As relations between the United States and Cuba continue to thaw, it’s becoming more and more of an option for Americans to visit the island nation’s fabled streets, clubs, and beaches. For the family with ties to the island country or a fascination with its history and unbelievably nostalgic vehiclescape, the possibility of taking a trip to Cuba is, arguably, an exciting nearby travel prospect. However, there is a lot about Cuba that’s unlike other close-by destinations, so proper preparation is essential, especially for a family traveling with children. Here are seven tips that will make traveling to Cuba with your family easier on all of you. 1. Book Reservations Waaaaay in Advance Cuba is a major tourist destination with almost 2 million people visiting each year — and that was before the reestablishment of relations with the U.S.! However, its popularity hasn’t forced it to keep pace with the rest of the technological world. Credit cards are rarely accepted and cash is your best bet, and getting a...Read More
From Da Lat Mountains to San Francisco Valley- Nomadic Family Travel Blog For Long Term Budget World Travel With Kids
After seven long months in Cambodia, we finally crossed borders and went on to Vietnam. Though it is still a neighboring country, the culture differences are humongous. We got used to the niceness of the Cambodians, we got used to the Khmer language, and we got used to just living there. We do miss Cambodia dearly. Our first exposure to Vietnam was through Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC). Though the city is fascinating in many ways, we found it very energy-consuming. The massive traffic that does not let you cross the street [watch the video below], the never-ending vendors that bother you every 2nd inch of the way, and the overpriced everything that we had been buying for much cheaper in Cambodia. Take a look at the traffic in HCMC And when you ask why this costs five times more then your neighboring country, you get the same reply “this is Vietnam and not Cambodia”. They are right in a way but still, this is not Europe as well. ...Read More
Nomadic Family Travel Blog For Long Term Budget World Travel With Kids — Holland- Is It Good For Your Family?
As we play with the thought of cruising Europe on bikes and volunteering again, a lot of memories come up about my various visits to this continent. I am not sure if we one day will bike Europe but I do know that Europe has so much to offer its visitors and expats. I have heard of many backpackers who managed to cover great part of Europe by hitchhiking and couch surfing. How cool is that? My first visit to Europe was in Holland when I did a week connection break on the way to USA while flying with KLM. I had visited a good Israeli friend who still lives there. Though my many visits in Holland were amazing, I know that there is a huge difference between enjoying a vacation in a place vs. actually living there. I kept asking my friend why he loves living in Netherlands so much. He kept telling me that basically he lives stress free life and that he fell in love with...Read More
Written by Kobi Klaf (what a nice change from the norm!) The island life cannot be fully described in one post. It would have to be a book to deliver what island life brings you. We have lived on Koh Rong Island in Cambodia for over a week and plan to stay much longer. The notation of strolling along the vast beaches, hearing the waves crash on the sand, the Christmas songs slipping from every resident door, and the sounds of the local talking Khmer fills my heart with joy. The island life is diverse and great. For example, today, the Kids and I (Kobi) went fishing and actually caught few fish and believe it or not, ate it! Yesterday we walked to a near lagoon and had an awesome time in the water. Finally Gabi and I had the opportunity to be romantic. We hugged and kissed in the water while ignoring the presence of our kids around us. The is no doubt that living close to an...Read More
After traveling for a year in Latin America, you cannot forget the great moments we had experience there no matter how much time passes. I had leaned to appreciate what we had in South America, for example, only after arriving to South East Asia. In south America, we were able to communicate to the local on a deep level and by that, to reach great relationships. However, in SE Asia, our deepest converse goes to “Thank you” and “How much is it?”. It was quite difficult to have this radical cultural change. So when I viewed the video clip below about Peru, my heart was filled with joy and nostalgia. I recalled all the great moments we had in Peru, especially in Huhanchaco, Lima, and Cusco. How beautiful! Feel free to view some of the post we wrote about traveling in Peru but regardless, click on this touching video clip. How Cheap Can I Sleep? Too Much Information- What You Never Wanted to Know Just A Butt In The...Read More