When I was a kid, my family always traveled. We would go on road trips to visit family and friends or fly around the country for vacation. Even as an adult, I still love to travel. So when I got the chance to start a little Babog family lifestyle travel blog, I jumped at the chance.
Now, every month, I write about our adventures and share photos and stories of all the places we’ve been. From amazing trips in Europe to exploring new cities in America, you can read all about it right here on my blog.
Kellie Kearney’s blog site
Kellie Kearney is a lifestyle travel blogger who resides in the Philippines. She has been traveling for work and pleasure for over 10 years, and her blog is full of tips, tricks, and insights on how to have the best travel experiences possible.
Her focus is on budget travel, small-group tours, and off-the-beaten-path destinations. Kellie also writes extensively about indigenous cultures and how to connect with them while traveling. Her blog has been featured in both Condé Nast Traveler and Forbes, among other publications.
Mom Preethi’s blog site
Preethi started her blog during her stay in the United States for a Bachelor of Science degree. After she completed her studies, Preethi decided to move back to India and start blogging. She started by documenting her lifestyle changes, but soon found that people were interested in getting advice on living abroad as well.
Preethi now posts about traveling, food, culture, and anything else that comes to mind. Her blog has been featured on The Huffington Post, Yahoo! Travel, India Today Travel & Leisure, and more. Preethi has also made appearances on TV shows like Food Network’s “Chopped” and NDTV’s “The Great Indian Bazaar Challenge.” Mom Preethi is an expert on living abroad as an Indian expat and provides valuable advice for anyone considering relocation.
Rene Youthful’s blog site
René Youthful is a blogger who has dedicated her blog to document her life as a young family traveling the world. She has been featured on various travel websites and magazines and has even been interviewed by the Today Show. Her blog is full of photos, stories, and tips on how to travel with children. Her blog also covers topics such as budgeting for travel, packing for a long trip, finding safe hotels for your family, and more.
Our Favourite Locations
Babog is a small rural village located in the Ghorghor Valley of Balochistan, Pakistan. This scenic area is known for its natural beauty and stunning mountainous scenery. Babog also has a rich cultural heritage which includes traditional dancing and song performances.
To get to Babog, visitors can take a bus from Quetta or Kalat. Alternatively, they can hire a taxi or motorcycle to take them there. The journey will take around three hours, and the village is well worth the visit.
There are several lodges in the area that offer tourists accommodation. Some of our favourites include the Killa Nabaghi Lodge, the Agha Khan Residence, and the Whymper’s Hotel & Spa. All of these establishments have beautiful views of the surrounding mountains and valleys.
If you’re looking for something more active to do while in Babog, you can explore the local villages or go hiking in nearby mountains. Alternatively, you could enjoy a afternoon tea at one of the many guesthouses before retiring for the night. Whatever you choose to do, make sure to spend some time relaxing in this tranquil paradise spot!
What We Pack
When we are traveling, it is important to have a packing list that includes items that will make our trip easier and more comfortable. We try to pack as light as possible without sacrificing any of the essentials that we need while away from home.
Here is a list of what we always bring on our travels:
- Sleeping bag and mat
- Camping gear (sleeping bag, tent, cots, cookware)
- Backpack with enough storage for clothes, food, and liquids
- Sunscreen, hats, sunglasses, insect repellent
- First Aid kit including aspirin and ibuprofen
- Board games or cards to pass the time while traveling
- Multi-purpose tool such as a Swiss Army Knife or an emergency whistle
- Cameras and film (if travelling with kids)
Frugal Tips & Advice
There are a few things that I have done to save money while living a frugal lifestyle.
- Shop at secondhand stores – This can be difficult because I tend to shy away from places like Goodwill or Salvation Army because I’m worried about the condition of the items. However, I have found some great deals at secondhand stores. For example, I recently bought a winter coat for $10 at a secondhand store.
- Rent instead of buy – This is something that my husband and I have started doing more and more lately. We typically rent apartments for six months or longer so we can avoid buying furniture or appliances that we may not use for that long. We also rent cars, bikes, and other equipment when we travel.
- Cook meals from scratch – One of the ways that I’ve been able to cut down on costs is by cooking most of our meals from scratch. This has saved us a lot of money on groceries and it feels good to know that we’re eating healthier food too!
- Donate/swap clothes with friends – Another way to save money is by donating clothes that no longer fit or swapping clothes with friends. This can be an easy way to get rid of old clothes without having to go through the hassle of getting rid of them through a garbage collection service.
Tips For Flying With Kids in Aeroplanes
Flying with children is no easy task, but it doesn’t have to be impossible. Here are a few tips for flying with kids in airplanes:
- Plane-age your child – If your child is very young or has never flown before, try to fly when they are older and more relaxed. Flying at night can also help them feel less anxious about the experience.
- Plan Ahead – Always make sure to plan ahead when flying with children – bring along plenty of snacks, drinks, toys, and games to keep them entertained on the plane. And don’t forget the passports! The last thing you want is for your little one to start screaming because they’re missing their mommy or daddy…or worse yet, being separated from them during a scary flight!
- Avoid long flights – Long flights can be especially daunting for kids – they might get restless and start making noise or throwing tantrums. Try to avoid flying on long flights when possible; short hops will usually be enough for most families.
- Keep an eye on your children at all times – Monitor their behavior throughout the entire flight by keeping an eye on them at all times,” advises Turbulence Training Seminars founder and pilot Dave Graybill in his book “Pilot’s Guide To Safe Flying With Children.” “If something seems out of character, take action immediately.” For example, if your toddler starts banging their head against the window repeatedly, it might be
Tips For Planning a Long Vacation with Toddlers/Kids
- Plan the trip well in advance – this will give you plenty of time to map out destinations and figure out what you need to pack.
- Get all the details down – know your airline, rental car company and hotel preferences so that you’re not scrambling when you get there.
- Make sure to pack snacks, diapers, wipes and other necessities – toddlers can be very fussy on long trips!
- Bring along a photo album or video diary – capturing all the good times on your trip will make it that much more special for everyone when you get home.
I hope you’ve enjoyed reading my little Babog Family lifestyle travel blog! I’m so happy to have started this project and am excited to share all of our adventures with you. I hope that you’ll stick around for a while and follow us as we explore the world together. Thanks for spending some time with me today, see you soon!