Useful Tips for Traveling with Kids

family of four on the pier during sunset

It is not unusual to see families with young children in airports traveling together. Some believe that it is good practice to travel with children from a young age, as a way to broaden their minds. This exposes them to new experiences and diverse cultures.

Traveling with children can however be a challenge. It presents certain obstacles; hence, here are some useful tips for traveling with kids.

Before departure
  • When packing, try to limit your luggage to essentials only. If need be, you can shop for other items on arrival. The less you bring, the more prepared you will be to carry one of the children if the need arises.
  • Book direct flights where possible, to avoid layovers.
  • Verify with the airline whether your family has been allocated seats together. As you do so, confirm that a bassinet has been requested if you are travelling with an infant and that meals for the toddlers are confirmed.
  • Reconfirm hotel, transfer, and tour bookings to avoid inconveniences on arrival. Remind the hotel that you will need connecting rooms and a crib if necessary.
  • Run through the itinerary with the older kids to put them at ease, so that they know what to expect.
  • It is a good idea to get to the airport earlier than necessary.
On board the flight

Children get restless on planes; therefore it is important to keep them entertained. Personal tablets and smartphones will keep the kids happy. Remember to download the relevant content such as movies, apps and games in advance. Headphones and backup power for electronic devises are essential.

You will need to pack plenty of diapers for the babies and toddlers as well as changes in clothing and formulae.  Remember to carry a puke bag and a change of clothing for yourself as well.

Carry an emergency kit with basic over the counter medicine to take care of upset tummies, allergies, and other ailments.

When you arrive at the destination

It is important to keep an eye on the children to know where they are at all times. Adults traveling together can take it in turn to watch the kids. As an added precaution, stick a contact card in their pockets with your name and cell phone number so that you can be contacted in the event they get lost.

Infants and toddlers

Babies under the age of 2 are usually content as long as they are dry, fed and their routine is maintained. Toddlers on the other hand need outlets for their boundless energy, hence it is important to schedule playtime accordingly and give them an opportunity to run around.

Older children

Older kids appreciate having a say in the daily program; involve them in decision making. Teenagers may wish to do some exploring on their own. This can be permitted depending on the circumstances and within reason.

Traveling with kids is a challenge, but the rewards are worth it when you watch them adapting effortlessly to new environments and adapting to a new cuisine. You will doubtlessly treasure the quality time that you spend with them.

6 Reasons Why You Should Visit Tasmania

A lot of people know that Tasmanian Devils can be found in Tasmania, and that’s it. Not many people know the munificence of beautiful scenery, lush green wilderness, and breathtaking views that this country has to offer. Located south of the Australia mainland is this isolated island state. Tasmania offers a lot of reasons on why you should visit this gem of an island, here’s just 6 of those reasons.


Only a few people know that the Aurora Borealis or the Northern Lights also has a southern counterpart known as Aurora Australis. This mesmerizing wonder of the universe is a sight to behold, with green, purple, pink and blue spectacle dancing in the night sky. Tasmania is one of the lucky places where this dancing lights are seen.


Popularly known as MONA, is the most eclectic art museum you could ever go to. This privately funded art house is home to a “Poop Machine” that is excreting a turd, a fat red Porsche, a living man called “Tattoo Tim” sitting there all day displaying his body full of tattoos, and a whole lot of quirky and out-of-this world creations from contemporary artists. But blending with the new art galleries are the artifacts and antiquities.


One of the world’s biggest lavender estate is in Tasmania, with a whopping 120 acres of pure French lavender. Timing is of the essence since you would want to visit the place when the flowers are in full bloom. They also offer different lavender products including a lavender ice cream!


This charming little village is amusing because once you step in, you’ll be transported to a place far, far away called, Switzerland. This Swiss-style village had lived up to its name with fancy little shops, a golf course and a lot of little here are and there that is worthy of a snapshot


This alluring beach in Tasmania’s east coast, is as stunning up close as it is in aerial view. With the crescent-shaped white sand beach and clear azure waters, Wineglass Bay is nothing short of perfect. You can trek all the way up to the viewing platform for the famous wineglass shot or just book a scenic flight to gaze at it from above.


Of course, your trip to Tasmania will not be complete if you will not see these world’s largest carnivorous marsupials. The best place to see them would be in Tasmanian Devil Unzoo, where animals are free to roam around without any fences and can get you up-close encounters with other native Tassie animals.

5 Most Beautiful but Active Volcanoes in Asia

There is always some mystery to a volcano on how beautiful it is when it is dormant but can be very deadly when active. Its crater might be on top of its highest peak but it seems to connect us to the boiling center of the earth. Here’s the 5 most beautiful volcanoes to see in Asia.


Dubbed to be the world’s most perfectly shaped volcano, and for majority of tourists and onlookers it is a very convincing site. Its beautiful symmetry is what prompt the locals to call it after a beautiful lady called “Magayon.” But don’t be deceived by its symmetrical beauty because it is considered to be the most active volcano in the Philippines, known to be spewing rocks and ashes whenever it likes to.


Who would not recognize this beautiful and very popular volcano of Japan? It runs quite close to Mount Mayon for its perfect symmetry and its upper half is iconic for being white due to ice building on its slopes during winter. It is said that Mount Fuji is actually composed of 4 stories of mountain formed on top of the other mostly from eruption thousands of years ago, thus the elevation is now up to 3,776 meters the highest in Japan.


This volcano in Indonesia is part of a volcano complex, and has a turquoise lake on its crater. But no matter how mesmerizing the water is nobody is allowed to take a dip or even a tiny splash from it because of its very high sulfuric content. But what makes this volcano really special is its infamous blue flames which can only be seen at night. Locals call it electric blue fire because of how spellbinding the blue flames are. This fascinating phenomenon is caused when the high sulfuric gases from the volcano collide with a temperature of over 600 degrees.


Guishan Island in Taiwan is more famously known to be the Turtle Island because of its uncanny resemblance to a big turtle but what not a lot of people know that this harmless looking island is actually a volcano and the only active volcano in the whole of Taiwan. It is also a frequent place for dolphin and whale sightings.


South of the Caspian Sea looms a snow-covered volcano, Mount Damavand, the second highest peak in all of Asia. It may have not erupted for thousands of years already but it regularly emits fumaroles and sprouts hot springs on its base, a definite signs of volcanic activity.

Things to Do When Visiting Malaysia

Malaysia is a melting pot of different cultures, Malay, Indian, Chinese, European and many more. It is considered to be one of the wealthiest country in Southeast Asia, and with this, Malaysia has a lot to offer tourists that would definitely make you thrilled and excited. Here are just some of the must-do things when you visit the country.


The Petronas Tower is undeniably the most iconic structure in all of Malaysia, and rightfully so because it is the world’s tallest twin towers with ultramodern engineering. The touch of Islamic design is a nod to the Muslim majority in the country. The sky bridge is the main attraction here with magnificent sprawling view of the city.


Acres and acres of tea make up Southeast Asia’s largest tea plantation. This 8000 acres of tea is a refreshing vista to behold. Know more about teas, drink some of it, buy tea souvenirs and products, and enjoy all the natural beauty of the place.


Since Malaysia’s major religion is Islam, it would be no wonder that there are a lot of mosques dotting the country. And the most extravagant and the most marvelous of them all is the Crystal Mosque. The fusion of steel, glass and crystal makes up this grandiose structure and the best time to visit it would be dusk when the mosque illuminated from the inside making it appear surreal.


Malaysia is a multi-ethnic country, so aside from Islam, there are also some minor religions that prosper one of these is Hinduism. Batu Caves is a famous Hindu shrine and its limestone hills and caves has been a tourist attraction for many years. The most challenging feat is the 272 steps going to the top with throngs of people also climbing and going down around you.


The country is also blessed with good beaches and the most famous weekend getaway for tourists and locals alike is the Langkawi Island. Laze around on the beach and enjoy the relaxing view of the Andaman Sea or swim in their azure waters and see diverse marine life. You can also shop all you want here since it has a duty-free status.


Your trip to Malaysia wouldn’t be complete if you don’t taste their staple food, Nasi Kandar or “mixed rice”. This is rice topped with flavor-rich curries and meat or vegetables, and there are just so many flavors that you can get addicted with. So treat your taste buds to this sumptuous Malaysian delicacy.