Contrary to popular belief, traveling with your parents can be fun. What better way to bond than exploring new places and sharing family meals? Here are the best places to visit with the family.
Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon, Myanmar
Only recently opened to tourism, Myanmar will likely be a new travel experience for both you and your parents. Head to the old capital of Yangon where the streets bustle with stalls selling fresh fruit and drinks along the sidewalks. Enjoy a sweet, fresh mango or a small cup of Myanmar’s speciality tea – a dark, strong brew with condensed milk. The misty horizon is dotted with golden pagodas and temples for those interested in exploring the city’s spiritual side, while its flower-filled parks and lakes are well-worth exploring. With lotus ponds, landscaped gardens, and an outdoor pool bordered by a colonial-style wooden pavilion, the Belmond Governor's Residence is a tranquil vacation retreat in the middle of Yangon.
Dove Lake sits at the foot of Trasmania’s Cradle Mountain
The riverside city of Launceston in Tasmania has some of the southern hemisphere’s finest scenery, cultural attractions, and fine dining, which make it a great place to visit with your parents. Take them for a hike in the nearby Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park or Freycinet National Park for incredible views of windswept bays. Then visit the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery before walking along the waterfront and checking out the city’s pubs and tea shops. You could also go on a tour of a local winery, best finished up with a wine tasting and gourmet meal. Stay at Two up on York, a townhouse that’s just a short walk from the center of Launceston and the Queen Victoria Art Gallery.
A view of the Greek city Kalamata framed by pine trees
Kalamata was named after its world-famous olives and is the perfect Greek city to visit with your parents. Located on the Peloponnese peninsula, it is flat and pedestrian-friendly, with a waterfront promenade that stretches for miles and has an easily accessible beach. Take your parents to visit the old town, farmers' markets, local monasteries, churches, and Kalamata Castle. There’s also an excellent variety of local cuisine and several Blue Flag beaches (i.e. beaches meeting a high standard of clean water and sand). Check in to Petra Thea, a stone villa built into the hillside and offering an unobstructed view of the Messenian Gulf.
Prague, Czech Republic
Looking over the Vltava River's many bridges
The great thing about Prague is that it caters to travelers’ needs across generations. For those seeking a cultural trip, there are the well-preserved medieval castles, a beautiful Gothic Cathedral, and romantic bridges over the Vltava River. The city also has great beer and a vibrant nightlife, perfect for blowing off some steam once your parents call it a night. Malostranská Residence offers cool, contemporary apartments with views of the Prague Castle and Charles Bridge.
Take a family kayaking trip through the Muskoka region
Throughout the Muskoka region, you’ll find a vast array of great places to stay. Lake Joseph and Lake Rosseau are popular spots, but there are plenty of cozier, lesser-known options too. This destination is perfect for a laid-back trip in the wilderness with the family, thanks to its wide open spaces, beautiful forests, sandy coves, and silver lakes dotted with islands – all the best of the great outdoors. Take a sunset boat ride, play a round of golf, or wander through markets selling fresh, local produce. Stay at the highly-rated The Inn on Bay in Gravenhurst, a town known as the gateway to Muskoka.