Trying new foods
Today, so many children are picky eaters, in some respects it
is due to the choices parents give them.
Don't give them a choice!
We have found that our kids were willing to try new things
when they really don't have any other options. There may be
no "kid meals" offering chicken nuggets and pizza.
Your Bed & Breakfast may only offer one menu and we insist
that the kids eat the meal offered and not offend our host
In some cases...you may eat at the only restaurant in the
village--the next nearest might be 30 minutes walk uphill.
You will be surprised at what they will try...
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Our kids are normal kids...one's favorite food is tacos...the
other chicken nuggets...they love McDonalds...but
Here are some interesting things my kids have tried
**Wild Boar Gnocchi
**Salad with Geese Gizzards
New Family Favorites
Cheese Spatzl (Germany)
Tarte Famblee (Alsace, France)
Salad Nicoise (Mediterranean)
Gulassuppe & Oxtail Soup (Germany)
Pesto Pizza (Italy) and Pistachio Pesto Pasta (Siciliy)
We are big believers in cutting cost where you can.
Many of our trips are three weeks...you simple
cannot afford to eat out three meals a day.
We find the local grocery stores...buying picnic
supplies -- salami, mustard (which usually comes
in tubes like toothpaste) cheese, yogurts, water,
drink syrups. etc..
We visit the local markets for fruit, produce,
cheese, sausages and bread and
We have picniced at the foot of the Eiffel Tower, at
11,000 feet in the Swiss Alps, in front of
castles...even in our hotel room in bad weather.
Once You are There
We try to bring one week of clothes.
Usually larger towns will have
self-service laundry centers.
Or, You can ask your B&B host if they
will launder a load of clothes
Or, you can wash in the sink (and use a
hair dryer in a pinch in the morning)
Bring old underwear and socks. Wash
them once on the trip, then throw them
away...leaving room for more
You can buy it
you can fit it in your
(it goes for Mom and Dad too)
|Czech Republic in
|Pont Du Gard, France
Along the River
|Swiss Alps...10,000 feet
|More Picnic Tips
At your first grocery store, invest in paper plates,
napkins, plastic cutlery and cups.
Buy a cheap cooler (to throw away at the end of the trip)
and refreezeable ice packs
Buy lots of hand-wipes.
Ask your B&B Host if you can put re-usable freezer
packs in their freezer overnight.
You can always ask...several B&B's provided lunch
service...For a fee, they packed sandwiches, fruit, chips
and drinks in a box lunch for the day
Bring a lightweight blanket with you
We used a blue "Neat Sheet" sold at Walmart
|Enjoy every moment.
Try anything and everything new
One of the first things we do in
arriving in a new country is to visit a
local grocery store. Buy a
collapsible cooler, refreezable ice
packs, ziploc bags, paper plates,
cups, napkins, plastic cutlery, and
small trash bags.
I sometimes buy a blow dryer or
curling iron at a local store. Yes, you
can bring your own from the US and
use a converter, but you will find it is
easier to buy a model that uses the
local electrical current and won't
over heat with use.
Also you can save weight in your
suitcases, by buying toiletries
(shampoos, soaps, etc.) there if you
are not picky about the brand.
Invest in local and international calling
cards. You need to call ahead one or two
days to confirm B&B or hotel reservation
and to notify your host if your travel plans
change or you are arriving late.
Again, check around for a "good" card...so
many are rip offs. Check the number of
minutes, how many "minutes' are actually
used (sometimes a five minute call can use
15 minutes off the card)
Be aware of international calling numbers,
country exchange numbers
(Rick Steves's books are very helpful)
We made our teenage daughter buy her
own calling cards at her expense but we
still had to wait while she phoned home to
the current boyfriend.
Below is a link to You Tube
as Erica explains how to use the calling
card to call her boyfriend
Click here for a fun video on
How to use a calling card
Ticket Prices and Admissions
Every country, city, and sightseeing
attraction has a different meaning of
"adult" and "Children" ticket prices....
based on ages.
(Learn your numbers in the local language)
Also....alway ask for "Family" Tickets...
some places offer a group discount.
Again, we are a family of five--sometimes
we had to buy the "family ticket" and one
In Europe...it does seem to be the general
rule that a FAMILY only has FOUR people
Finally, if traveling with teenagers....bring
High School ID's and College ID's for
|Buy Tourist Discount Cards and Public
This can save an incredibly amount of money.
Again, do your research before your go.
For example, Venice has a Tourist card that provides free
and discount admission to most sights, and included
transportation on their water bus systems.
The same with Rome...The Roma card provides metro
and bus use, and free admission into the first two sights
and discounted admission after that. If you plan your
travel to visit expensive sights first....The Coloseum and
Museums (the Forum is free)...You can save money.
The Paris Pass includes the same discounts...but also
includes transportation out to Versailles and pays for
Also Salzburg, Dublin, has a great Tourist Cards.
Follow Rick Steves' recommended buys or suggestions
from this website. Sometimes the packaged plans are
not a good buy.