Holidays with children can be an extraordinary travel experience, even if only for a short time. The important thing is to keep a few basic rules in mind and choose the best destinations. So here’s where to go for two days with the kids
Even if the escape is also only of one weekend, traveling with children necessarily involves more attention to the choice of destination, accommodation and activities to do on site, both for safety reasons and for entertainment.
The advice of Volagratis.com, the search engine for flights, is to choose accommodation facilities with an entertainment team and qualified assistance, museums that have interactive visits dedicated to children.
If possible, then, plan the trips and itineraries before departure, perhaps together with the children so as to avoid long waits or races that can put a strain on the patience and mood not only of adults and children.
The secret for a pleasant trip suitable for children is then those of involve them as much as possible right away and give them small tasks and responsibilities that make them feel “great”, for example:
- you can do it participate in the preparation of the itineraryby purchasing guides dedicated to children;
- you can entrust them with the preparation of the backpack to face the trip in semi-autonomy;
- you can spur them to keep a little one travel diary. In this way they will face the whole experience with more awareness and participation.
Where to go two days with children: the ideal destinations by the sea
Traveling with children it is easier if the chosen destination is suitable for the whole family. Islands such as Sardinia or Crete, with their crystal clear waters, await those who love the sea with open arms, able to offer the right mix of fun and tranquility (essential for parents!). The important thing, as Volagratis.com advises, is to choose a place that knows how to combine beautiful sea, equipped beaches and the possibility of doing interesting activities for the little ones.
Staying in Italy, for a weekend, among the most suitable destinations there are:
- Policoro, in the province of Matera: in addition to the crystal clear waters and pristine landscapes (it is not difficult to see dolphins swimming offshore) there is the possibility of rediscovering the historical testimonies kept in the Archaeological Museum of Sirtide, but also of birdwatching inside of the WWF Policoro Heraklea oasis, in the Bosco Pantano di Policoro nature reserve. It is one of the last coastal flooded forests in our country, a resting area for numerous migratory birds.
- Cesenatico: not only beaches equipped with games, but also nursery and entertainment dedicated to children. Do not miss a visit to the very particular Maritime Museum of Cesenatico: unique in Italy, it also includes a Floating Section with eleven boats in the water complete with sails that are hoisted daily in the summer, and a Navigating Section with three boats kept operational to also preserve the “Intangible heritage” of ancient navigation practices.
- There Sardinia offers family-sized emotions: from Gallura to Alghero, there are numerous resorts and hotels suitable for children. Between city walls, ramparts and perfectly preserved Aragonese towers, Alghero is a town to be discovered in the company of little fans of fantasy stories. And to sail the seas, the Gulf of Orosei boasts a coastline with inlets and beaches of fine sand to be reached by boat, to experience the crystal clear waters in all their beauty. Among the natural jewels of the gulf, the pristine Cala Gabbiani and Cala Biriol stand out, while from Cala Gonon you can reach the Grotta del Bue Marino, so called because monk seals once took refuge here.
Where to go two days with children: on the trail of Leonardo da Vinci
To introduce even the little ones to one of the figures – an icon of human history and on the occasion of the 500th anniversary of the death of the genius from Vinci, Virail, the platform and app that compares all means of transport, suggests an itinerary in Tuscany to discover of the works and life of Leonardo Da Vinci.
- The journey begins at Anchiano, the artist’s hometown, where the little ones can retrace the artist’s footsteps, walking among olive groves and vineyards, and discover curiosities related to his life and his land, also thanks to the interactive exhibition organized inside the house of Leonardo.
- You can then proceed to Win: here is the Church of Santa Croce, where it is believed that Leonardo was baptized in 1452.
- Final destination: Florence, city where Leonardo was trained. Among the many museums and exhibitions dedicated to him, the Leonardo da Vinci Museum is especially recommended for children, where the artist’s inventions come to life thanks to an interactive path that winds through machines built following Leonardo’s drawings, reproductions of his most famous paintings and videomapping of his anatomical studies.
A two-day trip with children can also include a short plane ride. To avoid unpleasant surprises, it is advisable to inquire about documents and transport methods. In general, the Volagratis.com experts recall, at the moment minors of Italian citizenship traveling by plane need a valid individual identity card with the names of both parents.
Traveling by plane with children, fares and services
For travel to Europe you need a valid identity card for expatriation, while for intercontinental travel you need the individual passport of the minor. To travel to many non-European countries, a residual validity of the passport of at least 6 months is required, so check the expiration date carefully when booking a trip.
Where to go two days with children: on the road among fairytale landscapes
For the more adventurous, the advice is to try a two-day road trip in camper.
It may be challenging for limited spaces, but it will get the little ones used to living the journey in a more genuine way from the very beginning, sharing every experience and emotion with their travel companions.
For those who intend to hit the road with the whole family, the Yescapa camper sharing platform recommends immersing children in a Disney-like atmosphere, along the Romantische Strasse in Germany, a legendary road that cuts through Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg, in the south of the country, and winds its way north for 360 kilometers between castles and fairy-tale scenarios.
Among the German architectural beauties that can be admired from the window of the camper is the Neuschwanstein Castle, one of the most beautiful and photographed in Europe: a real fairytale castle and, not surprisingly, it seems to have been the “model” for some famous Disney animated films. Here children who are passionate about cartoons and great readers of fairy tales will be able to see live the scenarios they have read so much about in books or seen through the TV screen.