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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.

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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 →

Skiing in Ischgl with children is a special possibility to party

During winter, many families must ask themselves one all-important question: Where shall we go skiing with the kids? Sure, there are plenty of suitable options in Austria and Switzerland, but it’s never an easy choice betweeen all of them. Families require certain amenities and conveniences, like having hotels near the ski-lift, or a playroom at the top station, or a children‘s area to learn skiing. If you go skiing in Ischgl with children, luckily, you can have it all.

The playroom at the top station Idalp in Ischgl

The playroom at the top station Idalp in Ischgl

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Travel with kids to Galapagos

If you want to show your kids an island undisturbed by humanity, one that instills a respect of nature in visitors, the Galapagos islands are the perfect destination. It’s a unique, almost otherworldly experience to build sandcastles a few yards away from lazing sea lions, or to swim in the pool while marvelling at the giant iguanas crossing the adjacent street. More importantly, to travel with kids to Galapagos is to have an experience not to be missed.

Travel with kids to Galapagos

Sealions are everywhere on Galapagos – Copyright by Ants-in-our-pants.com

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Guide for a family vacation in San Christobal Galapagos

San Cristobal is the fifth largest of the Galapagos Islands, situated on the east side of the archipelago. The island is home to many of the area’s most stunning attractions, including Cerro San Joaquin, a remarkable volcano standing 895 meters high.

Sea lions cavort in the harbor of Puerto Baquerízo Moreno while fascinated tourists pass through, snapping photos or enjoying the spectacular scenery beyond the marine mammals. It’s a surreal scene, the whole area dominated by sea lions roaming wherever they want—on benches, under trees and even on fishing boats.

Sealions on San Cristobal Galapagos - Copyright by Ants-in-our-pants.com

Sealions on San Cristobal Galapagos – Copyright by Ants-in-our-pants.com

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Best pictures of Quito Ecuador

In december 2014 we spent 5 days in Quito, Ecuador, before we flew to the Galapagos islands. It was my first time in Ecuador, so I had to make some pictures of the totally different lifestyle. These are the best pictures of Quito Ecuador.

elderly couple in Quito

elderly couple in Quito

Many people spend their time on public squares. Some sleep, others read while many enjoy their time. No one seems to be too busy for a chat.

inhabitants of Quito

all women carry their babies like that

If in the morning or at night women sell food and other things on the street. Often they take their babies with them. They sleep on their back, wrapped in a piece of fabric.

 

Quito

pics for sale

 

historic town in Quito

Everybody loves dresses.

I have no clue what they did, but they had a great time to dress up.

shoe cleaner in Quito

Modern world meets ancient

On every corner one can find shoeshine boys who are eager to brush the dust off. The difference between someone writing emails on his blackberry and the shoeshine boy who uses the same material like 100 years ago is amazing.

church in Quito

Churches everywhere

 

small streets in Quito

Narrow streets in the historic center

 

famous church in Quito

Outside grey, it’s inside made of gold. Understatement?

 

party bus in Quito

Chivas are the party busses in Quito

If you hear loud music and people singing you can be sure there’s a Chiva coming around the corner. It’s a famous tourist attraction to ride on a Chiva, drink and dance.

 

 

How to survive a long haul flight with toddler – 8 recommendations

We recently had a 20 hour long haul flight with toddler and recognized that it was quite relaxing. Months ago it was stressful to fly with the kids. They were moaning, unbalanced and asked all 30min how long it still takes. As we visited more than 21 countries on 4 different continents with them already we learned a lot about how to organize a long haul flight with toddler. There are some mistakes you shouldn’t make and several items one has to take with them to distract and entertain your toddler.Travel map

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Family round the world trip winter 2015 – our plans for December 2014

family round the world tripOur daughters are 3 and 5 years old now. Since they were only some weeks old we travelled together through Europe, to Mauritius, South Africa, Thailand or New Zealand. It was an enjoyable time and we learned a lot about different cultures, our own limitations and the new horizon travelling creates. Some families homeschool their kids, others nonschool them. We took these options into consideration, but decided to spend the following years in one city in Europe. For sure, we’ll travel as often as possible, but only during school holidays. I read a study about the feeling of “home”. It made clear that it’s impossible to create that feeling above the age of 7. It’s important for me, that my child has long lasting friendships and not only with children she got to know for some weeks. I want her to be able to have that cosy feeling that provides a safe and constant surrounding. The clock is ticking. In only 10 months she’ll start school. For travel addicts this means: let’s travel as long as possible and combine many beautiful destinations. Let me tell you about our family round the world trip starting in only 3 weeks.

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