TRAVELLING with children can be a stressful experience, especially for first-timers. Don´t fret. LAVIINIA DHANAGUNAN checks out a website dedicated to outstanding family vacation ideas.
WHILE checking out child-friendly websites for travel ideas for children, this website (http://www.kidscantravel.com/) popped up among the search results.
Curiosity got the better of me and a quick click had the page open in another browser. The first thing to catch one´s attention is a banner with two kids wrapped up in towels staring out into the horizon.
The website´s tagline "outstanding family vacation ideas and the tools to get you there" is also quite quirky and an attention grabber.
The positioning of the tabs on the left hand side of the page, however, don´t really sit well with me as I´m a fan of things working in order of succession. Having to work bottom-up to look for the proper tab is not something I´m used to.
The good thing, I suppose, is that the "family travel tips" and "family travel guides" tabs are found at the top of the page which allows me to get straight to business.
The homepage has several sections, topped by featured tips for travel with kids followed by travel reviews, a global look at travel ideas for kids, top family vacation destinations, fun things to do with kids and lastly, family favourites.
Each segment on the homepage opens up to the individual page dedicated to discussions and articles on related topics like Feeding Kids On The Move, Teaching Kids How To Snorkel, etc.
The articles are well-researched and written in simple English, minus the jargon associated with say, snorkelling, and also features tried and tested methods.
The article, Teaching Kids How To Snorkel, for example, tells you that snorkel masks can be cleaned with dish soap or toothpaste. The writer also provides an "old fashioned way" to avoid fogging of the mask: "Have your child rub saliva on the inside of the dry lens and then rinse the mask".
The family travel tips section is portioned off into several topics like tips for travel with kids, responsible travel and more.
Inside the segment, Tips For Travel With Kids, for instance, keep an eye out for a yellow and blue lined pill-sized diagram. This diagram means that the tips in the article featured are meant for the little ones to follow.
It´s also a constant sight on the right hand side of the page where kids can brush up on their travel trivia.
The dullest-coloured tab on the left poses a surprise when clicked on as the images within this segment -- Family Vacation Images -- are brilliant.
The photographer of the most
recent albums (there are 270 featured), Alfredo de Simone, has managed to
capture some beautiful shots of places in
The website is fairly easy to navigate and features some very practical travel tips that can be used anywhere.
Source : New Straits Times – 23 February 2010