Vanuatu – Ready, set, ….don’t go!

MALARIA – this is the one thing that we have really tried to avoid on our world trip.

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I’m in the perfect mood and the perfect location. At the amazing travel book shop Tranquebar in Copenhagen. I’ve just bought a coffee, my baby is sleeping, and I’ve got the Lonely Planet Vanuatu book in my hand.

Let’s go to the small island state of Vanuatu in the South Pacific Ocean – I can’t wait. We’ve watched Vanuatu clips on youtube, and I’m so ready to start planning this amazing adventure.

I’m sending this picture to my boyfriend – happy place!

…BUT then on one of the first pages I suddenly come across MALARIA – this is the one thing that we have really tried to avoid on our world trip. Oh no, maybe Vanuatu is not the place to bring our small kids… I keep on reading, start googling and quickly discover that Vanuatu must be an adventure for another trip. It is not recommended to expose kids under 5 years old to this type of malaria. OK we need to figure out what to do then. But that’s the good thing about this trip –  we are booking plane tickets as we find out where we want to go i.e. nothing is booked in advance, and we can change plans within an hour (at least while we are still at home and in the planning phase…).

So we’ve decided to skip Vanuatu and go to Samoa in stead. So lucky that we didn’t get the passports for our kids yet – then we would have bought plane tickets from Australia to Vanuatu. But we needed the passports numbers to get the tickets for Australia.

A big thank you to myself for being a bit slow in getting the passports!

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