Family-friendly Theme Parks

Choosing a theme park for your family trip is crucial especially if you are travelling with your young kids. We have listed the top 10 best family-friendly parks around the world so that nobody will be left out on your next trip!

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Legoland
The name speaks for itself. What child (or even adult) does not want to play with Legos? This chain of Lego-themed amusement parks currently has seven spots around the world (Denmark, UK, California, Germany, Florida, Malaysia, Dubai) and is set to open in Japan and South Korea in 2017. This attraction has rides that are not too extreme, so they are suitable for the young ones. And of course, your kids will surely love the mega Lego creations in Miniland!

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Efteling
Based in Kaatsheuvel, Netherlands, this theme park features attractions and rides that are based on myths, fairy tales, and folklore. It’s a bit old compared to the other famous theme parks and is notably laid-back. Efteling is as magical as it is simple.

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Nickelodeon Universe
Unlike the other parks on this list, Nickelodeon Universe is an indoor theme park in the Mall of America in Minnesota. Due to space limitations, however, the park mostly has flat rides but also has a few of the obligatory roller coasters. It features rides like Splat-O-Sphere, Jimmy Neutron’s Nicktoon Blast, and the iconic SpongeBob Squarepants Rock Bottom Plunge.

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Parc Festyland
This small theme park is located in Normandy, France. Because of its size, it also has shorter queues; it only had about 110,000 visitors in 2005. Your kids will truly love the Viking ship rides, bumper boats and water slides and you can dine in any of the four restaurants on the premises.

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Sesame Place
Located in Langhorne, Pennsylvania, this wholesome theme park features the kids’ favourite characters from Sesame Street. Its main attractions are the Neighborhood Street Party Parade, Cookie’s Monster Land, and meet and greet with Elmo and Friends. Everyone loves Sesame Street!

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Universal Studios Orlando
Also called Universal Orlando, the theme park has Harry Potter studios, which makes it a winner for kids. It is every kid’s dream to own a wand from Ollivander’s. The adults can also try the butterbeer available on site. Aside from the Wizarding World of Potter, the park also features attractions like The Lost Continent, Seuss Landing, Toon Lagoon and Jurassic Park.

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Disney’s Animal Kingdom
Nestled in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, this zoological theme park allows its guests to marvel at animals wander around the park. It received accreditation from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums, which means they have met the conservation and research standards. The park is embodied Walt Disney’s philosophy of animal and environment protection.

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Disneyland
This theme park is famous for obvious reasons. The word Disney is a kid magnet. Scattered around the globe, Disneyland features Adventureland, Fantasyland, Tomorrowland, and Star Wars Land is also currently being planned. Disney princesses and characters are on site to usher guests and entertain the children.

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Movies to Inspire Your Next Holiday

I get stuck in the rut on where and when to plan for my next big travel adventure so one tip, I usually turn to movies to give me great ideas and of course, who wouldn’t be tempted by the beautiful sceneries shot on the wide screen.

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Lost in Translation
The romantic quirky film surrounded by neon blinding light of fascinating Tokyo, combined with Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson, what’s there not to love?

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Tokyo Drift
Fast cars, pretty young girls, great action with a simple story plot that is easy to follow. Story follows a teenager becomes a major competitor in the world of drift racing after moving in with his father in Tokyo to avoid a jail sentence in America. As the cars speed by, you get the enchanting Tokyo in action.

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New York, America

Annie
The bubbly girl can sing! With a star performance by veteran actors like Cameron Diaz and Jamie Foxx (I didn’t know he can sing too!), it brings a refreshing take to the old but classic play and a new insight to New York.

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London, England

The Da Vinci Code
The modern day Indiana Jones, solving the world’s puzzle while avoiding capture by the bad and the good guys, and showcasing London’s finest at the same time.

Vienna, Austria

Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation
One thing I love about Mission Impossible and James Bond are the introduction of gorgeous cities all over the world. I just love how Vienna is shot beautifully over the action pack scene especially in front of the Vienna State Opera House.

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Morocco

A Hologram for the King
Although the story is based on Saudi Arabia, the background of the movie is filmed in Morocco, presenting some of the beautiful and breath-taking desert sights.

Italy

The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
Another action packed film but with a unique and interesting storyline, one that took me by pleasant surprise as the film spans over the romantic views of what Italy has to offer.

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Singapore

Hitman: Agent 47
This movie got all the people living in the tiny country excited because it mainly based its movie in Singapore.

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If these movies can’t set your heart pumping for the next travel, come and have a chat with us. We can bring you a different experience through our intricate and dedicated planning.


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Terrorism & Travel

Recently, we received sad news on the recent spate of terror events happening to countries that we love. Places like Germany and France are well sought after holiday destinations, very popular with all kinds of travellers and families, especially during summer holidays. With the tragic incidents, many of my friends have chosen to divert their holidays to elsewhere instead, some avoiding Europe all together this year.

If you are still keen to visit Europe this year, it will be the best that you take precaution and be on high alert at all times. Below are some of the compiled safety precautions that you can take to keep yourself safe and still enjoy a wonderful holiday.

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Stay Alert

Always look out for signs of unease and do trust your gut instincts. If you don’t feel safe in the area, move away and go somewhere else. It is always better to be safe than sorry.

Where’s your embassy?

Before you travel, always take note of your nearest embassy or high commission’s location. Check if it is near your booked accommodation (can you walk or do you have to take public transportation) and have their 24 hours hotline program into your phone which is usually diverted to a person’s mobile line.

Registration

Most countries allow you to register online with the ministry of foreign affairs when you are travelling to another country. I always make it a habit of allowing my government to track my movement when I’m outbound from my country. This will allow them to outreach to you in the case of emergencies and if they require to evacuate you. It serves the purpose of them contacting your next of kin, should they need to reach out to them.

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Leave a Point of Contact

Notifying your family members and your loved ones of your itinerary is usually a good idea. Giving them a list of point of contact is a great way for them to reach you in case they can’t contact you via your mobile. Numbers such as your accommodation, your tour guide or even your hired driver will help your loved ones if they need to reach you urgently.

Carry Self-Defense Items

I always carried one with me all the time for safety purposes. Self-defense items can be pepper spray, portable high pitch alarm, taser etc. However, do note that some countries or airlines do not allow you to carry such items so always check to make sure you are not carrying a prohibited item.

Keep Yourself Updated

Make it a point to watch the local news at least when you are back to your hotel room. Keep yourself aware of what is happening to your area will allow you to be more aware and take necessary safety measures. Like if there are reports of suspected foul play intended at a certain event, you might want to skip the event.

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Visit your country’s Foreign Affair website

Your country’s Foreign Affair website will probably list a few countries that are not advisable for visits. It will be good if you check out the website a week before you leave for your holiday.

Blown Out of Proportion

The above advice is very similar to what you will give to anyone who is travelling to a high-risk country. What is happening around us has blown out of proportion, you can choose to focus on panicking and avoid travel altogether or you can choose to take necessary precautions and still enjoy your well deserved holiday.


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2016-17 Top Destination in Europe

Each continent has its flavor and uniqueness. If you have not been to Europe, you should visit one of these places. Time and time again, guidebooks and friends will tell you what spots are must-sees for different destination, but everyone has their own idea of where their ideal vacation will take them.

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Rome, Italy
Eternal City – the nickname given by the locals. Rome is a wonderful destination for the holidays. From gorgeous gardens to hidden rooftops, there are the plenty of best spots in the city to find a little Rome romance. Whatever in life you are looking for you will find it. Wander into any church and be amazed by the sheer beauty of it.

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Paris, France
Typically known for the city of love, it is well known for its art, fashion, gastronomy, and culture. Alongside the world-famous museums and monuments, there are also some gloriously eccentric ones. They know how to make a decent pastry, with a good cup of coffee, you can sit in their café and watch the world goes by.

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Nice, France

Although it is France’s fifth-largest city, Nice is just like its name, nice. It has the most enchanting skyline paired with a beautiful sea. However, there is no white sand between your toes, it is a pebble beach. Away from the bustling city center with its flower markets and street performers, and far from the central hub, Nice has a number of fantastic sites that often go overlooked.

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Berlin, Germany
Berlin is a place where East meets West full of historical content. It has plenty of rich history and unique culture. You will immerse into the vast choice of museums, restaurants and art galleries. Like some other European capitals, Berlin has pronounced differences among its many neighborhoods.

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Barcelona, Spain
Barcelona has a great location and is has mild climate throughout the year and is located on the coast and there are miles of beaches all along the north. It’s packed full of creative people and offers amazing food and architectural masterpieces that you don’t often come across in Europe.

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Zurich, Switzerland

Switzerland offers a surprising amount of cultural variety. Zurich is also abuzz with sleek eateries, cool shops, and a full of history. With the most important highlights ranging from historical spots and natural escapes to food and shopping havens, you will have loads to do even as a solo traveler.

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Amsterdam, Netherlands

The city is small enough that visitors can get a real feel for its people, neighborhoods, sights, and secrets. With more than 6,800 houses and buildings protected as monuments and dating from the 16th to the 20th century, Amsterdam boasts the largest historical inner city in Europe.

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Vienna, Austria
A city that charms and seduces from scratch, Vienna may just steal your heart away. Spend a few days getting to know Vienna and you’ll discover its vivid World War II history, radical art movements, and nonstop street life. If Vienna doesn’t steal your heart, it definitely steals your stomach with its variety of desserts.

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London, England

Big Ben, the Tower of London, Buckingham Palace, the London Eye… The list goes on and on. There’s nothing quite like the experience of hopping on a red double-decker bus and seeing some of the most recognizable sights in the world from its top deck.

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Brussels, Belgium
Some of the world’s best chocolate and home to more beer varieties than any other city in the world, that is our Brussels. It is a modern, cosmopolitan city at the heart of Europe. Although it is known more for being a political hub, it also has a surprisingly young vibe that makes it one of the more cutting-edge cities in Europe.

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Kotor, Montenegro

Located where the Balkans meet the Adriatic, Kotor sits on a deep bay surrounded by soaring cliffs. Kotor has all the features of a typical Mediterranean town: narrow streets, small shops, antique monuments and picturesque buildings.

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Where should you store your luggage during a long layover in London

In London for a long layover? Take this as an opportunity to explore the city instead of being stuck in the airport.

London has five major airports, namely the London Heathrow, London Stansted, London Gatwick, London Luton and London City. Each of the airports has world class facilities and one of it, you should take advantage of are the airport’s storage facilities to help you to keep your luggage safe and leaving you hands-free out and about enjoying what London has to offer, instead of lugging your heavy luggage around town.

Even you do not wish to get out of the Airport, some of London’s airports like Heathrow Airport are pretty huge, with plenty for travellers to explore. You can wine and dine, enjoy duty-free shopping and book yourself a good massage without having your luggage dragged along behind you.

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Heathrow Airport

At each of its terminal from 2 to 5, you will find storage facilities at the Arrivals areas. You can choose to leave your baggage or luggage with Excess Baggage Company for a few hours to a few days. The costs start from £6 for up to 2 hours to £5 for more than 72 hours for each item.

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Gatwick Airport

You can store your luggage at the South Terminal Arrivals of the airport (The North Terminal luggage storage is temporarily closed due to the upgrading of the airport). The counter is open 24 hours and £6 for per 24 hours for each item.

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Stansted Airport

Located in the International Arrivals landside concourse, Luggage Point’s baggage storage facilities charges £3 per day and £18 per week for small items, whereas bigger items are charged £10 and £60 respectively.

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Luton Airport

Beside the escalators to Departures, the baggage storage facilities are at the Check In Concourse. Each item is subjected to £5 for 2 hours or less and £10 up to 24 hours. Beyond 24 hours, it will be £5 thereafter.

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City Airport

Storage facilities are available at a charge of £10 per item per 24-hour period, can be found at Security Zone A in the Terminal concourse.

Do take note of that all baggage is required by the authorities to scan through, so the usual suspects like sharp objects come under the same guidelines. There are no lockers in all the airports and train stations due to security reasons.

There are alternatives to store your luggage at the airports. One option available is to contact your regular hotel chain if you are a member. Some hotels do allow their members to store luggage with them if it is within a few hours. Another alternative to consider is to hire a private car to take you for a tailored tour while leaving your luggage in the trunk.

Whatever your choice is, there are definitely plenty to do in London and waste not one moment away, trying to figure how to deal with your baggage!

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