Home is a sacred place. It’s a physical abode where one is ‘safe” from the bustle of the outside world. As well as an internal place where one freely feels whole, can rest, and let their dreams run free. Why should these essentials change when we are traveling?
When moving abroad, renting a place is an attractive option to settling into the place you will call home. Whether you’re headed to the Philippines, Georgia, Morocco or any country, you don’t want to be stuck in a neighborhood, region, or home you don’t like. So…
It is important to ask a few questions along the way.
Step to Step Guide
Falling in love is one of the most wonderful feelings on the planet. It most often happens when you least expect it. So, you’ve just set off on your #familyadventurevacation to a place of wonder, and the last thing on your mind is falling in love. Then bam, out of nowhere, you fall in love, steals your heart and your return home lovesick.
Family Travel Insurance
As we have always said, there is no completely safe journey. However, by properly setting your exciting family adventure up to be as stress free as possible, will help in case of any misfortune experiences. Keep in mind, some destinations and activities carry a higher risk than others when planning your travel insurance plan.
If you are planning the ultimate adventure in some remote location on the globe, naturally it is not the same to get yourself or family member to a hospital there as it would be in a more developed location. Reduce the additional “adventure” and pick a plan which includes more extreme measures for these potential higher risks. These plans may include helicopter transport, relocation to another country with more appropriate care, etc. Typically these plans will cover from 10k-50k and will have an additional cost compared to the FREE plan, which only allows up to a couple hundred bucks for care. The flip side is your holiday turns into a multi zero expense and no alternatives around the additional costs. At the end of the day, it is your families health and safety… only the best is best.
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.
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:
Scissors (may be taken at airport control if not checked in)
Saline eye drops
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
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)
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
Georgia to Armenia by Train
After being in Georgia for more than a month, we decided to visit Armenia for two weeks.
We arrived in Yerevan by the famous Tbilisi Yerevan train . Here is the process cross borders between Georgia and Armenia.
We bought the tickets 2 days in advance. The day we were in the Central Train Station, we had the opportunity to take the train the next day, but we had to pay first class. First class offers 2 sharing a cabin and second class 4 sharing a cabin. Since we were 4, we decided to wait two more days. The girl at the ticket office spoke English sufficiently to inform us with the necessary information we needed. You can pay with cash or by credit card . You will need to present your passports to verify the train tickets are yours with correct names and ages stated on each of the tickets. You can also book your tickets online, up to 15 days in advance. However, the website is not very friendly or easy to navigate. We were traveling in high season (July) and were told it would not be easy to get tickets within the same week we wanted to travel. Though the train was very full, if you are flexible by one day or two, you should have no problem getting a cabin on the train.
Here is our secret to start the best family vacation ever.
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.
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.
Making the most of your buck and adjusting your budget to fit your travel needs is more about flexibility and adventure, than thinking any trip is out of reach. When traveling as a family over-all budget becomes very important because it can add up quickly. Here are a few small fish tricks to consider while not spending a fortune along the way. The world is your oyster, here’s your opportunity to take it by by storm,