Hi, I am from the US I am having trouble deciding where to go on my next big trip. I am pretty well traveled - been all over Europe, Asia, and parts of the Caribbean and Central America. I have narrowed down my next destination to be either in Brazil, South Africa, or New Zealand/Australia. I have chosen these places because it seems that they would be easier to travel w/o kids. I will probably start planning to have kids in a year, so I can only choose one place for now. I will most likely be able to travel for 1-2 weeks. If you have been to any or all of these places, can you please give me advice on the pros and cons of each country?
Hi and welcome!
I think Brazil would probably be the hardest of these to travel with kids . . . .
Thanks for your reply. I am obviously new at this and I probably should have properly introduced myself. My name is DJ and I have been traveling all my life. I've lived in 4 countries (all at a very young age except for the U.S.) Bangkok, Taiwan, Singapore, and 5 states in the U.S. (Hawaii and Illinois-very young, New Jersey, Florida, and Michigan). Most of my fun travels (not moving) has been over the past 10 years. I enjoy all types of travel - backpacking, adventure, going to a party festival, hanging out at an all-inclusive resort (although this is more fun for me if I can meet the locals and other travelers).... Haven't had a chance to really navigate through this site yet, but I am looking forward to the forums, meeting people, reading the stories and learning about different countries, and hopefully I can give some good advice for some new travelers out there.
So, regarding my original question...I think I was just having a moment when I wanted to dive right into travel planning, but was having problems on deciding where. Thanks for your input! Funny that you chose Brazil because I was first trying to choose only between South Africa and New Zealand/Australia - mostly because they are further away from me, esp. SA. Did you choose Brazil b/c it's the least safe? Or b/c it would be the most fun? Have you been there? (or to SA or NZ/OZ?) I added Brazil as an option, but when I wrote my message, I had forgotten that I had already booked a ski trip to Whistler, BC at the same time as Carnival next year. I was told that would be the best time to visit Rio, but I would think Rio (or other cities) would be fun anytime??
From my experiences, knowing a local has added a lot of fun to my travels. They know of things that I maybe would not have discovered on my own. I have friends who live in NZ and OZ. My husband's niece will be a student at University of Cape Town. So....what to do?? See one maybe two places now, have kids and wait a few years to see the other? I've never been in this position before and I'm trying not to have a panic attack...haha.
I'm looking forward to hearing everyone's comments! In the meantime, I will work on filling out my profile! ;-)
I live in New Zealand, and would judge it a fairly easy place to travel with children, particularly if you were willing to hire a car and drive (although you would need to be a confident driver). Can't say much about Australia though, or any of the other options!
Hey DJ, welcome to Travellerspoint.
Can't comment on Brazil or South Africa, but Oz and NZ would be easy options to travel with kids if you ask me. I live in Australia though, so I guess I *would* find it easy. But seriously; good transport options, native English speakers, plentiful accommodation and some of the safest cities in the world - what place could be easier with kids?! Well ok, I guess the flight is rather long - that could be a problem. But once you're here.. it's dead easy. And you can always stop off in Fiji or similar along the way to break up the flight if you want to.
Thanks everyone for your input! Really appreciate it! :-)