Family Vacations in Asia, Australia, and the South Pacific
Tips for Travel to Asia With Kids
Find tips for dealing with long flights, "weird food", health concerns, culture shock, and more.
Taiwan Vacation Highlights for Families
This guest article notes that "A family visit to Taiwan will provide all the exotic thrills of an Asian destination with the comfort of all of the amenities sought by most." Explore city sightseeing and a beautiful National Park.
China with Kids
About.com's Guide for China For Visitors has advice about taking kids to China, including answers to questions that parents may have about health worries. She also has the scoop about what to bring and buy, fun activities in Beijing, where to eat with kids -- read more.
Disneyland Hong Kong
This Disneyland theme park, new in 2005, is located on lush Lantau Island and has four areas-- Main St. USA, Adventureland, Tomorrowland, and Fantasyland -- familiar to Disney theme park fans.
Australia is a dream vacation for many North American families: a land of adventure that offers a chance to see the unique animals kids read about, but also a place where English is spoken and many cultural norms are shared.
Gold Coast, Australia
Australian families flock here - find out why! Combine beach and surfing and theme parks with a side trip to the Great Barrier Reef or inland to the rainforest. Meanwhile nearby Brisbane offers city fun, whale-watching, and a chance to get up close and personal with koalas and kangaroos. For those inclined to splurge, the Gold Coast also offers...
Top 10 Reasons to Visit New Zealand
"New Zealand wasn't chosen as the location for filming “The Lord of the Rings” for nothing" -- so says About.com's expert on New Zealand Travel. Top features of this island nation include spectacular scenery, unique wildlife, native Maori culture, outdoor adventures, and ease of travel.
Fun For Families in Auckland
About.com's Guide for New Zealand Travel focuses on family fun in New Zealand's largest city, including a theme park, a sky tower, a year-round "Snowplanet" snow play atraction, and a chance to explore the underwater world.
Japan for Visitors
About.com's Guide for Japan Travel covers many topics of interest to family travelers, including events and festivals, top attractions, budget travel, and planning tips.
The Tokyo Disney Resort (often called "Tokyo Disneyland" is a popular theme park that includes the four classic "lands" found in Magic Kingdom in Orlando and at the original California Disneyland: Fantasyland, Tomorrowland, Adventureland, and Westernland (which has had a name change from "Frontierland").
Southeast Asia Travel Ideas
About.com's Guide for Southeast Asia Travel has travel suggestions for the diverse countries in this fascinating part of the world, and many of the ideas suit families. Bali, for instance, is a wonderful place to visit with kids. Or how about celebrating Chinese New Year in Singapore or in Malaysia's island of Penang (which has a large Chinese population)?
India Travel Ideas
About.com's Guide for India Travel covers many topics that will be of interest to families planning trips: top destinations, where to stay, what to see and do, festivals and events, and more.
Family Adventures in Asia
A number of tour companies offer Family Adventures in Asia that combine sightseeing and cultural experiences with kid-friendly fun. Families can enjoy unique experiences with all details handled.
Jean-Michel Cousteau Fiji Islands Resort
Explore the underseas at this all-inclusive five-star eco-resort, where each child 12 and under get a Fijian buddy or nanny (for the younger kids) during their stay.
South Pacific Travel
About's guide for Hawaii and South Pacific for Visitors covers dozens of topics and many destinations.
The Funparks of the Gold Coast in Australia
This guest article describes the family-friendly fun in the area known as "Surfers Paradise", on the Gold Coast of eastern Australia. Surfers Paradise has 30 km of beaches plus several "funparks" such as Seaworld and Wet 'n' Wild.
Reasons to Visit Thailand with Kids
If you're thinking you'd like an exotic destination for a family trip, Thailand offers easy logistics, a warm welcome, and plenty of fun things to do.