We all love to travel and for some reason when you have a family everyone assumes it’s not possible. Our aim is to show you those travelling dreams of yours can soon become your reality. Ensuring you travel better, cheaper and for longer.
Second in of our Family Travel Series we have Hridya from coinsnmaps.com to give her top family travel tips and advice.
I am Hridya, the owner and writer for the blog Coins’n’Maps. I am an Indian expatriate living with my husband and daughter in Malaysia for the past 7+ years. Our visit to Cambodia last April spurred me to put my experience in writing. I felt as if the carvings and the temples were screaming to me, “write about me” crazy you might think, but that is how I felt when we got back from our trip. For a year, it was on WordPress and about 2 months back, I got my own domain and named my blog Coins N Maps.
Ever since our daughter was born, she loved being outdoors, be it travel or just a trip to the nearest park. She simply loved being outside the home, this paved way for our travels. We started to travel as a family when she was about 5 months old.
Coins’n’Maps Family Travel Tips
1. Best family travel / advice tip you could give
Start early – your kids will love it! It is the best gift you can give them.
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2. What is the most important reason travel as a family?
We would like our child to understand and appreciate different cultures, traditions. Who knows where she will live later in her life, an initiation earlier in life might be of help at some point right?
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3. Any tips to save money travelling as a family?
Book early if possible, budget airlines have great discounts all year round. Making use of websites such as Agoda, Booking.com can help get you great rates for good hotels as well.
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4. How to you begin to plan for a family holiday?
If your child is home-schooled or has still not started schooling, it is easier to plan – you can leave anytime! But if your child is attending school, then you might need to plan around their school holidays or see that you miss school minimally. Scanning the school calendar will help you plan accordingly.
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5. Tips on keeping the whole family entertained during travel? i.e. airplane / car journeys
Our air travels have been limited to in and around Asia, so the maximum we have flown is 5 hours at a stretch. We usually take our daughter’s favourite toy, a pencil/pen, paper, crayons, colouring book – This was in her little bag until the time she preferred colouring. Now she is able to read short sentences, so we fit in her favourite book or two. We also read the in-flight magazine and show her different articles in it. Apart from this, food keeps them busy haha – their favourite eatables especially.
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6. How many family holidays do you manage to fit into a year?
We have one mandatory trip back home to India every year, at times we manage to squeeze a second trip if everything falls in place (holidays, air tickets etc.) There is one domestic trip we plan and one international trip (apart from the India trip). The planning starts about 8-10 months in advance, checking for airfares.
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7. How do you manage to afford to travel as a family? Any tips?
We allocate a specific amount every month to travel, and make use of this during our travels. If we are able to get cheap airfares and hotel, we splurge a bit on the shopping bit.
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8. Any destinations or countries you’d recommend to travel to as a family?
Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Malaysia – these are three of my favourite destinations and we had a lovely time as a family.
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9. What destinations have you found to be the most affordable and enjoyable?
Malaysia is very affordable, Cambodia was quite within our budget due to the fact that we got a good bargain on the tickets and hotel, and the same applies to Sri Lanka.
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10. What has been the biggest sacrifice you’ve had to make by travelling as a family
Because we have a little person travelling with us, we need to take into account their schedule mainly sleep, before we decide on going anywhere. We will have to skip theme parks, early morning/late night outings. We also need to take into consideration safety, health risks (infections, illnesses) of the little one. Of course, if your little one is very accommodating, which I am sure almost all kids are, and then you can definitely say that there is very less “sacrifice” that you do while travelling.
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If you enjoyed Hridya’s 10 Family Travel Tips, head over to her travel blog at coinsnmaps.com where you can discover more about her family travel adventures.