If you’re a parent, you know that safety is a big deal when deciding on a destination.
Kids are the biggest adventurers out there and the second your back is turned, they will be zipping off down the street faster than the Tasmanian Devil. They’ll talk to strangers, find the most dangerous things to play with, and eat whatever they find from seashells to poisonous flowers.
It’s also important to find somewhere that the kids will love. After all, it’s their trip too.
Vacations are meant to be relaxing, so finding a safe and family-friendly destination will check one major worry off your list. Then you’ll only need to focus on how to stop them from ingesting the whole beach.
The Family Vacation Guide has done the research so that you don’t have to and ranked vacation spots on various factors to determine how family-friendly they are.
The categories are as follows:
- Family safety
- Amount of family-friendly hotels
- Amount of family-friendly restaurants
- Amount of family-friendly activities
Family safety is analyzed by its crime index, weather, and how peaceful the country is. The weather may not seem important to those without kids, but to the ones who do, you’ll know how difficult it is to lather a little one up in sunscreen, only to continuously worry that you’ve missed a spot.
Each category has the top three destinations listed so you can check out the factors that matter the most to you and your family, but which vacation spots were ranked as the most family-friendly overall?
Drum roll, please…
Zurich scored 7.81/10 overall. In the city, over 18% of hotels, 34% of restaurants, and 27% of activities were classed as family-friendly, and the crime index was relatively low at 16.78 out of a possible 100.
It was one of the chillier destinations on the list with an average temperature of just under 10°C.
Just behind Zurich was Heraklion, which scored 7.45 in total. Slightly fewer hotels were classed as family-friendly, with a score of 17.69%, however, more restaurants and activities were suitable for everyone, with scores of. 35.88% and. 35.01% respectively.
The annual average temperature in Heraklion is 19°C and the destination scored 18.43 for its crime index.
Copenhagen took the third spot, scoring 7.02 out of 10. Less than 15% of hotels in the city are listed as family-friendly but 27% of all restaurants were ranked as such. T
here was also a drop in the number of activities suitable for kids and adults alike, totaling just under 20%. The crime index was listed as 27.33 which is much lower than other large European cities such as Rome which had a crime index of 53%. The average temperature in Denmark is just over 9°C.
50 destinations were analyzed and other cities that made the top 10 include Vienna, Lisbon, and Dubai.