The Swanson Family Travel Map
Our travels have already taken us to many places in SE Asia, and we are looking forward to the opportunities we will have while living in Abu Dhabi. The map shows the places we have been as a family. The list below has a few links to blog entries about those trips as well as places Derek or I have been alone.
Favorite Travel Sites
How do I go about planning all these trips? Well, I do a lot of internet research. I have linked some of the sites I always use below.
Accommodations: I almost always use Agoda to book hotels and resorts. The prices are good, and you can earn points/discounts. They have a good selection and the one time I had an issue (with a resort, not Agoda) they stepped in and helped me right away.
Over the summer holiday with our trip to Europe, I booked every accomidation as an AirBnB. We had nothing but positive experiences in every place we stayed. While staying in AirBnB's was a different experience than hotels, we loved being a part of the local scene instead of the tourist areas. I would highly recommend AirBnB's in Europe! I doubt we'll ever stay in another hotel there.
Things to do: To start learning about a new city, I actually start with Pinterest. It's been the easiest way to find links to other blogs about taking kids to these destinations. And you can get a pretty good idea of what the city has to offer.
Where to eat: After I know where we are going to stay, and a few things we should do, I research restaurants. Since we are vegetarians, sometimes finding good places to eat can be difficult. My go to reference is HappyCow.
Swanson Family Pictures