The Cheapest Travel Destinations In The World For Families With Small Kids

The Cheapest Travel Destinations in the World for Families with Small Kids

Planning to vacation this summer with your young ones? There are a million places you can visit on a shoestring budget. Traveling with toddlers requires extra planning, extra cash, and extra packing – not to mention fun activities that your kids will enjoy, if not remember in the next decade or so. If you’re planning for an unforgettable family summer, then you have come to the right place. We have carefully picked the destinations to suit your travel distance (kids can give you nightmares on long flights) to keep the flights short and the trips memorable. 

Here are five sure bets for the cheapest budget destinations to try out this year for an unforgettable holiday experience.

1. Egypt


Best Toddler Adventure:

Egypt is often assumed as a Middle Eastern country, which is not the case. It sits on the borderlines of Israel and Jordan from the African Continent. It is an ideal tourist location for families for the numerous must do’s fun activities kids love – camel riding, boat riding, and exploring the rich Egyptian history in the Museum in Cairo.

To get there, you can fly into Cairo International -Airport or Amman via Queen Alia International Airport through EgyptAir, which flies direct from New York-JFK. 

Where to stay: You can choose to stay at the famous Osiris Family Hotel for only $32 per night or City View Hotel for the same price. Prices vary with seasons. These hotels are a walking distance to the Museum and the River Nile, and adjourning tourist sites.  

2. Mexico City

Mexico City

Best Toddler Adventure:

Mexico is only hours away from the US. Depending on where you stay, you can either take a short flight or drive through interstates to get to Mexico. Get a prearranged short stay Visa online to access entry at the Texas border.

Mexico is rich in cultural history, and they’ve got unique, inexpensive street foods you won’t find anywhere else in the world. Mexico City is so big with lots of places to visit. You will barely scratch the surface even with a one month stay Visa.

To begin with, visit the gigantic Chapultepec Park and the best part – the Zoo, children’s Paplote Museo del Niño, a captivation Anthropology Museum with a fantastic underground aquarium, La Casa Azul including the magnificent Frida Khalo’s house. Visit the holy Cathedral Zocalo and witness a large church filled with colorful Christian History wall paintings. Let your kids indulge the senses with the famous Mexican tacos and churros, which are way cheaper than the ones they make back home.

Flight tips: Use cheap airlines; VivaAerobus to get to Mexico without breaking a sweat.

Where to Stay: For affordable accommodations, you can pick between Hotel Zocalo Central and Barcelo Mexico Reforma for under $50 per night.

3. Athens, Greece

Athens, Greece

Best Toddler Adventure:

Similar to Mexico, Athens has fantastic historical sites and ruins to visit. You will be spoilt for choice. 

Your kids will love the rich Greek culture, including the old ruins that stand maintained to date. Visit the main attraction in Athens, the Acropolis, which has a rich history in Greek mythology, among other buildings in Athens. You can reach there by a family tour van or a tour van if you combine the trip with other families at your hotel.

Visit Monastiraki district to enjoy more archaeological sites, street shopping, and indulge in the local street food and savor the variety of tasty foods as you tour the streets with the help of a tour guide. 

Spend your evenings with a spectacular view of the Lycabettus Hill.

Fly into Athens directly from the US with low-cost Norwegian Airlines from JKF New York. Ticket prices vary with seasons, the best time to book a flight just before summer begins to get the best deals and seats.

Where to stay: Some of the best low-cost hotels in Athens near convenient amenities like metro stations and the National Gardens are; The Coco-Mat Athens Hotel, the Nafsika Hotel, and the Amalia Hotel.

Athens has a distinct feel from other European cities and is, in my opinion, one of the best places to travel in Europe with kids.

4. Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon, Portugal

Best Toddler Adventure:

Between Lisbon and Algarve in Portugal, you’ll be spoilt for choice with tons of activities ranging from water parks, site seeing, and seeing the magnificent impressive architecture scattered across Lisbon. During the low season, check into Praia da Rocha resort, Algarve, to enjoy beach activities and let the kids wander freely on the pristine coastline.

Lisbon, on the other hand, offers the best of both everything: It’s a gorgeous beach city rich in history, with extraordinary and diverse architecture. Tour the streets of Lisbon and let your kids enjoy exploring ancient castles and ride in the fantastic funicular in the city’s numerous hills. The Lisbon Oceanarium is a fantastic place to take your kids to see the large waterfront, the science museum, take rides on trams and visit historic monasteries.

Cheap Flights: FinAir from New York’s JKF airport to Lisbon from $208. Other airlines include United or Delta. 

Where to Stay: You can choose from family guest houses to resorts or get an unforgettable hotel stay experience. Some of the best hotel deals include: The Monte Belverdue, Santiago de Alfama, or the Torel Avant-Garde, all for less than $50 per night. 

5. Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona, Spain

Best Toddler Adventure:

Barcelona is one of the most preferred places to visit with toddlers and kids. The city bursts with color, cultural sites, and a variety of beautiful and maintained parks where kids can run around and have the time of their lives. Barcelona has numerous architecture and cathedrals that date back to the 15th Century, filled with artistic creations from famous architects like Gaudi. 

Don’t miss the gigantic Barcelona Zoo and the lively Barceloneta beach bursting with numerous beach activities. You will hardly catch you are breathing in this beautiful, exciting city. Watch a football game one of the evenings with the Spanish Premier League and let your kids experience the magnificence of a live soccer game in Barcelona.

You’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to food and eating out because the city has countless cafes where you can order house menus and enjoy Spanish food complete with kids’ menus and fresh juice for all to enjoy. Fun activities, especially tailor-made for children, include the visits to Montjuic and see replicas of villages better known as   Poble Espanyol, spread across Spain. Kids can enjoy the Magical Fountain, and witness the transparent underwater tunnel at the  Barcelona Aquarium.

Fly to Barcelona using AirPortugal for $100 P.P from JFK airport, New York.

Where To Stay:

For cheap accommodation, consider the following choices from $17 per night:

Go ahead and book your tickets to one of these selected places. Come back and share your travel experience. We’d love to hear from you. Been to one of these places before? Share your experience as well, and tell us what your best family activity was.

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