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Archive for April 2nd, 2008

Family-Friendly Boutique Hotels

by Chic Retreats
Boutique hotels aren’t just designed for wealthy couples or
adults only. Many boutique hotels welcome children and
Should families be excluded from the boutique hotels
experience? Many hotels in this sector think not, and happily
open their doors to families with children of all ages,
providing a range of services and facilities to suit this
market. For many families, […]

On arrival - the two day rule

One of the ‘rules’ that I try to abide by when travelling with my kids is to have enough essential supplies* to get us through the first two days after arrival at our desination - I call this the “two day rule”.

Immigration - Passport Control

Once you’ve arrived you will need to be processed by immigration and then by customs once you’ve retrieved your luggage. The queues for immigration are likely to be long, especially if more than one international flight has landed.

Getting off the plane

Have you ever noticed the way that everyone jumps to their feet the minute the plane rolls to a stop and clamber over each other to get their bags down from the overhead locker only to wait in a queue to disembark? Even if they make it through immigration control quicker than everyone else, most people are going to end up waiting for their bags (which always seem to take longer to come out the earlier you arrive at the carousel).

Urban legends about flying

Is a baby born in-flight given free air travel by the airline for the rest of his/her life?
Apparently there is an urban legend that says that the “real” reason that airlines don’t allow women to fly in late pregnancy is because if a baby is born on the plane the airline will have to give […]

Places I have been..


Here’s a nifty little web tool that allows you to map either the US states you have visited or the countries you have visited.Here are the results for me (both with and without the kids):

Note that I couldn’t choose Hong Kong by itself and so it shows the whole of China.

Here are the countries that […]

Air safety links

Air safety

Airsafe - Air safety, accidents, resources
Fear of Flying - list of sites and resources
Fear of Flying Online Course (free)

Traveling with a Baby-What Were You Thinking?

By Eriani Doyel
Once you start making preparations for traveling with a baby, you may begin to have second thoughts about the trip. But, do not despair! Parents have been traveling with a baby in tow for thousands of years, and that experience is available to help you now. Here are some of the simplest tips […]

Traveling with your Baby – Ten Tips to make it an Enjoyable Experience For The Family

by Gregg Hall
Getting ready for a family vacation with a baby? Many things can make the trip a more enjoyable experience, depending on the age of the child. Of course, if the baby is still in diapers then having a good supply of diapers and baby wipes is a necessity. Bottled water for drinking and […]

International Travel Tips For The Best Family Vacations - Part 3

by Jim Johnson
Traveling in foreign countries can be a wonderful, uplifting experience that will never be forgotten, but there are also perils and difficulties that can arise on any trip, especially those that are outside your own country. In part 2 of this article series we discussed how to prevent sickness from local foods and […]