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Honey, we’re healthy and buzzing with life

August 27, 2015 — by Mama fish0

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Honey, we’re healthy and buzzing with life

Like any new place, we are curious and buzzing with life. Today, the art of discovery has lead us towards one of the sweetest finds since arriving in Tbilisi, Georgia. Everyday on the way to school we have passed a Little pink sign which reads, “Honey”. After one week, we finally went in.

Honey Shop
Honey Shop in Tbilisi

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Move to Tbilisi, Georgia – The Balcony of Europe.

August 26, 2015 — by Mama fish4

While most families with two young children are working hard to keep a comfortable, manageable routine, our adventurous family has opted to pack our simple life into a 20ft shipping container and head off the beaten path together somewhere which is technically called Eurasia or better described by its’ locals as, “The Balcony of Europe” – Tbilisi, Georgia.

Container ready to be send to Tbilisi
Container ready to be send to Tbilisi

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30 days in Philippines

May 25, 2015 — by Mama fish2

In 2013 we decided a family vacation on the beach was just the adventure we were looking for. Naturally, no just any beach would do. Here are some of the requirements that needed to be fulfilled for us, as we considered the perfect paradise destination:

  • Off the beaten path was a must. Not only for less tourist , but for authenticity as well.

  • Not very expensive, but a high value for the money spent is important. We like to have the choice to splurge, not the reverse.

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Travel Kit

April 27, 2015 — by Mama fish0

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First Aid Kit to travel

The first aid kit for a hiker or climber is normal to have in the backpack. For a traveler, it is equally important, yet often overlooked. Everyone should carry a first aid kit, varying in size and content, depending on travel destination and duration. Since having children, naturally our “health kit” has adjusted the needs of not only ourselves, but our children.

Previous analysis

Before any trip, you must check: what is the availability of medicine in the country or countries. What possible diseases can be contracted? Are there any obvious possible injuries that may occur due to the activities to be performed (e.g. hiking).

It is not the same when one is traveling in Zimbabwe, Vietnam, Georgia or France. If traveling within the European Union or North America countries, drugs are easily accessible. As well as doctors and hospitals. Furthermore, in certain countries of Africa, it may be required to petition a doctor by helicopter or a long distant drive of up to 200km for appropriate medical treatment.

BASIC TRAVEL KIT

If you are planning a trip to the USA, European Union countries, and/or a main city-like village not too far from civilization, your minimum First Aid should include:

  • Paracetamol

  • Children Paracetamol

  • Ibuprofen

  • Cotton

  • Scissors

  • Bandaids

  • Antiseptic

  • Scissors (may be taken at airport control if not checked in)

  • Tweezers

  • Saline eye drops

  • Digital thermometer

ADVANCES TRAVEL KIT

If you are planning to travel in a country with more risk and less health care, additionally include:

  • Disposable latex-free gloves

  • Adhesive bandages, multiple sizes

  • Gauze

  • Adhesive tape

  • Elastic bandage wrap

  • 1% hydro-cortisone cream

  • Anti fungal and antibacterial cream

  • Insect repellent (if the country has mosquitoes)

  • Water purification tablets (you never know when you will need them)

  • Antihistamine tablets

  • Tablets for light diarrhea

  • Antibiotics for severe diarrhea or other sever infection

  • Serum oral re-hydration (in case of diarrhea)

  • Antimalarial medications (in case you need it)

 

Having a good First Aid kit can be the bombshell or deal breaker of your adventurous family vacation. Whether you choose to bring the minimum or the maximum health care products for both you and and you children, be sure to maintain good rest, hydrated, and up to date products (frequently check and replace goods as necessary). What other products has your family found useful or an absolute life saver when traveling with your kids.

Thanks to Christina Xu for the picture of the First aid Kit

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Tours in Lagodekhi

April 25, 2015 — by Mama fish0

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HIKING  and BACKRIDING HORSE TOURS

 

We have collected some useful information for hiking or backriding in the Lagodekhi Nature Reserve and in the Lagodekhi Managed Reserve. Our intention is to help promote green tourism in this area and help visitors organized in advance their visit.

Map of Lagodekhi National Park or nature reserve, Georgia
Map of the Lagodekhi Nature reserve and the Lagodekhi Managed Reserve, Georgia

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Travel Itch

April 22, 2015 — by Mama fish0

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I’ve been feeling quite “itchy” recently. An itch to get back in the kitchen. An itch to go shopping for summer clothes. An itch to be irresponsible and just let things go. More importantly than any of those itches, I have a major itch to pack up the family, hop on a plane, and go somewhere new. Do you ever get this feeling?

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Planes, trains, automobiles and kids

March 11, 2015 — by Mama fish0

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Here is our secret to start the best family vacation ever.

PLANES

Deia took her first trans-atlantic flight when she was 6 weeks old. It was a complete success! Though we were a bit weary, Teo took his first long-haul business-class flight at 11 months old. Another complete success! Since, both of our children have taken numerous 8+ hour flights and to date we have never had a fuss-crying child – knock on wood. We are always asked how we do it and how are our kids so great. Here’s our secret:

Be Positive. Probably the most important factor of all when preparing to take a flight is your own confidence in the behaviour of your children. If you freak out or are nervous that your children are going to misbehave, chances are – they will. Our children feed off our own energy and nerves.

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Packing like a Ninja

February 27, 2015 — by Mama fish0

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How to pack before travel with kids

Picking out the right quantity and attire for your indefinite travel plans can be nothing less than a challenge. Add in kids, an electronic fanatic, and the unknown adventure that lies ahead… uff, we are talking about the skills of a real packing ninja. Need not to worry, here you have a basic guideline to how we managed to get our whole family packed into two “carry-on sized” backpacks.

Local temperatures – deal maker or deal breaker? Before you plan your big adventure, it is best to consider the time of year you will be embarking on this journey and what the weather will be like. Weather.com has a great 10 day forecast, which more often than not, has been quite accurate for us when it comes to planning what we are going to bring on our trip. By far, the easiest packing for a family involves the warmer destinations on the planet. This is not to say packing for colder climates is impossible. Here is a sample list of what we have packed for our 6 month adventure through Central Asia.

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