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Author: Kirsty Russell

Family Travel A to Z: Souvenir Shopping

It’s impossible to travel anywhere without the lure of the souvenir. It seems to be an innate human trait that we are driven to buy useless items to prove that we have been to a particular destination. You may not be into stubby holders normally, but a strange desire will see you purchase a stubby holder from each port you visited to proudly proclaim you have indeed been to the Caribbean (that may or may not have happened to us during #ourUSAadventure…) It is a universal truth that holidays and shopping go hand in hand. And there is nothing...

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Family Travel A to Z: Reflection

Blame it on my former life as a public servant, but I’ve always been a big believer in reflecting and reviewing everything you do. Looking back over events can help shape how you respond to them in the future and can make the world of difference when it comes to planning your next event – such as your next family holiday. Daily reflection by writing in a journal, updating your status online or sharing a moment on a travel blog helps keep those memories alive and becomes an important way to remember and celebrate your trip. Having a quick...

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Family Travel A to Z: Quiet Time

Holidays can be amazingly exciting. Lots of things to see, so much to do and, of course, new experiences to savour. But, holidays do not need to be all go-go-go. For many families, particularly those with young children, quiet time is a must to avoid overwhelm, over-tiredness and full-on meltdowns. At home it’s easy enough to put the kids down for an afternoon nap or provide them with some quiet activities to give them the opportunity to get the rest and down-time they so desperately need. However, away from home, confined to a smaller space and lacking some of...

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Family Travel A to Z: Planning Your Holiday

You’ll either absolutely love the process of planning your journey or intensely dislike it. I love the process of planning, up until I get to the point where I am completely overwhelmed by choice and options and decisions. At that point, I just want to walk away. But you really can’t do that! If you want to ensure the best possible holiday with your family, you need to take the time AND make the effort to undertake proper planning and preparation. The easy way is to walk into a travel agent and get them to put together your dream...

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Family Travel A to Z: Overseas Travel

Many of the suggestions in this series have been relevant whether you plan to travel domestically or internationally with your family. But, I wanted to concentrate solely on travelling overseas today as there are some unique challenges that face any family contemplating a holiday beyond their own borders. It can be daunting even considering taking your kids overseas. There’s the expense of the travel itself and getting passports. You have potential language and cultural barriers to overcome. There could also be issues with food and dietary requirements and then there’s the time difference factor. However, overseas travel is well...

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