Im from Hungary, Budapest and the whole country is pretty good for kids, and its cheap. There is a lot of fun for kids: Csodak palotaja (physics playground), the zoo is really good, there is some awesome and free playground, lake Balaton is cool, cirkus, lots of shows for kids and museum what the little o es can enjoy too. There is a lot of pool and water park in the country too. I also really recommended croatia, the beach is beautifull and they have really good campings woth bungalows, and italy is close too, and slovenia is beautifull too.
We have twin boys and been traveling since they are 4 months. We have done about 4 trips to Costa Rica. I can tell you that it will depend on the day, you might be lucky or not really.
But, you can make things easier for all of you by taking enough time to get to the airport, and to the gate.
Pack enough snacks, favorite toy, download fav videos, book or anything that normally entertain him.
Always carry his medication with you, and enjoy, even if it's not a nice or easy thing to do.. it will take you to a nice a place full of fun memories.
I’ve traveled solo with two of my girls, almost 4 and almost 1 at the time, and we had so much fun. I grew up a lot overseas, so my perspective may be slightly different, but I say go anywhere! Just go have adventure! What interests you the most? What are you most into when traveling? Then decide from there what countries best suit you, because you can’t just visit one ☺️
We moved to Kazakhstan when my son was 6 months old, that’s how we started our crazy travel life. For the past 4 years, we flew pretty much every 3 months. I’d say the key thing to travel with a toddler is to have things for him/her to be busy with. For longer flights, I usually buy a small new toy before flying, give it to him when he starts to get bored in the plane. That works to keep him busy for a while. Also, I prefer to not let him sleep much before flying, that way he could get tired and actually sleep on board. I use a JetKid suitcase that he pulls and rides on in the airport, it can convert to an extension to the seat, with the mattress that comes with it, he can actually lie down only using his own seat. Traveling to Europe, hm... so many good choices. Off the top of my head, I would recommend Poland. We love Warsaw, very kids friendly. So much to do, one indoor playground especially, is my son’s absolute favorite, called Digiloo, we spent couple hours almost everyday when we were there.
My son was born in Germany and I flew back with him at 5 months old. So it will be much different with a 4 year old im sure but after our domestic travels now I know you need snacks, new toys, tablet with downloaded games and videos (keep it away awhile before travel so it’s extra special) more snacks, changes of clothes for inflight accidents, benedryl or motion sickness medicine in case.
If the kid has a hard time try not to stress even though you’ll feel like everyone is staring at you and pissed or annoyed. You still have a right to go wherever you wanna go 😉
For places that are kid friendly in Europe I would say Mallorca (certain islands but you can google which ones s’illot was nice for families. Europe is a lot of history, castles, architecture and walking! So I would choose somewhere costal as the beach can be a nice break for kids and they seem to be a little more relaxed.
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