A couple of months ago, my husband found out he was going to have a rare, extended vacation over the summer months of July and August, and we decided to take advantage of his time off and travel for 2-3 weeks internationally. We could have gone anywhere, but when choosing a vacation spot, we realized that we were actually quite limited with the choices because we were going to be traveling with our then 22-month-old toddler. Some factors that affected our decision included: avoiding extremely hot or humid places, cleanliness and ease of on-the-go diaper changes, safety walking around and using public transportation, friendliness to Americans or English-speakers, and lastly, plenty of child-friendly activities and destinations.
We ended up deciding to go to Australia, and although we had to endure a 15-hour flight from California, it turned out to be the best vacation for our family. Australia was the perfect place because: our summer is their winter, which turned out to be perfect 75-degree weather in some areas, the city takes incredible care of the community by keeping the streets, parks, and all public areas extremely clean, it was very safe to be out walking in the streets even at nighttime, everyone was beyond friendly and helpful especially for lost tourists, and Australia’s activities – like seeing a koala or kangaroo – are must-do activities for a person of any age.
For anyone who is interested in traveling to Australia, especially if you have a child, or if you would just like to see what Australia has to offer, I would love to share our family’s 15-Day Australia Itinerary to Sydney, Cairns, and Hamilton Island. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or would like more details about any part of our trip! Happy reading!