This is the most important criteria when choosing our next travel destination with our kids: safety. I don’t know a parent who will deliberately put his/her child in danger so before purchasing your airfare ticket, do your homework and check where the country stands in terms of safety. Is it a country at war, a country with a high crime rate, etc.?
Check out your embassy’s website in the country of destination where you will find lots of information in the Travel Advice section. That being said, you better take this with caution. Proof of this could be found in the section about Singapore on the French Foreign Affairs Ministry website:
“In the green spaces, you should avoid being close to snakes and varans, which are fearful animals. On the other hand, it is essential to stay away from monkeys (especially at Mac Ritchie Reservoir Park) as they can be aggressive if they covet food you may have with you (in fact it is forbidden to feed them).
Singapore is very much affected by storms (186 days a year). Each year some people are killed or seriously injured by lightning or by falling trees in time of heavy thunderstorms. During storms, unplug electrical appliances and do not use landline phones”.
If I was unplugging all my electrical appliances every time there is a thunderstorm in Singapore, we would not be using them very often. However, if the Travel Advice’s website announces major clashes, guerillas or anti-personnel mines, you’d better believe it! Better be safe than sorry.
Other criteria to take into account to select your travel destination with your baby and kids: health conditions, climate and altitude, quality of accommodations and transportation, and the type of vacations. We’ll cover those in the days to come.