Travelling doesn’t have to stop when children are born. With a new year and decade fast approaching many families thoughts will soon go into planning a holiday with kids. When considering where to travel in 2020, we wanted to make a list of holiday destinations to inspire families to bring out their inner wanderlust. Based off cultural experiences, adaptability, and family friendly activities, these are the best family holiday destinations of 2020.
South Island, New Zealand
Even if you haven’t seen Lord of the Rings, New Zealand is a must see family destinations. Tucked away in the corner of the world is a country with plenty to do with kids. Kids will love the South Island in particular for it’s incredible scenery, unique wildlife, and outdoor activities. Queenstown and Christchurch are bases for several day trips to explore the South Island. From boat tours, zip lining or hot springs your family is sure to be kept entertained.
Baby & Toddler Essentials In New Zealand
Shopping for Necessities
Four Square supermarket is where you can find all your necessities such as nappies, wipes, milk formula, and baby food. If the brand differs from what your child is used to it is best to bring your own.
New Zealand is extremely family-friendly when it comes to catering to children. Most restaurants provide high chairs, changing facilities, children menus and friendly staff. There are some restaurants that provide play areas for children to keep your little one entertained while you wait for your meal.
To get around New Zealand it is best to hire a car. Remember to pre-book any car seat rentals. Car rental companies provide safe car seats options suitable for infants to toddlers. Although New Zealand is a relative small country, driving around New Zealand can take longer than expected. The roads can sometimes be narrow and windy so always allow for extra time. Driving in New Zealand is no more difficult than drive in the United States.
Greece might be the first destination you think of holidaying too when to comes to relaxation. Unfortunately Greece does not cater to babies as well but don’t let this discourage you. Greece is filled with culture, friendly hospitality, great food, and some of the most incredible beaches and breath taking views.
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Baby & Toddler Essentials In Greece
Shopping for Necessities
Nappies, formula, baby food, wipes, pacifiers and other supplies are available in supermarkets, mini-markets and pharmacies. Well known brands will be more expensive. It is also worth nothing that several formula brands have the same manufacturer but are marked under a different name. On the Greek Islands formula milk may be more difficult to find especially in small towns. You will have to find the larger supermarket shop on the island beforehand, which maybe far from where you are staying.
High chairs are not as common in restaurants and tavernas especially on the Greek Islands. A Portable High Chair Attachment is highly recommended. Another option would be to use a pram at the table. Children menus are not as common, but Greek meals are large and are meant to be shared, perfect for families. Keep in mind meal times later. Lunch is around 2pm and dinner after 9pm, with children running around playing.
Public transport such as buses and trains are an easy option with children discounts available. Allow for extra travel time as public transport does not always follow time tables.
Hiring a car is an excellent way to get around especially if you need to pick up baby supplies. Most car rentals will provide a car seat but might not be up to code with safety regulations. You will need an international drivers license, you can apply for one here. Most people have no issues driving on the main roads in Greece. But the driving rules in Greece are different. If you are an inexperienced driver, Greece roads may not be for you. Greece has the highest accident rate in all of Europe. Prepare for narrow roads, mountainous terrain, and nightmare traffic.
Singapore quickly became one of my favourite cities in the world. With its impressive skyline and cutting edge architecture, you quickly see how Singapore is becoming one of the worlds most prosperous cities. Singapore’s central location in southeast Asia make it an ideal land, air, and sea stopover for visitors. Whether you have a short stopover or plan to stay a few days, there are plenty of kid friendly activities. Singapore is also considered to be extremely safe with one of the lowest crime rates in the world.
Baby & Toddle Essentials In Singapore
Shopping for Necessities
You can find nappies, wipes, baby food, and formula in any department store. Milk formula is not cheap and it is advised you bring your own. In fact in the last 10 years prices have rose 120%. You will find Mamil, Nan, and Enfamil formulas in Singapore.
From elegant upscale restaurants to local street eats, you’ll find endless dinning choices for families. Most restaurants and hotels provide high chairs and changing facilities. We recommend bringing a portable high chair attachment when exploring neighbourhoods such as Little India, Arab street, and Chinatown.
Singapore has an excellent public transport system and you can travel by Taxi. It is also a great city to explore by foot. The public transport system is pram accessible, however if you decide to take a taxi if may be difficult to find one with a car seat. In Singapore it is not mandatory for taxis to carry car seats. Most people travel with infants or toddlers on their laps.