Travel is a great experience for your young ones and it’s a wonderful thing to share as a family. But the reality of taking kids with you on holidays can be on the stressful side. We asked parenting and family bloggers for their advice when travelling with kids.
Hannah Black-Wijana | Bali Kids Guide
On embracing other cultures:
“Traveling with kids can be really daunting, but it’s certainly one of the most rewarding things you can do as a parent. When you’re traveling with kids, you have to go with the flow a little bit…especially if you’re traveling somewhere like Bali where the cultural norms we’re used to just don’t apply. Allow your kids to eat new things, stay up late, and play with local kids so they can experience everything to the fullest and remember how exciting it was to be somewhere so different from home.”
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Mirela Barisic | Scribe My Journey By Mirela
On making frequent trips:
“We love to plan a family vacation every few months as it takes us to new surroundings and recharges our mind, body and soul”
Mirela also posted on what to pack when travelling with a child here!
My Deal Pro Tip:
Bring all the right accessories
If you’re travelling with really young ones then you definitely want a great pram or stroller. Think carefully about where you’re headed for your needs. If it’s a warm destination definitely spring for one with some sun protection. There’s plenty of options these days in foldable styles as well which is a godsend when it comes to packing.
Elisabeth Stitt | Joyful Parenting Coaching
On maximising travel and fun:
“Build in enough down time. Travel is very new and stimulating. Kids will need to have some slow mornings and lazy afternoons.
If you are visiting people, have conversations before leaving home about how you expect your kids to behave in people’s homes. Remember, things which might be okay in your house (like standing on the twenty year old couch with dirty feet) won’t fly elsewhere.
Find places on your travels where your kids can run free: If a park is not available, perhaps you are visiting a city with traffic-free mall where at the very least you won’t have to worry about traffic.
If you are visiting an adult space—like an art museum—expect to stay a much shorter time than you would on your own. It can also help to give kids an assignment like Find your favorite painting and make up a story about it.
Schedule outings that require better behavior between morning snack and lunch when kids are at their freshest.
Even if there are late nights or early mornings, try to keep the overall sleep within a 2-3 period matching the needed hours for your age child.
Starting around age nine or ten, get your kids to do some of the planning. Even if you are going far away, they can use the internet to google queries like “Fun Things for Kids to do in British Columbia”— or wherever you are. Give them a budget.
Give kids a limited amount of spending money for a given day or for the whole trip, and let any extra sweets, treats, drinks beyond water if it is not a mealtime come out of their spending money. Same goes for buying souvenirs.”
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My Deal Pro Tip:
Bring all the right accessories
Plane rides/car rides/train rides – travelling can be tough on little minds and attention spans. And when they get grumpy it gets tough on adults ears, “Are we there yet?” Don’t forget to pack one or two of their favourite toys to avoid travel inspired tantrums.
Alana Tagliabue | Family Bites Travel
On realistic expectations:
“I am currently travelling around Asia on an extended gap-year journey, solo-parenting and world schooling my three sons. Over the last 10-months, we have slowly travelled through seven countries together.
Kids can be hard work at the best of times. When you add the excitement of new places and face lack of sleep, let alone any insecurity from the unfamiliar, for parents and kids alike, it can be an intense time. My boys are young, aged eight, three and 18-months. My main advice is about being realistic. For the transport phase of any journey; in a car, a plane or train, have low expectations. I expect the worst yet hope for the best.
Tip: Organise a pick-up at the new destination. It will often be at an inflated cost if you get it through your accommodation. So, organise a private driver yourself. When you see the driver hold up a little placard with your name on it – instant relief. Then you see the taxi lines and know you made the right choice!”
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Now that you have some tactics to deal with the stresses of taking your kids on holiday it’s time to get planning!
This article was first published on www.mydeal.com.au HERE
We get tons of questions about Bali coeliac and allergy safe restaurant options. It can be a serious worry with the language barrier and also the worry of not being close to the food and medical options you might be used to. It’s always a good idea to carry a card in Bahasa Indonesia that clearly states how dangerous you or your child’s allergy is. Attached at the bottom of this post is a downloadable card to print off!
This might be the last place you’d think would be serious about gluten free food, but it actually has an extensive GF menu and the staff are also well versed in other allergies. Whether you stop in for breakfast, lunch or dinner, there is plenty on the menu from full breakfasts with GF bread to spring rolls and a great selection of soups.
Photo Credit: Seaside Restaurant
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If you’re staying in central Kuta Poppies Restaurant is a must-do GF or not. Poppies opened way back in 1973 and has moved with the times, now serving GF Indonesian and International dishes as well options for allergies to peanuts, eggs and dairy. Satay sticks in Poppies’ lush garden is always a good idea.
Photo Credit: Poppies Bali
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Dijon is a specialty shop, deli and cafe at the top of Sunset Rd. They serve and sell a number of gluten free and allergy-friendly products. Gluten free, wheat free and vegetarian items are highlighted on their menu and include plenty of salads, fish options and lovely GF cookies, cakes and other desserts. Yum!
Photo Credit: Dijon-Bali
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Mamasan is one of the most highly acclaimed restaurants in all of Bali, and for good reason! The food is incredible, the decor is gorgeous and the cocktails are stunning. Thankfully if you are GF or have other allergies there is no reason to miss out because their menu accommodates all dietary requirements.
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Sarong is the brainchild of the same chef/restauranteur as Mamasan so you can expect some of the best dining on the island as well as a full range of GF options. In fact the restaurant offers a whole gluten free menu including GF versions of some of their most popular dishes. One of my absolute faves is the crispy whole fish with kaffir lime ginger holy basil & chilli jam sauce.
Photo Credit: Pink Trotters
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Named after the street it’s on, Petitenget Cafe has become a go-to spot for GF dining in Seminyak thanks to their delicious gluten free bread. Perfect for those who crave a full breakfast with toast, Petitenget Cafe won’t fail to satisfy. Also great for GF lunch sandwiches like their chicken club, which should keep any GF kids happy.
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Biku is a long-time favorite eatery in Seminyak, standing the test of time and competition with the millions of new restaurants and cafes that have arrived in the past few years. Known for their fantastic high-teas, they can make one totally gluten free or tailor them to specific dietary requirements! They also serve a GF carrot cake so good tons of people choose it over the non-GF version.
Photo Credit: Biku Bali
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Taco Beach Grill
If you love Mexican food but worry about the gluten in taco shells, tortillas etc. Taco Beach Grill will be your new favorite spot. Made in-house, the tortilla chips and taco shells are 100% GF and the staff are well versed on allergies to wheat and other dietary issues. They even have gluten free dessert options!
Photo Credit: Taco Beach Grill Youtube Video
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This gorgeous beachfront Italian restaurant in Seminyak is a favorite for locals and holiday makers. For celiacs or those with allergies there is no better Italian eatery. They make a great GF bread basket and pretty much any pasta dish can be made with GF penne. They also offer gluten free toast with breakfast options, so it’s not just for dinner with a pretty sunset.
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See La Lucciola in our directory.
Strictly vegetarian, and lots of vegan, allergen free and GF options, Zula is one of the best places to go if you have serious dietary issues. They understand straight away when you tell them you can’t have something and will let you know exactly what is suitable for you. And don’t you dare leave without trying some of their GF desserts! Zula also has a Sanur location and is part of the Down to Earth & Earth Cafe chain. You can stock up on snacks while you’re there too as all their cafes have shops attached.
Photo Credit: Dte Bali
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With basically the same menu as Zula, Earth Cafe is another great option for anyone with dietary requirements. Try out their amazing buckwheat pancakes, wholegrain nasi goreng, juices and salads.
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There are now 4 incredibly popular Monsieur Spoon locations and all serve up some of the best GF dessert options on the island. Unfortunately they don’t have GF bread, but the amazing apple crumble makes up for that. Trust me, even if you aren’t GF you need to try it!
Monsieur Spoon locations in Canggu, Seminyak, Umalas and Ubud
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There are lots of healthy choices at this Canggu hipster hangout especially for vegetarians and those with dietary restrictions. Gluten free bread can be hit or miss, but they have great salads, tempeh and tofu dishes and plenty of gluten and nut free dessert options too. You might have to wait for a table but service is incredibly fast.
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Crate Cafe is the hippest of the hipster joints in Canggu (and that’s saying something) so is often packed out. There’s good reason for it though, the food and coffee are great, including the GF bread. It tastes great and is the perfect accompaniment to a poached egg, a power smoothie and a latte before a surf session.
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The food, the decor, the staff, everything about Bungalow Living invites you to hang out, have a long lazy breakfast (or lunch or dinner) and just relax. There are tons of great GF, dairy free and allergy friendly options like flourless cakes, excellent GF sourdough and biscuits to suit any dietary requirements.
Photo Credit: Kura-Kura Guide
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This bright and chilled out cafe is great for vegetarians, vegans and those with paleo, gluten free or dairy free diets. They do a good GF bread, carrot cake and healthy slices as well as plenty of salads, and smoothie bowls to keep you going throughout the day.
Photo Credit: Motion Fitness Bali
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Freshly baked every morning, Oka’s Bakery’s GF bread, banana bread and cakes are some of the best we’ve tasted in Bali. This unassuming bakery serves up all kinds of creative breads made with potato, rice and other flours can be ordered to take home and you can even get fabulous gluten free cakes for special occasions.
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Pizza Club is a small pizza place often overshadowed by its famous neighbor Massimo’s. However, for those in need of a gluten free crust, this is the spot. The pizza chefs understand that the dough must be rolled on a clean surface with a clean knife, which shows they really know what they are doing. The crusts are crispy and delicious and pizzas can even be delivered to your hotel!
Photo Credit: Yvonne in La
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Dusk Blue Cafe
Dusk Blue Cafe has a great menu that indicates vegetarian, nut free and gluten free options. The staff are well trained to deal with allergen questions and basically you don’t have to worry. Try their gluten free muesli or scrambled eggs with feta cheese and a delicious salad free from any nuts or their byproducts.
Photo Credit The Grass Onion
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Another gem by the chef/restauranteur of Sarong and Mamasan, Hujan Local has a full separate gluten free menu. Heritage Indonesian and Asian streetfood is given a modern twist and the flavors are incredible. A must if you’re staying in Ubud and want a spectacular meal.
Photo Credit: Now Bali
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Down to Earth
From the creators of Earth Cafe and Zula, this cafe and market are an absolute must for those with allergies or intolerances. The menu is detailed and the staff understand every type of dietary requirement known to man. Don’t miss out on their raw chocolate desserts and energy balls. You can also order food from Down to Earth while you watch a movie at their connected movie theatre, Paradiso.
Photo Credit: Ministry of Veg
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Bali Buda has been around forever (the first one opened in Ubud in 1994). It’s a great place to pick up healthy snacks, or have a meal any time of day. Their GF and allergy friendly options are plenty and they also deliver to anywhere in Ubud. You can also order GF breads to be delivered or pick up from one of their shops in Ubud, Sanur, Kerobokan or Uluwatu.
Photo Credits: Bali Buda
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Perched over the Campuhan Ridge in Ubud, The Elephant not only has gorgeous views, it is also the perfect place to get a delicious allergy-friendly meal. They have plenty of GF options like rice paper rolls, delicious salads and GF pasta as well as nut and dairy free meals.
Photo Credit: www.elephantbali.com
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New kid on the block in Nyuh Kuning, What About My Mother or WAMM is serving up amazing dishes made with only local ingredients and lots of love. GF cakes, breads, pancakes and more are freshly prepared and served in a gorgeous setting looking out on the village football field (Also a great spot for kids to run around).
Photo Credit: WAMM Café facebook page
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Swasti Eco Cottages – Beloved Cafe
The chilled out and very boho Swasti Eco Cottages’ Beloved Cafe is paradise for a laid-back allergy-friendly meal. A lot of produce comes from their own garden, which you can walk around and visit friendly goats and rabbits, and the rest is as local as possible. They do great juices, raw chocolate treats, soups and quinoa salads.
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Best known for its salad bar, Alchemy is a raw foodie’s hotspot. It’s 100% vegetarian, mostly local and has plenty to choose from when it comes to toppings in your salads. They also have a very wide range of fresh juices, tonics and desserts. If you need to grab GF or allergy-friendly snacks, this is also a good spot.
Photo Credit: Bali Go
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Kue have a small selection of (delicious) GF cakes and muffins and also make GF bread to order. They only make a small selection of GF items each day so if you know you’re going to need something make sure to order in advance. Birthday, or cakes for other special occasions can also be made gluten free to order.
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Looking for beautiful surf spot with gorgeous healthy food? Kelly’s is your place. Amazing juices, smoothie bowls, salads and grill nights will be the best options for those who stick to a GF diet. The staff are also great with allergies and will cater to any dietary requirements as best they can.
Photo Credit: Kelly’s Warung
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The Cashew Tree
Just up the hill from Kelly’s is The Cashew Tree, a lovely cafe with the same owners. A more comprehensive menu allows for all kinds of vegan, vegetarian, raw and gluten free options. They also have plenty of room for kids to roam and live music. Don’t miss!
Photo Credit: FRV Bali
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A note on Nusa Dua hotels: Although there aren’t really any specific GF or allergy-friendly options, all hotels in Nusa Dua will offer some options for dietary requirements. It’s always best to be clear when you check in if you have allergies or intolerances and ask if anything specific can be ordered in advance, i.e gluten free bread. Be especially careful at buffet breakfasts where foods can often get mixed, prepared or cooked together.
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Back to reality today after an awesome 10 day trip to our favourite holiday destination….Bali!! I am a mother to two gorgeous kiddies aged 3 and 5 years, and between working in an office part-time, taking care of the household chores, mum duties and coaching cheerleading there isn’t a lot of downtime. So I really look forward to our Bali family holiday!!
My family LOVE going away and our favourite destination has always been Bali! Why you ask? Well where else can i get a $7.50 one hour long back massage and $8 meals!?!
I was 9 years old the first time my parents took my sister and I to Bali and I have been 6 times since. My mum would retire there if she could – she has been 17 times!! Four years ago my sister got married in Canggu, Bali, which started our holidaying with kids adventure. We love the warm weather, the cheap eats, the Balinese people, and all in all – we just love everything Bali has to offer. We have stayed in various parts of Bali from South Kuta/Tuban, Legian, Seminyak and Canggu. We have stayed in fancy hotels, cheap hotels, private villas etc.
Over the years the holidays have changed to accommodate the kids more, however, we generally still do the same things with perhaps just a little more ‘down-time’ and different hotels selected to better suit our family needs.
Over a year ago, my in-laws decided they wanted to take my sister-in-law and her 4 year old son to Bali as they had never been. My husband and I decided we wanted to go too, then from there my sister and her family of 4 decided to join us and of course my parents wouldn’t say no to a Bali trip so 15 of us in total (10 adults and 5 kids, aged 11 months to 5 years old) all agreed to go together.
We are from Adelaide so we took a 7pm Jetstar flight to Bali, seemed like a good idea kids might stay awake for a few hours then nod off ……well, yes thats pretty much what happened but when we got to Bali we had to wake them all up to land and get off the plane. We then had a missing suitcase to deal with (turns out it never left Adelaide) and in the end arrived at our hotel 1.30am Bali time (3am Adelaide time!) needless to say we were all a wreck and the children were deliriously running around the hotel foyer.
Our hotel of choice for this stay was the Hard Rock Hotel in Kuta. When we booked this hotel I must admit I had reservations staying in such a busy area, and I really wanted to stay in the Legian area. On our last trip two years ago we stayed at the Bali Mandira and LOVED it. However, for this trip it was out of our price range and the Hard Rock was the best hotel to cater our kids needs and remain in budget.
The Hard Rock Hotel was amazing! Rooms and facilities were great and the location of the hotel was just perfect, across the road from the beach and a 5-minute walk to Beachwalk shopping Centre and Matahari Shopping Centre, 10-minute walk to Discovery shopping mall & Waterbom Park. Plenty of places to eat right outside our door – a Starbucks next door (came in very handy after not much sleep with the little children) and even the option of KFC, McDonalds etc. for the fussy eaters just on our doorstep.
After finally getting some sleep the first night, we woke the next morning to head down to the buffet breakfast – we had Premium Deluxe rooms which meant breakfast was a bit of a hike, as was the walk to the main pool being such a big hotel, but the kids didn’t complain once. Being ‘Premium Deluxe’ meant we also had access to a ‘chill-out’ pool which was a little lagoon pool just down some stairs from our room and usually always quiet and cabanas around it for us to use. We liked to use this pool in the afternoon for a quiet play. The main pool is huge and had a children’s water playground, water slides for slightly older kids, and lots of sun loungers and cabanas (cabanas are extra) around it. It really had everything!
We spent the first two days hanging around the hotel, going in the pool and exploring our surroundings. We found a nice restaurant just near Matahari Shopping Centre called Dulang which offered a big range of meals priced from $7 up. My favourite being a Thai Basil Chicken dish for $8. We ended up eating there 4 times in total, it was just easy, it had nuggets and chips, steamed rice for the kids and the staff were helpful with my 11 month old nephew.
Day 3 was a bit wet so we decided to do the Bali Marine and Safari Park as my son is a HUGE animal lover. We know a driver in Bali so getting there was easy. The Marine Park was expensive to enter and we only went for the basic package but the day was really great and you can easily spend the whole day there. We went on a bus around to see the African and Asian animals, saw some animal shows, elephants bathing and the part the kids liked the most was the water park! All in all a good day.
Day 4 was better weather so off we went to Waterbom Park. Again places like this are fairly expensive to get in to, but worth it. There is so much to do there for all ages and everyone was more than happy. We added the extra cost of hiring two Cabanas between the 15 of us so that we had a shady rest spot (in high season get there early to get one). The kids splash zone is fantastic, slides of great variety and my favourite the lazy river.
We then had a few rest days around the pool, with some shopping done by some and a few of the more adventurous of us went off to do water sports at Nusa Dua whilst others stayed at the hotel and watched the kids.
The Kids Club at our Hotel looked great but when I asked about it my impression was that it was going to cost $25 to put the kids in Kids club for a day, when all I wanted was to take them in there with me to play the toys and playground, so that was a bit disappointing.
We tried a few different dinner spots – Jamie’s Italian (pricey but yum!), Green Garden (cheap good meals) but we quite liked just eating at the hotel near the pool which was reasonably priced and just easy with the kids, especially after being out all day.
We also went for a visit to DMZ Museum ( a trick art museum) and had lots of fun posing for photos, this was very reasonably priced and you just take your own photos so a cheap few hours out. The kids got a little ratty and bored after a few photos though but still worth the trip.
Most of our days went like this (except days out) breakfast, back to room to get ready for the day, down to the big pool and slides for a few hours and some lunch, back to the room for a rest/watch a movie, then a swim in the ‘chill-out’ pool and the out to dinner and back to room for early bed. Then the adults just took turns going for walks and doing some shopping, getting massages, exploring. We found the best time to shop (especially at the markets) was at night as its cooler, so generally we would put the kids to bed then a few of us would head out to the market stalls.
We thoroughly enjoyed doing the sea turtle release on Kuta beach in front of the grand Inna Kuta Hotel. This was a new experience for all of us – 200 turtles were released into the ocean the day we did it. Amazing!!
The night we left (the dreaded midnight flight!) we got late 6pm check out at the hotel, went for dinner and had an ice cream near the pool before getting picked up. The kids were really well behaved and stayed mostly awake until we got on the plane and slept all the way home.
All in all a fabulous trip with all of our family which we would do again in heartbeat!! Travelling in a large group gave everyone the opportunity to do what they wanted to do without dragging the kids around shopping centres and long car journeys. We possibly could’ve done another day trip or two – like a cruise (which I have done a few times but I think it would be better when the kids are older), or another water park. Staying at hotel with so many water activities though and the young age of all our kids they were mostly happy just staying at the hotel all day if they could!
Having been to Bali quite a few times I didn’t have too much I wanted to do there, just enjoy the sunshine and spend time with my kids and thats what I did.
Emily is a 33 year old mum of two who works part-time in Financial Planning and runs a Cheerleading club with her sister. She’s been to Bali many times and loves to spend time relaxing with her family.