We were initially hesitant to visit the town of Geiranger after reading some accounts of how touristy it was and that it was not worth it to visit the town. Thankfully, we like to make our own decisions about a place and after looking at some pictures of the world-famous Geirangerfjord, we could see it looked like a place we didn’t want to pass up.
Alesund was the inspiration for our trip to Norway. We had just returned from a month in Italy and were catching up on some TV shows we had missed while we were away. Still fans of the Amazing Race, we were blown away by the images they showed of Alesund. We started looking into a trip to Norway with kids and it wasn’t long before we were hoping on a plane to visit Alesund (with a toddler and preschooler) just a couple of months later.
As you would imagine, the mountain and coastal scenery around Norway is spectacular and I couldn’t imagine a better way to get around Norway with kids than by train. The more we researched getting from Oslo to Bergen, the more we knew the 7 hour journey by train was the best option for us. Seven hours may seem like a long time on a train with two small kids, but the Norwegians do it right.
We love outdoor activities while traveling, so when we were planning a month in Italy, we knew hiking in Cinque Terre was a must. Cinque Terre is one of Italy’s most beautiful locations and the hiking between the legendary five villages is truly epic. The hiking trails often lead you to elevated viewpoints which give views you simply don’t get if you never leave the towns. And best of all, we were able to share this experience with our two kids, aged 1 & 3.
Traveling by train is one of the best ways to get around Italy. It’s so much more relaxing than renting a car and the scenery is spectacular. Don’t be shy taking the train with kids – Italians LOVE kids and they will be made to feel welcome on every journey.
The Mayan Riviera is a hugely popular place to visit and for good reason; there is so much to see and do. We all know about the world-famous white sand beaches and glistening turquoise colored water and the amazing Mayan ruins. But did you know they also have a wide variety of eco-adventure parks as well? These parks showcase the natural wonders of the region (the jungle, ocean, cenotes and wildlife) and put it all together in a mix of fun, learning and adventure.
The great thing about the Yucatan Peninsula is that it isn’t just all about sand and sun, it also has some world-class cultural attractions as well. It is blessed with the ruins of three Mayan civilizations, including Tulum, Coba and Chichen Itza, which was named a “New Modern Wonder of the World” in 2007. Each of the ruins is easily visited as a day trip from Cancun or Playa del Carmen.
A laid-back tropical island paradise a mere 8 miles away from Cancun? Yes please! Beautiful Isla Mujeres is a world-apart from the craziness of Cancun and makes for a perfect day trip with the kids. Between the ferry ride, the golf cart rental, the turtles and fun by the water, our kids had a great day!
We know that it’s hard to find time to properly plan for a trip with kids, so we have put together all the information and resources you will need to plan a memorable family trip to the Mayan Riviera.
Florence with small kids, is it doable? It certainly is. It may not be the leisurely strolls through art museums or enjoying a late afternoon glass of wine, but there are plenty of activities in Florence for everyone. Even if the art, culture and architecture aren’t high up on your list of things to see, you can still find fun things to do with kids in Florence that will keep the whole family happy.