What type are you? Hotel or Hostel

The summer vacation is almost here, and while you plan that holiday and make the bookings, check what kind of accommodation suits your type among Hotel, Hostel and everything in between. Just for the heck of it!

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1.When travelling, how much do you interact with the locals

  1. I love chatting up, even with complete strangers. It’s interesting how they live their lives
  2. Most of my chats are with the cab driver. About the weather or the matches etc
  3. Most of my chats are initiated by the friendly local restaurant owner or in shops
  4. I travel to get away from people. Don’t rub them in my face again

2. On a longish trip, how would you prefer to travel between cities 

  1. Get a bla bla cab. What’s a journey without new friends
  2. Fly. I like to see the sights I came to see and soak in being  tourist
  3. Drive or take the train. The stops at the smaller towns in between are so enriching
  4. Walk. Hike. Explore.

3. Who do you travel with

  1. The more the merrier. Do you want to come too?
  2. Spouse and kids. Managing just these people is quite the challenge on vacation
  3. Spouse and kids and friends and their kids
  4. Solo. It’s a getaway, from everything

4. How many bags do you usually have

  1. Let’s see- 2 suitcases, 1 backpack per traveler, 2 camera bags, 1 purse, 1 bag of home cooked food
  2. 2 matching suitcases and hold-alls. Burberry.
  3. 1 suitcase,1 rucksack, 1-2 backpacks, 1 camera bag
  4. 1 rucksack. What more?

5. How long is your average vacation

  1. 3 – 4 weeks. Less than that and you might as well just stay at home
  2. About a week, including flying time
  3. 2-3 weeks. Let’s explore nicely
  4. Months. Or days. I like to just get away

6. How much of the language do you prep before you go

  1. I can say the important phrases – let’s party, where is the best place to eat etc
  2. Most people understand a bit of English, I’ll ask for translations for anything else or Google.
  3. I make it a point to learn a bit of the language. It’s the best way to get a feel of the place
  4. Nature has one language – awestruck silence.

7. What do you typically shop for on a holiday

  1. Gifts for friends and family
  2. The camera lens I have been looking for, or those really cute pair of designer shoes
  3. Flags, local crafts, something that will remind me of the place
  4. A t-shirt or any other essential I might have run out of

8. The one trip you wish you had taken before the big 30

  1. The big gang vacation in South East Asia
  2. A honeymoon in the Bahamas. Oh well, the second one maybe
  3. Backpack across Europe
  4. A solo trek in South America

9. The one to-do you wouldn’t miss in a city (or close to it)

  1. The impromptu baking class
  2. The modern art exhibition
  3. The the sport event
  4. The natural sanctuary walk through

10. 50% of your meals on a holiday are

  1. Cooked myself or by the hosts
  2. Fine dining. I like to try all the Michelin starred restaurants
  3. Street food or local cuisine
  4. All of it is local food

Ta-da!

Mostly 1s: The Social Traveller

Social traveller

Travel for you is a social outing. Time best spent with people you love or will grow to like a lot.

Best places to stay – get hosted by a local family either known to you or through good old couch-surfing

Mostly 2s: The Luxury Traveller

Luxury Traveller

Travel means experiencing the best the world has to offer. Relaxing and letting your senses soak in luxury is your thing.

Best places to stay – boutique hotels or even the regular 5 star. Check with me on how to get better deals.

Mostly 3s: The Backpack Traveller

backpack-travel

Travel is a process of learning and growing for you. It’s to build a richer picture of the planet, understand different cultures and live different lives.

Best places to stay – a cosy hostel is perfect. It allows for interactions with fellow travellers and a place to retreat, when you want to just be.

Mostly 4s: The Solo Traveller

Solo traveller

Travel is as much a journey inward as outward, for you. It’s the time to get away from the mayhem and chaos into quiet and peace

Best places to stay – camping. Or even a hostel that has good guidance on treks around, will work well.

What type did you turn out to be? Post the link of FB, if it was right 🙂

 

Food Glorious Food

One of the big concerns about travelling with young kids is food. So here’s a feeding 101 for bubs on the move.

Under 6 months. Milk only

If your baby is EBF, the only thing to carry with you is a good feeding veil and a smattering of ‘my baby, my rules’ attitude.

1. Plan your food/rest breaks to match feeding time for the baby. Be mentally prepared to stop every 2 hours or so.

2. Use the commute to feed – in the car/cab/i’ve done this in a tram in SFO; so you’re ready to move as soon as you hit your destination.

3. Do carry a veil. A long stole that can go around the neck also serves well. In most countries a covered feeding should not attract attention; if it does, and i did get a comment in the US, just keep calm and carry on.

If you’ve started with formula, the cleaning and sterilisation can be a chore. Most hotels will do the cleaning for you; and we had moved to a hot water rinse in place of the whole sterilisation by the 9 month mark. You could carry an electric steriliser, but it takes up a big space in the bag; boiling is another option and hotels do help out.

Solid foods. Here is a list of things you could do

1. Pack well from the breakfast spread – boiled eggs, bread butter and jam sandwiches, sausages and fruit survive a good 4 hours.

2. Soup and bread is a soft chewable option. Most restaurants will serve boiled rice/potatoes/veggies with a white sauce.

3. Milk and cereal (a favourite one can be carried)/biscuits.

4. Gerber has fruit and veggie pulp as ready to eat baby food. Though, i prefer Heinz which has powders which are easier to carry and dont spoil.

4. Do carry a favourite snack, even if it is cake/cookies/fries, just in case it takes time to get to the food. Hungry kids are crabby kids and can quickly make for a big family meltdown.

Bon appetit!