India - A trip of a Lifetime

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Villa del Palmar Cancun, one of Mexico's premier resorts, provides a luxury family holiday on the crystal clear waters of the Carribean. 
 
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Category: Australia
Mantra Crown Towers Surfers Paradise, located in the heart of the Gold Coast, just 100 m from the beach, is the ideal setting to enjoy a memorable family holiday.
 
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Inn by the Sea, a beautiful oceanfront luxury resort, is the ideal place for families to escape the bustle of the city. 
 
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Country Kids Resort, a luxury 5 star resort for the whole family, offers a lush green countryside holiday with activities for the children and time for the parents to relax.
 
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Fraser Suites Le Claridge Champs Elysees, with one of the best locations right on the Champs-Elysées avenue that sprawls from the Place de la Concorde to the magnificent Arc de Triomphe, is perfect for families seeking a luxurious 5 star holiday. 
 
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Campus Tower Suite Hotel, centrally located within walking distance to shops and restaurants, is the perfect place for families to explore the area.
 
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Category: Australia
Apple Blossom Cottage is the perfect base for families to discover the magic of Stanthorpe with its wineries, beautiful national parks, luscious fruits and gourmet foods. 
 
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Harbour Tower Hotel & Suites, in Victoria's Inner Harbour, close to downtown, shopping, dining, attractions, is the ideal location for families to explore Canada’s Jewel of the Pacific.
 
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Meriton Serviced Apartments Bondi Junction, near the City, Bondi Beach and local beaches and with spectacular views of the city and harbour, is the ideal location for families to explore Sydney.
 
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Apple Blossom Cottage, an original workman's cottage, located half way between the Falls and the Valley of the Waters and close to all the National Park bushwalks, is the ideal location for families to relax and explore the area. 
 
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Ao Nang - Thailand

 

AMAZING AO NANG

Whenever we go on holiday, we like to venture away from the really touristy parts of the country. Don’t get me wrong, I like touristy and the kids like touristy.  Hubby, on the other hand likes it less.  He wants to do more authentic things like camping in the desert, hiking up active volcanoes or trekking through the jungle with each person carrying their own gear (despite the fact the girls have a hard time carrying a single shopping bag, never mind a backpack).  Unfortunately for him, these ideas are more fantasy than reality.  But as much as I love touristy, I enjoy an adventure, getting off the beaten track and experiencing the culture of a place. 

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Recommended Travel Vaccinations for India

 

The best way to protect yourself when you go to India is to ensure that you are vaccinated against a few nasty viruses.  The following vaccines are recommended if you are travelling to India but check with your local travel clinics for up to date advice:

HEPATITIS A VACCINE:  Hepatitis A is a virus that can cause liver infections and damage.

Spread:  Usually spread through food or water that has been contaminated with infected feces.  The virus can survive food kept at room temperature and even on hands.

HEPATITIS B VACCINE:  Hepatitis is a virus that can cause infection, scarring, cancer, liver failure and death. 

Spread: Usually spread through contaminated blood or bodily fluids (sexual contact, needle sharing, injections with unsterilized needles, blood transfusions), tattooing, body piercing, acupuncture, pregnant mother to baby upon birth.  It is not spread by contaminated food or water or through casual or social contact (kissing, hugging, coughing, or eating food prepared by person with Hepatitis B)

CHOLERA VACCINE:  Cholera is an infection of the small intestine caused by the bacterium Vibrio cholera.  It causes diarrhea and vomiting.

Spread:  Usually spread through water or food that has been contaminated by the feces of an infected person.

TYPHOID VACCINE:Typhoid fever is caused by the Salmonella typhi bacteria.  Symptoms include poor appetite, headaches, aches and pain, fever, lethargy, diarrhoea.

Spread: Usually spread through water or food that has been contaminated with the feces of an infected person.

TETANUS VACCINE: Tetanus is a disease of the nervous system caused by a toxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium tetani, leading to painful muscle contractions, particularly of your jaw and neck  muscles.

Spread: Usually occurs through wound contamination and often involves a cut or puncture wound.

ANTI-MALARIA TABLETS (NO VACCINE):  Malaria is a mosquito-borne infectious disease causing fever, fatique, vomiting and headaches.

Spread:  Usually transmitted by the bite of an infected female mosquito.

Eat Your Heart Out

My kids are always hungry.  They have an insatiable appetite and eat all the time.  During school holidays, they eat from dawn until dusk. Fortunately, when they are at school, they can only eat their provided morning tea and lunch. But when they get home from school, the frenzy begins.  After demolishing copious amounts of fruit, drink and whatever else is provided, one would think their appetite for dinner would be gone or at the very least, diminished.  But to my amazement, they are able to eat their dinner with as much gusto.  When we visit friends, I am often embarrassed because I am sure the hosts think that I don’t feed my children.  Despite warning my children in advance to restrain themselves when they are out, they never seem to hold back.  I think their tummies overrule their brains.  They have a primeval instinct to eat.

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Family Friendly Kata

One of the best places to base yourselves in Phuket is Kata.  Kata is extremely family friendly and offers a good mix between bustling Patong and sleepy Karon. Its spectacular beach, great restaurants, boutique shopping, fun activities and varied accommodation make for a great family holiday.

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Don't Leave Home Without It

 

I know Trip Advisor has been around for a long time and I have used it on ocassion. What many people don’t realise is that Trip Advisor offers more than just reviews on accommodation. On our most recent trip to Thailand, my family and I (well to be honest, my teenage son) discovered the benefits of using Trip Advisor for choosing local restaurants and cafes.  On our first night in Thailand, my son, (who by the way has his mobile phone permanently attached to his hand and thinks there is nothing better in life than free wii-fii), announced that the restaurant literally across the road from our resort had been rated highly on Trip Advisor.  I am constantly surprised by how unpredictable teenagers are. They can be so helpful at times when you least expect it.  Most times, they walk around in a haze pretending to be useless and incompetent on the off chance you might ask them to do something. Whatever possessed my son to google best restaurants in Kata on Trip Advisor, I’ll never know.  What I did know was that it was a no-brainer where to eat that night, especially as we were all a bit tired from the flight and hadn’t gotten our bearings yet.  

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