The logistics of taking a vacation with a toddler may not seem appealing, but to be able to see and share the wonders of the country surely does.

Packing in diapers and figuring out how to adhere to sleep and meal schedules while still having a blast can all seem a little Herculean, but some destinations make it easier than others.

Introduction To Traveling With A 3 Year Old?

When deciding where to go with your toddler on vacation, you have to consider who is going to watch the toddler while the rest of the family goes to town. While the idea of leaving a child with a babysitter can seem ridiculous, some places are better than others with better quality care.

While you might be able to get family to watch a child when they are young, there is a definite feeling of comfort online with a reliable babysitter when you are leaving them in unknown surroundings.

While your toddler is used to being around family, they don’t know the people who are watching them while you are away. This throws it back on you to trust the babysitter and gives you a sigh of relief when you find them, or makes you feel more at ease knowing that you have found someone who is good with kids. This can make or break your trip before you even leave.

Traveling With A Toddler? Here’s How It’s Done

Preparation is the key to any vacation, let alone one that involves a toddler. Being prepared for anything that a toddler could do with their imagination will make you feel more at ease.

Taking the right types of snacks that a toddler can easily manage with snacks and meals that are easy to make and take with you is paramount. Planning little adventures with your toddler throughout your vacation as well as choosing the right activities and good meals at great restaurants at the places you visit will make for an amazing trip.

Being prepared with the right supplies for different types of weather and climate is helpful, as well as checking with the hotel or place that you are staying to see where you can go to feed your toddler as well as the extra things that you might need at that particular destination.

Tips For Going On A Vacation With Toddlers

For a toddler, and most children under 5, taking a road trip is ideal. With all you can see and what you can do when you stop at a gas station, a bathroom or drive through for food, there are so many options at your disposal, you are only limited by what you can imagine.

While traveling can be stressful for adults, it can also be for kids. If you plan little adventures along the way, you can keep them entertained and help them burn off some steam before getting there. It will be a much more relaxing drive once you arrive at your destination. Traveling with a toddler can break down even the calmest of parents, so coming prepared will make your trip more enjoyable.

Safe Trip

We think it’s time to give the trip across the pond a real shot. I think we’re going to find out how much of a difference a year makes when we do this next. I want to do some new and exciting things, but I will say that I am very familiar with the city of Paris and all the history that it has.. The bits of information that I can take from my 3 year old will make the whole trip a little more interesting. I could drop him off at the Louvre, knowing that he will be in excellent hands, and go and get a little bit of refreshment and then spend time with him again. It will be a great experience for us both.

I have so many thoughts running around my head, and who knows, we may even end up getting a second home somewhere in France. We have had our eye on places in the North West of France, so we may end up making the move soon. I’ve already started preparing for the trip for next year, because next year we are going to be one of the best places to go with a 3 year old. It’s going to be an exciting time.

It will be a little bit of a challenge but I think it’s time that my son sees the world. In the future I would love to start traveling with a toddler with him, and start encouraging him to see the world as early as possible, the sooner the better and it would be perfect to get him used to doing this with family by his side. I can’t help but grow excited for next year, because it will undoubtedly be one of the best years that we have ever had!

I’m sure that at 3 years old, we have a lot to do with what happens. Maybe I will have to spend the year reading a lot of books with him that are centered around traveling. I think it’s good for kids to find out about other cultures as soon as they are aware of what is going around them. I’m excited to follow in the footsteps of having him being so young as soon as he comes back from exploring other cultures at such a young age.


Pacific Northwest

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I am a local in the PNW and would definitely suggest visiting this area for any family with a three-year-old or any age really! Being outdoors there aren’t any confinements in regards to what the kids have to wear, how loud they can be, and ultimately they are getting to just be in the elements and run and play, which honestly what every childhood needs. I think its also great for parents who are really into the outdoors. For those who are athletically inclined they could definitely hike with the child in a carrier and for those who are not, the PNW offers lots of incredible viewpoints that can be driven to! There is no limit to what their vacation can look like- from staying at a cottage on the coast to a cabin in the mountains, there is something for everyone. Also, what beats making smores as a kid while camping!


San Francisco

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For most kids, San Francisco will be like no other city they’ve ever seen. The city offers rolling streets, iconic sights (even for a 3 year old – Big Hero 6?!), and tons of kid-friendly attractions to check out. San Francisco offers beautiful temperate weather to enjoy the many things to do on land and on water. Aquarium of the Bay is a great opportunity for little ones to get close to all kinds of marine life that they won’t forget anytime soon. San Francisco also boasts a 100-acre zoo where your little one can visit the lions, tigers, and bears (oh my!). The Exploratorium and the Children’s Creativity Museum are other local hotspots where kids can get hands-on experience, but this time with a unique look at science or art. Definitely don’t skip a day wandering around Golden Gate Park, with its breathtaking views, rope towers, paddle boats, carousel, and plenty of other activities perfect for a 3-year old to burn off some energy. And after they’ve run out of steam, ride the iconic cable car line throughout the city and let them take a little nap while you enjoy the breeze and the quiet time! There’s no question that there is plenty to do, even with a 3 year old in tow when you visit the Golden City.


Turks & Caicos

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The paradise of 40 islands that make up Turks & Caicos sits in the middle of the Caribbean. Here you will not find theme parks but beautiful sandy beaches and endless summer sun – a perfect getaway for families with small children. It has a dry, tropical climate with year-round sunshine and temperatures in between 70-75 (Dec/Jan) and 90*F (July). The holiday capital of Turks and Caicos, Providenciales is the place for big beaches and luxurious family resorts. Many of them are located right at the beach, making it easy for families with small kids. Many of the resorts are either all-inclusive or have kitchens for self-catering or making toddler food. Grace Bay is officially the world’s best beach and you’ll find it on Providenciales, or also called Provo. With three national parks, several marine and nature reserves, miles of coast and a laid-back atmosphere, it’s the perfect island for young kids. Kids can try all sorts of water sports for the first time in safe, calm waters. But there is also island hopping, iguana watching, or just exploring – very little is off-limits to kids. The islands can easily be reached with short flights from many major US cities: Miami is under 2 hrs away, New York, Charlotte, Boston and Philadelphia are less than 4 hrs. English is the official language and the US Dollar is the common currency.


Menorca

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Menorca is known as the family island of the balearic archipelago (Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera). It is a quiet destination for nature lover’s with awesome beaches and a laid-back charme. There are no high-rise hotel skyscrapers and no party and nightlife strips like on neighboring Mallorca or Ibiza. The island is sparsely populated, with only small towns and the scenery has not changed very much in the last 50 years. The main reason to visit Menorca in summer are the marvellous white sand beaches in the south of the island. The water is very shallow, calm, clear and warm, so even 3 year olds that just started to swim, will be able to enter the sea on their own (but always under supervision, of course!). The sheltered bays (called Calas in local Catalan language) protect from large waves, so a kayak and snorkeling trip will be an unforgettable experience for your small children.


Story Land in New Hampshire

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Story Land is very age appropriate for a three year old. There are all types of attractions, but it isn’t overstimulating or loud like other amusement parks. It’s very easy to either walk by and observe or participate in a simple way. For example, there are mellow rides such as the antique cars and a train that brings you around the park. There’s a princess that greets them. You can take a photo on her thrown. There are areas to act out popular nursery rhymes like black birds baked in a pie. The kids get to pop their head through the pie. They can visit the little old lady that lived in a shoe. She greets the kids. There are also roller coasters and other attractions for other family members that may like that. There enough for a variety of ages.


The Rock Ranch

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The Rock Ranch is a place of wide-open spaces, moving at a slower pace, and fresh air. Young families are able to move at their own pace and take breaks for small feet to explore. The Rock Ranch, located at 5020 Barnesville Hwy., The Rock, Ga., is a 1,500-acre ranch created by Chick-fil-A founder S. Truett Cathy as a foster home for children. Now, in addition to foster homes, the ranch has evolved into a public destination that serves all families and groups. It hosts festivals, school groups, corporate groups, everyone. Its tag line is “Growing Healthy Families.”


New Zealand

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I’d put it on top of the list because of several reasons. The most obvious one is that despite having some of the most famous pop culture locations, New Zealand is never crowded. Unlike some of the more famous European countries, you’ll never find yourself in long queues if you want to see the actual Lord of the Rings sets or want to go to some of popular theme parks. The weather and the environment in New Zealand are excellent, neither too cold nor too warm.


India

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This might surprise you at first but as a tourist location, there are few other destinations that can match India in terms of everything it has to offer. The fact that almost everything in India is incredibly affordable gives it a definitive edge. For instance, you could stay at some of the best hotels, eat at the best restaurants, visit historical locations like the Taj Mahal and the Delhi Fort, see some of the most exotic animals in the world like the Royal Bengal Tigers and White Elephants, hire some the most luxurious cars to make your travels easier and it’ll end up costing you less than $1000 for a week long trip.


Walt Disney World

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With 4 theme parks and 2 water parks, Walt Disney World is the perfect place to visit with a 3 year old. On the property there are also 39 hotels to stay at with free transportation to the parks and shopping areas. There are many themed attractions for this age group that make it the perfect getaway.


New York City

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New York City is the kind of place that everyone can enjoy, both young and old. It makes a great vacation spot for a family with a toddler, as there is so much to do that no one will be bored. From sampling delicious foods to going on a boat ride to watching street performers, your 3-year-old will have a blast with even the simplest of things. Go during holiday time to have your child be fascinated by festive lights and ice skating, or go during the summer to enjoy special festivals, concerts and events for kids and adults alike.


Thailand

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The best place we knew we’d have to spend some time with toddlers on the amazing islands in Thailand.


Hongkong

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One of the great travel destinations with a toddler, because located here are the iconic attractions such as Disneyland, Ocean Park, and the Ngong Ping 360. These places offer lots of activities for your little one to have fun and enjoy.


South Africa

This product was recommended by Christian Petzold from Avid Voyagers

Your child will surely like this place especially if they love animals. It offers lots of activities from watching wildlife from afar to feeding them up close – an experience your tot will never forget.


Dubai

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Dubai has been building lots of kid-friendly establishments nowadays. To name a few, you can find there the famous indoor aquarium which is located inside The Dubai Mall, the Miracle Garden where your toddler can enjoy the colorful and unique designs of flowers and the Legoland Dubai where your child can play all day long.


London

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There is so much to do that is interesting to 3-year-olds that is also interesting to adults. You’ve got all sorts of museums that have kid-friendly exhibits like Science Museum (which has specific interactive sessions for young children), Museum of Natural History, and the London Transport Museum. There are all kinds of historical buildings that can be of interest to young kids, especially if you make history fun for children, such as the Tower of London or nearby Windsor Castle. Kids can watch the changing of the guards at Buckingham Palace with horses and guards in their bearskins, the tall black hats they wear. And there are nearby kid-focused options such as Legoland in Windsor — around the corner from Windsor Castle. London is full of parks with green areas where kids can run around or there are places with playsets where young kids can get out their wiggles. It’s a very walkable city so that you can visit a park and then go to one of these nearby green spaces. You can even have fun with all of the transportation options. There are boats on the Thames, double-decker buses and subways to get from one area to another, or trains to go to nearby towns. Our boys loved riding around on all the different transportation options. There are loads of food options, which make an adult happy and are kid-friendly at the same time. You can find pretty much any type of cuisine you can imagine.

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