20 Best Family Vacation Destinations for 2020

Where are families actually heading to on vacation in 2020?

Ok so you keep getting told what’s hot or not in 2020 – but want to hear it directly from travelling parents what they have planned for 2020? 

We’ve run our annual survey of travelling parents in the Family Travel Inspiration Facebook Group, and here are this year’s most popular destination choices.

Best Destinations for a family vacation in 2020

Looking for the top 19 for 2019?  Last years results have moved over here! 

**we are in the process of updating this week so please excuse as our counting is a little out of order and we tally final results!!**

If you’re struggling to narrow down your choices, check out our guide to narrowing down your overseas travel wishlist

1. London, UK

London Best Family Destination

Our stand out family travel champion for 2020 is the UK capital of London! BREXIT or not, it seems the historic city is still a major drawcard for family explorers – and it’s easy to see why. Whilst it is a big bustling city there are plenty of parks, fabulous fun transport options and it’s hard to deny the role Harry Potter plays in enticing younger guests.

Learn more about London with kids


2. Thailand

Krabi Thailand

Thailand remains an ever-popular family destination, well renowned for its stunning sandy beaches. Phuket has long been our favourite, but there are some newer kids on the block vying for your attention including idyllic beachfront favourite Krabi, closer to Bangkok Koh Chang.

Learn more about Thailand with kids


3. Rome, Italy

Rome | Best Cities for Family Travel | OurGlobetrotters.Com

What is not to love about Rome?  From art to history to food, there is so much going on that family members of all ages will love.  Most kids will no doubt learn about the Roman Empire at school, and what better place to come for some real-life lessons.

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4. Hawaii, USA

Hawaii Best Destination

Hawaii has taken over top billing from our group as the most popular North American destination. There are plenty of different types of vacations you can enjoy in Hawaii; if you simply want a relaxing resort with a kids club and entertainment it’s absolutely yours, however there’s plenty in store for the adventurous too from hiking to kayaking, parasailing to snorkelling.

Learn more about Hawaii with kids

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5. Paris, France

Paris Best family destination view over the Sienee

It’s hard to beat what Paris can offer for kids from the iconic Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe to the incredible museums, parks and food. Kids will love cruising the Seine or older kids might be enthralled by the catacombs beneath the city.

Learn more about Paris with kids


6. Vietnam

Vietnam boats on Halong bay

A new but very worthy entrant to the most popular places in 2020, Vietnam! From it’s beautiful beaches and historic towns to bustling cities, Vietnam has graduated from its backpacker days to be a sought-after adventure holiday destination for families from food to fabulous cultural immersion experiences.

Learn more about Vietnam with kids

7. China

China has jumped into our rankings in 2020. The Great Wall of China is a hugely popular drawcard, as are the giant pandas of Chengdu, Shanghai Disney is gaining in popularity too. The complex Visa systems doesn’t seem to be putting families off as it firmly plants itself as a popular destination for intrepid explorers.

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8. Florida, USA

Florida Beach

From theme parks to wide sandy beaches it’s pretty clear to see why Orlando remains a staunch crowd favourite, for US and international family visitors alike.

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9. Ireland

Ireland best destinations 2020

It seems families can’t get enough of the Emerald Isle! From those tracing their family heritage to the stunning natural wonders – and more green than you could ever imagine. Ireland is an easy country to navigate by road and continues to attract a steady flow of family interest in 2020.

Learn more about Ireland with kids

10. Japan

Tokyo cityspace sunset view

Another hugely popular choice in our travel community over the past couple of years and again coming at the top of family bucket lists this year is Japan.  From the bustling capital of Tokyo through to the much-Instagrammed and beautiful Kyoto, there is a lot of fun family exploring to be had.

Learn more about Japan with kids

19 Best Family Destinations for 2019


11. New York City

New York Best Family Destination 2019

New York, New York!  The city that never sleeps really is a family treasure trove of ideas and activities.  From its famous sites and dramatic landmarks to its numerous museums, parks, flagship stores and unique foodie experiences.  It can be a little daunting for some families due to its size, but also means you can return on numerous occasions and experience something new each time!

Learn more about New York City with kids


12. South Africa

South Africa - Cape Town

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13. Australia

Australia kangaroo on beach

From the urban centres to the isolated beaches and the great outback, it’s not hard to see why Australia is a popular choice. It’s deciding which parts to see which is hard! It would take several months to remotely cover Australia’s highlight, so most family visitors choose to concentrate on one coast or state.

Learn more about Australia with kids

14. Greece

Athens the best destinations 2020 Greece

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15. Switzerland

Switzerland best destiantions for family travel this year

Another fabulous choice for outdoor adventures to be had in all seasons.  With its amazing transportation systems to its highest peaks and fresh air- and well let’s be honest Swiss Chocolate, what is not to love!  It continues to be a hugely popular destination with European winter travellers and overseas visitors alike.


16. Peru

A fabulous new addition and increasing in popularity is Peru. Not without it’s challenges as a high altitude country but exceptionally rewarding, including the Modern Wonder of Machu Pichu.

17. Iceland

seljalandsfoss iceland

In a bit of a surprise, Iceland lost it’s top spot from 2019 and has fallen down our ranks in 2019 – no doubt as many of our families managed to capture Iceland in the last year! It remains a country of distinct, dramatic and raw beauty, and visitors are expanding their travels well beyond the Golden Circle and easy day trips to Reykjavik.

With younger children why not start with the Snรฆfellsnes Peninsula? Driving distances are short and there are far fewer crowds, you will find black sand beaches, volcanoes, lava fields and waterfalls

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18. Bali, Indonesia

Bali Best family Destiantion

Bali continues to be a favourite family destination year after year, particularly with Australians due to its geographic location and cheap prices.

Despite its hustle and bustle in many parts, tourists are slowly realising that you can head beyond the big resorts around Kuta and Seminyak and get further out to explore the true Bali.  Why not try Amed or Munduk for a change?

Learn more about Bali with kids


19. Singapore

Singapore Garden by the bay at twilight Best family-friendly things to do in Singapore

Not just a stopover city but a worthy destination in its own right.  Long gone are the days where you’d simply book through Singapore so you could have a comfortable stop through Changi Airport, the city is busting at the seems for family-friendly activities.

Sentosa is packed full of theme parks, Kidzania and luxury resorts, while Gardens by the Bay continues to wow the crowds day and night with its Supertrees and sensational biodomes, as well as one of the biggest urban water playgrounds you will find in the Far East Organization Children’s Playground.

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20. New Zealand

New Zealand best destinations Families

Lucky last one of last year’s top contenders is still a popular choice in 2020 making the cut as a family favourite destination. New Zealand has some utterly dramatic landscapes, it also has fabulous wildlife parks, snowy mountains through to white sandy beaches.  It’s the best place to grab yourself a camper and spend several weeks getting to know both the north and south islands.  Adrenaline junkies will want this near the top of their list!

Learn more about New Zealand with kids


So where will YOU be heading this year? Tell us in the comments or jump on over to Family Travel Inspiration and share your ideas, ask questions and get involved in our family community group.

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20 Fabulous Family Vacation Destinations

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