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Seeking recommendations: Where to go with a toddler and flight credits?

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Meagan

Looking for recommendations:
My husband and I have quite a large amount of flight credits and are wanting to use them to travel somewhere we wouldn't normally go to (ie: no USA, Mexico, Hawaii, etc).
We have a 2 year old son who is a very good traveler but we want to pick a place that would be relatively easy to travel to with a toddler as well.
We are thinking either the Caribbean or somewhere in Europe but are completely OPEN to ideas!
We have already been to Bali, Japan, Australia and New Zealand and will be doing Germany in 2025.
I know this is a very broad post but I'm hoping some people have good recommendations for places a toddler might enjoy as well
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Thanks in advance
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Marlee

The Algarve in Portugal,Lagos is lovely

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Stacie

I'm not sure about the controversy happening in Taiwan right now with China - but if it's all good, Taiwan is one of my most favourite places to bring a child! My son was 2.5 years old when we went and it's the most child friendly place we've ever been!

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Jessica

Thailand.

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Atika

Fiji.
Fijian people are beautiful and loving hosts. The way I saw them interact with all children while on the resorts they were so loving and fun.

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Donna

Panama

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Stephani

Panama was interesting. I loved the rainforest. I was in the same delemia with where to go and ended up doing Newfoundland. Drove right across from st John to corner Brook. Went mid June. Icebergs and puffins and whales oh my! Would def go back.

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Kala

Definitely Fiji

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Trena

Edinburgh. Great walking city, lots of wonderful Scotland day tours, or multi-day tours, to be had.

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Miguel

Croatia

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Sharon

We just did a road trip from Slovenia to Croatia to Montenegro. Travel within countries was quick and easy.
Last year we visited the Cotswolds in England ( beautiful). South of France ( St. Tropez, Nice, Monaco ).
Also recommend Thailand. Something for everyone there. Beaches, history , adventure.
Happy planning.

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Andrew

Peru

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Raena

Spain - Barcelona or Portugal - Azores

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Lory

Costa Rica.

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Tricia

Portugal is lovely in the fall. Wonderful places to walk and be outside both in the country and beaches. Easy to get around by train or rental car. You can break up the flight by a stop in Montreal to see the leaves. Lots of sweet small towns to explore in the Algarve as daytrips if it is easier to stay in one spot. Food is wonderful! Portuguese love families.

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John

Scotland

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Julie

Cook Islands
Belize

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Stephen

Heck, go to Japan. The yen is weak right now and it's super easy to travel around in.

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Adam

Fiji or Tahiti!!!!

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Marcel

depending when also nice xmas markets in Germany and Europe and after can go to spain for some warmer weather also is always nice

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Shashi

Fiji islands

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Nandani

I would definitely recommend Fiji! Not just because it’s my homeland but because you’ll actually FEEL the love and genuine connection, warmth and care from the Fijians! Also they will take care of your child/children like their own! They go out of their way to make you feel at home. AND you get to enjoy the fresh local food!

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Julie

With a two year old a long 11 hour or more, flight may be a bit too much. Hawaii would be a great choice. When my son was 3 we flew to Hawaii. We stayed in a townhouse complex and my little guy could run around on the beautiful manicured lawn that all units backed on to.

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Karen

We had an absolutely fantastic time in the Mayan Riviera with our 2 young kiddos. Lots of beautiful cenotes and beaches, but tours and attractions can be pricey. We rented a car and did most of it ourselves and avoided the whole hotel scene.

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Michelle

Nice! That is what we are doing in Maui

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Daniel

china

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Sneh

FIJI
on coral coast side

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Cindy

Vietnam

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Shaun

Belize. Van- Houston, Houston-Belize. Try Ambergris Cay or San Ignaciao (blancaneaux lodge is reedonkulous) or Vanilla Hills Lodge.

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Remon

What are flight credits? Do you mean points? Which airline?or credit card

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Marc

Train travel is a blast with kids!Get a sleeper car for your family. Check out the Seat 61 website for inspiration. I would start by flying in to Copenhagen. Fun, easy, safe for a family trip. Legoland would be an absolute hit with the little guy. Take a train in to Germany then back around to Amsterdam and fly home from there.

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Christa

Barcelona, and stay in Sitges for beach time just 30 min train from the city centre. Gaudi architecture and textures everywhere, plus some fantastic modern playground design, and tons of trains!

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Corinne

The opposite end of Canada from where you live? East coast is amazing. And your son will always be grateful that he's traveled all across Canada and has seen the other side. Always be proud of the country of your birth. There are fun things to do and see "over there", too..

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Jacqui

Sri Lanka - 100%. We are leaving today from a 5 week trip. It has been a dream. We don’t have kids but everyone here adores kids so I’m sure it would be good. It would be a great way to use ur flight credits as the flights are costly but it is super cheap here ! Hotels and food are very inexpensive. You can hire a guide/driver for a decent price and leave the driving up to them and you just enjoy! And there is nothing to worry about here now . Everything is back to normal and it’s very safe. We compared Sri Lanka to fiji and picked Sri Lanka bc I found the accommodation prices in Fiji to be ridiculously expensive.

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Susan

Is there a particular time of year you're thinking of going? Asking because someone mentioned the Algarve area of Portugal. IMO, it's not warm enough in Fall & can get ALOT of rain at times.

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Meagan

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Thank you so much everyone! These all sound like GREAT recommendations....looks like I have some research to do


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Family-Friendly Travel Recommendations with Flight Credits

Introduction

With a wealth of flight credits at your disposal and a desire to venture beyond your typical travel destinations, you and your husband are seeking recommendations for toddler-friendly escapes. While the Caribbean and Europe are top contenders, you're open to exploring other options that cater to your little one's needs.

Caribbean Destinations

Turks and Caicos

Known for its pristine beaches, crystal-clear waters, and laid-back atmosphere, Turks and Caicos is a great choice for families with toddlers. The islands offer a range of family-friendly resorts, such as Beaches Turks & Caicos, which features a dedicated kids' club, waterpark, and shallow pools.

Aruba

Aruba is another popular Caribbean destination for families. The island boasts stunning white-sand beaches, calm turquoise waters, and a dry climate that's ideal for year-round travel. Many resorts in Aruba cater to children, providing amenities such as kids' clubs, playgrounds, and splash zones.

European Destinations

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Amsterdam is a vibrant city with plenty to offer families. The city is known for its canals, museums, and charming architecture. It also has a number of child-friendly attractions, such as the Nemo Science Museum, the Heineken Experience, and the Amsterdam Zoo.

Dublin, Ireland

Dublin is a compact and walkable city, making it easy to navigate with a toddler. The city has a number of family-friendly attractions, including the Dublin Zoo, the National Leprechaun Museum, and the Little Museum of Dublin.

Other Recommendations

Iceland

Iceland is a beautiful country with stunning natural landscapes, including glaciers, volcanoes, and waterfalls. While it may not be the first place that comes to mind for families with toddlers, it offers a unique and unforgettable experience. There are a number of family-friendly activities available, such as whale watching, glacier hiking, and visiting the Blue Lagoon.

Costa Rica

Costa Rica is a tropical paradise with lush rainforests, beautiful beaches, and abundant wildlife. The country is known for its ecotourism and offers a variety of family-friendly activities, such as zip-lining, hiking, and white-water rafting.

Conclusion

With your flight credits and a toddler in tow, you have a wide range of family-friendly travel options to consider. Whether you choose the Caribbean, Europe, or another destination, be sure to research and choose a place that meets your needs and interests. With the right planning, you can create a memorable and enjoyable vacation for your entire family.









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