The list has easy to go and affordable destinations (well, at least 7 ou 8 of them) when travelling from Europe. Of course the real list is way longer than that, but these are the places I would like to go NOW and require very little planning. 😉
1) Sardinia: we were there in June 2009, just before I got pregnant. We flew to Olbia in the Northeast and stayed in Cala Gonone (East coast). We had a car for the week we were there and went kayaking one day, which was really fun and I would like to try again. A week is not enough to fully enjoy the island. Italy is such a friendly place to take kids (Italians love their children) that it only makes sense to go there again with the girls (not sure about trekking and kayaking though).
2) Cyprus: we were there with Laura in June 2012, and stayed in Protaras, on the southeast coast. The closest beach to our flat was Fig Tree beach, which was lovely for kids and adults. Since we had a car for the week, we managed to drive around a bit, but we stayed mostly near the apartment. I would try to go in April or May, as I found June very hot (it’s worse in July/August), and I would also like to visit Northern Cyprus.
3) Greece: we’ve only been there once, to Athens and Sifnos. There’s so much more to see and do. I would try to avoid the most popular ones and would prefer to go in April/May or September. We went in July/August and it was VERY hot. Nothing against, but the sun wasn’t really appropriate for children.
4) Florida: I went only once, when I was 12. I think it’s the perfect place to enjoy beaches and parks; in the right season the weather can be beautiful and the girls would never get bored (we had a few moments when Laura didn’t want to go to the beach anymore, so having other kids-friendly options around is always good).
5) Northeast of Brazil. We will got to Salvador in January and I hope it will be a good experience. I have been to a few places and loved them all, but it will be my first time in Bahia (at least as an experience I can remember).
6) Italy. Because it’s Italy. I want to go everywhere, anywhere, always!
7) Lapland, northern Finland. At least until they believe in Santa Claus. I think it would be a great trip. Actually, I would say that Scandinavia is a great region to visit with kids. My impression is that, as with Italians, the scandi love their children and there are loads to do with them in Norway, Sweden, Finland and Denmark. It could be just an impression – we visited Norway and Copenhagen and there was nothing screaming BRING YOUR KIDS, but there was this kids-friendly thing in the air.
8) Guernsey/Jersey. I’m dying to visit those islands; I’ve seen some pretty great pictures and they are not far, it’s British territory (although next door to France), it’s easy access (we can go either by air or sea) and they are tiny, so in a week should be possible to visit most/all of it. Oh, I mean one week each, not both.
9) Berlin. Loads of friends say the most amazing things about Berlin. Not sure how interesting it is for a pre-schooler, but I’m sure we can fin something she will enjoy doing.
10) Australia. This wouldn’t be my list if Australia wasn’t in it. I couldn’t care less if the girls or Mr. C would enjoy a trip to Australia; this is a totally personal destination. 😉