Summer Story: The Last Day of School

Summer End of School-1

 

The Last Day of School

There’s always that time when everyone is crazy, wild , and out of control. That time is the end of the school year. This is also the time people are most prone to end-of-school-itis. Some symptoms are dress-code breaking, running in the hallways( we all do it, but the teachers don’t try to stop us on the last day of school), yelling in the classrooms, and breaking rules.

I do have to admit I do break some rules. As in some I mean most. I loved every minute of it.

My Day on The Last Day of School

 

My day was like anybody else’s on the last day of school. I broke the rules, screamed in the classrooms, acted wild, and had fun, but while playing around something popped in my head.

That my friend was the song “How Far We’ve Come” by Matchbox 20. It made me think I really have come far.

So you think by now that this writing is just to tell people about the end of the school year, but I want to say I am ready for summer and what life has to throw at me.

Summer in Thailand with Kids-1

 

I have come too far to turn around, Summer I am ready!

Stay tuned on my summer story as I will be reporting from Thailand.

Tenerife Getaways: The Benefits of Package Holidays

Tenerife

The trend of the staycation is well and truly done and dusted. Everyone is reaching for the holiday brochure and looking online at holidays oversees, wondering what is the most cost efficient way to make their short haul dreams affordable.

Cheap holidays to Tenerife are a favourite with travellers who want to make the most of the Canary Islands’ year round climate. Rather than putting together the pieces of your getaway individually, booking  package holidays online is key to a low cost and stress free sojourn in the sun.

Booking your package holidays online through a trusted discounted holiday website guarantees that you are paying the minimum for your break, while its ATOL insurance also gives the peace of mind needed should anything go wrong with your trip.

Aside from any insurance and cost related benefits to booking package holidays online, booking cheap holidays to Tenerife as an entire holiday means there is nothing left to think about but paying your holiday balance.

From the moment you book you are ATOL insured, and your trusted discounted holiday site will put the balls into motion for you. From check in, to transport through from your airport to your chosen destination – everything is thought of, leaving you nothing to do but relax and rejuvenate, without a care in the world.

Trusted travel companies know which hotels and which areas are best for their customers. By booking online you benefit not only from expert knowledge and guidance, but web exclusive discounts are also available with most package holidays.

Stress less this season and book your Tenerife package holiday online. Leave your worries at home and travel in style, safely in the knowledge that your holiday has been booked, planned, and will be executed by the best in the business.

 

Photo Credit: MendesEnrique

This post is sponsored by Direct Holidays 

Unconventional Sizzling Beach Holiday Destinations

Beaches holiday Tunisia

It’s not too early to start planning for your holiday breaks for the summer. With a proper planning, you will be able to enjoy family vacation at the exotic locations that your family will come back with the lasting memory for the whole clan. And if you’re after a beach holiday with a difference this summer, don’t just settle for the same old Spain or your umpteenth visit to the Greek islands. Of course wherever you go there’s always the opportunity to see more and discover more – but if you fancy breaking the mould, there’s plenty of choice out there to tempt you away from the norm.

Beach Holidays in North Africa

 

Beaches holiday Egypt

North Africa is one such destination. When you think about North Africa, you might not associate it with beach vacation. Over the past few years prices on holidays to Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia have come down as demand and competition has increased, and now you can grab Egyptian bargains or cheap holidays to Tunisia that won’t break the bank.

Egypt consists of the Mediterranean beaches on the north and the Red Sea on the east. Each of these beaches offer something for everyone with slightly different feel that is sure to please vacationers looking for wonderful holiday breaks.

In Tunisia, a comprehensive list of pristine beaches are ready to spoil you on your visit. Some of the beaches in Tunisia have soft and gentle shores and some have rugged rocky caverns and some Tunisian coastlines even are hemmed with long palm trees. The Tunisian beaches are the perfect place to enjoy sun-bathe or enjoy some exciting family water sports.

With Morocco’s several thousand kilometers of coast whose landscapes are diverse and offer the extensive stretches of golden sand, crystal clear waters and abundance of water sports, it’s no wonder that beach vacations in Morocco is considered some of the best family’s favorite holidays.

More Than just Beach Holidays

 

Beaches holiday Morocco

What’s more, many of these destinations offer more than just beach holidays. Take Morocco for instance. The bewitching city of Marrakech makes a fascinating city break that’s worlds away from the westernised favourites of Paris and Rome. In Marrakech you’ll find bustling souks and buzzing bazaars that fill the streets and squares with spice-scented stalls selling a heady array of Moroccon goods and fresh, tasty dishes. And once you’ve had your fill of North African cuisine and you’re ready to rest your weary legs, you can head to one of the city’s fabulous spas for a relaxing massage.

Then there’s Egypt. This vast destination has a holiday for every occasion – for beach-lovers, scuba divers, city slickers, cruisers, and just about everyone in-between. The jewel in the crown is of course Egypt’s ancient history and its magnificent monuments, ranging from the world famous Pyramids of Giza and the Great Sphinx to the spectacular Temple of Karnak. Away from the sights, resorts like Sharm el Sheikh offer a fantastic beach environment, with gorgeous golden sands and pristine waters that sparkle under cloudless blue skies. It’s beach holiday heaven.

So which sizzling beach holiday destination will you choose?

Photo Credits: wentuq, dantaylor, geezaweezer

This post is sponsored by Thomas Cook 

Our Family Travel in 2012

Family Travel: Stone Mountain Park Atlanta

Happy New Year 2013

My favorite post that I love to write each year and I have been consistently keeping it up for all 4 years of blogging is our family travel year end review post. With a lack of posting in the past few months, it’s surprising for me to see that we have done quite a few adventures this year. I can’t say enough of how bless we feel to be able to afford the chances to explore the world with our family. I hope you will find this post not as a bragging on ‘hey-see-where-I-go’ but more of an inspiration to create your own family adventures with your family.

JAN: Appalachian Ski Trip, Blowing Rock, NC

 

Family Travel: Appalachian Ski with Kids

We continued our ski-bug-bite from the previous year trip to Keystone resort with family ski trip with a group of friends to Appalachian Ski resort in North Carolina. The ski resort is nothing compared to the Colorado mountain but it’s the companionship that made the trip. Kids enjoyed playing in the snow when we got snowed in for a day and had a blast on the slopes the next day. It’s a great alternative for us to get some ski time near Atlanta area.

FEB: Cataloochee Ski Trip, Maggie Valley, NC

 

Family Travel: Cattaloochee Ski with kids

Yet another short ski trip from Atlanta to satisfy the kids new favorite sport. For a beginner in skiing, the Cattaloochee ski resort in North Carolina area is perfect for us. The within-driving distance from Atlanta, low-key ski resort, more affordable lift ticket and ski rental are great for us to learn how to master our skill after learning from Keystone Ski school. But we know eventually we will need to plan a proper ski trip out West or even further up North for them to enjoy. But this trip was yet another successful fun trip for them. It goes to show that traveling with kids doesn’t have to be fancy.

MAR: Legoland Discovery Center, Atlanta, GA

 

Legoland Discovery Center Atlanta with Kids

In March, we explored our own backyard and checked out the newly opened Legoland Discovery Center in Atlanta. With a boy whose currently toys collection consisted of only LEGO, it was beyond happy for Mr. Z.

APR: Walt Disney World, Orlando, FL

 

Disney with Kids- Disney's Art of Animation Resort: Playground

This month, we were invited to attend Disney Social Media Mom celebration in Disney World and got a chance to get a sneak peek at their new Disney’s Art of Animation resort, a great new addition to Walt Disney World resort that we plan to stay on our next trip.

APR: Stone Mountain, Atlanta, GA

 

Legoland Discovery Center Atlanta with Kids

During Spring break, we stayed in town and visited Stone Mountain park to check out their new attraction, the Geyser Towers. Kids had fun on the hot day.

JUN: Month long visit to Thailand

 

Phuket with Kids, Phuket, Thailand

The summer of 2012, we spent 2 months in Thailand with my family. It will take us a while to write about our visit. We took several side trips from Bangkok to Hua Hin, Rayong, Phuket and Ayutthaya. It was one of the highlight for us to be able to spend a big chunk of time with cousins and relatives.

JUL: Hong Kong

 

Family Travel: Hong Kong with Kids

With our long stay in Thailand, we took advantage of cheap airfare from Air Asia and went to Hong Kong for a few days. We explored the island slowly and enjoyed our time walking, eating and sightseeing.

JUL: Singapore

 

Family Travel: Singapore with Kids

On our way back from Thailand, we had a stopover in Singapore for a few days. My family flew there with us and we had a great time checking out Universal Studio Singapore and eating chilli crab. It was a short yet sweet trip for us to end our summer in Asia.

SEP: Anniversary trip to Savannah, GA

 

Trip to Savannah, Georgia

We escaped for a couple trip to Savannah to celebrate our anniversary. I fell in love with this historic mossy town. We plan to bring the kids back with us later this year. After all, Miss J is a girl scout so she has been asking about a visit to Savannah for a while.

After that, we have been staying put in town. I guess the months long trip to Asia has done it for us. It makes me realized that I love to travel but I also love to be home in my own bed, taking my dog for a walk and having coffee with my friends. So the last quarter of the year was all about friends and parties.

It has been yet another blessed year for us that we can continue to pursue our love of travel and adventures with our children.

So here come 2013, we are excited to the new adventures. What are you most exciting about your 2013 plan?

 

And if you have free time, you can check out our family travel in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011.

 

Flying with Kids: Surviving Early Flight

With so many stories both good and bad about flying with kids, I know it makes many parents think twice about booking their summer vacation that requires flying. It’s understandable when all we hear about is how many other passengers hate kids on the plane.

When we booked our summer trip to Asia early this year, we ended up with an itinerary that many families probably think we are crazy to embark on such a flight. But with over $1,000 saving for the whole family, we just have to make it work.

Our flight from Atlanta to Los Angeles (one of four legs we will take to get to our destination) was leaving at 7:30 AM and that means a 4 AM wake up call for the kids.

With 4 big luggage and 4 carry-on, we arrived to the airport with about an hour and a half. However, due to some technical glitch to their kiosk, we had to check-in at the counter.

Then with Mr. Rojo’s video equipment, he got pulled aside as TSA inspected his equipment. I’m glad he decided not to bring his homemade PVC pipe on this trip otherwise we might not make it to our flight at all.

By the time we cleared security, we only had 30 minutes left. We chowed down our breakfast in record time while suffering the indigestion later. It didn’t matter because we made it to our gate just in time.

One of the thing I think will make or break your trip is the plane you will take. A crappy plane with nothing means you have to provide your own entertainment for your kids. A newer plane with all the bells and whistles means free time for you to get your shut eyes on the trip.

Our lucky star was with us on our first leg. The plane from ATL – LAX on Delta was one of the nicest one I have flown. The seat is comfortable with personal entertainment unit for each person. SCORE!

Granted, to get better entertainment selection like movies or games, you will have to pay extra for those. But complimentary programs are enough to keep both Miss J and Mr. Z occupied for the whole 4 hours flight.

With the choice of Live Sat TV with limited selection of kids channel (CN and Nick) and kid-friendly music, they were a happy camper the whole flight. I wish they would take a nap but then again we have a longer flight ahead of us. So it will be ok.

Now, what are we gonna do with our 5 hour layover in LAX??