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8 Ways to Celebrate Your Kid’s Birthday While Traveling



We all know how important birthdays are to the little ones. They wait for them all year long and enjoy having a party just for them.

But, sometimes a traditional way is not possible. Do you need to celebrate your child’s birthday while traveling? There’s no need to worry. The most important thing is that your kid feels loved, special, and has a lot of fun. 

Travels are already exciting and entertaining experiences. So, with a little bit of effort, creativity, and imagination, you will organize an unforgettable day for your birthday boy/girl!

Read on to find some inspiration for planning a day that your kid will always remember!

Amusement Parks

Whether it’s a Disneyworld or a small local fair, amusement parks are some of the best kids  birthday places you can find! Fun rides, balloons, animators, delicious candy – your child will be mesmerized! The bonus is that there will be a lot of other kids, as well. So, it will resemble more to the kind of celebrations they expect. 

Depending on where you are, you can try to find a theme park that fits your child’s interest. If it’s summer, then a water park might be a great idea.

There are so many options, but the fun is guaranteed!

A Birthday Road Trip

You are already exploring new parts of the world. Why not take it to a new level. Rent a car, grab a map, and find as many nearby places your kid might enjoy as possible. 

Is there a toy museum in the neighboring town? A breathtaking viewpoint for creating the most beautiful family pictures? A famous pastry shop for having the most delicious birthday cake ever? An aquarium, or a local farm with lots of animals?

Dedicate that special day to everything your kids like. That is how you will create memories of a lifetime. 

Go Local

A huge part of traveling is getting to know new people, cultures, and customs. So, why not make it a part of your celebration? Many kids all around the world have embraced the Mexican piñata tradition. Imagine how many other similar gems there are in each country!

With a little bit of help from the local people and the Internet, you will find loads of interesting suggestions.

It’s also a great way to show your kid what travels are all about and help them get used to embracing new things. 

Follow Their Interests

Does your baby dream of becoming an astronaut? Then a visit to a local planetarium might be an incredible experience for them! 

Do you have a little princess desperately hoping to become an actress? Why not stop by a local theater? With some luck, you might even get a chance to peek behind the scenes. 

Maybe you have a little musician in your family? Then try to search for karaoke night!

The key is in creating unique experiences and memories that the whole family can share and bond over them.

A Virtual Party

The only downside to having a birthday while traveling may be the absence of some of the loved ones. Your child may be sad that their best friend or grandparents are not with them to celebrate.

Luckily, we now have the technology to save the day! You can ask them to send some online love and birthday wishes. Or, even better – you can try throwing an online party!  It may take some time to coordinate everyone, but it will pay off. The little one will love knowing that all his favorite people are still thinking about them, even when they are far away. 

The Beach

Which kid doesn’t like a day at the beach? There are so many fun activities to enjoy. You can play some sports or go for a boat ride, build sandcastles, or collect seashells. You can check what kind of excursions are available. There may be some aquatic animals spotting or beautiful landmarks to see. 

A picnic by the river can be just as exciting. You might try bringing your kid’s favorite food and snacks, making the day extra special. Maybe you can have some DIY fun together and make the kite for them to fly. They might like to try fishing or engage in some treasure hunting.

If it’s winter, or there aren’t any bodies of water nearby, you can always go to the indoor pool. Many of those centers have pools and activities designed especially for kids. But the grown-ups can relax and have an incredible time, as well!

Birthday Camping

If your kid loves the outdoors, then a campsite might be a fantastic birthday place!  You can spend the day exploring nature, hiking, or playing games. Any camping day is not complete without a campfire. So, be sure not to forget s’mores essentials! 

It’s even better if you have some local friends and you can organize a full camping experience with some barbeque, guitars, and lots of singing!

A Zoo Trip

If you’ve ever taken your kid to the zoo, then you probably know that they could spend days in there without getting bored. Hopping around from monkeys to elephants, from alligators to pandas, they will enjoy every second of it.

It is also great that zoos usually offer various organized tours, shows, and activities. So, it can also be an educational experience. They can learn some interesting facts about their favorite animals, watch the feedings, shop for some souvenirs.

In the end, you can have a celebratory meal and talk about the best moments of the day.

Just because something may be different from what we are used to, it doesn’t mean that it has to be negative. It’s an excellent lesson to pass it on to your kid. Try to learn them to embrace and enjoy the new things, instead of being afraid of them.

Travel is one of the greatest gifts of life. A birthday on the road can easily become a day that they will remember and cherish forever.

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What could you order from Ansett Airlines’ inflight bar in the early 1970s?




People have always liked to drink on board flights, especially people from Australia. Therefore, it should be no surprise to anyone that there was an inflight bar offering in the 1970s.

Ansett Airlines were a major player in the Australian domestic market up until their demise in September 2001. For many years, there were two domestic airlines, Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) and Ansett.

Ansett’s Inflight Bar

At the time, Ansett operated Boeing 727s, Douglas DC-9s and Fokker F27 Friendships on domestic routes in the country. Airline tickets were quite expensive, with tariffs agreed upon by both airlines thanks to Australia’s weird two-airline policy at the time.

While tickets were expensive and food complimentary, you still had to pay for a drink at the bar. Here is an inflight bar menu from the era, showing the drinks available and their prices.

Clearly the pricing is astounding by today’s standards – 30 cents for a beer? I’ll have thirty-three please! I like how Australian gin is 35c while the imported gin is just 5c more. Which would you choose?

You can tell it is from another era as you can buy cigarettes on board. These price up at 45c, a far cry from the extortionate prices people in the west pay these days for a smoke!

Overall Thoughts

The on board offering is pretty comprehensive for internal flights, and I imagine you’d be hard pressed not to find something you might like. In those times, all payments would have been by cash as well, which would have meant a lot of coinage being handled on board.

Of course, things haven’t changed too much over the years. On many airlines you pay for your drinks just as they did back in the 1970s. Shame the prices aren’t the same of course!

Did you ever buy drinks on board flights from the inflight bar back in the day? Do you still? Thank you for reading and if you have any comments or questions, please leave them below.

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These Shrimp Leave the Safety of Water and Walk on Land. But Why?




The shrimp stop swimming at dusk and gather near the river’s edge. After sunset, they begin to climb out of the water. Then they march. All night long, the inch-long crustaceans parade along the rocks.

The parading shrimp of northeastern Thailand have inspired legends, dances and even a statue. (Locals also eat them.) During the rainy season, between late August and early October, tourists crowd the riverbanks with flashlights to watch the shrimp walk.

Watcharapong Hongjamrassilp first learned about the parading shrimp, and the hundred thousand or more tourists who come each year to see them, about 20 years ago. When he started studying biology, he returned to the topic. “I realized that we know nothing about this,” he said: What species are they? Why and how do they leave the safety of the water to walk upstream on dry land? Where are they going?

Mr. Hongjamrassilp, a graduate student at the University of California, Los Angeles, decided to answer those questions himself. His findings appeared this month in the Journal of Zoology.

Working with wildlife center staff members, Mr. Hongjamrassilp staked out nine sites along a river in Thailand’s Ubon Ratchathani province. They found shrimp parading at two of the sites — a stretch of rapids, and a low dam.

The videos they recorded revealed that the shrimp paraded from sundown to sunup. They traveled up to 65 feet upstream. Some individual shrimp stayed out of the water for 10 minutes or more.

“I was so surprised,” Mr. Hongjamrassilp said, “because I never thought that a shrimp can walk that long.” Staying in the river’s splash zone may help them keep their gills wet, so they can keep taking in oxygen. He also observed that the shells of the shrimp seem to trap a little water around their gills, like a reverse dive helmet.

DNA analysis from captured shrimp showed that nearly all belonged to the species Macrobrachium dienbienphuense, part of a genus of shrimp that live mostly or fully in freshwater. Many Macrobrachiumspecies spend part of their lives migrating upstream to their preferred habitats.

Most parading shrimp that Mr. Hongjamrassilp captured were young. Observations and lab experiments showed that these shrimp probably leave the water when the flow becomes too strong for them. Larger adult shrimp can handle a stronger current without washing away, so they’re less likely to leave the water.

Walking on land is dangerous for the little shrimp, even under cover of darkness. Predators including frogs, snakes and large spiders lurk nearby, Mr. Hongjamrassilp says. “Literally, they wait to eat them along the river.”

And the shrimp can survive on land for only so long. If the parading crustaceans lose their way, they may dry out and die before they get back to the river. A few times, Mr. Hongjamrassilp came across groups of lost shrimp dead on the rocks, their once-translucent bodies baked pink.

Yet most navigate upstream successfully, and scientists have spotted other freshwater shrimp around the world performing similar feats, scaling dams and even climbing waterfalls.

Leaving the water when the swimming gets tough may have helped these animals spread to new habitats over their evolutionary history, Mr. Hongjamrassilp said. Today, the number of parading shrimp in Thailand seems to be declining. He thinks tourist activity may be a factor, and learning more about the shrimp might help protect them.

The study’s authors made “some really excellent observations,” said Alan Covich, an ecologist at the University of Georgia who was not involved in the research. But understanding why the Ubon Ratchathani shrimp move upstream, and how far they travel, will require more research, he said.

“The most surprising thing to me was that it attracted so many tourists,” Dr. Covich said. He doesn’t know of any other example of people gathering to appreciate a crustacean in quite the same way.

“We have crayfish festivals, we have all kinds of things,” Dr. Covich said, “but generally it’s people eating them, not watching them move.”

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Will Aer Lingus launch transatlantic flights from Manchester?




There are reports that Aer Lingus have applied for 1,500 slots at Manchester Airport for the Summer 2021 season. This will allow the airline to base four aircraft there and service flights to the United States.

At present, there have been no press releases from the airline stating what is going on. Even so, it probably makes sense for the Irish airline to do this in the current market.

Aer Lingus And Manchester

From what is known, there will be three Airbus A321LRs and an A330 based at Manchester. These will operate non-stop services to New York JFK, Boston, Chicago and Orlando, and the season starts on 28 March 2021.

With Thomas Cook having gone out of business, there is likely space for another competitor. New York and Orlando will see competition from Virgin Atlantic, while the other two routes have no airline flying at the moment.

Aer Lingus has been connecting passengers over Dublin very successfully from the UK regions for a while now. Due to this, they will have visibility on traffic patterns, potential yields and more, making this an informed decision.

I imagine they also hope to cream off some of the connecting traffic that routes through London Heathrow on British Airways and Amsterdam on KLM among others. It would prove to be quite successful.

Transatlantic Joint Venture Approval

The US Department of Transport has tentatively given its approval for Aer Lingus to join the oneworld transatlantic joint business. This is operated by American Airlines, British Airways, Iberia and Finnair.

These airlines coordinate schedules and pricing, share revenues and expenses. For the consumer, it means more choice – those making a booking on British Airways across the Atlantic will also see options on American Airlines on the BA web site as one example.

Theoretically, it would allow people seeking flights on the British Airways web site to automatically be given options to fly non-stop with Aer Lingus, along with the Manchester-London Heathrow-US city connecting itinerary.

Whether Aer Lingus will join the oneworld alliance, even in a oneworld connect capacity remains to be seen. Frequent flyers would welcome it, especially those in Ireland.

Overall Thoughts

No doubt the boffins have been working behind the scenes to see if the business case for transatlantic flights from Manchester stack up. As things have proceeded as far as a slot application, I would guess chances are good that it will go ahead.

Either way, let’s see if this happens and if it does, whether Aer Lingus will stay for the long haul. If they can make more money elsewhere, they’ll up sticks and leave. Regardless, it is an interesting development in European aviation.

What do you think of Aer Lingus starting transatlantic services from Manchester? Thank you for reading and if you have any comments or questions, please leave them below.

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