Skiing Tips In the Alps That Will Make Your Vacation With Children Amazing

 skiing tips in the Alps

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Going on adventurous holidays with little ones can sometimes be a little too much work. Traveling with children can be difficult, but the experiences and memories will be worth the preparation. When looking for a ski holiday there are resorts that offer the children’s classes, in chalet child care, and other child-tailored services. If you plan your ski vacation correctly, it will be a holiday to remember.  Check out our skiing tips in the Alps:  

How to plan the best ski holiday with children

There are certain things you should think about when planning family ski holidays:   

·         What type of accommodation should be booked 

For families, a child friendly Chalet is the best option. You can choose from fully catered to self-catering stays.  Family chalets in the Alps can include high chairs, stair gates and even playrooms. 

·         What to pack 

Warm clothing; however, there are other things you should rent. It is more cost-effective to rent expensive gear such as boots, ski suits and jackets. Check with the resort before you book to get the best deal, or find out about local rental options. 

·         Do you need ski lessons

Children will definitely benefit from ski lessons at the resort.  Expert ski instructors can offer lessons, especially those who specialize in teaching small children.

·         Are lift passes included

When booking you will want to know if your lift passes are included. If you book early, you may get a good deal which includes your lift passes too.

·         Is there in-chalet childcare and do you need it 

A benefit for parents with young children is having childcare facilities in-chalet or in resort. You may need childcare for very small children who can’t ski for half days or even full days. There are lots of different options you can choose from.  

·         What other activities are available

It is really important to have plenty of other things to keep the family entertained in the resort. Knowing what other activities are available before you go will help you plan your time wisely. Finding the right resort with entertainment is essential for families. 

·         What is the après ski  

Après ski is entertainment after a day of skiing.  It’s not just for adults, so you will want to know what options you have for yourself and for the kids. Teenagers need entertainment during the evening too, so choose somewhere that is right for everyone.

·         When to go 

Depending on the age of your children, you may be able to get a great around school holidays. 

Which resorts are the best for families in the Alps

Some resorts are more suited to family ski vacations than others. Here are a few to consider: 

Les Gets

A picturesque resort that is very popular with families, Les Gets is exactly what you would expect in an Alpine village. The surrounding slopes are great for beginners.  However, there’s also the nearby Portes de Soleil for stronger skiers in your group. Additionally, there is a cinema and an ice skating rink to enjoy.  

Accommodation in Les Gets is traditional chalet style. When you book a family chalet vacation here, you can expect family suites, playrooms and a layout designed specifically for families.  Childcare is also available. 

There are plenty of excellent restaurants serving local cuisine as well as international restaurants. 

La Plange

This high-altitude ski area is excellent for skiers of all abilities. There are different slopes in the area where all members of the family can have their lessons together or separately. La Plagne has lots of shops, bars and restaurants.  There are plenty of activities to keep everyone entertained when not on the slopes.

In addition to skiing,  there are other fun activities to try here include like the Olympic Bobsleigh run, and the ski-dooing for the older kids. For young children there’s plenty to do too. They will love visiting the magical Igloo Village and exploring the stunning Ice Cave.

You’ll find a range of accommodations including slope side chalets perfect for a family stay. Again there are companies that offer childcare and family orientated chalets.

Les Bruyeres

An excellent resort in Les Trois Vallees for skiers of all abilities, Les Bruyeres is another Savoyard gem. The village is traditional style unlike many of the modern resorts in the area. However, there are still ample facilities including bars, restaurants, an indoor swimming pool and a spa.

The pistes are varied and very close to the resort centre. Plus, you can get passes that will cover you for the whole Trois Vallees area if you wish. Kids will also love the Speed Mountain ride which is an exciting toboggan run on rails found in Les Bruyeres.

The chalets are family friendly, but have extra touches for the adults too such as hot tubs.

Avoriaz 

This resort is child friendly and a car free resort. It is central to the Village des Enfants which is an unusual ski school for children from 3 to 16.  The concept that learning to ski should be through play started here, so it is popular with families.

Avoriaz is a more modern resort than the others mentioned.  But, the high-altitude location means there are hotels and chalets offering ski in ski out locations. There’s a strip of hotels bars and restaurants in the main area, as well as chalets dotted further out. If you can find what you are looking for here, the resort of Morzine is close by. 

A fun activity for kids to try here is ski jeering. A popular thing to do in Avoriaz, is to hold on to long reigns attached to a horse’s bridle and you are pulled along on skis behind it!

Are you ready for an amazing Ski holiday in the Alps with your children 

There are many ways to make you family skiing trip in the Alps amazing.  Seeing what these great family friendly resorts have to offer will give you plenty to think about.  With some planning, asking the right questions and knowing what your requirements are it will be easy to have a great holiday in the Alps. 

 

 

 

Why You Should Visit the Smoky Mountains in the Fall

 

Smoky Mountains

Looking for a great fall get away?  Look no further than the Tennessee Smoky Mountains.  They have become a part of my heart and soul.  I spent a week there and fell in love.  I understand why Dolly Parton and other western singers praise the Smokey Mountains.  They are truly one of the most beautiful creations on God’s green earth.

We stayed at the Fairfield Glade Wyndam, which is approximately 90 minutes west of Sevierville, Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg.  The Fairfield Glade Wyndam is located in a retirement community.  And it sits on 12,700 beautiful, wooded acres with a marina nearby.

 

Smoky Mountains

There plenty of amenities, which includes a marina, indoor/outdoor pools, several lakes and golf courses.  There’s a 36-hole and three 18-hole golf courses.  They are listed among Golf Digest’s 75 best resort courses in America.  There are daily activities sponsored by the resort and a concierge to assist you with other activities.  You will also find walking trails and tennis courts. The marina has a variety of boats available for your pleasure, and provides an opportunity for a great photo opp.

Additionally, there’s a community center where you can play basketball, an arts and crafts center, a game room, and a media center.  There’s a post office, gift store and a Kroger’s grocery store located on the premises too.

So, our unit had 2 bedrooms, a fireplace and a full kitchen.  There was plenty of room to gather around the table for a meal or to play board games.  Additionally, there was a counter that could be used for additional seating.  The beds are delicious, and the fire place made the condo cozy.  I came home well rested.

Next, you will need a car to venture out to the surrounding areas.  If you head down I-40E, you will head toward Sierville, Pigeon Forge, and Gatlinburg.  We spent some time in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg before heading into the Smoky Mountains for the afternoon. The Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Theatre in Pigeon Forge grabbed our attention as we were driving along.  The Hatfield and McCoy feud took place in Gilbert, WV, my home state.  So, we took a stroll around the building to check out the country items on display.   We weren’t disappointed, and had quite a few laughs.  There were humorous signs, an outhouse, replica of a moonshine distillery, and more.  We didn’t have dinner, but the theatre does puts on a show/feud while you’re dining.  The next time we’re in the area, we may check it out.

Pigeon Forge Attractions

 

This truck is everything, lol.  It reminded me of the truck on the Beverly Hillbillies.  Great advertising I may add.

 

Pigeon Forge Attractions

Check out this crooked, upside down building.  We had to pull over to check it out.  Your kids will be happy that you did.  They have an indoor Rope Course and Laser Tag for the thrill seekers.  They also have unique programs for students K-12 to learn about Physical Sciences.  There’s Earth Science, Physics and Astronomy.   You can spend several hours here for sure.

Afterwards, we headed toward Cades Cove to check out the wild life and the Smoky Mountains.  It was one of the most amazing experiences of my life.  The mountains in their fall foliage are stunning.  Majestic, bold, beautiful and mighty are a few adjectives that describes them.

 

Cades Cove is an 11 mile loop through the Smoky Mountains.  Additionally, there are streams, wildlife, churches, vacant cabins dating back to the 1800s and a peace that we often forget.  Through our journey we spotted this mama black bear and her 2 cubs.  Fortunately, we were able to watch them for about 10 minutes before they headed back into the woods.

It was truly an amazing experience to get this close.  They seemed to be oblivious to the cars and people watching them.  Their fur is so shiny and coal black.  The one cub on the far left was adventurous; however, the other club stayed close to mommy.  When we first spotted them, the adventurous club was playing in a tree not far from mom.

Smoky Mountain Wildlife

 

Smoky Mountain Wildlife

 

We spent several hours just taking our time driving the Cades Cove loop and enjoying the views.  I suggest that you pack a picnic and enjoy your time there.  At the halfway mark, there’s an area to enjoy a lunch and restrooms if you need a break.

 

Smoky Mountains Wildlife

 

Smoky Mountains Wildlife

Surprisingly,  we didn’t see any deer.  Especially, since it’s deer season.  So, the time spent observing the black bears more than made up for the deer not entertaining us.

 

Russull Stover Outlet in Tennessee

Last, on our way home we made a quick stop at the Russell Stover Candy outlet.  As a matter of fact, I picked up a few Christmas gifts dirt cheap.  So, be sure to treat yourself to some sweets before you head home.

Finally, we highly recommend a Smoky Mountains family vacation in the summer or fall.  There are water parks and Dollywood Amusement Park if you decide to visit in the summer.  Hopefully, I’ll be able to visit again next year.

Things to Do In Virginia

 

Things to do in Virginia

 

Washington, DC is the nation’s capital.  So, it’s full of history, galleries, restraunts and more.  However, the state of Virginia is close by and is also full of history and things to do.  Furthermore, it boasts beautiful skylines, caverns, wineries and more.  It’s a perfect place to vacation or spend a few days of your vacation.  As a result, check out my list of things to do in Virginia: 

  1. Monticello –  First, the home of Thomas Jefferson is a must see.  Jefferson inherited land from his father when he was 26. He began building Monticello, and it became the primary plantation of Thomas Jefferson. Monticello has approximately 5,000 acres, which 2,000 were tended by 150 slaves.  The grounds consists of slave quarters, gardens, a dairy, a washhouse, store houses etc. The house is approximately 11,000 square feet.
  2. Skyline Drive  –  Second, Skyline Drive is approximately 105-mile road long with several entry points.  It has 75 overlooks, places to lodge and dine along the way.  It takes about 3 hours to drive the route at 35 mph.  It’s most popular in the fall with the colorful foliage, but it’s just a beautiful in the warmer months too.  There’s plenty of wildlife, hiking trails and waterfalls.
  3. Luray Caverns  –  Discovered erroneously in search of cave, the caverns were discovered in 1878.  The guided tour of the Luray Caverns are the most popular caverns in Eastern America. You will also find a replica of a frontier home and Car and Carriage Caravan Museum.  Feeling adventurous, enter the garden maze and attempt to find your way out.  In your in need of a few adult beverages, check out the wine tasting.  There’s also a café to satisfy your hunger.
  4. Shenandoah Caverns  – The caverns are around 56 degrees year round.  The guided tour takes about an hour through 17 rooms.  The Breakfast Bacon has been featured in National Geographic magazine.  Long View Hall and Grotto of the Gods as well as formations like Capitol Dome, Diamond Cascade, and Rainbow Lake.  The Yellow Barn,  American Celebration on Parade, and Main Street of Yesteryear provide great family photo opportunities.
  5. Arlington Cemetery – Visit the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.  You will find John F. Kennedy and Jackie Kennedy Onassis gravesites as well as the Changing of the Guard.
  6. Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens –  Next, the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden was voted as one of the Top 10 Botanical Gardens in the country.  It offers 50 acres of gardens, dining and shopping.  It has more than a dozen themed gardens, which include a Children’s Garden, Rose Garden, Flagler Garden and the Kroger Kitchen Community Garden.
  7. Great Dismal Swamp – The Great Dismal Swamp is managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.  It inhibits 112,000 acres.  The area is occupied by bobcats, bears, white tail deer, an array of fish, turtles, lizards and more.
  8. Victory Rover Cruises – Last, be sure to add Victory Rover Cruises to your list of things to do in Virginia.  It offers a 2 hour narrated cruise by the captain.  The Norfolk Naval Station  is the largest Naval Base in the world.  You will see Destroyers, Aircraft Carriers, Submarines, Cruisers, Yachts and more.  Additionally, lunch boxes may be available.  

Finally, I hope that you liked my list of things to do in Virginia. Pick a few items and enjoy the day with your family and friends.  Additionally, you may also like 9 Budget Friendly Activities in Virginia Beach.

24 Things To Do In Washington, DC

 

things to do in washington, dc

Washington, DC is the nation’s capital.  It’s the perfect place to spend a week or even a few days.  It’s family friendly, and has 100’s of attractions.  You will find historical sites, restaurants and sports events.  Check out my list of things to do in Washington, DC.:

  1. The Smithsonian – First, you can spend days at the Smithsonian.  It’s the world’s largest museum.  Includes 19 museums, galleries, gardens, and the National Zoo.  You can check out the Air and Space Museum, African American Museum, National History and more.
  2. Holocaust Museum – During The Holocaust, 6 million Jews were persecuted and murdered by the Nazi regime. Also, Gypsies, the handicapped, homosexuals, and Jehovah’s Witness were targeted.
  3. Madame Tussauds – Second, be sure to grab a photo opp with wax figures of past Presidents.  Furthermore, there’s First Ladies, sports figures, historical icons and more.  Purchase tickets on-line.
  4. National Harbor – It’s a great place for family fun.  Hop on the Capital Wheel.  You will have a great view of the National Cathedral, Washington Monument, and the Masonic Temple.  You can also shop at the local Farmer’s Market.  Be sure to pack a few chairs for a free movie night.
  5. Arlington Cemetery – Visit the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.  You will find John F. Kennedy and Jackie Kennedy Onassis gravesites as well as the Changing of the Guard.
  6. Lincoln Memorial – April 14, 1865, Abraham Lincoln was assassinated.  In March 1867, Congress approved the Lincoln Monument Association.  It’s goal would be to build a memorial to the slain 16th President. The Lincoln Memorial is also the place of Martin Luther King’s iconic I Have a Dream Speech.
  7. The Capitol – The US Capitol sits on approximately 274 acres.  The Statute of Freedom sits on top of the Capitol.  The U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate work in the Capitol.  It also houses The National Statuary Hall, which contains 100 statues. Each state has contributed 2 statutes.   Click here to book a tour.
  8. Washington Monument –  So, the Washington Monument stands at 555 feet tall.  Unfortunately, it is closed and will not reopen until 2019.  However, you can still roam the grounds for photo opportunities.
  9. Mount Vernon – Check out the plantation and 21 room mansion of George Washington.  It’s sits on the banks of the Potomac River.   The grounds include 500 acres and Washington’s family tomb.
  10. MLK Memorial – The memorial is covered with famous quotes by Martin Luther King.
  11. Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception – Largest Catholic Church in America.
  12. National Cathedral – The National Cathedral is the length of two football fields.  Therefore, allow plenty of time to during your visit.
  13. International Spy Museum – No visitor can spend time in Washington, DC ad not add the International Spy Museum to the their list of things to do in Washington, DC. Visitors can interact during their visit.  After all, there’s a little spy in all of us.  Furthermore, you can break codes after you take on a cover.  Afterwards, identify disguised spies or become the subject of covert surveillance.
  14. White House – Add the White House to you list of things to do in Washington, DC.  Schedule your tour through your Congressional  representative’s office. Request tours up to 6 months in advance.  Schedule it at least a month before the requested tour date.
  15. Ford’s Theatre –  Site of President Abraham Lincoln’s assassination by John Wilkes Booth.
  16. St. John’s Episcopal Church – Located in Lafayette Square across from the White House.  Every US President has attended St. John’s at least once.
  17. Bureau of Printing and Engraving –  It’s true money doesn’t grow on tree, but you can watch it being printed.  Did you know the life span of a $1 dollar bill is almost 6 years.  But the life span of a $100 dollar bill is almost 15 years.  Tours are not available on week-ends.
  18. National Mall – Next, check out the 200-year-old American elm trees.  You will also find the National Archives, National Gallery of Art and U.S. Botanic Gardens along the National Mall.
  19. Pierce Mill – Pierce Mill is the only 19th century gristmill operated by the National Park Service.  It originally operated from 1829-1897.
  20. Capitol Riverfront – Additionally, the Capitol Riverfront is located on the Anacostia River.  It is home to MLB’s Washington Nationals and Yards Park.  Yards Park provides water fun for kids.
  21. Chinatown – There are approximately 20 Chinese and Asian restaurants in Chinatown. Most are owned by Asian American families. Also, Madame Tussauds and the International Spy Museum are nearby.
  22. Embassy Roll – Massachusetts Avenue, NW, is home to more than 170 foreign embassies.  So, take a stroll down Embassy Roll.  It’s a great history lesson.
  23. Petersen House – Last, Abraham Lincoln was moved from Ford’s Theatre to the Petersen House.  He died, April 15, 1865.
  24. Frederick Douglas Home – Also, visit the last home that Frederick Douglas lived in before his death.

Finally, I hope that you liked my list of things to do in Washington, DC.  Pick a few items and enjoy the day with your family and friends.  Additionally, you may also like 9 Budget Friendly Activities in Virginia Beach.

 

 

 

 

 

Fun Things To Do In Central Park

 

 

Central Park is an 843-acre NYC gem offering an oasis of nature’s delights in the midst of a chaotic urban sprawl. Fortunately, this large patch of green provides visitors respite amid woodlands, meadows, lakes, wildlife and monuments.  With 21 playgrounds, rolling hills and tranquil spaces co-existing together, a day in this park promises to be unforgettable.  As a result, the whole family can enjoy a broad range of fun activities.

Here is a list of fun things to do in Central Park:

Bird Watching

First, explore 37-acres of winding trails, streams, rocks and hills known as the Ramble.  It’s a densely wooded, world-famous birding spot that covers from 72nd St. to 79th St.  Furthermore, Central Park is a well known migratory route and one of the best birding spots in the U.S.  It attracts birders from all over the world.  Some 250 species can be spotted here in any year.  Simply incredible.

 People Watch in Sheep Meadow

Second, Sheep Meadow is perhaps one of the best people-watching spots in Manhattan. This 15-acre field of lush green grass north of 65th St. along the southern edge of the park.  We suggest that you grab a blanket and some snacks.  Furthermore we suggest that you mingle with the ocean of sunbathers, picnickers, and kite-fliers for a relaxing fun-filled day.  In addition to the fun around you, you may hear a performer strumming a guitar or join in a friendly game of Frisbee.

Ice Skating at Wollman Rink

If you happen to be in NYC during winter, this summertime amusement park morphs into an icy playground.  And  ice skaters of all ages and skill levels join for arctic fun.  Another thing you can do is catch an exciting game of hockey,  or indulge in some night skating, with a romantic backdrop of NYC skyscrapers.

Bike through scenic landscape

Next, Central Park bike tours are perhaps the most leisurely way to explore this iconic green oasis. Take a guided bike tour, ride beneath a canopy of trees and appreciate nature at its finest.  Stop at famous locations and points of interest, grab hundreds of fantastic photo ops, and learn fun facts from your guide while pedaling through the park.

Stroll through the Conservatory Garden

Take in the beauty while strolling the through this six-acre paradise, the Conservatory Garden.  You can find spectacular annual displays of seasonal flowers.  Enter the park at 5th Ave between 104th and 105th Streets.  You will be entranced by water fountains and famous sculptures.  Not only it will entrance you, it will be bursting with colors you’ll want to capture in print.

Catch and release fish in the Harlem Meer and The Discovery Center

Enjoy this favorite free community pastime at the Harlem Meer.  Borrow a fishing rod and eco-friendly bait from the Charles A. Dana Discovery Center, and let the fun begin.  You will find a flourishing pond with a variety of fish like carp, largemouth bass, and bluegill sunfish.  Additionally, you will find turtles, waterfowl, and birds.  Once you’re done just return your rods.  Be sure to learn about the many seasonal exhibits, musical performances, holiday celebrations and free education at the Discovery Center.

Go for a hike in the North Woods

Did you know that nearly one million visitors a year hike through these 40-acre woodlands?  The setting will make you feel like you’re in the Adirondacks.  In addition to the woodlands, you can enjoy the serenity of The Pool.  It is lined with cypress, weeping willows, and red maples, an idyllic setting for photographs.  This popular destination is the perfect place for spotting wildlife by streams.  Furthermore, you may find wildlife feasting on one of three cascades along rustic trails that will inspire and calm your senses.

Also, you may also like New York City Travel and Sites From Your Favorite TV Shows.  Without doubt, New York City should be on everyone’s list of place.  Oh yes, be sure to have fun!We need to conclude this post, but we hope you found our Things to Do in Central Park tips helpful.

About the author:  Kabir Khan is a contributor for travel and sight seeing in New York City.  Be sure to check out Central Park Bike Rental .  Great way to get exercise and to check out Central Park.

 

New York City Travel and Sites From Your Favorite TV Shows

 

New York City Travel

 

New York City has been the backdrop for many popular TV shows and movies.  In fact, you may have grown-up watching some shows featuring NYC sites and locations.  So, when in the Big Apple be sure to visit those very places in person and relive those shows all over again!

Here is a list of NYC sites you may have seen in some of your favorite TV shows:

HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER

Five character of the main characters You must have seen how 5 of the main characters of this popular TV show spent so much of their spare time at a bar. And that bar was real. The real NYC pub or bar – MacLaren’s – is at 240 W. 55th Street.  Check out the menu items; some have been renamed after scenes from the show.

GOSSIP GIRL

The popular TV series “Gossip Girl” used many real-life NYC sites, which you can visit to feel the magic once again. Do you recall how the characters in the series, including Serena, Blair and friends had lunch on the steps of the iconic Metropolitan Museum of Art?  To see where Serena lived with her family, visit the Palace Hotel.  And to see Chuck Bass’ home, you can visit the Empire Hotel.

Cafe Grumpy’s

Remember Café Grumpy’s from the hit HBO show, Girls? This coffee spot is for real with locations throughout NYC.  The locations include Greenpoint, Chelsea and the Lower East Side.  You can see people hang out, read and get their morning cup of caffeine at this popular coffee shop in the city.

Mad Men

Numerous TV shows have been shot at the Oyster Bar.  The Oyster Bar seafood restaurant has been located on the lower level of the Grand Central Terminal since 1931.  It has been quite popular among locals as well as visitors. If you were a fan of the TV series, “Mad Men”, you must have seen how Don Draper sabotaged his boss at the bar.

Sex and the City

When the Magnolia Bakery made its way in the TV series, Sex and the City, its popularity has reached a new level. The bakery in Greenwich Village still sells delicious cupcakes for visitors. Did you notice how Carrie and Miranda spend a lot of time here sitting and chatting about many things?

Seinfeld

In the popular sitcom, “Seinfeld,” you must have seen Monk’s Café which served as a hangout spot for Elaine, Jerry, Kramer and George. The café was actually fictional using the real exterior of Tom’s Restaurant in the Upper West Side.  Locals have favored this restaurant since 1940.  Visit and recreate the magic of this popular TV show all over again.

We hope you enjoy our New York City travel tips.  Finally, use the hop-on hop-off New York  for sight seeing and tours.

Stress Free Tropical Family Vacations

 

tropical family vacations

 

Going on vacation when you have kids can be difficult. There’s so much to think about.  For example, what to do with your time and how to keep everybody happy and safe.  It can be done, and we’re going to give you a few tropical family getaways.

Borneo Family Tour

 

tropical family vacations

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Borneo is one of the world’s largest islands and one of the most interesting. There’s a huge range of activities and landscapes to enjoy in this tropical paradise. Perhaps the most enchanting for both parents and kids is the island’s orangutans. The best place to find orangutans is at the Sepilok Sanctuary.  The apes are kept on display.  However, if you head out on a bush tour, there’s a small chance you’ll see these enchanting creatures in the wild.

Borneo is home to many different tribal groups too. You can visit these groups while staying in one of the island’s traditional long houses. The rainforest here hosts many interesting creatures, including pygmy elephants and wild gibbons.  Borneo is open to visitors all year, but the best time to take a visit is between March and October.

 

The Texas Coast

 

Galveston Texas vacation

Wikipedia

If you’re looking for something a little closer to home consider the Texas coast, around Galveston.  Every summer, thousands of families descend on the area looking for warm waters and tropical skies. The main attraction on the Texas Gulf Coast is Galveston island. As this guide to Galveston Island points out, there’s plenty for families to do here. You can take a trip on the Port Bolivar Ferry where there’s a chance of seeing dolphins and do other sightseeing. You can also see some of the island’s many tree sculptures. If you’re into your history, your can pay a visit to the 1877 Tall Ship Elissa, preserved as a monument to the region’s maritime history.

 

Burma

 

tropic vacations

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Burma has been through political strife over the last few decades.  Recently they have begun to open its doors to the outside world.  As a result, you might not think that it’s an ideal location to take children.  Burma needs to attract tourists if it is to become a wealthy country.

Right now, there’s a wealth of activities being offered that children will love. How about spending some time in the Burmese jungle learning to ride an elephant?  Or sailing to Inle Lake on your very own long tail boat?

There’s plenty of opportunities for children to get involved with the local culture. There are tours, for instance, where you can learn about the lives of traditional fishermen. You can also spend a night in a local village, living as the locals do and experiencing their culture first hand.

The Burmese people are very welcoming and have a very positive attitude to Westerners. More often than not, they learn as much from you as you do from them. When it comes to children, nothing is too much trouble.

An England Family Vacation Is Worth The Flight

 

england family vacation tips

 

Getting to England with kids isn’t easy. It’s a pretty long flight, but if you want to see what the rest of the world raves about, it’s worth the trip. England is the home of the British Royal family, cute accents, and incredible landscapes. Most importantly, fun things to do with your children is limitless. If you want to take a vacation overseas, England is a great option for family fun.

Lots of people are curious about England. It’s a tiny country that packs a big punch when it comes to tourist attractions. The word ‘quaint’ is used a lot to describe English villages, houses, and local activities. After all, there are some pretty weird, wonderful, and whacky things that the English like to do! Rolling big cheeses down hills, Morris Dancing, and welly wanging. Those are just some of the village delights you might come across up and down the country.

English Yorkshire Pudding and Sunday Roast

Traditional English Sunday Roast With Yorkshire Pudding

 

When it comes to food, you may also find some little gems and weird dishes. Most towns and villages have their own local delicacy. This might include cakes, biscuits, or cheeses. Seaside towns might offer jellied eels and liquor pie. What about a beef stottie? And the Cornish pasty will definitely delight your entire family. Common favorites include the traditional English Breakfast and the Yorkshire pudding roast dinner.

American theme parks may be huge, but the British are definitely catching up. There are several to choose from all over England. Your kids will probably find their favorite TV characters at the themed parks. English favorites like Thomas the Tank Engine and Peppa Pig have their own parks!  You can buy your attraction tickets online in advance or at the entrance kiosk. Many parks have special events at certain times of the year. It’s worth doing your research to find out what they’re offering. Some include large wildlife parks. Additionally, those that are by the beach offer extra value when you’re out for the day.

However, if it’s the beach that brings you to England, you’ll not be disappointed. Some are world-renowned for the surf. Cornwall, in particular, brings professional surfers to the UK. There are plenty of surf schools and courses to choose from around the coast of England too. English kids like to bring a bucket and spade to the sand. Then they make elaborate sand castles with sea water moats. You can find sand sculptures at some of the popular tourist promenades.  If you’re feeling particularly relaxed, you can enjoy letting your kids bury you neck deep in the sand too.

England Tourist Attraction

 

Scotland and Wales might boast some of the most characterful castles. But England certainly has some remarkable ruins and inhabited castles for tourists to visit. Some have been turned into hotels. Others are free to visit and roam around the old ruins. Many have activities to help engage your kids in the history of the place. They can even experience what life was like hundreds of years ago. As well as castles, you can find estates, manors, abbeys, cathedrals, palaces and country houses that are all open to the public.

Other activities in London that you may want to consider is the world-renowned museums and art galleries. You can visit Buckingham Palace and the Houses of Parliament at Westminster. This is also the home of Big Ben. St. Paul’s Cathedral is a remarkable building. Its design is particularly interesting for those who have a passion for acoustics. Children will love the Whispering Gallery.

British theater is also lots of fun for an afternoon out with the kids. You can find plenty of shows in the West End. If you visit England in the winter, you can experience the delights of the British Pantomime. These productions are very funny and will leave your kids squealing with delight. Well-known celebrities and TV stars often perform, so you might even recognize a few familiar faces.  Some performers engage the audience with a little audience participation. Adults love them just as much as the kids, and the humor will definitely appeal to all.

Making the trip to the UK may feel like a huge undertaking, but the pleasures of an English vacation will make up for it. There are so many great attractions. There are interesting things to see and do that will suit the entire family no matter what their ages or interests.  The lack of language barriers definitely helps if your kids like to explore on their own. If you’re looking for something a little extra special,  start planning your next year’s vacation to England.

5 Places To Travel for the Best Wildlife Experience

 

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As the English writer Samuel Johnson said, “The use of traveling is to regulate imagination by reality, and instead of thinking how things may be, to see them as they are.” So if you’ve always imagined how it looks like when a huge whale breaches the ocean’s surface or a lion hunts its prey, there’s no reason not to go and see it in person. Luckily, today there are many wildlife holidays you can opt for. And if a true wildlife experience is what you’re seeking, these five destinations might just be perfect for you.

Gansbaai (South Africa)

There’s hardly anything more extreme than diving into the shark-infested waters of South Africa. Gansbaai is a small fishing village in South Africa, famous for shark cage diving. Since the waters in this part of South Africa are full of sharks, tourists have a chance to get into a cage and see these marvelous creatures in person. The cages in which you go under the water are 100% shark-proof and there’s nothing to be afraid of.  Not to mention that this thrilling experience is something that’ll inspire you for a lifetime. The best time to visit Gansbaai is May to October since that’s when the success rate of shark sighting is highest and surpasses 95%.

Quebec (Canada)

Quebec is a city that sits on the St Lawrence River and it’s just a couple of hours away from the gulf of St Lawrence.  During certain times of the year, you can spot up to 13 different whale species  This includes humpback, blue, fin and killer whales among them. The best time to visit Quebec and go on a whale-watching trip is between mid-May and mid-October. There are many whale-watching operators that can take you to this beautiful place. There’s nothing to be afraid of as there are strict rules and ships aren’t allowed to get too close to the whales. So, place Quebec on your list as best places for wildlife. 

Corcovado (Costa Rica)

The national park of Corcovado is surely one of the most intense biological places on the planet. Cloud forests, old-growth wet forests, wild beaches and mangrove swamps you can come across in this national park are absolutely magnificent. Not only this, but Corcovado is full of tropical wildlife.  Tapirs, red macaws, quetzals and many different types of monkeys are just some of the animals you can spot in this amazing place. If you’re lucky, you might even get a chance to see a mountain lion or jaguar hunting for turtles on the beach. Since this is one of the wettest places on earth, make sure you visit it during the dry season (January to March).

Serengeti (Tanzania)

The great migration is one of the most dramatic scenes of African wildlife.  During the migration, more than 1.5 million wildebeests and 200,000 zebras set off on their 1,200-mile odyssey. What makes the great migration so special is that all of these animals are hunted by predators during their journey. Wildebeests and zebras follow the rain, which means you’ll have to plan your travels accordingly. The best time to visit Tanzania is  February or March.  This the time when animals congregate in Serengeti. By June and July, animals get to Masai Mara (Kenya) and that’s where you can witness magnificent Grumeti River crossings.

Yellowstone (USA)

The Lamar Valley of Yellowstone National Park is listed as one of the best places for wildlife.  This place is famous for being a home to “big five” animals in the USA. The famous “big five” consists of the grizzly, bison, elk, wolf and cougar.  If you visit Yellowstone, chances are you’ll get to see all of them. If you get up early in the morning, you might even spot a bear or wolf looking for a pray.  Spotting a cougar may be more difficult but it’s possible if you’re persistent enough. If you want to record these incredible creatures by night, make sure you check out trail cameras before you visit Yellowstone.

All of these five places guarantee you a great time you’ll never be able to forget. So there’s no reason why you shouldn’t book your flight today.  Be a witness to some of the best places for wildlife experiences on earth.

Have you be on a wild life vacation before?  If so, where were you a what did you see.  If not, what spot would you like to visit.   You may also like 4 Top Family Activities in Bali.

Author  – Diana Smith is a full time mom of two beautiful girls simply in love with interior design and DIY projects. In her free time she enjoys exercising and preparing healthy meals for her family.

 

4 Top Family Activities in Bali

 

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Bringing kids along on an exotic vacation can be challenging.  Luckily, Bali isn’t just an exotic island.  I knew that it was the best choice for our first international family vacation because of its high standards for safety and adventure. My 14-year old soccer-loving son (Aaron) and his 11-year-old sister (Olivia) would agree, there are plenty of family-friendly activities in Bali. Fun is pretty much guaranteed if you try out some of the following:

Elephant Riding
First, Bali’s main asset lies in the island’s picturesque natural landscape. Gorgeous beaches are a plus too. We decided exploring nature by visiting one of the island’s top elephant safari parks. My kids love animals, so it wasn’t that hard of a choice.  We headed to a nearby rainforest where we took our sweet time admiring the endangered Sumatran elephants. The massive exhibit of a mammoth skeleton in the park’s museum is breathtaking. To top it all off, we had a tasty dinner at the nearby lakeside restaurant. Afterward, we returned home with several bags of souvenirs.

White Water Rafting

Next, White Water Rafting is a fun activity for the entire family.  However, I don’t recommend it for the squeamish. Olivia decided to stay on the sidelines on our first go-around. She relented after seeing Aaron having so much fun.  Consult experts before booking a ride, not every place is suited for children.   Kids 9 years old and above will love The Telaga Waja River. The Ayung River is slightly easier and is suitable for children as young as 5.

Waterparks

Bali has perfect spots for water fun.  Therefore, one of the most popular is Waterbom.  It’s a paradise of water slides that made me feel like a kid again.  Aaron and Oliva were screaming their heads off with joy the entire time.  Their water slides that made me feel like a kid again too.
I recommend paying a visit to Splash Waterpark if you have small children. It is smaller, which allows you to keep an eye on your kids across the whole park.  It also makes the children safer in the water park and the experience less dangerous.  Come fully equipped with swimsuits in tow.
Treetop adventures
So, after splashing around for some time we felt the need to cap off our vacation with a bang. We knew that Aaron was into sports and that Olivia would likely want to follow her brother’s lead.  As a result, we headed to Treetop Adventure Park.  It was filled with all sorts of circuits and courses, and old fashioned tree-climbing.  It was just what the kids needed.  Furthermore, your little ones will want to explore at length leaving you and your weary bones in the dust.  Also, the zip line we boarded at the end of our trips still makes my head spin.
Last, the island is remarkably kid-friendly.  My children were welcome in most places with open arms. Bali will always be at the top of my list for family vacation spots.  Finally, I encourage anyone to try it out and see for themselves what all the fuss about.

 

Image-Heather-GreenHeather is a accounting professional turned SAHM of two and a Midwest housewife.  Heather was born in England, but met the love of her life in Italy while studying abroad. In her free time she enjoys gardening, jeopardy, and planning family gatherings and vacations.