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10 Ways to Make Long-Haul Flights More Memorable with Your Kids
14 May 2017IDEASBY SweetEscape

These long hours on plane can be tiring and boring. Surviving long-haul flights with kids needs preparation, but making it more memorable needs tons of imagination. Let us share with you some fun tips to make your long flights enjoyable and memorable for you and your children.

1. Play 'What's the Shape?' Game

It’s an apple. It’s a giraffe or it’s a giant fluffy marshmallow. Guess-the-cloud’s shape is one of our favorite games because it allows you to gaze outside the small window and let your imagination soar.

2. Play Fashionista Onboard

We all know that playing dress-up is every little girl’s favorite thing. So pack up a small bag filled with necklaces, bracelets, scarves and sunglasses. These accessories will keep your darling busy for a while. Be creative, use blanket, magazines or even the cutlery to spice up your game.

3. Give Surprise Gifts

Sometimes a little reward will go a long way for your little ones. Prepare a small gift for them to open inside the plane. It could be anything too! Something as simple as a notepad and coloring pencils will work splendidly in entertaining them.

4. Interview in the Sky

Long flights mean more downtime for the stewardess, so why not encourage your little one to get friendly with these lovely staff? Stewardesses are usually more than happy to oblige your kid’s questions about her name, her jobs and more. So, nudge your kids and they may be making new friends before you know it.

5. Read Together

Nothing beats the power of a good story book to take you to different places while you’re stuck in your flights. Open a good book and read up, you two will soon be lost in a world of literary wonder.

6. Play Travel Board Games

There are plenty of games that can keep your kids sitting still and entertained. Bring along some favorite family board games in compact sizes.

7. Play Pretend

Another idea that requires nothing but your imagination, your kid can be a stewardess, a pilot, a mermaid and so much more!

8. Put On A Doll Show

It always help to bring along some of your kid’s best friends. Be it her favorite doll or his little finger puppet games, these soft buddies will be the familiar faces that put them right at ease. You can even make up stories and put on a show, starring your children's favorite soft toys.

9. Play 'I Spy with My Little Eye'

The old “ I-Spy” game always works wonder for long haul flights. To make if even more fun, prepare a small binocular in advance, and your little explorer will be spying and eyeing so many things beyond your imagination.

10. Have Fun With Stickers

Everyone loves stickers, even adults! Make sure you pack a lot of stickers and opt for the ones that come off easily so you’re not leaving a sticky mess after.

Be sure to keep your little darlings hydrated, well-rested and happy too. So when it’s time to step off the plane, the whole family is ready and fresh for a great start!

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Sidney and Etha Mohede: Christmas Tradition in Our Family
12 Dec 2019STORIESBY SweetEscape

Among the Indonesian Christian community, Sidney and Etha Mohede are extremely popular. Sidney is best known as an award-winning gospel singer-songwriter and one of the pastors of a Jakarta-based megachurch, while Etha is a social media influencer. This Christmas season, we had the opportunity to talk with The Mohedes about their Christmas tradition, how they're going to spend this year's Christmas, and the importance of photography for their family.

by Priscilla for SweetEscape in Amsterdam
by Priscilla for SweetEscape in Amsterdam

1. Tell us about Christmas in your family!

We think our family's Christmas is just like any other family's. When we're in Jakarta, on Christmas morning we'd wake up and open our Christmas presents. But, since these couple of years we spent our Christmases traveling overseas, we'd open the presents before we fly off.

Also, we like to think that the trip itself is the present for the entire family, and we are happy to enjoy the trip together, just us and our three children.

2. Any particular Christmas dinner tradition?

Our family's Christmas dinner usually happens on the Christmas Eve, with simple dishes and no special table decorations. We always like to finish up all the hassle before Christmas Day itself. On Christmas Day we'd usually just eat simple take outs and just enjoy our time together.

However, we think that our family's dinners–be it Christmas or not–is a tradition in itself. We want to make sure that every family member sit around the table at dinner time. We see nowadays in modern families, at dinner time everybody's still busy with their own things; the kids watching videos on their tables, the parents still busy with their gadgets... We don't want that in our family. We make sure that everyone sits around the table and really enjoy our time together, including on Christmas dinners.

by Donny for SweetEscape in Bali

3. Where will you be spending Christmas this year?

This year we'll be going to Europe, namely Italy and the Netherlands. This would be our first time in Italy, and it's a 3-families trip. We're flying off to Dusseldorf, then we'll travel to Milan and meet the other 2 families there. Then we'd spend 7 days in Italy and 7 days in Netherlands, so in total it would be a 14 days trip.

by Dennis + Dewi for SweetEscape in Amsterdam

As for the detailed itinerary, we honestly have no clue, but we've already booked a car to drive around. We want to try a road trip-style holiday this time around, and we think it would be fun! It's going to be an adventure!

4. We know you travel a lot, especially Sidney. Do you take photos of your trip?

Of course! For me (Sidney) personally, I love photography because it is a way I can express my passion easily. I was an art major in university, and my first passion was drawing and painting. But drawing something takes a lot of time. With a camera, I can capture the beauty of what I was seeing wherever I go with a single snap. I can still use my brain and eye for the compositions and colours, and I can express my visual arts passion in an easy way, without having to spend more than 30 minutes to draw one picture.

by Dennis + Dewi for SweetEscape in Amsterdam
by Dennis + Dewi for SweetEscape in Amsterdam

Which is why, we also love SweetEscape very much, because the idea of not being the one who takes the photographs and actually being photographed once in a while is really fun! Honestly, I'm (Sidney) not a big fan of being photographed, like most guys, I believe. But for a family photo, it's always nice to have, since most of the times we'd have to take turns taking pictures with the kids, or resort to selfies. With SweetEscape, we don't have to worry about this, and all five of us can be in the picture together!

by Dennis + Dewi for SweetEscape in Amsterdam

SweetEscape connects you to thousands of local professional photographers in more than 500 cities around the world, so you can capture every moment and get beautiful photos directly to your devices in just 48 hours after your session. This holiday season, capture more with SweetEscape's JINGLE DEALS, where you can get sessions starting as low as USD 50! Download our app, book your session today and let's #MakeLifeMemorable!