still would hate a 14 hour flight with such young children though 😂

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Lucia574 · 22/08/2021 09:54

I’d leave it a few years, save a bit more, then go a really great trip to Far East once your youngest is 9 or 10. Have a look at the Selective Asia website for some itinerary ideas. Sri Lanka would be great, or Vietnam, or Thailand…You’ll need more like 10 thousand, though, as long haul flights will eat up a lot of your budget.

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Lucia574 · 22/08/2021 09:57

The summer family adventure in Sri Lanka (Selective Asia) is £6500 per family, but that’s not including flights, for example.

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TakeMeToYourLiar · 22/08/2021 10:11

@solittletime

You. An go very far with young children if you are prepared for it not to be the perfect adult wanderlust experience, and still get lots out of it

Yes! This is what we are looking forward :)
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TakeMeToYourLiar · 22/08/2021 10:12

@Madcats

We travelled quite a bit when DD was young. We always tried to go somewhere that either had lengthy food opening hours and/or room fridge (or self catering) if we were crossing multiple time zones. We found that DD was pretty good at sleeping on night flights and usually made sure we had lounge access so we could eat before we flew)

In Singapore toddler DD was spoiled rotten by the hotel staff. There is plenty for young children to do (big wheel, day and night zoo, Sentosa....) and different cultures/cuisines. It is very clean and ordered. Maybe time it to coincide with the grand prix if one of you fancies watching.

Another favourite is Mauritius, which again is very tourist/child-friendly. Many of the hotels have lovely kids clubs (to make friends as much as anything). It is a mix of beautiful beaches, sugar and tea plantations and rainforest, with mosques and hindu temples. Going all inclusive should keep you within your £6k budget (the Attitude chain of hotels is good at trying to introduce a bit of local culture into your stay).


Some great ideas thank you
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HelenHywater · 22/08/2021 10:16

I have taken my dcs all over the place - I took the view that I didn't want a beach holiday, but I compromised and took them places where there was a beach for a few days.

Would say anywhere in the far east would fit the bill - interesting for you and your DH. So Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam and Indonesia. I have also gone to Sri Lanka with mine when they were very young. I loved it there. I went to Cuba last year and really enjoyed it. Did find a beach or 2 for the children, but lots of other things to do too.

When mine were much younger we did go to Italy and Spain alot too. Mixed it up between cities and beaches and countryside. I love Italy particularly.

I'm thinking of Japan next year, but mine are teens now and I think they'll really appreciate it. Similarly the US was fun with teens. (eye wateringly expensive though).

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Travielkapelka · 22/08/2021 10:17

Israel is a good idea if you can get it, they’re currently really strict about access due to Covid.

It’s a great trip with kids and incredibly child friendly, short flight and great weather, I’d go around April when the weather is perfect for exploring and add some beach time.

Alternatively wait until your youngest is about 5 and Thailand is a great and easy introduction to SE Asia with kids

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Pieceofpurplesky · 22/08/2021 11:07

Valencia is a great city for kids - mix of beach and culture. The City of Arts and Sciences is great for all ages. The science museum is great.

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Jerseygirl12 · 22/08/2021 12:39

I’ve been in quite a few holidays that are child friendly but not based all around the DC.
Some of these that have been particularly good.
Cape Town, we had a car and did lots of not too long days out and there was no jet lag.
Rio de Janeiro and Iguassa Falls staying in once in a rainforest hotel in Argentina.
St Lucia, first part of the holiday stayed in a town house, ate at local places and did really good days out. Then we transferred to a really nice all inclusive hotel, chilled and used all the facilities.
Cuba, similar to St Lucia but the other way around. The second part of the holiday was a stay in Havana.
Fly to LA, sightseeing and Disney and then a weeks cruise to Pacific side of Mexico.
Disney cruise around the Med visiting Rome, Pompeii, leaning tower of Pisa, Barcelona etc. We had a few days in Costa Brave before I’m a really Spanish resort which had a lovely promenade and we took the DC to a little fun fair each evening really late.
I’ve done many, many, many other trips and they’ve all been to paces I want to go to
and then I’ve found family/kids stuff to do there as well as taking them to the major sights.
Some of these suggestions could work for you as your DC get older.

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Jerseygirl12 · 22/08/2021 12:42

OP my son was like yours, he became obsessed with flags and maps of the world from a young age. He’s 21 now and loves his collection of souvenirs from his travels.

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