Traveling families: Anabel Newell

Tonight we share the traveltips of a special instagrammer to me. Anabel is a very sweet mother, who started responding to my pictures when we were traveling through Slovenia last summer. Since then we sometimes comment on eachothers profile, making her a little less of a stranger… ūüėČ I love her profile and admire her travels – thanks for sharing your tips with us!¬†
Names: Anabel and Joe Newell
Blog: Instagram @iambel21

Full-time travelers or part-time travelers: part-time travelers. We enjoy traveling the world as our time and schedules permit.

Do you always take your kids along on your travels? Yes, we usually take our kids on the majority of our trips (over 30 countries) with the exception of a few places my husband and I have traveled alone.

Why do you travel with your kids?¬†I think there is¬†great value and importance in having our children see and travel the world with us. I believe it’s an invaluable experience for them to appreciate different cultures, understand how vast and diverse the world truly is, and comprehend that what ever happens in their everyday life, it is only a small scope of what surrounds us. Through traveling the globe, I hope they can grow up with an understanding and acceptance for other races and cultures. ¬†Also, I hope they can be kinder and wiser individuals while appreciating the things they have which can easily be taken for granted. I hope the ¬†wonderful memories and flashbacks of the beautiful places they visited during their childhood will forever be engraved in their minds and they can pass on those experiences to their children someday.

Best tip(s) to travel with children:¬†I think the most important thing is to be flexible in your planned schedules. You never know what mood children will be in, especially when you throw in jet-lag. I tend to keep our first days a little more open to accommodate for any last minute changes or extra needed naps. In addition, I make sure to travel with a medicine kit, especially when traveling overseas. With children we have had our share of trips when one or two gets sick and it’s nice to have remedies at hand that we know and trust. It certainly makes the stress of being sick on a trip less intense and overwhelming.

Favourite destination for kids: Our children really enjoyed the time we spent in Iceland. It does not seem like the most kid friendly destination but they really enjoyed chasing waterfalls, swimming in hot spring pools, seeing the masses of ice in glacier lagoons, walking around the core of an old volcano and exploring black sand beaches.

Place you wouldn‚Äôt take your kids to:¬†My husband and I traveled to India last year and we both agreed it was not a place we would feel comfortable taking our young children. For starters my oldest daughter suffers from severe motion sickness so she would not enjoy the chaos and traffic on the roads. Also it’s a country in which you have to be very cautious about what you consume to avoid getting severely sick so I didn’t want to risk it. Out of all the countries I have visited this one was the most eye opening, I would like to take my children one day but not while they are young.

Favourite Unesco World Heritage site visited: Mutianyu section of the Great Wall of China. We chose this part of the wall because it offers a cable cart to ascend to the wall itself and a toboggan to descend from the wall once you are done. We knew our children, as well as ourselves, would enjoy these fun activities and it would be an added bonus to in addition to taking in the wonderful views of the wall itself.

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