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India with kids? Really? Yes, really!!! India is a magical and beautiful country bursting with colours, diversity, people, wildlife and breathtaking nature. Kerala is located in the south of India and it is an amazing family destination! How so? Pristine beaches, lush backwater canals with the famous traditional houseboats, lush green tea plantations as far as the eye can see, Kerala is the greenest area in all of India and it is easily accessible via several airports including the Goa Airport, Bangalore and Cochin Airport. It is true, India is not the easiest choice for a family holiday compared to popular Bali or Phuket but it is very rewarding! Kerala is the area that is more relaxed and the most family-friendly in all of India and it is still as exotic and enchanting. With the right preparation and planning, you are in for a fantastic, unforgettable holiday with the family…

Being in the villa rental business for the past 9 years teaches us one thing: Families have very different travel needs than any other types of travellers. Whenever we expand to another destination or add a new villa into our portfolio, we always have a checklist for its kid-friendly properties. When our mom clients ask us about Niseko, we can happily say that the destination is a great choice. In this Niseko family guide, we have asked our Japan experts to share their best tips on how to travel to Niseko with kids. We will be providing some options and inspirations for you to plan your trip. Is Niseko family-friendly? The short answer: absolutely yes. We have seen enough kids in Niseko to confidently say that the destination is very family-friendly. Skiing aside, there are plenty of other things for families to do, although most of our clients come to…

Family vacations can go very, very wrong. With little ones in tow, you have a lot more to plan for, and a lot more to consider. And with all that planning, things may go astray as well, as you may read later in this article. We’ve reached out to the best people to share about family travel tips – moms who travel frequently with their children. Join us for a little bit of giggle, some “awww” moments and a lot of good vibes when they share about the best tips for travelling with kids and memorable experiences! Top family travel tips from moms who travel 1. Don’t be put off by travelling – Karen from Missing Sleep Image from Missing Sleep Website “I would say my top family travel tip is not to be put off travelling. When our kids are little it’s tempting to delay travelling because you worry how…

Still looking for that perfect place to spend a relaxing beach holiday with the family? Thailand is great! Exotic, colourful, tropical and home to some of the best beaches in the world. You can stay at splendid private pool villas, do lots of fun things and see beautiful places. Next question is – where in Thailand are you going to spend this family beach holiday? Is it going to be the vibrant and exciting beach city Pattaya or Thailand’s original resort beach town Hua Hin? To see which of these 2 fabulous holiday destinations is best for you, let’s zoom in a little and do some comparisons. This is Pattaya vs Hua Hin for families. Pattaya vs Hua Hin Pattaya is a major tourist hub famous for beach fun, nightlife, shopping and more nightlife. We’ll be honest, it’s not usually the first destination you’d think of for a relaxed family…

Beach fun, surfing, sunsets, playtime, music, monkeys, food, and cultural experiences – you’ll find it all in Uluwatu. Upcoming, trendy and yet incredibly laid-back and fun-loving, Uluwatu is located in the southern tip of Bali (the little tip at the end when looking at a map of Bali Island). From the airport, it’s about 30-45 minutes away and is home to one gorgeous white sand beach after another – the very best on the island! A great place for a memorable family getaway in Bali. The ultimate beach destination in Bali Every beach in Uluwatu is like a tiny paradise of its own with perfectly white sands, turquoise bays, awesome surfing waves and cool beach bars. The beaches are hidden away at the bottom of high limestone cliffs. Some of them are easily accessible while others are a bit harder to reach, but all the more rewarding. Uluwatu is popular…

White sandy bays, the tranquillity of an island, sea turtles and sunshine, it’s easy to see why “The Gilis” are perfect for family holidays. With three islands to choose from though, we know it’s better to be armed with enough information (and photos!) to decide which one of 3 little Gili Islands is the best for an island getaway with the kids? The word “gili” translates to “island’ and there are countless islands in the Indonesian Archipelago. However, when referring to ‘The Gili Islands’, we mean 3 specific islands located just off-shore from Lombok and just a short boat ride from Bali: Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno and Gili Air. These pristine little tropical islands are tiny paradises without motorbikes, cars and any other forms of motorizes traffic. It is truly idyllic. The Best Gili Island for families Well, to be honest, all 3 are great family destinations but to determine…

Consistently superb skiing conditions, a variety of ski resorts to choose from, plenty of kid-friendly amenities—Hakuba definitely checks off the boxes as a prime ski destination for families. It’s home to 10 major ski resorts, with each offering unique features, so getting to ski across different venues is one of the highlights here. Away from the slopes, Hakuba offers a great family experience. There are excellent restaurants and après-ski bars to check out, cultural activities to try out and onsens to unwind and take in stunning panoramas of the Japanese Alps.  Below, we’ve put together a comprehensive Hakuba skiing guide for Hakuba first-timers. We’ve covered the essentials, including where to ski, renting ski equipment and getting ski lessons.  Skiing in Hakuba There are 10 major ski resorts in Hakuba Valley (Iimori is considered part of Goryu), with a few being connected resorts with shared lift passes: Goryu and Iimori connect…

Mention Hakuba, and one immediately conjures up images of its majestic slopes, wintry landscape and prime skiing conditions. If you plan to visit Hakuba with kids, there’s plenty else to do away from the slopes. You can visit key historic sites, experience cultural activities like a tea ceremony ritual, or enjoy a soak at an outdoor hot spring with jaw-dropping views out to the mountains. For the full details (and more travel ideas), do check out our family-friendly guide below. Happy holidays! 1. Hit the slopes – the most popular way to enjoy Hakuba with kids A haven for skiing enthusiasts, Hakuba offers some of the best skiing and snowboarding in the country. There are excellent powder snow conditions, and 11 ski resorts and ski chalets you can access. For Hakuba first-timers, our recommendations are: Tsugaike Kogen’s gentle, wide slopes for beginners and Hakuba Iwatake for intermediate skiers. Experienced skiers…

There’s more to Niseko than its powdery ski slopes, stunning chalets and breathtaking scenery. It might not be immediately obvious, but the area also boasts an excellent dining scene (check out our Niseko food guide for Michelin-starred restos, cool après-ski bars and more), onsens with jaw-dropping views, well-curated museums and fascinating cultural events and workshops. There’s something for every family vacationer. If you are coming to Niseko with kids, check out our favourite attractions and activities below: 1. Experience a variety of winter activities Your little ones may not be able to ski down Niseko’s powdery slopes just yet – but that doesn’t mean that they’ll be left out of the fun. There are many other activities to cater to kids across different ages. So bring them out for reindeer rides, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, snow tubing, or just to build a snowman outdoors (Frozen soundtrack in the background)! Check out…

Snow-covered mountains, lush green hills, a massive lake, Wanaka is an amazing family destination in New Zealand, just a short 1-hour drive away from Queenstown! Unspoiled, stunningly beautiful and a great holiday destination all-year-round, you and the kids are bound to have an unforgettable time here in Wanaka. Find yourself the perfect family home in the centre of town and off you go, exploring all the highlights, viewpoints and family activities. Travelling to Wanaka with kids? Here are 10 family activities in Wanaka for a wonderful holiday. 1. Family fun at Lake Wanaka Beautiful Lake Wanaka is the main attraction point in this lovely tourist town. As expected, most of the activities and tours are happening on and around this enormous lake. Indeed, Lake Wanaka is one heavenly playground for families with kids and the views are breathtaking! There is an endless list of things to see, do a and…