Good Morning Vietnam: a Complete Guide to Hoi An

Good Morning Vietnam: a Complete Guide to Hoi An

Among other things, Hoi An is known for its preserved historic houses, its strong history and its delicious Cau lầo -of course, there is food involved, it's Vietnam we're talking about!  There's a lot to explore and it can sometimes be a hassle to figure where to start, so I've put together the best things to do in Hoi An to help you plan your trip.

Traveling in Southeast Asia with a baby 101

Traveling in Southeast Asia with a baby 101

There are tons of questions we ask ourselves before traveling with a baby: what should we pack, what did we forget, how hot is it going to be, are the hotels family-friendly? I've put together what REALLY happens when you travel in Southeast Asia with a baby (hint: you won't get eaten by a tiger) and how to prepare for it. Ready? Pack, and go!

10 reasons why flying with a baby rocks

When we got pregnant, we didn't worry about our sleep or our social life. Our main concern was our lifestyle : are we still gonna be able to keep traveling so much with a baby? Things do change when you have a baby indeed... It becomes even more fun!

10 reasons why flying with a baby rocks!

Noah was only 6 weeks old when he took a flight for the first time. After a 13 hours flight, we got stuck in Germany for 10 hours because of a snow storm, before taking two other flights to, more than 36 hours after departure, finally get to our destination. And you know what? Our baby was the one thing that helped us staying calm during all that mess. He looked so peaceful and happy on his baby carrier, he soothed us. One of the great things about babies is that they’re pretty easy. They won’t miss their friends or their toys. In fact, as long as you’re there -you, and your milk of course-, your baby'll be perfectly happy.

Believe or not, there’s really no need to hesitate when it comes to traveling with an infant, even a newborn. The younger the baby, the easier it is to travel! If you're prepared and relaxed, you might even enjoy it! 


Discover 10 reasons why flying with a baby rocks!

#1. Baby doesn't pay for anything

I mean, flying for free isn't something that will last forever. In a couple of years, baby will be paying child's fare, and that will make a huge difference on your travel budget. Enjoy the free flights while you can! 

#2. flying with a baby make you a vip

You've probably got used to it during your pregnancy: no need to queue anymore! Get onboard before the crowd, so you can settle quietly before it gets too busy. Be ready to be treated like a VIP!

#3. People really want to help you

Flying solo with a baby doesn't mean you're lonely -it's quite the opposite. During my flights back to Hong Kong, I've realized there were always someone to help me -either it's to hold a door or carry my bags. Besides the kind passengers, airport and airplane staff are there to help too. In Marseille, the security officers almost fought to decide who will carry Noah! Flying with a baby can be tiring and tough. Don’t make it tougher on yourself by shying away from assistance. Enjoy it!

#4. You're (almost) never late anymore

When you have a baby, you quickly realize you need a buffer for everything you do. At least 30 minutes -time for a feed and a change of nappy if needed. Same thing when you fly. So now forget about that time when you were always late, running to check-in counter right before they close. You get in the airport waaay too early. And that's good. You stop running. And you relaaax!

#5. You make friends with the crew

Whether you get the seat with bassinet or not, the crew will always be happy to help you onboard. Don't hesitate to ask when you need to go to the restroom or just to rest for a minute. During our CDG-HKG flight, a flight attendant fell in love with Noah -until he threw up on her whole outfit. Or course, he did that in the middle of the flight, so she'd still have to support the sick smell for hours. Not cool Noah, NOT cool.

#6. You never get bored during the flight anymore

Remember when you used to watch the clock ten times in an hour, feeling like time has stopped and the flight would never end? Well, this now belongs in the past. Now you won't even have enough time to finish your plate, watch your movie, sleep and take photos of your cute mini globe-trotter while he's asleep. Time flies when you have a baby. Even on a plane!

#7. landing doesn't scare you anymore (or at least, not in the same way)

If you used to be scared in plane, well... that's over. From now on, during landing, your main concern will be your baby's ears! As a matter of fact, babies need to swallow to release the cabin pressure during take-off and landing. Nursing, eating a snack or sucking on a pacifier often help. I remember our first flight -it was the first time Noah saw a pacifier in his life. It took him a while to get what it was, but at the end, he never had any ear pain.

#8. you don't mind about your jetlagged face (even after a 16 hours flight)

You're a parent, so you might lower your standards now. Your face is the least of your worries when you've got milk all over your clothes, and sometimes rests of some nappy incidents on your laps. BTW when you pack, think about anything that can help clean up a messy emergency. Bring more diapers and wipes than you think you’ll need, and a change of clothes for baby + for you!

#9. good news: babies sleep. a lot

Babies sleep up to 18 hours a day. It should leave you enough time to rest! Enjoy flying with a baby, he's less likely to view travel as a disruption now than later on. A toddler probably is a complete different story -when they start scampering about. And, even worse: TALK!!! That's when traveling with kids become a far greater challenge (or not! we'll see that in a few months :)). 

#10. babies don't care about jetlag

Babies sleep when they sleep! It doesn’t really matter where you are. We arrived in France when Noah was 7 weeks old. The time difference didn't disturb him at all. When we got back to Hong Kong later when he was 3 months old, it took me about a short week to recover and get back to his routine. Eaaasy, baby.

WOW moment: That crazy night in a Cambodian Circus

WOW moment: That crazy night in a Cambodian Circus

I've heard so much about the Phare Circus, I couldn't wait to see it. Not only it was a fantastic experience to live, but buying our tickets also contributes to the education of talented young Cambodian. And believe me, when you'll see them on stage, you'll definitely want to participate to help them being (even more) awesome!

Travel in Cambodia : Quick Guide to Siem Reap

Travel in Cambodia : Quick Guide to Siem Reap

Siem Reap happens to be a trendy little city with hipster cafés, designer shops, art galleries and much more. We enjoyed getting lost in its tiny alleys, discovering new surprises in every corner. It's definitely worth a stop -perfect for a break from the temples. 

 

The Secret to Cheap Long Term Travel

The Secret to Cheap Long Term Travel

I knew if I wanted to stay long in New Zealand, I would need a way to get rid of accommodation costs. Another of my concern was how to immerse myself in the local culture -I wasn't flying 18.000kms to spend my time with other Europeans backpackers. Work exchange appeared to me as an obvious decision. 

Lake Tekapo & Mt Cook : Story of a Perfect Day in New Zealand

Lake Tekapo & Mt Cook : Story of a Perfect Day in New Zealand

Nestled in the heart of New Zealand's southern island, Lake Tekapo is a picturesque stop you can't miss on your road trip. This is one of these places that stole our heart in NZ. 

Having a baby abroad : the best of the worst we've heard

Having a baby abroad : the best of the worst we've heard

It all started when we told our friends and family back in France that we were expecting, last spring. "So when are you moving back to France?". Or -even better- "Oh, so you're done traveling now. You've enjoyed it for long enough anyway!". We've been overwhelmed by theories for months -and it's not over yet. Some questions are ridiculous, some annoying, but mostly, it's a lot of fun listening to all of that. 

So here it is: having a baby abroad, the best of the worst we've heard!

Hong Kong : 10 Things to do on Lantau Island

Hong Kong : 10 Things to do on Lantau Island

After a year in Hong Kong Island's madness, we decided to move before we get crazy. And we discovered the other Hong KongFor those who follow me on Instagram, you've seen the photos of my afternoons on desert beaches and my running sessions along the sea, looking at the sunset. Yes, Lantau is kinda cool. Real escape from the crowds of the city in only a few minutes ferry or MTR, Lantau will surprise you by its authenticity. Forget about Ngong Ping and explore the real beauty of Lantau Island.

Cantonese feast: 10 things to eat in Hong Kong

Cantonese feast: 10 things to eat in Hong Kong

Like most big cities, Hong Kong is a great destination for food lovers. This cities offers and incredible range of options in terms of restaurants and street food -from local Chinese dishes to Indian... But let's keep it local! Of course that list could be much longer, but I'll spare you the snake soup and stinky tofu and focus on the best Hong Kong specialities. Ready?

[ROAD TRIP] 10 things to do on Australia's East Coast

[ROAD TRIP] 10 things to do on Australia's East Coast

From the Great Barrier Reef to Melbourne, the road is punctuated by all kind of discoveries, from a rich and fascinating wildlife to beautiful cities where you'd just want to settle down and stay forever. It took us two wonderful weeks to explore the coast -if only we had more time, there's still sooo much we haven't seen!-, and much less time to fall in love with Australia.

The family that lives above the Arctic Circle... in a glass bubble

Some people have crazy dreams. Some choose to realize them, then have a crazy life...

The Heart Followers : The family that lives above the Arctic Circle... in a glass bubble

Benjamin and Ingrid Marie Hertefølger have decided to realize the impossible to embrace the lifestyle of their dreams. After having built a unique all-natural house completely covered by a glass dome on a plot of land in Norway, they've started their incredible journey into sustainable living. It may all seem like some sort of hippie day dream, but it’s fascinating!

Meet the Hertefølger, a Norwegian family of six who is truly living on their own terms...


The Hertefølger - a life philosophy

Hertefølger –Norwegian for “heart followers”– wasn’t always their family name, but they changed it few years ago to reflect their life philosophy. “We have only listened to ourselves and what we wanted to do, we went all in”, said Ingrid. “It doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks, there will always be someone who disagrees and who thinks what I do is wrong,” the mother of four adds.

"I believe that the recipe for failure is to try making everybody happy, because it’s not possible.” So instead of worrying about what people may think, the Heart Followers just follow their hearts.

The aim of this adventure is for Benjamin and Ingrid to offer their four children a great childhood and to give them the insight they need to manage life on Earth. Instead of spending their time in front of a computer or at a mall, the Hertefølger's kids swing in hammocks, play in the garden, do yoga sessions under sunset, watch Aurora borealis or roam the surrounding forests in search of mythical creatures -the daughter swears she saw a fairy. They surely will grow up with a deep sense of appreciation for nature.

cosy living in a glass bubble above the Arctic Circle

The Hertefølgers always knew they wanted to live in an eco-home made of only natural materials -the challenge was to adapt it to the harsh weather conditions of the Arctic Circle. Indeed, life in the Arctic isn't only snowy landscapes, elves in the forest and Santa's secret atelier. It's a constant battle with extreme weather conditions, especially when you live in such a remote place as Sandhorney Island, in north Norway.

The family managed to beat all the odds and organize a cosy living in a three-story cob house wrapped in a glass dome. It withstands the heavy snowfalls and strong winds, maintains a uniform temperature throughout the year and reduces ultraviolet radiation while acting as a greenhouse for the organic vegetable and fruit garden. How cool is that : they somehow manage to grow apples, cherries, plums, apricots, kiwis, grapes, cucumbers, tomatoes, herbs and melons in an area that doesn't see the sunlight for three months a year!

We may not all be able to build our domed natural house in the Arctic Circle –which Norwegian magazine The Nordic Page reports cost the Hertefølger $490,500 to build– but you have to admit their story is an inspirational one. Make sure to watch The Heart Followers documentary below, you won’t regret it!

A road trip in Nelson Tasman Region [secret spot inside]

A road trip in Nelson Tasman Region [secret spot inside]

Known as the sunniest region of the country, Nelson Tasman is fringed with lush nature, golden sand beaches and turquoise waters -it's a true paradise for nature lovers. If Abel Tasman National Park is absolutely stunning, it's when we kept going north that we discovered true hidden gems...

Heading North in New Zealand: from Bay of Islands to Cape Reinga

Heading North in New Zealand: from Bay of Islands to Cape Reinga

During my exploration of Auckland, the locals told me to head north and go see the Cape. A few weeks later, I had bought my very first car, and was ready to hit the road. As the slow traveler that I was, it took me two wonderful weeks to get to Cape Reinga...