This Week’s Top Travel Bloggers - the World First Wander.
Welcome to another World First Wander, our weekly look at what’s hot in the world of travel blogging and writing. As always it’s compiled by Tristan Rothwell, the man who scours the internet for the very best travel related stuff so you don’t have to.
With the summer holidays now firmly upon us, this week’s Wander is going to be handy for a lot of our readers: i.e. those with kids. To kick us off, 10 top tips for travelling with children is just what you need to read if you are gadding about with little ones in tow this summer.
Of course, the children may not have arrived yet...
Being pregnant doesn’t have to stop you from travelling. Far from it, in fact. Plenty of people take the plunge and take their bump on its first journey of what may turn out to be a life of travel. And surely your baby will be receptive to the outside world from inside the womb. That’s why you see all those mother’s with headphones on their tummy bulge, right? At least that’s what we’re sticking to. (Any excuse to travel.)
If you are considering travelling whilst pregnant the first thing you need is some pregnancy travel insurance - yes, it exists. Following that we’d advise having a read of this from Abi at Inside The Travel Lab. Believe it or not she invested in a pair of ‘sexy’ anti-DVT stockings but is, alas, now grounded: 23 things travel during pregnancy taught me. Great read.
Travelling solo with children or bump – this one’s important
Watching the news it’s obvious that a lot of people are going to be asking the same question: is it safe to travel? The answer - generally speaking - is a resounding yes! Taking the right precautions can go a long way. Get travel insurance. Do your research. Heed the advice of the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, who publish the latest travel advice for every destination you could think of...and more. Not only will it forewarn (and forewarned is forearmed) you of any problems, it will also give you valuable information about where you are travelling to. For example, did you know that wildlife and livestock can be a hazard on the roads in Botswana? Or that the Zika virus is currently doing the rounds in the Marshall Islands? Handy.
So is it safe to travel?
If this is the question you are still asking yourself, or indeed your mum and dad are asking you, then this blog post from Girl About The Globe might help inform your opinion: Is it safe to travel solo?
If it’s safe, is it selfish?
A slightly contentious one here for us to argue and deliberate over with Taylor Hearts Travel who asks (and answers) the question Is it selfish to take a child on a long-haul flight? Char Taylor openly opines that it’s a purely selfish act to travel with a baby and in all honesty it made a few of us here at World First ask ourselves the same question having travelled on a few sky-high schleps with youngsters. There are some interesting points about whether children should even be allowed to fly…hey, we told you it was contentious. What are your thoughts?
Travel tips and lessons learned
We love a travel blog packed full of travel tips and always like to include at least a couple in each weekly roundup. This week is no different. First up is Passport & Toothbrush with Lessons learned while travelling. We’re not suggesting you need the same survival skills as Bear Grylls. Merely that knowing how to cope with the things that often go wrong can pay dividends.
When the travel fun ends...
Have you ever been on holiday only to return to find your children refuse to sleep?
Travel can affect the sleep patterns of youngsters and us adults alike, so it’s always good to get a few handy tips on how to get back to the old eight-hours in the land of nod - or 30 minutes of uninterrupted sleep for those of us with very young children. Step up Mummy Travels: Travel tips: sleep problems after a holiday.
Heading to the Big Smoke?
Love it or loath it, a lot of us will make a trip to the UK’s capital during the summer holidays. If you are unprepared it can be completely overwhelming, there really is so much to do and see that if you fail to plan you can just end up walking around in circles. (Believe us, a few of us here at World First have done just that.) Have a gander at this post from Mums Do Travel and get planning: Things to do in London with kids: August.
The whole thing’s a disaster!
Holiday disasters. Unfortunately, being in travel insurance, we get to hear about a fair few. But with a little assistance disaster can be averted and you can have the happy holiday you expected in the first place. A travel checklist - like the one in the next article - is a little thing that can go a long way. Don’t believe us? See for yourself! How to avoid holiday disaster.
Until next week!