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10 of the Most Family Friendly Vacation Destinations in Europe

10 of the Most Family Friendly Vacation Destinations in Europe

Are you starting to plan your next family vacation? There is a lot of buzz about Europe these days. A strong dollar and weak euro, great prices on airfares and rising hotel prices in North America and lowering hotels costs in Europe has made travel to the continent quite a deal as of late! Loaded with fairy tale castles, quirky museums, amusement parks, stunning architecture, bikes and boat rides, a trip to the Europe offers all of the makings for the best family vacation ever! With so much to see and do it can be a bit overwhelming to decide where to go! I’ve put together a list of ten of the most family friendly vacation destinations in Europe to make your trip planning a litter bit easier.

1. London, England

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    Why go? How can visiting families go wrong in the city that gave us Harry Potter, Peter Rabbit, and Paddington Bear, really? Oh, and don’t forget the Royalty, giant Ferris wheel and famed architecture. Another great thing about visiting London is its mind-blowing museums and the fact that admission to see most of them is free!

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    • The London Dungeon
    • The Natural History Museum
    • St. James Park and The Changing of The Guard
    • The Tower of London

    2. Amsterdam, Netherlands

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      Why go? Amsterdam is a well-known destination for grown-ups, but in reality, it’s filled with tons of fun for kids big and small! With with cool museums, historical treasures and outdoor fun in sweeping parks, not to mention all of the biking and boating, Amsterdam is absolutely overflowing with things for families to enjoy!

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      3. Paris, France

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        Why Go? Who doesn’t love fresh baked baguettes, croissants and silky crepes, oh my! Paris is not just for lovers; it’s for everyone. Little ones will love the pastry shops on every corner and you’ll enjoy how easy it is to get around on the Metro and the view of the Eiffel Tower from every vista in this truly amazing city.

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        • Jardin Luxembourg
        • The Catacombs
        • A trip to the top of The Eiffel Tower
        • The Museum Of Natural History

        4. Berlin, Germany

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          Why go? Ever evolving Berlin offers so much urban adventure for families to enjoy! Voted most fun to visit in the world in 2014, Berlin seems to go out of its way to make families feel welcome. With oodles of Kindercafes, sprawling green spaces, exciting playgrounds, all steeped in rich history and tradition there is no shortage of fun things for families to do in Berlin!

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          5. Prague, Czech Republic

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            Why Go? The city of a thousand spires is like something straight out of a storybook! Kids will love hearing the Astrological Clock chime, exploring Prague Castle, and gazing at The Dancing House. Meanwhile, parents will appreciate great beer, gothic architecture, and seriously cheap prices.

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            • Prague Jewish Museum
            • Walk the Charles Bridge
            • Petrin Park
            • Prague Castle

            6. Barcelona, Spain

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              Why Go? Barcelona is electric! Bright colors, ornately bizarre architecture, spicy smells, sweet sounds, and delicious tastes will confuse, delight and inspire like something from Suess or Alice in Wonderland. The famous street in Barcelona, La Rambla, filled with performers eating fire or swallowing swords will both excite and delight the kids. Not to mention the myriad of museums dedicated to chocolate, invention and hands-on science experiments! There is something to amaze and enthral everyone in your crew in Barcelona.

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              7. Vienna, Austria

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                Why Go? Where should I start? In addition to being among the best in the world for its public transit system, Vienna goes out of its way to cater to kids! With its architecture, opera; delicious food—from schnitzel to Sacher torte, Vienna will have your family waltzing the streets until the end of your stay. This culturally rich city has a lot to offer families who want to create the best travel memories.

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                8. Rome, Italy

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                  Why Go? Gladiators, gelato, and absolutely stunning architecture in this city rich in ancient history and cutting edge cuisine. Ahhhh Rome, the locals adore children and food. What more could you ask for?

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                  9. Dublin, Ireland

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                    Why Go? Irish eyes aren’t the only thing that will be smiling when your family touches down in Dublin! The welcoming locals will have you all grinning from ear to ear every day of your stay. With a warm and friendly culture, no language barrier (besides the cool accent), Dublin is fun and easy to visit for aspiring adventurers.

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                    10. Brussels, Belgium

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                      Why go? Brussels is one of the best for family travellers! The fun loving locals see the humor in life making it a great place to visit with kids. Stunning medieval architecture blends with colorful murals and quirky sculpture, a little boy peeing is the mascot for the city for goodness sake! Brussels is not as busy as Paris or London but has all of the same allure, which makes it even more appealing for family travel.

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                      Studies show hotel rates are on the decline in Europe and Airfares are more affordable than they have been in years! With great family friendly destination choices, there has never been a better time to book a family trip to cities like Paris or Rome. Where do you want to take the family?

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                      Last Updated on January 14, 2019

                      7 Ways To Make Exercise Fun For Everyone

                      7 Ways To Make Exercise Fun For Everyone

                      From Atkins to Paleo to eating gluten-free despite not being one of the rare few people afflicted with celiac disease, fad diets are everywhere. It drives me crazy because I believe these diets do more harm than good. Your body is made up of a variety of vitamins, nutrients, and minerals, and losing weight healthily isn’t possible when you fill your body with unnecessary synthetic plastics, sugars, and powders. There’s no easy button in life.

                      What you need to do is exercise, which isn’t very appealing to many people. Workouts take work, so there’s already a stigma involved in going to the gym. Starting a healthy workout regimen becomes easier when you make it fun. If you want to live long and prosper, get off the couch and try these methods to turn your workout into a playout.

                      1. Take the scenic route.

                      Walking is an easy way to transition to a healthy lifestyle, and it’s free. Not only do you burn calories (check out this calculator for how many calories you burn based on your weight), but you see the world in a different way. Hiking in nature is great if you have access to it, but don’t let living in an urban area deter you from walking.

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                      Whenever I’m creatively stuck I get my head straight by walking a couple of miles. It’s also how I discover new paths, meet new people, and stumble upon hole-in-the-wall spots I never would have found otherwise. You could drive past the same place every day and never appreciate the beauty, nor even notice it’s there.

                      2. Distract yourself.

                      No matter what exercise routine you choose, use the time to meditate. You may wonder how marathon runners are able to put so many miles on their bodies. It’s because the pain from running that you avoid is something they’ve learned to harness to enter a transcendental state. If you’re aware of the benefits of meditation and exercise but don’t have time to do both, you can combine them, killing two birds with one healthy stone.

                      3. Listen to music or podcasts.

                      There are few experiences in life more pleasurable than turning up the music and drowning out the world around you. With so many podcasts and music apps available on your smartphone, you can easily find entertainment options perfectly suited to your personal tastes. Never worry what people may think of you when working out;instead, crank up the volume and get lost in your own world. You’ll be in shape before you know it.

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                      4. Bring a friend.

                      Some people can’t go anywhere alone. While I highly recommend dining out and seeing a movie in a theater alone, having company while exercising is very helpful. It allows you to pace yourself with someone else, and gives you a coach to motivate and push harder than you may have on your own.

                      Many exercises are safer when done with a friend, and some sports can only be played with another person. Involving others in your goals can mean the difference between success and failure. Just remember to continue exercising if the other person flakes, or they’ll be in control of your health.

                      5. Accessorize.

                      There are accessories that can make exercise easier, and sometimes buying a new toy can add some much-needed fun to your routine. With apps like RunKeeper and Nike+, your smartphone is capable of tracking your vitals and progress. Wrist weights can add a new dimension to your workout, and, if you exercise at night, a headlamp can help you see what’s in front of you so you don’t trip.

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                      For urban runners and power-walkers, one of the biggest obstacles is other people. It’s difficult to get in your meditative zone and enjoy your music when you constantly have to dodge people. To resolve this vexing issue, Runbell, a startup in Tokyo, has developed the runner’s version of the bicycle bell. With this lightweight brass bell warning people you’re approaching from behind, you’re free to maintain your transcendental state while continuing your workout. Head to their Kickstarter campaign to pledge your support.

                      6. Compete.

                      A little healthy competition can motivate you to push yourself further in your workout regimen. There are apps like Zombies, Run! which turns your run into a video game, and MyFitnessPal which allows you to connect with others in the exercise community. Whether you’re directly competing with a friend, an online community, or against your previous self, setting goals is the key to reaching them. Running with no destination can feel like an impossible task, and it’s easy to get distracted.

                      7. Relax.

                      The best part about exercising is how much you enjoy the downtime. If you think laying on your couch all day is enjoyable, it has nothing on that hour you spend as a couch potato after a rigorous workout. Jay-Z said it best, “in order to experience joy, you need pain.” The harder you push yourself while exercising, the better you’ll feel when you’re relaxing.

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                      With that said, don’t relax too much, or it loses the effect. It’s okay to indulge every so often. Treat yourself to some junk food you’re craving, imbibe a drink here and there, and spend a day vegging out on your couch. Staying healthy doesn’t have to be torture. Just turn down when you can and dedicate some time to better the health of your body. You only get one.

                      Featured photo credit: tpsdave via pixabay.com

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