When you start a family, you may think that your days of merrily jet-setting around the world are over but that doesn’t have to be the case at all. Of course, you’ll need to change the way you travel, but that doesn’t mean you can’t continue exploring the globe.
And it’s a great way to introduce your children to new cultures and experiences, broadening their experience of the world around them. So, if you’re keen to continue travelling and have toddlers, where can you go and what can you do? The answer is a surprising amount, especially if you take advantage of the expertise of tour operators like Explore Worldwide.
The following are just a couple of the itineraries you can go on with young children.
Discovering ancient Lycia in Turkey
One of the things you need to bear in mind when travelling with toddlers is that you want the journey time to be kept to a minimum, so it’s worth looking at places like Turkey that are just a few hours’ flight away, and yet still exotic.
The Lycian region is perfect if you’re adventurous but want to have luxurious accommodation and plenty of amenities - this part of Turkey has outstanding cultural and historical sites, while also boasting a well-developed tourism infrastructure.
A trip here is ideal for some relaxation and sightseeing, with plenty of sandy beaches and calm seas to play on, as well as some amazing ruins to explore. Among the sites you can visit are Caunos - a Carian port city that dates back to the 10th century - and Patara, where you’ll find the remains of a Roman stronghold and what’s left of the Temple of Apollo.
Patara is especially worth a visit with toddlers, because its stunning sandy beach is a great place for little ones to play, while mum and dad can admire the historical attractions.
Another exotic, yet easily reachable destination, is Morocco. This north African country really does feel a world away from Europe though, and it’s a fantastic place to explore with young children.
An itinerary here can include some time in Marrakech, where the vibrant Djemma el Fna Square will enchant little ones and grown-ups alike. This is the centre of old Marrakech and where the maze of souks begins. There are always a host of street performers here, with acrobats, fire eaters, storytellers and musicians among those who entertain the crowds.
But you won’t want to spend your entire family holiday amid the hustle and bustle of the city, so head to Morocco’s stunning High Atlas Mountains for a day or two. This has long been a popular hiking destination but you don’t need to trek for miles to enjoy the spectacular natural scenery.
You can also visit a traditional Berber village in the region, which is an excellent way to introduce your kids to another side of Moroccan culture. Finally, you can round off your tour with a couple of days in Essaouira - a delightful seaside city with a fantastic beach.
The town itself is an interesting mix of influences, with Arab, British, French and Jewish merchants all having set up home here and traded through the busy port. As well as exploring the sandy bay, it’s also worth taking a stroll along the city’s ramparts, which offer outstanding views across Essaouira and along the coastline.