Some Things Are Worth the Wait
It had been 13 years since I told my hubby that I wanted to go to Thailand. We were living in London at the time and were contemplating a move to Australia. We were writing our list of pros and cons to help us make a decision. There were many pros such as beaches, weather, lifestyle and cons such as the cost, moving away from our families (well to be honest, there were some family members we were happy to get away from but that is another story). The one thing that swayed me was when my hubby said, “Just think of holidays in Thailand. It will be so easy to go from Australia.” Well that was it. Although I didn’t say it at the time, I had made up my mind at that moment. The mere thought of being able to go to Thailand was enough for me to uproot myself, our toddler and baby and move to Brisbane, Queensland.Read more...
Ao Nang - Thailand
AMAZING AO NANG
Whenever we go on holiday, we like to venture away from the really touristy parts of the country. Don’t get me wrong, I like touristy and the kids like touristy. Hubby, on the other hand likes it less. He wants to do more authentic things like camping in the desert, hiking up active volcanoes or trekking through the jungle with each person carrying their own gear (despite the fact the girls have a hard time carrying a single shopping bag, never mind a backpack). Unfortunately for him, these ideas are more fantasy than reality. But as much as I love touristy, I enjoy an adventure, getting off the beaten track and experiencing the culture of a place.Read more...
Don't Leave Home Without It
I know Trip Advisor has been around for a long time and I have used it on ocassion. What many people don’t realise is that Trip Advisor offers more than just reviews on accommodation. On our most recent trip to Thailand, my family and I (well to be honest, my teenage son) discovered the benefits of using Trip Advisor for choosing local restaurants and cafes. On our first night in Thailand, my son, (who by the way has his mobile phone permanently attached to his hand and thinks there is nothing better in life than free wii-fii), announced that the restaurant literally across the road from our resort had been rated highly on Trip Advisor. I am constantly surprised by how unpredictable teenagers are. They can be so helpful at times when you least expect it. Most times, they walk around in a haze pretending to be useless and incompetent on the off chance you might ask them to do something. Whatever possessed my son to google best restaurants in Kata on Trip Advisor, I’ll never know. What I did know was that it was a no-brainer where to eat that night, especially as we were all a bit tired from the flight and hadn’t gotten our bearings yet.Read more...
8 Reasons to Travel Overseas with Your Teens
1. Strengthens the family bond:
Teenagers begin asserting their independence as they make the transition from childhood to adulthood, wanting to spend more time with their friends than with their family. Travel enables the family to share experiences together. Simple activities such as sharing meals, sightseeing together, sitting around the pool and beach are important for reconnecting with your teenagers.Read more...
Recommended Travel Vaccinations for India
The best way to protect yourself when you go to India is to ensure that you are vaccinated against a few nasty viruses. The following vaccines are recommended if you are travelling to India but check with your local travel clinics for up to date advice:
HEPATITIS A VACCINE: Hepatitis A is a virus that can cause liver infections and damage.
Spread: Usually spread through food or water that has been contaminated with infected feces. The virus can survive food kept at room temperature and even on hands.
HEPATITIS B VACCINE: Hepatitis is a virus that can cause infection, scarring, cancer, liver failure and death.
Spread: Usually spread through contaminated blood or bodily fluids (sexual contact, needle sharing, injections with unsterilized needles, blood transfusions), tattooing, body piercing, acupuncture, pregnant mother to baby upon birth. It is not spread by contaminated food or water or through casual or social contact (kissing, hugging, coughing, or eating food prepared by person with Hepatitis B)
CHOLERA VACCINE: Cholera is an infection of the small intestine caused by the bacterium Vibrio cholera. It causes diarrhea and vomiting.
Spread: Usually spread through water or food that has been contaminated by the feces of an infected person.
TYPHOID VACCINE:Typhoid fever is caused by the Salmonella typhi bacteria. Symptoms include poor appetite, headaches, aches and pain, fever, lethargy, diarrhoea.
Spread: Usually spread through water or food that has been contaminated with the feces of an infected person.
TETANUS VACCINE: Tetanus is a disease of the nervous system caused by a toxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium tetani, leading to painful muscle contractions, particularly of your jaw and neck muscles.
Spread: Usually occurs through wound contamination and often involves a cut or puncture wound.
ANTI-MALARIA TABLETS (NO VACCINE): Malaria is a mosquito-borne infectious disease causing fever, fatique, vomiting and headaches.
Spread: Usually transmitted by the bite of an infected female mosquito.