Planning a family trip could be quite a challenge, especially if you have kids, elderly parents, or a huge family in tow. You have to consider their needs, interests, and safety when choosing your destination, accommodation, and activities. But, fret not if you are going on a year-end trip with the family soon as we’ve compiled the best family-friendly destinations in the Philippines and abroad. You’re welcome!
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Family-friendly destinations in the Philippines
As one of the world’s best islands, Boracay could easily make it to the top of the list of family-friendly destinations. It offers so many things for families, from the white sand beaches to water activities like island hopping, parasailing, and snorkelling. Not to mention, the many Boracay restaurants and cafes lining the shore for your family feast. Be sure to try the famous Jonah’s fruit shake and Real Coffee & Tea calamansi muffins before you head home.
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You and your family will surely have a whale of a time in Cebu with its range of family-friendly experiences. Let your kids explore the outdoors, go beach-hopping, or have some family fun at attractions like Cebu Ocean Park and Cebu Safari. Of course, let’s not forget the Cebuano food — aside from lechon, tuslob-buwa and siomai sa Tisa are definite must-tries!
Looking for a quick family getaway that’s not too far from Manila? Bring your family to Tagaytay. You won’t run out of things to do in Tagaytay — on top of taking in the beauty of nature, your family can also try the rides at Sky Ranch Tagaytay, go zip lining at Picnic Grove, and enjoy a hot bowl of bulalo afterwards.
Palawan is truly a paradise you should bring your family to at least once in your life. Start your family adventure in the capital city of Puerto Princesa to explore the Puerto Princesa Underground River, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the New 7 Wonders of the World. Then, head over to Palawan Wildlife Rescue Center to see the Philippine crocodiles and some endangered animals. Do visit Mitra’s Ranch for some baked goodies, too! Reserve El Nido and Coron for island hopping and diving excursions.
This is just the tip of the iceberg for the countless Palawan activities you and your family can experience in this beautiful province.
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If your family loves nature and wildlife, Davao should be next on your list of must-visit places. It is home to the critically endangered Philippine eagle and Mount Apo, the country’s highest mountain. Go to Philippine Eagle Center and The Crocodile Park to learn about wildlife conservation. Then, take a side trip to Samal Island to bask in the sun and relax in paradise.
Family-friendly international destinations
As one of the first countries to welcome tourists and establish travel entry protocols, Singapore is a great option for your next international trip with the fam. From doing adventures in Sentosa Island to exploring Singapore’s wildlife parks, your family will certainly have good memories in this small yet incredible neighbouring country. Don’t forget to buy some yummy pasalubong like bakkwa (jerky), kaya (coconut) jam, and salted egg snacks for your relatives back home.
It’s undeniable that Japan is a dream travel destination for many Filipinos. With its recent opening to tourists on guided tours, it’s high time you plan a family trip to the Land of the Rising Sun. Kids and the kids at heart will surely enjoy Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea, Universal Studios Osaka, Fuji-Q Highland, and Nara Park. Of course, don’t leave Japan without stopping by Akihabara, where all things anime and kawaii come alive.
South Korea already resumed its tourist visa issuance to Filipinos this June 2022. If your family is a fan of K-drama and K-pop (who isn’t?), you can finally visit the home of your favourite oppas and idols. Whether you want to visit K-drama filming locations, stroll around royal palaces in a hanbok, or scream your lungs out on thrilling theme park rides, there’s always something for your family in Korea.
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Australia is blessed with unmatched natural wonders, scenic ocean roads, and interesting wildlife (hello koalas and kangaroos!). No wonder it’s one of the best family-friendly destinations in the world. From spotting cute animals in their natural habitats and going on coastal walks to taking gourmet tours, you’ll never run out of things to see and do in Australia with your family!
10. New Zealand
With international borders fully reopened in July 2022, New Zealand is welcoming visitors again. Now is the perfect time to plan a family vacation to this fascinating country. See mind-blowing natural attractions, experience stargazing, go hiking, or rent a campervan for the ultimate road trip — the list of fun activities in New Zealand for your family is endless. And, why not learn some basic Maori phrases so your family can interact with the locals better when you’re there?
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So, which of these family-friendly destinations will you visit soon?
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