Tips For An Enjoyable Summer Vacation

At the beach.
At the beach. I love the beach.

It’s officially summer again!  Well, in some parts of the world.  Anyway, do you have any summer vacation plans yet?  It doesn’t matter if you are going on a month-long summer getaway or not.  What’s important is that you get at least a week of vacation to spend with your family or special someone.

Because summer is getting hotter and hotter, we cannot compromise our health and enjoyment.  So below are some of the most important tips to have an enjoyable summer vacation.

  • Decide where to go.  If you want to go to an island vacation, to the beach, or resort, better plan it ahead of time and decide immediately.  As we all know, hotels in these places get fully-booked immediately so the soonest you can make up your mind about vacationing here is the best.
  • Shop for airfare and hotel accommodations.  When you figure out the place for your vacation, it’s time to shop and compare airfare (if you are traveling international or domestic) and hotel accommodation prices.  It is always great to find cheap flights.
  • Do not overload.  The key to an enjoyable and satisfying travel and vacation is traveling lightly.  We want to wear what are light and comfortable and bring what are convenient to use.  My husband complains (sometimes) because I have so much stuff in my luggage that I ended up not useful at all. Don’t ever forget to bring sunscreen, lip balm, and a small first aid kit.
  • Take only the important things.  Yes I said that do not overload but don’t forget the important things also such as passports or ID, credit card, pocket money, keys, digital camera and memory card, cellphone, chargers, travel/booking confirmations, itinerary, and the like.

I hope that we all have a wonderful summer and always be safe.

Snorkeling Must-Have

Beautiful colors.
Beautiful colors.  Photo taken by my friend.

There are so many undersea creatures you can see when you are snorkeling.  Snorkeling is my favorite thing to do on vacation.  My husband and I did snorkeling most of the time during our vacation in Puerto Galera in Oriental Mindoro, Philippines.  Besides being an enjoyable activity, snorkeling can also be a relaxing thing to do because you are seeing colorful fish and corals that will take you to a beautiful mood.

Snorkeling Gear

1.  Snorkel

2.  Life jacket

3. Googles

4. Water shoes

Gadgets

1.  Underwater camera

2.  Underwater video camera (if available)

Beautiful beaches all over the world have great snorkeling locations.  And Puerto Galera in Oriental Mindoro, Philippines is one of them.

Gadgets And Activity Materials To Bring When Traveling

In this present generation, even the young children like toddlers are learning how to use electronic devices.  It is amazing how they quickly absorb the manner of manipulating an electronic device like a tablet.  I know some of us are guilty on giving our child a tablet or a cellphone that they can play a game there so we can get to do what we got to do in the house or while in the middle of an errand.  Do they really need it? As with traveling, do you let your kids play on their tablets to get them entertained while on travel?  Some people will say yes, but others will say it depends.

The most common gadget that young kids use nowadays are tablets.  I have an almost 5-year old daughter and she began asking me for a tablet when she was three years old.  She saw my friend’s 4-year old daughter playing with her tablet while we were at a Bible Study.  My daughter got fascinated with it because my friend’s daughter let her borrow it for a little while taking turns playing what’s on it.  Because I didn’t want to buy a tablet, I decided to let my daughter use my cellphone at home.  I downloaded a couple of game applications for toddlers.  Whenever we’re on the road-going to town for kids activities or visiting the folks out of town or something, I let her play on the phone since those applications don’t require an Internet connection to work.  The problem is it’s wasting the phone’s battery.

Anyway, what I am trying to imply is that, letting our kids use tablets or cellphones for entertainment while traveling is not bad as long as we limit the usage.  Even playing with age appropriate game applications should be supervised because some of these apps have in-app advertisements.

When traveling, I bring the following with us:

Tablet – I downloaded five toddler games for her.  The most favorites are the My Little Pony game and the Magic Piano.  She can also do drawing and sketching on the tablet.

Coloring booklets – I have a storage at the back seat where I have the coloring booklets and crayons ready for my daughter to grab.

Books – Reading materials like books are always recommended to bring.

CD – My daughter has a favorite record from the artist Enya.

Favorite Toys – bunny (lovey) and My Little Pony figures.

How about you?  What gadgets and activity materials do you bring when traveling with your kids?