Theme Park Holidays – Gold Coast Australia

Theme Park Holidays – Gold Coast Australia

Are you interested in a Theme Park holiday on the Gold Coast Australia?

Below we have listed our go to favourite kids (big and little) theme parks on the Gold Coast. Also be sure to check out our Gold Coast hotel guide coming soon.

Movie World

MovieWorld is a movie theme park situated approx a short 25 minute drive toward Brisbane from the GoldCoast. Warner Bros Movie World is great for the big kids as well as the little kids with attractions and events to keep the whole family entertained.

What kid big or little doesn’t love Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Batman or any of the other Warner Bros characters. Look out for special theme nights available throughout Halloween and Christmas.

Movie World Entrance
Hollywood Stunt Driver 2 Show
Superman Escape Roller Coaster

YOU CAN BOOK YOUR MOVIE WORLD THEME PARK TICKETS ONLINE HERE.

SEAWORLD Gold Coast

This is by far one of our favourite theme parks for kids. Sea World and SeaWorld Resort are situated approx 15 minutes north of Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast. Those who love the sea are always going to find this particular theme park to be the best one. You will get to see a wide range of marine animals that will remind you of the entirely different world that exists underwater. Seaworld on the Gold Coast AUSTRALIA provides some of the most entertaining events that both kids and adults are going to love.

Make sure that you create the ultimate theme park holiday by including Seaworld in your holiday and you will love the moments that you will be able to experience with family and friends in one of the most legendary theme parks in the world.

Fish Detectives Show
Polar Bear Shores
Shark Bay
A view of Castaway Bay from the monorail

Dreamworld

A short 25 minute drive from the Gold Coast is Dreamworld. With so many attractions at one park you will want to return for more family adventures. Dreamworld is great for the little kids with attractions such as Tiger Island, Wiggles World, Dreamworks and ABC Kids World. The big kids will also be entertained with the thrill rides – The Rollercoaster, Giant Drop, WipeOut, Tail Spin and many more. For the parents, why not hire a cabana and relax at WhiteWater World while the kids cool down. Dreamworld also has its own Lego Store for thse extra special gifts.

Tiger Island

Wet n Wild GoldCoast

There is nothing more important than being able to spend some quality time with your loved ones and friends. The Wet n Wild theme park is the perfect getaway for anyone who is looking to get the most out of their vacation and general leisure time. You are going to love the holiday packages that are available for the whole family and you can find them for a very affordable cost.

There is no other theme park with more water related activities that are both fun and safe for you and tour family.

Remember to bring you sunscreen!!

Paradise Country Aussie Farm Experience

Are you wanting to give your family the authentic Australian theme park experience. At Paradise Country Aussie Farm Experience and now the Farm Stay located behind the Movie World and Wet n Wild theme parks, you can come face to face with all the Australian animals you love. Cuddle a koala. Feed and pat the kangaroos. See dingoes and emus. Check out the baby animal nursery or watch one of the many shows from sheep shearing, watch the stock horses and sheepdogs at work and try some billy tea and damper.

Cuddle a Koala
Pat and feed the Kangaroos

Whichever Gold Coast Theme Park you decide to visit with your family, I am sure you will all be thrilled and create many memories. 

Virginia, USA Things To Do.

The Virginia state motto says “Virginia is for lovers.” However, there’s a lot here for families and other adventure seekers as well! From rolling mountain vistas that ripple along the state’s western border to the pristine coastline that welcomes beach-goers to the east, Virginia is packed with a little something for everyone no matter what path you find yourself on. Combine Virginia’s natural beauty with its rich cultural heritage and historic treasures and you’ve got a recipe that’s sure to provide for many trips to this great state in the future. But with so much to do, where do you start?

While many wonderful new discoveries can be made in Virginia just by taking a chance turn and following a sign, it’s best to have a bit of a travel plan in mind before setting off across the state if it’s your first time visiting. Travelling to some of the larger cities first will whet your appetite for what larger populations can offer, while country drives will keep you full on rolling hills, quaint farmsteads and some towns that may take you back in time as well.

The following list highlights some of Virginia’s larger cities and attractions while moving across the state towards the shining Appalachian Mountains that the state is famous for. Some less notable attractions make the list, but that doesn’t mean they are no less awesome. This list will take you from the mountains to the sea, from the depths of the earth to the starry skies, and that’s without having to leave Virginia at all! But don’t take our word for it! Give this beautiful state a visit and see what else it has to offer!

  • Virginia Beach- Sand and surf await those who come to Virginia Beach, but that’s not all there is to do in this coast resort town. Days can be spent by the Atlantic Ocean while evenings can be spent on the bustling boardwalk. Activities include shopping, restaurants, and for the kids, plenty of amusement rides. The more athletic minded visitors can enjoy sea kayaking and plenty of golf courses, and families looking to escape the sun for the day can explore landmarks such as the Virginia Aquarium, the Military Aviation Museum, or the Cape Henry Lighthouse. Visit Virginia Beach during the off-season, when the weather is cool yet still pleasant but the summer crowds have dispersed.

  • Williamsburg, Va- Just to the northwest of Virginia Beach is the town of Williamsburg, which is home to Colonial Williamsburg, a living-history museum that showcases life in 17th century America, and Busch Gardens, a rip-roaring thrill-park sure to bring out your inner child. Take a day to explore each destination as you’ll want to leave no stone unturned here. Colonial Williamsburg features tours rich in history and glimpses into the life of America’s early settlers along with specialty shops with a wide range of selections beyond your wildest imaginations. Save your adventurous side for the next day at Busch Gardens. Four winding roller coasters await challengers while kids will find fun in water raft rides and tamer rides.
  • Staunton River State Park, Scottsburg, Va- Travelling inland, you’re bound to need a rest from all the excitement. Staunton River State Park offers just that and more. Camping enthusiasts will find a welcoming campground with all necessary amenities, while those who prefer indoor lodgings can make use of the park’s charming cabins. For kids, the parks features three playgrounds and an Olympic-sized swimming pool with slides and wading pools. The surrounding rivers and lake allow for plenty of freshwater enjoyment, yet the park’s real draw kicks in when the lights go out. Staunton River State Park is a registered Dark Sky Park. Wait until late in the night to lay under the stars and see the sky as you’ve never seen it before.
  • Smith Mountain Lake- Staunton River State Park offers visitors stars and lake views, but Smith Mountain Lake ups the ante by including what Virginia is known best for: mountain views. While the two destinations are quite similar, Smith Mountain Lake does offer a bit more to do. Kids can enjoy an afternoon swimming or hiking, or even exploring the lake’s dam. Adults will enjoy the wide variety of restaurant and boat tours offered along the lake’s shores, and thrill-chasers can take a few lessons in wake boarding, a sport becoming popular on the waters of this mountain gem. Whatever activities you and your family fancy, it can be found at Smith Mountain Lake.
  • Roanoke, Va Tucked into the Roanoke Valley just north of Smith Mountain Lake is the thriving city of Roanoke. It is also called Star City. While there are many museums visitors can visit in Roanoke, including the Virginia Museum of Transportation, an integral part of Roanoke’s history, its main draw is Mill Mountain, home of an 88 foot star (which can be seen for 60 miles when lit), a zoo and overlook. Taking a detour onto the Blue Ridge Parkway before entering Roanoke will bring you to several overlooks that give you aerial views of the city and valley before bringing you to the base of the star, where you can then enjoy the zoo before taking in the city sights.
  • Natural Bridge- Tucked into Virginia’s valleys and mountains are some real wonders of nature, and Natural Bridge is one that has stood tall for centuries. Natural Bridge is a natural arch carved out of the surrounding limestone by the flowing Cedar Creek. George Washington, the first president of the United States, surveyed the site, while at one point Thomas Jefferson, the second president, owned it. The surrounding forests are named after these founding fathers. Families can continue exploring nature’s wonder with the Natural Bridge Caverns, explore Native American history at the Monacan Indian Living History Village, or follow the formidable Cedar Creek along the Cedar Creek trail.
  • Dixie Caverns, Salem, Va- Traveling south from Natural Bridge you’ll begin to see signs for Dixie Caverns. It’s easy to dismiss this as a small tourist trap at first, but it’s well worth the visit. Rather than a cavern tour that takes you down into the earth, the Dixie Caverns actually takes you up into a mountain! Guided tours will show you such interesting sights underground such as the Wedding Bell and Turkey Wing stalactite formations, natural pools of underground water, and other subterranean wonders. The tour completes with a total blackout, giving you a sense of what cavern life is really like. The gift shop is great to find rare crystals, antiques and gifts to take back home.
  • Blacksburg, Va- This quaint town in the New River Valley is home to Virgina Tech, but surrounded by plenty of outdoor activities for nature lovers. Be sure to visit during the first weekend in August for the town’s annual Steppin’ Out festival, a three-day event that features vendors, live music and food. Sports fans may like to visit later in the autumn to catch a football game at Virginia Tech, or to enjoy the crisp weather that settles in making Blacksburg the perfect place to enjoy the changing seasons. The Jefferson National Forest is a short drive away, where the season can be enjoyed on hiking trails to scenic overlooks and gentle waterfalls.
  • Cascade Falls, Pembroke, Va- The Washington and Jefferson National Forest is home to several of Virginia’s most beautiful landmarks, and the Cascade Falls is perhaps one of the most stunning and most visited. Tucked away at the end of a two-mile trail, this 70-ft waterfall tumbles into a natural pool that provides plenty of space for families to enjoy an afternoon wading in cool mountain waters and enjoying the wonder of nature far from the static of city life. If you have tiny travelers or tire easy, consider hiking along the upper trail, which provides a gradual slope without much obstacle. However, the lower trail follows closely with the splashing creek, often climbing over slippery rocks and taking several up and down routes.
  • The Blue Ridge Parkway- The Blue Ridge Parkway is also known as America’s Favorite Drive, and it’s not hard to see why after spending just a few miles on its meandering route. The road is recognized as a National Park and trails 469 miles, connecting Virginia with its southern neighbor, North Carolina. You don’t have to drive the entire route to experience it’s wonder; no matter what portion you choose to ride you’ll be sure to encounter wildlife, rolling mountain views, historic destinations and hiking trails that will show you Virginia’s hidden beauty. Younger travelers might not be able to handle longer journeys along the Parkway without several stops, but you’ll be sure to return again and again.
  • Fairystone State Park, Stuart, Va- Fairystone is home to the lucky fairystones, cross-shaped stones that are said to only be found at this location. Unfortunately, hunting for fairystones is not one of the activities that the park offers. Camping, swimming, paddle boats and hiking trails are available for those looking to take a relaxing vacation away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Fairystone Park is also located near the Philpott Reservoir and dam, which offers an overlook of the large lake built by the U.S Army Corp of Engineers, picnic shelters, a playground for young folks, and a museum about the dam. After you see the dam from above, you can see the 200 foot dam and spillway from below.

As you can see, Virginia is definitely worth the trip. What are you waiting for?

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Things to do in Bali

 

When you travel to Bali you have to ask yourself whether you want one of those relaxing Bali vacations hanging out at one of the amazing Bali Resorts which you can book online here or do you want to discover the Bali points of interest which you can also book online here.

We were lucky enough to do both with our Bali travel, all with a bit of careful planning. If you haven’t already arranged your Bali airport transfers you can do that here.

Below are some general ideas of what to do in Bali, these are some that we were able to experience on our Bali vacation.

1. Traditional Dance – Dance Performance

We visited a traditional Balinese Barong & Kris Dance, you can book online here.

The Barong (a mythological creature) battles his enemy Rangda in the Barong dance which represents the battle between good and evil.

2. Rice Terraces at Ubud

A must see on your trip to Bali for the stunning postcard views. If you are interested in visiting the Rice Terraces at Ubud, You can book online here.

3. Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary at Padangtegal Ubud

I must admit I was very apprehensive about visiting the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary (Mandara Suci Wenara Wana)  at Padangtegal, Ubud however our guide assured us that we would be fine. We were able to purchase bananas to feed the monkeys at the front entrance and  were instructed to hide them, our sunglasses and hats in our bag and be wary of the cheeky monkeys stealing our belongings. This is an unforgettable experience and I highly recommend a visit, if not only to see the monkeys the Sanctuary has an Exhibition Hall, Holy Spring Temple, Dragon Stairs and an Open Stage to look through.

4. Tirtha Empul Holy Spring and Markets

This is a Hindu Balinese Water Temple where the Balinese people go for ritual purification and is home to a fresh water spring.

The markets here are extremely cheap and our guide also purchased her items from this local market.

5. Tegenungan Village Waterfall

We got here fairly late and did not go for a swim however we  would go back next time, the waterfall looked amazing.

6. Kintamani Restaurant

We had a buffet lunch here with outside seating overlooking the beautiful Mount Batur and Lake Batur. This was definitely a highlight of our trip.

 The buffet lunch at Kitamani Restaurant offered a variety of foods even for our fussy Master G, however this tour was worth it for the view alone. The tour and lunch at Kitamani Restaurant overlooking Mount Batur can be booked online here.

For the more adventurous, why not book a sunrise breakfast tour, the 2 hour trek gives you breakfast and stunning views atop of Mount Batur and can be booked here.

7. Hard Rock Hotel Bali – Cabana by the pool

For Master G’s Birthday we hired a cabana by the pool, you can book that here The Hard Rock Hotel, Kuta, Bali. For an additional fee it was decorated, he received a Birthday cake and small gift.

It was a lovely day relaxing by the pool and chilling out in our waterfront bungalow before heading out for his Birthday dinner that night.

We really enjoyed our travel to Bali. The Balinese people were so friendly and welcoming, the food was amazing and Bali weather was warm and balmy. I do recommend taking a Bali tour if you get the chance. There are many things to see and do on your Bali trip, you will definitely want to return.

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A Visit to Fort Lytton National Park Brisbane

Fort Lytton National Park Brisbane

img_20161002_123224We have driven past the Fort Lytton National Park sign for the last 10 years not paying any attention to it at all until school holidays came around we decided to visit and I am glad we did. Master G loves anything to do with history and military items so this ended up being a fabulous day out for us exploring.img_20161002_120157 Fort Lytton National Park is the location for the Fort Lytton Historic Military Precinct situated in Lytton, on the Brisbane River and was Brisbane’s primary defence as a military base from the 1880’s until after World War 2. The Fort is open on Sundays and they offer free guided tours throughout the day by the many dedicated volunteers that keep this historical park up and running.img_20161002_114705The Sunday that we went was fairly low key and it was nice to only have a small group to be able to have the place to ourselves for a relaxed look around.img_20161008_111050We also went back the next weekend as they were hosting the Brisbane Open House event and were firing the 16 and 64 pounder cannons. This was a big hit with Master G and the guides were very accommodating answering all his questions and pointing out the attractions that were on display on this day. img_20161008_111439The ASLAV (The Australian Light Armoured Vehicle) an eight wheeled multiple role vehicle which Master G was able to climb in and pop his head out the top.img_20161008_112711The Ferret Car (An armoured vehicle built for reconnaissance) and the Light Horse display.img_20161002_113754At the Park there is also a museum to look through some old archives which was  great for us bigger kids too. img_20161002_113122We learnt that Fort Lytton has been the set for Hollywood movies which include RAILWAY MAN and more recently UNBROKEN which starred and was directed by Angelina Jolie. img_20161002_112555Fort Lytton National Park is also host to the History Alive event annually which showcase activities throughout history including medieval tournaments, colonial dance, costume displays, battle re-enactments, cooking displays and cannon firings. We have not been to this event yet however will add this to our blog along the way.

All in all, we found Fort Lytton to be a perfect day out and very educational for Master G and us bigger kids. There are restroom facilities and cold drinks available. If you do happen to visit, make sure to take hats and sunscreen as it does getting pretty hot throughout the tour which takes approximately 90 minutes.

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22 BEST INSPIRING TRAVEL QUOTES

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1. Like all great travellers, I have seen more than I remember, and remember more than I have seen.

Benjamin Disraeli

2. The greatest adventure is what lies ahead

J.R.R. Tolkein

3. Twenty years from now you’ll be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than the things you did

Mark Twain

4. Travel makes one modest, you see what a tiny place you occupy in the world

Gustave Flaubert

5. One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things

Henry Miller

6. People travel to faraway places to watch, in fascination, the kind of people they ignore at home

Dagobert D. Runes

7. Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves

Henry David Thoreu

8. The journey not the arrival matters

T.S Eliot

9. A good traveller has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving

Lao Tzu

10. I travel a lot; I hate my life being disrupted by routine

Caskie Stinnet

11. We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open

Jawaharial Nehru

12. A journey is best measured in friends, rather than miles

Tim Cahill

13. The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page

St Augustine

14. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing

Helen Keller

15. Once the travel bug bites, there is no known antidote, and I shall be happily infected until the end of my life

Michael Palin

16. And if travel is like love, it is, in the end, mostly because it’s heightened state of awareness, in which we are mindful, receptive, undimmed by familiarity and ready to be transformed. That is why the best trips, like the best love affairs, never really end

Pico Lyer

17. If you think adventure is dangerous, try routine, it is lethal

Paulo Coelho

18. Every man can transform the world from one of monotony and drabness to one of excitement and adventure

Irving Wallace

19. Travelling is not something you are good at. It’s something you do. Like breathing

Gayle Forman

20. A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions

Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr

21. No one realises how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow

Lin Yutang

22. Above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places

Roald Dahl

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10 WAYS YOU CAN BE A TOURIST IN YOUR OWN HOMETOWN

Travelling to far-off destinations may hold wonderful experiences, yet you can find the same kind of excitement without travelling far from your front door! Your home town offers lots of spaces to visit where you’ll be sure to find something you’ve overlooked no matter how many years you’ve called your city home. Playing tourist in your hometown gives you fresh eyes to see your city from a new perspective. You may find a newness in visiting tourist attractions as well as ideas for what to do with out-of-town family and visitors. Here are ten ways you can reacquaint yourself with your city.

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1. Go Downtown- Start your tourist-in-disguise outing with a visit downtown, where all the happenings of your city are sure to be. Here you may find interesting hole-in-the-wall shops that a normal commute through downtown would otherwise cause you to miss. On the weekends you may happen upon a street festival, vendors or any other events that don’t normally take place during the week. Bustling city centres next to appetising restaurants are sure to delight as you explore what your town hides during the work week.

2.Take a Tour- Many cities offer tours for visitors to get a little taste of the city. Whether it be a segway tour or a slower walking tour you still get to see a different side of your town with interesting stops along the way. Tours are a great way to play tourist in your city as you will discover new facts you previously didn’t know. Some tours may even have a theme, such as haunted ghost tours that are popular around Halloween but may be available year round.


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3. Go on a Day Trip- Expand your horizons a bit and journey outside of town, were you’re sure to find natural wonders within a short drive away. Hiking trails, parks, wildlife observatories or other outdoor adventures are usually just outside city limits. While avid hikers and outdoors people may be more familiar with such destinations, many people who live within cities often don’t make use of such wonderful resources such a short drive away. You can definitely be a tourist in a whole new environment.

4. Take it to the Roof- When visiting a new destination people like to get a bird’s eye view of the land below. Why not take the chance to do the same for your city? Find out if there are any tall buildings that allow the public to see the city from above, and if they do take them up on the opportunity. If there are any restaurants that feature roof-top dining you can also take them up on the offer while enjoying a wonderful meal.

5. Attend Local Festivals- Every town has their own cultural festivals that go on at various times of the year. Why not check out your city’s biggest one? Some cities are also host of national festivals for a few years at a time, which gives them a chance to show tourists and residents what they have, so what better time to be a tourist than that? While you may run into people you know, you’ll also discover vendors you didn’t know existed, sample new foods and have a great time.

6. Go Back in Time- No matter where you live there is always a bit of history to find. If your city has a history museum give it a visit. Bigger cities may have historical markers or tours set up so you can find out how the city was formed and how key landmarks became the buildings they are today. History tours may also be led by volunteers. Once you know your town’s upbringing you’ll appreciate how it became the town it is today better.

7. Check out Parks and Natural Areas- Many towns and cities feature parks and natural areas in honor of prominent residents or sponsors. Some parks may feature bells and whistles such as a water park while others may be toned down with rock gardens and paved trails. A stroll through either one will give you a better idea of your city’s personality. Parks dedicated to honoring the city’s early builders will give you a better idea of why roads may have certain names while newer parks will show you the directions the city may be moving in.

8. Get Out of the House for a Night- Taking a night away from home is a great way to play tourist and no one needs to know! If your town has a notable hotel or bed and breakfast, taking a night to visit is a wonderful way to see what all the fuss is about. You’ll get to see what it’s like to stay in town as if you were a visitor staying for a night only knowing home is close by.

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9. Visit your Town’s Most Famous Landmark- Most towns have a landmark that stands out above all others. If you’ve never visited it before now is the perfect time. No one needs to know you live right around the corner. Once you know why it’s so important to your city you can bring out-of-town visitors here and show them around. You’re sure to find out some interesting information you didn’t know before that will have you thinking about visiting again with a new perspective of this landmark.

10. Why not ask your children, I am sure they will come up with some amazing ideas.

 

10 REASONS FAMILY TRAVEL IS VITAL FOR CHILDREN

10 Reasons Family Travel is Vital for Children

Family holidays are a staple of childhood memories, yet when it comes to planning a holiday with our own kids it seems like it would be easier to travel without them. Don’t let the task of travelling with kids in tow turn you away from an otherwise wonderful family experience!

When adults think of “holiday” or “vacation” we tend to focus on the relaxing aspects, forgetting that our children get just as much out of travel as we do. It is possible to get the rest and relaxation you crave while showing your children a different part of the world. You can rest assured that this time-honoured travel recipe will create a richer travel experience for everyone involved. You’ll enjoy introducing your children to new cultures and people, exploring historic sites and taking in the world around you together. Children will hold onto these memories and lessons for many years to come.

Travelling with your children is an opportunity to help them build a open mind with a global consciousness. They’ll meet people from faraway lands, learn new languages, encounter different ways of living and gain new perspectives. To think that this all happens outside the classroom! As a family, deeper bonds will be formed, cementing family values. While there are many different reasons to travel with your children, the following focuses on the younger ages and how travelling helps with developing young minds and builds important skills. Children learn more when it seems less like work and more like play.

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  1. Share in the Experience- Children love to share important moments with their parents, and you’ll be right there with them as they learn a new fact, complete a new task or discover something new on their travels. Sharing in these experiences with your children is a gift they’ll hold onto well into adulthood. Don’t be worried about taking too many photos to hold onto the moment!
  2. Show Your Children How Important they Are- Bringing your kids along for travel shows them that you value their presence and want them around. Leaving them at home could make them feel ignored and as if they’re missing out on all the experiences. Traveling with your kids helps build bonds between you and them, which lays the foundation for a happy and strong family that values one another.
  3. Learn New History Together- Just as you and your kids will share in experiences, you both might learn new history together as you travel. Learning facts together will give you something to discuss well after the holiday has ended, and inspire inquisitive minds to keep exploring the past once you’ve landed back home. You never know when your holiday together may inspire a school project.
  4. Teach New Perspectives- Learning history and culture at its source teaches children to think critically about a historical event or how people live by teaching them to ask different questions. Learning history from a textbook won’t inspire the same questions. Travelling with your children is a way to give them a first-hand look at different ways of living and life that breathes life into concepts that may have once been vague to them.
  5. Tour New Cultures and Cuisines Together- Travelling to another country may be a bit of a culture shock to young travellers. However, with mum and dad around it may be easier to navigate and meet new people while learning about a rich new heritage. You’ll also be there when your kids try new foods for the first time and really learn about a new world.
  6. Learn the Value of Interacting with Diverse People- Children often have an endless list of questions for new people, so travelling to a new country gives them a chance to ask and learn about diverse people. Understanding how other people live allows children to be grateful and appreciative of what they have back home while learning about another way of live simultaneously.
  7. Holiday Planning Holds Valuable Lessons as Well- The trip itself doesn’t have to hold all the fun for children! Involving them in the planning stages can teach kids lessons in what goes into vacation planning, such as hard work, responsibility, budgeting and organizational skills while packing. Older children and teenagers may take on more responsibilities when it comes to travel planning, while younger travellers may still take small parts.
  8. Travelling Teaches Patience- While the destination is usually the biggest draw of a holiday, the travelling itself can still hold lessons for children. We often worry that our kids will get fussy while en route, however this is a great opportunity to teach about patience. You can do this with plenty of activities such as road puzzles, games, books or admiring the passing sights.
  9. Build Memories Children will Appreciate- Don’t underestimate the power of a family holiday! Children will look back on these memories even as adults and be thankful that you took them on family trips. They might not remember every detail, but they’ll remember the biggest lessons for years to come. Having experienced diversity through travel, children will grow up with compassion towards peers and fellow people. These are lessons only first-hand experience can teach.
  10. Inspire Children to One Day Create Their Own Vacation Experiences- One of the best things you can look forward to is the day your children will announce they’re travelling with their children… inspired by a trip you took them on as a kid! Family travel is a recent tradition that brings all family members closer together while bringing everyone more in touch with the world around them.

Let your children help you plan your next family vacation! They’ll be sure to help you add a little extra fun while you keep the focus on the hidden lessons they won’t know they’re picking up on until later in life. Remember, young travellers enjoy seeing the world just as much as you do, too!

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TRAVEL INSURANCE 101: EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW TO TRAVEL WITH PEACE OF MIND

Travel Insurance 101: Everything You Need to Know to Travel with Peace of Mind

Travelling and seeing the world is an experience like no other, but even the most well-planned itinerary has space for unexpected expenses and emergency situations. Fortunately, travel insurance is available to protect you in the event should anything happen to throw a wrench in your travel plans. Planning a holiday can be quite costly once all the expenses are added together. Travel insurance can help you recover those costs should anything jeopardise your plans.

Like buying any other kind of insurance, navigating buying the right travel insurance policy for your own travels can be just as confusing. There are different types of travel insurance that cover different aspects of travelling, as well as the several benefits it offers. This handy guide will explore several of these types of travel insurance, as well as explain how you can benefit from them. Your holiday is one of the biggest things you look forward to, so why not keep it safe with a little something extra to make sure you can reap the benefits of travel no matter what?

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What Exactly is Travel Insurance?

At its simplest, travel insurance is an insurance policy that covers anything that could go wrong during travel abroad or within your own country. It includes trip cancellations, medical expenses, lost luggage, flight accidents and other losses that may occur during your journey. Just like car or home insurance policies, you can also buy travel insurance that lasts for one trip only or a whole year depending on how often you travel. Policies are also available that cover a single traveller or that extend to include all members of the family.

What are the Different Types of Travel Insurance?

There are several types of travel insurance that you can buy, and each offers a different kind of protection that you may need on your trip. The following list is just the tip of the iceberg but are usually the most common types of travel insurance used.

    • Trip cancellation- Covers the event that your trip is cancelled due to illness, death, work, natural disaster or other circumstance
    • Interrupted trips- Covers the remainder of your trip should similar circumstances force you to end your trip early
    • Coverage of medical expenses- Covers emergency medical care during travel outside your home should your medical insurance policy not cover medical services abroad
    • Lost or delayed bags and delayed flights- Covers lost or stolen luggage and pays for hotel rooms, replacement clothing and personal items during flight delays
    • 24/7 Travel assistance phone services- A number to call in emergencies that helps you during any of the above emergencies
    • Emergency evacuations- Covers the costs of a medical evacuation such as airlifting, ambulance and transporting you to the hospital of your choice
  • Identity theft- Protects your credit cards and identity from fraud

So what Exactly does it Cover?

In some cases you can think of travel insurance as an extension of your medical insurance policies. If you’re travelling abroad or to an area where you have a higher chance of getting sick it will help cover additional medical expenses that may add up if you need to see a doctor. Trip cancellation helps you recover the costs of your trip should natural disasters, illness or other incidents before departure cause you to cancel. For lost or delayed bags it provides coverage to purchase personal items such as clothing and toiletries.

What are the Benefits of Travel Insurance?

The benefits of travel insurance far outweigh the costs, especially when you consider the amount of protection it offers you in the long run. One of the main benefits of travel insurance is reimbursement for your travel costs whether you make your trip or not. You’ve probably spent a lot of money well ahead of your departure date, and insurance helps you recover it. Secondly, you’re protected against incurring any unexpected costs should you be hurt or your luggage disappear. No matter what happens with travel insurance you’re covered from all angles.

How do you Buy Travel Insurance?

If you’re interested in buying travel insurance before a major trip or to cover a series of trips, it’s recommended to buy it as soon as possible. You can wait until the day before, but it’s best to be safe. Do some research and familiarize yourself with the various policies and coverage plans available. Don’t be afraid to ask yourself or an agent tough questions. Online shopping makes it easier to compare prices, however you can always shop through a travel agency if you prefer a face-to-face conversation rather than a computer screen.

What about Travelling with Electronics, Jewellery or Sports Gear?

Depending on your travels you may have some expensive equipment in tow. Not everything is going to be able to be with you during the trip, increasing the likelihood that it could go missing. This is a trip that you might want to consider covering with travel insurance in case your prized snowboard doesn’t make it back home when you do.

Part of travelling involves opening yourself up to the world at large. That doesn’t have to include doing it without some degree of protection. Travel insurance is the best way to make sure you don’t spend more money on your holiday than is necessary. It is already a major investment. Don’t let it turn into your next source of debt. By equipping yourself with the right amount of travel insurance coverage before you depart you can ensure that your trip will be a relaxing time without the worry about anything going wrong. However, should you encounter a delayed flight, lost baggage or an unexpected medical need, rest well knowing you’re prepared to face any situation with travel insurance on your side!

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Travel insurance: simple & flexible

You can buy and claim online, even after you’ve left home. Travel insurance from WorldNomads.com is available to people from 140 countries. It’s designed for adventurous travellers with cover for overseas medical, evacuation, baggage and a range of adventure sports and activities.

7 things you should know about travel insurance from WorldNomads.com

  1. Trusted reliable underwriters
    WorldNomads.com is backed by a suite of strong, secure, specialist travel insurers who provide you with great cover, 24 hour emergency assistance and the highest levels of support and claims management when you need it most.
  2. Value for money with the cover you need
    WorldNomads.com provides cover for what’s important for travellers from 140 countries. By focusing on what you need and leaving out what you don’t, World Nomads prices are some of the most competitive online.
  3. Flexibility when you need it most
    Had a change of plans? You can buy more cover or claim online while you are still away. You can even buy a World Nomads policy if you’re already travelling.
  4. Cover for a range of adventure activities
    From skiing & snowboarding in New Zealand to whitewater rafting in Colorado, WorldNomads.com covers a range of adventure activities, giving you peace of mind to get the most from your travels.
  5. World Nomads keeps you travelling safely
    All WorldNomads.com members have access to up-to-date travel safety alerts, as well as travel safety advice and tips online through the World Nomads Travel Safety Hub.
  6. More than just great value travel insurance
    All WorldNomads.com members can learn the local lingo through a series of iPod & iPhone Language Guides and can stay in touch with family and friends with an online travel journal.
  7. Commitment to exceptional customer service
    We want to make sure you get the most from WorldNomads.com. You can find out more about why travel insurance is important for your trip. If you have any questions about your travel insurance or travel safety in general, please contact WorldNomads.com directly.

Why buy travel insurance from World Nomads.com?

  1. Backed by specialist insurers and global assistance partners
  2. Buy Online, even if you’ve already left home
  3. Buy more cover and claim online while travelling
  4. Covers a range of adventure sports and activities
  5. Give a little back and support a community development project