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.
Rome was a great city to make history come alive for our children, followed by a trip to Florence to immerse in art museums and a chance to view the visionary works of Michelangelo. Florence may be the city that best evokes the Renaissance but for our kids knowing that this is where the gelato was invented was the most inspiring nugget of information! Make sure to step into the plentiful gelaterias for mid-day (make that all-day) breaks.
But culture aside, the hilly countryside of Tuscany is an idyllic place to just chill and relax. Italians love children and they are very accommodating, especially at restaurants and hotels. Driving in Italy is easy peasy and the trains are fun for the whole family. With the favorable exchange rate, Italy should be a strong contender for your next vacation.”
- Anthea Chan
Little Explorers: Anson (5 years), Zachary (4 years) and Benjamin (2.5 years)



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)


A Retreat in the Hills, Nilgiris
“The Nilgiris meaning ‘Blue Mountains’ has been a popular hill-station in Southern India since the time of British colonial rule in India. This idyllic spot in the Western Ghats (a mountain range which straddles 3 Southern Indian states) is famed for its old-world colonial charm, rolling hills reminiscent of the English countryside, and the hundreds of tea-estates that dot the landscape.
Having given birth to my second child - Tariq in the middle of the Indian summer, a short trip up the hills in the Nilgiris district was exactly the kind of laid-back retreat we needed. We rented a small cottage in the middle of a 100-acre tea estate that came with a private chef. My 7-year-old daughter, Zarine would accompany my husband to the nearby farm to pick fresh zucchini and cabbage while my 2-month-old son and I would take leisurely walks around the estate. The tea factory attached to the estate gave us a tour, and Zarine came away enthralled with the process of tea making. Our most memorable evening was setting up tent by a stream and lounging there till sunset.”
- Ashik Jaffer-Ali
Little Explorers: Zarine (6 years), Tariq (2 Months)
Have you been someplace this summer and been pleasantly surprised at how child-friendly it turned out to be? If so, we’d love to hear from you! Write to us at with the Subject line – ‘Summer Postcards’.