Stopped by in Melbourne to do some touristy things and visit my sister in law, few days before I flew to Sydney for work. It was spring but how bad can it be right?
WRONG. It was cold for a tropical weather girl like me, but thank God I brought a lined jacket and heat tech top that kept me (fairly) warm!
Public transportation in Melbourne can be quite confusing if you’re a newbie, especially when you need to change to different trains to get to your destination. Don’t even start with me, I got lost taking the tram lol.
I’m amazed at the old buildings around the city, especially the churches. Simply breathtaking.
Traveling is important for you, it’s important for your children, it’s important for your extended family. It can be a lot of fun, but it can also be one of the most challenging things you do as a group.
Still, there are ways to save money, and make it easier on everyone. This is one of the reasons air travel became as popular as it is in the first place. You can go long distances at a lowered cost as a group, and quickly.
The chief difficulty with air travel is its associated expense; but you may be surprised at some of the deals you can get if you just play things subtly. For example, if you plan things out to the “nth” variable, you certainly may be able to book a flight months in advance. Advance booking can get you certain deals on flights.
However, there are features of an airline you can’t control. Weather is not in your command. Neither is the mechanical functionality of your plane, or the pilots at the helm. Other passengers can prove a wildcard, as can economic or political events.
Holidays are generally a mess, and levels of tourism cause flight costs to ebb and flow in patterns sometimes too large to predict. Sometimes advance booking isn’t subtle enough; you’ll spend more than you have to and have hardships that could have been avoided.
What you might want to consider is conducting travel in a way which takes into account these unpredictable realities. Think about it: how often have you been laid over in some airport or another for a full day, lost your luggage, or had ticket problems? Airports are stressful! But what if you excised all that hassle by allowing cost-effective flight ability to dictate travel?
There are last-minute ticket buying strategies you can check out here which reduce the cost of traveling long distances with the family substantially; you’ve just got to be strategic enough to take proper advantage. A big reason this makes sense is because one of the most pernicious variables you can’t avoid: your children.
Children who’ve never flown before may have a multitude of reactions. Even if they’re well-behaved, airports can be frightening for parents. What if your child gets lost, or encounters a strange person in the bathroom? And how do you manage their hunger when a sandwich the size of a lime is $20?
If you are able to cut out some of the other unpredictables through simply accepting what’s available at a discount, you have more energies you can put toward managing your children during a flight. You can keep them happy, this will keep you happy, and all of you will have a better vacation.
Getting Where You Want To, Even With Last-Minute Flights
It’s also considerable that you don’t have to go to some random location just because you’re booking a last-minute flight. Oftentimes there are flights where a passenger couldn’t come, or was detained, and suddenly your family has a seat.
Especially if you’ve got young children, you want to travel at times statistically less likely to result in full flights. Time of day, month, and year are key in such travel strategies. Provided you use the web to acquire this information, you can book last minute, get where you want to go, save money, and be better enabled to take care of young children.
Ever since my last review of major diaper brands, I’ve also tried some new brands on my 2nd child. One of them is Offspring Natural diapers which were sent to me to test and review (thanks, guys!). These diapers are available online on their website at offspringnatural.com and delivery is free within West Malaysia if you spend RM150 and more. Offspring boasts all-natural and earth-friendly products so you’ll know what you’re getting—top quality!
The day my package arrived, my eldest child was more excited than I was, thinking that this was a toy for her (haha sorry, babe).
Rest assured, the products are well packaged to ensure the best condition when you receive it.
Ahhh I was so excited to try all of these! The size L for my eldest and the S for the younger one.
The Training Pants diapers are suitable for toddlers who are always on the go. Currently, we’re using Drypers Drypants on our eldest.
This is such a smart design. You don’t have to worry about getting scissors to cut the top open. Simply tear the dotted lines and you’re good to go.
I love how the waistband is thick in height. It safely secures the diaper on your toddler and you don’t have to worry about it coming down when it’s full. The only thing my toddler didn’t like was the owl print haha. She still chose to wear the bear print diaper pants from Drypers. The only thing Offspring can consider would be to include multiple designs in one pack so choosy toddlers (like mine) can choose to wear their desired design.
Here’s the tape pack that I’ve received. Got the elephant design which is super adorable. It’s pretty thin and can last up to 12 hours too.
They also have the same dotted lines on the pack like the training pants one so you don’t have to snip to open.
See how cute these are?! I love how long in height they are. The Offspring tape diapers’ design were well thought of and could avoid leaks on the back.
Both of my girls did not experience any rashes while wearing these diapers. Kudos, Offspring Natural, I’d recommend both of these tape and pants diapers to any moms!
Stay tuned to my next review of the Offspring Baby Wipes.