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Going Somewhere? and taking the kids! Our Journey through South America – 10 Countries in 10 Weeks!

The second book in our D.I.Y travel planning series!

A practical, easy to follow D.I.Y. guide to planning your trip with children.   This book will show you step by step how to take the mystery out of D.I.Y. holidays on a budget around South America.

This book is for people who love to travel and need direction on how to research it, plan it, book it and make a real success of a DIY holiday with their family!

Written by Julie Warner, a travel planning expert who has personally travelled to over 110 countries with her husband and taken their 14 and 16-year-old children to over 50 countries.

Julie takes the mystery out of DIY holidays with your children and shows you step by step how to:

  • Plan an affordable family holiday
  • Research travel options
  • Put together an itinerary
  • Book your own airfares, accommodation and tours
  • Organise visas and vaccinations
  • Successfully pack lightly
  • Keep the kids entertained
  • Make the most of your days away

If you loved travelling before you had kids and would like to visit South America with your family but just lack the confidence to put it all together, then this is the book for you!

Travelling with kids has never been so easy!

Book Excerpts:

Introduction

I know many of you are thinking – “10 weeks travelling around South America with two kids (10 and 8 years old) – what were they thinking?” To be honest, I did have my moments of doubt as the itinerary started taking shape about how we would all survive 10-weeks together, especially now the kids were that bit older and much more opinionated!

I also realise that 10-weeks travelling through South America may not be achievable for everyone, nor may it be something that a family would, or could even contemplate – but if there is any way you can manage this at some stage, I would thoroughly recommend it as an extraordinary family experience.

This 10-week journey could easily be split into segments, to do as separate holidays or scaled down by selecting highlights and structuring a shorter itinerary around places that appeal more to your family.

Air Passes

The rules, conditions and prices of these air passes change regularly so please check them carefully prior to booking to ensure they will be suitable for your personal circumstances. The One World Visit South America Pass details are available here: https://www.oneworld.com/flights/single-continent-fares/visit-south-america

The One World Visit South America Pass was fantastic for us at the time we travelled, as no payment was required until seven days prior to departure which meant that we could keep changing the itinerary (pending seating availability) right up until the week before we departed if required. This allowed us the time to book and finalise other aspects of our itinerary knowing that we could continue to change these air pass sectors if we needed to. The pass also allowed for just the first sector fare to be confirmed leaving the remainder sectors open and confirming their departures at a later date, very convenient if you were travelling with more flexibility (we had a tight schedule so needed to have everything booked in before we departed to fit with everything else we had booked).

Table of Contents

ITINERARY 5
INTRODUCTION 6
BACKGROUND 6
PLANNING 8
AIRFARE RESEARCH 9
AIR PASSES 10
One World Visit South America Pass Zones at the time of writing: 11
Booking 12
DOMESTIC TRAVEL 12
Airfares 12
Tahiti to Bora Bora Flight 12
South America 12
Flight from the Galapagos Islands to Guayaquil 12
Itinerary Planning Steps Summarised 13
Car Hire 13
Tahiti 13
Bora Bora 13
Easter Island 13
Santiago 14
Mendoza 14
Paraguay 14
Uruguay 14
Buenos Aires 14
El Calafate – Punta Arenas 14
Puerto Montt 16
Ferry Crossings 16
Buenos Aires to Uruguay 16
Pargua (Chile) to Chiloe 16
Bus Journeys 16
Lima to Ica 16
Cusco to Puno (Lake Titicaca) – “Route of the Sun” 16
Machu Picchu – Train & Entrance Tickets 17
Cusco to Machu Picchu Train 17
Machu Picchu Entrance Tickets 17
TOURS 18
Galapagos Cruise 18
Nazca Lines 20
Ica 20
Amazon (Iquitos) Tour 20
Puno to La Paz 21
ACCOMMODATION 23
PACKING 26
What to Take? 26
Toiletries 26
Medical Kit 26
Charcoal Tablets 26
Kids’ Bag 27
Shoes 27
Clothes 27
Day Pack (Backpack) 27
Money 27
Vaccinations 28
Malaria tablets 28
Yellow Fever 28
VISA REQUIREMENTS 28
Australians 29
New Zealanders 29
DANGERS AND ANNOYANCES 29
Travelling with Children: 30
Travel with children requirements: 30
BEFORE YOU GO 30
OUR JOURNEY 32
BIBLIOGRAPHY AND REFERENCES 104
CONTACT DETAILS 104
Event Speaker 104
Purchase Other Books by Julie Warner 104
BIOGRAPHY 104

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Going Somewhere? and taking the kids! Our journey through Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos

The first in our D.I.Y travel planning series!

A practical, easy to follow D.I.Y. guide to planning your trip with children.   175 pages that show you step by step how to take the mystery out of

D.I.Y. holidays on a budget through Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos.

This book is for people who love to travel and need direction on how to research it, plan it, book it and make a real success of a D.I.Y. holiday with their family!

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The first in our D.I.Y travel planning series, Going Somewhere? and taking the kids!

Our journey through Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos

This book is for people who love to travel and need direction on how to research it, plan it, book it and make a real success of a D.I.Y. holiday with their family!

Written by Julie Warner, a travel planning expert who has personally travelled to over 100 countries with her husband and taken their 16 and 14 year old children to 54 and 51 countries respectively.

Book Excerpts:

“The idea behind this book came from the number of people who express surprise over our holiday choices given that we have two young children. People who have children, and those who don’t alike, are always intrigued with our travel plans.  Even if they were used to travelling overseas prior to having children, most people say that they could not contemplate taking their younger children with them – unless it’s to a family-oriented resort destination with a “kids club”.”

“In this book, I aim to provide useful information for planning an overseas trip with children, with practical advice on what you can achieve with the kids, without needing to take out a
second mortgage.  My hope is that it may just inspire other families to take a chance on a different style of holiday when they next venture away – and to discover that it can be fun!”

Hotels: “The accommodation side of our trips is one area that we save substantial amounts of money.  This is the part of any trip that can really put a big dent in to your overall budget and with some careful research substantive savings can be made.”

Packing, What to Take?: “What to take and how much of everything do you pack?  I personally hate the washing aspect of being on the road for a number of weeks so I tend to take quite a lot of clothes for everyone to limit the number of times we need to think about doing laundry.  In saying that, we usually only travel with one large suitcase, a smaller wheelie bag for shoes and toiletries, the kids small wheelie back pack for toys and our day pack (backpack).”

“My hope is to inspire others to take the plunge, pack those bags and take their families on a trip that they may have thought was too difficult to contemplate or not suitable with
children.  If you do make the effort, I am sure the benefits will far outweigh any minor stumbling blocks you may encounter along the way.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Introduction…..1

The Background….. 3

Why Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos?….. 3

Planning:….. 7

Airfare Research….. 8

Travel from Vietnam to Cambodia….. 11

Vietnam Domestic Travel….. 12

Airfares & Train….. 12

Tours:….. 14

Mekong Delta Tour….. 14

Halong Bay Tour….. 15

Cu Chi Tunnels Tour….. 15

Hotels:….. 16

In Vietnam:….. 19

In Cambodia:….. 19

In Laos:….. 19

Packing, What to Take?:….. 20

Toiletries….. 20

Medical Kit….. 21

Kids’ Toy Bag….. 23

Clothes….. 24

Shoes….. 24

Day Pack (Back pack)….. 24

Money….. 25

Camera Bag….. 26

Vaccinations….. 27

VISA REQUIREMENTS….. 28

BEFORE YOU GO….. 30 

OUR JOURNEY….. 33

Day 1 – Sydney to HCMC, Saigon….. 33

Day 2 – HCMC….. 38

Day 3 – HCMC to Can Tho (Mekong Delta)….. 48

Day 4 – Mekong Delta, Can Tho to Chau Doc….. 60

Day 5 – Mekong Delta to Phnom Penh….. 71

Day 6 – Phnom Penh….. 79

Day 7 – Phnom Penh to Vientiane….. 82

Day 8 – Vientiane….. 85

Day 9 – Vientiane – Luang Prabang….. 89

Day 10 – Luang Prabang….. 93

Day 11 – Luang Prabang….. 100

Day 12 – Luang Prabang to Hanoi….. 103

Day 13 – Hanoi….. 108

Day 14 – Hanoi….. 114

Day 15 – Halong Bay….. 119

Day 16 – Hanoi to Hue….. 125

Day 17 – Hue to Hoi An….. 135

Day 18 – Hoi An….. 141

Day 19 – Hoi An….. 149

Day 20 – Hoi An to HCMC….. 161

Day 21 – HCMC to Sydney….. 165

BIBLIOGRAPHY AND REFERENCES….. 172

BIOGRAPHY….. 173