Asia, Family Travel, Holiday Ideas, Hotels and Resorts, Travel tips, Traveling with babies, Traveling with children, Traveling with toddlers
Centara Karon Resort
was a perfect choice for our family holiday. It offers a traditional experience with a touch of luxury. We had requested an interconnecting room for us and our two children, 10 & 12 yrs old, which we were allocated around the Tropical Pool.
The rooms were traditionally decorated, which we love. They are a good size with a King bed in our room and 2 x Queen beds in the kids room, the beds were very comfortable and each had 4 pillows to choose from. There was plenty of closet space, a good sized balcony overlooking the pool and a lovely bathroom with large bath, shower and lots of counter space.
We were on the 3rd floor (highest), there was a lift if needed, but everyone used the stairs to walk off breakfast.
The Resort grounds are lovely with well kept tropical gardens, open spaces and hummocks to relax in. There are 2 restaurants to choose from for Breakfast, lunch and dinner, Lotus and Azure. Both are lovely locations and offer a relaxed atmosphere. The staff were all very polite and happy.
Centara Bhat Bonanza: Centara offers a credit initiative that you can accept within 24hrs of arrival, if you pay 10,000 Bhat (AUD440) they will add 5000 Bhat (AUD220) for free to spend in the resort.
We shared lunch around the pool 7 of 9 days with a couple of beers or cocktails + one Traditional Thai Dinner and show for 4 and spent THB 11,500. We will purchase it next time.
I would highly recommend including the Buffet Breakfast in your booking. The Breakfast was amazing! There were options for Asian, European, American, Continental breakfasts. There were Omelettes and eggs made to order, multiple fresh fruit options including exotic asian fruits, yoghurt choices, danishes, pancakes, noodles, stir fry’s, curry’s, create-your-own noodles and soup and so on. Highly recommended.
There are 3 pools:
Lagoon Pool in the middle offers 2 slides, rock tunnels and shallow sections for smaller children. This is a good option for families of younger children, 0-10 yrs. Azure restaurant is right next to the pool and most of the kids activities happen around this pool.
Tropical Pool is bigger and open, this pool suited older families with kids happy to throw the ball with parents or float on a lilo, good for children 10yrs+. This pool is also a much quieter option and usually with more relaxed music playing.
Tower Pool is the Adults Only pool near the front of the resort, lovely, quiet and relaxing!
All pools have Swim-up pool bars and offer menu service throughout the day for pool side dining.
Happy hour is 4-5pm for 2 for 1 drinks at all pools.
There is a kids club in the resort which is free for the first 3 hours each day and then 100 Bhat per child/hour after that (AUD4). They offer movies and games, painting, language lessons, Thai Boxing training, Silk painting, soccer, basket ball and so on. Activities change daily and are mostly free of charge. There are a group of Activities coordinators working in the resort, they organise the games and sports each day. They come around each morning to let the kids know what is on for that day, they are all young, fun and the kids loved them.
Centara offers many daily and weekly activities for their guests. We joined the Traditional Thai night with Thai Boxing display and Thai dancing with traditional Thai dinner. The food was lovely, the dancing was great to watch and the kids really enjoyed the culture. This was 660 Bhat per adult and half price for children 12 and under (AUD25/Ad).
There were Thai cooking classes, free aqua yoga in the Tropical pool, Wake up Yoga each morning, A South American night for 550 Bhat/adult (AUD22/Ad).
The Street Food Night was a highlight, set up out the front of the resort, it offered all the traditional street food, live music, fairy lights and kids disco with activity coordinators.
Centara Karon is in a great location, only 5min walk to the beach if you can tear yourself away from the pools. Right outside the resort gate is a thriving street life with many restaurants, Tailors, Tour and activity desks, small grocery stores, Massage pallors, bars, ATMS, money exchange, and traditional street vendors. Our kids loved the Ice cream rolls and Banana pancakes for desert on the way home each night.
prices correct at time of printing 25 Aug 2018
“Travellers can often be affected by what is known as ‘Bali Belly‘ which is basically an upset stomachor travellers’ diarrhoea. Caused by a change in diet and lifestyle, the symptoms generally include – Abdominal bloating, cramps and pain. Nausea and/or vomiting”. TravelOnLine
I have chatted with many clients who would love to travel to Bali, Thailand, Vietnam or Malaysia with their children, but hold off due to the fear of them or their children ‘contracting’ Bali Belly.
Bali Belly is not something you can catch, it is due to changes in diet and lifestyle while on holidays. If you were at home and suddenly had cooked breakfast every morning, full lunches with chips and beer and 3 course dinners, your stomach would be just as upset at home.
Best Tips for avoiding ‘Bali Belly’
- Take daily probiotic – there are many options now for children and adults that are reasonably priced and do not have to be refrigerated. We buy the Natures Way Probiotic Choc Balls that the kids love and happily take every morning, and capsules for ourselves.
- try to have food from home every 3rd or 4th night – pasta, grilled fish & salad etc.
- brush your teeth and rinse only in bottled water
- avoid restaurants that are not busy, food turn over may be less than ideal
- drink plenty of water and only bottled water
- don’t worry if you have one or two episodes of upset stomaches and diarrhoea, settle your eating for a day and all will be good again tomorrow.
- Enjoy all these beautiful asian countries, the food is amazing and people are beautiful.
‘New’ passport process catching out Aussie travellers
If you’re an Australian who was born or had parents born overseas, and are looking to renew your passport, you may need to allow yourself extra time before jetting off abroad.
A number of Aussies recently spoke to ABC Radio telling their stories of woe relating to passport renewals. The common thread was the requirement to prove that they were Australian citizens even though they’d held multiple passports and had previously renewed them without issue.
To prove their citizenship, once more, many applicants have had to apply for a citizenship certificate, which has involved an extra application process, and in some cases, the cancellation of pre-booked holidays.
The ABC could not confirm if the policy was just put into effect, or whether it had been more strongly enforced in recent times, but the Department of Foreign Affairs stated that “long-standing law requires DFAT to be satisfied of a person’s citizenship before issuing a passport, including each time it issues a new passport to a person with a current or expired passport”.
“Where citizenship is hard to establish for any reason, DFAT asks the applicant to obtain evidence from the Department of Home Affairs,” a DFAT spokesperson said.
One such ‘questionable’ Australian is Victorian resident Alice Mayor, who was born in India in 1969 to an Australian-born couple.
Whilst Ms Mayor moved to Australia when she was five months old, and has held three Aussie passports since, when she went to renew her passport this year, she was told she must provide evidence of her citizenship.
Her nearly 90-year-old father, Chris Mayor, told ABC Melbourne the extra process had forced his family to cancel an expensive holiday to Europe.
“She was a citizen by descent from her two Australian parents and they said it would take anything from two to four months to get all that processed,” he said.
“We’d made all the arrangements, airlines, B&Bs, car rental, insurance, everything – and we had to cancel because there was no way Ali could get her passport in time.”
“She feels humiliated by this attitude of the Government questioning her citizenship.
“Her great-great-grandfather was the acting premier of Queensland who was part of federation. She pays tax, she’s got Medicare, everything … there’s never been a question.”
Another listener, Rose from Geelong, said her trip abroad was also in doubt for the same reason.
“When I went to apply they said I had to get my Australian citizenship papers,” said Rose, who moved to Australia when she was 10 months old and was listed on her parents’ naturalization papers.
“I applied four months ago to get my Australian citizenship certificate and I’m still waiting.”
Another woman told the broadcaster it took her from October to March to get the certificates for her overseas-born, adopted son, despite the fact he was serving in the Australian Army.
Published: 1 August 2018 Travel Talk
This Article written by Jane Rogers for Your RV Lifestyle has a great range of amazing activities and places to visit in Australia. It covers some of the well known sites and some you may not have thought of. Scrolling through I found many ideas for upcoming holidays, I’m sure you will also find your perfect Australian escape idea.
Phi Phi Island Village Beach Resort has launched an exciting new programme of activities for families with older children. Created especially for kids aged 10 to 16, the Young Explorers programme features a series of educational and entertaining sessions that will keep young adults active throughout their stay.
The Young Chef course is held daily and teaches kids how to cook simple Thai dishes overseen by the resort’s chef, potentially sparking a love of the culinary arts. For more active kids, the weekly “Beach Gamer” sessions include a wide range of fun beach sports such as volleyball, mini-petanque and beach soccer.
Youngsters can unleash their inner explorer with a choice of exciting nature-based activities. The Mangrove Explorer activity for example is held every week and allows children to paddle through the mangroves on kayaks and learn more about this enchanting coastal ecosystem.
A Seaside Boot Camp Beach features a series of fun and fitness activities such as yoga and aerobics all held on the resort’s pristine beach, and finally, the monthly Coral Reef Nursery Activity allows Young Explorers to help preserve the resort’s coral reef with a diving or snorkelling trip.
These activities range from one to four-and-a-half hours in duration and are priced between THB500 and THB990 per child. For more information about this action-packed programme, please visit https://www.phiphiislandvillage.com/family-playgroud.phpp
The Young Explorers programme is designed to complement Phi Phi Island Village Beach Resort’s Little Islanders programme, which is aimed at 3-10 year-olds and includes activities such as craft workshops, swimming lessons and recycling. Combined, these two children’s programs provide a full week’s worth of adventures for kids of all ages, from toddlers to teenagers. This allows parents to spend more time simply relaxing and enjoying the peace and tranquility of this serene island paradise, safe in the knowledge that their children are being kept active and entertained in the care of professional supervisors.
Read more at http://www.etbtravelnews.global
ETB Friday 3 Nov 2017
I have received a great article recently on medical insurance requirements and travel visas. I though you may all gain some useful information from this article for future travel. Copy and paste into your browser.
Published by David Patterson and written by the staff writers of Pacific Medical Training.
Our Family embarked on our first cruise this week. We were booked on the P&O Pacific Dawn on a 3 day Comedy Cruise to no where. We were all very excited and now have some helpful tips for other families thinking of cruising as a holiday.
- It is a great holiday for a family with no dishes, cooking or organising.
- The staff were lovely and very friendly
- If you are an active family like us, Purchasing the Edge pass is worth while, we certainly covered the cost of the pass in all the activities we did.
- The restaurants offered a great option for all tastes, we liked the A la Carte restaurant for dinner as a treat all dressed up.
- Lots of outdoor areas for fresh air
- The water slides were lots of fun and the was live music on deck during the day.
- They played kids movies on the big screen in the morning. Kids could watch the movie and adults could read books or chat.
- The Comedy shows were great, it was fun to take the kids to a live show that was all included and we could attend any of the shows we were interested in.
- If you are prone to sea sickness, you are on a boat and it does move constantly, you will probably get sea sick at some stage even with Sea Sickness tablets.
- The sound and vibration of the motors make you feel like you are on an aeroplane for 3 days.
- You seem to spend the first day running around the ship booking in all your dinner times, activities and kids club. As new comers we did not know this and were stuck with the latest dining time each night as we chose to relax once on board.
- Inside cabin was good as it was close to the centre of the boat and should move less, but once inside a small room with nothing to focus on and no fresh air, sea sickness set in quickly even if only in the room to shower before dinner or dress before breakfast.
- The ‘unlimited’ Edge pass is based on set times for activities which is understandable with the number of guests to accommodate. You can only pre book 3 per day, and it can fill up quickly. We were hoping to have an activity morning and relax in the afternoon. However, you may end up with Laser Tag and bungy Trampoline in the morning, Abseiling at 1:30pm, Rock climbing at 3:30 and Flying Fox at 5:30pm. This can be a little interruptive and for safety sake all are breathalysed, so no cocktails in the afternoon.
- If anyone is prone to sea sickness book a balcony cabin, being able to access fresh air and see the horizon is worth the cost.
- 3 Day Cruises are maybe not the best option for first time cruises, 3 continuous days at sea is a long time. A cruise that reaches land again in a day or two is maybe a better option to let you hop off the boat and explore. Or cruises focused on more protected waters between islands.
- Try to pre book as many restaurants, kids clubs and activities on line before boarding to save the frantic booking process that ensures once on board.
- Pack Cards or board games, If it is windy and cool, the activities can close down and swimming is too cold. Kids clubs are all indoors and if it is windy, it is rocking, so activities on deck in the fresh air are good.
- You never know until you try it, some love cruising and will holiday no other way, others will never cruise again (my daughter at the moment). I was sea sick for half the cruise, so didn’t love this experience but enjoyed much of it. However I can see the appeal of cruising and with the knowledge I have now, feel that we could select a cruise more suited to our family next time.
Africa, Family Travel, Flights, Helpful Tips, Latest Travel News, Travel tips, Traveling with children
As we approach the next peak travel period a gentle reminder on the South Africa Department of Home Affairs implemented new travel requirements for minors (children under 18) travelling to/ from South Africa as of 01 June 2015. Parent/s travelling with children will be asked to produce the required documentations at check-in for each flight or their journey would be interrupted.
Regrettably from time to time we still get families travelling without being aware of the requirements or with no sufficient documentations. Please note of the following to minimise the impacts when you book families with children:
- Children travelling with both parents, passport and full/ unabridged birth certificate with the details of both parents will be required
- Children travelling with only one parent or unaccompanied will require to produce a legal document signed by any non-travelling parents, giving approval for the child’s travel. Otherwise, where applicable, they must produce a death certificate of a parent registered on the birth certificate of the child, or a court order granting sole custody. This legal document can be a Statutory Declaration or an Affidavit and must contain full names and passport details of both parents registered on the birth certificate and child(ren), with contact details for any non-travelling parent. The document should also specify the travel destinations of the parent and child(ren). These legal documents or certified copies of these documents cannot be more than 3 months old. If there is only one parent registered on the birth certificate, that person has sole responsibility.
The requirements apply for travel to/from South Africa only and doesn’t apply for the transit passengers travelling beyond South Africa.
Enjoy your extra time in Paris Luggage Free. This new service, that can be added to your train booking, offers delivery of your luggage to/from Train stations, hotels or rentals.
You are greeted upon arrival in Paris by a concierge who collect the bags and delivers them to your hotel or rental at the time requested.
On the day you leave the concierge collects the bags at check-out and will wait for you at the train station so you can enjoy Paris a little longer.
They offer Same day, +1, +2, +3 Day delivery, for 2-5 pieces of luggage.
Same day delivery 2 pc luggage $64, or $72, $80, $88 if you would like them to hold your bags for up to 1,2,3 days respectively.
Same day delivery 5 pc luggage $111, or $135 to hold luggage up to 3 days. Prices available for 2,3,4,5 pieces of luggage.
Visiting Machu Picchu in Peru now has some new regulations for visitors.
Split Entrance Times: For a period of 2 years entrance tickets to Machu Picchu with be split into an AM 6am-12pm & PM 12pm-5:30pm entrance time. Visitor must leave the sie within the time frame stated and can not re enter once you have left the site.
Entry with Official Guide Only: All visitors must be accompanied by an official Machu Picchu guide or licensed tourist guide. Guides only permitted to take Maximum Group size of 16.
Defined Routes: routes or circuits will be set up to separate the crowd and prevent everyone stopping at one highlight.
Re-entrance: This prohibits re-entrance to Machu Picchu. Once you enter, if you leave you are not allowed to return. Special Circumstance is allowed for toilet use at the moment.
New Canadian Border eDeclaration App allows travellers to create a declaration for up to 5 travellers with same residence to reduce processing time by up to 50% on arrival.
Create traveller profiles on the app, select ‘My Declaration’ answer the question to create your QR code. Scan the QR code and travel documents at the Inspection Kiosk, it takes your photo and confirm your declaration on screen.
Inspection Kiosks are located in Vancouver and Ottawa international airports with Toronto soon to follow.
Don’t forget to apply for your Canadian eTA before flying to Canada.
Dual Canadian citizens cannot apply for an eTA and will need a valid Canadian passport to board their flight. Even if the Australian government needs them to enter and exit Australia using their Australian passport, they will still need a valid Canadian passport to board a flight to Canada.
U by Uniworld is the first Boutique River Cruise company to launch Itineraries for 21-45 yr olds.
This is a great travel option for the younger active traveller. Uniworld Boutique River Cruises are already the most family friendly company with the average age of 45yrs, options of interconnecting rooms for families and great Christmas Cruises to entertain the children.
U By Uniworld shops will have black exteriors and feature a sleek, cool interior design with open communal spaces and rooftop lounges, where guests can enjoy scenic river views while sipping on craft cocktails and mingling with like-minded travellers. The A and The B will serve as a fully-equipped waterfront contemporary hotel, taxi, bar, restaurant, café, nightclub and yoga studio, all in one.
European Itineraries begin in April 2018 from $2499 twin share for 7 nights.
Image and cruise information from etbtravelnews April 7 2017
From 25 March, passengers on all US & UK bound flights from, or transiting through selected airports are not be permitted to carry electronic devices bigger than a smart phone or mobile into the aircraft cabin.
Items such as laptop computers; tablets including iPads; gaming devices; cameras; and e-readers must be placed in checked-in luggage. Medical devices are exempt and can be carried onboard.
Emirates and Etihad are already taking steps to ease any inconvenience for passengers. Emirates are offering a handling service for larger devices; this enables passengers to used laptops and tablets until just before boarding. They then declare and hand over all banned electronic devices to security staff at the gate to be carefully packed into boxes and loaded into the aircraft hold, then returned at their US destination.
Etihad supplies USB ports, power and Wifi through out the terminal and on the plane to allow connectivity via smart phones. They offer a great inflight entertainment service and offer a Kids pack with games and toys and a Flying Nanny on board to help parents.
The policy will come into effect on Friday 24 March 2017 and will impact flights travelling to the United States and the United Kingdom from the following list of countries.
The US policy has banned large electronic devices on flights from the following countries:
- Saudi Arabia
- United Arab Emirates
The UK’s policy, is slight less restrictive and applies to flights from the following countries:
- Saudi Arabia
Helpful Tips, Holiday Ideas, Travel tips, Traveling with babies, Traveling with children, Traveling with toddlers
Europe is a wonderful choice for a holiday, so many beautiful countries to visit and cultures to experience. Flights from Australia to Europe can be expensive and long, so it is tempting to see and experience as much as possible while there.
However the way we travel is starting to change, travellers are becoming more interested in immersing themselves in culture and feeling like a local rather than ticking a ‘must see list’. Accommodation options in Europe and the UK are changing to accommodate this cultural trend.
When you choose to stay a little longer, there is time to explore all the wonders of your destination without rushing between sites. Explore the areas off the tourist track, find the restaurants known only to the locals. Take the time to relax in a park, observing the daily life in a different country.
Apartments are great for longer stays, as you will have laundry facilities, a kitchen to prepare meals, central locations and you will be living with the locals.
Rent an apartment in the middle of Paris, there are some beautiful authentic options from Studio to 4 bedroom apartments. You can stay in St Germain, I’ll St Louis, Le Marais, around the Louvre, Eiffel Tower or Champs-Elysées. Spend your days walking the gardens, visiting museums, stroll along the Seine, relax with a coffee in a beautiful old coffee house or join a local food tour.
Italy offers some amazing villas for couples or larger groups. Base yourself at a beautiful Villa and spend your days exploring the local towns and countryside. Walk the country lanes, shop at the local market, and discover food authentic to the region.
There are also many options in the UK, France, Greece, Italy, Spain, Morocco and more; from apartments for two or stately homes for lager groups.
Consider staying a little longer the next time you visit Europe, you will be glad that you did.
It seems there is an App for everything these days, it is difficult to find the ones you will really use with out filling up your phone. Here is a few of travel Apps I always have on my phone:
BNE Airport – If departing from Brisbane Airport, this App is a must. The best part about this App is the International Departure Card option; fill out the card on the App for all the family prior to departure, scan the bar code at the kiosk situated at the top of the escalators. It will print out each departure card, all you have to do is sign. No more trying to find a pen and pulling out passports before going through immigration, and it stores your details for next time.
You can register your trip, view arrival and departure times, book parking, find shops, restaurants and more.
TripWhistle Global SOS – There are over 70 different emergency numbers in over 190 countries, This App supplies you all the International Emergency Phone Numbers and option to share your Coordinates and Address to the emergency services. This is very helpful if you are not sure what street you are in or address of the hotel.
Smart traveller – updated travel advice and notification, checklists and tips on insurance and travel.
Tripadvisor – Great for visiting new cities, it will give maps, things to do, destination guides, and items of interest ‘near me now’.
Tripit – Master Itinerary, it allows you to input all your travel plans in one place, imports to your calendar, share with family and remembers your travel profile.
Gate Guru – Information on Airports, This App gives simple Terminal maps, locations of amenities and tips written by those using the airport – including updated delays through security.
Seat Guru – gives advice on the best seats for certain airlines and flights.
Open Table – this locates restaurants near you with choice of cuisines and opening times. Select a restaurant or cuisine and you can book directly through the App.
Toilet Finder – very helpful when out and about, especially with little ones.
Of course there are many apps for translation, flight plans, trip planning, maps and almost any other item you may need help with. Chose the one you like the best and enjoy your holiday.
We all have Hobbies; they help us relax, we look forward to them and sometimes spend a lot of money on them. So why not combine your next holiday with your hobby?
It’s a great way to meet other travellers with the same interests.
Gardening: Botanica World Discoveries lets you travel in style while visiting amazing private gardens and natural gardens in Europe, UK, Australia, NZ, Asia, North America and Russia.
Cycling: So many options for the serious cyclist or the weekend warrior. You can join an all inclusive cruise in Europe or Bordeaux that supplies bikes and support crew; For the more avid cyclist there are many levels of ability on tours through Italy, France, Spain, Europe at Large, USA, Canada, Latin America, Caribbean, Cuba, Asia and Africa.
If you would like to travel and cycle at your own pace you can rent a canal boat in France with friends; they can supply bikes for you to ride along the canals or cycle into town.
Wine & Food: Where do I start! Culinary tours are so popular; Join a tour that introduces you to the authentic local restaurants and vineyards, or get your hands dirty and take part in a cooking school; Combine with a walking or cycle tour to work off the extra calories or just relax and enjoy!
Painting: No shortage or amazing vistas to paint on holidays, so why not travel especially to paint. Painting tours tend to cater well to smaller groups and solo travellers. There are Painting holidays in India, Croatia, Italy, Morocco, Romania, Spain to name a few.
Golf: Play at all the best courses, Tee off at St Andrews Old Course or play some of the oldest golf courses in Scotland. Play the beautiful courses in USA – Drive your ball down the same fairways as the Pros, or if unlucky, hit out from the same bunkers as the pros!
I can help you find a holiday that matches your hobby.
Many clients ask about a beach holiday escape with culture, resorts and activities the kids will love. They often start the conversation with Fiji, Bali or Thailand, these are all lovely holidays, but how about Malaysia?
Malaysia offers so many options for an amazing getaway experience. Emirates, Malaysian and Singapore Airlines offer flights from Brisbane to Kuala Lumpur, Penang or Kota Kinabalu.
Penang offers the beautiful Island escape; resorts along the Batu Ferringhi Beach with sand beach, clear water and palm trees. There are lively street markets with some of the regions best cuisine. Visit the UNESCO world Heritage listed Georgetown for a day, wander around the 18th Century architecture.
Langkawi is the ideal island retreat, an archipelago of islands, it has turquoise waters, waterfalls, paddy fields and jungle. You can join an island hopping tour, snorkel, enjoy the amazing wildlife or just relax around one of the grand pools with a fresh seafood lunch.
Sabah can offer a more adventurous side of Malaysia. Kota Kinabalu is the main hub, book into one of their many beach side resorts for some R&R before heading off on your adventure. Ride on the North Borneo Railway through jungles to experience the old Borneo. Join a 7 Day wildlife safari to Sandakan and Sukau. Here you will visit the Sun Bears and Orang-utan Rehabilitation Centres, boat down the river to inland villages with amazing wildlife. If really adventurous you can join the 3 Day summit trail to climb Mt Kinabalu.
On your way home, spend some time in Kuala Lumpur for culture, great food and wonderful shopping. It is a lively city with lots of charm, it will keep all age groups satisfied. For more adventure from Kuala Lumpur, join a tour of the UNESCO listed Malacca or the beautiful Cameron Highlands.
Call to organise your perfect Malaysian holiday.
If you have always wanted to experience a white christmas there are still some great ski deals in Canada if booking before November 15th. Whistler is offering up to 42% off Lift & Lodge packages, Kids 12 and under rent, ski and stay free with paying adult + discounted ski school.
Planning early is the best way to book an affordable family snow holiday. We are travelling to Canada for a White Christmas this year with two other families. Our Airfares were booked in early February, this gave us the best options for flight times and dates as well as saving us $100’s per person; When booking for families of 4 or 5 this makes a big difference to holiday costs. By booking Accommodation and lift passes together, and early, we saved 35% off both, as well as savings on ski school and rental.
Canada is a lovely choice for Snow holidays, there are many airline options between Australia and Canada, the dollar is about equal and their Ski hills are big and varied. We are spending our White Christmas in Whistler, with a company delivering, and decorating, a real christmas tree to each apartment before arrival. Then we move onto Big White for New Years, they are family friendly and offer great value skiing. You can even pre order your groceries and beverages, they will have them unpacked and stocked in your unit before you arrive!
River Cruising has a reputation for being amazing, all inclusive, expensive and only for couples. Well I have found a company that offers Generational River Cruises that welcome the younger members of the family.
UniWorld Boutique River Cruises offer 50% off Cruising only for children when accompanied by an adult. They specialise in Family Cultural experiences that allow the whole family to spend more time together; cooking classes, creative and active excursions, intriguing tales on tours to keep the youngsters entertained, Gladiator school, ghost walks……
Family cruises in Northern Italy, Castles along the Rhine, Danube and Prague, Paris and Normanby and many more.
Family Travel, Holiday Ideas, Travel tips, Traveling with babies, Traveling with children, Traveling with toddlers
Trains are the new cruise ship. More people are choosing to use trains as part of their holiday experience. They are a great option when travelling as a family; Kids can walk around the train during travel, you can sit together and have a lovely lunch while enjoying an ever changing view, all family members are hands free to play cards or a board game. It is a great way to interact with your family while moving between travel destination.
Most cities have their major train station in the middle of the city, so there is easy access to accommodation, restaurants and sites. This avoids the inevitable hour of driving around on arrival looking for the overly expensive car park, or long expensive taxi ride from the airport.
There are options for 1stclass, 2nd class or various sleeping cabin configurations. You can prebook your tickets or purchase a train pass that allows you to travel as many days as you like in a given time frame. This allows so much flexibility in your holiday, especially if travelling in Europe where there are many trains, destination and times to chose from.
You can use a train as a way to travel between holiday destinations or as a part of your holiday.
So Many trains to choose from, here are some of the favourites: Europe will offer the Global Eurail Pass or individual country rail passes, America has the amazing California Zephyr, New Zealand the Coastal Pacific, The Canadian through the amazing Rockies, Australia’s beautiful Ghan or Indian Pacific, South Africa’s Blue Train.
When you start thinking of your next holiday – consider using the train to travel rather than plane, boat or hire car – you will be glad that you did.
So many great options surround us for families or couples to retreat in pure relaxation.
Bali, Thailand, Fiji, Vanuatu, Hawaii – all offer close flights and great value for families with amazing resorts and many local activities; for the romantic escape there are adults only resorts and private retreats.
Philippines, Tahiti, Maldives, Mauritius, Cook Islands – also amazing options for all travellers, beautiful beaches, lovely resorts, unique experiences.
Escape the Crazy Christmas period and enjoy a beautiful White Christmas
You can Ski in Canada or USA, they offer great deals for families over the Holiday period if booked early.
Christmas Markets in Europe are beautiful and a must see, create your own itinerary or join a tour of some of the best Christmas Markets.
Visit Santa in Finland
River Cruises often offer great discounts if travelling in cooler months, a relaxing and decadent way to enjoy winter without lifting a finger.
The German Christmas Markets have to be seen at some time in everyones life!
There is still time to make plans for this year, or start to plan for next Christmas. There are many tours to join – Trafalgar, Backroad tours, Global tours to name a few or cruise down the Rhine with APT, stopping into markets as you go.
If you do not eat out often, start slowly a couple of months out, talk to the children about restaurants, how exciting it is to order what they would like to eat, what is expected of them.
You will probably be sharing a hotel room with the children at some stage, which may require some adjusting to get them to sleep in a bright noisy hotel room. You may want to stay awake later than your children, pack or watch television while they are sleeping. Try to have your children used to sleeping in this situation prior to leaving. Here are some suggestions that might help:
We all love travelling and your travel plans should not be limited once you have children, admittedly the type of holiday you take may alter a little. I believe expectations and experiences should not be compromised just because you now travel as a family.
Talk to the children about the holiday for a few weeks before you leave, tell them what is going to happen, show them pictures of where they are going, if they have not been in a plane before, there are some great children’s books on flying. Help them to be as excited as you are about the holiday.
This can take a while!
Carry on Bag:
- chose a bag with enough pockets, side pockets for drink bottles, front pocket for change of undies, socks, shirt etc and main pocket for toys might work, inside pocket for wipes, tissues, aeroplane lollies etc.