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Air Travel Tips for Parents of Young Children

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Are you the parent of an infant, toddler, or preschooler?  If you are, are you also in the process of planning a trip that requires air travel?  If you are, you may be dreading your upcoming flight.  After all, complications are all that many parents can think of.  With that said, there are a number of ways that you can make flying with your young children not only easy, but fun as well.

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For children under two years of age, you will first want to examine the pros and cons of getting them their own seat.  Many airlines allow children under two to sit on the lap of an adult.  Getting an extra seat for a child under two will cost money, but you may be able to get a small discount when contacting the airline in question.  On the other hand, you will be able to have your own seat, which will be nice.  Most car seats can fit into airline seats.  Speaking of which, if you need to bring a car seat or a stroller, it will need to be scanned by airport security.

As for strollers, they are a good idea, even for children who can walk.  Most parents of toddlers are urged to give them a close look.  Most airlines will require you to handover your stroller before boarding a plane.  Once you arrive at your destination, your stroller should be waiting for you at the gate.  Using a stroller makes it easy for you to move around the airport and quickly.  This is ideal if you must hurry, like if you have short layovers.

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Also, be sure to bring some formula, juice, and snacks for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers.  Although you will find some restrictions, most airport security officers will allow a child’s drink to pass through, as long as it is a small quantity only.  As for older children, like toddlers and preschoolers, you should be able to buy juice, water, and snacks at an airport store past security checkpoints.  Doing so is nice, as they are no security concerns about doing so.

It is also important to bring a bag for your child.  This bag should be filled with items that interest them.  Depending on the age of your child, great items include books, stickers, coloring books and few crayons, small toys, and flash cards.  These items will have to be scanned through airport security, so try to leave anything, namely toys, at home that may cause complications or delays.

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Speaking of airport security, it is important to talk about the screening process and prepare your child for it.  For many toddlers and preschoolers, the whole ordeal can seem a little bit overwhelming and scary.  Your child will likely have to walk through the metal detectors themselves.  If you are traveling with another adult, have one go through first, so that your child can walk towards a familiar face.  You may even want to arrive at the airport early.  This gives and your child the opportunity to watch others go through the screening process first.

As for the flight itself, toddlers and preschoolers may love having a window seat.  If someone in your traveling party is assigned a window seat, try to let your toddler or preschool sit there instead.  As for the bag full of goodies you brought, refrain from giving everything to your child all at once.  This is likely to reduce boredom.  For children who may have their own seats, portable DVD players and laptop computers are advised.  They are a great way to keep a fussy child occupied.  If using a laptop computer, be sure not to choose a movie that will exceed the laptop’s battery life, as this may result in a very unhappy child.

The above mentioned tips are just a few of the many that can help you, as a parent, when traveling by air with young children.  For addition tips, just use your best judgment.  As a parent, you should know what will help to keep your child interested and happy.

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How to Find the Best Vacation Package Deals!

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Are you in the process of planning a trip?  If you are and if your trip will require air travel, you will find that you have a number of options when booking your travel arrangements.  One of those options is to purchase a vacation package.

Although vacation packages do have their pros and cons, there are many travelers who buy them, as well as recommend them to others.  There are two main reasons for this.  The allure of vacation packages is that you often receive a discount and that it is easy to book multiple travel arrangements all at the same time.  Although you will find some variations, vacation packages should include more than just airline reservations.  Depending on the package in question, they may include overnight accommodations and a car rental as well.

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If you are interested in booking your next travel arrangements in the form of a vacation package, you may be wondering how you can go about doing so. The good news is that you have a number of different options.  Just a few of the many ways that you can go about finding and buying vacation packages that include airline reservations are highlighted below for your convenience.

The first place that you will want to look at is some of the major online travel websites, like Orbtiz.  These are travel websites that focus on large areas, such as both domestic and international travel.  Many of the well known vacation travel websites will give you some freedom when looking to buy vacation packages.  For example, if you already have your overnight accommodations arranged, like if you are staying with friends or family, you can still book a vacation package that only include airline reservations and a car rental.

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As a reminder, be sure to visit travel websites that are well known for their great deals and good reputations.  These websites can easily be found with a standard internet search.  If you are concerned with the reputation of an online travel website, you can easily do a little bit of research first online.  There are many websites that are designed to assist travelers, as well as online message boards where other travelers, just like you, talk about online travel websites.  To help save you the best money, you may want to compare similar vacation packages offered by different travel websites. When doing so, have a pen and paper handy so that you can easily record your findings.

In addition to well known travel websites, you may also want to visit specialty websites. These are travel websites that focus on a particular area, such as Hawaii or Florida.  Many of these smaller travel websites are still trustworthy and reputable websites and many also offer vacation packages.  In fact, depending on where you look, you may find a vacation package that includes a stay at a vacation rental, like a vacation home.  These types of vacation packages can sometimes be hard to find, but they do exist.

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If you are traveling to a vacation destination that is popular or well known, like California wine country or Hawaii, you may be able to get vacation packages through vacation resorts and hotels.  While many of these packages may only include overnight accommodations, a car rental, and a few nearby activities, you may be surprised with what you find.  As a reminder, you may have the best luck when dealing with large or well known hotels and vacation resorts, as they are the ones more likely to have vacation packages for sale that include airline tickets.

As a reminder, vacation packages come in a number of different formats.  Even if you have purchased your airline tickets, you may still be able to benefit from a vacation package.  There are some vacation packages that only include overnight accommodations, like a stay at hotel or vacation resort, and a car rental.  These types of packages are ideal for those who have found a great deal on airfare independently or for those who have already made their airline reservations.

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Belize as the Ultimate Adventure Vacation Destination

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One of the most favorite adventure vacation destinations of people nowadays is Belize, a small nation on the eastern coast of Central America. And why not? Being a place that is strategically located on the Caribbean Sea, Belize has all the adventure and has to offer compared to any place there is.

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Belize can be found between the Hondo and Sarstoon Rivers, Belize is popular for the Belize River that flows down at the heart of the country. Geographically speaking, the north of Belize is characterized by flat and swampy coastal plains. Other places are heavily forested and consist of flora that is highly diverse.

Its south area is composed of low mountain ranges of the Maya Mountains while its Caribbean coast is lined with soft coral reefs and some 500 islets and islands called “cayes.” Belize boasts off the Belize Barrier Reef which is known as the longest in the western hemisphere and is considered as the second longest in the whole world, next to the Great Barrier Reef.

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When people speak of Belize, only two words will come to mind—romance and adventure. If you are planning to go to Belize for an adventure vacation, it is a must that you familiarize yourself with the place by knowing a dose of its rich history. You should also familiarize yourself with going around the place such as knowing various means of transportation such as buses, cars, motorcycles and bicycles. You should also have any idea what to expect from the place in terms of accommodations, foods, and activities that you can do.

For an ultimate adventure vacation, the following are just some of the romantic things and exciting activities and places that you can visit:

1. The Great Barrier Reef. Being one of the world’s greatest treasures, a trip to Belize would mean nothing if you have not visited the longest reef in the western hemisphere, The Great Barrier Reef. You will definitely the visit because it doesn’t not only give you an amazing nature experience but a sense of adventure as well.

2. Visiting the caves. Caving is indeed one of the most adventurous activities that you can do while in Belize. Here, you can witness various formations of caves with abundant limestone and wet climates.

3. Exploring the island by land. This can be very tiring but thrilling because you get to explore the place on your own and at your own pace. You can do your exploration by taking a golf cart ride, castle cars, and though bikes that are available for rent.

4. Sea adventure. Exploring the seas can be as exciting as rediscovering the land. To relish the beauty of the island and its waters, rent a charter boat with guide to go around the island or you can rent a kayak that will take you to various parts of the island. You can also rent boats for boating; you can do fishing, and do various water sports such as jetskis, waverunners, diving, snorkeling, windsurfing, kite surfing, sailing, canoeing, kayaking, and catamarans.

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Aside from the activities mentioned, one great thing that makes Belize a favorite adventure vacation destination is the climate which, is tropical and is generally very hot and humid. This makes it a perfect getaway destination for people and couples who love beaches while basking in the warm and pleasant weather.

Although the climate here is generally hot, rainy season also occurs from May to November so don’t opt to go there during those times.

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Where To Buy Airline Tickets

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Before you would have to go to the airport or deal with a travel agency to get your tickets, but today you have several options. Of course you still can go to the airport or travel agency, but you’ll find that you can place your order over the phone and even online. You’ll want to consider that these more convenient options will allow you to use your time wisely when planning for a flight. You’ll also find that you can take care of the tickets while in the comfort of your own home. It is very important that you stop and consider your options.

When it comes to buying airline tickets at the airport, you’ll find that it can be such a pain. You’ll have to wait in a line, that you don’t even know if there is a seat for you, and it can be such a waste of time if you are put on a waiting list. You could end up wasting your time wondering around the airport before you end up getting a ticket.

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You will find that the hassle of going to the airport is no longer worth it. When it comes to travel agencies, you’ll find that they are not as popular as they use to be at one time, but they are still an option. You’ll find that they are more than happy to book your flight. They also can get you some of the best deals possible. Keep in mind that they have spent time building relationships with airlines. You don’t want to overlook your options with a travel agent, because you may be overlooking good prices and opportunities.

Remember that the internet is also very easy, and it is also the most popular way. There are over a thousand sites that willing to sell you an airplane ticket going anywhere. You’ll need to think about some of the online discounts that you may qualify for. Also keep in mind that it will take some work finding the best prices.

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Airline Tickets & Theme Parks

There are times where you’ll get great deals when you purchase both park tickets and parks hotel. You’ll also find that these can come in some of the best options and packages. You may want to think about Disney World or Disney Land. These parks are famous for their vacation destinations. You will want to take some time and even search for some airline tickets with a theme park package. You may even be able to contact your travel agency and figure out if there are deals that you may be missing. There are over a hundred hotels in Florida that offer some type of accommodation to tourists and to park goers.

Some thing that you do not want to do is make a separate purchase for the hotel, airline, and park. You may be able to gain some savings when you call the park and see what they offer, but if you go online and do your research you will surely find a deal that is within your price range. You will also want to consider not being too far away from the hotel. Disney happens to be right between highways. You may think you are near, but really you are like an hour’s drive away.

Remember that this type of vacation can be quite expensive. You’ll want to keep in mind that there are places where you will be able to search for less priced accommodations, but you will find that you’ll want to look at the package deals so that you can save some money here and there, but splurge on another area of the trip. For instance, if you go with the cheaper flight (that happens to leave very early in the morning) you may be able to save some money and be able to splurge later. Keep in mind that when you take flights that are in the wee hours of the night, you’ll be able to save yourself some flight money.

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Airline Ticket Deals To Avoid!

When it comes to the free airline tickets, you have to be concerned. You will find that there are many ads that like to lure others in because they promise good, free airline tickets. You will find that some will even include your hotel room in the deal. Remember that if a deal sounds too good to be true, it probably is. You’ll want to consider that when it comes to a good deal, there are always strings. Keep in mind that many time-share companies will give you the deal, but you have to go to the seminars. Many people think that they will get the tickets and then just not go. However, if you don’t show up you will get your hotel canceled and you won’t get your free ticket home. Keep in mind that this is totally legal, because it’s written in your contract.

It is very sneaky, but there is nothing illegal about it. You get free tickets while they get your undivided attention. It is the way that they get you to comply. If you really want to have the dream vacation, you’ll have to pay for it.

Also, you’ll notice that a lot of places will go on discount because of the time of year. Like you may find a good Caribbean trip for little money, but it’s during hurricane season. Of course, no one wants to go there. It’s always like a way of saying this is what you get. If you get something for free, it’s just not worth paying for.

You’ll need to be very careful when looking for cheap airline tickets and you’ll also want to save your money so that you can take the trip of your dreams in comfort.

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Cheap Airline Tickets for Your Vacation

When it comes to cheap airline tickets, you’ll need to consider the source. You’ll find that there are advertisements on TV, in the newspapers, online and other media advertisement. You’ll want to keep in mind that no one wants to pay the high prices, so finding the cheap airline tickets has become almost like an art. You’ll find that there are many ways that you’ll be able to find the lower prices, but it will take some work.

The first thing that you’ll want to do is locate a travel agent that can help you. You’ll want to think about using the travel agents because you will be able to use connections through the agency to make things happen. You’ll also find that it can be just as quick and easy if you go online and do it yourself.

Keep in mind that you’ll need to compare some of the fares, but you’ll also want to look at the packages and even the tickets that you are thinking about. You’ll find that there are a lot of traveling options that will affect rather you get a reasonable price or a high price. Direct flights tend to be a lot more than if you were to have an overlay. You may also find that there are sometimes where you just don’t have a lot of options.

It is times like these that you’ll need to change your arrival and departure dates or times in order for you to get the cheaper tickets. You’ll find that it can be inconvenience at times, you’ll be able to save a lot of money in the end.

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