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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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Welcome to Cocoa Beach, Florida

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Cocoa Beach, Florida

Knowns as the perfect beach town, Cocoa Beach is an
hour drive east of Orlando on Florida’s amazing
Space Coast. The drive here is almost as beautiful
as the beach – offering you endless ways to enjoy
your leisure and recreation.

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Whether you are going on a family beach vacation,
leisure travel, business trip, or just a day at the
beach, you’ll find exactly what you’ve been looking
for in Cocoa Beach and the Space Coast area to make
your stay one you’ll never forget.

Cocoa Beach is one of the most affordable beach
vacations in Florida. There is never a lack of things
to do or see in and around Cocoa Beach. Besides the
fun in the sun, Space Coast offers you the chance
to go deep sea fishing or parasailing, try your
luck aboard a casino cruise ship, or just take a
river tour and get up close and personal with the
awesome wildlife of Florida.

While at Cocoa Beach, you can also visit the Kennedy
Space Center, the Brevard Zoo, or spend some time
shopping. You’ll be within short driving distance
to all of the Orlando attractions, and you can even
drive back to Cocoa Beach at night to enjoy dinner
in one of the many dining spots on the beach.

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When night sets in, you can kick back and enjoy
the nightlife on the beach that ranges from cool
jazz clubs to beach side cafes. Then, you can
stay the night with perfect accommodations and
wake up to a breathtaking sunrise on the beach.

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With plenty to offer you and your entire family,
Cocoa Beach provides an excellent beach vacation or
getaway. There is plenty to do on the beach, with
enough nearby to keep you coming back for more.

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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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