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Make The Travel Time Just As Fun: Andi Eigenmann’s 5 Tips For Traveling With Young Kids
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  • If Andi Eigenmann has travel tips, we believe her. This is because based on her recent vlog, the Happy Islanders Andi, Philmar Alipayo, Ellie, Lilo and Koa, need to travel by boat, land, and air just to get to an international airport that will allow them to fly out of the country.

    So yes, traveling with kids seems to be something Andi and Philmar have got down pat. “I might be semi crazy to be traveling with 3 children, but we can do this!” Andi says at the beginning of her vlog.

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    Andi and Philmar flew to Bali, Indonesia to celebrate her 32nd birthday. It’s their family’s first international trip and the birthday girl’s dream.

    "I'm so excited. This trip is going to be so special to me because it has been a longtime dream of mine to be able to travel with my family,” she said.

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    ‘The memories are for me and Papa’

    Andi also gave a shoutout to her inspiration, none other than her brother Gabby Eigenmann, for giving her a fresh perspective on traveling. 

    “This was inspired by my brother, shoutout to Mr. Gabby Eigenmann, who made me realize how much more fun it is to see the world and make memories, not just by ourselves, but with our kids. Regardless of if they will remember it or not.

    Be early to avoid stress, says Andi.
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    Some parents do wonder why traveling especially with young kids is worthwhile. Some say it’s too much trouble because kids won’t remember.

    Andi’s younger children, Lilo and Koa, are two and one year old respectively. It is surely not the easiest to bring toddlers around and make sure you arrive before your boat or plane departs. 

    And although younger kids may not have memories of family travel, Andi says the memories are for her and Philmar.

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    “Because the memories, anyway, are for me. They're for me and Papa. They're for us to cherish for the rest of our lives.

    And likely for Ellie, too!

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    Andi’s 5 travel tips for families

    In between showing clips of the first leg of their trip–which is traveling from Surigao island to Manila–Andi lists these five travel tips, “what I've learned from our long road, air, and sea travels with the fam.

    1. Be earlier than on time.

    “Para hindi kayo nagmamadali, walang naiiwan, walang nawawala, Walang na hi-high blood, she explains. 

    In the same vlog, we see that their family arrived early for their flight from Butuan to Manila which allowed them to have lunch before checking in.

    2. Make the travel a fun experience.

    This is the dreaded, ‘Are we there yet?’ question parents hate hearing. Families can maximize the time spent together and consider it a bonding experience too.

    “Yung being in transit should be as fun of an experience, hindi yung parang you're just waiting to get to the destination.

    Andi says parents need to be ready to play with the kids and to entertain them, yes even while “just waiting” for a flight. “So you have to be really game to entertain them, to play with them, to keep them happy. 

    This is where we say hats off to Andi and Philmar, because the Happy Islanders spend about 12 hours just to reach Manila. Then they took a layover at a hotel near the airport presumably before flying out to Bali.

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    That includes a 1.5 hour boat ride, a two hour drive, and a two hour flight, not counting the waiting times in between. The vlog starts at 5:00 AM at Dapa Port, Surigao island and shows they arrive in Manila at 6:00 PM.

    3. Screen time can be useful during travel.

    “We're not big on screen time but there are times when it's so useful, Andi says carefully. It can be a big help when necessary. 

    Perhaps for Andi and Philmar, it’s not the first on the list of ways to keep their kids entertained. “Shout out to Chase and Marshall and Peppa Pig, Andi jokes in their vlog.

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    4. Pack snacks!

    “Kids tend to get bored but hindi nila alam na na-bo-bore sila. So a good way to fight that boredom aside from playing or screen time is to give them some snacks.

    Bringing some of your kids’ favorite snacks is also a tepid hack plus you can avoid toddlers growing cranky because they’re hungry.

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    5. Travel light but with essentials.

    Since Andi and Philmar have to take quite the journey just to get to an international airport if they want to fly abroad, it’s no wonder they’ve mastered the art of traveling light.

    Andi just makes sure to bring a change of clothes and a light blanket, especially for the toddlers who may fall asleep in transit.

    Here’s to making memories and enjoying the present moment with your family just like Andi and Philmar![

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