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Useful tips for traveling with kids

Useful tips for traveling with kids

Useful tips for traveling with kids

1. Take a stroller

Remember that you will be walking alot on your travels and unless your child is a strong walker, you should consider bringing a lightweight umbrella stroller.

2. Snacks & entertainment on flights

Be prepared to battle hunger, thirst and boredom on long flights. Once you get through security, Pack in some extra dry snacks and liquids, plus some small new toys and activities that your child will love. Take extra pairs of underwear, wipes and a spare set of clothes for you and your child and Remember to Charge up the iPad with new shows and games.

3. Choose when to fly 

day flight – if your child is easily entertained on planes and a terrible sleeper, plan your flights to arrive at your destination and then go straight to bed.

night flight – If you have a child who has no problems sleeping on a plane and who is not easily entertained, then a night flight is better for you.

4. Allocate down time

Try returning to the hotel or apartment after lunch for a rest before heading out for an early dinner.

5. Stay longer in less locations

Try not to see-and-do everything possible in a short period of time and rather focus more time on less locations.

6. Find fun for everyone

Plan activities that give everyone a chance to enjoy themselves.

Travel Tips for Booking a Cheap Orlando Vacation

Travel Tips for Booking a Cheap Orlando Vacation

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Orlando, Florida is a vacationer’s paradise. Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to have children to enjoy the theme parks and attractions in Orlando, which include Disney World, Universal Studios, Epcot, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and the Disney’s Movie Studios.

One of the challenges that many people face is finding a cheap Orlando vacation. After all, airfare, hotel accommodations, meals, and theme park entrance fees can take a big bite out of your pocketbook. Here are some tips on booking an Orlando vacation at a bargain price.

 

1. Search with Traviway.com

Although some people are intent upon purchasing airfare, hotel accommodations, the truth is that you could get a much better deal if you search for the best offers. Traviway.com searches hundreds of travel websites to get the best rates and can pass those savings on to you. Although you may suspect that some deals are too good to be true, once you check out the reputation of the sellers, you are likely to find that the offers are legitimate.

 

2. Be flexible in your travel dates

The more flexible you are in your travel dates, the more likely you are to find a cheap Orlando vacation. If you’re insistent upon traveling during peak periods, you’re going to pay premium prices. If, on the other hand, you are able to travel in the non-peak season, you’ll find a plethora of bargains from which to choose.

 

3. Look for the extras in accommodations

Travel deals vary widely in the types and length of accommodations offered, as well as the tickets that are included. It pays to do your research and find the deals that offers you the biggest bang for your bucks. You may, for example, find a cheap Orlando vacation for only $249 per person, double occupancy. It could include such features as four nights of hotel accommodations near the Disney Main Gate plus two nights of hotel accommodations in Cocoa Beach, Florida.

 

4. Look for the extras in tickets

Some Orlando vacation deals offer an amazing array of tickets and passes, so be sure to find the one that best suits your interests and needs. For example, you may find a deals that’s discounted 65% from what you’d normally pay, and that still includes two one-day passes to Disney or Universal, two Kennedy Space Center tickets, Sterling Casino Day Cruise tickets, dinner theater tickets, and so forth.

5. Consider a timeshare

If you love all that Orlando has to offer, consider purchasing a timeshare in the area. A timeshare provides you with access to all of Orlando’s attractions while giving you a place to call “home.” As those who own timeshares can attest, it’s a great feeling to know that you have a place to stay while you’re in Orlando – particularly if that place is a resort. For those who are looking for a cheap Orlando deals and who don’t own a timeshare, there are resort companies that offer incredibly cheap Orlando vacations in exchange for listening to a sales presentation. You really can’t beat the prices when all you have to do in return is give up an hour or two of your time.

Don’t let cost keep you from visiting one of the most magical places in the United States. Find a cheap Orlando deals with traviway.com and enjoy all that the Sunshine State has to offer!

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How to Avoid Jet Lag

How to Avoid Jet Lag

Symptoms of jet lag include fatigue and general tiredness, inability to sleep at night, loss of concentration, headaches, malaise, and disorientation. It is caused by the disruption of biological rhythms as a result of rapid transitions across multiple time-zones. Such desynchronization of circadian rhythms also affects employees who transfer to night shifts.

Preflight preparation is one of the most important aspects of combating jet lag. Before leaving, be sure you have all your affairs, personal and professional, in order. Avoid late farewell parties, so that you are not tired or hungover from a function the night before. Participate in regular exercise in the days prior to departure and if possible try to avoid exposure to people with flu or colds. Get a full night of sleep just prior to departure.

There is evidence that jet lag is less acute on eastward rather than westward flights, as it is easier to force oneself to stay up later than normal than it is to fall asleep earlier than normal. Daytime flights cause less jet lag than overnight flights, which is why the latter are called “red-eye” flights. Due to cramped seating and ambient noise, don’t expect to get a good night’s rest on one of these flights.

Drink plenty of non-alcoholic fluids, since the dry air in airplanes causes dehydration. Water is better than coffee, tea and fruit juices. Alcoholic drinks are a poor choice for combating dehydration and demonstrate a markedly greater intoxicating effect when consumed in the rarefied atmosphere of an airliner compared to ground level.

A blindfold, neck rest or blow-up pillow, and earplugs can help you get quality sleep while flying. If there are some spare seats on the flight, lay across them, since it is easier to fall asleep laying flat than sitting propped up.

Get up and exercise frequently. Walking up and down the aisle, standing for short periods, and doing twisting and stretching exercises in your seat reduce discomfort from swollen legs and feet and prevent potentially deadly Deep Vein Thrombosis. On long flights, get off the plane if possible at stopovers, and take a short walk around the airport. As far back as 1988, the Lancet report estimated “that over three years at Heathrow Airport, 18% of the 61 sudden deaths in long-distance passengers were caused by clots in the lungs.” These clots originate in leg veins where blood pools and coagulates due to passenger immobility.

There are many products purported to prevent or cure jet lag. One of them is melatonin, a hormone produced naturally by the body to produce sleepiness. Another product, No-Jet-Lag, has been proven effective in a scientific trial of round-the-world passengers and confirmed by long haul flight attendants in a test conducted in cooperation with their union. Since it is a homeopathic preparation using extremely low dosages, No-Jet-Lag has no side effects and is compatible with other medications.

If you plan to use melatonin, it is important to take it at the right time or it may make matters worse. When traveling east, on the day of the flight, take one dose of melatonin between 6 and 7 p.m. your time. On the day of arrival and for the next four days, take a dose of melatonin at bedtime (between 9 and 10 p.m.) local time of your new location. If you are on a stopover and will be traveling further east, take one dose of melatonin on the day before flying onward, again between 6 and 7 p.m. local time, instead of at bedtime). On the day of arrival at the final destination, take one dose of melatonin at bedtime (local time) and for the next four days.

For westward travel, melatonin will not help if you are going less than five time zones to the west. For distant westward travel, on the day of arrival, take one dose of melatonin at local time bedtime and continue to do so for the next four days. If you wake up before 4 a.m., take a little more melatonin (half a dose) to get a complete night’s sleep. Dissolve this dose under the tongue, if possible, so it will be more fast-acting.

Sleeping pills are not advisable, especially on the plane. They produce a drugged state which has little in common with natural sleep and suppresses natural body movement, not desirable in a cramped environment where the risk of DVTs is already high. Many over-the-counter sleeping pills are anti-histamines which tend to dehydrate the mucous membranes, creating a parched, sore throat when combined with the already dehydrating atmosphere inside the airplane.

Hopefully, these tips will help you arrive at your destination awake and energetic.

What Makes a Hotel Boutique?

What Makes a Hotel Boutique?

There are lots of companies that claim to specialize in boutique hotels. For many, a boutique hotel is simply one that’s not part of a national or international chain and that distinguishes itself by its design, location or additional features. Many hotels aspire to be a boutique hotel without actually achieving it. Overall, there are four main elements to the true boutique hotel:

 

Size

Large hotels can be cool, trendy and chic, but they can’t be boutique. Just as the word is used to describe small, design-led specialist shops, so it applies to hotels. Hotels that apply the term “boutique” to themselves or have it ascribed to them are usually small – certainly less than 50 rooms and in some cases with only one or two. Their size contributes to the atmosphere and service that characterizes a hotel with a difference. Whilst size might count in terms of the number of rooms, it doesn’t follow that those rooms must also be small. In fact, a hotel than could easily accommodate 20 rooms might choose instead to create just ten, but make them spacious and luxurious, catering to the boutique market.

 

Design

When the first boutique hotel was opened in New York in 1984, by hotel entrepreneurs Ian Schrager and Steve Rubell, it was praised for its original design and quirky nature. Designed for those who really wanted to participate in their travel rather than passively take it all in, Morgans, and those that followed it challenged the way we thought about hotels. Although Schrager would not now describe his hotels as a boutique, the name has been applied to those hotels who followed in his footsteps as far as design is concerned. From clean and contemporary to themed rooms and classic elegance, a boutique hotel must have a clear design theme and attention to detail.

 

Service

The hallmark of an excellent boutique hotel is its service. Whether the hotel chooses to assign a personal butler to each guest, or just hires and trains staff to anticipate your every need, the service at a boutique hotel is really what it should be at any hotel: ensuring that your stay goes without a hitch, that you can get transport, opera tickets or excellent meals when you want them and making you feel at home rather than feeling like you’re a nuisance.

Boutique hotels are scattered all over the world, from 24-hour cities like New York, London, and Rio De Janeiro to island havens in the Indian or Pacific Oceans. What often sets them apart are the buildings that contain them. From former plantation houses to old textile mills, towers and palazzos, the type of building often form the basis of the design and it is the blend of architecture, design, and service that turns what could be just another hotel into a boutique one.

The Luxuries of First Class Travel

The Luxuries of First Class Travel

The cost of first-class travel is more than the other classes available. It is because of the environment in which you travel and the facilities that are available for you to experience.

First-class travel is on a very comfortable seat that can be termed as the ‘Bed in the sky’. Yes, it is true! It is possible to recline that seat on all angles to give you the comfort needed while you sleep. The headrest can be tilted to various positions to suit your posture. You get more space and legroom while you travel in first class. A vertical partition is also available that gives you the privacy needed during your travel.

Sockets to attach your laptop and telephones with satellite connection are available to communicate with anybody you wish. Video monitors and video players with multiple channel options are available for first-class travelers.

Most of the international airlines provide these facilities for first-class travelers. The food that is served is also prepared by reputed chefs and is of international quality. Some airlines provide even pre-dining facilities so that you can have your dinner even before you board the flight so that you have a lot of time to sleep in the flight. This facility is available in the night flights.

Some of the airlines provide online check-in facility for first-class travel so that you can check in before you arrive at the airport. This avoids the need to stand in the queue to check-in. It saves a lot of time for you. First-class passengers are allowed to take more luggage. As a first-class passenger, you have a separate lounge which can be used before you board your flight and while you are waiting for your flight. Facilities to have a luxurious bath and have delicious cuisines are also available for the first-class passenger. Some lounges have even libraries to pass your time by reading through some latest books. For those who would like to have a drink, there are bars and some lounges even have massage parlors. Some of the bars also have wireless internet access so that you can browse or check your emails while you are at the bar.

To get more information on the facilities that are offered do check the website of the airlines. Why don’t you try this out at least once in your life?