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Bachelor party planning 101

Are you ready to start planning your best bud’s bachelor party? Here’s everything you need to do.

The bachelor party is the groom’s last night to go wild before tying the knot. After months of tasting cakes, attending fittings and checking out venues, he’s probably more than ready to let off some steam. If you’ve been tasked with planning his last hurrah, there are a few things you’ll want to keep in mind. Remember, this is no ordinary party, so you should be doing a little more than stocking up on plastic cups and PBR.

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Solo travel Australia, a girl’s guide

A lot of people, especially women, are terrified of travelling solo. Or their parents are terrified of them! Readers always ask me how I do it, am I not scared of being a solo female traveller? How do I deal with the loneliness? How do I deal with language barriers?

What I usually tell people is to try an easy, English-speaking location, even somewhere that you’re familiar with, for that first solo trip. It means that you’ll be a bit more experienced by the time you get to the countries where you have complete culture shock and a language barrier to deal with.

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Taking an organized tour in India

Before I get started on this post I want to highlight that my trip to India was a holiday and not a blog trip or a sponsored trip. I’m not trying to sell tours here but I’ve had so many people ask me how I found it and if I would recommend it so I wanted to share my experience and my honest opinion.

“An organized tour?” I heard the skepticism in my friend’s voice. “With old people…and a coach…and a guide waving a flag?”

I sighed as I had to explain for what felt like the millionth time that it wasn’t THAT KIND of tour. While I did see a couple of massive tour groups like this, thankfully, it wasn’t the kind of tour I took and definitely isn’t the type I would recommend to anyone.

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8 tips for planning a group Holiday

Planning a group holiday is always a good idea at inception. What could be better than exploring the world together with your closest friends whilst the kids grow up with these fond memories? In most cases, they only ever remain as good ideas once the planning process starts and a commitment is required.  At Family Globetrotters, we have become very adept at planning a group holiday with our circle of friends but for every 10 hair brain ideas we come up with, only about 2 will actually come to fruition…

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House Rental vs Hotel Which’s Best For Your Bach?

A question we get a lot for our bachelor and bachelorette parties! The comfort and luxury of a hotel or resort, or the independence and communal space of a house rental? Which is best for your group? We’ve broken down the pros and cons of both accommodations to help you decide!

Hotel Pros

  • Hotels can be more affordable for a small group versus a large group.

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Packing Cubes Are The Secret To Packing

This is the best hack I’ve found for making more space in a suitcase.

I’m a terrible packer. By that, I don’t mean I’m a last-minute packer or that I consistently pack the wrong things. I mean that I loathe the entire process of packing for air travel and international trips.

I obsessively check the weather at my destination to make sure I’ve planned ….

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My 10 Worst Travel Moments of 2018

It’s a talent to look so poised, yet be so clumsy.

While I’d like to believe I piss glitter and walk on water, the truth is, I DO I’m just short of a hot mess, and that sh*t is a skill.

It’s my most treasured talent the way I’m able to finesse my way out of the strangest and most awkward situations, but …

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1-month itinerary in Thailand from north to south

Thailand was the beginning of our adventure through South East Asia. It is a beautiful country with a combination of culture, food, nature and beach time. It is also a relatively cheap destination to fly to from Europe, as well as an “easy” destination to travel to as a non-hardcore backpacker. We were not wrong! Being an easy-to-travel-to destination, though, meant it is also quite touristic. It’s quite difficult to get “off the beaten path”. Tourist services are well developed to hone visitors to the usual tourist spots, via minibuses, joint tickets for ferry+bus, and special entrance fees for foreigners.

Here is an overview of our 30 days / 29 nights itinerary in Thailand,

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Plan a toddler-friendly itinerary

Travelling with a toddler is different to travelling solo or even to travelling with a baby or an older child. No matter your experience level, you will find it more of a challenge. Your itinerary can make or break your journey. I’ve done all the hard work. I’ve made the mistakes. Through trial and error, patience and meltdowns, I’ve worked out how to plan the perfect toddler-friendly itinerary.

A little forward planning absolutely helps. This is where my Toddler Travel Tips come in!

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Ways to stay calm, fear-free on a flight

Some people are so afraid of flying, they won’t even consider traveling or stepping foot in an airport, let alone get on a plane. But there are even more people who will fly to travel, but experience intense stress and anxiety during a flight.

Often times, people who experience this stress and anxiety will turn to alcohol and/or prescriptions to get through their flight. However, there are some healthier ways to calm down, relax and perhaps even enjoy your flight.

Avoid caffeine

As much as you may love coffee, avoid any caffeinated beverages before and during your flight….

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2019 TRAVEL WISHLIST

“2018 had brought me many adventures in travel and in life. Our family had moved from Portugal to France and I was able to visit several countries despite the responsibilities of being a mom and wife.

In March, I was in Budapest, Hungary. In July, I was in Dubrovnik, Croatia. In August I made it back to the Philippine for a few weeks. In September, I was in Marrakech and Agadir, Morocco as well as Barcelona. And I even managed to go to Berlin and Copenhagen in November. We ended the year with a quick trip to Annecy, France to visit some friends…

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How to find airline mistake fares (& get ridiculously cheap flights)

Flight pricing errors are a godsend for wanderlusters with big dreams, but small wallets. It’s like opening that crinkly take-out bag, and realizing you got an extra set of fries with your order.

….Only way better.

Like, hundreds of dollars better.

Believe it or not, airline pricing mistakes happen all the time. Here’s some pretty epic ones:

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How to throw the ultimate Peppa Pig Party

Peppa Pig is one of our favourite pre-school party themes, and to celebrate, we’re going to show you how to throw a super special Peppa party that your little ones will love!

These bright and colourful parties are perfect for young children who love the show. Throw in some our unique DIY party ideas, games, decorations and food ideas, and you’ve got all the ingredients for a birthday they’ll never forget.

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The ultimate Cali road trip!

The Pacific Coast Highway is one of the most impressive scenic drives in the World, let alone the US. Start all the way up in San Francisco and cruise down to San Diego or vice versa.

The route takes about ten hours to complete with no stopping (but what’s the point of that?!). We recommend about 1-2 weeks stopping properly and taking your time. Over the 1000km you’ll pass through spectacular beaches, untouched forests and lush vineyards.

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A solo traveller’s guide to Melbourne

Arriving in a new city can be exhilarating and a little daunting at the same time, even for seasoned solo travellers. But as instinct and experience take hold, you know that each new place brings with it a unique culture and an altered perspective. Notorious for its arty vibe and widespread adoration of coffee, Melbourne is a great place for a solo traveller to delve deeper into culture and music. As well as some great coffee.

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