Author: Prisca
TALES OFF ROAD

Have you ever asked yourself: do I really have everything we need? Have I forgotten anything? Rhetoric question, of course. We all have asked this question at some point in our lives, probably every time we are off to travel the world (or the neighborhood). For all those among us whose mind is flipping, we have created the ultimate Mom and Dad travel packing list.It contains all the essentials plus some really helpful tools for everyday life. And we tried to keep it simple. Since everything we need does not equal everything that can fit into...

Have you ever been to the Whitsunday Islands off the north coast of Queensland, Australia? Have you seen pictures of glorious Whitehaven Beach on the net and dreamed you could be there? Think of pristine beaches, glistening white sand and crystal blue water?I know I have. The Whitsunday Islands are known all over the world to be an extraordinarily beautiful spot. Whitehaven Beach unquestionably is one of the most stunning beaches in the world. It's certainly earned its place on every bucket list of Australia’s East Coast, as well as Fraser Island and Daintree Rainforest. And...

I write this as someone whose entire life - from childhood, though adolescence and into adulthood - has been enhanced by stories of all kinds.I love the way stories allow us to leave our world behind and dive into other people’s lives, explore the dark depths of the human soul, and see things from different perspectives. Logan P. Smith hit the nail on the head when he said:  “People say that life’s the thing, but I prefer reading.”  I read all kinds of books, from novels to biographies, from the classics to thrillers (anything, in fact, except...

You want to visit a Thai island that is not an overcrowded westernized party location? As a family with kids you need some comfort but still want to experience the true Thailand? You want to set down the pace? You want to eat authentic thai food, relax on beautiful beaches, go on adventures with animals and explore local nature? Enjoy Thai hospitality and a nice sparkling cocktail at sunset?So did we. We were looking for affordable but still comfortable accomodation to start our big travel adventure. Out of the more than 500 islands we decided...

Bangkok for kids - this vibrant city has never been more than a name on a flight ticket to me. And now I am planning on going there with my young children? Sounds crazy?Well, I guess nobody would necessarily think of Bangkok as a perfect city to explore with small kids. And you're right. With its crowded streets, crazy drivers, smog, delicious (but not really children-compatible) food and dirt, it's simply not. Did you know that Bangkok welcomes more visitors each year than every other city in the world?We know that not all the beautiful...

A tour of the best temples of Thailand's capital was on our 5-day - itinerary primarily for us parents. Since we didn't know if or when we would be able to come back to the city, we did not want to miss out. So we decided to go on a one-day tour and visit two or three of the main Bangkok temples. The kids were already well adapted to Thailand's climate, the streets and hospitality (in this case meaning that everyone always wants to make contact with them), thanks to our holiday on stunning Koh...

Cape tribulation and Daintree rainforest - where the jungle meets the reef! Sounds like paradise and really is my Australia East Coast favorite. Definitely worth a visit.Daintree rainforest with Cape Tribulation is home to the oldest continually surviving rainforest on earth, mostly unchanged for over 135 million years! You cross the Daintree river by car ferry and dive into the lush rainforest five minutes later. Up this far North of tropical Queensland you can find wild and natural beauty coexisting with all kinds of adventures for visitors and mostly simple accommodation.But, some will say, what's...

Have you done the planning for your next trip? Are you actually ready for take-off and keen on leaving behind the daily routine? Do you picture yourself enjoying that first morning coffee outside on a beautiful patio with stunning views, maybe across rice patties?But instead of anticipation, all you feel is despair? You're sitting on the floor in the bedroom, clothes and other items gathered around you, and you just don't know where to start? The kids are climbing in and out of the suitcase, rearranging everything you have just rolled up into tiny pieces?...

Traveling has so many benefits for adults, and a lot of them apply to children, too. Sure, the prospect of traveling with kids might not hold the same appeal as roaming around South East Asia with nothing but your backpack to slow you down or renting a cottage in the countryside with friends for the weekend. And it might not seem as possible either. But as we’ve discovered, there are some very convincing answers to the question ‘Why travel with young kids?’. And with that motivation, anything is possible. Why travel with kids? Skip ahead to...

Travel expectations? Well, when somebody asks me how I like Australia and New Zealand, it’s not so easy to give a good and complete answer. An answer that considers all the beautiful places these "islands" have to offer. The unique flora and fauna, the colors, the friendliness of its people.But also the disappointment we were left with again and again when we realized that the once-in-a-lifetime - experience, which was described in the most colorful words in travel guides, blogs, reports from friends - was nothing more (and nothing less) than "ok". Of course, that's...

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