Jun 27, 2018 Non kid friendly travel destinations
The things adults find fascinating children often don’t. It doesn’t make travel impossible with children it makes it different. After traveling to 37 countries this year with 3 kids under the age of 6 I realize that some cities are not designed for children. They are still great travel destinations but they offer very little entertainment for kids who will just end up feeling antsy and bored. Here are some basic and simple rules to keep in mind. Little kids are more sensitive to hot and cold temperatures and it can contribute a lot to their attitude, however kids don’t mind the rain. Keeping moral high is important for kids so always have a snack or some water on hand!
I asked my oldest Porter what he likes to do when traveling and this is what he said,
“playgrounds, animal encounters (it was really fun with kangaroos) kid museums, anything with a beach or outside, and that’s really it!”
So there you have it out of the mouth of babes! Below I give a few examples of some great destinations but point out why they aren’t great for little children.
Venice is a beautiful city that I have experienced 3 times prior to bringing my kids but after experiencing the city for the first time with children I would highly recommend not bringing little kids. Children do not care to wander around a city looking at the architecture. Add the fact that it is surrounded by water that they can’t swim in and it it only compounds their boredom. Kids need room to get their wiggles out and play and there is only one small park on Venice. I find that small kids feel really pent up on an island that is a meandering, shopping, museum going place. All things that fall naturally low on any child’s list of things to do.
Angkor Wat, Cambodia
Ankor Watt is an extremely beautiful temple to behold and I would recommend this sight as a must see, however not with little children. There is very little shade, a lot of sun, and a lot of walking. Most people that come here spend 2-3 days touring the various temples that are in the area. We did one day with out the kids and quickly realized how board and grumpy they would be the following day. The temples are very impressive and unique but for a kid they blend together. One temple looks the same as the previous temple. We did one temple with our kids and that was plenty for them and less enjoyable for us. We where constantly making sure they were hydrated and entertained.
This is a cultural gem to behold. There is a lot of hustle and some really authentic markets to take in. It is a bit of a challenge with kids. The old city is blocked off as a pedestrian zone however motorcycles and scooters ignore this and zoom through it. They speed through it, expecting everyone in there to move while you breath in their exhaust. It is very stressful walking down a quant market street trying to shop while constantly making sure your child is glued to your side at all times because of the motor traffic going by. I remember looking for shoes for one of my kids and having to constantly press myself flat against the store each time a scooter went by.
Is there some place I missed that you think should be added to the list? Please let me know! Let’s help make travel easier for parents and their little people. We need our future generation to be more globally minded as social media connects the world.