Family-friendly Des­ti­na­tions

Leigh Hunt said, “Trav­el­ling in the com­pany of those we love is home in mo­tion.”

Maxx-M - - COVER STORY - Text by Priscilla Pi­cauly | Pho­tos cour­tesy of Priscilla Pi­cauly, Dubai Tourism, New Zealand Tourism, Warner Bros Stu­dio Tour

What is your ideal travel? Some of us feel the jour­ney will be com­plete if we have our family as our com­pan­ion. But as we know trav­el­ling with family has its pluses and mi­nuses. But there’s al­ways a way to make your holiday mem­o­rable to­gether with your family. Here are some of the best places my family and I have found very family friendly and fun: Dubai Who would have taught that one of the mid­dleeast­ern coun­tries would be part of our list? But theDubaioftheUnit­edArabEmi­rate­sisob­vi­ously not your typ­i­cal West Asian city. Dubai’s tourism of­fers many ex­cel­lent and won­der­ful places to see. Where else can you play on the beach in the morn­ing, go snow ski­ing at lunchtime, ex­plore the desert in the af­ter­noon and then watch danc­ing foun­tains reach to the skies un­der­neath the world’s tallest tower all in the same city? It’s a packed timetable with one mem­o­rable event after the other. Here are our top se­lec­tions; First is Dubai Gar­den Glow; the best place where your kids ex­plore the world that glows in the dark, with talk­ing trees, lit-up bugs and food trucks that of­fer light bites. You must also visit Bloom­ing Beauty at Mir­a­cle Gar­den sit­u­ated in Al Bar­sha South. The place that houses the big­gest flower gar­den with more than 45 mil­lion bloom­ing flow­ers across 72,000 sqm dis­played in a va­ri­ety of sculp­tures and de­signs. Dubai is also pop­u­lar for its theme parks, and the lat­est at­trac­tion opened this year, the ‘Dubai Parks and Resorts’. Dubai Parks and Resorts is set to be the re­gion’s largest integrated theme park des­ti­na­tion. It pro­vides some of Hol­ly­wood’s lov­able char­ac­ters in its MotionGate™ Dubai. It also has a Bol­ly­wood Parks TM Dubai, which is the first theme park based on the sights and sounds of the In­dian Movie In­dus­try, and Le­goland Dubai and LE­GOLAND Wa­ter Park set to fea­ture 15,000 LEGO mod­els and more than 60 mil­lion LEGO bricks. For more in­for­ma­tion about Dubai tourism, please visit www.vis­it­

New-Zealand Per­haps we knew New Zealand as a beau­ti­ful coun­try­thatispop­u­lar­with­the­fa­mou­sand­high­est bungee jump­ing. But since the tril­ogy of The Lord of the Rings and The Hob­bit grabbed at­ten­tion in world cinema in­dus­try, the name of New Zealand tran­scended, be­cause many movies are now set and filmed there in New Zealand. Not just flaw­less beauty, New Zealand ab­so­lutely be­came as one of favourite family friendly des­ti­na­tions. The coun­try is best known for stun­ning un­touched nat­u­ral land­scapes. The moun­tains, forests, and coast­lines are all sur­pris­ingly ac­ces­si­ble. You’ll find that there are count­less op­tions for ex­plor­ing on foot, even with lit­tle ones. Get a feel for the lo­cal his­tory and cul­ture from many mu­se­ums in sev­eral towns. For ex­am­ple, Auck­land’s MOTAT (Mu­seum of Trans­port and Tech­nol­ogy) is a hit with chil­dren and Wanaka’s Trans­port & Toy Mu­seum that ap­peals to all ages. Also make out time to visit Te Papa – the Mu­seum of New Zealand in Welling­ton, which tells more about the Maori tribe. Make sure not to leave the coun­try be­fore ex­pe­ri­enc­ing the real Mid­dle-earth by vis­it­ing the Hob­biton Movie Set. Your guided tour here starts with a drive through our pic­turesque 1,250acre sheep farm with spec­tac­u­lar views across to the Kaimai Ranges. Take a look at Bag End, where Frodo and Bilbo’s ad­ven­tures be­gan. Get lost among the hob­bit holes and visit the Green Dragon Inn, the Mill, and the Party Tree. Lis­ten to spell-bind­ing tales of how Hob­biton came to be. For­mor­e­in­for­ma­tion­aboutNewZealand,feel­free to visit Lon­don Lon­don is a re­mark­able city, one of the best in the world. There are Plenty of at­trac­tions and des­ti­na­tions that will ful­fill your family’s dream. Start with the iconic Lon­don Eye. See Lon­don from a dif­fer­ent per­spec­tive at the Lon­don Eye or take an old-fash­ioned tour to Madame Tus­sauds Lon­don to get up close and per­sonal with A-list celebri­ties, sport­ing leg­ends, po­lit­i­cal heavy­weights, and his­tor­i­cal­i­cons.StarWar­sex­pe­ri­en­ceisal­soavail­able in Madame Tus­sauds. The brand new ex­pe­ri­ence in­vites kids and adult to im­merse them­selves in the world’s favourite sci­ence fic­tion movie by meet­ing 16 iconic char­ac­ters across 11 epic scenes. You can also ex­pe­ri­ence the stun­ning Marvel Su­per Heroes 4D shows, which brings some of the world’s best-loved su­per­heroes to life through a mix of 4D an­i­ma­tion, in­ter­ac­tive themed ar­eas, and star­tlingly re­al­is­tic Madame Tus­sauds wax fig­ures. For Harry Pot­ter die-hard fans, take a mag­i­cal tour to le­gendary lo­ca­tions, for in­stance, the real Di­agon Al­ley and the op­ti­cian’s shop that served as the en­trance to the Leaky Caul­dron in “Harry Pot­terandtheGobletofFire.”Get stun­ning views from the bridge that was de­stroyed by the Death Eaters in the sixth se­ries of the movie. A visit to Warner Bros. Stu­dio Tour in Lon­don pro­vides a unique op­por­tu­nity to ex­plore the magi­coftheHar­ryPot­ter­films.Ven­ture­be­hindthe scenes to dis­cover a huge ar­ray of fan­tas­tic sets, cos­tumes, and props. Learn some closely guarded se­crets, including facts about the spe­cial ef­fects and an­i­ma­tron­ics that made the Harry Pot­ter films so hugely pop­u­lar around the world. For more in­for­ma­tion about Lon­don travel ex­pe­ri­ences, please visit www.vis­it­lon­

Tokyo Ja­pan is an amaz­ing coun­try. It does not mat­ter how old you are, a visit here will mes­merise you be­cause it is a land that prom­ises to sat­isfy you at ev­ery turn. There are lots of peo­ple want­ing to visit Ja­pan re­sult­ing in a lot of in­ter­na­tional air­lines hav­ing very good pro­mo­tional tick­ets pe­ri­od­i­cally within the year. Everyc­i­ty­inJa­panis­abeau­ti­fuldes­ti­na­tion,butmy family and I feel Tokyo is the most Family Friendly des­ti­na­tion. You may need to raise your va­ca­tion bud­get as Tokyo is con­sid­ered a high-spend­ing city, but it is a won­der­ful place with never-end­ing ad­ven­ture and non-stop ac­tiv­i­ties Toky­oisn’tjus­ta­mod­ern­cap­i­tal­city,itis­recog­nised as the main tourist at­trac­tion in Ja­pan, with a lot of at­trac­tions suit­able for all ages. Let’s start with Dis­ney Theme Park. Who doesn’t like the mag­i­cal ex­pe­ri­ence Dis­ney of­fers? Dis­ney Tokyo has two. Dis­neySea and Dis­ney­land. Dis­neySea Tokyo is the only Dis­ney theme park in the world that is in­spired by oceans tales and leg­ends. Dis­ney­land is all about the Dis­ney. You might need more than a day to visit both theme parks After a day at the theme park, you might want to visit the Mu­se­ums. They are a great way to gain some­knowl­edge­about­the­coun­tryand­c­ity.There are many mu­se­ums in Tokyo; there is his­tor­i­cal, cul­tural, movies, themed and an­i­mated mu­se­ums. Also spend­ing time in the city parks with family is quite fun, es­pe­cially if you visit dur­ing the cherry blos­som sea­son. For more in­for­ma­tion on Tokyo des­ti­na­tions, please visit GoldCoast The Gold Coast is a met­ro­pol­i­tan re­gion south of Bris­ba­neonAus­tralia’seast­coast.TheEast-coastc­ity cap­ti­vat­e­dusuponour­touch­down­tothecity.Iloved the am­bi­ence, the views, the vibes and ev­ery­thing about it. There are lots of things to do and places to go that are suit­able for all ages. It is a non-stop fun filled city. GoldCoasti­sa­home­tothe­mepark­slikeDream­world and Warner Bros. Movie world, which are the most pop­u­lar and the favourite theme parks: Sea World andWet’n’Wild.Youwill­nee­datleas­t­a­dayper­park. TheWarn­erBros.MovieWorld­is­de­signed­for­movie lovers. It is mag­i­cal, and you will find a lot of your favourite movies turned into a ride and at­trac­tion, like Su­per­man Es­cape which was my favourite. The roller­coast­er­takesy­oufromze­ro­to100km/hi­nonly two sec­onds. Dreamworld is also as good; it is not only packed with fan­tas­tic rides but has a mini zoo in­side the park. TheGoldCoasti­sal­so­fa­mous­forit­szoo’s,sanc­tu­ar­ies, aquar­i­ums and wildlife parks. There you can have fun while learn­ing about na­ture and an­i­mals. Start your jour­ney at Sea World where you will dis­cover the un­der­world, ex­pe­ri­ence many un­for­get­table mo­ments and shows by in­trigu­ing an­i­mals like in the dol­phin show. Then visit the Cur­rumbin Wildlife Sanc­tu­ary. We had a won­der­ful day there, saw and ex­pe­ri­enced a lot of things unique to Aus­tralia such as cud­dling a Koala, feed­ing Kan­ga­roos, Free-flight bird show and wit­nessed the Abo­ri­gins per­form ‘Didgeri­doo’an­dadanceshow.For­mor­e­in­for­ma­tion, plea­se­vis­itwww.des­ti­na­tion­gold­

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