“The world is similar to a large book. To own it and only read the first two or three pages is such a waste.”
One of the things we love to do is Travel. With two kids now its been a little bit more challenging. But it doesn’t mean we still don’t like to get away!
I hope to fill the Travel page with stories and pictures of our adventures. We are not the biggest travellers however, nor have been every where is the big beautiful world of ours. So if you have a favorite travel post you would want to share please let me know and I can reblog it here.
If you live in a beautiful part of the world that doesn’t get all the attention of a Paris or Hawaii I would love a guest post from you to share it in the Travel section.
If you had a kid-friendly vacation in the past, I
need would love to hear about it here.
The world is an amazing place. It has so many beautiful places, historic landmarks, and incredible wonders.
If you have some Travel Tips you live by, I invite you to add them in the comments below and help keep this trip alive!
Where have you been?
Passports and Visas
Your passport is valuable, especially in third world countries. Keep a photocopy for reference in a secured and easily accessible location in case yours is lost or stolen. Note if your passport expires in 6 months, some countries may refuse you entry. Some foreign immigration can spring a surprise on you and charge you for an entry or even an exit visa.
Consulates and local contacts
If possible, consider medical insurance coverage for overseas travel.
Maps and Phrase books
I’ve found these invaluable. Also become familiar with phrases and words such as, ‘I’m lost, I need help, food’, water, bathroom, hotel, restaurant, etc. I also travel with a compass.
Local holidays and business hours
Familiarize yourself with holidays and local customs. You might travel for miles to get to a destination, only to find the place closed. Observe local custom especially if there is religious significance involved.
Traveling in certain regions can be unsafe because of political unrest or crime. Be careful and vigilant. Always be friendly with the local law enforcement, and keep within the law. Research the area conditions before traveling.
Have access to ready cash, either hidden on your person or kept somewhere safe. Look into bank transfers or other local access to cash in case of emergencies. Sometimes, accessing the local currency via ATM machines is cheaper than the rates charged at currency booths at the foreign airports.
Transportation can be unreliable in certain parts of the world. Your driver, bus, or taxi may never show up. Learn local routes and have a backup plan. I never imagined that my first horse riding experience would have been the result of a stranded trip.
~ I would like to add one more tip: When planning your next trip it pays to research. We use Trip Advisor to research resorts, restaurants, cruises, customer service, you name it. Its a great resource by getting ratings, opinions, and stories from people that have already been there. You can find ‘What to See’ or what to avoid. We use it to plan every trip.