Tuesday, 13 June 2017

How to Survive Travelling with Teenagers

Travel is one of the most important things you can experience with your child. However the teen years can prove quite tricky and travelling with them can be a bit of a challenge.

Make your next trip as teen-friendly as you possibly can with these helpful tips:

  Ø  Get them involved

From the very beginning of your travel adventure, make sure that your teen is involved. Get them to help with choosing a destination, creating itineraries and planning activities. Getting them involved will stir up the excitement and give them a sense of responsibility. Even during the trip, make sure you assign them fun tasks such as taking photographs of the surroundings or navigating with the GPS.

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  Ø  Tough love

This one is a challenge, but it needs to be done. Find a way to convince your teens to leave behind their most precious items, like their tablet, laptop, gaming device, etc. They may protest and cause a scene, but these items will only distract them from spending quality family time together. After a day or so, they’ll come around and you’ll see how much more engaged they’ll be.

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  Ø  Give them space

Even on holiday, teenagers still need their space. This can be tricky if your whole family is stuck in a small hotel room. If possible, it would be great to book separate or adjoining rooms for your older kids. This will give them some space to breathe after a long day of family bonding.

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  Ø  Just chill

There’s always so much to do, but so little time. Make sure when you’re on your vacation that you don’t try and fit too many activities into one day, this will only cause tension and leave everyone feeling frazzled and ready to snap. Rather spread your plans out over a few days and leave time to just chill, like lying by the pool or watching a movie together!

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The teen years are an important time to spend time with family and form a life-long bond. Travelling with teenagers can be difficult, but it is worth the challenge!

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Friday, 12 May 2017

Why your Mom is the Best Travel Companion

Forget about a romantic weekend away, a girl’s getaway or a boy’s holiday. This time it’s time to call up your mom and make her your trusty travel companion.

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Here are 12 reasons why your mom is the best person to travel with!

-- She knows exactly how to pack a suitcase properly

-- She’ll get you to do things you wouldn’t usually do without her

-- She knows how to fix any illness and she always has medication on hand

-- She won’t let you make bad footwear choices

-- She’ll spoil you no matter how old you are

-- She won’t let you stay in a dorm or communal accommodation

-- She has the best taste in food

-- She understands your moods

-- She reads a map like a professional

-- You’ll be able to bond and become the best of friends!

Are you ready for your mom to become your travel companion?

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Friday, 28 April 2017

How to Travel with your Dog

Bringing your dog on a trip with you can really add lots of fun to your trip. However you need to do your homework when it comes to dog travel.

By planning your furry friends travel ahead of time, you can have plenty of time to sit back and relax...

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     1.       PLAN. Some places may require special tests to be done before you travel into their country. Make sure you take the necessary steps before you take your trip.

     2.       BREED. If you have a short-nosed pooch some airlines will not allow them to travel due to their potential breathing difficulties. It’s best to check with the carrier beforehand.

     3.       CHECK & CARRY. Will you be checking your pet as cargo or bringing them on the flight with you. If you have a small dog it is up to you what you do, however larger dogs need to be checked.

     4.       CALL. Some airlines prefer it if you call them ahead of time and make plans for your dog.

     5.       SHOTS. In some countries you will need to present a certificate showing that your dog has the right rabies shots.

     6.       SLEEPING PILLS. Yes, its okay for you to pass out on the plan after taking some sleeping pills, but giving your pet a tranquillizer could make it difficult for them to breathe! Instead check first with your vet to see what pills you can give your dog.

     7.       FOOD & DRINK. Always keep food and water attached to your carrier in case your pet needs feeding if there is ever an emergency situation.

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Make your trip fun for you and your dog!

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Friday, 21 April 2017

Everyone should do these things when travelling alone

Many people say travelling alone is the best experience they’ve ever had. No one rushing you somewhere you don’t want to go, you can just do whatever you want to do!

Here are ... things everyone should do when they take that solo trip...

1.         Check your luggage. You’re alone, so no one is waiting for you because everyone managed to only bring a carry-on.

2.         Sleep late. One day don’t set an alarm and sleep it, after all you don’t have anyone rushing you around!

3.         Wake up early. Go to sleep early and wake up early. When you’re alone you won’t have anyone pressuring you into going out on the town.

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4.         Cook. Go to the market and make something you love with the authentic local ingredients.

5.         Try a workout class. Whether it is Tai Chi in China or yoga in India, try something new that isn’t offered at home.

6.         Visit a popular restaurant without a reservation. This is brave, but often when you’re alone you’ll be seated at the bar without having to wait.

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7.         Stop at a local pub. Find out what everyone loves so much about it!

8.         Take your time wherever you go. Slowly stroll through museums and markets as you please – no one is there to hurry you up.

9.         Pretend you are a local. Wander into a local cafe or coffee shop, snack on a bagel and do some serious people-watching.

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10.     Do full-on tourist. Yes, the fanny pack, camera and tour guide – do it all!

11.     Eat EVERYTHING. Have an open mind and try something new, even if it is tuna eyeballs in Japan.

12.     Do nothing. You’re on holiday so relax and know that you’re alone so you don’t have to be anywhere.

Travelling alone is a wonderful experience – make the most of it and try out these things!

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Friday, 31 March 2017

Things you should Never do on an Airplane

Travelling is a stressful time; don’t make it worse by getting sick during your flight! Germs are hiding everywhere on airplanes – here’s how to stay healthy and comfortable while airborne...

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Never walk around barefoot – Everything from vomit to blood has been on that carpet, so always wear shoes to avoid the germ-infested floors.

Don’t sit down your entire flight – It is possible for you to get deep vein thrombosis on an airplane, so walk around for a few minutes every now and again to prevent it.

Keep the air vent on – If you’re getting chilly, put on a jacket. The air vent above your seat helps to blow away any airborne germs before they enter your space.

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Don’t eat food that’s touched the tray table – That tray table definitely does now get sterilized between flights, so unless you have your own placemat say goodbye to that pretzel that fell on the tray and not your plate.

Avoid using the blankets – Wanna know what other item doesn’t get cleaned between flights? The blankets and pillows you use! Unless you want to be subjected to germs and lice, never use these.

Don’t forget to drink water – Airplane cabins are known for their low humidity, so try to drink as much water as you can. Note: NEVER drink the water out the tap on the plane; it has been tested to be crawling with bacteria!

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Never touch the flush button – The toilet is a major germ hangout. Your best bet would be to wash your hands and then use a paper towel to press the flush button and open the door.

Avoid sleeping against the window – You’re not the only one who has sat in that seat, who knows who else has sneezed and coughed against that window.

Don’t add the burden of getting sick to your vacation, use these steps and avoid the germs and stay comfortable!

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Friday, 24 March 2017

What do you miss about holidays back in the 90s?

While the digital age is here and going on holiday means posting snaps on Facebook and Instagram and getting the latest travel gadgets, a lot of us miss the good old days of handwritten post cards and Polaroid cameras.

Image result for using polaroid cameraA recent study showed that travellers wanted to go back to the old “Wish you were here” postcards and trinkets from souvenir shops that brought back fond memories.

Here are the top 10 90s holiday items that we miss the most...

-- Film rolls

-- Disposable cameras
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-- Using a paper map

-- Travel iron

-- Travellers cheques

-- Keyrings / fridge magnet souvenirs 

-- Printed travel documents

-- Books

-- Walkman and CDs

-- Fanny packs

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Friday, 3 March 2017

10 Ways to Kill Time at the Airport

It’s always best to arrive early for your flight, but sitting for hours at the airport can be a real drag. Do not fear there are so many fun things to do to kill time!

     1.       Check-in on Facebook – This way you can tell everyone which awesome destination you’re headed to and make the world jealous.

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     2.       Go on a foodie pub crawl – Try a snack at every restaurant.

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     3.       Pack some wool – Knit someone a handmade gift while you wait.

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     4.       Make a playlist for the flight – Browse through your whole music library and add all your favourite songs.

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     5.       Download a fun game on your phone – Try Colour Switch (beware it is addictive)


     6.       Do some exercises – Crunches, push-ups or maybe try some airport yoga!

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     7.        Buy some postcards – Write a few to your family, I mean who doesn’t like getting post these days?

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     8.       Take a nap – Remember to keep your luggage close to avoid waking up with nothing.

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     9.       Master something new – Learn a bit of a foreign language, try to plait your hair, do a handstand, etc.

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     10.   People-watch – Play detective and see how much you can figure out by just observing someone.

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Waiting in the airport isn’t so bad when you know how to kill time!

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