Healthy Holidays: How to keep your family from getting ill

Healthy Holidays: how to keep your family from getting ill

Going on family holidays is always a great way to spend time together. However, there’s always the potential for your happy holiday to go awry. If someone in the family falling ill at home is difficult, it’s miserable when it happens on holiday. A stomach bug or even just a cold can throw off your plans. When an adult doesn’t feel good, they might be able to soldier on. But when one of your little ones is poorly, you can’t take them out sightseeing. The best way to keep everyone feeling in rude health is to take preventative measures. Stay healthy as a family when you next go away with these tips.

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Choose Your Destination Carefully

Staying healthy on your holiday starts long before you leave. When you’re deciding where to go, you should think about any health risks you might encounter. The first thing you should consider is whether there are any current risks you need to take into account. For example, you might be wary of going to countries with the Zika virus at the moment. You should weigh up the things that any of you might catch, from stomach bugs to more serious illnesses. If you want to play it safe, you might limit your potential destinations to only the safest of countries.


Preventative Medication and Vaccinations

If you’re going to a country that might pose some health risks, you should make sure you’re ready. It’s easy to prevent a large number of illnesses and disease with vaccinations. However, you usually need to get them at least a few weeks before you travel. There could be a few things you need vaccinations for, including hepatitis, yellow fever, and rabies. It’s also a good idea to have boosters for your usual vaccinations, such as polio and MMR. Sometimes you may need pills to take, such as for malaria. Fortunately, you can easily order malaria tablets online. It makes it much easier to get ready for your holiday.


Be Careful with Food and Water

A lot of people are wary of eating different food or even drinking water when they travel. They’re right to be careful, although much of the time you don’t need to worry. The most important thing to do is check just how careful you need to be. In some places, you shouldn’t be drinking the tap water, but in other locations it’s fine. You might need to be more careful about washing fruit before you eat it. It’s usually a good idea to be careful about eating street food. If your stomachs aren’t used to the local food, there’s a risk of tummy trouble.
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Be Careful of the Heat

If you don’t usually live in a particularly warm country, you’re probably not used to the heat. It’s important to be aware of the risks and how to protect everyone. Children, and especially those under two, are particularly at risk. Heat-related illnesses like heat stroke can be dangerous, so it’s essential to watch out for warning signs. You need to make sure everyone spends plenty of time in the shade and drinks enough water. When you’re out in the sun, get everyone covered up with clothes and with sunscreen.


Know Where to Go for Medical Help

It’s always a good idea to know where to go for medical help. In an emergency or even just when someone’s feeling under the weather, you don’t want to be frantically googling. At the very least, you need to know the emergency number in case you need an ambulance. It’s also useful to know where the nearest pharmacy is and where you can find an English-speaking doctor. A few useful phrases in the local language couldn’t go amiss, either. Just knowing a few body parts and how to say that something hurts is useful.


Get Out and About

Staying healthy during your holiday isn’t just about avoiding illness. It’s also a good idea to make sure you keep up healthy habits. Even though your holiday is a great time to indulge, you still need some vegetables now and then. Although you could relax by the pool for your whole holiday, getting out to do some things is a good idea too. Try to do some active things during your time away, whether it’s going for a walk or getting in the pool. It will help you make the most of your holiday time.

Keep your family happy and healthy while you’re on holiday by being prepared. You’ll all have a great time, hopefully without any illness.
Do you have any other tips that you would include to make sure you have healthy holidays?
Healthy Holidays

My Expat Family 25

Hello and welcome to My Expat Family 25, the twenty fifth  ‘My Expat Family’ blog link up in the series

If you are new to the link up you might want to have a read of how My Expat Family started!

You may have noticed I’ve been absent for a little while, it wasn’t a planned break but I’m back and raring to go!  If you missed the last link up take a look there are loads of great posts to read!
How to join in:
  • You can start to link your posts from Thursday 13th October and I’ll leave the link up open until Sunday night.
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Pregnant abroad? 7 great tips to help you cope

Life doesn’t stop when you’re pregnant – and you may indeed have great fun going abroad during the nine months. Indeed, most airlines will let you fly up until 36 weeks. But it can be a daunting thought, especially if it’s your first pregnancy. Ive got seven great tips to ensure you and your bump have a stress-free, enjoyable trip.

7 great tips to help you cope with being pregnant abroad

1. Take regular breaks

When you’re travelling, be it by car, train or plane, make sure you allocate sufficient time so you’re not having to rush. It will only cause you unnecessary stress. Plus, you’ll need plenty of toilet breaks and taking time to walk around is good for your blood circulation.

2. Pack all the essentials

When you’re pregnant, you’ll want to have essentials within easy reach – so pack your bag well and take a decent supply of what you think you’ll need. Pack more of what you won’t be able to easily get elsewhere and tailor it to your own requirements – for example, I’d definitely add some more snacks to the suggestions in this graphic.

7 great tips to help you cope with being pregnant abroad
Source: The Complete Guide to Travelling When Pregnant

I’d also suggest taking a good book as the perfect remedy to any hormone rollercoasters and to distract you from any dodgy tummy issues.

3. Choose your destination wisely

You’ll probably find it a lot easier to relax on holiday knowing there are good facilities nearby – shops for any last-minute purchases and good medical facilities, for example.

What’s more, when you’re pregnant, your limits change somewhat. Whereas on previous holidays, you might have explored cities all day and checked out the local nightlife later, you might want to take it down a notch. Create an itinerary of the must-sees and don’t be afraid to say you need extra breaks.

4. Expect some attention

If you’re in your second trimester and have an obvious baby bump, people are bound to come and chat to you. Particularly in Mediterranean countries, pregnant women will be the centre of attention – so don’t worry if they’re addressing your bump, not you.

It will also work in your favour as the bump is internationally recognised and can make it easier to express your condition – including receiving any extra help you might need.

5. Check in with your doctor

Before you set off, it’s a good idea to make sure your midwife is comfortable with you travelling. Also, as Parenting says, some airlines might require a note from your practitioner that states your due date, and that you have clearance to fly. Make sure you check beforehand.

6. Be cautious of food and water safety

As Gadling explains, pregnant women are more susceptible to food poisoning than the average person, as the immune system is suppressed so it doesn’t reject the fetus. So make sure you stick to bottled water and eat in restaurants where the food is freshly prepared. Check out reviews and opt for popular places.

7. Relax

Let’s face it, there won’t be a lot of time for relaxing when your baby arrives. So make the most of your trip and take the time to chill out. You deserve it.


Did you travel when you were pregnant? Share your top tips below.

UK trip Summer 2016: Kenilworth Castle

I have sat down with good intentions to write about our UK trip so many times.  We did so many different things that i felt that one post was not doing our trip any justice.


So instead I thought I would do a few posts about our best moments of the trip and share our favourite photos too!

About Kenilworth Castle

An absolute highlight for us was going to Kenilworth Castle.  If you have never been we can highly recommend!  The castle is 900 years old and is surrounded by beautiful Elizabethan gardens.

We took our visit while staying with Mark’s parents in Leamington Spa.  It’s a really short drive from there which was a definite bonus with the kids!

The castle is mostly ruins now but you can still get inside and explore.  Being an English Heritage site, there was loads of information around sharing the castle’s history.  Not that we got much time to sit and read any of that with Arthur keen to run around and explore!


It costs £10.10 per adult and £6 for 5-15.  I’m pretty sure the boys were free.  There is a family ticket for 2 adults and up to 3 kids for £26.20

English Heritage members get in for free.


Our trip to Kenilworth Castle

We planned our trip to be on a day where there was a Knights performance.  We thought that Arthur would be really interested in the Knights but on reflection he was a bit too young to be engaged with the ‘story’ side of it all.  The show took a while to get going and all he wanted to do was go and explore the castle.  We decided that while the crowds were sat watching the show that it was probably a good time to go and check out the castle anyway!

Arthur absolutely loved being able to run around and explore the ruins.

Kenilworth Castle Summer 2016

Kenilworth Castle

Kenilworth Castle Summer 2016

Kenilworth Castle

Kenilworth Castle

There was loads of big open spaces and that was absolutely perfect for Arthur to run around like crazy!


Kenilworth Castle Summer 2016


Kenilworth Castle Summer 2016


Poor Freddie had already been struck down with his first ever cold by this point and so was not 100%.  He still enjoyed the fresh air and loved the big grassy areas to crawl around on.

Kenilworth Castle Summer 2016

He even came up with us to the top of the castle keep to take in the views!

Kenilworth Castle keep

Is it worth a trip?

In short, Yes!

We had a fantastic time at Kenilworth castle and we will definitely take the boys back again next time we are in the UK.  I would definitely recommend to anyone!  For us on reflection we would have been better to go on a day when there wasn’t any events on but if the boys were slightly older i’m sure they would have enjoyed that side of it.  In the end it didn’t effect us too much, apart from a bit longer queuing for drinks etc!

There are loads of areas that are pushchair accessible and lots of open spaces for kids to run around.

Events are being held at the castle all the time so take a look at their site for information on upcoming events!

taking kids to Kenilworth castle

Knocked Up Abroad Again: Baby bumps, twists, and turns around the globe

You may remember me telling you that I was involved in the writing of the fantastic book Knocked Up Abroad, well I’m really excited to tell you that there is a follow up book that has just been released!  I thought I’d share a little about the book.  I’m not in this one but there are some fantastic people with some amazing stories involved!

Read on to hear about Knocked Up Abroad Again, the contributors and how you can get your hands on a copy!

knocked up abroad again launch

What is Knocked Up Abroad Again about?

Knocked Up Abroad Again is the second anthology in the Knocked Up Abroad series, and features stories from 25 different countries as written from the diverse perspectives of 26 women. Each mother, with her unique voice and from her perspective, describes the highs and lows of motherhood as she straddles the distance between what was once familiar with the reality of the challenges posed by her foreign environment.

This heartwarming, sometimes hilarious, and sometimes heartbreaking collection of stories illustrates that the more we see, the more we learn about ourselves as human beings.
The adventuresome spirit of someone who leaves their home country is carried into how they end up expanding their family. Knocked Up Abroad Again: Baby bumps, twists, and turns around the globe will take readers on an exciting journey and will keep both experienced travelers and those who prefer to explore from the comfort of their couch entertained and wanting more.

Knocked Up Abroad Again provides a glimpse of the wide range of experiences women face when giving birth and raising their children in a foreign culture, language, and environment. Regardless of the cultural or medical approach, parents everywhere in the world worry about the same thing: the health of their unborn baby. In each of the unique stories in Knocked Up Abroad Again, the concepts of family and love translate into every language and are uniquely celebrated around the world.

Knocked Up Abroad Again: Baby bumps, twists, and turns is currently available only on Kickstarter in paperback and ebook formats.

About The Contributors

knocked up abroad again book contributors

The contributors of Knocked Up Abroad Again are all talented writers whose essays can be found on The Wall Street Journal, The Huffington Post, The Washington Post, Babble, Scary Mommy, ParentCo, Salon, BLUNTMoms, Mamalode, and more. They have tapped into emotional depths to bring readers their personal pregnancy, miscarriage, birth, and parenting stories while living in a foreign country.

About The Editor And Contributing Author

knocked up abroad again editor and contributor lisa ferland

Lisa Ferland is a US citizen who has lived abroad in Sweden since 2012, working as a writer, editor, publisher, and public health consultant. She is currently raising a Lego lover and a Pippi Longstocking fanatic who enjoy behaving like Swedish children with the added bonus of American Thanksgiving holidays.

The Launch

Available only on Kickstarter:
Dates: September 19—October 19, 2016


Knocked Up Abroad Again Kickstarter Video


Knocked Up Abroad Again Book Trailer


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Momaboard family trip planning service

I am writing today to tell you all about Momaboard and to share some exciting news too (well I think its exciting anyway!).

Momaboard family trip planning service

What is Momaboard?

Momaboard is a family trip planning service.   What makes them special is that they have utilised the power of local Mamas and crowned them ‘Mombassadors’!!  You choose where you want to go and the Mombassador for that city will plan an itinerary for you!  Using all her local knowledge of all the best places to go with the kids and where to avoid


Why do YOU need Momaboard?

Okay, we all know that it’s not cheap to go on holiday, so you want to know that when you are dishing out the money that you are going to get the best!!  That’s where Momaboard comes in.  You choose where you want to go, and the Mombassador for that area will plan your trip for you!


What’s included in a trip itinerary?


Things You Know You Need

  •  Accommodations
  • Restaurants
  • Transportation
  • Age-Appropriate Activities
  • Doctors & Hospitals

Things We Know You Need

  •  Money Saving Tips & Discounts
  • Insider Tips & Cultural Nuances
  • New & Seasonal Events
  • Babysitting Recommendations
  • Mobile & PDF
Here is a link to a sample itinerary if you want to check it out


Don’t want a full trip itinerary?  Well how about a custom list for your trip instead?  You can get a custom list for:
  • Restaurants: The best eateries suited to your family’s tastes, budget and ages of your kids
  • Activities: The most family – friendly activities based on your interests, locations and ages of your kids

What does it cost?

Okay so, this sounds great doesn’t it!?  Think how much time and stress you have saved by having someone else plan your family trip for you!  But, I know what you’re thinking; how much is this going to cost me?

Well, I think you will be pleasantly surprised that a custom travel itinerary starts at the great price of $50/£35 and comes with a 100% money back guarantee if you are not totally satisfied with your itinerary!!!

The travel lists start at ¢15/£10

You can take 10% off any of these prices to any destination when you enter discount code ‘Chantelle’



So moving on to the exciting news.  I am really happy to say that I am now the Mombassador for the Seychelles.  So if you are planning a family vacation here anytime soon you can use me to create an amazing itinerary for you to ensure you get the absolute most out of your time here!!   If you use the discount code ‘Chantelle’ I’ll take 10% off the cost of your itinerary for you too!!  Click the link below to get started!


Momaboard Mombassador


So why don’t you let Momaboard help you plan your next family vacation today?   There are Mombassadors in over 55 destinations!

Not sure where to go?  Check out the best travel destinations for families in September 2016 

UK Trip Summer 2016

We have been back for a couple of weeks now and our UK trip already feels like a long time ago.


Jet lag has now worn off (We are seriously missing the jet lag induced 8am lie ins from the kids!)  and we are getting used to it being just the 4 of us in our house!


Mark is back at work and next week Arthur will be back at school (he will be doing full days now but perhaps thats for another post!).  Its been a while since I’ve had both boys by myself and I had definitely forgotten how much hard work that is!


I want to take the time to write about lots of different parts of our trip as separate posts as there really is so much to share!  We certainly squeezed a lot into our 6 weeks!

So look out for posts about our time in

Leamington Spa with Mark’s family

UK Trip Summer 2016


our trip down to Plymouth  (and Freddie’s first birthday!)

UK Trip Summer 2016

and a week away at a beautiful cottage in Cornwall with my family.

UK Trip summer 2016

We really had such an amazing time, it was great to catch up with everyone and to see the boys experience so many things that they don’t get to back here in Seychelles.  We were so lucky to be able to spend 6 weeks there.  It meant we got about 3 weeks with each of our families, which was a really good amount of time for everyone to have with the boys (because lets be honest, its them that people really want to see!!)

I have a couple thousand (eeeeek) pictures to go through before these posts get done.  We got a new camera and so we were even more snap happy than usual!  So I have lots to be getting on with!

I do love going through all the pictures though so its not a chore!  Its like living the trip all over again!