Travelling with children
Children spent the whole year studying hard to pass the exams and parents toiled hard to earn good money for their children’s future. Hence, it’s fair that both parents and children enjoy a good vacation during the year-end school holidays. Here are a few destinations suggested by travel agents:
Disneyland in Tokyo, Hong Kong or USA.
Angkor Wat in Cambodia. This is a good place to expose kids to World Heritage Sites that they have learnt in school. Do bear in mind that the cost for a 5D/4N trip for a family of four to ASEAN countries averages around RM10,000.
Taiwan. Take your family to non-touristy places like visiting a Hakka village to introduce your kid to their roots.
Chiengmai. Visit an organic farm and enjoy the elephant rides.
Below are some tips for thrifty travel, courtesy of THE STAR:
- Have a budget and schedule to plan your trip realistically. (My husband is a pro in this area.)
- Purchase flight ticket or tour package early at travel fairs to get good bargain. (I must visit MATTA fair this year.)
- Try to travel during low season.
- Buy travel insurance for unexpected delays and medical emergencies. (I have never done this. Thanks God for all the numerous trouble-free trips I had.)
- Buy food and water at grocery stores or local markets. Always carry snacks with you in the bag. (I never fail to do this.)
- Book hotels within walking distance from town so you can save on transport. Check accessibility of transportation too, especially fares.
- Opt to stay in B&B. (Can make friends over time too.)
- Always bring an up-to-date guide book.
- Shop at flea markets. They are cheap,funky and the sellers are usually helpful and friendly. Don’t forget to bargain when you are in Asia countries.
- Consider going to attractions that don’t require entrance fees, like parks, museums or open-air concerts.