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TRAVELLING WITH CHILDREN

Do your children look this relaxed on their travels?

No? Do you want them to look this relaxed on your holiday?

Well look no further!

There are many ways to ensure that both you and your little ones have a pleasant or at least bearable vacation as well as their fellow-travellers. Here are a few tips to hopefully ensure a smooth and happy trip. Of course this is not exhaustive and if you have a miracle working suggestion please by all means add it on the comments below! Who knows – you may have the suggestion that works on for a frazzled parent who has tried everything else!

1. PLAN! PLAN! PLAN!

Planning ahead can save you and your child a lot of heartache and unnecessary stress. Use stopover transits to stretch the legs and use up some pent-up energy. Don’t be scared to book longer stopovers to allow time to get to your next gate with time for toilet stops and eating. Perhaps play a game or two to alleviate any stress or boredom.

It also pays to book ahead when traveling with children rather than playing it by ear. The last thing you want when you arrive at your destination tired and hungry is to have to try to find a hotel that can fit you all in or worst case find out that your chosen destination isn’t suitable for children.

2. HAVE A BACK UP PLAN

What are you going to do if your flight is delayed? Do you have a contingency plan in place if the ferries or trains suddenly go on strike? Researching your transit destinations may relieve some stress of not knowing what is around if you do have to kill some time due to unexpected delays.

3. BE PREPARED FOR YOUR DESTINATION

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Reef or Beach shoes

Make sure you research the type of climate you are traveling to. Will it be cold or hot? Is it likely to rain? Pack according to the expected weather and the type of environment you are holidaying in. Pack the beach or reef shoes if you are heading to a beach to protect little feet! If you are heading to the snow make sure you have suitable and well fitting gear for the children so they are comfortable. Comfy kids make happy kids!

4. PACK A SURPRISE!

Kids LOVE surprises! Pack a special travel pack full of surprises for those times when other distractions are just not working! Make sure it is something they don’t already have and don’t let them have it all at once. Spread out the surprises to make it last. You could even use it as a reward for good behavior on the plane or train. Some good suggestions would be a new book, coloring book and crayons, magic markers, maybe a puzzle game for older children, a new soft toy etc.

You could also get them a disposable camera for them to take some holiday pics with. They will love getting them developed and you may find some really interesting mementos! Click on the links below for some great ideas!



 

5. DON’T FORGET THE SNACKS!

A hungry child can turn the start of a lovely vacation into your worst nightmare really fast! Make sure you pack some good healthy snacks to stave off the hunger monsters. Just remember to check airline and country of destination regulations to make sure you are not breaking any rules or customs violations with your snack stash. Remember that most airline regulations don’t allow liquids over 100ml. Baby formula is excluded from the restrictions in most cases.

6. GET THEM INVOLVED

Let the children help make the decisions on what to do and where to go. This will start to get them excited about the trip and give them a vested interest in what is happening. This can also teach them organizational skills in making sure everything fits into the schedule. It also means they will be able to do some things they want to do. You may be surprised at some of their suggestions!

7. KEEP THEM SAFE

If you are holidaying in a busy tourist area or attraction it pays to have some sensible safety options in case your child gets separated from you. There are a couple of suggestions to aid in the speedy return of your little adventurer!

  • Use a location tag device such as a GPS tracker.
  • Try a Universal Tag System such as pickles.pro tags. These tags can be attached to a wrist band, back pack, carabiner etc and basically all the finder needs to do is scan the QR code and it automatically sends you a sms or an email. You can then send them a message straight away to advise your location.
  • Write your cell number on their arm. A simple but easy option.
  • For older children set a meeting point so if you get separated you can meet up at the chosen point. This is especially useful at theme parks or a shopping mall.

8. THINK ABOUT WHAT YOU SHOULD PACK

Depending on your destination you may be better off with a stroller as opposed to a baby carriage or a baby sling. Check the destination first as you may find it easier to pop baby into a sling if the streets are cobbled. Similarly, if you are going to be doing a bit of walking you may find it easier with a stroller than a baby carriage. Of course this will depend on what your baby is used to. Strollers are quite versatile and a good lightweight one can be a godsend.

Don’t over pack as usually on a flight an infant does not get the same luggage allowance as an adult or full child fare. So you need to be smart. Remember a nappy bag is also classified as carry on luggage and normally you are only allowed one piece. Packing Cubes will be a big help here. Check out my review here.

9. AIRCRAFT SEATING

If your family adventure involves a long distance flight then you will need to consider where on the aircraft you need to sit. As most airlines these days now like to charge for seating it means you can prepay for your preferred seats at the time of booking. The earlier you book the more options you will have.

Some airlines such as Air New Zealand and China Airlines offer the SkyCouch. This is a revolution in economy class seating and is an absolute godsend for families. How it works is you purchase a whole row of seats and once in the air the seats can be converted into a couch by pulling up the foot rest. You get a mattress and duvet and comfy pillows to use. This means your little ones can lay down and have a decent sleep! If there are three of you in the row it is a really cheap option – prices start from $200. Please note that sometimes there is a blackout period where purchase of the skycouch is restricted.

Check with your travel agent for the best options to suit you.

10. DON’T FORGET TO HAVE FUN!

Making memories is what a vacation is all about! Don’t sweat the small stuff. So what if junior is an hour late for bedtime – sleep in! Who cares if they only want to wear their favorite t shirt to Disneyland? Does it really matter that they have not eaten veges for two days? As long as they are safe and happy let things happen. After all – that is how we create the magical memories that will be talked about for decades to come. Your children will thank you for letting them be a bit independent.

Finally,….

I hope you enjoyed my post and if you have anything you would like to add please comment below and share your knowledge with our readers.

Finally – I have found a really great blog that has even more fantastic tips on how to travel with kids and survive! Check it out below:

https://mybabyinsider.com/air-travel-with-baby-keeping-everyone-calm

 

HAPPY TRAVELS!

New to Cruising? Best First Time Cruiser Tips & Hacks

Cruising Tips & Hacks

So you have booked your first cruise (or are thinking about it) but would like to know a little more about what is involved? Perhaps your neighbors have just returned from their third cruise and are telling you all about it as they unload the car – looking all tanned and relaxed! They promise to show you the holiday snaps as soon as they load them off the camera.

Finally, you decide to take the plunge and book your first cruise! But what do you need to know? What are the essential tips for a successful cruise? What does a “First time Cruiser” need to know?

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1st time cruising tips

There are a few things that you need to know when cruising for the first time or when deciding where your first cruise will be. The following cruise tips will help ensure you are prepared and ready to relax and enjoy this amazing holiday experience.

Initial Inquiry Stage

Find an experienced Cruise Consultant – An experienced Cruise Consultant can make all the difference to ensuring a great experience from the time of booking until the day you return. They will be able to advise the best times to cruise in the destination you choose to cruise to and what you need to know

Do your research on the cruise ship and the destination. Some cruise ships are geared up for families and some are more for couples or older cruisers. When you take a young family on a cruise you do not want to be fighting an army of zimmer frames! Likewise, if you prefer a quiet cruise then you may want to look at one more suitable to a mature mix of passengers.

Decide how long you want to cruise. For a first time cruise I would suggest up to 7 nights. This gives you a good taste of what cruising is all about.

Choose whether you want to do an Ocean or River cruise. These are both very different (stay tuned for my next blog on the differences!) River cruising is not as popular with families as cabins are much smaller and not usually suitable for young children.

Booking Your Cruise

YOU Travel FerrymeadThis is the easy part! Once you know which cruise you want to book just head on down to your Cruise Specialist and lock it in! Your Cruise Specialist will be able to tell you if there is a special deal out for your chosen option which may include on board credit to spend on your cruise, reduced deposits, WiFi deals, specialty dining options, shore excursion deals and more. The deposit will vary from cruise line to cruise line as will the final balance due date. Your Cruise Specialist will be able to advise you of this at the time of booking.

Just remember – the best deals are usually outside of the normal vacation times.

First Time Cruise Packing Tips

Packing cubes are a fantastic way of being able to fit everything you are going need on your cruise into your suitcase. One good thing about most cruises is that you can take more than one suitcase per person. Although this will depend on how many passengers are in the one stateroom as you do need to store your suitcase in you cabin. (These usually fit under the bed.)

Do not bother with your hair dryer! There is always one supplied in your cabin. You will also be supplied with towels (including pool/beach towels). Having said that – the cruise ship hair dryers are a low wattage so if you feel you may need extra power by all means bring your own.

Bathroom amenities are included in each cabin so you can save a bit of room here if need be. Unless of course you like to take your favorite shampoo and conditioner!

On most cruises every cabin has its own en suite bathroom so leave the bathrobes at home – unless you are traveling with friends! Some cruise lines will supply bathrobes and some you have to pay for the privilege of using them – again check with your cruise consultant for your particular cruise. (Same with slippers).

Take a Lightweight Day Pack for your shore excursions! You will thank me for it! This will enable you to take all the necessities with you when out and about such as water, hats, sunscreen, reading material, maps and whatever you need for the day. Just make sure it is a comfortable one as you will be wearing it for a while!

Don’t forget to pack suitable clothing for the destination and season. No point taking your bikini on a winter wonderland cruise or a cruise to Antarctica (unless there is a spa on board!). Likewise, – it can get chilly at nighttime out on deck when cruising in the cooler months. When you want are heading to the sunny Caribbean then you may get away with just a bikini or board shorts and some nice summer attire. But even the Caribbean can cool off a bit at sea so take a wrap or light jacket just in case.

One essential item is your Universal Travel Adapter. It will depend on your cruise ship as to what kind of power sockets are in your cabin. With a Universal adapter it won’t matter which type of power socket you have and if you have one with the USB Ports you can charge multiple devices at the same time. [Insert link here] I also take either a small power board or a double adapter as there are usually very limited power sockets in you cabin. Some have a maximum of one or two only. Just make sure your power board does not have a surge protector on it as recent rule changes have restricted the use of surge protectors on board as they can interfere with the electric systems on the ship.

Portable travel clothes line – these are useful if your cruise line does not have a self-service laundry on board. You can at least hand wash a few items as you go which will lessen the amount of clothes you need to take. This is relevant on a longer cruise of over 7 nights or so. Some cruise lines do have self-service laundromats on board. Some charge a fee and some are included.

Waterproof Dry bag – these will keep your valuables, phones, clothes etc dry while you are at the beach or poolside. Insurance won’t cover you if you leave them unattended so this is a great solution as you can have them with you all the time!

Extra Coat hangers! When you want like to hang up your clothes make sure you take along extra coat hangers as you never seem to get enough in your wardrobe! Check out these cool folding travel clothes hangers! They don’t take up much room and best of all they are light! When you want are from outside New Zealand please use this link for Folding Clothes Hangers.

Checking In For Your Cruise

When you want have not been allocated a specific boarding time then this information is crucial for you. You must be on board your cruise ship at least one hour prior to the scheduled departure time. This is so the cruise line can conduct the mandatory Maritime Safety Drills before getting underway.

Most people on their first cruise are super excited to get on board and turn up at the crack of dawn ready to jump on and explore the ship straight away. Well – I am sorry to tell you that you are going to be bitterly disappointed! Once a cruise ship docks and all the necessary docking procedures are completed (this can take an hour or more!) the ship will need to disembark all the current passengers before allowing any new passengers on board. After they disembark current passengers the ship gets a thorough clean. Naturally this is far easier when there are few people around.

The best time to start your embarkation is about 2 – 3 hours prior to departure. You will avoid the majority of the queues this way. Unless of course you have priority boarding as part of your cruise fare.

In normal circumstances a ship may dock at say 7am, disembarkation is usually completed by about 9am and the incoming passengers don’t start boarding until about 11am – 12pm at the earliest. Sometimes it is even later than this depending on the size of the ship and the departure time.

On Board Your First Cruise – What You Can Expect in Your Cabin

Balcony CabinMost cabins have the same basic layout – bed, en suite, wardrobe, desk and if you are lucky a sofa.

Depending on the number of passengers in your cabin you may have a king bed or you may get two bunks with an upper and lower berth on each bunk. This configuration tends to be the most cramped.

Unless you are planning to spend a lot of time in your cabin then the configuration may not be a big deal to you. However, when you have more than two people in a cabin things start to get a little tight! Planning ahead will save you some grief on lack of space. Check out the section on Packing Tips for some good ideas.

If budget is an issue then consider an inside cabin as this will offer the best price. Some cruise lines have started creating “virtual balconies” in an inside cabin such as the one in the below video. Quite clever really and at a much more affordable price than a balcony cabin – just without the fresh air!

 

 

Shore Excursions – How to Choose the Best Options

Choosing the best shore excursions can be tricky. You want to make sure you don’t miss out on anything amazing but you don’t want to pay through the teeth for them either! When you want to make the most of your time in port it takes a bit of forward planning. Most cruise lines will give you access to their Shore excursion options 60 days prior to departure. Of course this differs from cruise line to cruise line. Check with your Cruise Specialist as to when you are able to access your shore excursions.

If you have found a well informed and educated Cruise Specialist they may have already made some suggestions for your particular itinerary or at least shown you how to find information about shore excursions or alternatives available in your ports of call.

One thing to note – a lot of people say that you are better to book your own tours when in port as the ship options can be quite expensive. This may be a good idea if you are an experienced traveler. However, – be warned – if you book your own tours and you are delayed in getting back to the ship they will not wait for you. This means you will be responsible for paying your own way to meet the ship at its next port of call.

Food Glorious Food – What Are We Going to Eat on Our Cruise?

It’s true that most people who choose to cruise for their vacation will come back at least a few extra kilos than when they left and I’m not talking about shopping and souvenirs! Cruise ships are renowned for their amazing food options and selections on board. After all – it is a massive part of cruising!

On the medium to larger sized cruise ship you can find upwards of 5 different dining options on board. Some cruise lines charge an additional fee for specialty restaurants but on every cruise there are at least two options that are included in your cruise fare. This is the Buffet (or food court style) dining and the main A La Carte Restaurant. Opening hours will depend on whether it is a sea day or a port day.

Specialty restaurants cater for the more discerning diner. You may have a choice of Italian, Steak and Seafood, French, Asian, Brazilian and many more. These differ between cruise lines and cruise ships. But the service and the food is far superior to that of the buffet or main restaurant. When you want can fit it into the budget I highly recommend trying these out. The surcharge ranges but can be as little as $10 up to $90+ for a degustation or Chef’s Table experience.

Whichever option you choose – you will not go hungry!

Some cruise lines have started using Celebrity Chefs to create their various menus which has really made the food on board something to behold! Sometimes these are restricted to specialty restaurants and you may need to pay a surcharge but again – nowhere near as much as you would if you were to visit one of their shoreside restaurants (if you can even get a reservation!).

 

What About Liquid Refreshments?

You may have heard about the fabulous cocktails you can get on board a cruise. It’s all true! There is plenty of competition out there to find the quirkiest bar or novel experience for cruise passengers. But whatever tipple you fancy you will have no problem finding it on your cruise.

Most cruise lines are starting to offer drink packages for guests to purchase either before or during the cruise. It is worth noting that they often start around $60 – $80 per person per day USD. Some are cheaper and some more expensive. But the trick is to work out whether you are going to get good value out of it. Most cocktails are around $8 – $12 and a glass of wine about the same. So you would need to consume around 6 – 7 drinks per day just to break even.

The best value drinks package I have ever seen (other than the ones that are already included) is on Viking Ocean Cruises. Their package is only $19.95USD/day and includes everything except champagne and some drinks at the Torshavn bar. Awesome value!

Some cruise lines will let you bring a bottle of wine on board but most have restrictions on where you can enjoy it. There are a few cruise lines that will allow you to bring your own drinks on board such as Viking – They don’t mind what you take on board but their prices are already really good so why would you bother? Unless you have purchase a few bottles of nice wine from one of the vineyards you visited along the way!

Then there are cruise lines that are very strict and won’t even let you bring your own water on board. So best check before you go.

Entertainment On Board – What Activities Will There Be On Board?

Most big ocean cruise ships have many forms of entertainment – the problem is trying to fit it all in! The Broadway style shows are usually of a very high standard albeit a shortened version. Then you often have a Casino, Bingo, Pools, Spas, some have a bowling alley, ice-skating rink, bumper cars, FlowRider, rock climbing walls, hydro slides, ping pong, shuffleboard, mini golf, glassblowing, movie characters, movies under the stars, simulators, and so much more! Of course – as usual – it depends on what ship you are on so check with your cruise consultant first.

What Will The Children Do?

On cruises that allow children you will usually find a comprehensive Kids Club on board. These are usually split into different age groups so the children are socializing with others in the same age group. There are always planned activities and programs based on the age group and will keep the kids entertained for hours! Of course this means parents/caregivers get to spend some quality time together (or alone) and feel like they too have had a holiday! Check out this cool video on Disney Cruise lines to see just how much fun your kids are going to have! (Makes you want to be a kid again!

Please note that on some ships there is a no child policy and some smaller ships that do allow kids on board do not offer a children’s program so please double check if this is important to you.

Is There A Doctor On Board?

Almost every cruise ship has a medical facility of some sort on board. On larger ships this can be quite sophisticated but on smaller vessels there may just be a designated first aid provider. This is usually on the river ships and other vessels that don’t stray too far from land.

Of course if you have any medical issues it pays to let the ship know in advance so they can be prepared. In some cases you may not be able to cruise at all depending on your condition so please check with your doctor prior to booking your cruise.

In Summary – To Cruise or Not to Cruise

So – now that you have the low down on cruising you can decide if it is the kind of holiday that you would enjoy. Of course there is only one way to truly find out and that is to get yourself off on a short break cruise and try it out! Who knows, – you might just get addicted.

When you want enjoyed this post or if you think there is something else that I need to add please leave a comment below for me! Or if you want to share your cruise tips or hacks please feel free to share in the comment section below.

HAPPY CRUISING!!!!

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See Hong Kong in 5 Days – Travel Review

Hong Kong City in 5 Days

Have you ever been to Hong Kong? Perhaps you are thinking of going or you might be stopping over there on your way to another destination. This article outlines a few things that you may find useful for your visit – whether it is long or short!

ARRIVING INTO HONG KONG

Prior to 1998 if you were flying into Hong Kong you would have experienced the somewhat hair-raising approach into Kai Tak between the tall, imposing sky scrapers of the city of hong Kong. Well – rest assured those days are long gone! The new airport in Hong Kong is located on the island of Chek Lap Kok. In fact that is the name of the airport. The airport was built on reclaimed land as the sheer size requirements meant there was no other location big enough.

The commercial trade industry in hong Kong is so large now that the old airport was simply unable to cope with the level of traffic flowing in and out.

HKIA is the worlds’ busiest cargo airport and one of the busiest passenger terminals in the world. It is a major hub for many airlines connecting to over 220 destinations around the world! You can read more about Hong Kong airport here.

HOW TO GET INTO THE CITY

Getting into Hong Kong city is a relatively easy and straight forward process. There are several options depending on your preference, budget and how long you have.

You can get the Hong Kong express which will have you into Kowloon in under 25 minutes. But it is not necessarily the cheapest option. This option will set you back between $80 – $100HKD.

The bus is slightly longer but a bit cheaper. This ranges from $30 – $45HKD.

A taxi is going to be the most direct option and will deliver you straight to your hotel. However, this will cost between $370 -$450HKG! Ouch!

Of course there is always the good old Uber option but again this is similar to a taxi although is also going to deliver you straight to your hotel for between $270 – $350HKD.

Naturally it will depend on where you are staying as Hong Kong is not just one big massive city! More about that next!

If you can’t be bothered with the hassle of finding a taxi, Uber or getting the train then I suggest getting your travel agent to book your arrival transfer. This is the option we chose and it was easy and seamless. The ride in was relatively quick – around 30 minutes or so.

We were met at the airport and directed to our transfer. We did have to drop off a few other passengers along the way but I always view this as a good opportunity to orientate yourself to a few landmarks.

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***Just one thing to note here – please be aware that some hotel locations do not allow big buses to drop off or pick up outside the hotel lobby so be prepared to walk a small distance with your luggage. If you don’t want to do this then get a private car transfer.***

WHERE IS THE BEST PLACE TO STAY?

So this is where it all gets quite interesting! Most people would recommend staying in Kowloon area. The reason for this is that you are close to major transport options, shopping, restaurants, shopping, tailors, restaurants, more shopping, markets, etc. Did I mention the shopping? There are shopping centers everywhere in Kowloon!

The other popular location is on Hong Kong Island. This is more of a commercial hub where there are a lot of businesses and company premises, factories etc. Although on the waterfront you can find some really top-notch accommodation such as the Sheraton, Excelsior, Grand Hyatt, JW Marriott just to name a few. Hong Kong Island view from Kowloon

Along with this caliber of hotel you can be assured there will also be shops and restaurants nearby. However, you will find that most of the hotel guests are there for business. There are some interesting shopping places to note such as Cat Street and the wet market.

It is super easy and very cheap to go from Kowloon to Hong Kong Island or vice versa. Just jump on the metro, bus or ferry. The ferry is really quick and very easy. Plus of course you don’t need to contend with traffic congestion. The cost is also minimal but it pays to have the correct change as you may not get any back!

TOP 10 THINGS TO DO IN HONG KONG

Now that you have arrived what is there to do? Here are my top 10 things to do while staying in Hong Kong. Of course a lot of this will depend on how long you have and your budget.

  1. CITY TOUR
  2. DAY TRIP TO MACAU
  3. OCEAN PARK
  4. DISNEYLAND
  5. SHOPPING
  6. HARBOUR CRUISE
  7. SYMPHONY OF LIGHTS SHOW
  8. HOP ON HOP OFF BUS
  9. TRAM RIDE UP TO VICTORIA PEAK
  10. LANTAU ISLAND & GIANT BUDDAH

 

I strongly advise organising your tours prior to arriving into Hong Kong as this will help ensure you are not wasting time trying to get on a tour that may be already fully booked. There are many tour options from private to group tours. I love doing a group tour as you have an opportunity to meet people from all around the world!

In fact – we came across a couple who live in the same city as us on one of the tours we did. Later that day as we were heading out to join another tour we bumped into them again! What are the chances? Pretty good actually as it happened twice while we were in Hong Kong with different people!Sampan Ride in Aberdeen Fishing Village Hong Kong

We did a half day Hong Kong Island city tour which took us to Aberdeen fishing village and then up to Victoria Peak. The only thing I didn’t really think much of was the visit to a jewelry making factory and show room. Trust me – stay on the bus!

The visit to Aberdeen was interesting and we had an option of doing a sampan ride around the floating fishing village. Be aware that you will pay extra for this option!

We also did a day trip out to Macau. We had a fantastic guide who was extremely informative and knowledgeable. We had time to visit the largest Casino in the world – the Venetian. This is modeled on a much larger scale to the one in Las Vegas. It was HUGE! but if you are planning to have a wee flutter – make sure you bring lots of money! Minimum bet on the tables was $500HKD!

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***Oh and just so you know – you do not need to change your Hong Kong dollars to the Macau currency as they take $HKD everywhere and will give you $HKD in change. If you do have any Macanese Pataca (MOP) you will not be able to exchange it in Hong Kong so do it in Macau before you leave.***

SHOPPING TIPS

If you are planning on doing some shopping in Hong Kong then here are a few tips for you.

  • If you are after cheap clothes, t shirts, fake brand hand bags, cheap electronics (that may or may not last very long) then the markets are a great place for you to visit. There are a few market options with the more popular being Temple Street Night Markets, Ladies Market and Stanley Market. They are generally open until about midnight and the streets become pedestrian only until midnight. Please be aware of pickpockets in these areas!
  • If you want to check out some traditional type markets then in the Mong Kok area where the Ladies market is located you can also find the Goldfish market, wet market, flower market, Bird market and many more.
  • If markets are your thing then consider doing a guided shopping tour so you don’t miss anything!Night shopping in Hong Kong - Heading to Temple Street Night Markets
  • If you are after brand name stores then you need to get yourself to the Harbor City. This is the largest shopping mall in Hong Kong and is home to pretty much every name brand you could think of and then some! It is easy to get to and has a 270 degree observation deck. Harbor City is a one-stop shopping mecca with over 450 shops, 60 food & beverage outlets, a gallery and 3 hotels! It is massive! We actually found it by accident when taking shelter from a downpour. We went in one entrance and came out another in a completely different location!
  • Nathan Road has a plethora of shopping options from name brands to cheaper options. Along Nathan Road you can find stores such as Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Prada, every single name brand watch company and many more! Watch out for the hawkers trying to sell you a watch or a suit! Stay away from these as they are not recommended and in most cases not licensed.
  • Tailored Suits and Clothing – Hong Kong is a great place to get a suit tailor made and there are plenty of reputable tailors in Hong Kong. Do your research and find one that comes recommended by someone you know. Your Hotel Concierge can assist you if you don’t have a personal recommendation. Please note that it can take up to three days to get a suit made. Sometimes they can speed this up. So if you are only in Hong Kong for a few days then make this your day one priority to allow plenty of time for any adjustments etc.

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Please note that in the markets you can bargain a bit but the vendors will only drop the price by about 10 – 15 %.

WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO GO TO HONG KONG?

The hottest time to travel to Hong Kong is between June and September. However, these are also the wettest months and you are far more likely to get caught in a torrential downpour! The last thing you need when you have an armload of shopping! It can be hot and humid from May through to August.

The coldest months are November through to February but even the low is only around 14 Celsius so still a good time to visit.

The best times to travel to Hong Kong is March, April, September and October.

PACKING ESSENTIALS

If you are planning to do a bit of shopping then I suggest you take a very lightweight back pack, definitely some comfy shoes as there is a lot of walking to be done in Hong Kong. You will want a good set of Packing Cubes. These will help keep your suitcase organized but the best thing is – you can fit more in!

Learn more about Packing Cubes.

I would also suggest a good lightweight umbrella as the clouds can roll in pretty quickly and catch you unawares!

As far as clothes go I suggest light cotton or breathable clothing especially if it is going to be humid. Shorts and t shirts or comfy summer dresses are also fine.

A light Jacket is a good idea if you are heading out on the harbor.

FOOD

There is an absolute plethora of restaurants in Hong Kong with many flavors and cuisines. It is truly a foodie heaven!

Some of my top recommendations:

Try the Portuguese Egg Tarts in Macau – they are to die for! We were lucky in that our tour guide Cisco actually got us to pre-order them as they sell out every day! If you are there on your own make sure you get there early so you don’t miss out!

I would also recommend doing a foodie tour of some description. But forget about the Harbor cruise with seafood dinner! It is a waste of time and money. It was interesting to note that most of the seafood is actually imported into Hong Kong from all around the world.

Street Food in Hong Kong
Delicious street food in Hong Kong

Apparently the seafood in and around Hong Kong is quite depleted and now most of it comes from Australia and South Africa among other places.

If you are into Asian style food you will find everything in Hong Kong from Taiwanese to Shangainese and everything in between.

HONG KONG – DEFINITELY WORTH A LOOK!

So would I come back to Hong Kong? Absolutely! It is a very safe city with plenty to see and do. Great option for a stopover or even a destination. Lots of Islands to explore and loads of activities to keep you all busy! I can’t wait to hear all your stories about your visit to Hong Kong and your tips!

Feel free to comment below and share it with us all!