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Air Travel Tips for Families

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Are you interested in taking a family vacation soon?  If you are, you may be looking for some guidance, especially if you and your family will be required to travel by airplane.  As stressful as it can sometimes be planning a trip and flying with a family, especially one that is large in size, there are a number of steps that can be taken to ensure that everyone has a fun and pleasant time.

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One of the first things that you will want to do, when looking to plan a family vacation, is to make your airline reservations early. You will likely be better off when doing so, for a number of different reasons.  Perhaps, the greatest reason is the comfort and peace of mind that you may get from knowing that all of your travel arrangements are made and out of the way.

As for packing for your flight, you will want to make sure that your children’s bag are packed and properly.  Not only will you want to make sure that they have all needed supplies for your vacation, but you will also want to make sure that they have items for the airplane ride as well. Each person gets to have one carry-on bag.  You will want to make sure that each of your kids have one.

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Speaking of carry-on bags for your children, be sure to fill them will fun activities for the plane ride.  What you will choose will all depend on your child’s age.  For example, younger children may benefit from books and a few small toys.  For older children, portable DVD players, handheld video games, toys, and magazines are a great idea.

You will also want to make sure that you have extra snacks on hand and in your carry-on bags.  This is important, as you don’t want to have to spend too much money at the airport.  It can get costly to feed a whole family, even just with snacks.  For that same reason, try to have everyone eat a full meal before you leave for the airport.  This step combined with snacks can help to reduce hunger, possibly resulting in shared meals during airport layovers, which can also help you save money.

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As for drinks, do not bring any with you to the airport, unless you have a newborn or an infant.  If you have a baby, bring one prepared bottle of formula, but make sure to have some dry formula powder with you to prepare during a layover.  Drinks, with the exception of drinks for kids, are not allowed past airport security checkpoints and they will have to be thrown away.  When buying drinks at an airport store, past security, look for items that are reasonably priced or see if some family members, like you and your spouse, can share a drink.

As for when you arrive at the airport, be sure to stay together.  Also, be sure to set ground rules with your children.  These rules should include sticking together, not speaking to strangers, and so forth.  In fact, you will want to help each other out.  For example, if you have an older child, like a teenager, let them help you with finding the right gate, carrying bags, or keeping any younger children occupied.  Your trip will likely be much less stressful when everyone works together.

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Ultimate Asian Adventure Vacation

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Asia is the world’s largest continent and probably one of the most misunderstood. Since the beginning of civilization Asia has been regarded as the place of mysticism, diverse culture economy and invention. A lot of modern inventions and progress spawned out of this continent and at the same time some of the oldest traditions and practices can be traced here.Asia is the world’s largest continent and probably one of the most misunderstood. Since the beginning of civilization Asia has been regarded as the place of mysticism, diverse culture economy and invention. A lot of modern inventions and progress spawned out of this continent and at the same time some of the oldest traditions and practices can be traced here.
Aside from that you can find some of the top adventure vacation destination in Asia. Places that would mystify you and your family and take you on a time traveling adventure back to the time where emperors reign and dynasties ruled the land. Nomads roamed and monks hold sway of the ancient teachings.
For some people the mere mention of Asia denotes kung fu, martial arts, fighting monks and a variety of stereotypes thanks to Hong Kong made action films. But more than flying daggers and mystic dragons that give eternal life, there is more to Asia than meets the eye. Asia is one of the most massive continents in this tiny little planet. Perhaps the biggest land mass in a single concentration, because of this it allows itself to be home to numerous species of flora and fauna.
This massive concentration of natural beauty is enough to capture the interest of top travel and nature related businesses to consider Asia as a big contender for the world tourism economy. In fact, according to a study in the year 2019, there would have 13,000,000 travelers who would’ve made their way from their home countries to Asia both for business and for leisure.

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Though relic hunting, temple visitation and cultural showcases are some of the things that countries in Asia offers right now, there are more than the usual available to the growing market of tourist looking for an exotic but familiar sight to see away from home.
One of the most popular sports in the scene right now is wakeboarding. In some countries in Asia you could go wakeboarding with having to look for a boat. Yes that’s right, no boats needed. In some of the resort hotels and destinations in Asia waterparks dedicated to wakeboarding have come up with an interesting way of making waves without the use of a boat.They call it the motorized pulley system. A motor runs at top speed while a series of pulleys located all throughout the man-made lake pulls on the rope of the wakeboarder. Pretty neat huh?  Another new trend in Asia is the equivalent of western theme parks, when I say equivalent that means creating a theme park that answers to the popularity of them parks in the USA like Disneyland, universal studios and Disneyworld. Some of these theme parks are found in Japan called Sanrio world, one in Korea called Lotte World and one in the Philippines called Enchanted Kingdom.
Check out the places on the internet, they different information that they can give you about the price range and others.
So for people looking out the best things to do in the mystifying region of Asia go check out the different attractions that would best suffice your need to have an exciting adventure vacation, it will surely show you what’s it like to cross the heritage of the ancestors and the modern convenience of life. Be sure to capture that one special moment when the best of both worlds combine.

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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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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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Your Oahu Vacation Planner: ideas & tips

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Oahu Vacation Ideas

The island of Oahu in Hawaii is both beautiful and
diverse. A majority of people are drawn here to
the excitement of Waikiki Beach with its colorful
clubs and taste filled restaurants.

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The island activities around Oahu range from
surfing lessons and canoeing to swimming with the
dolphins and scuba diving. No matter what you or
your family like to do on vacation, you can find
something for everyone on Oahu island.

Adventure
Those that like adventure can choose from a wide
variety of water sports and land activities on
Oahu. If you would like to spend your vacation in
or near the water, you should try surfing, scuba
diving, or windsurfing. The land activities here
include hiking through rain forests, biking along
the mountain ranges, even parachuting.

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If you happen to be staying on Waikiki Beach, there
are many shops that rent outrigger canoes, surf
boards, and other gear on the beach. You can even
go to the Kapiolani Park for tennis, archery, and
even jogging.

Romance
Romantic beach vacations on Oahu Island range from
renewing your wedding vows to luxurious beach service
at one of the several hotels. If you’ve never
tasted pink beer or champagne, Mai Tai Bar is the
place you should check out.

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If you would rather stay in a more secluded area,
Kahala Mandarin Oriental is 10 minutes away from
Waikiki Beach and offers a long sandy beach, great
service, and swimming with the dolphins – which is
something everyone is sure to enjoy.

Family beach vacations
Oahu is a destination that offers many different
activities for the entire family. You can choose
from children’s programs at Waikiki Beach hotels,
hands on programs, and a variety of watersports.
The Honolulu Zoo, the Waikiki Aquarium, and the
See Life Park of Hawaii are just a few of the
attractions the whole family can enjoy together.

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The Waikiki Beach is shallow and water is calm
almost year round, especially in the winter months
when the surf stayes under three feet. There are
certain parts of the beach that have a life guard
on duty watching over swimmers and surfers.

Culture
If you are interested in Hawaiian culture on your
beach vacation, Oahu Island offers a selection of
museums, historical attractions, and several
exhibits. With several villages and culture
exhibits, you can learn anything you desire about
the culture of Hawaii.

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When the time comes for your beach vacation, the
island of Oahu is a dream come true. The entire
family will love it here, with the island also being
perfect for just a lovers vacation. If you’ve
never had the pleasure of going to Hawaii – there
is no better time than now.

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Vacation Planner: 5 Beach Vacations For Winter

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Beach Vacations For Winter

During the winter months, finding a beach vacation
spot can be a little difficult. It doesn’t have
to be, which is where this article will really come
in handy. Below, you’ll find some resorts that
offer a unique twist to your winter beach vacation.

1. Molokai Ranch and Lodge
On a white sand shore on the tiny Hawaiian island of
Molokai, guests will stay in comfortable yet unique
tents. Each double unit canvas bungalow sits on
wooden platforms, offers queen size beds in one
unit, twin beds in the other, solar powered lights,
and a private bathroom with hot water showers.

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The Molokai Ranch and Lodge offers over 54,000
acres, including seaside cliffs with very lush
valleys. The outdoor activities here include sea
kayaking, cultural hikes, mountain biking, and
horseback rides. For the kids, the lodge offers
nature walks, horse stables, tidal pools and
Hawaiian arts and crafts.

2. Grand Wailea Resort and Spa of Hawaii
Long ago, a big swimming pool was enough to make
guests happy. Now days, resorts compete in water
activities such as lagoons, waterfalls, water
slides, and even lazy rivers.

The Grand Wailea Resort offers several attractions,
such as the 4,580 square foot Hibiscus pool,
and the 25,700 square foot Canyon Activity pool
which is great for families.

3. Atlantis Resort of the Bahamas
In the amazing water fun department is the unique
Atlantis Resort and Spa on Paradise Island in
the Bahamas. Along with the beach, the Atlantis
has eleven swimming pools, Mayan Temple water
slides, and lazy river rides. The Atlantis
also boasts an amazing marine habitat, with
exhibit lagoons that house more than 50,000
sea animals.

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4. Club Med Punta Cana
Over the last several years, the Dominion
Republic has been working very hard to establish
itself as a destination for families, with many
all inclusives being built. This location has
all the perks of a tropical resort plus stand
out features that include kids programs, and
other attractions that make Club Med Punta Cana
one of the most unique beach vacation spots in
the entire world.

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5. Virgin Islands
The US Virgin Islands National Park is a very
unique vacation spot with white sandy beaches, and
lodging in comfortable tent cottages.

As with the Molokai Ranch, guest cottages are built
on platforms and designed to be both attractive
and comfortable. Each one has a sleeping area,
bed linen, towels, kitchen utensils, stove, ice
cooler, and even a private deck.

Water sports for the area include kayaking, wind
surfing, snorkeling, and scuba diving. There is
also an outdoor restaurant and a food store for
those who want to cook from the privacy of their
own room.

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