Four parents share postcards from their summer sojourns, all child-friendly travel destinations that have been road-tested by their little explorers. From a retreat in South India’s tea-estates to a food-inspired vacation in Italy, these summer postcards remind us that children can make the best travel companions, forcing us to slow down and revel in the smallest pleasures.
Under the Tuscan Sun, Italy“Pasta, pizza and gelato! What kid wouldn't like that? We have found Italy to be a family-friendly vacation destination no matter which region you choose to visit.
Joyrides in Srinagar, India
“The valley city of Srinagar nestled among the Himalayas in Northern India, is an idyllic summer vacation spot. While the rest of India is sheltering from the monsoons or blistering heat, in Srinagar the weather is cool and salubrious with temperatures ranging from10-30 degree Celsius.
Come here to take in an array of uniquely local transport options that are sure to be a hit with any child. Start with the Shikhara Rides – a traditional boat used for local transport across the lakes in Srinagar, horse rides in Pahalgam and a Gondola (cable car) ride in Gulmarg, which at 14000 feet is considered one of the highest in the world. Top it off with picnic lunches by Manasbal Lake, an overnight stay on a houseboat and a walk through the beautiful Mughal Gardens.”
- Huzefa Godhrawala
Little Explorers: Zahabiya (7 years), Zubaiyna (2 years)
Beach-side lounging, Vietnam
“Living busy city-lives in Hong Kong, we wanted a South East Asian beach destination that was a quick-hop flight for a weekend getaway. We chose Phu Quoc, Vietnam’s largest island off the coast of Cambodia.
We stayed at a resort along beautiful Long Beach, a convenient 10-minute drive from the island’s airport. The western-facing location makes for spectacular sunsets (and sundowners!). More than half of the island’s landmass is part of a national park, popular for motor biking, hiking and wildlife viewing.
We didn't get out of the resort much, but found a local beach bar that we frequented in the evenings with our kids. The resort had a palm-fringed beach and our children loved the resort’s convenient amenities, the infinity pool and kid’s club - a big hit with our 4 year old. The food was delicious, the staff attentive and the environment luxurious.
We went in late Spring/early Summer. Be sure to avoid the rainy season from mid-May to October.”
- Molly Malone- Grenham
Little Explorers: Lucian (4 years), Theo (1 year)