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Family Travel Tips with Coins’n’Maps


We all love to travel and for some reason when you have a family everyone assumes it’s not possible. Our aim is to show you those travelling dreams of yours can soon become your reality. Ensuring you travel better, cheaper and for longer.

Second in of our Family Travel Series we have Hridya from coinsnmaps.com to give her top family travel tips and advice. 

I am Hridya, the owner and writer for the blog Coins’n’Maps. I am an Indian expatriate living with my husband and daughter in Malaysia for the past 7+ years. Our visit to Cambodia last April spurred me to put my experience in writing. I felt as if the carvings and the temples were screaming to me, “write about me” crazy you might think, but that is how I felt when we got back from our trip. For a year, it was on WordPress and about 2 months back, I got my own domain and named my blog Coins N Maps.

Ever since our daughter was born, she loved being outdoors, be it travel or just a trip to the nearest park. She simply loved being outside the home, this paved way for our travels. We started to travel as a family when she was about 5 months old.

Coins’n’Maps Family Travel Tips

1. Best family travel / advice tip you could give

Start early – your kids will love it! It is the best gift you can give them.

2. What is the most important reason travel as a family?

We would like our child to understand and appreciate different cultures, traditions. Who knows where she will live later in her life, an initiation earlier in life might be of help at some point right?

3. Any tips to save money travelling as a family?

Book early if possible, budget airlines have great discounts all year round. Making use of websites such as Agoda, Booking.com can help get you great rates for good hotels as well.

4. How to you begin to plan for a family holiday?

If your child is home-schooled or has still not started schooling, it is easier to plan – you can leave anytime! But if your child is attending school, then you might need to plan around their school holidays or see that you miss school minimally. Scanning the school calendar will help you plan accordingly.

5. Tips on keeping the whole family entertained during travel? i.e. airplane / car journeys

Our air travels have been limited to in and around Asia, so the maximum we have flown is 5 hours at a stretch. We usually take our daughter’s favourite toy, a pencil/pen, paper, crayons, colouring book – This was in her little bag until the time she preferred colouring. Now she is able to read short sentences, so we fit in her favourite book or two. We also read the in-flight magazine and show her different articles in it. Apart from this, food keeps them busy haha – their favourite eatables especially.

6. How many family holidays do you manage to fit into a year?

We have one mandatory trip back home to India every year, at times we manage to squeeze a second trip if everything falls in place (holidays, air tickets etc.) There is one domestic trip we plan and one international trip (apart from the India trip). The planning starts about 8-10 months in advance, checking for airfares.

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7. How do you manage to afford to travel as a family? Any tips?

We allocate a specific amount every month to travel, and make use of this during our travels. If we are able to get cheap airfares and hotel, we splurge a bit on the shopping bit.

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8. Any destinations or countries you’d recommend to travel to as a family?

Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Malaysia – these are three of my favourite destinations and we had a lovely time as a family.

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9. What destinations have you found to be the most affordable and enjoyable?

Malaysia is very affordable, Cambodia was quite within our budget due to the fact that we got a good bargain on the tickets and hotel, and the same applies to Sri Lanka.

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10. What has been the biggest sacrifice you’ve had to make by travelling as a family

Because we have a little person travelling with us, we need to take into account their schedule mainly sleep, before we decide on going anywhere. We will have to skip theme parks, early morning/late night outings. We also need to take into consideration safety, health risks (infections, illnesses) of the little one. Of course, if your little one is very accommodating, which I am sure almost all kids are, and then you can definitely say that there is very less “sacrifice” that you do while travelling.

If you enjoyed Hridya’s 10 Family Travel Tips, head over to her travel blog at coinsnmaps.com where you can discover more about her family travel adventures.

Article written by Adam Boston

Discover the most inspiring travel stories, must do adventures, and photography of the world seen through the eyes of Adam. Uncovering what the world has to offer, from one country to another.

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  • Tim UrbanDuniya

    Commented on 20/11/2016 at 12:33

    “Start them early” – what awesome advice!! And as for the countries you’ve chosen, all I can say is “way to go!” No Disneyland for these kids – but real adventures in places like Sri Lanka, Cambodia and Malaysia. I love it!

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  • Gwyneth Clover

    Commented on 30/11/2016 at 13:07

    Hello Adam and Kate

    Some nice tips you got here. I have spent much of the past two years traveling around the world with my son. We have traveled at all stages of his life – from an eight week old newborn to a sitting five month old to a bottom-shuffling one-year old to a toddling fifteen month old to a running twenty-two month old.

    During my son’s first two years of life, six months of those two years were spent traveling the world with me on various trips. We have traveled on ferries, on buses, on trains and in cars. We have been on over fifty flights. We have traveled for as few as three hours to get to our destination and for as long as 35 hours. Through 98.5% of it all, the travel has been successful, enjoyable and scream free.

    My best to you in your endeavors.

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  • Katrin

    Commented on 08/12/2016 at 09:01

    I’ve always considered traveling with a small child or infant to be out of the question. I mean, consider the risks! However, lately I’ve been reconsidering that opinion, after reading the stories from many parents of young children, for example Hridya’s above. Maybe it’s actually doing the kids a favor making them comfortable “on the road”.

    Perhaps the most important reason, especially considering the terrifying undertow of growing racism in the world, is that your child will learn to appreciate and respect other cultures.

    Many future happy travels, Hridya!
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  • Natalie

    Commented on 25/01/2017 at 20:27

    Love reading about traveling families like this one! When you teach a child something from very young, they assimilate so well! For your little one, traveling is something that has always been a part of your family fun! Oh, the memories you are making.

    We feel strongly about traveling being educational. OUr children are traditionally schooled but we do take them out of school on occasion. The whole world is a classroom!! But, even though your chidl is learning along the way it is best if you coordinate with the school regarding what will be missed while the child is away. Sometimes we can do the work while we travel…sometimes we can substitute something we learn or experience along the way for what the class is doing back home…sometimes we prepare a presentation for the class!

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  • Paulo

    Commented on 02/02/2017 at 11:59

    Great tips, I have a 7 year old and we are looking forward to our first family trip. It will certainly be an adventure, because my little one is a curious and loves to explore.

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  • jordana

    Commented on 10/02/2017 at 19:03

    Great tips! I always travel with my husband and my two children. My husband and I have a company, but we are not greedy about making more money. What we earn in the company is enough to have a comfortable life. We allow ourselves to take vacation days in the year each of 2 months. And it’s incredible! We have traveled almost the entire world. This is great for children, they learn new cultures, new languages … My family has a life has a wonderful life. And I thank God for that.

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