We all need things to look forward to, and like everything, the Corona Virus Pandemic (Covid-19) WILL end. These are my travel plans with kids.
No matter how long it takes, I am already planning my future adventures, and these are the destinations on my list to travel with my 13 year old twins.
Annecy, France: This is one of France’s prettiest cities, and I will take my kids there in the European summer to enjoy the lake, the hotels around the lake and to cycle into town each night for an alfresco dinner. Annecy is picture book, with loads of al fresco restaurants, cobbled streets, gorgeous street shopping, markets and the snow capped alps in the distance. Very family and kid friendly and not overly expensive. It is also just 30 minutes drive from Geneva, so I can take the kids to Switzerland for lunch one day, which does have a certain ring to it.
Kyoto, Japan: Located on a river, this fabulous city is full of cultural and gourmet delights for kids and adults, and is unlike many other Japanese cities as it is so small, walkable and accessible. Paired with Tokyo, the two are the perfect compliment to show off everything Japan has to offer from one extreme to the other, and they can be accessed via the fast train which is super reliable, clean and and easy. The streets are small and packed with little bars and restaurants and there is an incredible food market.
Sardinia, Italy: This location is a designated ‘Blue Zone’, which means the people there live long, healthy lives compared to the rest of the world. From local markets to multiple villages, beaches, a craft beer culture, and ruins of Roman cities, Sardinia strikes me as being an idyllic island with fresh air and wholesome local food. There’s not too much to do other than rest, wander and explore, which will just the ticket for me and the kids after the global chaos of Corona. It is also the oldest land mass in Europe, and somewhat mysterious as it has its own stonehenge, with giant statues over 8 feet tall.
Lyon, France: This city was one of France’s great surprises for me when I visited in February, as it has so much to offer, and is easier to navigate and far cheaper than Paris. There are plenty of activities and fun for kids, and just as much for me. You can see the things I love most about it in the article here.
Bejing: I would love to see the Great Wall (a 90 minute ride away), Tianamen Square and The Forbidden City with my kids, and I would enjoy supporting China after the Corona virus saga is all over. China is a country of so many colours, cultural differences, and economic wonders, and has temples and historic monuments to see and enjoy. Chang’An Avenue is the longest and widest street in the world, and I can only imagine how fantastic the dim sum is there.