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Family Trip to Gili Air – 5 factors of success

We took a family trip to Gili Air, complete with grandparents and our two children, ages three and five, first departing for Bali in January 2015. We imagined our trip consisting primarily of the kids and grandparents lounging on the beach while we explored the local shops. We were wrong. Upon arriving at the beach in Seminyak, our oldest said, “I’m not gonna stay here. It’s so dirty.” “It smells,” the little one complained. The well-being of our trip was suddenly in jeopardy—how can we make everyone happy for the entire month-long vacation?

We escaped into Spas, instead of going to the beach. - Copyright by www.ants-in-our-pants.com

We escaped into Spas, instead of going to the beach. – Copyright by www.ants-in-our-pants.com

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Reasons to go on a 4×4 trip with children in South Africa

Most families hesitate booking a 4×4 for their family vacation in South Africa. Excuses like “Our kids are too young!”, “It’s too dangerous.” “How should we sleep comfortable in a tent on top of the car?” occur and so most families don’t go an a 4×4 trip with children in South Africa.

We tried it with our 3 and 5 year olds. You’ll miss the trip of your life if you don’t give dirt, tents and animals a try.

1. Safety

If you travel with your family safety is of highest priority. Kids need to have a good car around them so elephants, tigers and normal roads can’t harm them. A 4×4 is a massive vehicle with which you won’t get stuck in mood or have problems on normal roads with deep potholes.

Fun to drive! - Copyright by www.ants-in-our-pants.com

Fun to drive! – Copyright by www.ants-in-our-pants.com

2. Nature

South Africa is well known for its’ stunning nature. The Golden Gate Highlands National Park has colourful mountains, lush bush and zebras around the corner waiting for you to drive by. Picnic places are on every corner, but having a yummy picnic is only possible if you have all the equipment with you. Chairs, table, a fridge and all the household staff are stored in boxes in your 4×4. We had fantastic picnics at breathtaking places in South Africa and Swaziland. It wouldn’t have been possible with a normal car.

Behind us the bufaloes. Copyright by www.ants-in-our-pants.com

Behind us the bufaloes. Copyright by www.ants-in-our-pants.com

3. Flexibility

Some kids still take a nap during the day. Setting up the tents is done in 3 minutes so you can lay down with your baby and nap – no matter where you are. We often had no clue how long we’ll be able to drive without moaning kids in the back. As soon as they didn’t want to drive anymore we looked for a place to sleep. Once we found a beautiful lodge with lions and were able to camp there for only 100 ZAR (8€).

An Elephant herd in Kruger NationalPark - Copyright by www.ants-in-our-pants.com

An Elephant herd in Kruger NationalPark – Copyright by www.ants-in-our-pants.com

4. Fun

As a parent it’s mostly about raising kids and not about your own fun. We found out that driving through a river on a 4×4 trip with children in South Africa is an experience both parties don’t want to miss. The kids loved it and daddy smiled for the next hours. In Kruger National Park some roads are only for 4×4, whereas 80% of all cars are normal ones. The chance to view animals there are much higher than anywhere else.

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Massive rhinos – Copyright by www.ants-in-our-pants.com

 

11 Things to do in Mauritius with Children

The beautiful volcanic island of Mauritius is a great choice for a family destination. This island nation annually attracts millions of visitors who wanted to have a unique and unforgettable holiday.

For those who are not aware, tourism is actually a major component of Mauritian economy, which obviously explains why the service and experience is unparalleled.

Mauritius is easily accessible from various countries. For instance, travel time is approximately 11 hours from Europe, 6 hours from South Africa and 14 hours from Australia. Additionally, don’t worry about any language barriers as there are three official languages – French, English and Creole (though it is doubtful if any tourist would be able to speak Creole as fluent as a local).

The beach of Ile aux Cerf - Copyright by www.ants-in-our-pants.com

The beach of Ile aux Cerf – Copyright by www.ants-in-our-pants.com

There are tons of things to do in Mauritius with children. For one thing, a great family holiday couldn’t be complete without spotless white sandy beaches. Kids may also explore reefs, since it is not far from shore – it is only about 100 meters away. Therefore one won’t have high waves. Continue Reading →

Review: Ramada Caravela Beach Resort Goa

In February 2015, we visited India with two children, ages three and five. We were often asked how we could possibly travel to India with children. Admittedly, we chose India only because we happened upon cheap flights heading toward Bali, via Mumbai. I decided to set aside an extra ten days to visit the nation, figuring we may as well seize the opportunity to explore a new place while we’re there. Continue Reading →

Is Gili Trawangan with children relaxing?

Gili Trawangan is an Indonesian island near Bali and Lombok, once famous among locals and visitors for its party scene, but the destination has changed over the last few years. Backpackers who once partied on the beach a decade ago return to Gili Trawangan with children now to relive those glory days with children in tow. But is it really the best idea to visit Gili Trawangan with children? Continue Reading →

Things to do in Arambol with children

Arambol is a small town in North Goa, roughly a two hour drive from the Airport Daborim (GOI).

You may find better beaches throughout Goa, but you won’t find another spot to match the unique charm of Arambol. The town combines traditional Indian culture with a hippie-infused lifestyle that draws travelers from around the world. Many people decide to live in Arambol for years at a time, and even send their children to school here, though I’m not sure how the hippie lifestyle melds with the strictness of Indian schools. Regardless, the unusual population of locals, ex-pat-hippies and travelers converge to create the laid-back but undoubtedly lively atmosphere. Most residents live either on the beach or the town’s only main street leading directly to the seaside. Some things to do in Arambol with children: Continue Reading →

Incredible India – why 50 women laughed at the expense of my husband

Incredible India“—so goes the Asian subcontinent’s slogan, and it’s certainly well-chosen from the perspective of a tourist. Even when initially passing through customs, already we were saying it. “That’s incredible India!“ Our vacation rendered us speechless many times, but still we would whisper: “India, incredible India.“

Occasionally we said it when experiencing the many forms of transportation throughout the nation. Upon arriving in Mumbai, our taxi driver stowed our luggage on the car roof, without bothering to tie it down. How would that work? We trusted him, still deathly afraid of losing our bags as the car honked and raced its way down potholed roads. Continue Reading →

Travel Guide for Visiting the Gili islands with Kids

The Gili Islands are a veritable paradise on Earth, from the white sandy beaches to the restaurants pied dans l’eau. There are as many friendly locals to greet you on land as there are sea turtles and vibrant fishes swimming with scuba divers. All of this and more are what make the Gili islands with kids what they are—a fantastic place.

The Gili Islands are located in the vast blue sea betwpartyboateen Bali and Lombok, only a one-hour boat ride from the Balinese city of Padangbai, or half-an-hour from Lombok. All three islands forbid motor vehicles, making each destination uniquely walkable and especially agreeable for children. Though each of the gorgeous islands vary in size, they’re frequented by the same crop of visitors, including families, couples and backpackers. Continue Reading →

7 Things to Consider Travelling to India with Children

India is undoubtedly a fascinating country, but one with many negatives to match the positives. Some travelers will want to return year after year, and others will hope to never return. In our previous trips, our impressions of the nation has differed with each visit, vacilating between dislike and love, pity and fascination.

Your Indian experience depends upon so many factors—chief among them being who you travel with. Travelling to India with children, for example, is an entirely different adventure from travelling alone, as children, particularly young ones, will require your constant supervision and care in the new, often forbidding environment.

Based on our experiences visiting with a 3- and 5-year-old, we’ve coined a few tips on how to ensure a successful journey if you’re travelling to India with children: Continue Reading →

The Amazoonico with children – garden eden in Ecuadors djungle

The Amazoonico is a project initiated by a swiss woman and her ecuadorian husband who built the zoo as an animal rescue center to safe animals who got treated badly from their owner, were smuggled or somehow found their ways to the amazoonico. The government works directly together with the amazoonico. Have a look if the AmaZOOnico with children is a worth a trip. Continue Reading →