A land of storied history and highlands, Scotland calls to the adventurer in all of us.
Embrace the flavors of fall with these easy yet creative twists on the traditional.
Think you need to wait to book a bucket list worthy family trip to Kenya? Think again.
WHAT IF I FALL? OH, BUT MY DARLING,
- ERIN HANSON
Photo Credit: Sara McCarty, RunWildMyChild.com
WHAT IF YOU FLY?
editors' note Fall. We get it: it's everyone's favorite time of the year. Autumn is when your life gets back on track and schedules are met with newfound excitement, as well as some relief. The beginning of a new school year is really the kick start of a new year for parents all across the globe. So we're kicking your year off right with a fall issue jam-packed with wild and colorful travel stories. We take you on an African safari, through Scotland, and into a special spotlight on India, in which we'll dig into the sights, flavors and designs of a culture so many of us still know so little about. Our 'She Gets Around' feature is a special story on a road schooling mom of four. You've heard of this new education trend, right? Read how this non-traditional classroom actually works! For even more back-to-school on the road, we show you how children's brand Tea Collection tackles their design process after soaking up the culture of a destination. Ready? Let's go!
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P. 15 AUTUMN FLAVORS Enjoy the spice of life with fall flavors that inspire you to get in the kitchen
Autumn Travel Inspiration 5 | THE TWIST
41 | TRAVEL PHOTOS 101
The start of a new school year opens up a calendar of possibilities. Time to start planning.
Get photo tips from pro photographers and fellow travel-loving dads.
19 | CHICAGO NEIGHBORHOOD GUIDE
48 | LET'S GO ON SAFARI
Get off the beaten path and explore six neighborhoods worth wandering in Chicago.
Think your kids are too young for this bucket list-worthy destination? Not necessarily!
24 | TRAVEL SAFETY
53 | TWIST FAVORITES: HOTELS
Don't give into fear, but don't go unprepared: here's what to know.
From the Pacific Northwest to New York to France, our top hotel picks this season.
27 | ROAD SCHOOLING Q&A
59 | PRE-SEASON SKI GUIDE
Learn to think outside the box, following one family's road schooling adventures.
It's not too early: gear up and book that epic ski vacation to these kid-friendly resorts.
31 | SCOTLAND BY DESIGN
SPLURGE: 67 | SPOTLIGHT ON INDIA
Travel to Scotland and go behind the scenes with the design team from Tea Collection.
A mystical land of color and flavor, India enchants as a family travel destination.
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A QUICK GUIDE TO THE SEASON
The crisp fall air is blowing in. You open up your calendar and say "Where should we go this year?" Fall brings new possibilities and adventures yet unknown. Enjoy the new school year and may this year's travels take you somewhere you've never been before!
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Seasonal Favorites By: Andrea Fellman wanderlustliving.com
Fall Print Adorable fall prints from Lindsay Letters. Perfect to frame and decorate the house with for the season!
Boots I think we can all agree that one of the best things about fall is new boots. Hudson Shoes makes topquality boots that are comfortable and stylish.
Coffee & Adventures
Two of our favorite words. We love these cute coffee mugs for sipping your hot beverage of choice when the weather gets chilly. These mugs make the perfect gift! 6 | TWIST Fall 2017
I know, pumpkin spice is so predictable! But I dare you not to indulge in something pumpkin spice this season. Try to whip up these cupcakes from Your Cup of Cake. We love her blog!
Travel Bags If you are heading to the cabin or cottage for the weekend, throwing a few outfits in a leather duffle bag is quick and easy. Weekender bags also help you from over-packing. Less is more, ladies.
that let you travel right from home BY KERYN MEANS AND TAI KOJRO BADZIAK • WALKINGONTRAVELS.COM
FLÂNEUSE: WOMEN WALK THE CITY IN PARIS, NEW YORK, TOKYO, VENICE, AND LONDON by Lauren Elkin
LEADING THE BLIND: A CENTURY OF GUIDE BOOK TRAVEL
CHILD OCTOPUS: EDIBLE ADVENTURES IN HONG KONG
by Alan Sillitoe
by Matthew Amster-Burton
In this quirky and
THE MINISTRY OF UTMOST HAPPINESS: A NOVEL by Arundhati Roy
Join an intimate journey of many years across the
The father of all foodies
Part cultural meander,
history, Sillitoe culls
is at it again, this time in
—from the cramped
part memoir, Flâneuse
fascinating details from
Hong Kong with his
neighborhoods of Old
takes us on a distinctly
daughter as they
Delhi and the roads of
cosmopolitan jaunt that
traverse the city looking
the new city to the
begins in New York, and
travelogues in order to
for one great bite after
mountains and valleys of
transports us to Paris via
recount the pleasures,
another in this new
Kashmir and beyond,
Venice, Tokyo, and
dangers, traps, and
series by this acclaimed
where war is peace and
London, all cities in
delights of travel up to
Seattle food writer and
love, tears, pain, and
which she’s lived.
World War I.
SIMPLE PACKING HACKS
IN-FLIGHT ESSENTIALS Keep all your in-flight essentials (headphones, Kindle, earplugs, chapstick, etc...) in a separate pouch. This makes it easy for you to pull out the pouch, place it on your seat, and then pop your carry on bag in the overhead compartment like a pro.
PERSONAL ITEMS Don’t waste your personal item on a small purse. Be smart and pack a larger collapsible tote (you can pop your purse inside as you board).
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HATS Simply place rolled clothing items inside the crown of the hat. Place the hat upright in your suitcase and pack remaining clothing around the hat to secure it in place.
Plastic wrap helps prevent liquids from leaking. Simply place a square over the bottle opening and twist the cap back over it.
Pack light-colored clothing inside-out to prevent any stains prior to arrival.
by Amber Mamiam GlobalMunchkins.com
Taking the stress out of shopping this season BY
At the beginning of the new school year, I do a big sweep of the kids' wardrobe. Summer stuff gets put away, and I stock up on new clothing, shoes, backpacks and lunch boxes for fall. Every year, I head to the same places and wanted to share them with all of you!
State Back Packs State Back Packs was created after the founders (a husband and wife team) noticed kids taking their belongings to school in ripped trash bags. For every State bag purchase, the company will hand-deliver a backpack packed with essential tools for success to an American child in need.
H&M I am a big fan of H&M because their clothes are affordable and funky—but they also have basics like conscious organic cotton leggings and plain t-shirts too. You can order online or hit one of their numerous stores around the country for every wardrobe need.
Zappos Buying shoes online for the kids can be a challenge but Zappos is always one of my go-to places to shop. Their return policy and process is pretty seamless. I order a bunch of stuff and see what fits and send back what doesn’t.
Polarn O. Pyret Polarn O. Pyret is one of my favorite brands for supple and soft basics for kids. The fabrics they use are so luxurious. PO.P also has a great membership program where you can earn points and get discounts and exclusive offers.
Rockets of Awesome Rockets of Awesome is a direct-to-consumer priced kids apparel brand. You or your kids complete a little survey answering questions about personal style and taste and then you receive a highly personalized selection of clothes. You get to decide what to keep and what to send back. It is really amazing.
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Bento Box Lunches
BY: RACHAEL HUTCHINGS / LAFUJIMAMA.COM
A bento is a Japanese-style boxed meal that makes good use of space by packing food tightly into a bento box (so that it doesn’t move) with an effort to make things more visually appealing. (You eat with your eyes first!) During the school year it is easy to get into a rut or get bored. So, why not keep things new and interesting this year by packing a bento instead of a sack lunch?
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If you pack school lunches for a child, you will be making approximately 180 lunches during the school year.
MAKE A MENU PLAN Make a list of foods your child loves most. Start with main dishes, then move on to sides. Use the items on the list to write out a menu for the first week of lunches (or two, if you’re worried about being crunched for time). When you are making your menu plan, think about packing the rainbow. By actively trying to choose fruits and vegetables in different color groups to pack into a bento box, you will be ensuring that the eater gets the necessary vitamins and minerals that they need and making the lunch more visually appealing.
Bento BoxFillers SAVORY Nuts Pretzels Crackers
Cheese Cubes Roasted Potato Wedges Baked Potato Chips with Salsa
PREP AHEAD 1. Use the menu plan to write out a shopping list and purchase everything the weekend before.
SWEET Small Berries Kiwi Pineapple Dried Fruit
Grapes Mango Mandarin Oranges Dark Chocolate Chips
PROTEIN Meats Mixed Nuts Hummus Black Beans
Peanut Butter Balls Roasted Chickpeas Quinoa Tabbouleh Yogurt
GREENS Cucumber Snap Peas Spinach Wraps
Kale Chips Edamame Seasoned Seaweed
2. Pre-cut everything you can for the upcoming week, like veggies, and keep them in airtight containers in the refrigerator. 3. Pre-measure everything you can for the upcoming week, and label everything so it’s easy to find what you need when it comes time to pack food. 4. Make items ahead of time that will keep for several days. Some items can be made in large batches, then frozen. 5. The night before: Set out everything you are going to need for packing the next day, including anything nonperishable, the bento box, sauce containers, etc.
What is the box made out of? Plastic is durable and usually dishwasher and microwave safe, but it can warp and get stained and scuffed easily. Stainless steel is more durable, but it can't go in the microwave. Silicone boxes often take up less space because you can expand them when ready to pack them, but then they are also prone to squishing down once the food is in them and many of the silicone containers have to be hand washed. Glass is usually a material I avoid using with kids because it can shatter and is heavier.
What to pack
FALL FASHION By: Diane Mizota DianeMizota.com
n o i t a r i p s n I t i Outf Turtlenecks under dresses is an easy fall trend! My Uniqlo turtleneck and favorite knee high Cole Haan flat boots warm up this lightweight Rag and Bone silk dress I scored at a Japanese flea market for 500 yen, or 5$!!! Crossbody bags are also a travel must, keeping me traveling light and hands free.
An oversize cardigan is the perfect fall topper, especially when paired with joggers, a silk tank and my favorite floppy travel hat. Booties and a leather tote complete this casual chic look, that's equally at home exploring city streets or in quaint Parisian cafes.
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e l y t S Travel I love to let my accessories punch up clean basics, like studded oxfords, oversize shades, beaded bracelets and a printed backpack.
Ripley Rader's lounger is a traveler's dream. Lightweight jersey is wrinkle-free, ideal for layering, and can pair with sneakers, booties or heels to dress up or down. A total no-brainer!
When I vacation, I love to feel like I'm in pajamas, but not look like I just rolled out of bed or yoga class. My favorite travel outfits look pulled together, polished and chic, but are comfortable enough to tackle anything my heart desires anywhere in the world!
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t a h W k c a P to
By: Diane Mizota DianeMizota.com
When I travel, comfort is everything, but I don’t want to sacrifice on style. Here are my favorite elevated, functional, chic essentials, that feel as good as they look.
RIPLEY RADER Jumpsuit: navy. This jumpsuit is the epitome of ease. Style it with a scarf, utility jacket & sneakers for a day of exploring, then pair with booties, great jewelry and a crossbody for a night out. Wearing it on long plane rides really does feel like you're in pajamas… AELLA mid rise ankle skinny pant: four-way stretch Italian fabric and a designer cut elevate these pants that feel like yoga pants, but are chic enough to pair with sneakers, boots, oxfords or heels. Perfect on the plane with sneakers and a cozy scarf. CUYANA: Ditch the mom backpack, and splurge on a sleek essential that’s also perfect as a carry on and day bag. I always bring a slim cross body pouch in another neutral for nights out or when my body wants to travel super light. Nike Air Force One Flyknit: Crisp white sneakers go with everything. These are super lightweight, have great cushion for long explorative days also wash really well when they are no longer so crisp and white.
CHASER: Graphic tees layer well under a jacket or sweater, and do double duty at the gym. These are lightweight, easily washed and dried and add some personality to any neutral travel pallette. . TWIST Fall 2017 | 15
Roasted Butternut Squash Quinoa Salad Yield: Four cups Prep Time: 15-20 minutes
By Keryn Means, walkingontravels.com
Fall flavors come together when you combine a seasonal favorite like butternut squash, grapes and cranberries with protein packed quinoa for the perfect main dish salad that also makes for a great appetizer.
INGREDIENTS 2 cups of butternut squash 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 tsp salt
Total Time: 50 min
INSTRUCTIONS 1. Preheat oven to 415 degrees. 2. Combine butternut squash, 1/2 tsp of salt + pepper in a bowl. 3. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Pour butternut squash onto baking sheet, making sure you space out squash into one layer. Bake for 40 minutes, tossing every 15 minutes until cooked and golden brown.
fresh ground pepper, to taste 1 cup of red grapes 1 cup of cherry tomatoes 1/2 cup dried cranberries 1 cup of quinoa (washed)
4. Meanwhile, place tomatoes and grapes on a small baking sheet. Fifteen minutes before squash is finished, place tomatoes and grapes into the oven. Cook until tomatoes begin to wrinkle and grapes are bursting.
2 cups of chicken broth (low sodium) 1/4 cup feta cheese * for even more flavor, add 1 tbsp of balsamic vinegar + 1/2 sautéed onion
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5. Cook quinoa according to directions, using chicken broth instead of water. Let cool. 6. Combine all ingredients in large bowl, topping with cranberries and feta cheese. Serve warm.
RECIPES While I love to try out new restaurants, I’m pretty partial to a Girls Night In situation. If done correctly (which means, low-key, low stress and low-cost) it’s the perfect way to get together regularly with your best gals. I like to create a signature cocktail for these nights. I created this Blackberry Whiskey Lemonade for sipping as we chat in comfy clothes and messy buns.
BLACKBERRY WHISKEY by Sharon Garofalow CupcakesandCutlery.com
This drink is easy to make and a total crowd pleaser. Blackberries and rosemary are perfect flavors for a fall cocktail. The storebought lemonade makes it quick and delicious and provides the perfect amount of sweetness. A touch of cinnamon helps to bring in another layer of flavor. While a lot of people don’t consider themselves whiskey drinkers, they are often surprised by just how much they enjoy it in a cocktail.
Whether you are hosting friends in your home, or just making one
• 5 oz Bourbon Whiskey
for yourself, this Blackberry Whiskey Lemonade is the perfect
• 1 cup Tangerine Lemonade
thing to cozy up with this fall.
• 6 oz fresh blackberries • 4 long sprigs fresh rosemary, stripped • 1 oz fresh lime juice • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
INSTRUCTIONS 1. In a bar pitcher add blackberries, rosemary leaves and a splash of lemonade. 2. Muddle well, until berries are all broken down. 3. Add cinnamon and stir well. 4. Add fresh lime juice, remaining lemonade and bourbon. 5. Mix well. 6. Strain over ice in small glasses. 7. Garnish with a sprig of rosemary. 8. Serves four.
RECIPES INGREDIENTS (choose any of the following): • loose granola (or granola bar) • caramel squares • cinnamon • brown sugar • chocolate chips • dried fruit (cranberries, cherries, raisins, etc.) • nuts (almonds or pecans) • dollop of butter
INSTRUCTIONS 1. Core out the center of the apples, leaving the bottom intact and making sure not to crack open.
CAMPFIRE BAKED APPLES By Sara McCarty, RunWildMyChild.com While s’mores may be the traditional dessert of campfires, these granola-filled baked apples will elevate your cook-out to a whole new level. Our recipe for warm sweet apples, filled with crunchy granola, brown sugar, caramel and cinnamon incorporate all the best flavors of fall and can be spiced up in a variety of ways to please even the pickiest of eaters. Feel free to toss in a sprinkling of dried fruits, a handful or nuts or your favorite type of chocolate chip. Substitute your favorite smashed up granola bar or oatmeal cookie for the loose granola. And if you’re feeling extra decadent, top with vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce. No matter which way you make them, you’re going to want to add these granola stuffed apples to your next camping trip menu.
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2. Mix stuffing ingredients together in a small bowl (any flavor combo you want). 3. Stuff apple with granola filling. 4. Top with a dollop of butter and a sprinkle of cinnamon. 5. Double wrap your apples in aluminum foil. 6. Tuck wrap apples in the campfire embers (turning occasionally) for 10 minutes. 7. When cool to the touch, unwrap and enjoy – preferably warm with ice cream!
chicago 5 NEIGHBORHOODS TO EXPLORE
BY KIRSTEN MAXWELL KIDSAREATRIP.COM
Chicago is a city made for exploring and visitors are welcomed with open arms to this heart of the Midwest. With twenty eight miles of Lake Michigan beaches, historic architecture, world class museums, and an esteemed dining reputation, the city offers something for everyone. Many tourists head straight for popular attractions like 'The Bean' and Willis Tower, but in doing so, they overlook the charm of Chicago’s vibrant neighborhoods. Don’t make this mistake on your next visit to the Windy City. Here are the five Chicago neighborhoods tourists shouldn’t miss.
Lincoln Park Lincoln Park is an upscale neighborhood on the north side of the city offering fine dining, a massive amount of park space, and a mix of high-end and bargain independent shops. The focal point is Lincoln Park, which features the Lincoln Park Zoo, museums, the beautiful Lincoln Park Conservatory, and North Avenue Beach. Head to Summer House Santa Monica for a taste of California in Chicago and grab some baked goods to go. If you’re craving Chicago deep dish, head to Pequot’s Pizza for cheesy goodness you won’t forget. Have a sweet tooth? Then you won’t want to miss Sweet Mandy B’s and their oh-so divine cupcakes. You’ll be dreaming about the frosting long after you’ve devoured it. Spend some time perusing the shops and be sure to hit JAYSON home for housing ideas you won’t find anywhere else.
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Hyde Park gained notoriety as the Chicago residence of the Obamas, but it was famous long before their arrival. Hyde Park is home to the University of Chicago, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Robie House, and the Museum of Science and Industry. In 1893, Hyde Park hosted the World’s Fair, bringing renowned architects to create a 600 acre fairground showcasing the latest achievements from around the world. The gardens and lagoons of the fair remain at Jackson Park and Osaka Gardens, and the Museum of Science and Industry (MSI) was the fair’s Palace of Fine Arts. If the kids are with you, don’t miss the MSI as it houses a full-sized submarine, airplanes, and an IMAX theater. Try Valois for an unbeatable diner-style breakfast before visiting the DuSable Museum of African American History and indie bookstore 57th Street Books.
Wicker Park and Bucktown are neighboring communities that happen to house some of the trendiest places in the city. This area attracts everyone from hipsters to bohemian artists and they mix together seamlessly. A former freight line reimagined as The 606 is an elevated multiuse trail running through both of these neighborhoods. People come from around the city to bike, walk, and run it’s 2.7 mile length and admire the art installations and parks along the way. Mindy’s Hot Chocolate is a worthwhile stop in the neighborhood for a unique treat. For a fun evening out head to Big Star, which bills itself as a 'bourbon and beer focused, taco-slinging, late-night honky-tonk'. Get there early to get a seat and enjoy the tacos and people watching on their outdoor patio. TWIST Fall 2017 | 21
Streeterville Many tourists head straight for Navy Pier, but don’t make this mistake as there are plenty of nontouristy places to explore in Streeterville. (Do head to Navy Pier if you’re interested in the architecture boat tour or evening fireworks tour from the water as they both depart from Navy Pier.) For an introduction to the neighborhood, check out a bike tour with Bobby’s Bike Hike or rent a bike from one of the Divvy bike share stations and head out on your own. Visitors will find the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Chicago Shakespeare Theater in this neighborhood, so it’s the perfect place to get cultured. Just before sunset, check out one of Streeterville’s many rooftop bars. Favorites include Streeterville Social at Loew’s Chicago and GreenRiver. Both have great vibes and stunning views of the city.
Pilsen Pilsen was originally an Eastern European immigrant community on Chicago’s lower west side, but it has evolved into a vibrant village of mostly Mexican-American families who celebrate their cultural heritage. This is evident on every corner through their colorful street art, family owned grocery stores, and taquerias serving authentic Mexican cuisine. A day well spent in Pilsen includes a stop at Café Jumping Bean and trying the Mexican Hot Chocolate and a pastry. Next head to the National Museum of Mexican Art for amazing murals, history, and artifacts. After you’ve worked up an appetite, stop in for a traditional Mexican lunch at Lupita’s or Taqueria Las Comales. Next up, walk around and explore some of the vintage shops and art galleries and finish the day with a paleta (fancy word for popsicle) from La Michoacana Premium.
photo credits: Folkart Restaurant Management and Neil Burger
Chicago: the City of Great Taste!
BY TAI KOJRO-BADZIAK WALKINGONTRAVELS.COM
In the last 15 years, Chicago has shaken off its midwest, meat-and-potatoes history and blazed forth in the world of creative – and delicious! – culinary exploration. Now boasting 24 Michelin starred restaurants and a variety of experimental chefs noted amongst the best in the world, the City of Big Shoulders is also the City of Great Taste! LINCOLN PARK Mortar and Pestle, 3108 North Broadway Batter and Berries, 2748 N Lincoln Avenue HYDE PARK Rajun Cajun, 1459 E 53rd Street #5 A10, 1462 E 53rd Street WICKER PARK/BUCKTOWN The Chop Shop, 2033 W North Avenue Furious Spoon, 1571 N Milwaukee Avenue
STREETERVILLE Dollop Coffee Co., 345 E Ohio Street Francesca's on Chestnut, 200 E Chestnut Street Ron of Japan, 230 E Ontario Street The Windsor, 160 E Huron Street Coco Pazzo Cafe, 212 E Ohio Street PILSEN Hai Sous, 1800 S Carpenter Street The Duck Inn, 2701 S Eleanor Street Any taco joint along 18th Street
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T R Ai nVa n Eu nLc e r tS A F E T Y ain world by Amy Whitley, PitStopsForKids.com
Traveling the world is a great way to introduce your family to different cultures while having a fun time abroad. While in our experience, travel tends to be safer than your average day in your own hometown, every trip raises the possibility of risk. These tips can help you to embrace your experience.Â
1. Make copies of each person’s passport and your credit cards (don't forget the back!). Keep one copy of each of these photos on at least two phones. 2. Register pre-trip with STEP. This free program will keep you alerted to any threats in the areas to which you’ll be traveling, and will make it easier to find assistance should you need it. 3. Check travel advisories through the Department of State. 4. Store the phone numbers and addresses to your embassy in each country you’ll visit in your phone. 5. Ask a travel doctor about any vaccinations or medications you or your family members should consider.
Photographs by Keryn Means WalkingOnTravels.com
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DURING YOUR TRIP
1. Always have a family plan: know where, in each city, you’ll meet up if separated. Have a plan even if you have young children who will not be apart from you. 2. Keep your eyes open and be aware of your surroundings. It’s easy to get distracted by maps, new landmarks, and foreign languages while traveling, but use practical sense, just like you would at home. 3. Consider avoiding huge crowds, political rallies, or historic sites on controversial days. 4. Make sure your children know your cell phone number (if it’s activated during your trip). 5. Remain respectful of other cultures and customs, including following dress codes in places of worship. 6. Enjoy your vacation!
She Gets Around!
ROAD SCHOOLING How does that actually work?
By: Andrea Fellman wanderlustliving.com Homeschooling has become a very popular way to educate children, and has become more mainstream then ever before, but what about the homeschooling methods known as road schooling or world schooling? There are families all over the world educating there kids from the road. They are opening their children up to a more hands-on world approach and turning their hotel, cabin, camper van or Airbnb apartment into the classroom! For many, this type type of travel and schooling does not fit into the traditional way of life, but as more people work remotely and can 'work from anywhere', I sat down with a mom of four to ask, just how exactly does this work? TWIST Fall 2017 | 27
PARENTS: Jen Fountain and Michael Bumann CHILDREN: Alex (11), Ella (9), Tristan (7), Ava (5) Where are you originally from / last place you lived? We are originally from Colorado, but spent a year and a half in Costa Rica, a month in Ecuador, two months in Europe, and another 40 days traveling the US (after leaving Costa Rica we traveled for 100 continuous days). We currently live in Lake Tahoe and just finished another month-long road trip in the US.
WHY? What made you decide or inspired you to take your family on the road? We have always wanted to live internationally. My husband and I got married in Costa Rica 15 years ago; we loved the country and decided it would be a great place to start our adventure. While living in Costa Rica, we spent a month in Ecuador and realized we much preferred moving around and seeing more places (rather than staying in just one location).
How do you plan your destinations? Do you plan in advance or just have a general idea or decide just before you are ready to leave the place you are currently living? While in Costa Rica, I planned a few itineraries for Europe. At the time, I had no idea we would also travel in the States for a month at the end of our trip. I bought plane tickets arriving in Paris and leaving from London, booked our stay in Paris for a week, bought Eurail passes for the family, and left the rest open-ended! By allowing for flexibility in the middle portion of our trip, it was more of an adventure (and our trip proved to be better for it).
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How do you set up a daily schedule? What does a typical day look like when doing schoolwork and traveling? How many hours do the kids devote to school or studies? This was more difficult than I had anticipated. We were fast traveling, spending 3-7 days in each city. Luckily, when my kids finished school in Costa Rica, I had immediately started homeschooling instead of stopping for summer break. I knew we would be traveling somewhere in the fall and I wanted to be able to enjoy traveling without spending all day on schoolwork. I had planned for them to do math, language arts, Spanish and writing everyday. The first few weeks we were spending about three hours a day on schoolwork. It was exhausting! I decided on train travel days we would spend more time on schoolwork. The rest of the time my kids journaled, read and learned from their environment.
What educational system do you use (if any)? Are the kids tested? My two older girls used 'Moving Beyond the Page' which is a literature based program. This covered language arts, science and social studies. While traveling, we only focused on language arts because they were getting so much geography, art and world history from travel. For math we used a K12 online program. My six-year-old has learning disabilities, so I used 'All about Reading' and 'Singapore Math'. My preschooler also used 'All About Reading', but mostly plays, colors and draws!
Learning from the World
What is the hardest part about road schooling and what is the most rewarding thing about road schooling? Being the teacher is the hardest part! I have always wanted my kids to be globally-minded citizens. Since my kids are being raised as travelers, their perspective on life is to be more open minded and empathetic to others. I can see their learning as it happens and it covers all of the basic subjects (math, languages, history, science, art). More importantly, I see them learning how to communicate more effectively, become more intuitive problem solvers, and gain a love for volunteerism and compassion for others. I really do feel that if more people traveled, they would learn to open their hearts and minds to people that are different from them. My husband and I made a concerted effort to draw attention to how much more we have in common with people then we are different. This may well be one of our greatest takeaways from exposing our kids to such intensive traveling: They can relate, and connect, to almost anyone.
The kids all journaled everyday. We followed our journey on a map, learning about each country we visited. They learned basic phrases in each new language. We took impressionist and mosaic arts classes, patisserie cooking class, pasta making class and enjoyed scavenger hunts at museums. Under my husband’s tutelage, the older girls learned how to use natural navigation in Paris, London, Rome and Venice. They also learned how to navigate the metro in various cities. We read books about gladiators and took a gladiator class before visiting the Coliseum in Rome. Likewise, we read The Diary of Anne Frank before visiting the Anne Frank Haus in Amsterdam, and read about Picasso before visiting the museum in Barcelona.
How do you keep everyone from fighting and getting on each others' nerves? How do you make time for yourself? My kids actually get along better when we travel. Since they don't have playmates while traveling, I think it actually forces them to be friends! Of course, there are times when we all drive each other crazy. We try to do something active for the kids everyday. Depending on where we are, this may be playing at the park, hiking or swimming. They can only handle so many museums! My husband usually goes out and explores on his own in the mornings because the rest of the family sleeps in. I don't usually have a lot of alone time, but try to get a workout in when I can.
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Do you miss having a place to call home? Yes! This topic comes up a lot in our discussions. I know a lot of world schoolers travel for years without a home base but for our family we like to have somewhere to come back to when we need a break from traveling. We sold our house in Colorado when we moved to Costa Rica, so we are currently looking for the perfect location, which ideally we can list on Airbnb.
When do you think you will return home? Do you know where you might eventually move to? Home to me is where my family is or where I have a sense of community. Right now we call Lake Tahoe 'home' but are considering a move to the Pacific Northwest. We plan to live internationally again (hopefully soon)! We love South America, and Ecuador is currently the top of our list!
What advice would you give to families thinking about road schooling? First, relax! You don't need to recreate a school-like atmosphere. The idea is to not recreate but discover. And of course this: Anyone can be a world schooler! There is no right or wrong way to do it. World schooling simply means treating the world as your classroom. I have met world schoolers who live in their home country and teach their kids by exposing them to the world around them. Others choose to become an expat in a foreign country (the first route I
chose). Many others choose to travel part or full time which allows for endless learning opportunities. I had so many pre-conceived notions about school before I started this journey. My husband and I both grew up in a very traditional setting, attending public school. I thought my kids had to attend a traditional school to get an education. Over the last two years I have learned so much about how my kids learn best.
Getting Started & Road Schooling Resources If you want to travel full time, the first thing you need to do is figure out how you will pay for it. My husband continues to run his business while we travel. We sold our home and payed off debt. Give away or sell things you don't need. We put a lot of our stuff in storage and now I wish we had sold most of it. Another mistake I always make is overpacking. Take half of what you think you need. Join the Worldschoolers Facebook page. This is a closed group run by volunteer administrators. There are thousands of people from all over the world in this group. If you have questions about world schooling this is the place to get them answered. I also follow other world schoolers' blogs. Other online resources that I have used on the road with my kids are Kahn Academy, Duolingo, Splash Math and BrainPOP. There are so many online resources you can use for learning! If you are traveling through the US, the national parks have an amazing junior ranger program for kids.
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DESTINATION + DESIGN
SCOTLAND with Tea Collection
If you are not already familiar with the the children's clothing company Tea Collection, then this will be the perfect introduction! Tea Collection has a mission 'to make the foreign familiar', and they do this by celebrating and incorporating the world into their designs. Each collection is inspired by a destination. This fall they are taking kids back to school with culture and inspiration from Scotland. Turn the page and come along.... By: Andrea Fellman / wanderlustliving.com
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Destination Inspiration What are some of the key elements about Scotland that inspired this season’s designs?
What types of unique places, people and locations do you try to visit in the destinations?
We wanted to celebrate the cultural connection and beauty found in Scotland, from the coastal fishing heritage to the wild beauty of the Highlands and Isles. From the tartan heritage, ancient castles and historic royalty to the Vikings and mythical creatures. Traditional city life of Edinburgh to Glasgow’s urban creative grit, art schools and colorful cultural scene.
We consider ourselves 'power-tourists', as we love to see all the famous sights, museums, and markets that make each destination unique. We also love visiting and meeting up with craftspeople and local artists to form collaborations and partnerships. We are always excited to explore and discover new and unexpected places and experiences.
Crashing waves, wind-whipped shorelines, and picturesque fishing villages. These landscapes along with the sea are an important resource for Scotland and provide a living history of Scotland’s past and an inspiration for Scottish culture.
Could you describe the overall vibe you took away from visiting Scotland?
What are some of the colors that sparked your creativity?
Modern Scotland is a wild, colorful country with the young artistic energy of its urban cities rooted in its rich history and culture.
Watery blues inspired by the Atlantic Ocean and North Sea. Mossy greens and yellows from the peat of along the islands. Rich jewel tones inspired by the paintings in the museums of Scottish royalty.
What are some of your favorite memories or experiences from the trip to Scotland? Meeting and collaborating with the art students from Glasgow School of Art and Harriot Watt. The natural beauty and tumultuous weather of the Scottish Isles. Listening to the crofters’ and tartan weavers’ stories as they work their hattersley loom. The shaggy Highland coos and counting sheep – thousands and thousands of sheep.
How do you translate the culture and values of a destination into children's fashion? We try to honor and celebrate the destination by interpreting cultural cues through a filter of current trends – this is translated through print, graphics, and silhouettes. Because it’s children’s wear, we also make quality, comfort and functionality a priority.
Glasgow - an industrial town with a reputation for producing progressive aesthetics and creativity. GSA is Scotland’s only public self governing art school. Charles Renee Mackintosh inspires linear geometric lines and bold painted florals, while young art students drive a free-spirted energy in innovation and movement.
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Creating the Collection
Active styling with standalone function or items that can work perfectly with the back to school essentials. FT pants with synthetic trim, lined active woven pant, Energetic graphic tees with pop colors & bold graphics. Color blocked hoodies and high contrast stripes. High visibility trims. Mixing knits and nylon wovens. Synthetic blend FT to achieve bright colors.
Large painted florals, exploded plaids, non-traditional interpretations of traditional weaves, architectural geometrics, bold color blocking.
SporTea Girl SporTea Girl Printed FT sweatshirts, joggers with hits of screen printing (stripes @ leg or “fairisle” @ back yoke). Tunics with graphic leggings. Feminine activewear outfitted with BTS statements. Casual play. Leggings, Leggings & Leggings Active - twill tape accents and color blocking. Art school - bold.
NAUTICAL THEMES-fish, ships, stripes, waves and sea birds. Celtic and Viking heritage. Scottish flora. Modern approach to plaid. Mythical stories from the sea.
Hiking the Highlands Inspired by the active outdoor exploration of Scotland where traditional clothes are layered with functional outerwear to insulate and protect from the elements. New jersey fabrication for a quilted sweatshirt or hoodie, richly colored corduroys, hybrid active trekking pant in cotton nylon with a rib waistband and active trims, rugged flannel shirts trimmed in contrast woven and rubber buttons. 3rd layer outerwear sherpa vest or tweed vest with contrast color zipper, knits with woven details, synthetic and brightly colored trims, woven details on knits. Camo knit pants inspired by the rocks and stonewalls of the highlands.
Back to School First day of school outfitting for a stylish back-to-school student. Bold modern yarn dye flannel shirts with contrast trims, cotton nylon pants, heavy weight jersey rugby jerseys with high contrast bold stripes.
Handcrafted Colorwork Fairisle and hand-loomed tweeds reinterpreted. Fairisle in a modern way with hits of pop color and technical details. Mixing sweaterknit textures with FT. Large scale knitted plaid sweater that looks like a color blocked plaid. Printed and YD tweeds and glen plaids for pants. Herringbone tweed weave in heathers with a shot of bright
Salty Sea Dog Rugged utility looks based on the fishing and workwear of the fishing industry. Strong stitch, details, pocketing & construction built to last.
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WILD AND WONDERFUL
SCOTLAND BY KERYN MEANS â&#x20AC;¢ WALKINGONTRAVELS.COM
TACKLING YOUR FIRST FEW DAYS
Scotland is a land of myth and mystery, the Loch Ness monster, clan wars and fallen kings. It is also one of the friendliest places to travel in Europe with kids. If you are headed to the continent for the first time, but need a slower pace, Scotland is where you should go. Don’t get bogged down in the cities. Although an itinerary in Scotland with kids should include Edinburgh, make sure you head into the Scottish Highlands. This is just a taste, but sometimes a taste is what you need to start a lifelong love affair with a magical land and her people.
LOVECRUMBS BAKERY 155 West Port, Edinburgh EH3 9DP, UK. You’ve had a long flight, so grab a fresh coffee, a scone loaded with butter and jam, some cakes for the kids and get ready to explore. HIKE ARTHUR'S SEAT Yes, your jet lag is brutal, especially if you have the lethal combo of babies and jet lag, but you can power through with a nice breakfast and some hiking. Take a cab up as far as you can go to Arthur’s Seat (here’s your cheat sheet to Arthur’s Seat). Pop the baby in a carrier like this one, and tell older kids to get walking. Nothing beats jet lag like fresh air and sunshine (hopefully you get some sunshine). At the top of Arthur’s Seat you will be rewarded with a panoramic view of the city.
WALK THE ROYAL MILE Your body and mind still aren’t quite connected, so take a stroll down the Royal Mile to get the lay of the land. Walk from Edinburgh Castle down to Holyrood Palace for the full stretch. If you’ve just walked Arthur’s Seat, you can hike down to Holyrood Palace and up to Edinburgh Castle. Stop for sweets or lunch along the way. TAKE IT EASY Today is not the day to push yourselves. You’re laughing. I know, I just made you walk all day. Grab some takeout for dinner or have an early meal at a pub. The locals understand when families show up a bit tired. They are used to tourists being jet lagged and needing an early meal so they can go back to bed.
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TOUR WITH THE ROYALS You made it! You are now awake and ready to really start your Scotland adventure. It’s time to tackle the castles and palaces of Edinburgh. EDINBURGH CASTLE Start at Edinburgh Castle with the kids in the morning. It’s time to work your way forward through history. Many palaces in Scotland have kid activity booklets and Edinburgh Castle is no different. Pick one up at the front desk and start exploring. Hold a replica broadsword (sometimes more popular with adults than kids), chat with historians and find out why this strategic location helped the inhabitants win more than one battle.
THE ROYAL MILE Stop for lunch as you walk from the castle to the palace. Now that you are awake, you can actually check out the history that you missed as you did your zombie march yesterday.
HOLYROOD PALACE Spend your afternoon at this thriving royal residence that is still active today. Make sure you check if the Queen is in residence. If she is, you will not be able to visit. Pick up your audio guide that (last we visited) came with your entry fee. There are special Holyrood children’s audio guides as well.
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DAY TRIPS OUTSIDE OF LINLITHGOW PALACE Kirkgate, Linlithgow EH49 7AL, UK. Linlithgow Palace is just 15 miles west of Edinburgh and was one of the residences of royal monarchs of Scotland in the 15th and 16th centuries. Unlike other castles you have seen so far, this is a mere shell of what this palace once was. Hike the towers to get a panoramic view of Loch Linlithgow down below. Both James V and Mary Queen of Scots were born here. Dance through the main hall that is mainly stone slabs now, and stand in the original fireplace in the kitchens. The ornamental grandeur may be gone, but the epic scale and majesty is still there for you to use your imagination.
EDINBURGH STIRLING CASTLE Castle Esplanade, Stirling FK8 1EJ, UK. Outside of Edinburgh you will find the wellpreserved Stirling Castle, former palace of James V. The Stirling Castle Explorer’s Quiz will keep your kids moving from room to room. The kids section has multiple rooms for dress up and exhibits where children can learn about the everyday life of the inhabitants. TWIST Fall 2017 | 39
OBAN AND GLENCOE HIKING THROUGH THE HIGHLANDS Arrive in Oban. Once you arrive in Oban, get settled into your hotel. Kick back and relax, walk along the waterfront and let the kids run off some steam. They have seen a lot today. They deserve some downtime and a treat. DRIVING GLENCOE Drive, hike, stop to eat and repeat. The southern part of the Highlands should not be dismissed and are a hiker’s dream. Along the A828 up to the A82 from Oban into Glencoe you will see parking pull-offs. Hikers are roaming down trails in search of waterfalls. Continue to drive around the A82, as you make a circle back into Oban. If you headed west yesterday, head east along the A85 until it hooks up with the A82 again if you want a different variety of terrain. If you want to do the entire loop, plan on devoting the entire day to it. You will want to stop a lot to take photos and to take a few hikes. Simply stop to check out the scenery wherever your fancy takes you. It is really that simple when it comes to hiking in Glencoe.
GLENCOE VISITOR'S CENTRE The best place to start when you want to hike is the Glencoe Visitor Centre. There is a gift shop, and a small pay-to-enter museum that tells you more about the history and landscape of the area. Local guides are available to help you sort through the trails to find the best ones for you and your children. There are public toilets, Wi-Fi, a picnic area and a café available to the public as well. The hike behind the visitor’s center is a great place to start, but don’t get stuck there. Farther up the road there is a lot more to see in Glencoe.
CLACHAIG INN East of the visitor’s center, along the A82, you will find the Clachaig Inn. This inn is active and a place where hikers, walkers, drivers, bikers, families and wanderings come together for meals throughout the day, as well as to sleep when they need a rest. The food is superb and brings in the local traditional flavors from the highlands. If you want blood pudding and haggis you can have it, but it won’t be slop on a plate. This inn is serving up high cuisine at a fabulous price and in good portions that even your kids will enjoy. The meat pies are divine and always save room for dessert and a pint (or half pint if you \have to drive). And yes, kids, there is a playground outside with epic views of rolling hills for mom and dad.
SNAP BETTER o t o TRAVEL Ph 101 PHOTOS
Our photos are just like anybody else's photos, I guess. Although, after years of travel and working as professional photographers there are a few skills that have become second nature to us making our pics stand out. So, maybe we aren’t just like everyone else. Keep in mind that our travels are about fun and exploring as a family, so that is how we frame all of our pictures and our photo editing. Fun and color: that's us.
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This sounds ridiculous but this is actually our number one tip for getting the best pictures of people, no matter their age. When we say “ Say Heeyyyy!!” what we mean is actually that. When you say “Heeyyyy!!” it causes you to make a genuine smile because you are trying not to laugh and it relaxes the face. We've never had a picture where we've said this and had anybody not smiling or with a forced smile. I know, it's so simple. This trick works with adults and kids alike and it’ll help you take better photos of anyone. Try it right now: say “Heeyyyy!!” and just trying not to give a genuine smile.
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#1: Say Heeyyy! Know when ecstatic smiling pictures are appropriate. Touring a working monastery with kids isn’t the time for loud laughing family photos. Be smart about this.
#2: CHANGE YOUR POV
Get down low!
Get low and don’t worry about the people watching you. You’ll look less foolish than somebody with a drone stuck in a tree.
Our most popular pictures on Instagram or that receive the most comments on our travel site all come from unusual perspectives. If you want to take better photos of architecture, landscapes, or kids playing, the trick really is to get down to a lower level. For kids, this brings you into their world and the photo will capture that. If you want to take better photos when you are looking at a mountain range at sunset, getting down a little into the grass at your feet is going to add dimension and interest to an already beautiful picture. Photographing a building that's several centuries old and maybe even rickety and leaning to the left a little, you'll get an anchoring element by capturing a little distorted view from the pavement leading up to the front door.
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#3: Embrace Family Selfies We've almost completely stopped asking people to take our picture as a family. Getting somebody else acquainted with your camera or phone and then getting kids and adults to focus or be genuine in the same moment is sometimes too difficult and frustrating for everybody involved. Picking up the kids, turning that camera the right way, snapping a smiling pic, and setting them down... you're sure to get a spur-of-the-moment happy photo with little stress and maximum return. For the longest time we tried to not do the family selfie because it was so obviously a forced effort. Now we know that we can just pick up the kids really quickly and snap that picture and they will cooperate perfectly in less than 10 seconds. We love it and we have gotten some of our most cherished family pictures this way.
Twist Tip The selfie brings the photo into the moment instead of it being fully posed and set. The perspective is fun; the movement is engaging. Have the person with the longest arms get good at this skill.
#4: Watch the Light Twist Tips
When you work professionally as a photographer trained on manual film cameras, well, your brain always thinks in light levels and how to adjust your equipment. Thankfully with today's technology, you don't have to worry too much about that. However, to take better photos when you're traveling, it's good to keep in mind just where the light source is and if there is enough light on your subject, whether your subject is a person or an object, to capture a clear and interesting shot. PEOPLE: Having the light source behind the photographer and not directly shining on somebody's forehead is the best way to get an even picture of a person, whether they have a dark or a vibrant setting behind them. SCENERY: Photographing mountains, vineyards, cathedrals, the Statue of Liberty... you’ll take better photos of any of these by taking your pics in the late afternoon to early evening. Or, if you're an early riser, before the sun is too far overhead. Basically, a life-size or longer shadow is going to give you a more beautiful photo of a scene than when the sun is directly above you.
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#5: Easy Photo Editing Tools Too many people think that photo editing software is just for professional photographers or online content creators, such as bloggers. Anybody can use photo editing software. If you can find a program that you understand and can use without frustration, you've got a friend for life. You may not take better pictures from the get-go just yet, but you can fix that with simple software. Also, while a lot of professional photographers will shoot in a raw photo format, as an amateur or even as a professional, you don't have to, so don’t stress about the tech. Using a basic version of Adobe Photoshop or Lightroom will enable you to edit JPEG files in-depth enough that they will have a professional feel once you have learned your software. We use a program called Polarr for our photo editing and we love it! From being able to control the tiniest aspect of color or light in a photograph to creating your own or using somebody else's pre-set filters, Polarr gives us the flexibility and the technical ability to do almost anything with our images. It's amazing.
Spend the $20 or so to get more than the free version of your preferred editing program. Once you understand how to work with photo software, you’ll want the added features.
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#6: Go-To Gear Guide
We've invested in a basic DSLR camera (Canon Rebel) and the Google Pixel as one of our phones. This duo has helped us take better photos both in daily life and while we’re traveling. The Canon Rebel is flexible for almost any shooting situation and can accept different lenses if needed. The Google Pixel phone has the best camera of any smartphone on the market today, in my opinion. Also, you have free unlimited photo storage at the original, best resolution on your Google drive for photos taken with the Pixel. You can’t go wrong. We also bring our GoPro Hero 5 with us whenever we're going to be anywhere around water or in close quarters. The wide angle and hardiness of the GoPro provide some super easy, interesting shots that even in the most still setting, add incredible motion to the images. And we let the kids use it too, so we're getting priceless pics we'd never dream of until we upload.
NOTE: A lot of people have asked us why we haven't invested in a more hardcore DSLR. The answer is simply because for our purposes, and that of most traveling families, the simple and versatile camera we have, the Rebel, meets all of our needs and fell within our budget. Those are the two qualifiers everyone should consider when shopping for anything. Ever. Never underestimate the value of a cell phone case, whether you're using the Google Pixel or not. From preventing breaks to adding some traction to prevent the phone from slipping into the water, a good case is invaluable. TWIST Fall 2017 | 47
Let's go on Safari Travel bucket lists are something you hear more about every day. Get to know a person, and within a few hours, you'll likely know what's on their bucket list.Â Perhaps surprisingly, the trips that top most of our bucket lists are far more doable than most people imagine. Want to take a family safari? Plan it right, and it's roughly the same cost as a week-long trip to Disney. Here's why getting that dream safari off your bucket list and onto your calendar is easier than you think.Â by Sarah Pittard, SoloMomTakesFlight.com
We traveled to Nairobi, Kenya with a five and seven-year-old. Friends either admitted that they would love to join or flat out told us we were crazy. The reality was that we didn't care. Safety concerns aside, we knew this would be the trip of a lifetime. The flights with layovers totaled over 20 hours but thanks to a fully charged bag of electronics and a huge McDonald's Playplace in Frankfurt Airport, we survived.
Arriving in Nairobi, Kenya, we had prepped the kids with talk of machine guns at customs but were welcomed only with friendly smiles. Stepping out of the secure airport and into the crowds of Nairobi was an incredible feeling. Everything felt new and exciting. Our worries about the city quickly melted away. Our first stop before meeting our Intrepid Travel tour was a night at the luxury Hemingways Nairobi. While I prepared for 12 days of camping, I figured we might as well start the trip steeped in history. Our room, the Nelson Mandela suite,
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was decorated with intimate photos of the South African Leader as well as hand-written letters from his 27 years in prison. We swam in the salt water pool and dined next to Nairobi's elite. The next morning told a very different tale as we headed out of the secure compound and into the city of Nairobi. Travel advisories reminded us that Kenya was on alert for terrorist attacks and with two kids in tow we did not take the warnings lightly. When our first cab got lost looking for our tour meeting point, we decided to hire private cars for the remainder of our trip.
Things to know before you go AGE I would recommend that you do not attempt an African safari with a child younger than five. The days can be quite long and the roads bumpy. That being said, don't wait until your kids are too much older. While they may not remember every part of the trip, it will be a formative moment of their childhood. From seeing elephants roam free to playing in the homes of various children in Kenya, it is an experience that cannot be replicated elsewhere.
UNPLUG Don't allow your children to indulge in electronics and leave your cell phones at home or packed away. This trip is an opportunity to have an entirely unplugged family vacation. Enjoy every minute of it. At five and seven, our kids were able to enjoy eight hour long game drives without asking for a phone or tablet to keep them occupied. Instead, they were on the lookout for lions, giraffes and the elusive leopard, the hardest animal to spot of the Big Five game animals.
MEDICATION Pack every ounce of medication you think you may need and more. While we brought along the standard antibiotics, somehow Benadryl slipped my mind. After a slight allergic reaction, we paid just over $120 US for a bottle of what felt like liquid gold. Before leaving Africa, make sure to speak to those around you. We met families who had no access to medicine and arranged to hand over children's antibiotics at the end of our trip that were not available to them in Kenya. The cost was minimal for us but may help save a life. TOUR COMPANIES Pick a reputable tour company that specializes in family tours in African countries. We chose Intrepid Travel because they accepted kids as young as five. Before the tour, we contacted our Intrepid agent who answered all our kid-related queries. For instance: worried about car seats? Africa may not be the destination for you.
Camping in Kenya While our tour provided us with all necessary camping equipment, it was up to us as a family to set it up. The tents slept two people comfortably though I granted my over sixfoot-tall husband the comfort of his own tent. The two kids and I fit comfortably in one tent and I wanted to be with them in case one woke up. Our tour staff was made up of a tour guide, chef, and a driver. The three were well accustomed to children. Each night, they regaled our children with stories of growing up in Kenya.
With tourism in Kenya being down significantly in the past few years, we were not surprised to be the only family on tour. What this meant was that we were easily able to change the schedule to fit our kids' needs. While game drives were scheduled almost daily, we preferred to leave later in the morning and spend time in local villages first. Perhaps the most memorable day of our trip was making beads with a mother in Kenya while our kids played outside with the families' chickens, their primary source of income.
CHECK AFRICA OFF YOUR LIST My advice to parents is that the time to travel is now. Those bucket list trips you dream of are more within reach than ever before. Tour companies like Intrepid Travel are creating incredible opportunities for families to experience travel beyond their wildest dreams. From the plains of the Masai Mara to the lush jungles of Borneo, your next adventure is waiting for you. Take your kids along for the ride.
MONTANA OREGON NEW YORK FRANCE BRITISH COLUMBIA
THE RESORT AT PAWS UP, MONTANA By Amie O'Shaughnessy, CiaoBambino.com
CARAVAN, OREGON By Amy Whitley, PitStopsForKids.com
LAKE PLACID LODGE, NEW YORK By Amie O'Shaughnessy & Lisa Frederick , CiaoBambino.com
LE MOULIN BERTRAND YURTS, FRANCE By Keryn Means, WalkingOnTravels.com
MOUNTAIN TREK WELLNESS RETREAT, BC By Claudia Laroye, TheTravellingMom.ca
at The Resort
p U s w Pa By Amie O'Shaughnessy CiaoBambino.com Does The Resort at Paws Up sound familiar? Conceived, owned and operated by the Lipson family, this luxury guest ranch in Montana is a truly extraordinary venue for independent and extended families alike. Paws Up pioneered the brilliant term and product “glamping” — tented camping with glamorous creature comforts — and over the past decade has attracted a huge following of guests who want to experience first-hand what their friends are raving about. Paws Up, however, offers much more than just tented camps. Its 37,000 acres of spectacular open space have been transformed into an allage playground with a vast array of truly memorable activities and services, making this property one of the best for luxury multigenerational travel in North America. Accommodation options include luxury one to three-bedroom homes and one to two-bedroom tents. We had the chance to try a few nights in a luxury home and the tented camp — a pairing I recommend for other families who want to try a bit of everything.
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a n a t n o M Our custom luxury estate included fine rustic-elegant finishes and Western art. The dramatic great room included a wood-burning fireplace and a full kitchen. Each of five tented camps at Paws Up offer a pampered wilderness experience, each with its own intimate tented dining and lounge area with a private chef. The experience is not unlike a luxury tented camp in Africa. While horseback riding is the main event at many ranches, the riding program at Paws Up is just one of many different on-property things to do, including paintball, shooting ranges, guided fly fishing, whitewater river rafting, and much more. We opted to join the daily cattle drive where guests help wranglers move the property’s head of cattle to their targeted field for the night. Families are an integral part of the Paws Up experience. The daily Kids Core of Discovery, an extensive activities-based program, is housed in a beautiful camp complex with a playground, a petting zoo and a dining/play yurt. Private nannies can be booked for kids under 3. And kids older than 12 can do all the activities the adults can do for the most part. A Paws Up experience for a family of four starts at $2,000 per night, including accommodations and meals.
Caravan a tiny house hotel
By Amy Whitley PitStopsforKids.com Whether you think living in a tiny house would be genius or insane, it cannot be denied that tiny houses are downright adorable. We gave tiny house living a whirl during a recent weekend trip to Portland, Oregon, and are now sold on the concept...at least for vacation. Caravan, a Tiny House Hotel is located in Portland’s Alberta Arts District, steps from upscale eateries and boutiques. The property is comprised of six tiny houses (with plans to expand) circled around a covered, outdoor fire pit and communal outdoor seating area. While Alberta Street certainly hums with activity on weekend nights, we found our tiny house to be cozy and quiet, even on a Saturday night. The tiny houses at this hotel range in size, but all are all between 120-170 square feet. They’re built by local builders, and have their own personalities.
n o g e Or Inside each are design elements that are fun, funky and creative. Each has a flush toilet and hot shower, electric heat, a sitting area, sleeping areas and a kitchen (with sink, hot plate or stove top, microwave, mini fridge, and cooking utensils). We stayed in Skyline, made of 100% recycled materials, which we loved. We had warm linens and quilts at our disposal, as well as an Italian coffee maker and coffee (bring your own creamer if you need it). In the bathroom, fair-trade shampoo and body wash was provided, as well as big, fluffy towels. Out in the communal outdoor space, Caravan’s owners have thoughtfully provided everything guests need to make a fire in the fire pit and roast s’mores (including gluten-free graham crackers and vegan marshmallows). During our stay, only one other tiny house was occupied, so the communal area remained pretty quiet. There’s plenty to do within a five block radius. Couples visiting without kids have no lack of wine bars and eateries, but with the kids, I’d opt for dinner at Alberta Street’s busiest food truck pod or kitchy Bollywood Theater. Of course, you have to end your evening at Salt and Straw, perhaps Portland’s most famous ice cream shop. Hop in your car, and you’re within minutes of Portland’s best family-friendly attractions and outdoor excursions. TWIST Fall 2017 | 55
Lake Placid Lodge
By Amie O'Shaughnessy & Lisa Frederick CiaoBambino.com
The Adirondacks in upstate New York are among the most iconic autumn destinations, boasting a huge variety of color. From golden aspens to scarlet sugar maples, leaf peeping doesn’t get any better than this — and a stay at the luxurious Lake Placid Lodge offers a front-row seat for nature’s show. Lake Placid Lodge dates from the era of Great Camps, the Adirondacks' retreats built during the Gilded Age by wealthy titans of industry. The resort’s trappings are rustic yet elegant, stacked stone and natural timbers that harmonize with the woodland environment. Accommodations run the gamut from standard rooms in the main lodge to two-bedroom cabins that are well configured for families. The Buck Cabin, perched at the water’s edge, is the star; while it feels secluded and private, guests still have easy access to hotel services and amenities.
Even with an autumnal nip in the air, water activities at Lake Placid Lodge are plentiful. Take out a canoe, kayak or electric boat to too around on the lake. There’s tennis onsite and golf nearby, plus excellent hiking throughout the area. The town of Lake Placid, made famous by the 1980 Olympics, is well worth a visit. Olympic-themed sites and activities abound, but the highlight for many guests is the museum, housed in the same building that saw the U.S. men’s “Miracle on Ice” hockey victory over the Soviet Union. When the fresh air and local exploration have kindled your appetite, settle in at one of the lodge’s first-rate dining venues. Maggie’s Pub, open to guests 12 and older, serves refined gastropub fare, while the lakefront Artisans restaurant is known both for its breakfast specialties and elegant seasonal menus. The ambiance is decidedly upscale (jackets preferred), so consider arranging a babysitter and savoring a special evening à deux with your partner.
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lin u o Le M d n a r t Ber ce n a r F By Keryn Means WalkingOnTravels.com Moulin Bertrand is a nice little farm with a pony, llamas, and other farm staples in MartignyCourpierre, France. On the evening we visited, my boys piled out of the car and ran to see the yurts first, while their dad and I said hello to the owners. We would be the only overnight guests. The property has five yurts that can accommodate different group sizes. Our yurt had two twin beds for the boys and one double bed for my husband and me. We had one power outlet as well as a few bedside lamps. A wood burning stove sat in the middle. Given that we visited in August, we didn’t really need extra heat, even though the nights were a bit chilly.
Just down a stone path from our yurt was the main bathroom for guests to use, complete with showers, toilets and toiletries for guests. It wasn’t fancy by any means, but it was very comfortable. What really sets Moulin Bertrand apart, however, are the owners. The wife cooked in the kitchen while the husband served the tables. The food was superb, and the children’s menu of chicken nuggets and fries satisfied my boys as well as the other French family’s children who popped in for dinner that night. As we wrapped up dessert, our kids ran outside with the other children. They played volleyball and soccer and looked at the farm animals. I was content inside; the île flottante (floating island made from egg whites) was light and fluffy. It would be the first of many I would devour in France.
The sun set, signaling time to tuck our boys into bed. They both thought it funny to walk with their shoes on in their jammies to brush their teeth and use the toilet before bed. This was the closest they had ever been to camping and so far, it was a lot of fun. Camping at night, however, tends to be less fun to a four-year-old who's scared of the dark. After the lights went off, my youngest ended up in bed with me, as expected. Thankfully we had our Kindle Fires with us. We were able to put a little nightlight on via the Kindle, as well as some white noise to make him more comfortable. Despite a rocky start, we all woke well rested and ready for our next adventure in the region after a traditional French breakfast of fresh bread, croissants, coffee and juice. TWIST Fall 2017 | 57
k e r T n i a t n u o M WELLNESS RETREAT
By Claudia Laroye TheTravellingMom.ca While some may seek life change through an Eat, Pray, Love-style journey in an exotic tropical locale, a life reboot for hard-working parents can be had much closer to home, at Mountain Trek Fitness Retreat. Located near Nelson, in the awe-inspiring Kootenay Mountains of beautiful British Columbia, Canada, Mountain Trek comes out on top year after year as one of the world’s best and most awarded fitness retreat and health spas. There’s a reason why fifty percent of the guests at Mountain Trek are return visitors. The quality of the fitness and hiking programming, organic spa cuisine, and spiritual reconnection with nature can be profoundly life-changing. But you will have to work for it.
The daily regime is packed from 6 am onward, with health and wellness lectures, daily fitness and yoga classes, healthy, delicious meals, and fitness-hiking one's way up the Kootenay's Purcell Mountainsides with military quickness. The idea is to increase endurance, cardio, flexibility and strength to a point where fitness is regained, pounds lost, and muscle mass increased. Mountain Trek guides assess each guest and determine at what pace each person can handle the daily four-hour, 10 mile hikes in the woods. You’ll sweat your way up and down mountainsides, spotting bear and deer tracks, and taking refreshing dips in mountain lakes during brief lunch stops. You’ll never be so happy to be so exhausted at the end of the day after a massage and hydrotherapy session. It’s an incredible feeling to find your body coming alive again. Not everyone who stays at Mountain Trek wants to lose weight as a primary goal, though the resort does guarantee weight loss as a result of so much physical activity. More importantly, the retreat promotes a renewed sense of self and life balance. The focus is on a return to mindfulness, personal fitness goals, and a reconnection with the body and the world we live in. The appeal of de-stressing, regaining fitness, and recovering one's health applies to anyone seeking life change, clarity and rebalance. Nature is a great equalizer for anyone enjoying a return to health and wellness at Mountain Trek Retreat.
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Guests arrive for a one or two-week stay via airports in Spokane, WA, or Castlegar, BC. Mountain Trek can accommodate up to 15 guests per week. The allinclusive resort includes airport transfers to and from Mountain Trek, as well as a private room, all meals, hiking, yoga, fitness regimes, daily laundry, and three massages per week.
SKI AND SNOW
Pre-season Guide If you’ve put off a family ski trip because it seems too daunting to get the whole crew outfitted, out the door, and on the slopes, read on, and let this be the year!
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The Inside Scoop RENT IT! Need gear? Don’t buy winter wear for the family to use on just one trip. Rent from GetOutfitted.com, and let them ship all your winter jackets, ski pants, gloves, and even helmets right to your vacation rental or hotel door. When your ski trip is over, simply mail it all back in the prepaid packaging. PACK IT! In a backpack, pack an extra pair of gloves for each person, plus a face mask, no matter the weather. Kids will always want one when they don’t have it! HYDRATE! Bring backpacks with hydration bladders (like a Camelbak) so each member of your family can drink plenty of fluids without needing frequent lodge breaks. Make sure you choose an insulated hydration hose so your water doesn’t freeze!
"Warm, hydrated kids are happy kids, ready to lap their favorite ski runs all day!" SAVE ON TICKETS Look for 2 out of 3 day or 3 out of 4 day ticket packages, which give you the flexibility to skip a day in the case of poor weather. Better yet, do the math to see if a season pass is a better deal for your vacation. SAVE AT MEALS Drink water at lunch; not only will this tip save you about $20 a meal for a family of four, but it will keep kids hydrated much better than soda or juice.
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Lodging SKI-IN & SKI-OUT Wondering whether ski-in, ski-out lodging is worth the upgrade? If you are novice skiers or snowboarders or have young children, the answer is a definitive yes. Ski gear is awkward to carry and driving even short distances from lodging to ski resort parking lots can be challenging for those unused to driving in snow. Save time, energy, and sanity and walk directly to the slopes.
WASHER & DRYER Look for lodging that includes a washer and dryer in your unit or in your building. Trust me, access to a dryer for all those wet layers will be more valuable to you than just about any other amenity.
Want a more relaxed morning? Look for ski-in, ski-out lodging that doubles as a ski school drop-off point, such as at the Ritz Carlton Lake Tahoe. KITCHENS Kitchens are useful too: plan to prepare your own breakfasts in your rental unit, allowing your family to sleep longer in the mornings. EASY SKI SCHOOL DROPS Pick a resort known for their ski school, if you’ll be utilizing it. What to look for: flexibility for early drop off (so Mom and Dad can hit that first chair), a low coach/child ratio, GPS tracking systems for safety (often worn as an anklet), and consistency of coaching (make sure your child will have the same instructor each day).
ski s t r o s e r t i s i v to s i h t ! n o s a se Dust off those cute ski jackets, boots, scarves and gloves. It's time to hit some of our favorite ski and snowboard resorts in North America. We've got tips that will have you eating well, booking the best accomodations and hitting the powder like a pro with top instructors in the biz. • By Keryn Means, Amy Whitley and Andrea Fellman TWIST Fall 2017 | 63
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PARK CITY, UTAH
Utah is known for many things, but the most important of all is their light, dry powder that even beginners can navigate like pros. Park City has some of the best terrain in the nation, along with some of the top instructors. Adults on skis for the first time will be connecting turns by the end of their trip. Kids will find new confidence (and friends) through Park City's extensive ski school programs that also give mom and dad a break for a few hours.
The resort of Whistler Blackcomb is a powder-lover's dream...on the right day. Generally-speaking, shredders will prefer the Blackcomb side, while families will find more beginner terrain on the Whistler side. Either way, prepare for epic Pacific Northwest goodness, followed by a lively apres-ski scene in the village at Whistler. There are plenty of ski-in, ski-out accommodations, whether you are looking for multi-bedroom condos or lavish hotel rooms and spas.
While it's tempting to stay on the slopes all day, don't forget about downtown Park City. There are loads of restaurants, shops and coffee spots to relax in after the sun goes down. Just don't forget to make a reservation if you dine out at dinner or you will be sorry.
Most parents may not even tell their kids this (including me, our first visit), but downstairs in the Roundhouse Lodge, free video game consoles call out to kids wanting a break from the slopes. You didn't hear it from me! Want a screen-free distraction? Try to find the outdoor winter fort off of Pony Trail.
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Both the town and resort of Breckenridge (affectionally known as Breck) are a skilover's dream, with quaint shops and restaurants tucked beneath epic powder runs. Rent a condo or ski home here, and plan to spend equal time strolling Main Street and carving down Peaks 6-10. If you are lucky enough to be in town for the annual snow sculpture championships - it's definitely a must see!
North Lake Tahoe's most family-friendly ski resort offers everything kids and their parents could want, from a chic pedestrian village with ice skating rink and bungee trampolines to lodging that ranges from the mountain glamour of the Ritz Carlton to cozy ski condo rentals tucked along tree-lined lanes. And because this is Tahoe, the sun is likely shining! Don't neglect to carve out some time for the lake, too.
The Crepes a la Cart, a permanent food truck serving both sweet and savory crepes on Breck's main drag, is a must. Arrive at an off-peak time to avoid long lines during the lunch hour. Take a crepe stuffed with veggies and cheese or chocolate and berries to go, and eat at the picnic tables adjacent.
Don't miss Tōst, Northstar's ski-up champagne bar. And yes, you can bring the kids. Each afternoon a 2 pm, find this outdoor bar area on East Ridge Trail to enjoy a complimentary glass of bubbly (or cider) while still wearing your ski boots. Who says you can't take a little break in the middle of all that downhill fun? Not us!
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During peak periods such as Christmas or spring break, Mammoth's lift lines can become, well, mammoth, but catch this California resort during the regular season, and you just may have it to yourself. Mammoth is a snowboarder's dream, with multiple terrain parks and wide, groomed runs. Our kids learned to snowboard at Mammoth; they have excellent instructors for your little shredders. Stay at the Main Lodge base area for easy access to terrain.
One of the best mountains for beginners and intermediate skiers and riders in Summit County, Colorado, Keystone offers three mountains in one, each stacked behind the other. Start on the closest, where gentle, winding School Marm lets kids feel like pros. If downhill makes you nervous, there's plenty of snowshoeing and cross-country skiing available. Choose lodging in River Run, where almost all condos have access to outdoor heated pools and hot tubs.
For a little break from the norm, take Mammoth's Panorama Gondola to the top and turn right. On a clear day, you'll be rewarded with stunning views of Yosemite National Park, which lies adjacent to the resort.
Plan at least one elegant evening out without the kids to Ski Tip Lodge, located past River Run. This historic B&B serves one of the best meals in Keystone. Be sure to arrive early enough to enjoy craft cocktails by the fireplace.
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Spotlight ON INDIA
TRAVEL WITH KIDS India is kid-friendly, but can also be culturally intense. Learn what you need to know for a magical trip.
CULTURE 101 What does the typical Indian household look like? Social activities? Family meals? Find out!
INDIAN FOOD From seaside Kerala to romantic Jaipur, become inspired by hand-made culinary traditions
SAREE DESIGNER When fashion designer Ayush Kejriwal started her own label, she also found her own voice.
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Tips for Traveling in India BY KATJA
India is not your typical family holiday destination; kids’ clubs in hotels are few and far between, car seats are nonexistent and driving distances between destinations can be frustratingly long at times. But lack of conveniences aside, India is a wonderful place to travel with kids. With the right planning and preparation, you will have an amazing time. Here are some top tips for organising a family vacation to India.
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"There are few places on earth like India. Magical, mysterious and at times completely overwhelming, it can be both one of the most challenging and one of the most rewarding places to visit – especially when traveling with kids."
Health Not surprisingly, health tops the list of concerns for families traveling in India. Before leaving home, make an appointment with your doctor to ensure everyone’s vaccinations are up-to-date, and bring a basic medical kit with you. Most mid-range and top-end hotels in India have a doctor-on-call should anyone in the family fall unwell and 24hour pharmacies are widely available.
"Delhi Belly", otherwise known as stomach upset, is the most common problem. You can try and avoid sore tummies by doing the following: Wash your hands regularly. It’s also worth brining some hand sanitizer gel for when you can’t wash them with soap and water. Eat food that is freshly cooked and served hot. You may also want to stick to vegetarian dishes if you’re unsure. Avoid salads unless you can be sure that all vegetables have been properly cleaned and disinfected. Avoid street food. I have a lot of friends who believed that street food is freshly cooked and hot – and therefore safe – but if you’re on a two-week trip I’d err on the side of caution. You don’t want to lose a week’s holiday to food poisoning. Drink only bottle beverages and avoid ice, which is made with tap water. Stick to fruit that needs peeling (e.g. bananas) rather than those that need disinfecting (e.g. apples).
Mosquito born illnesses such as dengue and malaria are prevalent in India and are most common during the few months during and after the monsoon season. If traveling during this time, cover up with longsleeved t-shirts and long pants and use your most trusted insect repellant regularly.
Accommodation India does budget accommodation and luxury hotels extremely well. What it doesn’t have much of is good, value-for-money mid-range accommodations. Some top-end hotels have started to cater to kids but there are few that offer the kid-friendly touches that you might be used to, such as gifts upon check-in, kidfriendly menus in restaurants or babysitting services. In some, you’ll be lucky if they have high chairs. Hotels in India very rarely feature the range of family accommodation options found in hotels in the U.S. For example, it’s unusual to find hotels with rooms housing two double beds. More likely you will find one double bed and a maximum of one extra bed allowed per room. If you’re traveling with two children or more, be prepared to splurge on two rooms in most locations.
"Make sure you have a good travel cot with you (baby beds are generally only available at high-end hotels) and a travel high chair is also a good idea."
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Transportation Planes, trains and automobiles are your options for traveling around India. There’s also the bus but I would only recommend this if you are seriously trying to save rupees; long journeys and kamikaze drivers are not a great recipe for family travel! Air travel is undoubtedly the fastest way to get around and there are a number of popular lowcost domestic airlines that run regular routes around the country. But you shouldn’t leave without riding the rails at least once; traveling by train is a quintessential Indian experience. You cannot hire your own car in India and in reality, navigating the chaotic city streets and the pot-holed ones in the countryside would test even the most competent drivers. One very good option for exploring an area is to hire a car and driver. Car seats are virtually unheard of in India so bring your own if your kids need them. In cities and towns, Autorickshaws are cheap, fast and fun way to get around. Don’t expect car seats! Or seat belts for that matter. Are you sensing a theme yet?
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Safety I lived in India for three years and traveled regularly with my family and we never had any problems. Any incident, if it happens, will be opportunistic rather than targeted (being pick-pocketed for example). Women, including teenaged girls, should be aware that they are very likely to receive attention from Indian men. Don’t wear skimpy or revealing clothing or be too friendly with men who approach you at tourist sites or with hotel staff. It’s very rare to see an Indian woman talking to a strange man unless she’s with her husband, so there's no need to feel that you are being rude.
Poverty Poverty in India is extreme. And while nothing can fully prepare you, or your children, for the different social and economic conditions that you might encounter, it may be something you wish to discuss with your kids before traveling. Getting involved with organizations such as Pack for a Purpose, that offer a way for travelers to give back to the country they are visiting, can help children understand the importance of leaving a positive footprint.
Attention Children, especially Western children, can receive the kind of attention usually reserved for Hollywood stars, so be prepared. The enthusiastic cheek-squeezing and pleas to smile for the camera is done with the best of intentions but it can be very overwhelming, particularly for little kids. Be aware of your family’s needs and don’t hesitate to ask well-meaning locals to stop taking photos or pinching cheeks.
Rajasthan India’s Fairytale State By: Katja Gaskell globetotting.com
The northern state of Rajasthan is a kaleidoscope of colors; a place where cities are painted in shades of blue and pink, where women wear Technicolor saris and where fairytale forts and princely palaces dot the landscape. This is where you͛l l spot elephants wandering along city streets, camels ambling into the desert and tigers strolling through forested reserves. If you're wondering where to go in India with kids, Rajasthan is an excellent place to start.
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Jaipur The romantic capital of Rajasthan, Jaipur is best known as the Pink City, owing to its pinkish terracottacolored buildings that characterize the old part of town. The city's most famous landmark is the honeycombed Palace of the Winds (Hawa Mahal), built in 1799 so that the women of the royal court could view city processions without being seen by the public. There's little inside today but it's a fun place to visit for kids who enjoy opening the miniature shutters and peering down onto the streets below. Next door is Jantar Mantar, an 18thcentury observatory that houses enormous Escheresque instruments once used to measure time, predict eclipses and track the location of stars. For kids, it's like one giant outdoor playground. On the outskirts of town is the incredible 16th-century Amber Fort, a huge palace complex hidden behind thick sandstone walls. Elephants walk up and down the ramparts but owing to animal welfare issues you're better off heading to Dera Amer if you want to get up close to these gentle creatures. Located in the foothills of the Aravalli hills, this wilderness camp allows visitors to help feed and bathe the resident elephants.
Eagle-eyed Batman fans might recognize it from the movie, The Dark Night Rises and kids with ambitions to fly like the caped crusader can whizz over the fort ramparts on the Flying Fox zip wire.
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Jodhpur Where Jaipur's houses are painted dusky pink, Jodhpur's are a beautiful cornflower blue. Built on the edge of the Thar Desert on the western edge of Rajasthan, the Blue City of Jodhpur is one of my favorites. Not only does it have that final frontier feeling, but it's also just ridiculously pretty. Taking center stage is the magical Mehrangarh Fort, that rises from a rocky hill 120m above the city's skyline. This truly is one of the most magnificent forts in all of India and is the setting for some of the city's best activities. In October, the fort hosts its annual five-day RIFF festival (Rajasthan International Folk Festival) a one-ofa-kind music festival that's just as much fun for kids as it is for adults. The program celebrates traditional Indian and Rajasthani music and art, and also features an eclectic line-up of international artists from Australian didgeridoo players to British beatboxers. There are daytime activities for kids where they can try out traditional Indian instruments or learn to tie a turban.
Udaipur To the south of Rajasthan lies Udaipur, otherwise known as the City of Lakes. This fabled city is home to five major lakes but its most famous is Lake Pichola. This is where you͛l l find the white marbled Lake Palace, a Rajput palace-island that appears to float on the lake's surface. If you've seen James Bond's Octopussy, you'll know exactly the palace I'm talking about! Also on Lake Pichola are the City palace, the home of the Maharana; Jag Mandir, the former summer palace of the Maharanas, and a handful of uber-luxury hotels. Even if you don't stay at one of the chichi lakeside hideaways, a boat ride along the glassy waters is a must.
Ranthambore National Park For the chance of seeing a tiger in the wild, head to Ranthambore National Park. This forested reserve is home to leopards, wild boar, sambar, cheetal, sloth bears, langur monkeys and, of course, tigers. The park itself is quite beautiful, dotted with ancient temples, hunting pavilions and large reservoirs where the jungle cats like to hang out. For a bird's eye view of the park and its surrounds, climb up Ranthambore Fort that was built in 900AD. Rumor has it that some weaponry remains in the ancient barracks.
Taj Mahal You can't go to India and not visit the Taj Mahal. India's iconic landmark really is as beautiful as everyone says it is (we were prepared to be underwhelmed but were completely blown away). Located in the neighboring state of Agra, this monument to love was built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his third wife and took more than 1,000 elephants and 22,000 workers almost 22 years to build. Take a tonga ride (horse and cart) to visit at sunrise or sunset and watch how the marble changes color with the shifting light. Nearby is Agra Fort, where Emperor Shah Jahan was imprisoned by his very own son. Although you might want to keep that story quiet in case your kids get any funny ideas! TWIST Fall 2017 | 73
INDIAN CULTURE 101 Ashraf Jaffer A daughter, wife, and mother, Jaffer is a college adjunct professor of accounting at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and lives in Barcelona, Spain. Typical family size? In rural areas it is not uncommon to have lots of kids. Lower income families usually have more kids, while middle-class and upper middleclass have on average two or three kids.
Do both parents typically work outside the home? In urban areas, it is very typical for women to work outside the home and have a career, but even if as a woman you work, you still have to complete the duties of housework. A typical middle-class household has a maid or nanny to help with the household duties. Many families rely on the support of grandparents to be able to have both parents working.
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General customs and traditions at home or work?
Popular sports and social activities in India?
Indians love to serve and always have so much food, they have enough to feed everyone. They are similar to Italians in this way. Family lunch on the weekends is a big 20-year-old social event. You are always at someone’s Marianne Teigen house for a big long lunch that lasts all day. recently published her first young Not only the immediate family, but extended adult novel, and family and friends in only are welcome. Dinner is a month, the midnight. very late, starting itathas 10 reached pm or even New York Times At work, dress is formal, even for women. Bestsellers list. Generally salwar khameezes and saris are worn, not short skirts or dresses.
Cricket is the most popular sport and field hockey is the national sport. Movie going is another big thing to do in India. Before the movie, everyone stands and sings the national anthem. There are also large private clubs in urban areas that families belong to with sporting facilities, pools, tennis courts etc.
Indians love tea-time, generally mid-day and mid-afternoon. Tea is usually accompanied by snacks.
Schooling and education? Schooling goes until childrens' sophomore year, when they go to a junior college, then to university. There are exams taken for technical programs such as medical, law and engineering. National ranking determines which schools kids can apply for.
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What are the three biggest holidays or celebrations in India? Diwali - this is the festival of lights that Ram’s victory over Ravana (the 10-headed demon). Holi - the festival of color that celebrates the beginning of spring. Eid-E-Milad - The celebration for Muslims after 30 days of fasting for Ramadan.
What is the most difficult thing about living or visiting India? It’s very chaotic and a little disorientating. It’s not uncommon to see lots of stray animals in the streets, goats, cows and camels. It’s a bit hard to navigate neighborhoods, and the poverty is emotionally hard to see. The traffic in most cities is extreme: cars move at a very slow pace, yet with constant honking.
What do you love most about India? The people. Secondly, the colors: cities are very vibrant. And of course, the food!
What do you think are some of the most positive or top qualities of Indian people? Indian people are very hospitable. If you meet someone on the street, it is not uncommon for them to invite you to their home. There isn’t really any violence; Indian people believe in karma, and the cycle of deeds. So what you do comes back around. They make the most of their situation and believe what that what they do today affects tomorrow. Family unity and support for all, including weak members, are also vastly important to most Indians.
When someone travels to India, what hidden gems are your favorite places to visit, beside the obvious? Rajasthan: This region boasts beautiful cities with a lot of history and some old castles and forts. Coorg: Here, visitors find coffee plantations and beautiful scenery. Pondicherry: This French colony in South India offers beautiful scenery and architecture. Kulu Manali: These foothills of the Himalayas include the Beas river.
Indian Food Bloggers
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Honestly, the food in my country is so diverse. It can take up an entire issue of a magazine to cover them even briefly. Every state cooks their food differently. Even within each state, each district cooks the same dish differently. I come from the quaint seaside town of Kannur in a state called Kerala which is also known as God's Own Country. We were ruled by the Portuguese, the British and many in between. So our food has a lot of influence from all those nations.
BLOG: RIA'S COLLECTION Ria Mathew, Minneapolis, MN
Pretty much every house has at least one coconut tree in their backyard, so our food naturally includes a lot of coconut in it. It's almost always cooked in pure coconut oil and the freshly grated coconut, dried coconut, roasted coconut paste (my all time favorite), or coconut milk gets added along the way depending on what you are making. We also eat a lot of rice and seafood since Kerala has a long coastline. Kerala is one of the most beautiful places in India, so green and clean! The Malabar region of Kerala, where I come from serves a beautiful mix of MuslimHindu- Christian foods. Oh man...the Biriyanis they make, the Alisas they make, the Varutharacha Chicken Curries they make!
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Cooking is my art… my passion, and my inspiration is my mum. She has brought the tastes of Jaipur to our kitchen at home, having learned generations of recipes from my incredible Naniji (grandma). Her own culinary enthusiasm remains childlike and infectious… she is always looking to expand her repertoire and put her own twist on old classics. However, the heart of her dishes remain true to the basics: homecooked and from the soul. She tells me that I first started as her sous-chef at the age of three, and I haven’t looked back. I finessed my skills whilst fending for myself at university, where I majored in Hospitality Management with a specialization in Restaurant and Food Service Management. I’ve worked in various “flavors” of restaurant in both North America and the UK, from fast food franchises to exclusive fine-dining establishments, which have given me a broad base of experience and fueled my desire to follow my passion. Through our pop-up dining events and cookery school, The Spice Club Dining Experience is one which helps us to showcase what homestyle Indian food is really about… fresh ingredients, home-made spice blends and family recipes cooked and seasoned with with a generous portion of love and history.
Guardian top five ranked Pop-Up Restaurant & Cookery School in Manchester & Birmingham serving up & teaching homestyle Indian food
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BLOG: MONICA'S SPICE DIARY Monica Sawhney Haldar, United Kingdom
Saree Fashion Designer
Ayush Kejriwal When I started my own label three years ago, I did so to pursue my passion as no one else would give me a chance. I couldn't find a road to go ahead so I created one for myself. At the time, I never thought that over 100,000 people would actually think I am worthy enough to be followed and taken seriously, but I was wrong; you all were kind enough to appreciate my work and give me all the love and support that I needed, and for that I am eternally grateful. Considering all the support I have gained, I feel what I say or do can have an impact and that makes me responsible. I feel style can change mindsets, it can start a revolution, it can bring people together, it can break barriers, it can spread love and most importantly it can empower people. And as a brand I feel it's very important for me to give something back to the community, something that makes a real difference. If I can make a positive change for even one person in this world than my job is done. And that's exactly what I intend to do. I will continue to talk about issues that I feel need addressing, I will continue to challenge prejudices, I will continue to move forward, and I will continue to tell my story through my clothes.
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TRAVEL LEMONS THE REAL FACE OF FAMILY TRAVEL By Keryn Means, WalkingOnTravels.com One of my children is the ultimate traveler. The other one drives me nuts. Can you guess which one? On a recent trip, I threw my hands in the air and said, “Forget it, next time you just don’t have to come, okay?” He was complaining about something. Whining about whatever. I’d had enough. I was tired. We’d driven hours to get wherever we were and all he could do was be miserable. His brother and I were having a fine time. If he wanted to stay home, even at the tender age of five, so be it. He could stay with the sitter while his dad worked. His brother and I would go off and see the world.
Problem is, I don’t want that for my son. I want him to be an adventurer. But what I wanted that day and what he needed were different. He needed our schedule to slow down. He needed to find some security in his life and schedule. He’s my routine kid. And that is okay. While I wanted to push ahead and see more, we slowed down and hit the pool. Not my idea of a great time, but it was his, and it turned his attitude around. Ultimately, it gave me a break that I didn’t know I needed, too. So, don’t see your kids as road blocks to your travels, but as reality checks to help you travel better. Thoughts?
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