Kids are a blessing, but travelling with them can be a big challenge if you aren’t prepared. It won’t be long before your kids start the ‘are we there yet’ and ‘I’m bored’ mantras. Kids tend to be distracted and restless easily. They constantly need something new to do – whether you are driving down to your holiday destination, or you are flying, or going on a boat, unless you are equipped with many things to keep your children occupied, it might be a stressful trip.Travelling should be fun for everyone. Besides, nothing teaches you more than travelling does. You learn essential life skills, you learn to appreciate the small things, you learn to be independent and understand different ways of different people. It needs to be a much enjoyed experience for your kids as well. Here are s
Being vegetarian has its own benefits. Talk to your vegetarian/vegan friends and they will give you an endless list of reasons why you should be vegetarian. When it comes to travelling, however, vegetarians definitely suffer in comparison. Unless you are a foodie, travelling to a new place might mean you could hate the food and have to go hungry – one of the reasons why some people find travelling stressful. Most vegetarians end up surviving on soups, fries from Mc Donald’s, ice creams and other beverages especially when they travel to countries which are big meat eaters like a lot of the East Asian countries, USA and Australia. End result – your trip isn’t half as fun as it could have been. If you have chosen to be vegetarian, it most definitely does not mean you need to starve wher
Traveler's Guide Goods Exempted: Wine/spirit/malt/liquor not exceeding 1 liter. Tobacco not exceeding 225 grams (equal to 200 sticks of cigarettes). New wearing apparels up to 3 pieces. 1 pair of new footwear. Portable electrical or battery operated appliances for personal care and hygiene not exceeding 1 unit each. Foods preparations up to total value of not exceeding RM75. All other goods including gifts and souvenirs other than alcoholic beverages, spirits, tyres, tubes, tobacco, cigarettes and motor vehicles, valued not exceeding RM400 ( goods from Langkawi, Pulau Tioman and Labuan, not exceeding RM500). If the travellers bring in excess quantity of goods exempte...
Backpacker and Travel Tips from people who have been there and done it •The little plastic containers that camera film comes in are excellent for storing things. The best use I found for them was salt and pepper holders. • If you’re a drinker, make sure you have your own wine/bottle opener! Sometimes you can get them as key rings. You’ll never find one in a hostel cause they’re constantly stolen. • Always travel with a pack of cards. It’s the best way to make friends and a lifesaver if you’re staying in a hostel with no TV. • A sarong has many uses. It acts as a tablecloth during a picnic. A wrap around if you’ve unfortunately managed to fry your legs to a crunchy crusty crisp in the midday sun. A belt that keeps your trousers up. A blanket to sit on while relaxing on the beach o
You, a bag and the world at your feet. The adventure of a lifetime awaits. No matter where youre trekking off to, these few simple measures will ensure a safe, savvy trip 1. The bag While backpacking is all about thrifty travel, the one thing you shouldnt stinge on is your bag. The key to choosing one thats right for you comes down to comfort usually, unless youre doing heavy lifting, it shouldnt be more than 4500 CUI (cubic inches). Also, buy yours from a reputable maker shoddy workmanship or material will tear only too easily. (Normally I'm using 55 litter Deuter backpack plus 22 liter Deuter for daysack) 2. Packing essentials Every traveler should have these: Flip flops: A must-have for use in those communal showers Pillowcases Extra wallet: Pickpockets are in
Tourist or traveler? The debate rages on. Let me start with an example. The scene: a gift shop at the Jewish Museum in Berlin. It’s almost completely free of tacky souvenirs, and instead full of meaningful books, DVDs and other informative materials about Jewish culture and history, which befit this truly fascinating museum. As I stand near the counter browsing a shelf of novels, an English-speaking tourist runs in. “Excuse me, where’s the book that everybody buys?” she shouts in the general direction of the two shop assistants, who are both serving customers. Being mid-conversation with said polite customers, they don’t respond immediately. “Oh, so you don’t speak English? Where’s someone who speaks English?” says the rushing tourist. One of the transactions has just finished, so a
•The little plastic containers that camera film comes in are excellent for storing things. The best use I found for them was salt and pepper holders. • If you're a drinker, make sure you have your own wine/bottle opener! Sometimes you can get them as key rings. You'll never find one in a hostel cause they're constantly stolen.• Always travel with a pack of cards. It's the best way to make friends and a lifesaver if you're staying in a hostel with no TV.• A sarong has many uses. It acts as a tablecloth during a picnic. A wrap around if you've unfortunately managed to fry your legs to a crunchy crusty crisp in the midday sun. A belt that keeps your trousers up. A blanket to sit on while relaxing on the beach or in the park. Finally, my personal favourite, if you're lucky enough to get a bot
As independent travellers, we like to assume that we're above the workings of Tourist Zones. Look closely, and you'll notice that some of the most colourful indie-traveller hangouts in the world -Panajachel in Guatemala, Dali in China , Dahab in Egypt - have much in common. Granted, these place retain their own geographical and cultural distinction, but each location shares a laid-back predilection for catering to aesthic and recreational needs of Western budget travellers. Thus, keeping in mind that much of our time as travellers involes moving in and out of Trourist Zones, here is my tip sheet to help you make sense of things: *Learn to identify Tourist Zones - There's nothing necessarily wrong with a Tourist Zone, but it helps to know when you're in one, a it will affect how you rel...