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You’ll be hard pressed to find a child that doesn’t enjoy bike rides. It’s the coolest and the most accessible way to travel. More often than not, this love of cycling continues into their mature years. It’s a fun way to stay healthy. Even though your children and you enjoy cycling for different reasons, you can double down on this hobby and turn it into a holiday activity. If you want to go travelling with your children, there is no better way to strengthen the bonds than interesting bike trails for the entire family.
Prince Edward Island is the smallest province in Canada. If you take only a short glance at it, you’ll notice it’s a perfect playground for fun family activities and cycling. The location is flat and renowned for its fresh produce. Furthermore, motor vehicles are banned on the island. Have you ever wanted to show your children the home of Anne of Green Gables? You can take them on the 470-km long Confederation Trail that cuts through the heart of the island. Don’t forget to drive around Basin Head and enjoy the sight of the expansive sand dunes in the Prince Edward Island National Park. If you decide to stay on the island to enjoy every aspect of its biking potential, rent rooms in one of the best hotels the location can offer – the Inn at Saint Peters – every room offers a view of the bay and the restaurant food is renowned for being absolutely amazing.
If your children are over 10, hop on a plane ride to Cuba. After you’ve landed, take 2 weeks to enjoy every aspect of Viñales, the adventure capital of Cuba which stands as a gateway to the Sierra de los Organos mountains. The fact that this region has not become so deservingly popular makes it a perfect opportunity for a family that wants to enjoy a quaint cycling holiday. There’s a rustic, rugged charm to the region that just can’t be compared to anything else. Make sure to stop at the restaurant named “Balcony of the Valley”. It overlooks tobacco fields, vintage houses and rocky, green landscapes in a way that will leave your fidgety children gob-smacked.
Jordan hides one of the best family-friendly bike routes in the world. The road from Mount Nebo to the Dead Sea runs for nearly 30 km, and it’s downhill all the way, really easy for children to navigate without spending too much energy under the scorching desert sun. Just make sure everyone is wearing caps and sunglasses. Every member of the family needs to apply sunscreen to the sensitive areas like the shoulders, neck and back before you embark on this journey. The plains you’ll drive through are a spectacular sight and the Dead Sea, the lowest place on earth, is one of those regions that glow in ancient wonder. It’s an adventure your kids will remember for a lifetime.
The land down under offers an incredible variety of landscapes. Naturally, people have blazed bicycle trails through some of these sights for the sake of everyone’s enjoyment. As far as family-friendly bike trails go, the one cutting through Kings Park, in the vicinity of Perth, Wester Australia, might be the perfect pick of the litter. The twisting bike paths will lead you through dense greenery and man-made botanical gardens. You can always stop to marvel at amazing city views and natural landscapes. It’s not a particularly challenging route. If you or your younger family members are not in top-form, the Bosch eBike system offers a variety of options and it is very popular on the Australian continent.
The Red River District of Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, is the only region of this urban area that was untouched by the war. The streets are quiet and charming, and it’s twisting passages filled with people make it a perfect location for bike riding. The amalgamation of architectural designs that draw influence from Southeast Asian, Chinese and French cultures is captivating, and the entire family is bound to enjoy it.
By no means are any of these bike rides leisurely and they are not supposed to be – this is meant to be a rollicking adventure for the entire family. However, all of the above-mentioned parts of the world are quite safe and you won’t have to look over your shoulder for any excessive dangers throughout the trip. Just make sure everyone is properly hydrated and well fed, and this should be a holiday to remember.
If you are looking for some adventurous places or a place where you can just walk the streets and enjoy the hustle and bustle of everyday life, you should consider the five most idyllic travel destinations for female travelers.
1. Bali, Indonesia
Bali, the smallest province of Indonesia, is probably the personification of all things that women love. The island offers female travelers with a stretch of affordable spas, lavish shopping, delectable dining and exquisite sunset cocktails. It also gives women travelers great opportunity to bask under the sun because of its pleasant tropical weather, crystal clear ocean waters and warm sandy beaches. Women will also be fascinated to delve into the unique Balinese Hindu culture. The people of Bali are generally friendly, so women can safely walk around the island day and night.
2. Amsterdam, The Netherlands
The Dutch are generally very classy and well-behaved people. Amsterdam is a place where women, cyclists and pedestrians are well-respected, so there’s very little chance of harassment. The city’s Red Light District may be quite seedy; however, walking by day and stopping at a local pub by night is one great adventure for women. While in Amsterdam, it’s easy to be captivated by the same beauty and culture that inspired Van Gogh. The city streets are generally clean and women will feel a great sense of comfort and security because of the absence of unwanted catcalls, typically rampant among machismo-laden cultures. During summer, the sun sets late at midnight, so the city is kept lively and bustling with fun opportunities for female travelers.
America’s neighbor to the north is consistently ranked among the happiest countries for women. This beautiful country is one of the countries with the lowest crime rate. Although Canada does not have the most exotic locations, sharing culture with the United States because of its proximity, makes it a comfortable and safe place for female travelers. Top destinations include the cosmopolitan cities of Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal as they are filled with warm and friendly people. These cities also offer gorgeous views and a diverse mix of culture. Often, you can come and go as you please, as Canada is generally woman-friendly country.
4. Paris, France
The City of Love has been always among the top travel choices for female travelers. This cosmopolitan city is an ideal place for women because the French generally admire the female species. So, women must be ready to be swept off their feet with striking flattery from Parisian men. The city also immensely in soaked with a spectacular ambiance drenched with the luscious French cuisine, magnificent attractions and stunning culture and history. Women can wander alone in the streets of Paris for hours without feeling threatened or self-conscious. Moreover, the world’s fashion mecca offers many opportunities for women to indulge in a shopping spree.
5. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Female travelers will relish the great party experience thrown by the Brazilians, especially during the Carnival. The city transforms into a vibrant and colorful street party where women can enjoy showing some skin and great dance moves. This marvelous South American city is home to the world’s most gorgeous beaches that draw millions of tourists the whole year round. It is a place of amazing physical beauty and interesting culture of friendly people. Rio de Janeiro is also a top destination for men, so it’s a perfect place to find a great match.
An ideal travel destination for female travelers is one that gives a sense of acceptance, exceptional respect and genuine friendliness. Above all, it must offer unparalleled safety. To ensure safe travel, you must keep in mind some basic safety practices.
When traveling, store your valuables in a hotel safe, whenever possible. Instead of a purse, use a money belt and keep a copy of your passport in case it gets lost or stolen. Furthermore, it is best to secure a travel insurance to prepare you for any unforeseen eventualities. Make sure that your coverage includes virtually everything that you need, so carefully review your insurance policy. Finally, always appear confident and don’t forget to have fun.
Alex Pejak is a girl from Sydney who loves to travel and later blog about her experiences. She often travels to Europe, where she has a lot of friends and relatives.