“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
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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.
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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.
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.