Top 5 Cities to Take Your Children for Vacation

Deciding where to take your family on vacation can be an intimidating task. If you have young kids, you definitely want to make sure you take them to some wonderful places to continue building unforgettable childhood memories.

However, sometimes it can be difficult to know which places are the best cities to bring kids on vacation! To help you in your decision-making process, we’ve made a list of our top five cities to take your children for a vacation.

So, without further ado, here are our picks:

5. New York City

This may not seem like the first place you’d think to take your kids, but a trip to New York City can be truly life-changing for children. There is so much to do in this city that it will be difficult for you to see all you want to even with a few days all to yourself! In particular, your kids will surely enjoy the spectacle that is Times Square—take them to the M&M’S store, the Hershey Store, and even bring the whole family to a Broadway musical for a great evening activity! You’ll even be able to insert some educational moments by bringing your kids to the many historic spots in NYC!

4. The Village by the Sea

If you have a kid who is incredibly enthusiastic about Legos, you’ll love taking them to Carlsbad, California. This is the famous city that is host to Legoland California, something that is surely the world’s best Legoland park of its kind. You’ll also have plenty of opportunities to relax at the beach due to Carlsbad’s beautiful scenery. Those staying in Carlsbad can also consider taking a day trip north to Los Angeles or south to San Diego; both major cities are roughly the same distance away.

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Tips To Consider When Visiting China

Are you considering visiting China? Well, you should and it’s a great thing to do and an experience to have. Here are some top tips to do so.

 

  1. Eat Well

Outside of China’s borders, impressions of their food are often defined by the balanced, sweet flavors of Cantonese food. While dim sum and most Cantonese dishes are delightful, there are so many regional cuisines to be discovered like the sour funkiness and freshness of food from Yunnan and Guizhou and the fiery spice of Hunan and Sichuan cuisine.

 

And don’t forget the light, refined seafood, and dumplings from Shanghai and Hangzhou, and Xinjiang’s hand-pulled noodles and hearty quasi Turkish kebabs. While you could travel around to try some of these dishes, the great thing is that major Chinese cities host restaurants that offer cuisine from different parts of the country.

 

  1. Go online

 

Google Maps, Youtube, Facebook and a majority of Western email providers won’t be easy to access in China, so you might want to down a VPN or Virtual Private Network to help you get past China’s “Great Firewall.”

 

However, in China, you can still find some handy apps like WeChat, which can be considered to a Chinese WhatsApp but is, in reality, a combination of the app, Paypal, Facebook, a food delivery platform and so much more. Some of its features are hard to navigate even with limited Chinese; however, you will still need the app to make new friends and follow restaurants, museums, magazines and other establishments on the app to stay updated about exclusive deals and events. So, experience China by booking flights and getting your passport and visa ready to go – you can order here.

 

  1. Learn Some Chinese

 

While Chinese languages can be intimidating, attempting to learn some Mandarin, which is the most widely spoken language in China, will be useful. If you are in China for a short stay, consider signing up for a short language course to learn the basics of the language.
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Digital Nomad Lifestyle: What to have in your Survival Kit?

When we hear the term digital nomad, the first thing that comes to mind is freedom, fun, and quick money! We believe it’s an easygoing lifestyle, working from the beaches of Bali today and traveling to Bangkok tomorrow. But to successfully live the digital nomad lifestyle, it takes a great amount of commitment, discipline, and most importantly, a resourceful set of tools to keep work flowing regularly.

Being productive with exotic beaches or historical landmarks nearby isn’t easy but technology has made remote work possible and so with some restraint from your side, you would be able to lead this lifestyle the best way possible.

What to have in your Survival Kit?   

This lifestyle isn’t all fun and games, in order to keep it in effect, you need to get work done and be productive so I put together a survival kit with all the essential tools you’ll need to happily live as a digital nomad and get work done.

Your Basic Tools:  

  • Your laptop/ tablet: This is the number one item you should never travel without. Whichever device you choose, all your work and tasks will get done through it so having a good operating laptop with you is key to this lifestyle.

 

  • Laptop Accessories:  These are the small items but necessities that come with your laptop like your portable mouse, touchpad, USB, or anything else that you might need while working in a café or workspace.

 

  • Chargers: The worst thing that could happen is having your phone battery or laptop battery die and forgetting your charger at home or losing it altogether. This will not only slow your progress but can possibly ruin your whole day. Keeping your charges nearby is very important, in fact, look into buying a portable charger for your phone so it’ll always be fully charged.

 

  • Internet Connection: It’s no surprise that having internet is the main core behind all your tools and apps working and since you are, after all, a “digital nomad” all your work is online so no internet can definitely be a problem.
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What are the cheapest international holiday destinations from NZ

Beijing, China

Hall of Prayer by Fong Chen

Flights: From $720 each

Accommodation: $837 for seven nights for two people

Average meal cost for two: NZ$34

 

China is not the easiest country to travel in. There is a language barrier, the lack of Facebook and Google maps and a big cultural difference. Even the traffic alone can give the average Kiwi nightmares! But it’s an incredible place to visit. Visit the Great Wall, The Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square, The Summer Palace and explore the Hutongs in the city.

 

Eat classic Peking Duck, pancakes stuffed with crispy skin duck, spring onion and sweet tangy sauce. Or try a breakfast pancake ‘jianbing’, a wheat pancake filled with pickles, crispy fried crackers, herbs, spring onions and topped with hoisin or chilli sauce. Grab cheap noodles or dumplings street-side for a few dollars- eating cheaply is easy here.

Manila, Philippines

Manilla Bay

Flights: From $800 each

Accommodation: $397 for seven nights for two people

Average meal cost for two: NZ$24

 

Fly to Manila and then take a cheap internal flight to Palawan. From there, you can tour the Underground River, swim under Estrella Falls, scuba dive in El Nido or just spend time snorkelling and exploring the spectacular beaches. The food here is amazing and the hospitality and friendliness of the Filipino people second to none.

Hanoi, Vietnam

Hanoi at night by Greg Hayter

Flights: From $853 each

Accommodation: $411 for seven nights for two people

Average meal cost for two: NZ$28

Hanoi is an incredible city that would take easily a week to explore. It’s got history thousands of years old – the old quarter is a warren of wire-draped lanes lined with shops selling everything from sequins to welding.

The food in Vietnam is amazing, starting the day with a bowl of steaming Bo Pho, fragrant with herbs. Then fresh spring rolls or hand cut noodles for lunch, and then try a bunch of snacks for dinner. The local street-corner ‘bia hoi’ (pub) offer delicious draught beer for next to nothing, and platefuls of snacks. Point at what others are eating- fresh tofu stuffed with herbs and served with nuoc cham dipping sauce. Crispy sticky pork ribs. Make-your-own spring rolls. It’s all very, very good. The Vietnamese are incredibly friendly and love children- take your family and the kids will be spoiled and treated with much love.
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How to Make Your Trip to Australia a Real Adventure

Australia is big, beautiful, exciting and the perfect place for a real dose of adventure. With 10,685 beaches and 10 deserts, the land down under is the perfect destination for all sorts of fun and adventurous outdoor activities. The main difficulty is narrowing down your list of things to do, because when it comes to Australia, there’s no shortage of activities in which to partake for both visitors and those coming to start a new life.

Its rugged coastlines, laid-back people and striking flora and fauna all serve to make this fascinating country so appealing. In Australia, you can skydive, swim with sharks and scuba dive some of the most stunning reefs in the world. The weather is also very encouraging for outdoor activities, with plenty to do for adults and children alike.

Skydive at Mission Beach

Looking for a perfect adventure? What better way to get your adrenaline pumping than to skydive above the beautiful sea around Mission Beach? This is arguably one of the most daring and memorable things you can do in Australia. Picture being strapped to the back of a professional skydive instructor and taking photos from the GoPro in midair. The excitement is indescribable, even after the second and third times. Are you considering making an Ausmove? If so, this should be near the top of your budget list of things to do within the first three months of your arrival.

Camping

Camping is the ideal family outdoor activity; as this obviously isn’t as strenuous as skydiving, it can be enjoyed by people of all ages and still offers a significant sense of adventure. Furthermore, camping in Australia offers a unique dimension when compared to elsewhere. For instance, camping on Cockatoo Island around Sydney Harbour allows you to hike and check out the remains of the convict’s cells from way back when.

Kayak Katherine Gorge

While some people might describe watching sunset over dinner as an adventurous activity, Katherine Gorge allows you to do much more in a single outdoor trip. Kayaking or taking a canoe trip is a sure way to experience the true beauty of the Gorge. You can hire kayaks and canoes for a couple of hours or even a full day whilst exploring the entire gorge. In fact, you can rent for up to two days if you wish; this will allow you to watch both sunset and sunrise, whilst enjoying the tranquility from your kayak.
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4 Boating Tips For A Fun Family Water Adventure

Memories are created as children get older so spending quality time with them is one of the most important things that any parent can do. Spending time with the kiddos also helps you nurture a deeper relationship with them. But what summer fun family activities will get the whole family excited? Enter boating!

Boating with your family is an excellent way to create those forever memories. Kids that get out on the water will not only connect them with nature, but connect with everyone in the family as well.

To ensure your next family boating adventure is a memorable, safe success, we compiled a list of boating tips just for you and your family.

  1. Safety Is Your Number One Priority

Having the kiddos on the water means having plenty of safety measures in place. The Coast Guard recommends having whistles and bells, a fire extinguisher, and personal flotation devices aboard when boating.

When it comes to kids, it’s ideal to have life jackets that actually fit and appropriate for the person, or child, wearing them. Here’s a pro parent tip: Have life jackets that are comfortable or cool. If your kiddo has an uncomfortable lifejacket, he or she may want to take it off.

You can never be too careful when your kids are aboard, so make safety a priority. You can also have extra floatation devices, life jackets, and a complete first aid kit at the ready.

  1. Have An Exciting Schedule Of Boating Activities

To prevent your kids from getting bored while boating, plan activities that are fun. This will keep the kiddos engaged during the entire day. Here are some suggestions for the fun boating activities:

  •      Fishing gear for adults and kids
  •      Boat slides
  •      Cool flotation devices (think alligator blow up floaty)
  •      Water skiing, wakeboarding, or tubes
  •      Snorkling (depending on location)
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Take a Tour of the Oldest Restaurants in Germany

If you’re like most Americans, one of the best aspects of traveling is coming across sites and establishments that are older than all of the United States. Though Germany itself is only as old as some of the newer states, the country boasts eating establishments that are upwards of 900 years old. If you want to get a literal taste of history, check out these three oldest restaurants in all of Germany. They may be miles apart, but the atmosphere and food is worth investing in a rental car from CarRentals.com and making the drive.

 

Zum Roten Baren

 

Zum Roten Baren is hands-down the oldest restaurant in Germany, dating back to over 700 years ago. If you’re skeptical about the true age of this establishment, just ask the current landlord for a ledger that details precisely who ran the establishment and when over the past seven centuries. There are a total of 50, each with a tenure of 30 years or more. The name “Roten Baren” has remained the same since its inception, as too has much of the décor. However, the street outside has seen a significant change. From within the restaurant, you can see where the road line used to be 800 to 900 years ago, which is 3.6 m beneath the level it’s at today.

 

In addition to delicious and hearty traditional German fare, the restaurant also boasts an extensive wine collection, which is stored in the cellar that was there even before the restaurant. That said, if you’re looking for a fancy restaurant, this is not. If, however, you’re a person who appreciates history and all its quirks, you will love this place.
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5 Tips To Help You Handle The Fear of Flying

If you stressed about flying, welcome to the aerophobia club! There are thousands of people who share their woes with you. However problematic it may be for you, traveling by air is something that you cannot avoid, particularly if you are a business traveler. The right approach is to deal with your fear and find ways to relieve stress so that that you can fly comfortably. Here are a few tips to help you in handling the fear of flying:

Recognize your triggers

The most critical aspect of dealing with aerophobia is to understand the trigger that brings anxiety for you. It may happen due to the fear of heights in some people while others face it because of the fear of enclosed spaces. There are still others who are not comfortable just because they do not fly too often and fear air crashes. A therapist can help you find your trigger and devise a way to deal with it in a positive manner so that the next time you fly, you do it with confidence.

Share your anxiety

Aerophobia is a psychological issue that you should treat like any other disease, by opening up about your fears. Let the flight attendants as well as co-passengers know about your condition rather than hiding it. Who knows, you may find that there are others who share the same fears and this may help you cope up with your fears in a better way. Moreover, the attendants and fellow passengers may even help in distracting you and calming you down during the flight.
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