The Different Water Sports Available In Byron Bay

When you visit Byron Bay, there is plenty to see and do on your trip, and if you are a water sports lover, you are spoilt for choice with the activities on offer. Whether you are a novice or a beginner, there is something suitable for all abilities. Below are some of the highlights of the water-based activities that are on offer so you can plan your trip to Byron Bay and ensure that you have a fantastic time when you visit.

Watching The Wildlife From A Boat

If you are looking for a fun activity that is a little less energetic, but you still want to be close to the sea, then you can go on a wildlife tour by boat. There is an abundance of animals you can see from your vessel, including whales, sharks, dolphins, turtles, and much more.

Learn To Surf

The great thing about choosing Byron Bay holiday house rentals is that you are likely to get a place close to the beach. You would be a stone’s throw away from one of the surf schools which you can register with to get lessons in surfing. The best time of year to visit for surfing is during the winter months of June and August when the conditions for surfing are best.

Paddle Boarding

Another popular water sport in Byron Bay is paddle boarding, where you stand up on a board like a surfboard, and paddle around. It is an excellent way to explore the coast and river inlets and get close to wildlife. There are a few places that you can hire your paddleboards and get a few tips and instructions if you are a novice user.

Learn To Scuba Dive

There are also plenty of options if you want to go diving, and there are a few schools that can accept beginners, as well as more experienced divers. You will get to explore under the water and see the fantastic array of wildlife that is native to this area of Australia. If you have an underwater camera, you will be able to get some incredible photos of your time under the ocean.

Go Kayaking

Another popular activity for visitors to Byron Bay is sea kayaking, and organised tours are offering this activity, or you can hire your kayak and go off and explore on your own. It is an excellent way to explore the different waterways leading to the sea, as well as the coast and take in the beautiful scenery that is on offer.

Snorkelling

As well as diving, snorkelling is also on offer in Byron Bay, and it will let you explore beneath the waves and see the abundance of life under the surface that you usually do not get to see. You can hire your equipment, or bring your own, and it is worthwhile hiring fins if you do not have them as they make the activity much more comfortable and more enjoyable.

There is plenty to see and do on the water when you visit Byron Bay, and there is much more available than listed above. You can find some of the other excellent activities on offer online, which can help you plan a fantastic adventure when you visit Byron Bay.

MARDI GRAS GRAND CENTRAL ATRIUM: FORM MEETS FUNCTION ABOARD CARNIVAL CRUISE LINE’S MOST INNOVATIVE SHIP @CarnivalCruise

Line’s Newest Ship Set to Debut from Port Canaveral in February 2021

 Atriums have been an important part of cruise ship design for decades, but leave it to Carnival Cruise Line to break the mold with Grand Central, a transformational three-deck-high space that is one of six themed zones on Mardi Gras, set to debut in February.

A unique twist on the traditional atrium, Grand Central spans Decks 6, 7 and 8 with massive 3,000-square-foot glass panels built into the starboard side of the ship providing guests with impressive views of the ocean and ports of call as they relax in comfortable seating or stroll throughout the space.

According to Glenn Aprile, Carnival’s director of new build product development and part of the design team that developed the groundbreaking venue, the idea was to create a space that was as functional as it was eye-catching, while providing guests with that “take your breath away” moment when they first board the vessel.

“Building an atrium into the side of a cruise ship is no easy task and it was a total team effort between our new build management team, engineers, designers, and hotel and entertainment teams to create a space that is as beautiful as it is functional,” Aprile said.

During the day, Grand Central serves as a relaxing spot for guests to enjoy a coffee, drink or light fare, people watch, listen to live music, or partake in trivia contests and other leisurely pursuits.  At night, Grand Central transforms into an intimate and immersive venue with a rotation of spectacular, soon-to-be-revealed experiences created just for Mardi Gras.  Talented performers will interact with 16 individually controlled six- by 14-foot LED screens displaying video and special effects, as well as lasers and aerial feats to create a truly unforgettable entertainment experience.

Aprile noted that “with a ship as innovative as Mardi Gras we wanted to create a multi-functional dining and entertainment space that guests can enjoy day and night, while at the same time providing an intuitive way to get around the ship and creating  a dramatic centerpiece that is worthy of our most innovative ship.   Grand Central provides all that and more.  We are extremely pleased with the results thus far.”

Overlooking Grand Central is the multi-level Grand View Bar which like its name implies offers guests a chance to enjoy floor-to-ceiling sea views as they sip custom-cocktails and other libations, amidst awe-inspiring design touches like a virtual waterfall on translucent panels.    There’s also the Center Stage Bar on the main level.  Both venues will feature specialty cocktails inspired by the theme of that evening’s entertainment.

Steps away is Java Blue, which in addition to serving coffees, cappuccinos and lattes like other Carnival ships, offers a menu of fresh bakery items, wraps, salads and other light fare throughout the day.   The Cherry on Top sweets shop is also nearby for those who want to enjoy a decadent treat, as are the retail shops and casino, providing a variety of fun options for guests to enjoy.

Connecting all of these spaces are a series of spacious and airy promenades and bridges that serve as convenient thoroughfares to other areas of the ship while allowing guests to see all the other happenings on board, adding to the excitement.

Noted Aprile, “We put the engineers and designers to the test here and our teams have taken everything we’ve learned about shipbuilding and interior design to create a stunning, comfortable and functional environment that truly sets Grand Central apart from other shipboard venues. With its transformation from daytime relaxation to nighttime entertainment, Grand Central is unlike anything that’s ever been done on a cruise ship before and our guests are going to love it.”

The first North American cruise ship powered by Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), Mardi Gras is set to debut from Port Canaveral, Fla., Feb. 6, 2021, operating week-long itineraries from the Space Coast.

For additional information and reservations, contact any travel agent, call 1-800-CARNIVAL or visit carnival.com.

Taking a Road Trip with Your Kids this Fall? Here Are 5 Safety Tips to Consider!

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Filling the car with toys, games, and snacks to survive a road trip with your kids is not nearly enough for a fun family adventure. On the other hand, you should not listen to those who say that you should plan road trips with kids only after growing up significantly.

Just as John and Samantha (whom I thank for the opportunity to share some tested-and-true safety tips for parents today) know, taking your children on a family vacation can be sometimes challenging, but not impossible, nor exhausting. Road trips mean spending a lot of time in the car and a fantastic bonding, educational, and personal experience for each family member.

They are memorable as long as you can manage the most critical issues, also leaving room for some improvisation and even messiness. So let’s see today some safety tips all parents should consider before planning a road trip with the kids this fall!

1.  Tune-Up Your Car

If driving is a part of your life, you know you cannot even consider a road trip without checking and tuning up your car. According to the NHTSA, even the most well-maintained vehicle could break down or encounter some troubles. For this reason, besides taking your vehicle to the mechanic a few days before the trip, you should also pack an emergency roadside kit containing:

  •         a spare phone cell with charger,
  •         first aid kit,
  •         flashlight,
  •         jumper cables,
  •         flares,
  •         essential car repair tools to fix a minor issue,
  •         extra emergency blankets & towels,
  •         and a change of clothes for everyone in the car.

You may think that all of this represents unnecessary baggage that weighs a lot and slows you down. After all, we live in the smartphone and Internet era, where tow services are a call/click away. Trust me when I say this, not being able to fix a flat tire at dusk, in the middle of nowhere, with no cell service whatsoever, and with two cranky kids in the back is an experience no parent (or child) should go through.

2. Talk to Your Lawyer before You Go on Your Trip

If you wonder what road trips and lawyers have in common, I will tell you this: car accidents, even minor ones, can throw your entire trip and fun down the drain. Relying on your car for getting around means more exposure to accident risk for the vehicle and its passengers, and knowing an attorney you can depend on saves a lot of hassle. Therefore, before you go on an adventure with the kids, share with your lawyer your trip details. Even if you dent your car in a parking lot, the issues of insurance, liability, fault, and damages are things that will ruin your trip.

A lawyer can advise you on the specific car accident laws in the cities/communities you drive through during your road trip. If you intend to go to another state, a car accident attorney is even more useful. Make sure your insurance policies are up to date. Discuss with your attorney about liability, possible claims, injuries, and the steps you need to take the second after any car accident.

3. Manage Heatstroke and Car Sickness

Taking a road trip in early fall means enjoying dedicated quality time with the family without exposing anyone to the health dangers posed by the pandemic. However, it doesn’t mean you will ever be out of the woods when you travel with kids. In summer, heatstroke is a more common issue than one thinks.

For this reason, you should know by heart all heatstroke prevention methods, especially when you travel with young kids. Early fall is a more appropriate season for long road trips, from this perspective, although you still need to take the correct measures.

Nevertheless, when it comes to planning a road trip with a child who has a case of carsickness, things can get very challenging very fast. Here is what works most of the times:

  •         Pack the mommy bag with medicine that keeps motion sickness at bay;
  •         Take some medical-grade disposable bags with you, just in case;
  •         If a child is old enough to take the front seat, let her stay next to the driver, focusing on the horizon;
  •         Feed the vulnerable child with light foods (stay away from fast food joints, spicy dishes, and all greasy and acidic ones) rich in ginger or peppermint. They do have anti-nausea properties.

4. Break up the Trip

Take a break every two hours to switch drivers, allow everyone to stretch their legs, and have some time to enjoy the scenery and breathe in some fresh air. One tip to make things work in your favor is to drink lots of water. It will keep everyone alert, prevent heatstroke, and make you take frequent bathroom breaks. It is suitable for the driver, the kids, and the shotgun rider as well. The safest way to go about this is to stop at gas stations, motels, restaurants on the way, etc. It will not guarantee you 100% sanitary bathrooms, but it is still safer than other options you might encounter on the road.

5. Mind the Snacks

You will have to stock the backseat with games and toys – while removing choking hazards, poisonous fluids, and other risks. You know that already. Childproofing the car is the first step parents who drive do, so I will not insist on this issue.

What I will insist on, however, is avoiding packing the back seat with unhealthy snacks to give kids an occupation in between two rounds of I Spy. Here is how it works, at least in my family:

  •         Pack a medium-sized insulated zip lock bag with snacks and a refillable water bottle for each child in the back. Ensure the kids understand that once the snacks are over, they won’t get more until the end of the day. Treats or lunch can happen to them along the way, but those are just bonuses. It is an excellent lesson in self-control.
  •         Pack healthy snacks for the kids that you know will not cause digestive issues along the way. Having a bathroom break every couple of hours is one thing. Dealing with vomiting, diarrhea, tummy aches, headaches, and the other nasty stuff is not something you want on a road trip.
  •         Lead by example: you cannot expect children to follow the road trip rules if you do not follow them yourself just because you are the parent. So use your bag of snacks during the day wisely, as well.

Bottom Line

As a parent, you probably learned by now that you could not control everything. However, as long as you are willing to make mistakes, learn from them, get messy, and improvise on the fly, your road trip should be a huge success. On the other hand, a minimal set of safety rules to follow will take the edge off such an experience, especially if it is your first adventure of this kind with the children.

Helpful Tips To Avoid Motion Sickness When Traveling

Motion sickness is a feeling of nausea triggered by movement, which occurs during traveling via vehicle, boat, train, and even plane. Common symptoms include nausea, dizziness, headache, vomiting, sweating, and a general feeling of irritability. It is caused by a mismatch between what we see or feel and what our bodily senses perceive. It can also occur when the inner ear, the part responsible for balance and equilibrium, has an infection.

It is estimated that one-third of people are vulnerable to motion sickness. While it is not life-threatening, it can make your traveling experience unpleasant. Fortunately, there is something that can be done to avoid it or lessen its impact. Here are the top tips to prevent motion sickness and guarantee a healthy travel experience.

Watch Your Diet Before and During Travelling

Avoid eating heavy meals before and during traveling as they may trigger the sickness and make you uncomfortable. Instead, eat light and plain food or snacks. Light snacks such as dry crackers are known to ease stomach upset. Also, avoid foods with a strong odor. Greasy, fatty, acidic, and spicy food should also be avoided. Additionally, avoid taking too much alcohol before or during your traveling as it may worsen your discomfort. Drink water instead.

While you should avoid heavy meals, avoid traveling on an empty stomach, which may worsen the discomfort.

Find the Right Position

Position yourself where there is the least motion or discomfort. If on a vehicle, always get a front seat and opt for the window side. It allows you to enjoy the scenery and stay calm. On a ship, select the lower cabins near the center of the ship. This region experiences less movement and therefore prevents the trigger of motion sickness. The middle area of a plane is the calmest; go for this position. Choose the window seats on a train as they experience fewer bumps and also enable you to see the horizon. Positioning yourself right helps you avoid the turbulence that may trigger motion sickness.

Use Motion Sickness Wristbands

These wristbands are designed to guarantee healthy travel by helping relieve motion sickness symptoms, especially nausea and vomiting. The bands are worn to apply pressure on a point on the inner forearm known as the Nei Kuan spot. Although more studies are required, it seems acupressure may be an effective way to manage nausea and vomiting. You can wear these wristbands on your next trip to evade the discomfort of motion sickness.

Look to the Distance

When traveling, looking out to the distance helps the senses achieve congruence, preventing motion sickness. Check out the horizon or fix your gaze at a particular distant object. If you are prone to motion sickness, avoid acts such as reading while traveling as it increases the mismatch between your inner ear and your sight. It may eventually trigger motion sickness. Instead, try looking out the window to help the body gain calmness.

Take Ginger

Ginger is very useful in easing stomach upset. It is often recommended as an anti-nausea medication. Its components, gingerols and shogaols, help alleviate vomiting and nausea. These components work in the stomach, intestines, and in the nervous system to control nausea. Taking ginger can, therefore, help you avoid motion sickness. Try chewing the ginger root or taking ginger-flavored tablets before or during traveling. 

Chew Gum

Another effective way to curb motion sickness is to use chewing gum. The movement of jaws during gum chewing is known to work well with the inner ear, helping in attaining congruence in your sensory system. Additionally, most chewing gums contain flavors such as peppermint and ginger. These additives help prevent and relieve motion sickness symptoms such as nausea and vomiting.

Use Motion Sickness Medicine

There are several over the counter drugs, available from pharmacies, that you can take to counter motion sickness. Drugs such as Bonine, Antivert, and Dramamine work well in preventing motion sickness. If you always experience extreme sickness, consult a medical expert for recommendations on the right prescription drugs for you. This is important since some medications have serious side effects. Most of these medications should be taken one or two hours before traveling. 

Traveling should be fun and exciting. However, motion sickness can make your trip miserable, ridding you of the comfort you should be enjoying. The above tips will go a long way to ensure you have a comfortable and healthy trip.

Know the benefits offered by small group tour packages

When you want to travel around the world with comfort, convenience and enjoyment then you should consider opting for small group tour packages. This is the most popular option among travelers who are looking for an extremely intimate experience with the local lifestyles and cultures. You will be able to visit the iconic landmarks, authentic restaurants and get to see everything related to the locals for a memorable traveling experience. As there are fewer people, about 20-25 people in this small group tour, you will be able to socialize with the other people easily and comfortably. Interacting with the local people will also become easier as you will have informal communication with the fellow travelers so that you will get to explore the local traditions, crafts and authentic settings of the place. Additionally, small groups have more access to the different places, restaurants and transportation which might not be possible with independent travel. Smaller groups will have less environmental impact during their trip because the resources will be used with careful consideration while offering many benefits to each traveler in the group.

There are many benefits offered by small group tour packages and the most important benefit is that you will be able to indulge in every adventure that you have dreamt of and see things that you always wanted, which you don’t be able to do when you travel solo. Large groups are also not feasible because you might not get the desired level of freedom and benefits that you are looking for. But with smaller groups, you can be rest assured that the itineraries’ will be designed for offering you the best and most memorable experience of your life. These trips can also be customized according to your tastes and preferences so that you will love traveling according to your expectations. The trip that is planned by the travel agents will help you get ongoing discounts and attractive offers so that you get the most enjoyable trip. When you are traveling in a group, the overall cost of traveling will be reduced considerably so that you will have to pay a lesser amount of money for your travel needs. You will also be able to visit all the attractions of the place of your visit so that you will have an amazing experience when you are traveling with a small number of people. You will also be able to access to the special packages, inclusions and other attractive benefits that are only offered to the travel agents with small groups of travelers.

Interacting with the tour guide will also become very convenient when you are traveling in small groups so that you will have a more comfortable and intimate experience. The guide will also give you more information about the local customs, flavors, foods, culture and even the smallest information about the place of your visit. Even when you want to visit the overcrowded or unusual destination, a small group will have access first as compared to the large groups so that you will have an enjoyable trip. You will also enjoy the best quality services along with affordable cost so that you will love the trip with the small group tour.

Best Remote Vacations That Are Fun For The Whole Family

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Sometimes you need to get away from your screens. It is time to go into the outdoors and leave your phones, laptops, tablets, watches, FitBits and everything else like that at home. Unplugging every so often is important for your mental health. If you have a family you may be thinking it is unrealistic to find a remote vacation that is safe and fun for the entire family. Luckily for you, we have whipped up at least five of the best remote resorts, vacations and more With this list, you can start planning that much-needed trip right now.

Head West

The western part of the country is absolutely breathtaking. Here are some of the best places to visit out west if you are looking for somewhere to reconnect with nature.

Rogue River

This river is in the middle of Southern Oregon and it is 84 miles rich of the wild. Near this river, you will not find roads, power lines or even cell phone service. The most recommended activity to do at Rogue River is to go rafting. This is an activity the whole family can partake in.

Oregon State Park

Oregon is a state with many natural sceneries. You and the whole family can camp in a yurt in the Oregon State Park along the coast. With a budget-friendly $40 a night, your family can sleep under the stars and reconnect with each other.

San Juan Islands

San Juan Island in Washington is an adventurous place to visit with the family. There is an endless supply of activities to do on this island. You can go kayaking to any of the outlying islands in the area and stumble upon a trail. Of course, there are camping options.

Treehouse Treesort

What an innovative way to spend time outdoors. If you are looking for a glamping opportunity, but do not want to spend the money, consider staying at a treehouse treesort. It can be fun for the whole family. Do a quick Google search and find the nearest treehouse treesort in your vacation destination, or you can plan a vacation around where the treesort is. Either way, your kids will love this.

Jefferson Park Wilderness

This is the best place to go backpacking with the family. This wilderness is in Central Oregon and you can get to it through the Pacific Crest Trail. You and the entire family will see some of the best sceneries of Oregon.

Stay On A Farm

Your kids will love this. Also, located in Oregon, your family can visit the Leaping Lamb Farm. Cabin stays with the opportunities to try your hand at farm chores at the start of your day is a memory that your children will remember for a long time. There is so much to do in a place like this, you will never hear your kids tell you how bored they are while on this vacation. At this farm, you can hike, tend to the farm animals or read your favorite magazine on the porch. This is the perfect spot to unplug while still spending quality time with the family.

Reverse Backpacking In Yosemite

This is the perfect option if you do not want to experience crowds but you still want to visit Yosemite in the summer. Believe it or not, reverse backpacking is a real thing that people do. All you have to do is start at the top of Tuolumne Meadows and backpack your way down to the valley floor where you will be met with crowds. Just make sure that you snag yourself a Yosemite Backcountry Permit for you and your family.

Live On The Sea

Well, maybe you will not live on the sea, but spending your vacation in the sea is a great way to unplug and has proven to be really remote but still safe for the family. If you are in the western part of the United States, consider staying in a houseboat on Lake Powell. You will not have any cell phone service which means it will be super easy for you to truly unplug.

Trail The Mountain States

The mountain states offer plenty of natural scenery that looks straight out of a movie. Here are some interesting things to do if you are near the mountain states.

Colorado Mountains

Colorado is known for many things, the beautiful Rocky Mountains being one of them. Many people flock to the mountains all year round with some finding fun ways to camp there. There are many ways you can camp while exploring the mountains, one of which would be luxury cabin rentals in Colorado. For those looking for the ultimate work from anywhere experience this is the way to go. For those looking for the most rugged then consider renting a tent and hiking to a campsite in the woods.

Grand Teton National Park

The most recommended activity in this park is kayaking Jackson Lake. You and your family could easily spend three days here and never think about life in the outside world. This national park has many stunning beauties. The best part is that no matter when you go, your chances of running into another human being are scarce, even if you are in the middle of their summer season.

Lower Salmon River

This river can be found in Idaho and it is breathtaking. The Lower Salmon River is great for rafting if you are up for it. There are plenty of sandy campsites and good food to hold you down while you spend the week detaching from your creature comforts in the most pleasant way.

Visit Three Bars Ranch

Another great remote vacation option is for the whole family to take a trip to a dude ranch. Three Bars Ranch is past the Montana border with the Canadian Rockies as the perfect backdrop. Keep in mind that you truly will not have any cell phone service unless you intentionally seek it out. Your kids can also play with the horses while at this ranch. What a better way to entertain them than with a live horse!

Vista Verde Dude Ranch

The great thing about this Colorado dude ranch is open year-round. If you are looking for a true unplugged vacation, you can definitely find it here. There is no access to wifi, so your children will be forced to get off social media and find other ways to have fun. They can go horseback riding in the summer. In the winter your children can do skiing. The possibilities are endless.

The Midwest

The midwest is not just full of fly-over states. The midwest is often overlooked when it comes to discovering the natural beauty of the United States.

Bike To Mount Rushmore And The Badlands

This is a very adventurous activity that is great for the whole family. You can bike trip through South Dakota on the Mickelson Trail, past the Crazy Horse, the Badlands and the Black Hills. You will not find service here. It is the perfect day getaway.

Boundary Waters

This is a great place to go canoeing. Starting in Ely, Minnesota, you and your family will be geared up for a guided trip. Boundary Waters and the area near are relatively remote wilderness areas. There is no cell phone service or wifi here, so there will be plenty of opportunities for you to bond more with your family.

Head East

The East Coast can also be overlooked when thinking about remote places to vacation the whole family. With so many options like a pond camp or a plethora of national parks, you can be sure to find something everyone in the family will love.

Spencer Pond Camps

If you are looking for a place completely off-the-grid, consider staying at a mountain cabin in Maine. Spencer Pond is the perfect place. You can fish, hike, hunt and paddle. All of these things are fun for the whole family. You may even see a moose. You never know when traveling to Spencer Pond Camps.

5 Safety Precautions to Consider Before Traveling

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Traveling to a new place or an old favorite is always exciting, but it can also come with risks. These risks often depend on where your destination is.

There are ways your air travel provider and hotels can try to protect you, such as being prepared with oxygen masks or using Safestep in bathtubs and showers to prevent slips and falls. However, there are still some dangers you should try to prepare for before you leave.

From the peace of mind that comes from insurance to the avoidance of unnecessary illness thanks to vaccinations, here are some precautions you should take before your next trip.

Get Travel Insurance

Buying travel insurance is critical if you are planning to travel outside your home country. There is a wide variety of options for you to choose from, so you can pick the plan that best suits your trip.

The reason travel insurance is worth investing in is because it typically covers unforeseen circumstances. You may need it during an evacuation, emergency medical care, trip cancellation, lost belongings/luggage, and more!

You may plan a perfect trip without any hiccups, but travel insurance has you covered if you end up in a difficult situation. Consider it your travel safety net!

Get Vaccinations & Medications

Another precaution worth taking before your trip is to visit your doctor. Firstly, they can fill any regular or travel-related medication you need so that you aren’t running low on your prescriptions while you’re away.

Your doctor can also make sure your body is ready for your trip by assessing you for any health issues. You don’t want to risk worsening problems while traveling or once you’ve arrived.

Your physician can also administer any vaccinations necessary for your chosen destination. These precautions will help give you peace of mind while you’re enjoying your adventure.

Check Travel Warnings

Before leaving for your trip, make sure there aren’t any travel warnings for your destination. Whether it’s a natural disaster, disease outbreak, heightened crime rates, or any other risk factor, it is worth it to be in the know.

Once you are aware of the potential risks you could face upon arrival, you can reassess whether you still feel safe enough to travel.

Join STEP

STEP is short for the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program, which you can join via the US Department of State website. This process is easy, and best of all, completely free!

The program helps people who encounter difficulties such as a stolen passport. It’s also helpful if you happen to end up in an emergency while you’re away. The system keeps you updated so you will never be in the dark and can stay informed about what to do next.

Bring a First Aid Kit

This one seems simple, but it’s something not everyone thinks to do. Bringing a first aid kit along with means you can prepare to deal with any minor health or injury-related issues that come up on your trip. You don’t need to take an hour searching around your resort for a band-aid—bring your own instead!

A typical travel first aid kit includes items such as bandages, band-aids, gauze, surgical tape, antiseptic wipes, small scissors, tweezers, etc. You can adapt your kit based on the probable risk factors at your destination to make sure you’re as prepared as possible.

Conclusion

Traveling is fun for people of all ages, but it can be just as dangerous, too. Taking the proper precautions before heading out on a trip is the best way to ensure you have a great time with complete peace of mind.

Returning to Australia with children in tow

The coronavirus has sent shockwaves through the world, causing us all to re-evaluate all kinds of things in our lives. This has especially been the case for expats. I was surprised to learn that around 336,000 expats had to drop everything and return to Australia because of the virus. Many families did so within days because if they did not they would have run the risk of being stranded in a foreign country, without work. To get home and resettled they had to overcome the following challenges.

Finding transport to get home

For many, even finding transport to get them back was a struggle. Most governments told their citizens to return quickly but did not provide many, if any, repatriation flights. So, if you do live abroad you need enough funds in the bank to get everyone back to Australia. When disaster strikes prices soar, so it is wise to put aside at least triple what you think you need. If that is not possible, get yourself a credit card that you only use in case of this kind of dire emergency.

Financing your return

In fact, having a financial plan in place for your return to your home country is a good idea regardless. Knowing how to send money from UK to Australia, or between other countries, at the best rates can potentially save you a lot of money. 

It means that as soon as disaster strikes you can immediately move cash back to Australia, before the Australian dollar crashes and starts to lose its value. Some expats that did not quickly transfer funds lost 5 to 15% as a result of currency fluctuations.

Helping your children to adjust

Being suddenly ripped from their home is going to be a traumatic experience for your child. They are leaving everything that is familiar to them. Including their friends and school. It is a huge change and one that you may not have had time to prepare them for. Use the information you can find in this excellent article to make it easier for them to cope with the situation.

Try not to worry

Of course, you are also going to find having to suddenly move countries to be traumatic. It is a worrying time. There is a huge amount to sort out and the decisions you will be making, often under time pressure, are going to affect your lives over the long-term. That is going to be stressful. So, be careful to look after yourself physically, mentally, and emotionally. If you do not, you can easily fall ill, which would make a bad situation much worse.

Hopefully, none of you will ever have the experience of suddenly having to move countries unexpectedly. But if you do, I hope this article will prove to be helpful.