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To travel is to live

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Because all of our lives are enriched by experiencing new things and learning from new places and cultures, this blog space is dedicated to all kinds of travel experiences that enrich or touch your life in some way or another.

As a family traveller with kids in all age ranges, I see travelling not only as a great tool for family bonding and relaxing but also as a fantastic way to teach my children about other cultures and historical riches.

Apart from the obvious fun element of any holiday abroad, I also try to look at any getaway as an opportunity to engage my family so that they can soak up the amazing educational value.

Read my posts to see just what makes a family holiday an amazing experience that could be potentially life-changing for your young ones, as well as for yourself and any other adult in your travelling party. Because travelling is living, experiencing, and ultimately, learning – as long as you travel, the discovery and learning process never end.

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Laura Rawlings's Been There Done That

  • Enrolled my kids in a small village's arts and crafts project with Peruvian children
  • Watched the elusive Northern Lights in Scandinavia during a Christmas-themed holiday
  • Managed a 21-hour-long flight with two young kids and a newborn in tow ÓŻ┐ no mean feat!
  • Eaten fried scorpions from local vendors in Beijing (yum!), and yes the little ones had somet too!
  • Climbed Rincon de la Vieja in Costa Rica, with two children under ten and a one-year-old riding on a backpack

Recent articles in To travel is to live

  • 10 Jul 2016
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The finer things in life

Simply beautiful: What makes St Lucia stand out from the crowd

The beautiful island of St Lucia is one of the Caribbean's true gems. Remote and petite, it possesses a host of attractions that make it unique in the region. From drive-through volcanoes and outdoors adventures to picture-perfect beaches and a beautiful climate, St Lucia has something to offer everyone.
  • 16 Dec 2015
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Exciting news

AMResorts launches "Live it up" campaign and announces new hotel openings

Planning to start 2016 with a big bang, the exclusive collection of Caribbean hotels and resorts managed by AMResorts are kick-starting the New Year with a very tempting new offer for those planning their getaway at either of their luxury all-inclusive properties. The new Live it UP campaign will see them slash their room rates by half when guests upgrade to higher categories across all of their resorts.
  • 19 Sep 2015
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Unmissable opportunities

Now Onyx Punta Cana

Now Onyx Resort & Spa is brand new all-suite resort opening in November 2016 and aims to offer a vibrant and active Unlimited-Luxury experience for guests of all ages. The hotel is perfectly located on a pristine beach surrounded by tropical palm trees. Enjoy gourmet dining and unlimited premium brand beverages along with daytime activities and nightly entertainment that provide excitement for all. If you wish for a more relaxing stay then rejuvenate and relax in the Spa by Pevonia. There is an Explorers Club for kids with supervised fun and a Core Zone Teens Club situated within the resort that will ensure the whole family have a wonderful time and create memories that last forever.
  • 11 Mar 2014
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Life's a beach

What to do in Essaouira

Learn all about one of Morocco's most beautiful seaside cities, offering the perfect mix of dreamy beach escape while being in close proximity to Marrakech, the lively capital. But there's more to Morocco than just being an idyllic beach destination, there's plenty to see and do beyond the powdery soft sands, and on this post I'm going to cover just what you can get up to in Essaouira.
  • 25 Jan 2014
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All you need to know

What does Oman have to offer families?

Many people may regard Oman as a fascinating destination for adults due to its rich heritage and traditions, but as you'll soon learn on this post, the experience shouldn't be limited to grown-ups as this country boasts some superb attractions for children and youngsters of all age groups. Read on to learn why Oman is a top family holiday hotspot that shouldn't be left out of any travelling family's bucket-list.
  • 07 Jan 2014
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All you need to know

What makes Mauritius a top choice for a family holiday?

Families in search of a dream escape for their little ones should not disregard Mauritius as an option. Despite having long been seen as the hotspot for couples and adults in search of R&R, Mauritius has plenty to charm younger travellers, with fantastic attractions that the whole family will enjoy. Just read my post and see for yourself the great family adventures that can be had in Mauritius.
  • 07 Oct 2013
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The finer things in life

What can I do in the Maldives other than scuba dive?

It's no secret to anyone that the Maldives are most famous for its crystalline cobalt blue waters teeming with colourful, exotic marine life. And, likewise, everyone knows that for this very reason, the country is considered an idyllic paradise for scuba divers. But there's more to Maldives than diving down its rich waters, and here we help you discover other on- and off-the-water attractions that this paradisiacal Indian Ocean destination also offers.
  • 04 Oct 2013
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The finer things in life

What are the must-visit vineyards in South Africa's Winelands?

Whether you're a wine connoisseur or you simply love a tipple, if you want to get to know South Africa's prestigious wine estates during your holiday, here we give you a list of the top three, best vineyard not to miss during a tour of the country's famous Winelands.
  • 03 Oct 2013
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Life's a beach

Should I visit Costa Rica's Pacific or Caribbean coast?

Planning to visit Costa Rica and stay at one of its beach towns but don't know which coast is the best for you? Then read on to find out about the differences that make Costa Rica's Pacific and Caribbean coasts two very unique seaside regions. From the big waves in the Pacific waters that make it a haven for surfers, to the calm waters of the Caribbean side, where turtles come to nest each year, Costa Rica's two coastlines offer totally different holiday experiences.
  • 02 Oct 2013
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A walk in the past

What are Sri Lanka's must-see heritage sites?

Here we have the solution for the avid history lover and culture enthusiast who wants to see and experience the best Sri Lanka has to offer in terms of historical places, without having to spend days and days travelling from corner to corner in Sri Lanka to find all eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites. We have compiled the perfect little handy guide to Sri Lanka's top sites, with three that any visitor should be able to manage on an ordinary week-long holiday or a short break to Sri Lanka.
  • 01 Oct 2013
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Back to nature

What are Vietnam's top natural attractions?

If you want to explore Vietnam's most striking natural attraction during your holiday in the country, there are a few sites that should be high on your list of top places to visit. Here we've narrowed it down to three natural sites of breathtaking natural beauty that any true nature lover simply cannot afford to miss in their travel itinerary.
  • 28 Sep 2013
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A walk in the past

Top alternative spots to watch the sunset at Angkor Wat

The ancient ruins of Angkor Wat are undoubtedly Cambodia's most striking historical attraction and if you plan on visiting it during your holiday to Cambodia, you might want to stick around after your tour is over and wait until the sun sets to enjoy a truly spectacular sight. Read here to learn about the best hidden spots to watch the sun go down in Angkor Wat, away from the large masses of tourist crowds.
  • 27 Sep 2013
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Life's a beach

A fun girls' holiday to Dubai

Read through our amazingly fun all-girl holiday to Dubai, learn about our experience as three girlfriends exploring the city and find out about the incredible attractions we visited during our exciting four-day trip. From making a splash at the Atlantis water park to dining in style and enjoying deluxe accommodation at our chosen hotel, we sure had a blast!
  • 26 Sep 2013
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A walk in the past

Top Mayan sites to visit without the crowds in Mexico

If you're planning a holiday to Mexico and want to squeeze in some time for admiring ancient Mayan ruins whilst avoiding large crowds of tourists, here we've got the right places for you to visit. In this post we've lined up a top selection of magnificent Mayan sites that are little less known to the wider public but still striking and powerful in their very own, unique way. Read on for our guide to Mexico's best undiscovered Mayan beauties.
  • 24 Sep 2013
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All you need to know

Advice for travellers visiting the Middle East during Ramadan

The month of Ramadan marks a sacred holiday in the Islamic calendar and if you're travelling to the Middle East during that time of year it's useful to bear in mind a few guidelines to follow when in public so as not to offend the locals and respect the norms and traditions. Have a read through our quick etiquette guide to Ramadan and you'll have a holiday to remember for all the right reasons.
  • 23 Sep 2013
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Life's a beach

Where are Antigua's best beaches?

Everyone knows that Antigua is an idyllic little Caribbean island with virtually untouched beaches and some of the most pristine stretches of white sands you could find on earth, but if you're struggling to decide on which of this stunning beaches to base yourself on, here we give you the low-down on three of the best and most popular among tourists.
  • 28 May 2013
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Unmissable opportunities

Ultimate all inclusive holiday at Le Meridien Al Aqah Beach Resort in Fujairah

Stay at the ultimate five star coastal retreat in the heart of Fujairah, Le Meridien Al Aqah Beach Resort. This all-inclusive resort means you can leave your wallet at home and soak up the Middle Eastern year round sunshine.