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The Survival Guide To Easy Traveling With Your Toddler
13 Jun 2017IDEASBY SweetEscape

Moms, we feel you. The constant battle of wanting to take your little one to explore the world and the hassle of traveling with kids can be endless. But if you just know the right tips and lifehacks to traveling with your toddler, you will definitely want to travel more with your little darlings. Without further ado, here is our 10 best tips aka the survival guide to easy traveling with your toddler:

1. Perfect Planning

They say “ if you fail to plan, you plan to fail” - and this couldn’t be any truer for when you’re traveling with kids. It helps to be diligent with your research, from the places you’ll be going, types of outfit your toddler will be wearing, to even the most unlikely scenario that might happen during your traveling.

We recommend you get planning at least a week before flying and get your agenda and pens ready. There is going to be a lot of scribbling and making notes involved.

2. Smart Packing

There won’t be any lack of source to find the smart way to pack these days. Just browse any youtube videos for the most efficient ways to pack and make sure that you use durable luggage to store all the important things for you and the little buddy.

3. Be Flight Ready

Plan for the flights that work best for your toddler. For example : if it’s an early flight, just carry your dear one while she is sleeping without the need to wake her up. You can also plan for afternoon flight where it coincides with her naptime. This way, the flight won’t be too taxing to your kid’s normal routine.

4. Stroller Savvy

Plan to take the stroller? This seat on the wheels can be the perfect lifesaver when your toddler refuses to walk and too heavy to carry. However, not all cities are stroller friendly so it’s best to do your research well or you’ll end up with your hands full. For the cities that are not going to welcome stroller, ditch it and switch to your favorite sling or carrier instead.

5. Snacks & Drinks On The Go

Grumpy kids need their snacks and drinks. It’s important to keep their hydration level on check while keeping them happy with little treats. You might want to be selective though with your snacks, because high sugar content can pump their energy and bring them to a lousy mood after! Stick with low-sugar and healthy snacks on the go.

6. Kid-Friendly Attractions

Introducing your kids on museums, zoos, theme parks and the likes is a great idea for a fun holiday. However, do consider the burden of being in crowded places or going through rush hour to get to your attraction spot. Arrange so that they can still visit these fancy places in the quiet hour and you’ll be sure to have more fun together.

7. Keep Them Busy

Pack travel-friendly busy books, small toys, or install new games in your smartphone just to make sure they have the right distraction when boredom attacks.

8. Emergency Pouch

Put your mind at ease by putting aside an emergency pouch for the familiar remedy your kid may just need during the holiday. From the fever reliever, gel for insect bites, bandages for cuts to his favorite vaporub, put it in a waterproof bag and at the easiest to reach position in your luggage or bag .

9. Keep Mama Happy

A happy momma makes a happy toddler. Pay attention to your own well being by keeping positive and enjoy the holiday too.

10. Teamwork

Teamwork makes the dream work. Involve daddy or other family member in creating an enjoyable holiday for all. Brief your hubby before going that he’s going to be an active parent in caring for your little one.

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Five Easter Traditions Around The World To Welcome The Holy Week
12 Apr 2019IDEASBY SweetEscape

Easter is coming! As Christians everywhere commemorate the death and resurrection of Christ, some might plan to go overseas to spend the long weekend and holiday. We've complied a list of several unique Easter traditions from around the world to inspire you in making your Easter more memorable!

1. Visita Iglesia

Manila, Philippines

by Carlo for SweetEscape in Manila

As a predominantly-Catholic society, people in the Philippines take The Holy Week very seriously. Although the more secular people would make use of the long holiday to go overseas or to visit beautiful beaches around Manila and other cities around the country, most people would take part in the week-long Easter celebration. One of the most unique tradition there is for the faithful visit several churches–sometimes seven, sometimes fourteen, sometimes no set number depending upon the particular practice–to pray before the Blessed Sacrament in each church, in a tradition called Visita Iglesia or Visitation of Churches.

2. Easter Egg Hunt and Egg Roll

Washington D.C, USA

by Janice for SweetEscape in Washington DC
by Janice for SweetEscape in Washington DC

One of the most popular Easter traditions in the world is the Easter Egg Hunt. Children get to paint hard-boiled eggs in bright colours, and the adults will hide them for the children to find, with the Easter egg itself was defined by early Christians as an Easter symbol of the resurrection of Jesus: the egg symbol was likened to the tomb from which Christ arose.

The White House Easter Egg Roll is a timeless tradition that dates back to 1878 under President Rutherford B. Hayes, held on the White House South Lawn in Washington D.C. each Easter Monday for children aged 13 and younger and their parents, hosted by the current President and the First Lady. The Egg Roll is basically a race, where children push an egg through the grass with a long-handled spoon, while other activities such as live music and decorated Easter eggs exhibition happen around the lawn, encouraging kids and young people to live healthy and active lives.

3. Semana Santa

Belo Horizonte, Brazil

by Guilherme for SweetEscape in Rio de Janeiro

A lot of Brazilians will travel abroad during the Semana Santa (Holy Week), but as a country with one of the biggest Roman Catholic populations in the world, a lot of age-old traditions are still taking place in Brazil for Easter. One of the most beautiful traditions in Semana Santa is the decoration of streets for the Sunday procession. Many cities do it for Corpus Christi, but in Ouro Preto, a town near Belo Horizonte, for example, people create colorful carpets with wood shavings, flour, coffee, flowers, and other elements the night before Easter Sunday for the procession to walk on.

4. Easter Parade and Tamborrada

Madrid, Spain

by Leticia for SweetEscape in Madrid

Easter is famous for its' Easter Parade, and the most famous of Madrid's Easter parades is that of the Cristo de Medinaceli (Christ of Medina), which takes place on Good Friday, April 4, and runs through the main streets of the city from the parish of Jesús de Medinaceli. Whether you're religious or not, a traditional Easter procession is worth seeing for the emotion that fills the Madrileños who walk their saints through town and how the city centre's streets are decorated. All around Spain there seem to be traditional desserts for every holiday, and Easter is no exception. It doesn't matter if you fancy yours with milk, wine or in the purest form, you'll find all types of 'torrijas' in bars and restaurants throughout the city. To officially bid adios to Easter week, on Sunday there's a spectacular 'tamborrada' (drum parade and festival) in Plaza Mayor. Hundreds of official drummers meet at noon to create a thundrous event with their drums, cymbals and bugles that sends tingles up and down the spines of locals who come to watch as well as anyone not in the know happening by and startled by the first whack of the stick.

5. Osterbrunnen

Germany

by Sophia for SweetEscape in Munich
by Sophia for SweetEscape in Munich

The Osterbrunnen (Easter Well or Easter Fountain) is a German tradition of decorating public wells or fountains with Easter eggs for Easter. It began in the early 20th century in the Franconian Switzerland region of Upper Franconia but has spread to other regions. The decoration is usually kept from Good Friday until two weeks after Easter. Decorating a well for Easter honours water, essential for life, and Easter, the feast of renewed life. Over the time, these decorated wells became interesting tourist attractions, such as the wells in Heiligenstadt and Bieberbach which become destinations for bus tours from cities such as Munich and Dresden; Heiligenstadt is visited by some 80 buses a day, while the fountain in Bieberbach was listed in 2001 in the Guinness World Records for 11,108 hand-painted eggshells!

by Leticia for SweetEscape in Madrid

Wherever you plan to go for Easter, make it memorable with SweetEscape! We connect you to 2000+ professional photographers in more than 400 cities around the world, so all you have to do is to create your memories, while we take great photos of your every moment! Use the code FIRSTESCAPE on your first SweetEscape booking to get USD50 off and let's #MakeLifeMemorable!

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