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3 Places Perfect for a Family Holiday in Asia

Asia is an awesome destination for family holidays as it boasts of some of the best known historical and natural attractions in the world. You can expect to discover and experience so much, mostly at a very affordable price. But touring Asia with your family posses a number of challenges, including great cultural differences and long flights. So it is always very important to research enough before making the final decision. Choosing any specific country for family holiday in Asia is always a big dilemma with a really big number of contenders. Here I present just 3 perfect places for a family holiday in Asia:

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Sri Lanka

Located in the middle of Indian Ocean, Sri Lanka is an island destination with limitless number of things to do and see for family holidaymakers. The beauty of this island nation lies in its stunning beaches, coconut trees, tea plantations, amazing wildlife and friendly locals.  The country boasts of fascinating history with some remarkable archeological sites all around the country. Exploring Sri Lanka can be an inspiring experience for your children as they get close to wild elephants, turtles, and leopard, calm sandy beaches, and various historical sites. So, you can expect to have some wonderful holidays in Sri Lanka with your family.

Thailand

Thailand is surely one of the top travel destinations in Asia with wide range of things to do for almost every type of traveler. You might argue that the hectic city of Bangkok may not be a good idea to take your kids. But don’t forget the natural beauty of Thailand along with its appetizing foods, continuous festivity, parks and wonderlands. Phuket is surely the best place to go for family vacationers as it is a tropical paradise. You can expect to have ultimate beach side family break in Phuket with wonderful beaches, world class family resorts, plenty of activities on offer for kids and adults alike. Island hopping, windsurfing, diving, elephant riding, the things to do for family holidaymakers in Phuket are endless.

Japan

In many ways, Japan is the vest country to visit with kids in Asia. The reasons are varied; Japan is a country with beautiful natural settings. It has one of the most modern and efficient public transport systems and it is a blend of old and modern world. In a family holiday in Japan, you can take your kids to show the stunning views of Mount Fuji and also take them to experience the skyscrapers and innovative technologies of Tokyo. The Japanese food, culture, dazzling festivals, and historic temples of Japan will ensure you and your family enjoy some of the most fascinating days of your life in the country of rising sun.

In case you have visited one or more of these countries with your family, you may try somewhere new in Asia. Then, you can choose from other popular family holiday destinations like Singapore, Bali, Malaysia, and China.

 

Montenegro A New Option For a Family Holiday

Montenegro: A New Option For a Family Holiday

Montenegro is a proud Balkan gem that is slowly but steadily growing into one of the major touristic hotspot along the Adriatic. Having shaken the tarnish of its ties to Serbia during the long conflicts that embroiled Yugoslavia’s former republic, this young nation is offering the world an ultra glamorous touristic destination.

Its plate is full of remarkable attractions that will have families enchanted and looking forward for the next holiday to come back for more. It offers unspoilt glacial lakes, striking ancient walled cities, lush alpine peaks, an incredible coastline and the gorgeous Black Mountains from which the name is derived Montenegro. Here are some of the best places to visit with on your family holidays in Montenegro.

TARA CANYON

The Tara Canyon is one of the world’s deepest canyons and should be on any traveler’s checklist in Montenegro. While most people never seem to leave the stunning coastline, a little adventure for your family would be worthwhile. During summer the river is a little friendlier to rafters as it is calmer giving you an opportunity to navigate safely without worrying about safety.  You will enjoy beautiful sceneries as you raft and stop over along the 18 km of river as you stop over along your journey to swim and recharge your energy with local cuisine.

LAKE SKADAR

Take your family high up the mountains to enjoy the beautiful sceneries and the tranquil ambience of the largest lake in the Balkan Peninsula. It is surrounded by dramatic Karst Mountains reflected in the mirrored waters. Its rocky shores and wetlands play host to a myriad of wildlife with more than 260 species of birds, traditional fishing villages, islet monasteries and pristine beaches. The lake is in a preserved national park and it offers a refreshing opportunity to dip and cool off in its fresh waters.

When not enjoying swimming or kayaking on the lake you can wander off to the mountains and discover the wildlife found there, from brightly colored lizards to wild boars and even wolfs. The mountain vegetation is famous for its medicinal value.

PODGORICA

Podgorica is the amazing capital of Montenegro; it is rich in history and culture that evident with its numerous historical sites. Though most people would prefer to head directly to the stunning beaches once they land in Podgorico, a little exploration of this city of contrasts would be worthwhile. Medun is one of the oldest settlements in Podgorica and its charms its visitors with its physical beauty and rich traditions. It is an ideal location to stroll with your family as you explore its survival after years of different civilizations.

Duklija is one of the most significant Roman towns in Podgorica and is a place that is so rich in history that once you step in it you travel back in time to over twenty centuries back. Ancient remains of temples, spas, necropolises and forums help you picture what life must have been like in this place. It is also on this place that Podgorica was founded.

Montenegro A New Option For a Family Holiday

 

5 Tips For A Successful Family Holiday

Holidays are supposed to be fun. The anticipation of new and exciting environments, tasty exotic cuisine, and relaxing atmospheres is almost tangible. So as you count down the days to the big dare, here are some points to consider before embarking on a family holiday.

EARLY PLANNING

As simple as this may sound, this is one of the most abused. After choosing a destination, the next move is choosing the mode of transport, and then you have to do a little research on the places you plan to visit so as you can know what to bring along. For example if you are going on a skiing holiday you may bring along extra warm clothing.  If visiting Africa in general, a lot of sunscreen especially for the young ones is a must, some anti-malarial, pain killers and antihistamines should be considered. It is very important to remember that you get better rates when you plan ahead.

Also, make sure that all your paperwork is in order and your reservations done. I’d hate to be the one telling the kids to go back home, the tickets were not confirmed!

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INSURANCE

In as much as nobody wants to tragedy, crossing your fingers and hoping for the best is not wise especially where children and the advanced in age are involved. It is always advisable to buy a health insurance policy to be on the safe side. You don’t have to spoil your holiday by thinking about queuing in the halls; most insurance companies are available online.

FAMILY FRIENDLY DESTINATIONS

A lone holiday can be planned in a whiz, but a vacation involving the whole family may be tasking. What attracts a three year old may not necessarily be a pot of honey for a teenager. To avoid general embarrassing situations, it is always good to research if the place you are visiting. Find out what amenities they offer: do they have babysitters for when you need to get away for the night, check the activities available for your teenagers, are the rooms family friendly, and do they offer discount services for families? A family friendly destination will have something for everyone.

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SECURITY

The security of a place is of uttermost importance to any traveler and it’s therefore wise to choose a safe place to take a vacation. Be aware of the political stability or the general state of a country to avoid being caught up in chaos and disruptions.  Visiting a place where military officers are sauntering all over in their camouflaged uniforms and heavily armed may confuse and instill fear to the young ones. While one can adventure in newly opened up destinations like Kashmir, taking children to a place with rebel threat is very irresponsible!

USE LOCAL TRAVEL AGENTS

If you are not sure of getting it done on your own, you can always make use of travel agents. They are very able to assist you in making the best choices. Some information may not be readily available for example: you may want to learn to a foreign language, or just to try cooking lessons to add to your family menu, the knowledge you may find from a travel agent could be just what you need.  Local travel agents give back to the community you are visiting, and as such make for responsible travel partners.