The new year has come and soon 2019 will be filled with things to schedule and organise. Quality family time with the kids is hard to come by. Since ticket prices and accommodations are so much cheaper when you book them in advance, what better time is there to start planning for the school holidays? We’ve put together 6 fantastic family-friendly holiday ideas to give you a head start on the perfect family getaway for next year. Here are our top recommendations:
6 Family-Friendly Destinations Perfect for 2019 School Holidays
Tokyo – for any school holidays
Anytime of year
It’s hard not to drool when one thinks of Tokyo, Singapore’s rightful school holiday cliche. The city encompasses a foodie holiday with Disneyland Tokyo and Tokyo Disney Sea. It’s a win-win situation for everyone!
With less than 7 hours of flying time, Tokyo is close enough to visit even if you just have four or five days. Hang out with the kids at Joypolis and Hanayashiki Amusement Park, or spend your time shopping in Asakusa.
Whether you’re a foodie after the best sushi and freshest sashimi or hankering to slurp a bowl of authentic ramen, or a overgrown kid looking for an excuse to play in themeparks, or a shopping addict, Tokyo has proven again and again the range of activities it has for anyone. Additionally, with its seamless metro connections, accommodation in Toyko is world-class no matter the budget.
Adelaide – A touch of Winter, Culture and the Great Ozzie Lifestyle
June school holidays
You’ve got to love everything Australian – be it the lifestyle, cute animals, food or great weather. Adelaide makes for a great family getaway for the long weekend or summer holidays on a different continent with a different lifestyle.
A mere 7 hour flight away, take advantage of the Australian winter during the summer holidays and enjoy cool days, low temperatures and almost zero humidity. There’s no way you won’t come back from this holiday refreshed and energised!
Young ones will love the Adelaide Aquatic Centre and exploring the wide range of animals at the Adelaide Zoo and the Cleland Wildlife Park. Parents will love the region’s ample wineries, sampling the latest vintages at the National Wine Centre of Australia and the Chapel Hill Winery.
Spend a day at the Adelaide Botanic Gardens or the Mount Lofty Botanic Garden, where beautiful local flora bloom prettily. The Mt Lofty Botanic Garden and Bicentennial Conservatory are two more wonderful places to wander. Pack a picnic hamper and enjoy some time to yourself in the tranquil, green surroundings of Victoria Square and Kurrangga Park.
There’s also plenty of space to lounge about in the grass at Belair National Park and Veale Gardens. Art lovers will love the displays at the Art Gallery of South Australia and the South Australian Museum among other superb offerings. And with over 187 partner hotels on offer in Adelaide, choosing accommodation close to your preferred attractions has never been easier.
Jeju Island – Great for older kids
September school holidays
This volcanic island province in the Korea Strait needs little introduction. The countryside is filled with picturesque villages, breathtaking scenery, and rock formations. However, it is very unlikely that you are going to travel all the way to Korea just for Jeju Island.
Most visit Seoul and Jeju Island on the same trip. Since Jeju Island has fewer kiddish attractions, it’s the perfect cultural destination for tweens (or slightly older kids). Pack comfortable track shoes for a family adventure holiday.
The Jeju skyline is dominated by the towering Mount Halla, the highest mountain in South Korea, presiding majestically over the national park at the centre of the island. Hike to the top for unrivalled views of the entire island and surrounding ocean.
For pleasant cooling weather, visit Korea during the September school holidays in autumn.
Explore the Olle Walking Paths, a way-marked network of routes guiding you through the island’s most beautiful locations. Head to Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak at sunrise for great photo opportunities among other attractions. When it comes to where to stay, there are plenty of hotels to choose from.
However, nothing beats The Shilla Jeju for its warmth and impeccable service, complete with a complimentary roundtrip airport shuttle for guests.
Munich – for History buffs and a White Christmas
Instead of London next year, why not head to something a little off the beaten path like Munich? It’s one of the most beautiful places to visit during the December holidays when the city is awash with snow and the scent of Christmas.
The most popular attractions include castles, the English Garden and Marienplatz. But start the day off at the lovely Bavaria Filmstadt, Westbad and the Kindermuseum Muenchen, all known for their ample child-friendly activities. If your kids like animals, they’ll adore Hellabrunn Zoo and Wildpark Poing.
Nothing recharges a travel-weary soul better than the Erding Thermal Spa for complete relaxation and rejuvenation. Book your tired nights at the beautiful Hotel Victory Therme Erding. Each individually designed room boasts the ambience of a grand sailing vessel, a modern ocean yacht, so you know it can’t go wrong with kids. Apart from its specially designed family room, the children will love the hotel’s wave pool and slides.
Bangkok – for a Long Weekend Getaway Anytime of Year
Any time of the year
Where else can you get great shopping and even better food? Bangkok of course! Spend the day touring the city with its formidable attractions such as the Grand Palace and Wat Pho before heading for an infinite shopping session. You can literally shop till you drop here. That’s why Bangkok is ideal over a long weekend so you don’t do too much damage to your bank account.
Finally, take a long-boat cruise on the Chao Phraya River and her klongs before tucking into the delicious Thai cuisine. In fact, one of the best ways to explore the culinary offerings of Bangkok with visits to Sam Yan and Nang Lerng food markets, followed by an authentic Thai lunch – sign up for the Bangkok Tasty Treats Tour.
And where to stay you ask? Rooms at the classy Shangri-La Bangkok exude contemporary style with classic Thai touches. For the complete Thai experience, rooms in the exclusive Krungthep Wing have garden balconies overlooking the Chao Phraya River.
Go on and make explorers of your kids!