Best Family Vacations You Cannot Miss in 2017

Posted on Oct 24 2016 - 3:18pm by Priya Ghatol

Spending time with family has become a precious activity in today’s busy world, and to take time out from hectic schedules and plan a holiday would mean that you would want everything to be perfect for your special family bonding time. The world over the decades has become a smaller place and today it is possible to travel anywhere around the world without much stress and hassles. But when it comes to planning a family holiday, your choice of destination becomes a prime aspect that you cannot overlook. The destination for your family holiday should have all the essentials to suit and entertain every member of your family which becomes a bit challenging when you have teens and little kids in tow. If you’re looking for a holiday destination that has something for the whole family, take a look at this list of best family vacations in 2017 where you and your family can choose experiences from a myriad of options to have a fun packed family time.


View at Tiber and St. Peter's cathedral in Rome
Italy stirs your memory to think about renaissance structures, spectacular architectures and sculptures, beautiful Mediterranean coastline, pizzas, pastas and gelato. The charming Mediterranean country has a fascinating collection of places to keep you thrilled as well as captivate the interest of your kids where they can marvel at medieval structures, run around vast landscapes, splash in timid Mediterranean waters and indulge in lip-smacking Italian cuisine. Get an insight into stunning historic heritage, beautiful churches, piazzas and works of world’s most celebrated artists at Rome and Florence. The striking sights of Colosseum, Trevi Fountains, Cathedral of Santa Maria, Palazzo Vecchio would blow your minds away. Explore the lesser known laid back quaint countryside and towns which are just few hours away from major cities. Visit the colourful seaside town of Cinque Terre, picturesque towns along the Amalfi Coast and Tuscany and the pretty lakeside villages at Lake Como and Lake Iseo. Indulge in genuine Italian food scene with delicious variations of pizzas, pastas, cheese and wine. In Italy, kids would love to dig into authentic Italian pizzas and some of world’s best desserts and ice creams. Preparing for an Italian vacation is easy, all you have to do is apply for Italy visit visa online and appoint an Italian specialist tour operator who would guide you through the best family-friendly accommodations and Italy attractions for a pleasant family holiday.


A top notch family destination, Dubai knows how to attract and entertain visitors of all age group. A trip to Dubai – be it a short stop over or a long vacation, the futuristic city will keep you delighted throughout your journey. The bewitching sights of soaring metallic skyscrapers to contrasting toned down old neighborhoods, Dubai has sights to keep you intrigued and attractions that are superlative and extraordinary unlike any other in the world. Take your family on a journey that would leave them gaping in amazement at sights of Burj Khalifa, Dubai Fountain, Dubai Miracle Gardens, Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo to name a few. Take a stroll through the old quarters of Dubai to get a glimpse of how Dubai used to look before its rapid modernization. Venture into the Arabian desert and have an adventurous day with a desert Safari tour. Kids will have a gala time at many unique attractions such as Dinoland, SEGA Republic, Ski Dubai keeping them occupied during the holiday. If the heat is getting a bit too much to handle, spend a splashing day at Aquaventure Waterpark or Wild Wadi Water Park. Finally, a Dhow Cruise Dinner on Dubai Creek is the ultimate place to have a quiet family dinner and enjoy the gleaming Dubai city skyline.


It wouldn’t be fair to judge Singapore by its size since the miniscule nation located at the tip of Malay Peninsula is brimming with fabulous attractions that have something engaging for every age. A family holiday to Singapore would be a thrilling experience where adults as well as kids, can enjoy mind-blowing attractions. Visit Sentosa island which houses the marvelous Siloso beach, Singapore’s iconic – the Merlion, and Resorts World Sentosa which has Asia’s first ever Universal Studios Singapore. Back on the mainland, venture into the world of animals with visit to Night Safari, Singapore Zoo and Jurong Bird Park. Get onboard the Singapore Flyer to witness the magnificent vistas of Singapore City.



Maui Island

Looking for a piece of paradise to revel in while kids have their own enjoyment time, head to Hawaii Islands and experience laid back bliss while spending quality family time. Hawaii islands is everything about sun, sea and sand – right from the moment you touch down on these islands, you would get a gist of how pleasant island living can be. Get pampered by Hawaiian hospitality and friendly locals then laze around the serene beautiful beaches facing azure waters under the tropical sun while your kids can enjoy splashing around and making sand castles. Take a family cruise and explore the tranquil ocean surrounds where you might even sight humpback whales on your trip. If you are looking for a detour from the idyllic break, go exploring Hawaii’s beautiful national parks which are preserved among volcanic mountains. A Hawaiian holiday gets your family to experience leisure at sun-soaked beaches, discover untouched landscapes and revel in the warmth of friendly locals and extraordinary culture.


The colossal continent is filled with appealing attractions and destinations that you would be spoilt with choice in regards to what to see and where to go on your Australian vacation. The airy skies and long stretched open meadows, stunning elegant cities and beautiful nature trails, Australia takes you amid a blend of modern elegant cities, fascinating nature vistas, pristine beaches and exotic wilderness. Come face to face with kangaroos and koalas, take nature walks together with your family, have thrilling family bonding sessions at splendid theme parks, enjoy the sunny beaches, explore the Great Barrier Reef or head down to the pleasant vineries of South Australia. Australia is much more than just the usual destinations of Sydney, Melbourne, Gold Coast. Head down to New South Wales or Southern Australia and you will be surprised at how much Australia has in store for your family to have a great time together.

Hong Kong

Hong Kong
One of the most favoured destinations by families, Hong Kong gets kids delighted for one reason – Hong Kong Disneyland. The star attraction destination in Hong Kong manages to allure kids to come with their families to Hong Kong year after year. With its expansion and addition of more themed attractions, Hong Kong Disneyland works its magical charm on families to spend a day or two here while visiting Hong Kong. Apart from Disneyland, families can have fun time amid wilderness and animals at Ocean Park and Global Geopark. Head to Tian Tan Buddha familiar as The Big Buddha and explore the surrounding panoramas or get to the top of Victoria peak to view unperturbed vistas of Hong Kong city below. A ride aboard a ferry on the river lets you marvel at the amazing illuminated skyline. Later, let loose and go shopping at various street markets and malls, and grab a bite of Asian or international cuisine at countless restaurants and food outlets.

Start the year 2017 earlier than rest of the world by waking up in Australian dawn or simply experience the New Year in a whole new destination either on a serene beach of Australia or Hawaii, or roaming around contrasting urban and cultural towns of Italy and Dubai. With a fantastic range of destinations waiting to be explored, pack your bags to head forth in full of energetic verve into an adventurous new year 2017.

Priya Ghatol

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