24/7 support and a friendly face on arrival
We know that after a long flight, arriving in a new country with children can be a bit of a military operation. To make sure you arrive without having to worry about where to go, a local representative will be waiting for you at the airport to take you to your hotel. We’ll make sure the booster seats are in place so all you need to do is take in your new surroundings. Our English speaking local partners in each country will also be on hand 24/7 if you have any queries or issues, giving you peace of mind during your family holiday. We recommend grabbing some water for the car, and a few snacks on hand to keep the little ones happy.
Flying with children
Going on a long haul flight with children can be a daunting and stressful experience. The flight takes hours, and the children will get bored. There are a number of flight options depending on where you are going and your Travel Specialist will be the best person to help you decide on who to fly with. Our suggestions are to travel as direct as possible, and choose a flight with a great in-flight entertainment system. We will be able to pre-book your seats (where possible) and any special meals, to make sure the whole experience is as pleasurable as possible for the whole family.
Getting around the country
Across all of our destinations we offer a range of different transports and your Travel Specialist will be able to discuss and choose which is best for your family. If you are happy to have a bit if adventure you could let your kids experience the comfortable sleeper trains in Thailand, where they can meet locals or other travellers for a meaningful experience, or take a self drive journey in Costa Rica, giving you plenty of flexibility to stop and take breaks or pictures along the way. We’ve found the key to travelling with kids is to keep them busy! Bring that iPad and make up a game or challenge, whatever makes them happy.
From fish fingers to curries
One of the best things about travelling with your family is watching the kids faces light up when they try new food. If your children aren’t that adventurous when it comes to food this can be a stressful time for you. The majority of restaurants nowadays offer a range of food including western dishes and rice and ketchup is always a good alternative! If you are worried about this before you travel, just let us know and we can inform the local partner ahead of your trip. We can also provide you with allergy translation cards to help when eating out at restaurants. Just let us know how we can help.
At Rickshaw, we pride ourselves on choosing locally owned hotels that have a personal feel and support the local community. Where possible we have sourced family or interconnecting rooms in most destinations. When booking with your Travel Specialist, they will be able to run through the options in each place with you. We’ve found it is best to have a hotel with a swimming pool to cool everyone down after a busy day, as well as air conditioning for a good nights sleep.
Health and Safety in destination
When it comes to health and safety in whichever destination you decide upon, the main thing is preparation and common sense. Once you know where you’re going, the best thing to do is go and speak to your family doctor who can check the most up to date travel information. You may need some injections and malaria tablets.
The second thing to do is stock up on immodium, tissues, vitamin C tablets and a whole host of your favourite medicine. Following this advice will help ensure you have a safe time:
- Make sure you drink plenty of sealed bottled water
- Wash hands regularly (anti-bac gel)
- Do not eat crushed ice
- Be wary of salad
- Always wear mosquito repellent with DEET
- Sun cream, sun cream, sun cream!
As long as you’re prepared beforehand, you can make sure you have a great time and be ready for anything.
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