Travelling is something we all have to do on a daily basis, whether it’s to and from work or to and from your children’s school, or if you have to go across the country to see the friends you grew up with settling into their new homes. It’s part of our culture, and it’s something we physically have to do to get anywhere in life; no one is achieving all their life goals and ambitions by just staying in the same spot!
But when you’re someone who’s about to go on a long haul vacation, either because you’re road tripping across an island coast or you’re taking an RV around the large and wide country you live in, you’re going to need to stock up a little. This is no simple commute, and it’s not a flight that only takes a couple of hours each way - when you’re in it for the long haul, the journey is the vacation, and a lot of memories can be made along the way.
So, to make sure they’re the right kind of memories, where you’re all laughing and joking and singing as you cruise along, and no one is complaining they're got no leg room or that you’ve ran out of food (and the nearest gas station is at least 100 miles away), let’s make sure you’re planning for comfort. It doesn’t have to be as hard as you think!
If you’re someone who owns an RV, or just likes to go on regular road trips across the country, then this is definitely something you’d recommend! But for those people out there who are thinking of buying a car or truck capable of going long distances with little need to stop, make sure you consider your ability to store food and drinks first of all.
If you’re travelling with family, especially when you’ve got young ones in the back, you’re going to need to stock up on plenty of snacks and cold drinks to keep them satisfied and quiet as you journey along. A lot of the foods we take with us on journeys like these are non-perishable, of course, but a cooler by nature is there to preserve! When you can stick chocolate bars or nut and grain breakfast bars into a cooled and contained space, they won’t melt or crumble all over the place. You can even just turn it off and use it as a storage space, if the kids start picking out a few too many souvenirs…
You can also keep ice cube trays in there, for those of us road tripping through hot climates and hoping to enjoy some ice cold water at some point, and you can keep ice packs and damp flannels frozen and cold, for when the heat gets a bit too much and you need to put something on the back of your neck. Staying comfortable often means packing your vehicle out with cooling equipment, and coolers are often small and portable enough to stack a couple in the trunk.
Dress the Part
When you’re going on a long haul vacation, you’re going to need to plan ahead for the weather you’ll be tripping through, and the activities you’re going to be getting up to. And when you’re going to be spending most of the time inside a moving car, you’re going to want to dress comfortably, with long and thick socks on your feet for misty mountains, or a pair of sandals that’ll make driving through the Nevada desert a lot easier than having to take off your walking boots and go barefoot!
So make sure the bags you’re packing for a vacation that’s going to take time and a lot of mileage are filled with clothes you can snuggle down with when it gets damp and cold, as well as clothes that are light and breezy enough to keep the worst effects of the sun’s rays off of your skin. Maybe you could even dress up your vehicle windows a little as well, and get some blackout curtains fitted in the back of the RV?
Invest in a Private Apartment
Of course, if you’re going on a long haul vacation, it doesn’t have to mean you’re going to be spending most of your time inside of a vehicle and living your best nomadic life. Instead, it can mean you’re taking a very, very long flight to the other side of the world, and you want to have somewhere cheaper, private, and more comfortable to stay in when you get there.
Say you’re off to Malaysia for a month or two; do you want to be paying hotel and hostel bills every single night and day you’re there? If you’re someone who likes to keep their vacations cheap, considering the amount you’ve already paid just to touch down at the airport, you’re probably shaking your head right now.
Which is why it’s a good thing that private accommodation is available to you! Countries like Malaysia are rather big, and it’d be a lot better on your health and finances to simply fork out for one of the kuala lumpur apartments on the rental market at the moment, instead of flitting back and forth across all the cities you intend to explore and spending hundreds for the privilege. Not only that, but when you’ve got an actual rental apartment to come back to, you have yourself a home away from home; it’ll certainly make locating any errant children a lot easier, as you’ll have an easily recognisable place to return to should anyone get lost. That’s definitely a lot more comfortable on you!
Long haul vacations can be a dream to go on, but far less of an attractive reality once you’re doing so. So let’s make sure you’re planning ahead for these moments; you’re going to want to be comfortable as often as you can be whilst travelling, and there’s some bona fide ways to ensure this.
It’s one of the iconic holiday experiences – the open road, a blasting stereo... But, however free you’ll feel cruising through epic landscapes on a classic American road-trip, the key to making the most of your journey is planning.
Of course, the most famous of these is Route 66, from Illinois to California, via the Grand Canyon and plenty of desert. Another popular trip is to hug the West Coast, taking in San Francisco, Los Angeles and the glorious surf spots made famous by The Beach Boys.
For those looking to experience more of the metropolitan flavours of the US, journeying inland from New York to Chicago will provide all the skyscrapers you could ever need. Alternatives are scattered through the Midwest and Deep South.
Even once you’ve decided on where you’re going, how you get there will be a huge factor in how you experience it. And, again, there are no shortage of choices to be made in the types of vehicles available.
Those doing it on TV often opt for a classic American choice such as a chrome-plated convertible or a high-powered motorbike, and these can be surprisingly affordable to hire. However, you must consider whether this undeniably stylish option is practical for your travel needs. Also available are more traditionally family-friendly cars, which will give you space; economical choices that will mean fuel eats up less of your budget; or even motorhomes, for those looking to combine vehicle and accommodation.
Whether it’s a friend or a group of friends, a lover, or a spouse and family, a road-trip together can be one of the most incredible bonding experiences you will ever have. You will share sights you can’t put into words, and learn an incredible amount about each other.
However, you may also have difficult moments, with fatigue, discomfort and disagreements. So – if there’s more than one driver, make sure the duties are spread fairly (and, potentially, also the petrol money). Make sure there’s always food and drink aboard. If there are kids (or just easily-bored adults), be certain they have some in-car entertainment to divert them.
And it’s worth being prepared for any mishaps along the way – US hospitals provide great care, but at high prices.
When we think of road-trips, we imagine cruising endlessly through the landscape. It’s a wonderful, romantic image and it will absolutely make up a large portion of your holiday.
But you also need breaks. First-time road-trippers often set an itinerary that allows precious little time to stop and look around. And if your journey is taking in marvels of nature like the Grand Canyon – or modern wonders like Las Vegas – you owe yourself time to explore.
One thing today's road-trippers have – in abundance – that previous travellers didn’t, is travel apps to make the whole experience that bit easier. There's apps offering other travellers’ tips and maps incorporating GPS trackers. America’s WiFi coverage is excellent, so you should never be far from all the information you need.
If you are thinking about travelling somewhere in the not too distant future, you need to make sure that you have done everything possible for it to be as good as possible. In this article, we are going to be looking at some of the travel tips that you need to take into consideration to ensure that your vacation goes as smoothly as possible. So, let’s take a look at what some of these travel tips are and how they can help you.
The first thing that we are going to look at is everything concerning transport. What do we mean by this? Well, you need to decide whether you are going to fly or sail to your destination for starters. Some places you can hop on a boat and be there in a couple of hours, others require that you get on a plane. Obviously, where both options are applicable, you can just choose the one that you prefer to ensure maximum comfort. This isn’t a difficult decision to make, but you should do your research into which is the best mode of travel before booking anything. The same goes for the price of the trip, make sure that you have looked into a variety of options before you settle on one that you have come across.
The next thing that you need to do is ensure that you have transport sorted at your destination. You might need to think about using a service such as Bayswater Car Rentals, or you could opt to use the public transportation options available. The only thing to watch out for here is that you understand how foreign transport works. For example, buses and trains don't always work the same way everywhere in the world.
Be Specific In Your Plans
The next thing that we are going to look at is being specific with your plans. When you sit down and decide what sites you are going to see which places you are going to visit and so on, you need to make sure that you have a detailed list. Without one of these, you will find that things get missed out, places that you were really excited for don’t get visited, and at least one person on the trip is going to end up disappointed. For this reason, you want to make sure you have some kind of checklist, and you go into at least a tiny bit of detail about where, when and how. This is going to be easier said than done we know, but try to stick to this as much as possible. Think of it as your handy little guide to your destination because it will help you have the best time ever.
We hope that you have found this article helpful, and now know what some of the travel tips are that you can’t live without. If you take the advice laid out above, you are going to have a wonderful time full of fun and adventure!
This was the evening outfit I wore for our second night in Lanzarote. I didn't dress up for our first evening as I was just so tired!
I wore this pretty Missguided high neck polka dot blouse in a pretty blush colour, along with some simple black trousers and a pair of mules. I added the blazer as it can get a little chilly in the evenings.
Although Perth is well known for its city area that doesn’t mean that it’s not somewhere to be taking the family to. There is a wide variety of options when in Perth to see and do that are perfect for children as well as adult alike. From relaxing days in the park to endangered wildlife and thrill-seeking rides there is bound to be something for all the family so if you’re looking for that perfect destination on the Western coast of Australia then Perth should most definitely be on the list of places to consider. Have a look at some of the top family places to see in Perth.
If you’ve got some little adventures at the ready the Kings Park is the perfect places to visit. You are able to sit back and relax in the shade and a picnic while the kids play at the abundance of play parks available. So if they get bored in one area you can be sure to find something new and exciting in the next area, that’s not the mention all the open space you have to let them run around, catching a frisbee, playing football or playing some team games. Why not take them to the Rio Tinto Naturescape, they’re able to engage with the environment or explore the Synergy Parkland and enjoy the amazing dinosaur-era themed playground. This definitely one of the must-visit Perth tourist destinations.
Looking for that filled day to keep both the adults, big kids and little ones busy? Then you have found the place for you, Adventure world is sure to put a smile on everyone's face. Been Perth’s hybrid theme park and water park, Adventure World has something for everyone and you may even need two days to take advantage of what it has to offer. From a magical land filled with baby dragons and medieval vibes to some exciting land and water rides, there really is a lot of fun to be had here. Adventure World is the home to Australias best roller coaster so if you have a family of thrill seekers, this scary, twisting and ride is sure to test even the bravest.
This one is for all the animal lovers out there and what family holiday is complete without a trip to see some wildlife. Known for having one of the most successful Sumatran Orangutan breeding programmes in the world it’s not hard to see why so many tourists take the time to visit Perth Zoo. Seeing wildlife is a brilliant way to bring out a passion for nature with all children and can provide hours of enjoyment, they can sit and observe a variety of different species and learn interesting facts on a day trip here. Although Perth doesn't have many big animals they are able to offer the experience see some rare, endangered species that are in need of help. In December 2015, the Zoo became the first in the world to breed the short-beaked echidna in captivity; an important step in saving this critically endangered species. You will, however, have the chance to see animals such as Elephants, Tigers and Penguins.
Is there any other family places that are a must see in Perth? Please leave them in the comments section below.
I love paring trainers with smart dressy outfits for a more casual look. I'm obsessed with this lace top, it's so pretty and I found it in the H&M sale for just £5! I love a good bargain! I'm also loving this jacket I bought from New Look, it's perfect for those lightly chilly May days where you need a light jacket on. I finished off the look with a simple pair of black H&M trousers and my favourite Fila trainers. I accessorised with this gorgeous cross body bag from River Island.
When we think about the words ‘gap year’ we often think that it’s purely for people who are in university and are taking a year out from study or are taking a year before starting out in their career. However a gap year can be for everyone, whether you just need a year to yourself to explore who you are, you are planning on taking the family with you or are the traditional student who has now completed their studies there are some important things that you should be considering before going travelling for a year.
What Do You Pack?
This will depend completely on the type of gap year you are choosing to take. If you are staying in one place then it may be an option to take more personal items with you and have the choice to live in accommodation such as a hbd for rent and even have things like your favourite ornaments shipped over to make it feel more like home. You may end up with souvenirs that you want to return home with too as you will have a lot of space to be able to collect keepsakes/ People have been known to find unique pieces of furniture that they can’t bear to part with so have them shipped back home. If you’re taking a gap year on foot and hopping from destination to destination then packing light and only taking the essentials is probably more suited. Most commonly people tend to pack a hiking bag and take items such as walking boots, sleeping bags and portable blackout blind for the hostels.
Where Do You Go?
When taking a gap year it is highly recommended that you doing a little bit of planning around your destinations and devise a rough route especially if you are planning on moving around a lot. If your planning on staying put in one location and living a little more like a local, possibly to learn a new language and delve into a new culture then where will probably already be something that you have known for a long time. You might already have a gap year planned through a programme. If however you are travelling around and are only planning on spending a few days or weeks in a one destination it’s a good idea to plan yourself a rough guide, it will prove useful when your not constantly sitting at the computer trying to figure out where you want to go next and what there is to see and do. Research is your best friend when it comes to travel.
What Are Your Options?
There are many options when looking into doing a gap year. You could be looking to free roam and travel around different countries, completing a language course, volunteering, teaching, working in summer camps or travelling around in a motorhome with the whole family, dog included. Whatever your circumstances it’s wise to do a little bit of digging around for all the options available to you. There are plenty of services and programmesthat can help you to plan all sorts of gap years that if of course, you don’t want to plan every detail yourself. If you’re planning on travelling with the family it is worth looking into the educational needs of your children and finding out what homeschooling is all about. It can be really easy to educate on the road but you do need to make sure you have some sort of a plan.
How Are You Funding It?
With a big plan like a gap year, it’s important to think about how you are going to be funding yourself. Of course, each of the different gap year options is going to need a different level of funds and some may even fund you for your expertise for roles such as educational needs. It would be advised to sit down and make yourself some sort of forecast of spending requirements including things such as living costs, accommodation costs and travel costs. Some of the gap year programmes that are out there have essentials like accommodation included in the form of live in, which is where you live on site or with a local family. All you have to do is pay your costs for the duration you want to stay. Been able to stay with a local family can really immerse you into the real daily living of a country.
Do you have any other things that you should be considering before taking a gap year? Please share them in the comments section below.
I hope you all had a fabulous bank holiday weekend. I had the best time with my family by the Norfolk coast. My sister & Brother in law came to stay with their gorgeous Cockapoo Maggie on Thursday night, we spent the day together Friday.
We walked along the coastal path to Hembsy to have a drink in a pretty little pub then walked into the main part of Hemsby for Lunch.
Saturday we went into Great Yarmouth for a walk around the market and shops and had a drink in the sun on the pier then walked up to the pleasure beach and back again.
Sunday we went back into Hemsby for a Sunday Easter lunch then chilled on the beach in Scratby.
Then on Monday we spent the day at Potter Heigham which is a super beautiful small boating village. It's so peaceful just watching the boats go by and they have the tastiest fish and chips!