Globetrotting with toddlers




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Hey there, JFC-ers!

This week, we took to our socials to find out what your travel “ins and outs” are for 2023. We got loads of great responses, but we found a few common themes - solo travel is very much in, as is getting off the beaten track. In the out category is chasing those idyllic Instagram photos, as is spending too much on extra luggage and snacks at airport snacks.

We’ve got lots of great guides in our Travel Hub to help you out on all fronts here, but finding inspiration for a different kind of trip should be especially easy. You’ll be dreaming of petrified waterfalls in the mountains of Oaxaca, surrounding yourself with a flurry of hummingbirds in Trinidad’s Maracas, and road-tripping around the epic seascapes of the Faroes in no time.

Then again, when we asked the good people of Facebook where they’d choose if they could only travel to one country for the rest of their lives, the answers we got were quite unexpected. So, dear readers - where would you pick and why? Let us know on [email protected]!

Happy solo travels and lesser-known landings,



Your Next Trip

We’re sensing a recurring theme here, readers! So many of you are ready to get away on holiday with your future globetrotters, but choosing the right destination for their first big trip is understandably a little daunting.

Exactly one year ago today, we covered a similar topic (spooky!) and picked out Tokyo and the Canary Islands as two of the best spots to choose for trips with young kids. And now that travel to Japan is actually on the cards again, you can start getting your hopes up!

But our work here is not done. This time you asked for advice specifically on travelling with toddlers, so here’s what else we’d like to add to the mix, one year on.


Starting with the last question first, let’s head to Mauritius.

Just the name evokes pure relaxation - blue skies, turquoise waters and white, sandy beaches. The trick is knowing which area is right for young kids, i.e. where is the water calm, the sand smooth, and the shade plentiful?

The answer is Pereybere Beach in the north of the island. It’s known for a family-friendly atmosphere and shallow waters, with the swathes of coconut trees lining the beach offering respite from the sun. Its reputation does mean that it gets particularly busy at weekends, plus at only 150 metres-long, you’ll want to arrive early in the day to have your pick of the sun loungers.

Pereybere village is around 1.5 miles away from the busier tourist area of Grand Baie. Overall, you’ll find the village much quieter, but it’s still within easy reach of plentiful dining options and boat excursions, as well as bus connections and tours to kid-friendly spots like the SSR Botanic Garden or the Odysseo Oceanarium in Port Louis.

For those well-deserved cocktails you requested, Pereybere has a rooftop cocktail and tapas bar overlooking the bay for a cheeky sundowner or two. According to TripAdvisor, they even offer high chairs so that little ones can soak up the nice sunset view - if they’re invited, of course!

Several family-friendly hotels and guest houses in the area offer family rooms, although many of them don’t actually provide amenities specifically for children, like babysitting or kids’ activities. And weirdly, some only accept children over 7 years of age.

The LUX* Grand Baie between Pereybere and Grand Baie is one of the few in the area that offers the full package for kids of any age - a dedicated children’s pool, babysitting and an outdoor play area. As ideal as it sounds, booking a stay there definitely falls into the “splashing out” category.

Hibiscus Boutique Hotel is a good alternative, and located right on Pereybere Beach. What it lacks in kid’s pool, it sure makes up for with a private beach area and much less gob-smacking prices. There’s also Coin de Mire Attitude to the north of the village. It’s located 20 yards from Bain Boeuf Beach (which translates loosely as “Cow Bath Beach”), where you can pick up a well-rated SEXYBOY boat trip to see turtles and dolphins. Yep, those are real names, we won’t say them again.

And for that bit of stargazing, the night skies are pretty impressive across the island - especially if you manage to find a west-facing beach away from street lights. The Milky Way is frequently visible, too, with June-October offering the best conditions. For a guaranteed night or two under the stars, though, you should pop over to the exquisite Île aux Cerfs for an eco-friendly Bubble Lodge experience. We’ll meet you there!

Costa Rica

Okay, so Costa Rica has a reputation for adventure, backpacking and surfing holidays. But it’s actually pretty accessible for youngsters, too! It’s consistently named the safest country in Central America, and it’s one of the happiest nations in the world. The beauty of a Costa Rica trip is that you don’t have to stick to choose between beaches and rainforests - they’re all right there.

The Guanacaste Province on the Pacific Coast is frankly overrun with beautiful, calm beaches suitable for adventurous toddlers. Beyond that, it’s also home to Costa Rica Wildlife Sanctuary, which is part of the Diamante Eco Adventure Park. The park is best known for its nearly mile-long zip line, but somehow we think spending the day with sloths, pumas and butterflies might be more suitable in this instance.

There’s an absurd choice of family-friendly accommodation nearby, too, so if you’re looking for the odd evening out alone, Expedia’s handy “hotels with babysitting services” filter will help you whittle it down!

To fully immerse yourself in one of Costa Rica’s famous cloud forests for all or part of your trip, Monteverde is the answer. These forests are rare, with a cool, humid and - unsurprisingly - cloudy environment. The Monteverde Reserve is the best-known, with an accessible Sky Tram that’ll let you take in the views while avoiding finding yourself stuck halfway up a mountain with a screaming toddler. Or for a taste of trekking and bird watching without the muddy boots, the Santa Elena Reserve does have a paved, pushchair-friendly trail.

Cottages and eco lodges make up the majority of nearby accommodation. Rates vary wildly, but there are child-friendly options for all budgets. Then again, if you want to make your cloud forest visit unforgettable, a night or two in a family glamping pod overlooking the treetops (complete with kids’ chute and a hot tub) may well be worth it.

It’s generally considered safe for tourists to hire a car and drive in these areas, however you’ll need some cojones, because the driving style is… different. On top of that, it’s worth buying your own car seat, as the ones provided by car hire companies are often worn and unsupportive. Aaaand you’ll probably want a 4x4 with extra recovery insurance because some of the roads aren’t in the best condition… But it’s an adventure you’ll never forget, right?!


Our first two suggestions were glorious, far-flung, tropical destinations, however we mustn’t overlook the veritable children’s paradise right on our European doorstep. Denmark is the home of LEGO and Hans Christian Andersen, of hot dogs and liquorice (okay, that one divides us). If you want your kid’s imagination to run wild, this is the place.

Copenhagen is a great starting point for your fairytale adventure. Tivoli Gardens is the world’s oldest amusement park, with light shows, fireworks displays and screams (hopefully) of joy creating a magical atmosphere.

There are more than enough shows and rides suitable for little ones - the Ferris Wheel, dragon boats, carousel to name a few. And if you have a companion to watch the little one for ten minutes, The Demon will serve up adults-only adrenaline kicks and some great city views… if you can keep your eyes open!

A well-deserved hot dog (aka pølse) should be on the menu after all the excitement. While you could just grab inside Tivoli, you might as well hunt down one that will excite you as much as your kiddo. John’s Hot Dog Deli is a legendary spot in the Vesterbro district that is frequented by Michelin-starred chefs, and they just happen to have a conveniently-placed cart right beside the park. It’d be rude not to!

Other sights sure to enchant youngsters include ByOasen (“City Oasis”), a kind of urban petting zoo with goats, rabbits, guinea pigs and chickens, and watching the changing of the guard at Amalienborg Palace. After all, some free entertainment never hurts when you’re visiting a country known for being a little pricey.

Outside Copenhagen, LEGOLAND Billund is an obvious choice. Toddlers can immerse themselves in the Imagination Zone, full of shipwrecks, treasure and fish, while Duplo Land has colourful rides and playgrounds tailored to tiny thrill seekers.

Take the opportunity to explore more of Jutland (that’s the bit of Denmark attached to mainland Europe), especially if you’re there over summer. The very north, where the Baltic meets the North Sea, is home to artsy holiday towns, rolling dunes and glorious beaches, while a trip to Aarhus gives you the chance to do a bit of early-1900s role-play at Den Gamle By. Or, for a little more “aaaargh!” in your history, pop down to Ribe for the full Viking experience. Sure, you might not want to get your toddler stuck into combat training just yet, but the falconry show and Viking playground should be right up their street!

For more tips and resources to help you hit the ground running when travelling with a toddler, take a look back at this edition of The Detour from August last year.

We hope that’s given you a few ideas, and you all have an amazing trip, no matter where you choose to go!

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Around The States In 50 Editions: Wyoming

Each week in 2023, we’ll be going on a whirlwind tour of a different randomly selected US state. This week, we’re heading to Wyoming.

We can see why Sal thought Wyoming was the perfect country to escape to, because it really is impressive. Aside from being named the “Equality State” after being the first to offer women the right to vote, its unique geology and landscapes are off the charts.

The number one attraction needs no introduction - Yellowstone National Park. The park’s main sights, like the geysers, the Grand Prismatic Spring (pictured below), and the bison, are well documented. But the secret to Yellowstone is that fewer than 1 in 10 visitors actually stray more than ½ mile from the main roads and car parks, meaning there are loads of lonely hot springs, waterfalls and bighorn sheep just waiting for someone to say hello.

The quickest way to lose the crowds is by getting out on a trail. Sensational views of the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone from the Point Sublime Trail are a treat for those only willing to commit to a couple of hours hiking, while venturing a little (okay, a lot) further on the Sky Rim Trail is a sure way to find solitude and epic mountain-top vistas.

Just south of Yellowstone is Jackson Hole, an area known for yet more scenic mountain views and living the swanky lodge lifestyle. Dropping by in summer is an opportunity for white water rafting, fishing and Old West activities, but it’s winter when the resort really comes alive. You’ll find the country’s best skiing here, as well as snowmobiling and even heli-skiing - if you don’t mind the idea of launching yourself out of a helicopter at the top of a mountain, that is. No judgement from us if you choose to pass on that one!

On the other side of Wyoming, there’s another gob-smacking natural wonder to see. The Devil’s Tower (aka Bear Lodge) is a National Monument deeply embedded in Native American culture. It’s a popular site for rock climbing, however, this is considered disrespectful by many who worship the site. June is a particularly important religious month to the Native People of the Great Plains, so we’d suggest applying the old “look-but-don’t-touch” rule if you visit then.

And then there’s Wyoming’s weird side. During the Gold Rush, lots of temporary residents passed through along the Oregon Trail, resulting in temporary towns popping up all over. Once the people moved along, the buildings sat abandoned, leaving ghost towns all over the state. Lucky for us, we can now live out our ghost hunter fantasies on one neat road trip!


Our Pick Of The Clicks

All the important (or silly, or strange) travel news from across the web this week.

Good news for anyone who’s now got a hankering to go skiing at Jackson Hole - this week, it recorded its biggest-ever 2-day snowfall!

If you’ve been sitting on big plans to trek part of the Great Wall of China, you can finally get the ball rolling. This week, British Airways announced that they would resume flights to Beijing from 3rd June, while both BA and Virgin Atlantic will be taking us down to Shanghai again as of late April.

Unfortunately, the outlook this week hasn’t been so positive for UK regional airline Flybe, who have fallen into administration for the second time in three years. Our best wishes go out to all Flybe employees who are affected by the collapse, while affected passengers should look out for rescue fares offered by other airlines.

If you’re planning to travel around the USA this summer, Frontier Airlines will be offering an all-you-can-fly pass for $399. Sounds ideal - so long as you don’t mind travelling with a small carry-on and only booking your trip 10 days in advance!

And finally, be careful about where you stow away during a game of hide and seek! A 15-year-old boy from Bangladesh accidentally found himself locked inside a shipping container while playing with friends, and found himself in Malaysia a week later. Thankfully, he survived the voyage and will be returned to his home unharmed.