Take the Family on a Tour of the South of France

Take the Family on a Tour of the South of France

France, a land known for iconic landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower, a sizzling hospitality as is evidenced in their hotel and accommodation facilities as well as their unparalleled taste when it comes to fashion. Indeed, a visit to this country is bound to be an unforgettable experience and because it is hard for anyone to traverse the entire country over a short vacation, it is always better to focus on specific locations. One location that deserves a mention is the South of France also referred to as le Midi; a family friendly location that stretches the borders of the Atlantic Ocean and south of the Marais Poitevin, the Mediterranean, Spain and Italy. Take your backpack and join me as I take you to an unforgettable family tour in le Midi.

Let’s Learn Some History At Saint-Émilion

Saint-Émilion is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which means there is always something new to learn. Of notable mention is the famous catacombs that are built under the town on a scenic spot that overlooks the Dordogne Valley. Take advantage of a drive around the streets to marvel at the charming houses and the fascinating Romanqesue ruins. And your stay wouldn’t end till you have made it to the historic underground Monolithic church that has since been carved into the limestone. If you fancy some red wine, then you have a chance to sample a few here as well.  Here is a closer look at Saint-Emilion.

Pyla Dune

The Pyla Dune or Dune de Pilat as it is locally known is the tallest dune in the entire Europe. It is tucked between the Arcachon Bay, the Atlantic Ocean and the Landes forest. It offers a great treat for the kind of families that prefer some fun, outdoor recreational activities such as extreme kiting and paragliding. Should you find yourself here in the summer months, remember to take part in the sunset discovery tour and you will appreciate why this site is visited by over a million people annually.

Bordeaux Wine & Trade Museum -Some Wine Tasting

This museum may be fairly new but it is already earning its place as a prime destination in the South of France. The museum was opened in 2008 in the Chatrons district of Bordeaux. Aside from a picturesque architecture, the museum offers an opportunity for visitors to learn more about the heritage of France with regards to the famous wine trade that has existed from the Middle Ages. And this learning is made possible, thanks to artifacts, models as well as 2-dimensional realizations carefully designed to explain how the wine trade system works.

And How About Seaside Dining At Arcachon

How would it feel to wrap-up your family tour in the South of France without visiting one of the most enchanting seaside resorts in the world? As a city whose history is curled around fishing, there is no doubt that Arcachon features some of the world’s best oysters. Take advantage of the scenic seascape and enjoy your sumptuous seafood as you marvel at the best of Mother Nature. And after a day well-spent, you can go spend your night in the historic Arcachonnaise villas as you try to understand why these 19th Cen. landmarks still hold their charm regardless of their age.

4 Tips to Prepare for International Travel for the Whole Family

4 Tips to Prepare for International Travel for the Whole Family

Travelling with your family is one of the things that can very quickly turn from a happy moment to one that you dread. No matter how many times you have done it, traveling with your kid(s) is very different from traveling alone. Very many different things can go wrong if you are not careful. To help you reduce the chances of this happening, here are four main points that you should ensure.

Make reservation before getting on the road

One way that traveling with the family is different from traveling alone is by the necessity of making reservations. While you are on your own, not making the reservation beforehand means you will have the adventure of looking for a room. With your family, this adventure quickly becomes a nightmare since all of you are tired and in need of rest by the time you get to your destination. Making a reservation will go a long way in ensuring that you get the rest you need as soon as you arrive. Something else to look out for make sure the hotel you are considering has a crib before making your decision. This should apply despite what the hotel website claims.

Cut costs

A little-known facet of information about most popular travel destination is that they provide services for traveling families including, car seats, high chairs, and rent strollers. You can reduce your expenditure for your entire trip by using some of these provisions rather than buying extra products. Rather than using up space on your already crammed car for a stroller, you could rent one and return when you are traveling back. The more of these services you use the more money you are likely to save. The availability of these services depends on the location of the hotel in question and also the time of the year. Be sure to call the hotel and enquire if these services are provided.

Pack some toys and or a tablet

The truth is despite your best preparations, a five-hour flight is going to take a lot from all of you. A simple way to kill some time is to ensure that you all have ways to make that time pass faster. Getting your kid a tablet with his or her favorite cartoons and earphones can keep him from crying during the flight. Getting an extra tablet with your favorite tv show will also do wonders for you. Another thing is that downloading some white noise into those tablets that will help you fall asleep during night flights or in case any of you needs a nap.

Pack some treats and surprises for your trip

While having a tablet could help get your kid to sleep, planning for when he is awake is also important. Pack a few treats and surprises to ensure that this happens. You could even go a step ahead and use the treat as gifts for your kid for good behavior during the trip. Through this, you can guarantee a good time for all involved during the trip and keep your kids entertained the entire trip.

Family traveling can be challenging if you don’t make the necessary preparations, four of the most crucial preparations include. Packing treats and toys for your kids, finding ways of cutting costs and making reservations. While doing this will not guarantee smooth sailing it is the best first step towards a happy trip.