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Around the world with a eleven year old!

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1. Posted by Kitty32 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 9y

Well i'm very fortunate to say that i'm planning on going on a world wide tour with my partner and daughter who is eleven. We are hoping of leaving just before new year or in Jan 08 at the latest. We have a budjet, which will cover a fair few flights but hostels all the way from then.

Where to start! I've bought a map of the world and have already thought of the places we would like to go!

  • Asia/Thailand or Sri Lanka
  • India
  • South America, Peru,Brazil or Chile
  • Canada
  • Austrlia/ N.Z/ Fiygi

We have been researching weather/temps/injections etc.

Havent looked at Visa'a yet..

Now firstly im looking to see if anyone knows any real places that should be avioded with an eleven year old, or any places thats an absolute must for us all.

any advice or ideas would be greatly appreciated !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

2. Posted by Eleniki (Full Member 125 posts) 9y

You're a brave woman Kitty - I take my hat off to you! You don't say how long you'll be travelling for, but I'm assuming a long time, as it's a world tour (doesn't your daughter have to be in school?) Having travelled to Sweden, Denmark and Turkey with my partner's 11 year old daughter, I would suggest you consider the heat thing - kids who are not used to hot climates (and we aren't) can be extremely affected by high temperatures. The child I was with in Turkey changed from a sweet, laughing, biddable, easy-going girl into a moody, droopy, apathetic creature who refused to eat. She only wanted to be in the pool (not the sea, not on the sea in a boat, not around the fascinating area we were near, not in the carpet shops, not ANYWHERE except the pool). I nearly lost it a few times with her, but I had to acknowledge it was the heat that had this effect on her system. In Sweden, it was great! Also, with an 11 year old, I'd take food into consideration - you'll have to keep an eye on what she eats, as bugs will be easier picked up by a young body which hasn't had as long to develop immunity. Peel, wash, dry etc.. Apart from that - lucky girl!! Have a great trip! Helen

[ Edit: Edited on Sep 9, 2007, at 8:32 AM by Eleniki ]

3. Posted by AndyB24 (Respected Member 167 posts) 9y

Thats sounds fantastic, i´m jealous, I wish my parents took me around the world at that age!
On the food thing, not only bugs, but also just the difference in food, will she be happy eating local food, or will you have to track down something like she is used to at home?
Can´t speak for Brazil or Chile yet, and have only seen the coast of peru, which is kind of plain. Have you considered Ecuador? its a great country, quiet cheap, lots to see-nice coast, amazon, cloud forest, nice cities-, and most bus rides don´t take too long (3-6 hours).

4. Posted by kombizz (Full Member 1416 posts) 9y

How about starting from Ireland.

5. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 9y

Talk to her and ask what she would really like to see. I know that I at that age already had a list of places that I absolutely wanted to see and would have been delighted if I had gotten a chance to be involved in the planning of such a big trip. It would have made me much more interested in wherever my mother choose to drag me.

6. Posted by mikeyBoab (Travel Guru 5077 posts) 9y

I think at that age I'd have wanted to stay in the hotel and watch television

7. Posted by arif_kool (Travel Guru 1757 posts) 9y

hi Kitty,

When in India dont miss out on Kerala, since ur travelling with ur kid. It has a beautiful hill station in Munnar, a wildlife reserve in Thekkady where u can enjoy a ride on an elephant and then there is Alleppy which is the centre of all backwater cruising activites.

Do let me know if u need more info


8. Posted by Sam2000 (Inactive 121 posts) 9y

Quoting AndyB24

Have you considered Ecuador? its a great country, quiet cheap, lots to see-nice coast, amazon, cloud forest, nice cities-, and most bus rides don´t take too long (3-6 hours).

My mums old job involved a lot of travelling. Ecuador was one of the countries she visited and its well worth a visit (apparently), there were some excellent photographs she took. The Inca trails (mainly Peru but there are some in Ecuador) are worth doing, as well as bush craft.

The food in Ecuador, in Quito (the capital) is not good. Apparently to save the risk of infection they deep fry everything so yeah, no risk of food poisoning but heart attack is a killer out there (no kidding!) but in the rainforests the food is good, if you're willing to try it!