With desolate windswept beauty, visiting Inishmore of the Irish Aran Islands is a popular day trip from Galway. And for good reason, there is a bit of everything on Inishmore (also known as Inis Mor), from prehistoric clifftop forts, to geological wonders to beautiful beaches.
Killarney National Park is a nature lover’s paradise. It’s home to some of Ireland’s highest mountains and its largest remaining semi-natural woodlands. Nestled within this natural wonderland is a chain of beautiful lakes, an abundance of wildlife and plenty of family-friendly activities.
One of the best things to do in the Killarney National Park is the Gap of Dunloe. The Gap of Dunloe is an incredibly scenic, narrow mountain pass which separates the Purple Mountains from MacGillycuddy’s Reeks (the highest mountain range in Ireland).
We have always dreamed of cycling Ireland, but after we had kids, we figured we’d need to put the dream on hold until they were old enough. We are a very active family when traveling and we love the idea of a family cycling holiday, but we have often struggled to find a tour operator which has the right equipment and a family-friendly itinerary.
Most people travel to Chiang Mai to enjoy outdoor activities in its beautiful setting. We were really hoping to go for a Chiang Mai bike tour in the countryside, but we weren’t sure if we could find a tour operator with cycling equipment for kids (ours were 3 & 5 years old at the time).
Ayutthaya is the former capital of Siam and was once one of the world’s most important cities. It was nearly destroyed by a Burmese attack in 1767, but we are fortunate that enough temple ruins remain to give us a feel for what this incredible city was like in its prime. We visited here in December with our two kids, aged 3 & 5. We were a little worried about the temples being too boring for them, but they never complained once.
Kanchanaburi, Thailand is best known as the home of The Bridge over the River Kwai, but we were drawn there by the amazing outdoor activities. In three full days, we were able to do our three favorite outdoor activities with our kids (aged 3 & 5); hiking, biking and kayaking.
Lucca is known for its city walls that surround the historical city center which is filled with cobblestone streets. It’s typically done as a day trip from Florence, but if you can afford a little more time here it’s worth it. It is also a good base to explore the Tuscan countryside.