4 Ways to Stay Fit on a Family Trip Abroad

4 Ways to Stay Fit on a Family Trip Abroad

With all the responsibilities that traveling involves, including your papers, insurance, tickets, accommodation, local sightseeing tickets, and other important details, it’s almost impossible to think about maintaining your fitness regime while visiting another country with your kids. In all fairness, that’s difficult even in your hometown when you consider all the things parenthood involves on a daily basis!

Still, people have tried and succeeded in staying physically active while traveling. So, before you pack your bags and make peace with the fact that you won’t be able to work up a sweat during your travel, take a look at these simple tips on incorporating a workout into your trip without compromising your family fun time!

Include it in your itinerary

If you’re visiting the French countryside or a Swiss mountain range, there will be countless options for hiking, biking or even mountain climbing for the bravest among you! For example, there are family-friendly trails in Austria that can be physically demanding, but you can always hire an experienced  professional, who’ll help you to enjoy the local wildlife and beautiful landscapes.

Then again, playing football on a Copacabana beach with the locals or fellow travelers can be a memorable experience, a perfect chance for you to embarrass yourself in front of your kids and an ideal way to work out while experiencing life in a new culture. What more could you ask for from a perfect family vacation?

4 Ways to Stay Fit on a Family Trip Abroad

Exercise before breakfast

Even though you might try to use jetlag as an excuse, or the fact that you can’t be held accountable for your own actions before that first cup of coffee, including a quick bodyweight workout is a perfect way to turn your exercising into a travel habit. If there’s a park or a beach right next to where you’re staying, you can step out for a quick jog, and a few sets of pullups and pushups.

Make sure to include a brief warmup and cooldown routine to complement your exercises because you don’t want to get injured during your stay in a foreign country. Moderate morning workouts can give you the perfect energy boost for the rest of your day and help you manage your weight when you’re tempted to dive into insanely large portions of the local cuisine.

Explore local options

Visiting a completely new, exotic destination can tempt you away from your regular fitness routine, but there are creative ways you can use the local offers and turn it into a fun activity you won’t even perceive as an exercise plan! For example, visiting Australia usually ends up with entire families hurrying to see the monumental city architecture, unique culture, and untamed nature as much as possible.

To get an even more intimate taste of the Aussie lifestyle, join the local runners on the gorgeous Sydney or Adelaide coastline, explore their pristine parks. However, if you insist on sticking to your original fitness plan, you can look for some local fitness trainers in Adelaide that can motivate you and make sure you don’t skip a single workout in your routine!

4 Ways to Stay Fit on a Family Trip Abroad

Get your kids involved

If you’re traveling with toddlers and very young kids, it can be tricky to include them into your exercise regime, simply because they wouldn’t be able to keep up and you’d have to keep an eye on them all the time, making it almost impossible to stay true to your plan. However, some kids are tireless dancers and they can always challenge you to explore new moves and steps that a typical grownup would never think of.

Luckily, there are other ways you can use your traveling time to work out. The local playground is a perfect field for you to experiment with your training and include your kids in the process. Mix and match various activities to get the most out of your journey while still staying active. A good example is taking your kids for a long walk and taking photography breaks that will give them just enough time to rest. Playing volleyball or water polo as a family, or swimming with your kids can be surprisingly taxing and fun at the same time!

4 Ways to Stay Fit on a Family Trip Abroad

Whether you decide to keep your kids busy with drawing or playing in the sand while you and your better half find an innovative solution for working out, or you decide to motivate them to tag along, there is no valid excuse for taking a break from your fitness routine while traveling as a family.

Think and plan ahead, research the country you’re visiting and you’ll find a perfect way to keep those pesky pounds at bay. Who knows, maybe you will discover a new fitness passion during your travels and learn a new skill that you can continue perfecting even when you return home.

5 Ways To Keep Your Family Safe On The Road

5 Ways To Keep Your Family Safe On The Road

When we had our first baby 10 years ago, I really was concerned about keeping him safe in the car. I can remember being so concerned that I was going to assemble the car seat wrong, or that the bumps in the road would hurt him. I was so afraid I was going to do something wrong driving him home from the hospital. I’m still concerned and think I will always be concerned because I’m his dad. Now with 4 kids, I want nothing more than to do all I can to create a safe travel experience for them. There’s a lot of craziness and danger out there on the highways, so knowing how to best protect my kids is at the top of my list of concerns.

Here are five simple ways we can keep our families safe on the road – especially during the holiday season.

  • Make sure everyone is properly restrained
  • Avoid road rage
  • Avoid distractions
  • Know where you are going
  • Keep your car’s maintenance current

1. Make Sure Everyone Is Properly Restrained

5 Ways To Keep Your Family Safe On The Road

Making sure your child is properly secured in his or her carseat is one of the most important ways to protect them in the even of an accident. In the United States, each state has its own laws when it comes to age requirements for rear-facing, forward-facing, booster, and lap belt restraining. The best way to find out the age limits is to check out the Child Safety Law Tracker at safekids.org then seach by your state.

There are several types of car seats. It is critical that all parents understand which seat is right for their children, and abide by the state-specific laws at all times.  Adult lap belts can be dangerous for kids if they are too young to be wearing them.

*The rules below are for the state of Ohio.  All other states’ laws may vary. Consult your local BMV for state-specific laws.

Rear-Facing Car Seats

Babies and young children are required to be in a rear-facing car seat until the age of 2, or until they have reached the maximum height and weight specifications of their convertible car seat.

Forward-Facing Car Seats

Kids who have outgrown the requirements of their convertible car seat can now face forward provided they are no younger than 1 year old and weigh at least 20 pounds. They must use a harnessed car seat until they have reached the height/weight limits of the seat.

Booster Seats

In Ohio, children can use a booster seat once they turn 4 years old and weigh at least 40 pounds.  He or she must use the booster until the age of 8 or has reached 4’9″.

Lap and Shoulder Belts

Once a child has reached 4’9″ they are ready to use a lap and shoulder belt without the booster seat.  Children who are under the age of 15 must use a child safety seat or seat belt until they are 15.

2. Avoid Road Rage

5 Ways To Keep Your Family Safe On The Road

This is one of the hardest things for me to do, and I’m sure I’m not alone.  It was one thing to lose my temper with road rage before I had kids, but now with 4 kids in the car, it’s even more important just to let things slide.  Other drivers do some crazy things out there, but being a defensive driver is critical to maintaining safety for all on the road.

It’s often too easy to blow the horn, give the finger, tailgate, or stare down someone when something doesn’t go our way on the highway. No one knows better than me that this type of behavior is childish and doesn’t ever solve anything. Whenever I think about responding to an aggressive driver, I tell myself over and over again to put things into perspective and move on with life.

3. Avoid Distractions

5 Ways To Keep Your Family Safe On The Road

Texting while driving has been banned in most states in the USA. Most modern cars now come with Bluetooth technology allowing for a hands free operation.  As parents, we often think we need to respond to an email or to a text right away because we are so busy, but nothing is so important that we have to take our concentration off of safe operation of our vehicles. It can wait!

There are more ways to be distracted behind the wheel than just texting.  With the kids in the car, there’s often a lot of screaming, fighting, begging for a movie to be played, etc. If you are traveling with your spouse, always let the one who is not driving handle the situations that come up inside of the car.

If you aren’t familiar with your car, fidgeting around trying to play a movie, changing the radio, or adjusting the temperature can all be equally as distracting as texting. Get to know your car and all of its features. Most modern cars have adjustments on the steering wheel, or even voice-activated commands to make driving less distracted much easier.

4. Know Where You Are Going

5 Ways To Keep Your Family Safe On The Road

It’s so easy these days to rely upon our trusty (or not-so-trusty) GPS devices. With Google Maps, we can basically find our way to just about anywhere we want to go. It’s always a safe bet going to a new destination to know how to get there ahead of time.  I don’t know about your experiences with the accuracy of a GPS, but mine have been interesting.  For the most part, my in-car GPS and cell phone are usually accurate. 5 or 6 years ago, I had the GPS set to to take us to the lake house for our summer vacation, but it literally took us to the edge of the lake – literally.  I could have hung a fishing rod out my window.

I make it a practice to go to MapQuest or Google Maps and familiarize myself with the directions before hitting the road. There have been horror stories of families not making it to their destinations because they only relied upon their GPS and not their actual surroundings. GPS systems can make mistakes, so think ahead and verify the directions are accurate.

If you are using your GPS as a means of getting you to where you need to go, familiarize yourself with all of its features before hitting the road. Many features, such as detour, avoid tolls, etc. can save a lot of headaches, time, and money.  Some GPS units also account for construction, weather, and traffic. Knowing how to use the GPS is important in understanding how it operates.  GPS units are very advanced today, so knowing all about them will help you keep your family safe on the road.

5. Keep Your Car’s Maintenance Current

5 Ways To Keep Your Family Safe On The Road

It goes without saying – a car only runs as well as the condition in which it is in. It is crucial to keep a car’s normal maintenance up to date. Things such as oil changes, tire rotations, fluid changes, brakes, etc. are all important aspects of a well-performing car.  Proper maintenance leads to longer car life and optimal performance.  Traveling with kids in a car that is not well-maintained can put a whole trip at risk, not to mention lead to serious damage and higher repair costs.

As car owners, it’s important that we keep regular maintenance records, and make sure all vital systems are kept in working order. Keeping current with local promotions is also a good way to get multiple maintenance services performed all at once, and for cheaper. Many shops also post coupons and discounts on their websites. Some dealerships now offer coupons and discounts on their website, so staying up to date with the available promotions can help you save money when it comes time for scheduled maintenance.

When taking your car to the shop for regular maintenance, always take it to a place you can trust.  The dealership, while usually higher in price, has specially-trained technicians for your car. Many times, you can get as good of deals with the dealer as you can with independent shops – you just have to look for them. Go to your dealer’s website and try to sign up for coupons/specials. Most of the time, you’ll get something in your inbox you can use. My Toyota dealer usually sends me discounts and specials when they know I’m getting near my next service date.

There IS help out there for new and veteran parents!

All parents have the responsibility to keep everyone safe when traveling. If you are new to the game or have been doing this for years, there is help out there for you.  Here are a few links to get you started:

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The Ultimate List of Easy Flight Hacks

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Do you look at the many travel blog posts and say: “WOW! That looks AMAZING”?

-Yeah, me too.

Do you wish you could go to all the mind blowing places they go?

-Yeah, me too.

Do you wonder: “How on earth do they afford to go on these totally awesome adventures”?

  • I don’t.

Wait. What?!

There’s something that all the great travel bloggers do. And most importantly:

Something you can do.

I’m going to teach you a few travel hacks. These are flight booking hacks professional travelers employ every single day. You too can travel on a ridiculously small budget and make your dream adventure come true.

Whether you have thousands of Instagram followers and Facebook likes.

Or you have none, other than your parents (P.S. Thanks Mom.)

If you hate saving money and going on awesome trips please look away and do NOT read any further.

Get your note pad out, we are here to learn!

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Airfare prices often change minute to minute, so its no wonder you can’t understand airline pricing.

Your not the only one.

But you do now know some plane tickets can rise in price the more you search them and you’ve learnt how to avoid that.

But did you know your price could go up or down depending where you booked your flight? And I’m not talking about which booking site you use.

Depending on where you buy them or, even better, where you appear to buy them from can make dramatic savings.

Do you want to see how I leverage foreign currencies and points-of-sale for your advantage.

For reasons I never quite understood, every time I tried to book a domestic flight in another country, the prices were always exorbitant. Once I was in Bangkok, that same flight that was once $300 would fall to $30 almost unexplainably. This phenomenon is because a ticket’s point-of-sale, the place where a retail transaction is completed, can affect the price of any flight with an international component.

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But your buying your tickets online?

Most people don’t know there is a simple trick for “changing” your location to get a cheaper flight on an airline’s website; it’s how I managed to pay $373 for a flight from New York to Colombia instead of $550+.

You can use it for normal international flights, but it often works best when you’re buying domestic flights in another country or on the return leg from abroad.

The Proof:

We ran a return journey search from Buenos Aires to Cordoba, the two largest cities in Argentina, for 4th August, returning a week later on the 11th August on Kayak.

Unsurprisingly, Kayak sorts the results in order of price. The cheapest flight was on LATAM at £138. In fact, the first 19 results were all with LATAM at £138, with varying times of departure and return on the same days.

flight booking tools

If we run the exact same search in Google ITA with London, England as the point-of-sale as you can see in the screenshot below.

browse with different location

Google’s ITA Matrix is simply Google’s software for search flights, pretty neat right? The only downside is you cannot book tickets through them. But don’t let that put you off…keep reading to see how it can save you money.

Quickly:

  • Enter your flight departure and arrival airports.
  • The dates you wish to fly.
  • Enter your current city.
  • Click “Search”

You should then see something like this:

ita matrix results

Though Kayak actually has the best prices, ITA Matrix has confirmed within £5 the best price.

let’s not stop there.

Instead of using our current city as the point-of-sale (London in this case),

Let’s use Argentina as the point-of-sale (Where the flight will take place).

This can only be searched for in Google ITA Matrix.

So, with the exact same departure and arrival airports, the same dates, only change the point of sale location.

Google ITA matrix

The main difference is we’ll get the price in Argentine Pesos and that’s exactly what we want.

search results

In this new search, the cheapest flight on Aero Lineas is AR$1,694 and the cheapest flight on LAN is also AR$1,694. That of course means absolutely nothing to most people, so let’s convert that over to British Pounds:

travelling conversion rates

The same and best flight now converts to £83.63 when you book in Argentine Peso’s, the local currency.

While the same flight is £138 when booked in my own currency, British Pounds.

In short, you’d be saving £54.37 or $78.87 on the same flight, simply by paying in a different currency.

That’s a whopping 39% discount!

Now the real problem is that we’ve got to find a place to buy this ticket in Argentine Pesos since Google ITA won’t tell us where to go for that. But in this case its given us 2 airlines with the exact same price.

I head directly to the Aerolineas website, select location as Argentina, with “Inglés” language.

book on foreign website

Pop in the same dates and airports.

Confirm the dates for departure:

flight booking departure

Confirm the dates for the return:

confirm return flight

This brings us to the cheaper ITA Matrix price of AR$1,694 for the flight.

flight booking hack overview

Book it and smile.

You saved £54.37 ($78.87) on this booking!

Congratulation, you have learned how to successfully get mega savings by teleporting your location!

To save the most money, make sure you pay with a credit or debit card that doesn’t charge you international or travel fee’s.

Even if you don’t have a travel-friendly credit card, it still might be worth it to pay the fees just to pay in pesos.

In this case, the standard foreign transaction fee 3% surcharge would only cost you an extra £2.51 to book the flight. (The exact percentage will vary depending on the terms of the card issuer, but in short, you still come out ahead)

Even after a foreign transaction fee surcharge I’m still £51.86 better off

With a little adjustment, this trick can also be used for purchasing international flights. The most obvious points-of-sales to check for generally include the destination country and the country where the airline is based in.

You could also use this to book 2 one way flights.

Let’s say you want to fly from the US to Hong Kong.

Book the first leg with your location set as USA, and then switch your location to Hong Kong to book the return leg.

 

 

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Ethnic Travel Agents

The UK and US are a melting pot of different immigrant and ethnic communities, and this can be used to great advantage for a cheap flight booking. Niche travel agents often specialize in finding deals to those communities’ linked countries.

For example, Shepherd’s Bush in London and the surrounding area has some Caribbean specialist tour agents, or buy the Jewish Chronicle, which has firms advertising cheap flights to Israel. You’ve also told us about Chinese travel agent Omega, which has a branch in the London’s Chinatown, as well as Birmingham, Manchester and Edinburgh.

Don’t forget to check prices elsewhere before you buy to make sure you’re getting a good deal. If you know of a cheap specialist travel agent, please let us know.


Best local budget airlines in different regions:

New Zealand

Europe

split ticketing flights

Use Split Ticketing to Pay a Fraction of the regular price

It’s easy to search for flights from A to B but don’t assume it’s the cheapest way.

By being a little creative about the route and splitting the ticket, you can slash the cost.

Typically associated with train fares. You can do the same with air travel.

  • Lets say your flying from San Francisco to London, chances are there’s at least one stop on the way.
  • So run through kayak the start and end destinations and see what the stops are.
  • Write these down.
  • Then try with each leg as a separate flight.

 

The best way to utilize this is to combine with Airline Error Fares.

  • Grab a bargain airfare
  • Even when its not ideally from or to where you want to go.
  • Get cheap connecting flights.

Or try “open-jaw tickets”

Where you fly into one airport but return to or from another.

Breaking a journey down into multiple tickets can cut costs without altering the route you wanted.

use layovers to save money

Take a Break (Stop over when flying long-haul to save you 100’s)

Direct flights are always more convenient, but if you’ve a bit more time you can often cut the cost by stopping over hugely. (Indirect flights sometimes only adds a couple of hours to the journey)

How to save:

In March 2016, we checked return flights from London to 10 popular long-haul destinations in mid-September 2016 and how much you could save by stopping over. The results are in the table below – as a rule, we found the bigger savings were on longer, non-US flights.

 To see yourself:

  •  Search via the big price comparison sites we’ve used above. KayakMomondo and Skyscanner all show you.
  • You can filter by direct and indirect flights, so you can easily compare prices.

How direct vs indirect flights stack up:

“layover

This is super easy, and works fantastically on long haul flights.

 

 

Part 1 (with step by step example):

These are just some of the travel hack’s the pro’s use. If you think you want to up your game, learn The Inception Method,

The Django Technique and even Error Fares You can learn even more Flight booking hacks with me.

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You can even see how I found a flight from Zurich to various cities including; Phuket, Punta Cana, Cape Town, Havana, Calgary. For just €6.

Flight hacks for cheaper bookings you can use today.

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This is the family at the Biltmore Estate this past summer. This was my first visit to the house and it was a blast! If you are ever in Asheville, NC you have to check this place out!  There are over 200 rooms in this mansion and each room has been restored and looks the way it did when the family actually lived there.  There is also a set of shops and a few restaurants that are worth checking out.  You can also go to the winery which is nearby and take a tour!  We ate at the restaurant at the winery and it was amazing!

 

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