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Finally, the time has come for you and your family to spend some quality time together, and not anywhere, but in one of the greatest and most historic cities in America, and one of the most pedestrian-friendly cities too.

The whole region of Boston is very much easy to navigate on foot, and that makes it so much more special for a trip with your kids. The whole area of Boston is filled with museums, parks, historical sites, zoos, family attractions, and it is all reachable by just a short trip with the subway, bus or commuter rail.

 

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To shorten your planning time and plan the best route and visit everything, here is a list of 10 “a must” visit places in Boston for you and your family.

  • Boston duck tours – you cannot allow yourself to be in Boston and not have the Boston Duck Tour, this is a big “a must” thing to do. The tour is taken by a W.W.II amphibious style landing vehicle (very cool), and it takes you past Boston landmarks, and the whole tour is presented with a lot of humor, which is fun for the kids because they will learn about Boston through jokes and humor. The tour takes you to Charles River and ends with a spectacular view of Boston skylines. Hint: look for an online discount for early booking!
  • The Freedom Trail – walking through this historical and one of the oldest cities in the US is pretty fun, especially if you know your history and want to pass it over to your kids. The Freedom Trail includes most of the notable landmarks in Boston, and it is marked in detail and so easy to track. It is best to use a guided tour, and learn all about the Old South Meeting House, Faneuil Hall, the Granary Burial Ground and much more, however, if you know your history, you can do the trail for free (if you know it good, if not, don’t confuse your kids, take a tour).
  • A visit to the museum – you can choose from a countless number of museums in Boston, from historical to science museums, and whatever you choose you won’t make a mistake. Because you are with your kids, visit the Boston Children Museum, founded in 1913. Here your kids will be able to interact with exhibits and learn a lot through play and games on a huge inside playground designed for learning, which is always fun! Hint: visit the museum Friday from 5 pm to 9 pm, then the admission is only $1.
  • New England Aquarium – if you are looking for a fun time, this is the place where it is so hard not to have fun. Penguins, sharks, sea turtles and hundreds of other varieties will be more than enough for your kids to go wild. Your kids will be able to hold in their hands’ sea stars and crabs at the aquarium touch tank, then visit the four-story Giant Ocean Tank presenting the beauties of the Caribbean coral reef, see the sea lions. Make sure to buy tickets online because the line at the entrance can be quite long, especially during weekends, and also check the schedule for special activities, they are the most fun, like feeding the penguins, or some training session.
  • LEGOLAND Discovery Center – Lego is fun for everyone, not just kids, especially when you wake up the kid in you. Racing Lego cars, building blocks, and seeing Boston’s best buildings replica made all out of Lego blocks. There are two indoor rides, Merlin’s Apprentice where you pedal to go higher, and Kingdom Quest Laser Rider where you can laser zap your enemies. Also, make sure you visit the Lego Master Builder Academy, where master builders will build anything from Lego blocks, it is fascinating! The visit is planned to take you 2-3 hours, but don’t be surprised if you spend your whole day here!
  • Museum of science – yes, another museum, but this one is special, especially if your kid is into science. If not, this visit should hook him/her up. This museum holds the largest air-insulated Van De Graaff generator, and nothing beats indoor lightings, right? It is nearly impossible to visit all the exhibits, not to forget the seasonal exhibits, but be sure to visit the Investigation Station, the live animal exhibits and of course, the planetarium!
  • td garden boston – also, a big “a must”, a very popular landmark, a home of the Celtics and the Bruins, and home of many other events. Whether you’d like to enjoy a hockey or ball game or visit a concert or a wrestling show, you’ll surely have a ton of fun. You will feel the spirit of Gift shops, food courts, all freshly renovated to fit the modern Boston style. Proposal – Purchase td garden tickets, take your kids to a Bruins game, kids simply love hockey, and bring more money, prices at the Garden can be pretty high!
  • Franklin Park Zoo – this zoo is designed to entertain young visitors and spread on 72 acres it is a day filled with fun. For the youngest, there is the Franklin Farm where petting sheep and dwarf goats are always welcomed and can be a thrilling experience for your kid. Be sure to visit the Gorilla Encounter at the Tropical Forest exhibit every day at 2 p.m., and see the lions and zebras in the wide-open Giraffe Savana. Hint: wear comfy shoes, there is a lot of walking if you want to catch all of the exhibits, but hey, it’s worth it!
  • Whale watching cruises – spectacular, and a great experience for any age. Humpback, minke finback and right whales return every year to the Stellwagen Bank Marine Sanctuary to feed, and they can put up a real show jumping and slapping in the water with incredible ease, considering they can weight up to 40 tons. The most recommended cruise is held by the Boston Harbor Cruises, and it lasts for 3 hours of pure entertainment. Of course, if you want to go to the whale watching cruise, visit Boston from late March to mid-November!
  • The Esplanade – taking a break is always good, and when you need a break, head to the Esplanade, a parkland stretching for 3 miles along the Charles River. You can do almost everything here, walk, bike, have fun at the playgrounds, rent a boat, or just have a family picnic. Also, there are a lot of events all year long, from concerts to family movies!

Have fun!

Every now and again, we all need a break from the dullness of the city and we set out on a great adventure. And a great way to do that is by going overlanding. This activity has been booming in popularity recently, particularly among people that wish to get away from all the city madness.

Overlanding

Overlanding

However, to make the most of it, you’ll need to know what overlanding is, where it came from – and how you need to prepare for it so that your trip is successful, especially if you’re traveling with your kids. This article should provide all the basics that you need to know.

What Is Overlanding?

More often than not, overlanding is confused with off-road driving – but that is not exactly true. Indeed, overlanding involves a lot of off-roading – but at the same time, you might remain on the beaten track.

You will be going “over lands” – which means that right now you might be going on a steep hill and later on, you might be driving through cities. Some may say that overlanding is the equivalent of a road trip – but while the road trip puts an emphasis on the destination, overlanding focuses mostly on the landscape on the way.

Most of the time, when you are overlanding, you do not even know where you are going. It’s all about the journey itself – and while you may prepare a route and a destination beforehand, most of the charm is in what you are experiencing along the way.

For many people, overlanding is a family adventure – and the age of the person in the car does not matter. As long as you have an attraction for the outdoors and are willing to dig your car out of the occasional hole every now and again, you should be able to do it.

The Origins of Overlanding

Some would say that overlanding traces back all the way to the 13th century when Marco Polo conducted his trip from Venice to the Court of Kublai Khan. It would take a few more centuries until that “ancient overlanding, would become the modern overlanding that we know today.

When overlanding began, it had its origins in Australia – where farmers had to continuously move their cattle around as the seasons changed. The term was used to describe the experience that they went through during the journey.

Now, overlanding enthusiasts use motorized vehicles to gain the same experience – to travel miles and learn about the places surrounding them.

The Popularity Growth of Overlanding

With the growth of technology, overlanding became a more and more popular activity. Many people nowadays can work remotely, which has given people a lot of flexibility to pack up and take their work on the road. And all they needed was a good car, some provisions, a laptop, and perhaps a modem or hotspot for an Internet connection.

Overlanding has also become fairly popular due to the fact that it’s cost-effective. Because of the nature of the trip, you do not have to spend a lot of money to stay at a hotel and eat fancy restaurant food. All you need is your car, some camping equipment, and you are good to go.

Overlanding became popular as a friends’ or family activity – because the more, the merrier. The time on the road would allow you to connect with your spouse, your children – or anyone else that would accompany you on your trip. It provides closure and flexibility – which is why it took on to the people to this extent.

Routes for Overlanding

When it comes to overlanding, the world is your oyster. However, if you need some guidance on some good routes, here are a few popular ideas for you:

  • The Pan American Highway: Going all the way from Alaska to Argentina, the Pan American highway is perhaps the most popular option for overlanders everywhere. And the best part is that this road can be achieved even if you are traveling with your kids.

  • The Rubicon Trail, California: If you need something a bit more challenging, then the Rubicon Trail should definitely be the one to go for. Featuring both paved roads and dirt trails, this will take you through some of the most beautiful landscapes of California.

  • The Silk Road: Want a longer trip? If that is the case, then this one will take you all the way from China to Rome or Paris – or any part of Europe that you may want. It is certainly a spectacular road to go through.

There are many other beautiful routes that you can try out, such as Cape Town to Cairo, Europe to Singapore, or the classic Australia. Each of them will provide vast overlanding opportunities, ensuring that your trip is highly satisfying.

How to Prepare for Overlanding When You’re Traveling With Your Kids

You may think that overlanding is a “go with the flow” kind of activity – but part of the fun is actually planning the journey itself. Overlanding trips are generally longer in their duration compared to other trips – which is why you need to make sure that you prepare everything to the last detail.

  • Money: Sure, you won’t be staying at hotels – but you’ll still need enough money for food, fuel, campsites, park entries, and so on. Make sure to have enough money for your whole trip.

  • Vehicle: Overlanding involves going on a variety of off-roads – which might not be possible with your average 4×4 vehicle.

  • Destinations: While the idea of going in blind might sound tempting, you’ll need to think about some fun destinations along the way too. Add some museums, festivals – and maybe some easy trekking, theme parks, and other activities that your children might enjoy.

  • Space: Do you have enough space in your car? The last thing you want is to feel like every piece of gear in your car is taking up all of your space. Children, in particular, might feel uncomfortable with this, so make sure that you have all the space that you need.

  • Daily Drives: Sitting continuously in a car seat is not going to be comfortable for anyone – which is why you need to get out of the car every now and again. Plan shorter trips so that you may stretch your legs, and also so that your children will not get bored.

  • Gear: Make a list of all the gear that you might need, and ensure that everything is at hand. Try to travel light but never go off without the essentials (for your car, camping, etc.). Also, if you are traveling with your kids, you might want to take some toys, games or items of their interest as well.

  • Other: Consider other aspects that you may particularly need during this trip. Also, if you are going on a longer trip with your kids, you might want to consider homeschooling (or, well, road schooling) so that they do not fall behind on their grades.

Overlanding can be a very fun activity for anyone that might have an interest in it. Granted, it may be done alone – but it will be less boring if you have people coming with you. No matter if you go with your friends or your family, you might want to ensure that you are well-prepared.

It’s often stated that Victoria may very well be the best state in Australia – jaw-dropping landscapes, lively cities, great wine, amazing wildlife and tons of activities.

So, no wonder why many families choose this state for their holiday – it offers many opportunities for your kids to have an amazing time.

1. Pink Lakes – vivid colors and abundance of wildlife

Of course, the water in the Pink Lakes is crystal clear due to their beds made up of solid salt. It’s the red algae growing in the water that makes these lakes so amazing. Your kids will simply love the pink hue of the lakes; it’s not something they can see every day.

When you’re not admiring the colors of the lakes, you can go on a nature family walk around the lakes. The most famous ones are the Kline Nature Walk, the Lake Hardy Nature Walk and the Lake Becking Nature Walk. Tell your kids to watch out for wild animals – they will be so excited to see a kangaroo, an emu, or a kangaroo wandering around.

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2. Phillip Island – wildlife at its best

Phillip Island is definitely one of the favorite holiday destinations in Victoria for tourists of all ages. Maybe the biggest reason for this is that it’s home to little penguins (it’s their actual name) – the smallest type of penguin on the planet. Tourists come from all over the world to watch the Penguin Parade, where almost 6,000 penguins come to the beach at sunset before they go to sleep. Your kids will never forget this scene, and you won’t either.

The island also offers other attractions for kids, like a chocolate factory and a maze. There’s also the Koala Conservation Centre and whale-watching excursions. Your kids will have tons of things to enjoy.

You shouldn’t miss out on Churchill Island Heritage Farm, as well as lovely parks of Cowes and San Remo.

3. Grampians – a pleasant getaway into nature

If your family is desperate for some peace and quiet in nature, then you need to see the Grampians. Three-hour drive west of the capital Melbourne, this national park will allow you to enjoy wildflowers, admire stunning waterfalls, visit indigenous sites and be active while exploring the bushwalking terrain.

It covers more than 170,000 hectares of land, so you and your kids will definitely be amazed at many beautiful landscapes, like Reeds Lookout, Mount William or tranquil lakes.

If you don’t prefer camping but you want to spend the night, then find accommodation in the Lakeside Tourist Park. With a bit of luck, you and your kids will be woken up by emus and kangaroos passing by your abode, so try to take a selfie with them before they’re gone.

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4. Yarra Valley – a wine region for everybody’s taste

It would be a shame to visit Victoria without getting to know the charms of Yarra Valley. Being one of the finest wine regions in the country, the Yarra Valley will offer you the opportunity to see how their excellent wine is made and try some of them out.

Yarra Valley is close to Melbourne, so you can make it a short trip, even though there are many wine estates there. If you’re not going to spend the night there, count your glasses of wine! After a pleasant tour, you can have great fun with kids if you take a hot air balloon ride over the valley. Your kids will simply love it and you’ll enjoy watching the vineyards up from the air.

5. Twelve Apostles – a picturesque highlight of an amazing drive

Take a family trip in your car – sing, play games and enjoy the view around you as you drive along the Great Ocean Road, a 244-kilometer long adventure.

If you head east, the starting point will be Warrnambool and the finish line is in Anglesea and a stunning coastline will be in between. You will get to see some huge open spaces, rugged countryside and cute, secluded beaches where you can have a break and have a picnic.

The most iconic stop on the way is definitely the Twelve Apostles – a group of towering limestone stacks that will simply take your breath away. They will be the highlight of the beautiful Shipwreck Coast, along with other scenic locations like the Bay of Islands, Aireys Inlet and Loch Ard Gorge.

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6. Anglesea and Lorne – hidden little gems

If you find yourself on the Great Ocean Road, you could keep on and get to Anglesea and Lorne. They offer great activities for kids and are small enough for you to relax there.

There’s a wonderful playground just near the foreshore in Lorne, as well as the beach filled with cafes and a cinema. It can be pretty busy during the summer season but your kids will love it.

There is a great Anglesea BeachFront Family Beach Caravan Park for you to spend a lovely day or two. There’s even a heated pool and tons of activities for kids to keep them occupied. If you want to, you can always spend the day at the nearby beach. Of course, there are also several parks where you can have a nice family picnic.

7. Melbourne – a city of excitement and great people

Being the second biggest city in Australia, Melbourne is big enough to offer basically everything but small enough for you and your family to feel comfortable.

It’s full of bars, restaurants and pubs but it also offers huge green spaces for families with kids to relax. And if you want to give your kids a chance for a big excitement, then take them to the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Let them enjoy among 100,000 fans in this colosseum while watching a game of Aussie Rules football.

After the excitement, take a walk and enjoy the lovely mix of stunning skyscrapers and Victorian architecture and visit some of the many historical museums.

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Final thoughts

Victoria is a state that has to offer so many amazing things, so don’t hesitate to make it your family destination on your next holiday – you and your kids will never want to leave this wonderful region.

Are you thinking of taking a much-deserved break from the noise of your overwhelming life? Are you seeking to spend some quality time with your family? Visit Sumba, Indonesia’s best-kept secret! Home to over 17,000 islands and unimaginable scenic beauty, Indonesia is truly a wonder to behold. One of the least discovered and least unexplored islands of this Southeast Asian gem is none other than the Sumba Island in Indonesia.

Located in Indonesia’s East Nusa Tenggara province, Sumba is the melting pot of indigenous cultures, rich history, friendly locals, unique traditions and diversity that beckons you towards it.

Sumba is truly the newest hotspot for tourists wishing to broaden their horizons in the world of exotic traveling. The 11,000 km2 area is dotted with pristine beaches with waves that clam your soul, rolling hills, swaying palm trees, rice terraces and an abundance of wildlife. While Sumba is relatively undiscovered and will be a treat for the brave and adventurous at heart, why not enjoy this gorgeous island with your family? From unforgettable views, waterfalls that will submerge you in joy, and beautiful secluded beaches; this trip will be the perfect getaway for you and your family.

Granted, traveling with kids is never easy, but the experience is almost always worth the hassle of meticulously planning every detail to ensure a worry-free excursion. Sumba’s unspoiled beauty is the perfect holiday destination for your family because you can reconnect with nature without the obstruction of development. Read on to find out about the best attractions, fun activities and do and do not’s when it comes to traveling to Sumba Island in Indonesia with kids!

Must-Visit places

Weekuri Lake/Lagoon

This magical salt-water lake in South-west Sumba is sure to be enjoyed by the entire family-especially the young ones! Crystal clear blue waters, waves flowing in and out from under the rocks greeting the constant flow of the water and the marine life clearly visible, this is one place you will never regret visiting. Perfect for swimming and snorkeling, pack your swimsuits and lather the kids with sunscreen to enjoy a serene afternoon amidst the lovely waters.

Explore the local villages

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Children are the most beautiful and innocent, loving creatures that adapt to almost any environment that offers love, serenity, and acceptance. Children will gaze in awe at the marvelous stone-walled entrances and unique architecture. The villages and the locals in Sumba are friendly and kind and most certainly even more welcoming to children from around the globe. Visit the Prai Ijing village that is near Waikabubak or experience the true colors of Sumba at the Kampung Tarung cultural village to witness a display of traditional huts, merry children running around, witness the cultural textiles and traditional hand-made fabrics and history that is reflected in every distinct piece displayed for all those who wish to explore this unique village. Why not take the young inquisitive minds to the Sumba Cultural Conservation and Learning Institute to acquaint them with the history, culture, and traditions of this beautiful region in a fun and learning-integrated manner?

Hit the beaches!

 

Ah, sun, sand, and sound of laughter erupting from the little ones, it doesn’t get better than this! Sumba is home to some of the most stunning beaches with clean white sand, rugged coastlines that play flirtatiously with the rolling waves, and the rocks eroded by the serene flow of the blue lagoons. Head over to the Walakiri with amazing mangroves and dual-textured sand that breaks into a firework of colors as the sun sets in the horizon or the Bawana Beach with the highest arched cliff that is the most picturesque spot for a family photo. It’s never too early to introduce the kids to exhilarating water sports! The Ratenggaro Beach is the best getaway for surfers because it hosts long and high waves that can be enjoyed by people of all age-with caution and the right gear, of course! The gorgeous Puru Kambera Beach offers a home to icy blue water surrounded by a pristine stretch of sand complemented by a lush, green savannah to add the cherry to the top. Give your children some binoculars and a camera and let them run far and wide into the clean sand, with no fear, and absolute contentment. Oh, and did we mention that Sumba is famous for its wild horses? The kids will scream in glee!

The Eco-friendly luxury: Nihiwatu Resort

Treat your family to the best of both worlds; wilderness and opulence at the most luxuriously sustainable resort in the world.  This marvelous piece of property in Sumba island supports the awesome Sumba Foundation that is aimed at giving back to the local communities. It is one of the most ecologically-friendly and sustainable resorts in the world and is truly worth all the bucks spent on it. The Nihiwatu resort is no less than a paradise for the young ones for they offer a kid-specific itinerary for the young at heart! From creativity workshops, adventure hunts, stable of rider-friendly horses and classes on horse grooming to movie time, myths and legends and so much more await the arrival of your kids. Trust us; this is a magical resort that promises to deliver an unmatched and unforgettable experience for the entire family.

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Celebrity approved!

This beautiful island has hosted David Beckham and his family, what’s stopping you? Beckham was spotted in Sumba as he took his kids to the infamous Sumba foundation to teach English and football to the local kids. Countless rich people, celebrities and those seeking a perfect getaway to nature’s endless magic are seen crowding the island by every passing year.

Helpful tips for traveling to Sumba with kids:

Make sure to pack any essentials such as sunscreen, medicines and a first-aid kit. Baby-wipes, diapers, safe snacks, clean water, and extra clothes! Always carry a car-seat or carrier if your child is too small. Electronic devices will be your savior; sometimes kids will be kids don’t be stiffy about extra screen time. Sumba is an ecological, unspoiled territory with wilderness and exotic beauty. It will be in the best interest of the entire family if you respect the local culture and preserve the untouched beauty of the place. Encourage them to explore and hand them a camera to document a lifetime of memoirs!