Last fall my husband and I took our four teens on an 18 day trip through Europe. Every stay varies, says Jessica, but a typical week for the Swenson family includes a mix of trips hiking and to museums, along with some homeschooling for the kids. Our family packages for Europe also allow plenty of free time to indulge in pastimes like shopping and experiencing the nightlife.
Regular readers might recognize a few of these tips from posts in previous years (including last year's 10 Ways to Save Before Leaving for Europe" ). They've been included below if they're still important today, and if they represent a budget travel faux pas worth avoiding.
Europe is considered to be so expensive - you are so right about comparisons to finding accommodation in major cities here in Oz. Sometimes when you have kids you think your travel days are over. From hotels to flights, rental cars and train tickets, there are several things to keep in mind before you hit book".
Families typically begin and end their trip in Lisbon, a fascinating, lively city that always surprises visitors with its beauty and charm. There are lots of family friendly areas along the border where France, Switzerland, and Italy meet. Attraction: Skip the line Eiffel tower Paris Seinorama Enjoy some of the history of France and the national monuments, then a cruise on the Seine and a visit to the Eiffel Tower.
I loved the slower travel and everyone had a GREAT time. But don't assume taking a train is cheaper than an airplane for a family. Day tickets for the underground are around £5 per adult but under 16's travel for the day for £1 so you could stay a little way out of the centre.
Finish of your trip with Amsterdam (4 days) for having a good time. Our family trip to Europe in Spring 2015 was a whirlwind. Public transportation is much better in Europe than in the U.S. which can save on gas and driving, especially when visiting larger cities.
Budget travelers, in particular, have a tendency to choose a hotel in a far-flung location that's €5 cheaper than one in a more central neighborhood. Since Europe is so big, today I want to talk about traveling around Western Europe and the Eurozone countries.
I figure even if we spend 200-300 hours planning all this out (which is probably a gross overestimate), we are probably saving $15000+ versus buying a prepackaged trip to Europe of similar scale. The best time to visit London is throughout the year, except from November to February.
Our girls are used to visiting museums and according to the Go Nomad travel blog kids will love the exhibits at the Natural History Museum This sounds right up our street, as does walking around the old town to admire the Capetian, Gothic and Renaissance architecture.
But remember that many budget airlines depart from smaller airports that are often well outside the city center, so be sure to factor the time and expense of getting out there when comparing to taking the train which will leave from a terminal within the city.
Our friends at Preferred Family understand what families want and need when they travel and manage a collection of 260 and growing certified hotels and resorts worldwide at where families can research and book travel. Cliche as it might sound, picking up phrases in the local language of some European countries you intend to visit can go a long way in making conversation with the locals and sometimes rescuing you.
When it comes to Europe, travel, and kids, less is more. In general I recommend going to big cities (lots to do) or beach towns (kids love beaches). We are planning to visit Europe from India for three weeks starting from lanzarote vacation 1st week of December 2017. While it should be ranked as one of the top places to visit in Europe, Budapest is still an underrated city.