Choosing the best places to travel does not have to be a difficult task, and you do not need to choose a place that is specifically designed for kids. Remember that the quality of the experience will depend on the happiness of everyone in the family, not just the kids; in other words, if mom and dad are bored, the trip is not likely to be rewarding for anyone. Start by making a list of places to travel that will interest mom, dad, and the kids. Narrow down the list according to your budget, and then discuss which two or three options seem the most interesting. From there, begin your research.
Researching places to travel can be one of the most fun steps of the entire process. This is the time when you get to find out what a particular place has to offer everyone, including the kids and parents. You will find that most places are "family-friendly" if you look hard enough, though some places are more family-friendly than others. Choose places to travel that will offer the kids some kid-time and also some cultural opportunities, like a children's museum or a walk along a particularly stunning beach.
A few options may jump out at you as far as the most appealing options, so now it's time to consider logistics. Think about how you will get yourselves and the kids to these new places to travel, where you will stay, and whether you can afford the trip overall. If you will be staying in a hotel, be sure to consider your choice carefully; high-end hotels may not be the most kid-friendly places, and choosing a hotel with a good pool is usually a crowd pleaser. If you need to rent a car once you get to the new places to travel, be sure to consider whether you need to also rent a car seat for young children.
Road trips are great for adults, but kids may get restless after a while in the car, especially after traveling by train or plane to get to a particular destination. Try to choose a destination with several activities in a relatively centralized location to minimize time spent driving. If this is not possible, see if you can make the transportation part of the fun: riding a train may be a new experience for the kids, and it will allow mom and dad to relax instead of drive.