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11 Things to Know About Travelling Southeast Asia

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Travelling through Southeast Asia is exciting and for many, it’s one to tick off the bucket list. However, it can seem like an entirely different world, so it’s wise to be as prepared as possible before getting on the plane. Preparing yourself mentally and physically for your trip will mean you’ll be able to enjoy it as much as possible. Here are a few tips to get you started.

 

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Expect Jet Lag

Travelling to Southeast Asia will mean you’ll probably suffer from some jet lag. Not only is there a huge time difference, but there’s also a significant temperature and humidity difference. It’s a lot for your body to adapt to in a short amount of time. It can come as a shock to your body and you may not feel on top form for a few days. The key is to remember that jet lag is a possibility and take those first few days to rest. So, don’t go planning any extreme activities for the first three to four days of your trip.

 

Eat Some Yoghurt

It may sound like idiotic advice but eating some local yoghurt shortly after you arrive could be one of the best things you can do. There’s often no avoiding getting sick when you travel to a location so different from the one you’re used to living in. Your body will have to absorb a lot of things it’s not used to because you’ll be exposed to things that are completely foreign. The local yoghurt can help settle your stomach into this in a healthier way.

 

Follow the Locals

When it comes to eating out, follow the trail of locals. The busiest restaurants are busy for a reason. The locals will always know the best places to eat, like in toa payoh. The locals are some of the friendliest people you’ll meet, so don’t be afraid to try to engage in conversation and ask for suggestions. If you’re willing to travel off the beaten path, you’ll probably find some hidden treasures outside of the well-known tourist areas.

 

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Don’t Worry About Quality

It can be easy to worry about the quality of the food your served. After all, no-one wants to get sick during their entire trip. If you’re prone to getting sick while trying new foods, it could be wise to avoid street foods. However, restaurant standards are usually quite high, so you don’t need to be as cautious as you may think. You can also drink beverages that have been served with ice. Although it’s wise to consume bottled water while abroad, the ice served is generally purified beforehand.

 

Beware of Copies

When you’re travelling through Southeast Asia, you aren’t going to pick up a Rolex for a few coins. The genuine article would cost you near enough the same amount as your trip, so don’t be fooled into thinking you’re getting a bargain because you’re in a foreign country. If you don’t mind buying copies to take home to family and friends, make sure you do some bartering and get yourself a good deal. But, never be fooled by the stories the salesmen will try to tell you.

 

There’s No Such Thing as a Refund

Life in Asia is fast. So fast, your money will be gone in the blink of an eye. Be sure you want to make a purchase before holding your money out. Once your cash leaves your hands, there’ll be no returning it. If you want to buy from local markets or stores, keep your cash safe in your wallet and your wallet safe in a bag close to you. Don’t bring out your wallet until you’re ready to buy an item and have already agreed on a price.

 

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Sudden Deafness is a Thing

If a little old lady or sweet young boy approaches you to buy something and you decide you want to, make sure you give the exact money. These sellers are fantastic at developing sudden deafness if you want to chase them for change. So, handing over a fifty bill for something that cost five could mean you unintentionally lose forty-five for your troubles. Street sellers can be highly manipulative and tend to prey on traveller’s good will.

 

Travel Prices

Do your research before jumping into local transport. Knowing how much a taxi or tuk-tuk will cost is half the battle when you’re trying to get around. Getting in a taxi without first agreeing to a price could see you bankrupt when it’s time to get out, even if you only travelled a few minutes down the road. What a taxi driver charges as 200 could drop to 50 if you know what the trip is worth and not to be manipulated by this kind of public transport.

 

Arguing Will Get You Nowhere

If you find yourself in a sticky situation, try not to escalate it. The culture of Asians will allow you to diffuse a situation more successfully by creating a joke and smiling, instead of getting irate. Arguing isn’t the way to get what you want when travelling in Southeast Asia. If there’s something that can’t be resolved and it’s important it is, report the situation to your hotel staff or the local authority.

 

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Get Your Shots

You’ll need to go for a few vaccinations before travelling to Asia, at least six weeks before your travel date. However, there are still some things you can pick up that you won’t be vaccinated for. Mosquitos are notorious for carrying hundreds of different diseases, so you’ll need to take a DEET-based mosquito repellant and make sure you sleep surrounded by a mosquito net at night. If you find that the mosquitos are particularly attracted to you, ask the locals for their advice on keeping them at bay.

 

Trust No-one

When you’re on vacation you want to let your guard down and relax. However, it’s important to keep your wits about you and remember, if it looks too good to be true, it probably is.

 

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5 Disneyland Paris Tips

We visited Disneyland Paris a few years ago. It was a fun trip. We had the lovely opportunity of exploring the entire park in 2 days and I am seriously looking forward to taking the kids. The kiddies have visited Paris a few times but we have not had the opportunity to take them to Disney. I have been thinking of doing just that and I am hoping we can visit as a family this year.

Disneyland Paris is a dream vacation destination for many families. There is a lot to see and enjoy, and kids love it. I remember watching the parade at night and seeing how excited the kids were. We even had a child next to us, crying in awe as she saw one of her favourite character, I think the character was Minnie Mouse.

 

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Disneyland Paris Tips

If you have plans of visiting the beautiful park, you may find these tips very useful –

 

Wear comfy shoes

The best shoes to wear to Disneyland Paris are very comfy shoes. I go for flat shoes but not flats. So comfy trainers would work great. There is plenty of walking involved so heels are a no-no if you want to have an amazing time and not focus on uncomfortable shoes that make you want to comfy bare feet.

 

Go with a crossbody bag or a backpack and camera

The last thing you want to deal with a heavy bag while exploring Disneyland. I prefer to go with a crossbody bag to keep all my valuables. A backpack would work if you are going with younger kids and need to take essentials with you like nappies and change of clothes. Also good to go with a camera if you have one. So you can capture all the amazing memories.

 

Bring a push chair with you

If you have younger kids, make sure you come with a push chair. Exploring the park can be tiring for young kids, so have a push chair to ferry them around when they get tired is smart. There are push chairs available to hire but they are usually pricey and very basic, so do come with yours if possible and a bike lock.

 

Take your time

We couldn’t see the whole park in a day. It took us 2 full days to explore the entire park and those days were very long. I would recommend 3 days to explore the whole park and all the fun it brings, especially if you are going with younger kids. You don’t want to rush the experience so best to make the time and enjoy the fun.

 

Bring snacks

The last thing you need is dealing with “hangry” (hungry + angry) toddlers. So make sure you have your children’s favourite snacks at the ready. Also take snacks for yourself if you can as food and drinks can be pricey in the park.

 

Have you visited Disneyland Paris before? Please share your tried and tested tips in the comments section below.

Thanks for reading 😊

 

Portugal Travel Diaries

Here are the final set of pictures from our half term trip to Algarve Portugal. We also visited Faro and Lagos. It was a fun relaxing trip. We had a great time and I wish I could go back and soak in some more sunshine. The weather in Cheshire has been dreadful lately. How is the weather where you are? This Cheshire weather is making me miss Algarve so much, but I will survive until my next sunny vacation.

 

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While in Portugal, we decided to visit Lagos. We have heard so much about the city so we decided to make the most of our time there. Driving down to Lagos from Algarve. The kiddies always enjoy road trips as long as they are fed and have some form of entertainment. It took us around an hour to get Lagos, thanks to Google maps and our Enterprise rental car.

 

 

View from the Car Park in Lagos Portugal

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The city of Lagos was cool to see. I am happy I got great shots to treasure for life. I could clearly see the similarities between Lagos Portugal and Lagos Nigeria. It was a fun experience all around. We had the opportunity to walk around the centre of the city and soak in all it had to offer. The only issue we had was when the kiddies found a ride they wanted to get on, and us not having our wallets on us. That was the end of our sight seeing. Kids have the power like that….

 

 

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Our ride back to Algarve was ok. Having said that, we found that many roads didn’t have street lights so they were really dark. Good M is an experienced driver and has driven in many countries. I won’t advise anyone who is not very confident driving to drive here as the roads can be very different with lots of roads and uncountable roundabouts. There was a roundabout on almost every single road we went on.

 

 

Goofing around in the centre

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It was a short but fun trip. I know we will be visiting Portugal again in the future. Probably a different part of the country. I love exploring Europe. So far we have been to Amsterdam, Dusseldorf, Paris (a few times), Barcelona, Milan, Dublin, Edinburgh, and now I can add Algarve to the list of countries in Europe I have visited. I would love to visit the Scandinavian countries next, maybe that would happened for us next year. M has been to most of the Scandinavian countries I want to visit already because his work takes him all over the world. And he has only good things to say about them.

 

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We spent our last evening at the Beach. It was quiet as most people had left already which was just what I needed. I am not a fan of crowded places, especially beaches and swimming pools. The Kiddies had fun posing for pictures, playing with sand and water. All I wanted to do was to walk around  and admire the beautiful beach. It was even more beautiful in the evening.

 

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And this travel post brings the end of our Portugal Travel Diairies. I hope you have enjoyed reading the short series as much as I enjoyed sharing them with you.

Have you been to any part of Portugal? What are your thoughts? Please share them in the comments section below. Thanks for stopping by and have a relaxing weekend.

 

 

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