The Best Family Holiday Destinations in the World (2020)

Looking for the best family holiday destinations in the world? If you’re planning an epic family trip, or even if you’re eyeing up a few smaller, but equally exciting family holidays, this list should provide some inspiration.

I’ve tried to include both short and long-haul (and even staycations) and a few price points. However, they all have one thing in common – they’re the types of trips that will make you want to print all the photos and have you reminiscing in years to come.

The Best Places to Travel With Family

Best Family Holiday Destinations 2020
Best Family Holiday Destinations in the World 2020

1. Vancouver With Kids

Kitsilano, Kits wings
Vancouver with kids

My little family love Canada. We’ve been a few times and every time it steals a bit more of our hearts.

I’d recommend hiring a car and including Vancouver, Tofino and Whistler. The scenery is just incredible. Adventurous families will love off-roading in a 4×4 and the cable car in Whistler. Littles will love the beachfront playground at Kitsilano.

If you’re budget or time doesn’t stretch that far then base yourself in Vancouver. There’s enough there to still have an amazing time!

Find out more and plan your trip -> Vancouver With Kids

2. Puglia With Kids

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Puglia with kids

Puglia is still largely off the radar with English travellers – and I’m not sure why to be honest as I’ve been raving about it since 2015! 2020 is really the time to take advantage of this private gem. Found in the southern heel of Italy, it’s full of rustic charm and stylish class.

Flights are super cheap from the UK. Accommodation spots are unique and the service is friendly and welcoming. Fill your days learning about the powers of the olive trees or stuffing your face with the most delicious food you’ve ever eaten.

We’ve been a few times now and love it just as much. We don’t normally like to repeat trips, but we’d happily return in a heartbeat. There’s always a new town to explore.

Find out more and plan your trip -> Puglia With Kids

3. Northumberland With Kids

I’ve been wanting to take my family to Northumberland for so long now and have decided 2020 is the year to make it happen.

We’ve booked a few nights in a super cool and exciting family-friendly treehouse in Kielder. The star-studded skies above Kielder Water & Forest Park are the darkest in England. The roof of the treehouse opens up, so we’ve got a strong chance of seeing the star lit sky and I know it will blow my 4 year old’s mind!

There are also plenty of activities and sights to entertain children and adults alike. From pristine waters to ziplines and quirky sculptures, it’s all here.

We’re following that with a few nights in a wooden wigwam next to the coast because what child doesn’t like running wildly along the beach?! And there’s more than 30-miles of unspoilt beach, plus a castle to explore.

Find out more and plan your trip -> Family-Friendly Treehouses in the UK

4. Sicily With Kids

Scala dei Turchi in Agrigento Sicily
Sicily with kids

Further south than Puglia, you’ll find the island known as Sicily. We loved our family trip to Sicily much more than we even expected to. Hire a car and enjoy a few nights in a few different spots.

Mount Etna offers the chance to explore volcanic treks. In the southern area Agrigento offers ruins and architecture to fuel your inner archaeologist. Whilst foodies will be in love with the whole island, but kids will especially love the traditional ice cream in brioche buns for breakfast in Palermo.

With cheap flights by both, easyJet and Ryanair, it’s an affordable destination to visit in 2020 (assuming you also live in the UK).

Find out more and plan your trip -> Sicily With Kids

5. Jasper With Kids

Ice Explorer at Columbia Icefields Parkway in Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada
Ice Explorer at Columbia Icefields Parkway in Jasper National Park

I think Jasper National Park will always make my top family holidays list year in year out. It’s just so magical and mesmerizing. I can’t recommend it enough.

Fly into Edmonton, spend a few days there and then drive to Jasper National Park for mountains, lakes and pinch-me views. Stay in a gorgeous cabin, step on a glacier and spy bears.

We went when my boy was less than a year old. I don’t think I’ll ever forget the moment we stood on the glacier as the snow fell.

Find out more and plan your trip -> Jasper With Kids

6. Cornwall With Kids

Popular with families, Cornwall always draws the crowds. My family has travelled all over the world, but somehow we’ve always neglected the 5-hour drive from where we live. Not this year though. 2020 is the year my family will finally step on those beaches.

There are so many gorgeous, gorgeous holiday stays in the area, as well as beautiful places to eat out at. And the beaches? Spectacular enough to make me shun giving this spot to an overseas destination.

Best Family Holiday Destinations 2020
Best Family Holiday Destinations in the World 2020

7. New Zealand With Kids

I’d highly recommend this one pre-school so you don’t have to travel during the UK summer holidays when the prices are sky high and the weather isn’t so great. We’re going shortly as a last biggie before my boy starts school in September.

Hire a motorhome and explore both the north and south islands. There is so much to do, from natural wonders like thermal pools and glow worm caves, to fun things like luge rides, Hobbiton cable cars. And not to mention the beautiful scenery.

Find out more and plan your trip -> New Zealand With Kids

8. Jordan With Kids

It’s always a good time to visit Jordan, especially when it involves a visit to Petra. It’s said that nothing can prepare you for the first time you set your eyes on the famous, worldly wonder. Carved into a pink rock face in the 1st century, it’s been drawing crowds for many years.

It’s not off limit for kids though. Just look at Travel Mad Mum and her family in Jordan. I’m hoping to visit when my two mini-explorers are a little older and I already can’t wait.

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  • Oh gosh, stop teasing me with these choices! Petra is just somewhere I’ve been dreaming about since I first learned of it – so far the closest I got was the cardboard stand at Visit Jordan WTM :D And funnily enough, Philippines was the other place I was trying to squeeze into my upcoming South East Asia trip but couldn’t quite manage it this time! Great round up Char!

    Haha! I guess a cardboard cutout is a start – it’s closer than I’ve got!! A friend at work just went and said it was just as amazing as it seems (if not better). I guess 2015 is going to be a busy year of happy travels! :)

  • Franca 5 years ago Reply

    I’m glad to see Puglia listed here because it’s where I’m from, have you visited Alberobello too whilst you were there? That’s my home town :)

    Such a lovely place – it’s gorgeous! Yes, I visited and was blown away by its charm. Really enjoyed learning about the history too. :)

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