The Simple Guide Of Planning Family Holidays

Family holidays offer the perfect opportunity to relax and bond, but it can be an overwhelming process, especially when you are not as organized as you should be with your planning. Children can be quite a handful and unless you involve them in your plans, you may end up having a rough time handling them. Luckily, when you remember a few important things, you will definitely manage to plan the best family holiday ever.

Choose a family friendly destination

This is the most important thing you can start with when planning for your family holiday. There are so many holiday destinations promising you the time of your life, but only a family friendly one will be worthwhile for your travel. Family friendliness means that you can find everything that is necessary to keep everyone happy throughout your vacation. Think activities and accommodation as well as amenities when selecting the perfect destination for the family. There should be enough offers for the kids and for the adults too in the destination that you have selected.

Avoid the rush and start planning early

Managing your time well can be very rewarding in the end. When you have enough time in your hands, you will be able to find the best holiday deals for you and your family. Early planning amounts to amazing flight deals and accommodation deals and you have all the flexibility to choose what is most suitable for your family. It is especially important to make bookings early if you plan to travel to your destination during peak season and still want the best for your family holiday. Your options are not limited when there are only a few holidaymakers looking for the same things you are.

Make it fun for the kids

Choosing disposable cameras for your kids is one of the approaches you can use to make the family holiday fun for them without incurring costly losses. Kids may not be very careful with items like cameras and hence instead of getting digital cameras that can be costly, especially when lost, you should go for the disposable option so they are able to enjoy clicking fun too without too many risks involved. Think of inexpensive ways of keeping your children engaged and they will have fun without bursting your holiday budget.

Think of tailor made holidays

They ease the work of having to ensure that everything is in place yourself. Tailor made holidays are designed according to your preferences so you are able to explore your interests, get accommodation that suits you perfectly and even enjoy expert knowledge and professional guide for your holiday. All you need to do is communicate exactly what you want and expect and your travel company will do the work for you so everything is ready and waiting by the time travel time approaches.

Pack right

Just because you are taking the kids with you does not mean packing everything up. Choose only essentials and necessary clothing only. It is also important to bring with you a first aid kit just in case.

 

How To Plan A Trip For Your Team At Work

Most companies nowadays send their employees on trips as a part of their community activities. It also helps them relax and unwind before they get back to their jobs. Also, travelling together is one of the best ways to develop team bonding and understanding. So, if you are in charge of booking a trip for your team, here are some of the things you can do to make it one of the best tours ever.

Book the Trip in Advance

One of the biggest advantages of booking a trip in advance is that you will able to save money that can spend on other things during the tour. If you start early, you can get the lowest airfares out there. Some companies offer package deals for large groups travelling together. Once you have sort the tickets, start booking your accommodation. It’s very important that this is done in advance because getting rooms for a lot of people at the same place might be difficult at the last moment.

Pick a Place With Options for Outdoor Activities

Go to a place that allows your team to take part in group activities like adventure sports or a cricket match on the beach. These are great team bonding exercises and they will help your team coordinate with each other outside the compulsion of an office. You can even arrange a team lunch so that everyone eats and chills out together. However, ensure that you make these arrangements in advance so that there’s no last minute cancellations or trouble.

Go Sightseeing Together

There’s nothing like exploring a place with your colleagues and creating memories that will stay with you for a lifetime. If you are going to place that is best explored on your own, they all of you can rent bikes and go around the town. This way, you will be on your own but you will also be a part of the team.

Arrange a Bonfire Night

A team outing without a bonfire and some singing and dancing is incomplete. You can tell your hotel authorities to arrange one such bonfire night for your team so that all of you can sit around it and chit chat. If you know someone who can play a guitar or sing, ask them to show their talent. This way, your whole team will be able to connect with and know each other better.

A team outing will not only help everyone relax and enjoy some time away from work but it will also help them become friends with their teammates. So, if you have been planning a team outing, do it now. Just remember to follow the tips above

 

How to Start Your Travel Journal

Writing a travel journal can be a fun experience. You will be jotting down everything from your travels around the world and creating a memorabilia of sorts. After a few years, the journal will be like a fountain of nostalgia for you. So, if you have been planning to begin a travel journal for quite some time now, here are a few tips that will help you get started.

Choose a Medium for Your Journal Entries

Most people love the idea of writing their travel stories in a leather bound notebook. However, if you want the world to read about your adventures, you can even start a blog and start putting in your entries. It could be anything from a small paragraph about the places you are visiting or your experiences. And if you have the time, you can even write complete How-to blogs to help other people plan their journeys.

Start Travelling ASAP

In order to be able to maintain a travel journal, you will first have to start travelling. Pick up a destination and go there. If you have a busy life, dedicate a certain period of the year to your travels. If you don’t have money, you can save up and plan a trip on a budget. For instance, you can easily book cheap flights well in advance so that you save both money and time.

Earn Experiences

There’s a reason why most people these days want to be travellers and not tourists. It’s because tourists go around a place, sightseeing the important monuments or historical landmarks. On the other hand, travellers explore the local culture and lifestyle of the people living there. So, while you are travelling, remember to not just see the important places but to also get a glimpse into the life and culture of the local people. This will instantly add a lot of value to your travel journal.

Eat a Variety of Delicious Dishes

One of the best things about travelling is that you will be able to try a variety of local dishes, that might not be available in your hometown. Try out local eateries and small places that make and sell authentic dishes. Before starting your journey, you can even do a little research about your destination to know about the best restaurants there.

Maintaining a travel journal is one of the most beautiful ways of documenting your life. Years later, when you will look back at your diary or blog, you will be hit with an instant burst of nostalgia. And then, you will be thankful for beginning your travel expeditions. Bon Voyage!

 

How to Plan The Best Food Vacation of Your Life

Travelling is an extremely rewarding experience. But, it becomes all the more amazing when great food is thrown in. After all, isn’t food the best way of getting to know a country’s culture and eventually, becoming a part of it? If you love food and would do anything to combine it with the joy of travel, then you are at the right place. Below, we give you some tips on how to plan the ultimate food vacation that will satisfy both your inner wanderlust and foodie.

Decide what cuisine you want to explore

Before embarking on a food journey, it’s important to make sure that you know what you want. Whether you want Italian, Chinese, Indian, or Lebanese, it’s crucial to make the decision so you can prepare for the trip ahead. Once you have decided on the cuisine, start planning for your trip. Begin by budget flight tickets, cheap airfares, and affordable accommodation. This way, you will be able to save money that can be then spent on food.

Make a list of the places you want to visit

There are many apps these days that will give detailed information about restaurants in different countries. All you have to do is go through them and pick the few best ones. Read the reviews and understand what you would like to eat. Sometimes, it’s possible that you might have a penchant for an unpopular dish. This step is important because when you finally hit the road, you don’t have to waste time looking for places to eat. You just have to take out your list and follow it. You can also jot down the most popular dishes of the places you pick if you want to save further time.

Take care of your health beforehand

It’s important to ensure that you are in the best of your health before you begin your food vacation. Get tested for allergies to that you know what ingredients might harm you. Also, if you have digestion or any other problem that could be aggravated by food, then take proper medication for it. Carry your medicines with you so that you don’t face any difficulties in a new place. Sometimes, your body may take time to adjust to a new cuisine especially if it’s spicy or completely different from what you are used to eating. So, keep all the appropriate medicines in place before heading out.

While you follow the tips given above and go to all the restaurants you have earmarked, don’t forget to go to the small streetside place. There, you will not only find amazing food but will also get to hear wonderful local stories.

 

Travel Essentials for Family Summer Getaways

As soon as the temperature rises, school’s done for the year and about any cold beverage or dessert is being craved, you’ll know it is time to dust off your straw hat, swimming gears and of course try fitting in those swimwear. Yes, it’s summer! The one season we will be enjoying the 2 month vacation from school as well as look for that family destination to savor the sun, the sand and the sea.

But, before we all get excited, let me give you tips on the travel essentials to bring for your chosen (if not favorite) summer getaway. Grab your pen and paper and take down this list.

Travelling with Family Must-Haves:

Travel Documents. If you plan to travel here in the Philippines, make sure you bring your valid IDs for documentation of possible verification. If you will be travelling outside the country, then passports, visa must come in handy.

Funds. Importantly, you must bring cash and/or your credit cards for all the payments. However, you must be cautious enough not to bring too much cash at hand as we know robbers may be eyeing on you. So basically, practice being safe at all times specially when withdrawing at ATMs. Better yet, keep a note in your mobile phone or a little notebook where you write down your budget and possible expenses so you would be able to track down in/outs of your money and keep the whole vacation on budget.

Medicines, medical tools and first aid kit. If you or any of your family member have an existing medical condition, make sure to always bring enough and a little extra of the maintenance medicines. You may not be able to find an immediate pharmacy on the place you will going and you may need prescription as well, so keep that with the medicine kit. You can place this in a pouch or a small bag that you can bring with you at all times while travelling. This goes with your first aid kit. At least, make sure that the first aid kit contains medicines for common illness like headache, stomach pain, loose bowel movement, anti-allergy as well as band aids, betadine iodine, alcohol, cotton swabs and a nail cutter. You will need to bring also blood pressure monitor and blood sugar monitor in case you have diabetic loved ones.

When travelling with kids or babies, this will be a different story. You will pack another set of essentials just for them. Clothes, diapers, wipes, feeding bottles, sterilizer, just no name a few. So keep that in the list too!

When you will be commuting for the travel, make sure you have all commute stops planned. If you will need to be travelling by plane, you must be making the booking ahead of time. While, when you travel by land, make sure you will know the bus stops, etc. And when you will be driving, Google maps and GPS will be your best friend. Plan and make your research ahead of time. And when you are driving, make sure that your motor vehicle is at its best condition with enough fuel, air and water.

Accommodation at destination. Make sure you have booked ahead for resorts and hotels as they might not entertain you via walk in. Sometimes, you can save time and money by booking or making your reservations online.

Clothes, swim wears. Make sure you bring enough appropriate clothes. To save some space in your bags though, consider bringing lightweight clothes and learn how to pack smartly.

Gadgets, camera. What would capture your memorable summer but bringing in your mobile phones for your selfies! Bring in your digital cameras or action cameras too! Keep your gadgets in waterproof pouches in case you want to bring them while swimming.

Padlocks. For security reasons, make sure your bags have padlocks. Make sure you attend to you belongings as just about any establishment have no responsibility on your belongings in case of loss.

Snacks, water. Due to the hot season, we tend to be dehydrated. So make sure to pack some snacks and water while travelling to fill up that energy.

Toiletries, cosmetics. These are important too. Make sure you have napkins, tissue paper, wipes. Your toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, body wash, shampoo, conditioner. Sunblock and sunburn recovery lotion. You may want to have travel kits where you can keep these essentials so you won’t need to bring the big bottles of shampoo. Just take a portion and place in these travel kit containers and you can refill those on your next travel destination.

This is my list when we go travelling. I will be making a series to this to include some more tips on my next blog. You may need more than this essentials, make sure to customize and tailor this list to your own needs and situation. Meanwhile, enjoy you summer destination and make memories!

 

Ladies, Keep These Tips in Mind When Traveling Abroad

Regardless of if the traveler is a male or a female, it is vital to take precautions when traveling. Women travelers especially need to be cautious of traveling alone anywhere around the world. However, unlike many other countries, travel to America is much safer in comparison. Taking precautions will help abundantly, especially if you are a female.

The foremost thing to consider is understanding the culture. The culture you follow may be very different and so it is vital to learn about the place to which you are traveling. Trying to follow the values of the country when you are visiting will help abundantly. Being a rebel may lead you into trouble. So it is vital to never overlook. Try communicating with locals with an open mind and mingle with them with an open mind.

Be prepared to be shocked with the weather. Each state that you travel to might have a different climatic condition. Southern states are usually hot and humid and the northern parts are cold. You may have to be prepared to experience snow and carry different types of clothing too. Take these weather conditions into consideration when planning your packing. It would be a better idea to carry more that require rather that finding out that you do not have enough. Think about the places you will be visiting, understand the weather conditions and then be prepared with clothes.

Relying on maps is a good idea, however ensure you have other ways as well. most tourist places are huge and just having one source for your travel may leave you stranded. The distance you will be traveling will be really long. Ask locals and improve your knowledge on the distance you will have to be commuting on a daily basis. Prepare yourself depending on the distance you will be traveling. Highways are more often deserted and you wouldn’t find a lot of eateries on your way if you decide to travel by road. This is exactly why you would have to stock up on food, water as well as gas. It would be best practice to not venture out on these routes.

Apart from these tips, make sure you follow the regular safety tips. Keep your money to yourself and never flash it out in public. Using a lot of jewelry can land you in trouble with robbers. You may want to reserve doing that for a later place. Never talk to strangers whatever the circumstance. Keep the emergency number in memory and use it when necessary.

 

How to Find the Best Travel Buddy

Picking the best travel buddy is certain to be a tough decision. There are many different things that can be considered to create the happy, relaxed and friendly atmosphere for the duration of a trip. Let’s take a look at a few of the important things:

Personality

A great place to start in the search for a travel buddy is to find someone with the same or similar type of personality. Whether you are the relaxed type or those that are constantly on the go and energetic, you will find it benefits to travel with the like-minded companion. Also, the type of activities in the travel plan can influence the travel buddy.

Additionally, it is important to make sure the travel itinerary is able to complement both parties. It will certainly help if the personalities match in this area because a happy-go-lucky person and an organization junkie may have difficulty getting along.

Budget

Many travelers prefer to stay in a decent hotel on their travels and eat at restaurants in the evenings, while others will have no issue with moving from one cheap guest house to the next and eating out or even enjoying the street food scene in certain countries. Instead of getting frustrated with a travel buddy about the cost of travel, it will benefit to have a proper conversation in order to come to a satisfactory agreement before getting on the road.

Shared interests

It will certainly help to travel with a travel buddy that has shared interests if you want to avoid long periods of awkward silence. The ability to keep a conversation going will be very difficult if both parties have completely different interests. For this reason, you will find it benefits to travel with someone who shares one or more of your interests.

Practice runs

A great way to decide if a travel buddy is the right fit for a long trip is to take a practice run. This can simply involve taking a short trip together for the day. It can help to travel to a completely new place for both parties and see if you can both agree on things like finding a preferred restaurant, activities, transportation, etc. It may be necessary to compromise at times, but the all-round experience should still be fun and enjoyable.

Overall, it can take time to find the travel buddy that matches the personality, so the entire process should be carefully planned to minimize issues when traveling.