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IF you had 6 mos to travel with 2 kids, where would you go?
We have the chance to travel for six months next year with our 2 children, ages 2.5 and 5 years. I have been to SE Asia many times, but not recently and only as a single backpacker. We would love to know what your dream trip would be of this nature (excluding Japan, Australia and Europe due to our budget). Have a favorite beach, rental property, or village? Thanks for any advice!
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We really enjoyed Koh Tao. Amazing beaches, affordable accommodations, super snorkelling and diving. If you are looking for budget and beaches then Thailand and possibly Malaysia are a good bet. Best of luck.
We live in Australia and have ties to Canada. We just spent 12 months traveling through 8 countries in SEA, including India and Sri Lanka. And most definitely, we chose to travel in these areas due to cost. We traveling on a shoe-string budget with our then 3.5 and 5yr olds. They handled our destinations very well, although heat was sometimes a problem, mitigated through having air conditioned rooms to escape to. But as for advice--here's a few that i'd consider essential to success. first, traveling with young kids is a totally different experience to traveling as a single backpacker (we too been there, done that). Keep your expectations low, and they will be surpassed and you will LOVE what such a trip will do for your family. AND TRAVEL SLOW. we generally kept our kids' day on a fairly similar schedule as at home re eat and sleep times. and by keeping your itinerary fairly flexible, you can keep everyone happy when your kid will inevitably decide that one day he/she just wants to hang around the room and draw, etc. in fact, keep in mind the nature of your kids as they are now, at home, and be prepared to work with that while you are away. hope this helps--feel free to check out our blog for where we went, how we traveled, etc. we also have a budget breakdown too of our costs which might be helpful. and feel free to message me directly if you have any other questions. jess http://with2kidsintow.blogspot.com
Go to Bottle Beach on Koh Phangan - our kids adore it!
Turkey...Hands down. How much do you plan on moving? You can stay in Turkey for 90 days, then go to Malaysia for 1 month, Bali for 1-2 months (staying away from Kuta!) and try not to skip Fiji! We found SE Asia to be too hot for our 2 year old. Also what time of year? We were in Fiji in September, Australia in October to November (yes Australia is expensive), Bali in December, Malaysia and Thailand in January and February and Turkey in March and April which was perfect - not too hot and prices were cheaper then. I hope this helps... Greg