10 Places in the World You Shouldn't Travel to With Kids & 10 You Absolutely Should

10 Places in the World You Shouldn't Travel to With Kids & 10 You Absolutely Should

Travelling with kids opens up a world of wonder, offering them a glimpse into diverse cultures, landscapes, and experiences that can shape their young minds. However, not every destination is kid-friendly, and some places might be better to skip when planning a family vacation. From extreme climates to locations with strict cultural norms, here are ten places that might not be the best fit for your next family adventure.

1. Death Valley National Park, USA

This desert landscape offers breathtaking views but with extreme temperatures that can reach up to 130°F (54°C) in the summer. While the name might intrigue older kids, the risk of dehydration and heatstroke is high. It's probably better to explore cooler, more forgiving environments with little ones in tow.

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2. Pamplona, Spain

Famous for its Running of the Bulls, Pamplona is a thrill-seeker's dream. However, the event is far too dangerous to consider attending with children, given the risk of injury. Instead, find a safer festival that celebrates Spanish culture in a way that's fun for all ages.

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3. Chernobyl, Ukraine

The site of the catastrophic nuclear accident is now a dark tourism spot that fascinates many. Yet, the lingering radiation and the somber atmosphere of the exclusion zone aren't suitable for a family vacation. Better to save this history lesson for when the kids are older and can understand the gravity of the place.

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4. Mount Everest Base Camp, Nepal/Tibet

Reaching the base camp of the world's highest mountain is an achievement in itself. However, the high altitude and extreme conditions make this trek risky for young children. Opt for a less strenuous mountain adventure that won't push their limits too hard.

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5. The Amazon Rainforest

While it's a biodiversity hotspot, the Amazon can be dangerous for young visitors with threats from malaria to yellow fever, and not to mention, the wildlife. It's a challenging environment that requires preparation and caution, making it less than ideal for kids. There are plenty of other wildlife experiences that are safer and more suitable for families.

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6. North Sentinel Island, India

Home to the uncontacted Sentinelese tribe, this island is off-limits to visitors to protect both the tribe and potential visitors. The danger of attempting to approach the island, along with the ethical considerations, makes it a place to avoid. Stick to exploring cultures that are open and welcoming to learning from outsiders.

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7. Danakil Depression, Ethiopia

Known as the "Gateway to Hell," this destination features extreme heat, volcanic activity, and geysers that emit toxic gases. While it offers a unique landscape, it's not a safe environment for children due to the harsh conditions. There are many other geologically fascinating sites around the world that are far more accessible and safe for families.

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8. Fukushima Exclusion Zone, Japan

Following the 2011 nuclear disaster, this area remains a cautionary tale about the risks of nuclear energy. The ongoing cleanup and radiation risk make it an inappropriate destination for a family trip. It's another location best left for when the kids are older and can engage with the complex issues it presents.

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9. Kilauea Volcano, Hawaii

While Hawaii is a fantastic family destination, the areas around its active volcanoes, especially Kilauea, can be hazardous. With its frequent eruptions and lava flows, it's better to admire this natural wonder from a safe distance. Focus on the many other beautiful and safe experiences the islands have to offer.

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10. The Catacombs of Paris, France

These underground ossuaries, while historically fascinating, might be too macabre for young visitors, with miles of tunnels lined with human skulls and bones. It's a chilling experience that can be saved for the teenage years when they can better appreciate the history and not be scared by it. Paris is full of kid-friendly attractions that can be enjoyed by the whole family.

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From the natural wonders of the world to cities bursting with culture and history, here's a list of ten places that should definitely be on your family travel bucket list.


1. Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo is a pulsating mix of the ultra-modern and traditional, offering something for every member of the family. From exploring the magical world of Studio Ghibli to experiencing the fun and weirdness of Harajuku, Tokyo provides a safe, clean, and fascinating cultural experience. Plus, the city's efficient public transportation makes navigating with kids a breeze.

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2. Orlando, Florida, USA

Home to Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, and SeaWorld, Orlando is a child's dream come true. These theme parks offer enchanting experiences for kids and adults alike, with characters, rides, and shows that cater to every age group. Orlando is designed with families in mind, making it an easy and unforgettable vacation spot.

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3. Costa Rica

Known for its biodiversity, Costa Rica offers families a chance to explore rainforests, volcanoes, and beaches all in one trip. Whether you're ziplining through the canopy or spotting wildlife on a guided tour, it's an ideal place for introducing kids to the wonders of nature while enjoying a safe and tourist-friendly environment.

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4. Paris, France

The City of Light dazzles families with its iconic landmarks, beautiful parks, and child-friendly museums like the Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie. Enjoy a picnic in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower or sail boats in the Luxembourg Gardens. Paris is a city that captivates children’s imaginations and adults’ hearts alike.

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5. Queenstown, New Zealand

For families that love adventure, Queenstown is the perfect destination. Known as the adventure capital of the world, it offers activities like bungee jumping (for the older kids and adults!), jet boating, and skydiving. There's also plenty of family-friendly adventure, such as lake cruises and scenic gondola rides, set against a backdrop of stunning natural beauty.

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6. Rome, Italy

Rome is an open-air museum, perfect for educational and exciting family tours. Walk through history at the Colosseum, toss a coin in the Trevi Fountain, and explore the Vatican. Italian culture is family-oriented, making children feel welcome almost everywhere.

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7. Alberta, Canada

From the awe-inspiring Rockies to the dinosaur fossils of Drumheller, Alberta is a playground for young explorers. Families can enjoy outdoor activities like hiking, canoeing, and wildlife spotting in the national parks. It’s a fantastic way to immerse the family in nature and adventure.

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8. Kyoto, Japan

Kyoto offers families a glimpse into traditional Japan with its peaceful temples, beautiful gardens, and tea ceremonies. Kids will love dressing up in kimono and participating in samurai and ninja experiences. It’s a place where the whole family can learn about and appreciate Japanese culture and history.

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9. London, England

Packed with history, culture, and iconic sights, London is a city that offers endless entertainment for families. Visit the Harry Potter studios, explore the Science Museum, and watch the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace. London’s diverse offerings ensure that there's something to capture the imagination of every child.

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10. Reykjavik, Iceland

Iceland is a land of fire and ice, where kids can marvel at geysers, waterfalls, and volcanic landscapes. Reykjavik serves as a great base for family-friendly day trips to see the Northern Lights, bathe in geothermal pools, and learn about Vikings. It’s an extraordinary destination for families looking for an adventure out of the ordinary.

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