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Travel Talk on Twitter Weekly Round Up: Family Travel 25/10/2011

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This week’s Travel Talk on Twitter (#TTOT) was all about “Family Travel”. Since we don’t have any kids it sure brought back a lot of memories about all the journeys I went on with my family. I miss heading to the beach bach (holiday house for non-Kiwi speakers) or overseas to Australia or the Pacific Islands once a year for our school holidays. Life seemed a lot easier then. However, I still don’t know how my parents coped with 3 boys but they must have been trying times for sure!

Anyway check out what I thought were a few of my favourite answers to this weeks Questions and make sure you follow us on Twitter and Facebook so you can join in next week!

Q1 Which destination would you suggest to travel with your family -why? via @BackPackerSteve

@HostelBookers A1 It depends where you live, travelling too far with young children can be difficult so try and find somewhere nice, closer to home. #TTOT

@onlyapartmentsI A1 #TTOT where kids can learn and have fun, so any city with facilities and activities suited for them .. Berlin, Barcelona, Paris…

@25travels A1: I think ANYWHERE in the world is fine – it’s all about the attitude and openness to doing things #TTOT

@our_oyster A1 – beach destinations are good for family travel – less stress and more bonding time! #ttot

@roniweiss A1. Depends on your family, right? Going to the grocery store would be too much with some members of mine. #ttot

@Nomad_Student A1. I’ve really enjoyed exploring the U.S.’ National Parks with my family throughout my life – something for everyone, of any age. #TTOT

Q2 What kind of travel/destination would you never do with family? via @himalfootsteps

@journeytom: A2 to be honest i would travel anywhere with my family old and young as long as it was reasonably safe #ttot

@plushostels: A2 #ttot. Full moon party in Thailand. Never doing that again with children, almost lost one last time 🙂

@MyDestination: A2 Possibly not to PAMPLONA for the bull run…..#TTOT

@Boz23 #TTOT A2 – Disneyland – they’re all whining and crying by the end of the day. Happiest place on earth? Yeah right!

@fourjandals: A2 – Amsterdam Red Light District? #TTOT

There were also a few calls against Ibiza (hmmm no idea why…):

@Travel4Press A2. Ibiza!! The thought of my parents raving it up there gives me the chills! #TTOT

Q3 What is your best childhood family travel memory? via @lucy_c_b

@petebouch A3 #TTOT 2yrs spent with family cruising the canals of N.France, Belgium & Holland on a home built 60 ft catamaran #ttot

@fourjandals A3 Love those old school videos from Family Holidays – Parents film EVERYTHING #TTOT

@TurquoiseUK A3 – Trying to surf across the hotel swimming pool on a lilo! Endless entertainment! #ttot

@kpouwer A3 #TTOT long walks on the beach to a sweet shop… I clearly didn’t understand bribery and my mum clearly got my love of sweets.

@Travel4Press A3. Riding an elephant in India & then the elephant in front pee’d… it was like Niagara Falls! #TTOT

Q4 To what extent do you involve the children in the planning of a trip? via @SophieR

@idealcruising: A4 – I got told I was going to disney land, I woke up with my appendix out #TTOT

@PLUSHOSTELS #ttot A4: Kids let us go on the trips we never went on. #greatexcuse.

@Jake_Ivo A4 Depending on the age, children should be considered but not consulted. #TTOT

@toffeebugs: A4: children are the reason for the trip so they are the bosses! #TTOT #travel

@LewisLCHOLIDAYS: A4- Whoever’s paying makes the decision and unless you were Richie Rich… you had zero input. #TTOT

@lowcostholidays A4: When your kids work in travel – you have to get them involved a little bit *family discount thank you ver much*!! #TTOT

Q5 What’s in your in-flight survival kit? via @galavantingmama

@nankichawla: A5. My parents used to give my sister a sip of #brandy to make her stop screaming on planes. It worked! #ttot

@eezeerhotel A5. Cross words / Sudoku/ Pencil/ Crisps & Chocolates & a pillow 🙂#TTOT

@constancehotels A5: Love how chocolate and sweets keep coming up – bribery is obviously key to good in flight behavior! 😉 #TTOT

@HostelBookers A5 I mostly end up next to a kid so bringing along an extra bag of goodies helps u distract them from annoying u #ttot

@banbarkawi A5. iPod, book, passport. It used to be discman, homework, stickerbook. #TTOT

@Nomad_Student A5. Used to be two good books & a journal, now it’s iPod, Kindle & journal. With family, a deck of cards is included. #TTOT

 

I think the best answer of the day was in response to Question 2 about where NOT to take your family:

@beforeiam35: A2: Stop worrying too much. You children will be thankful in the future! #TTOT

It is so true. Some of my greatest memories are of experiences when our family trips turned to custard or something horrible happened. It allows you to look back on them and laugh with your family at those dreaded reunions in years to come.

Anyway I hope you will join in next week when it is all about “Customs from around the World”. If you want to learn more then feel free to go and check out the #TTOT Facebook Page.

One final thing, we are not the brains behind #TTOT, we just love being a part of such an awesome travel community each week.

Cole is one half of New Zealand's leading adventure travel blogging couple who have been wearing out their jandals around the world since 2009. He loves any adventure activities and anything to do with the water whether it is Surfing, Diving, Swimming, Snorkeling or just lounging nearby on the beach. You can follow Cole on Google+. Or consider following us via RSS Feed, Twitter, Facebook and subscribe to our Newsletter.

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5 Ways To Improve Your Sight

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Our eyesight is perhaps one of our most useful and most essential senses (this, of course, may be moot). For many, the idea of losing their vision can be a scary thing. Loss of vision begins for many in their late 40s when it starts to become prominent. However, there are many ways in which you can improve your sight and keep from losing it in the extended scheme of things.

So here in this list, we have taken the liberty to compile a list of 5 ways in which you can improve your sight.

5 Ways To Improve Your Sight

# 1 – Prescription Glasses

In today’s internet driven world it is now easier than ever to get whatever you want online. You can buy glasses online or prescription sunglasses very easy and have it delivered to your home. No fuss and no hassle.

# 2 – Eat Carrots

Carrots are especially beneficial for our eye health, and it would prove invaluable for you to eat or drink as much carrot juice as you can. It may initially have a bitter taste but the more you drink it you will get used to it.

# 3-  Bilberry Supplements

Bilberry is a supplement that is not that common with those who aren’t into the health niche, but bilberry is an excellent supplement for those who are looking to improve their eyesight.

# 4 – Watch Things From Far Away

This may seem like a strange method, but when you look at items off at a distance, you are strengthening your eyes. Your eyes are muscles, and they need exercise just as much as your body does.

So when you are looking at items or object off at a distance you are doing your eyes a significant workout that they desperately need.

# 5 Finger Eye Push Ups

To continue on with our last entry – a great way to get your eyes to see better and to improve them is by doing finger eye push-ups. Now, this doesn’t mean placing your finger in your eye but your eye’s vision.

By placing your finger in front of your eye and then away and back again you will strengthen the eye. This is because the eye is working to see an object in two different ranges.

Strength Your Eyes

Improving your eyes without surgery and an operation is possible. And if you consider these methods, you will “see” where we are coming from.

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Video Slot Games Are All The Rage

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Online casino games have seen a meteoric rise in popularity over the years. Let’s be honest -gambling is the average man’s pastime event. Very easy, simple and if you’re lucky you can win out big on a few small dollars or coins.

For this reason slot games have become some of the most highly played and enduring online casino games for newbies as well as veterans.

So it is no wonder that video slot games like Bullion Bars slot online are some of the most popular online casino games. Not only do they provide a great deal of entrainment but the payouts are quite high for those who manage to get the jackpot prize money.

However what remains a hallmark feature of online casino games and slot games comes in the form of how easy they are to win.

That’s right!

Playing online casino games are much easier to win then had you visited a real-life casino. This is not to undermine real-life casinos – as they do offer their fun and entertainment.

But online casino games are geared to the player. The online casino must payout players, all players, for a majority of the time, and when we say a majority of the time we mean almost all of the time.

Many online slot casino games and other casino games require that the online casino have a payout rate as low as 95%.

As low as 95%!!!!

So the chances of winning are highly in favor of the players. Failure to pay out players and having the casino simply take in more income then should be taking in will have the online casino shut down.

For those interested in playing online video slot games then now is the best time to play in this very lucrative and highly entertaining entertainment medium.

Online slot games come in a variety of themes and can offer any player, old or new, an experience that will keep them coming back time and time again.

The experience that online slot games offer players are top-notch, and the notion that many layers can play these games anywhere, at home on their desktop or the bus on their mobile home is what makes these games so alluring.

With very little to pay to play these games and a massive amount that can be paid out on a small amount as well as for being entertained the online casino slot gems don’t look like they will slow down anytime soon.

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Three Reasons Pregnant Women Should Test Their Tap Water

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Drinking plenty of fresh, clean water is an important part of a healthy lifestyle.  It’s even more important to make sure your water is free of contaminants when you are pregnant.  Drinking enough water during pregnancy maintains amniotic fluid levels and helps carry nutrients to the baby.  However, if you are drinking contaminated water, the more you drink, the more the fetus is exposed to the harmful effects of those contaminants.

Water quality has been headline news lately after it was discovered that the public drinking water contained lead in Flint, Michigan.  If you’re pregnant or know someone who is, you may be wondering if it is safe to drink tap water while pregnant.  Here are three contaminants you should test for if you’re pregnant and drinking tap water.

  1. Lead

Lead poisoning is a serious concern during pregnancy.  Lead can be found in old water taps and outdated plumbing.  As water travels through and sits in these pipes, it can absorb lead.  If a pregnant woman drinks this water, her body then absorbs the lead which can be passed to the fetus.

While lead may not cause serious harm to a pregnant woman, the fetus can suffer lasting damage from even low levels of lead exposure. As the fetus grows, lead causes blood cells to become deformed, preventing them from functioning properly. Lead also damages the peripheral and central nervous systems causing learning disabilities as the child develops. Children affected by lead also tend to be shorter than other children and may have trouble with their hearing.

  1. Bacteria

Water naturally contains bacteria, but in excess amounts it can be harmful, especially to pregnant women.  E. coli is a type of bacteria that is occasionally found in the water.  This is the same bacteria that is known to cause food poisoning, and it has the same effects when it is in your water. It can cause stomach cramps, vomiting, diarrhea, and fever, all of which can put a developing fetus at risk.  Bacterial contamination can also be an indication of other contaminants such as protozoa and viruses which are linked to dysentery and hepatitis.

  1. Pesticides, Heavy Metals, and Chemicals

Lead poisoning and bacterial contamination are the most dangerous water contaminants for a pregnant woman and her baby, but there are other pollutants that are also concerning.  Both municipal water and well water can test positive for pesticides, heavy metals, and other chemicals.  While in low amounts, they may not be especially harmful to the pregnant mother, any exposure can pose a risk to the developing fetus.

Make Sure Your Tap Water is Safe

If you’re pregnant, the best way to make sure your drinking water is safe, is to test it.  Whether you are drinking tap water, city water, well water, bottled water, or even filtered water, all are at risk for common contaminants that can harm a fetus.  You can send water samples to a lab for complete analysis, but this can be costly, and it often takes weeks to get results. A faster and easier solution is a home testing kit.  Most kits will give you results in a matter of minutes.   If you’re pregnant, don’t take chances with the water you’re drinking, test your water today.

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Cole and AdelaWe have been wearing out our jandals (Kiwi for flip-flops) on our travel adventures around the world since 2009. We think our blog is thought provoking and a little witty. But we have been proven wrong before. Find out more about us here...

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