For some families, introducing your kids to international travel happens at an early age. For others, they tend to shy away from the long plane rides and more intense vacations. For anyone looking to venture somewhere new, it’s time to put your travel worries behind and travel internationally. The following locations are perfect for your first international trip or your 15th trip!
Panama City, Panama
Panama offers your family exposure to culture and parks and is the perfect destination with beautiful mountains, lush tropical rainforests, and a whole island vibe. Panama is a history lover’s dream vacation. From learning about how the city was founded by the Spanish conqueror Pedro Arias de Avila in 1519, to taking in the stunning architecture, there is something for everyone to enjoy. And no trip to Panama City is complete without a visit to the Panama Canal.
Auckland, New Zealand
Take Maori, European, Pacific Island, and Asian cultures, and you’ve got Auckland, New Zealand. Whether you’re headed to the Maritime Museum, The Auckland Zoo, the Auckland Harbour Bridge, or the Auckland Botanic Gardens, Auckland is a family-friendly city! If you’re looking for outdoor activities, head slightly north to Takapuna, a beachy seaside village in Devonport. There is also snorkeling at Goat Island Marine Reserve and Shakespeare Regional Park.
This charming, kid-friendly destination is known for having more bicycles than people! Amsterdam is a circular city, full of canals and home to parks like Vondelpark. With nearly 75 museums and the Anne Frank House, Amsterdam is the perfect city for sightseeing. There is also a science center and an underground play space for kids where they can let their imagination fly! If you are planning a European vacation, include a night or two in Amsterdam on your list!
With its lush green fields, rocky landscapes, and peat bogs, Ireland and its capital Dublin are the perfect spots for an introduction to Europe. The Phoenix Park Visitors Centre, Ark Children’s Cultural Centre, and National Aquatic Centre are the ideal locations to let your kids explore and play. Dublin is also home to some of the oldest and most stunning cathedrals in Ireland, where visitors can learn about Ireland’s medieval past! No trip to Ireland is complete without a stop at the National Leprechaun Museum!