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6 Tips to Enjoy Your Holiday Without Breaking the Bank

In 2018, close to 6.3 million Australians took short holidays overseas. Planning holidays abroad is becoming more common among Aussies, and for good reason. Our planet is full of amazing destinations and visiting each one of them is a great way to learn about new cultures and explore natural wonders you’ve never seen before.

Whether you’re planning on taking a short holiday or exploring the world for an extended period of time, learning how to travel on a budget can bring a number of great benefits. That said, you need to find the best way to keep costs low and avoid spending excessive amounts of money. 

In this article, we’ll go over 6 tips to help you enjoy your holiday without breaking the bank.

The Benefits of Taking Annual Holidays

Holidays provide a necessary break from our day to day routine while allowing you to create awesome memories with your family. By taking at least one holiday every year, you’ll reduce stress levels and create a stronger bond between your family members. And, if you have children, travelling can help boost their confidence and creativity at the same time.

While taking regular holidays is important, you also need to prepare in every sense of the word. For travel to any region, you should consider consulting with a travel doctor and inquire about vaccinations and health advice that can ensure a safe trip for everyone.

6 Tips to Enjoy Your Holiday Without Breaking the Bank

Taking a family holiday is very exciting, but you also need to watch your budget in order to have a good overall experience. Here are some tips to help you enjoy your travels while keeping costs low.

Research the Location You Want to Visit

Accommodation and airline tickets tend to take up most of your travel budget. In order to keep these low, always research the destination you want to visit before you book anything. This will help you find a place that has attractions you want to see while still meeting your budget requirements.

Book Your Flights in Advance

Once you’ve found the right destination, make sure you book your tickets in advance. Last-minute tickets tend to cost hundreds or even thousands of dollars. To avoid this, purchase your tickets at least three months in advance.

Set a Budget and Stick to It

After booking your flight, figure out approximately how much you’re going to spend each day and set a budget. Find out what attractions you want to visit and how much they cost. Don’t forget to include meals, accommodation, souvenirs, and transport expenses as well. Stick to your budget and avoid making additional purchases unless it’s completely necessary.

Choose Walking Over Taxis

Paying for taxis may seem practical, but these fees can quickly add up. If you’re visiting a small town or the tourist part of a city, walk as much as you can and avoid paying for taxis whenever possible.

Shop at the Local Stores

In most cases, markets and small local stores are more affordable than malls and supermarkets. Try to do most of your shopping at local stores, especially if you plan on taking back a few souvenirs. Besides spending less, you’ll also help the local economy and experience the culture first-hand.

Start a Saving Account for Your Holiday

Despite the fact that some Aussies take out a loan or use their credit cards, most prefer to save money and avoid getting into debt. In these cases, finding the best online savings account can make the world of difference. Just make sure you choose a provider that doesn’t have maintenance fees and offers good interest rates.

Organise Your Dream Holiday Today!

Although it may take time, planning a yearly holiday can have a reinvigorating effect. The tips above should help you plan an amazing holiday without costing a small fortune. 

If you want to pick up more tips for easy travelling or learn about the family destinations in Singapore, get in touch with us today and we’ll be glad to help.

 

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California Travelogue – (Part 2): San Francisco Maritime National Historic Park, Maritime Museum, Ghirardelli Square, Lombard Street and Chinatown

Soak into the sights, sounds and smells of San Francisco. We did a tour of the Fisherman’s Wharf neighborhood, San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park. The Park includes a magnificent fleet of historic ships, a Visitor Center, Maritime Museum, Maritime Research Center, and Aquatic Park Historic District.

It was an easy tour as the place wasn’t huge.

A short walk further down was the Maritime Museum which was located in the Aquatic Park Bathhouse Building.

Ghirardelli Square is a convenient stop for chocolate and ice cream while already visiting at Fisherman’s Wharf.

No trip to San Francisco is complete without tasting sweet chocolate from those chocolate dream-makers at Ghirardelli. Ghirardelli’s sundaes are real special.

We did not drive during our stay in San Francisco. Instead, we walked, walked and walked.

As you can see, the roads here were steep and it was a test of endurance and good form of exercise.

This picture is a good example to get a sense of how steep the streets were.

We did have the chance to see the splendor of the West Coast, here was what San Francisco looked and felt like.

Strolling down one of America’s crookedest streets in the form of Lombard Street is a blessing! The steep, hilly street was created with sharp curves to switchback down the one-way hill past beautiful Victorian mansions.

Lombard Street is definitely one of the most photographed spot in San Francisco. Tourists just couldn’t resist its charm and uniqueness.

 This street has eight tight hairpin turns through the neighborhood where guests can either drive, or walk, down for an interesting adventure.

After exploring Lombard Street, we walked to the Chinatown.

San Francisco’s Chinatown is the oldest one in North America (surprisingly well maintained) and covers 24 city blocks.

Trying out the delicious and yummy dim sum!

We finally found the the Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory after getting lost! Located in Ross Alley, formerly called the “Street of the Gamblers”; the little factory here makes fortune cookies.

We had no idea why it was so popular among tourists. In fact, we don’t think there is anything special about fortune cookies. Nevertheless, it was a pleasant sight watching the lady sitting at the assembly line, folding and filling the cookies by hand.

Big and Small M at the Dragon Gate, the official entrance into Chinatown on Bush Street, where Grant Avenue takes you into the heart of Chinatown.

Another Macy’s in San Francisco 🙂

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Pout Care – Calms Down Frizzy Hair for Children Naturally

 

We’ve always been a fan of natural ingredients and have started using Pout Care Range, we LOVE them…

Designed specifically for children’s hair and skin needs, pout Care Range is formulated with natural ingredients and fortified with organic plant extracts to gently nourish and cleanse.

With natural ingredients, delightful fruity scents and fascinating characters to discover, pout Care Range is fun, gentle and safe for all children. Children’s hair care has never looked so good!

We have been using Pout Care products for about a month so far and there is a definite difference in the manageability of our hair. After just one wash our hair felt soft, supple and smooth. We have used a lot of ‘moisturising’ shampoos in the past but have usually found that these products have made our hair quite frizzy and flyaway – Pout Care Strawberry Magic/ Blueberry Potion Natural Shampoo actually helped smooth our hair as well as dehydrate it. It also makes our hair shiny:)

Strawberry Magic Natural Shampoo

Bursting with the yummy scent of Strawberries and a delightful hint of vanilla caramel, pout’s Strawberry Magic Natural Shampoo not only makes hair feel good, it smells good too! Made just for children, this product contains no sulphates or parabens. It gently and effectively cleanses and moisturises, leaving hair soft and manageable. Enriched with organic Sage, Comfrey and Parsley to help strengthen and promote scalp circulation, your child’s hair will look glossier and healthier with regular use. With more than 95% natural content, our formulation is gentle on the eyes and skin, and is suitable for all ages and hair types.

Indulge your child’s imagination with the tale of the Princess and her search for Magic Strawberries!

Contains the goodness of these organic plant and flower extracts:

Sage – Encourages hair growth and improves scalp circulation
Comfrey – Nourishes and conditions, while restoring sheen and volume to hair
Parsley – Helps to balance the sebaceous glands for scalp health

 

Blueberry Potion Natural Shampoo

Bursting with the yummy scent of Blueberries, pout’s Blueberry Potion Natural Shampoo not only makes hair feel good, it smells good too! Made just for children, this product contains no sulphates or parabens. It gently and effectively cleanses and moisturises, leaving hair soft and manageable. Enriched with organic Sage, Comfrey and Parsley to help strengthen and promote scalp circulation, your child’s hair will look glossier and healthier with regular use. With more than 95% natural content, our formulation is gentle on the eyes and skin, and is suitable for all ages and hair types.

Indulge your child’s imagination with the tale of the Knight and his quest for the Blueberry Potion!

Contains the goodness of these organic plant and flower extracts:

Sage – Encourages hair growth and improves scalp circulation
Comfrey – Nourishes and conditions, while restoring sheen and volume to hair
Parsley – Helps to balance the sebaceous glands for scalp health

 

Using with Green Apple Whoosh Hydrating Conditioner has improved the condition of our hair and made it look a lot healthier. Smells lovely too.

Green Apple Whoosh Hydrating Conditioner

A green apple a day, keeps dry hair away. pout’s Green Apple Whoosh Hydrating Conditioner is formulated with natural emollients and rich protein that penetrate deeply into the hair shaft to effectively condition and hydrate. It contains organic Alfafa, Calendula and Elderflower extracts to soothe sensitive scalps and protect hair from the harsh environment. Your child’s hair is softened and nourished, and is less prone to frizz, tangles and flyaways. With more than 95% natural content, this product is suitable for all ages and hair types.

Indulge your child’s imagination with the adventure of the Witch and the Green Apple in her pursuit of flight!

Contains the goodness of these organic plant and flower extracts:

Alfafa – Strengthens hair and scalp and encourages hair growth
Calendula – Soothes sensitive scalps and protects hair from free radicals
Elderflower – Conditions scalp and adds body and luster to hair

Peaches & Cream Natural Detangler

Peaches and Cream always conjures up idyllic summer days spent on a beach with your favourite treat. pout’s Peaches & Cream Natural Detangler is the only ‘treat’ you’ll need for your child’s hair! This treatment detangler contains beneficial Argan oil high in antioxidants, which promotes healthy hair growth and helps treat split ends. It is formulated with organic Alfafa, Calendula and Marshmallow root extracts that nourish the scalp and give luster to hair. Hair is softer, silkier and more manageable and has a healthy, attractive shine. Perfect for use upon waking up or after play or swim, it will help keep your child’s hair neat and fresh. With a delectable Peaches and Cream scent that kids will love, this product is suitable for all ages and hair types.

Indulge your child’s imagination with the Fairy’s Peaches & Cream dream!

Contains the goodness of these organic plant and flower extracts:

Alfafa – Strengthens hair and scalp and encourages hair growth
Calendula – Soothes sensitive scalps and protects hair from free radicals
Marshmallow – Nourishes the scalp promoting healthy hair growth and luster

Love the way Pout Care Peaches & Cream Natural Detangler makes Lil M’s hair feel silky smooth and smelling beautiful. My girls have long hair which is sometimes hard to comb through, after using Pout Care Range their hair is easily detangled.

Pout Care also recognises that so-important fun factor – each pout product has poems of adventure and fantasy to indulge our child’s imagination during bath times. We can’t explain how much we love these stuffs, it really does moisturize our hair. It smells just lovely. Big & Lil M’s hair feels amazing!

And never looked back! Pout Care Range it’s a truly wonderful children’s hair care. A range that is natural yet effective, and free from harmful ingredients. And of course, it would contain fine organic plant extracts that help nourish and protect our child’s hair from the harsh environment.

You will feel the difference after first use. 🙂

Thank you Pout Singapore for sending it to us. Natural ingredients is the best for children.
Check out the Pout Care Range here.
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The Carnival of Fun “Circus Cirus” @ The MacDonald House

Something exciting is coming your day on 23 January 2016 at MacDonald House. Circus Circus is a carnival of fun that involves parents and their kids. Lots and lots of education fun is promised during this event for our little ones. With all the exciting activities, food and drinks are also available for sale to quench thirsts and growing stomachs. Families can enjoy delicious handmade coconut ice cream from Ding Dong Shake and yummy fruit slushies from Juicy Slush. Continue reading “The Carnival of Fun “Circus Cirus” @ The MacDonald House”

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Face To Face Noodle House 面对面 @ Bukit Indah Johor

We are not the first and definitely won’t be the last. A simple restaurant that serves tasty dishes. The Home of Original Sarawak Noodles, Face To Face 面对面 has definitely lived up to its reputation of capturing the hearts, and stomachs, of the masses. Continue reading “Face To Face Noodle House 面对面 @ Bukit Indah Johor”

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Celebrate SG50 with Singapore Flag Pte Ltd!

Product Sponsorship

We blogged about the National Day products from Singapore Flag Pte Ltd and we have people approaching us where can they get these items. They were clearly impressed with the designs! With National Day just barely a week away, coupled with Singapore celebration her 50th birthday, do not wait anymore! Continue reading “Celebrate SG50 with Singapore Flag Pte Ltd!”

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United Music – Singing Programme for this June Holidays!

Review: Learning Singing At United Music

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Let it go.. Let it go.. Don’t hold it back anymore…

My ‘divas’ had been singing FROZEN theme song for at least the first 6 months of 2014!

Their dream finally come true at United Music! Continue reading “United Music – Singing Programme for this June Holidays!”