Contrary to popular belief, travelling with your parents can actually be a lot of fun. To bond while visiting new and exciting places, sharing family meals that are memorable for all the right reasons, here are the best places to visit.
Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon, Myanmar
Having only recently opened up to tourism, Myanmar is most likely a novel travel experience for both you and your parents. Head to the old capital of Yangon where the streets hum with activity and stalls selling fresh fruit and drinks cover the pavements – try a super sweet fresh mango or a small cup of Myanmar’s speciality tea (a dark, strong brew sweetened with condensed milk). The misty horizon here is also dotted with golden pagodas and temples for those interested in exploring their spiritual side, while the city’s flower-filled parks and lakes are well-worth wandering. With lotus ponds, landscaped gardens and an outdoor pool bordered by a colonial-style wooden pavilion, the Belmond Governor's Residence is a calming holiday retreat in the middle of Yangon.
Dove Lake, a corrie lake near Cradle Mountain in Tasmania
If you're looking for where to go with your parents, the riverside city of Launceston in Tasmania has some of the southern hemisphere’s finest scenery, alongside cultural attractions and fine dining. Go for a hike in the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park or Freycinet National Park (both nearby) for rewarding views of windswept bays. Visit the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery before walking the waterfront and visiting the city’s pubs and tea shops. And then take a tour of a local winery finished up with a wine tasting and a gourmet meal. Stay at Two up on York, a townhouse just a short walk from the centre of Launceston and the Queen Victoria Art Gallery.
A view of the Greek city of Kalamata, framed by fragrant pine trees
Though Kalamata is more famous for its eponymous olives, it’s also the perfect Greek city to visit with your parents. Located on the Peloponnese peninsula, it’s flat and pedestrian-friendly, with a waterfront promenade that stretches for several kilometres and an easily accessible beach. Places to visit with your parents include the old town and the farmers' markets, the local monasteries, churches and Kalamata Castle. The town also has a choice of excellent-value local food and several Blue Flag beaches (i.e. beaches that have met a high standard of clear waters and pristine sand). Check into Petra Thea, a stone villa built into the hillside with an uninterrupted view of the Messenian Gulf.
Prague, Czech Republic
Looking out onto the Vltava River's many bridges
The great thing about going to Prague with your parents is that it’s a place that easily caters for several generations. For those after a cultural holiday, it has well-preserved medieval castles, an eerily beautiful Gothic Cathedral and romantic bridges crossing the Vltava River. While its nightlife scene and wonderfully-affordable, high-quality beer will cater to children keen to party after the parents are tucked up in bed. Malostranská Residence offers cool, contemporary apartments with views of Prague Castle and Charles Bridge.
Take a parent-child kayaking trip around the Muskoka region
Around the Muskoka region you’ll be spoilt for choice for places to stay on holiday – Lake Joseph or Lake Rosseau are popular spots but there are smaller, lesser-known options too. This is a place for those after a soothing holiday in nature with their parents, on account of its of wide open spaces, shimmering silver lakes dotted with islands, forests and solitary sandy coves. It's somewhere to really revel in the outdoors; take a sunset boat trip with the parents, play a round of golf, swim, shop or wander through markets selling local produce. Stay at the highly rated, beautiful red brick The Inn on Bay in Gravenhurst, the town known as the gateway to Muskoka.