About Kaamna Bhojwani-Dhawan
Kaamna Bhojwani-Dhawan is the CEO+Founder of Momaboard, an online community dedicated to parents traveling with young children. She writes city guides, travel tips, and encourages parents all over the world to get up and go! Kaamna has lived in India, Australia, both coasts and the Midwest of the United States. She now resides in San Francisco with her husband and son and has one more globe-trotter on the way!
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I was given a complimentary trial of NewspaperDirect’s PressReader 3.1 and was blown away. I immediately thought of my father-in-law who lives in India but follows newspapers in the US, Europe and of course India from cover to cover no matter where he is in the world, and how I needed to get him a subscription.
I was very impressed with their publication offering: over 2000 digital replicas of newsletters from around the world, including the New York Times and the International Herald Tribune. And translation options.
The new PressReader is optimized for the retina display on new iPad screens which means that the text is super sharp and clear. Their SmartFlow technology enables you to easily view all the articles in a horizontal stream and to select and zoom in on the articles you want to read. It felt like a really clean and sophisticated reading experience.
And you can share, tweet, print or post an article to Evernote as an option. The app is free to download. The pricing options are USD 29.95/month for unlimited access or 0.99c per issue. Perhaps there is use for a hybrid option where you could subscribe to a particular publication or two.
As a frequent traveler, I think this app is a must-have. For parents that travel that need to be judicious about how much stuff they carry around, it’s probably even more imperative. Downloading a single issue from a country you are about to visit is also a cool way to do some research before you travel.
I have a 2 year old boy. Our first international trip occurred when he was 5 months old. We had the routine concerns of first-time parent travelers: how will he fare on the plane, will he adjust to the new foods, to the smells, to the time difference? While we spent our time strategizing and worrying, we scarcely noticed that our 6-week trip to Singapore and India was over, and that our baby was happy, well, and perhaps even a little more robust for having had the experience.
We tried it again – same thing. Minor issues on planes (he threw up or had an exploding diaper every time we were at a check-in counter, which we sometimes leveraged to get an upgrade or an empty seat at least), but for the most part, with every trip, Karam became more adaptable, easier to manage and much more curious. We have now covered 12 countries and over 25 cities around the globe.
Travel has become a part of our lifestyle and our value system as a family. I believe it opens young children up to exposure that helps them adapt to life, and then some. I believe my son will learn to appreciate beauty in every culture, and not be limited to seeing poverty and filth. I believe that my son will truly learn to appreciate diversity, not just the lip service we give it today but by understanding that a fascinating chain of historical, political and evolutionary events leads to the how’s and why’s of a country’s existence. He will respect and ask about these differences, and see that there is no “best” nation out there; all have facets we can learn from and emulate. Finally my son is already showing survival and adaptability skills that will hold him in good stead as an adult – he will eat anything, sleep anywhere, and as long as he’s got his monkey (Bobo), everything will be a-ok!
Part of this is also for me. As adults, we tend to adopt an air of superiority, as if we are too cool to stare in wonder, too composed to clap our hands and squeal in delight. Traveling with children you can’t help but participate and when you do, you truly experience things you may have overlooked before.
So to parents who ask me why, I ask them, why not? As far as I am concerned, the risks of not traveling with your kids are too high. The time of middle-aged Americans without passports has passed. ‘Tis the age of global citizens. So do what you can to raise one.