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Tips for Flying with your Kids

May 17, 2015

So just recently a friend of mines took her two year old son for the first time on a plane and from how she described it, it sounds like 5 hours of hell. She mentioned that as soon as she got on the flight he was crying and wouldn’t sit steal and the whole time she was praying that she would arrive at her destination without everyone around her hating her. When I think back to flying with my own kids when they were younger, I must admit that it wasn’t easy. I remember before I had kids I would always think to myself how fun it would be to fly with your own kids but this was hardly ever the case. If you’re looking for some tips that can help hopefully make it easier to fly with your own kids, you can try some of these things that I have done over the years that has helped.

Whether it being for a quick flight or for a longer one, you need to make sure that you bring things that will keep your kids occupied. I will admit as compared to my time, which wasn’t that long ago, it is a lot easier to keep kids entertained with the types of devices that are out today. One essential to have to help keep your kids entertained is an iPad. With this you can have a lot of different things that can keep them busy from games, videos, books and a lot more. With this one recommendation I have is scheduling different things you can do with them for your flight. For longer flights you might want to create a schedule of things to do such as starting off with some games in the beginning of the flight and then maybe watch a movie and followed by reading them a story to hopefully help them fall asleep.

Over the years with flying with my three kids, one thing that I learned to do is to bring something for the people sitting around you. When I first started flying with my one year old, I would bring ear plugs for everyone sitting around me just in case. As my kids got older and knowing that they don’t sit quietly for long periods of time, I would bring snacks or other types of things and hand them out to people sitting next to me before the flight took off. Another thing that you might think about doing is talking to the people sitting next to you and let them know that if at any time your kids become to much for them to let you know so you can handle the problem. While this might seem like a lot, it is always a good idea to make sure you think about the people sitting around you.

If your kids are anything like mines, it will also be important to pack some food and drinks for your flight. While some airlines still offer food and drinks, it is important that you pack your own as well in your carry-on. I know for me when I used to fly with my kids, this used to be my go to thing to keep them happy.

While flying with your kids for a vacation can be tough at times, I think it is well worth it as you get to take them some place new where they can experience different things they can’t find at home.

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Best Beach Spots for Memorial Day

May 8, 2015

Memorial DayWith Memorial Day being just a couple of weeks away, I thought it would be a good idea to look at some of the more popular beach destinations that people are traveling to for their vacation. One thing you should know about traveling during Memorial Day is how busy it is which means prices will be higher and the airports will be much busier. If you weren’t able to go on vacation during this Memorial Day and are looking for ideas for next year, these are some of the most popular spots to consider.

When you think of some of the most popular beach destinations in the world, one that you will most likely think of is Hawaii. Hawaii is home to some of the best beaches in the world where you can spend the day working on your tan. When taking a vacation to Hawaii for Memorial Day, one of the bigger decisions to make is which island to visit. Each Hawaiian Island offers something different as well as some being more expensive to visit. If you’re looking to stay at a luxury beach resort and don’t care what you pay for it, than Maui is the island for you as it offers some of the better resorts and is the most expensive to visit. If you’re more on a budget and want to find a good deal, Oahu is the island for you.

If Hawaii isn’t the spot for you and you’re looking for a destination where you can do it all but for less, one spot to consider is the Riviera Maya. Located in Mexico next to Cancun, the Riviera Maya is a tropical paradise that offer a lot of different activities for you to partake in. One of the better things about booking your Memorial Day vacation in the Riviera Maya are the all inclusive deals. While they won’t be as cheap as some of the other travel periods, you should still be able to find a great deal on your package. If you have never been on an all inclusive vacation before, it really is one of the best travel packages to book as everything is included and you don’t need to worry about opening your wallet while on the resort property.

A third destination you might want to consider for your beach Memorial Day holiday is the Bahamas. If you have never had the chance to visit the Bahamas before, it is like a action packed tropical paradise that offers so many things to do. One of my favorite spots in the Bahamas to visit is Paradise Island as this is where some of the better resorts are located. The Bahamas does also offer all inclusive packages so if you decide to visit here, make sure you try to book one of them as it will allow you to do more but for less.

If you are interested in visiting a beach destination next year for Memorial Day, these are just some of the spots you can consider. The thing you need to remember is to book your trip early as the longer you wait, the higher the prices will get.

 

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Top activities in Bermuda you have to try

April 23, 2015

Bermuda activities We’ve already talked about some of the things you can do while on vacation in Bermuda but we thought we would expand on that post and look at even more things you can do on your trip. Bermuda is one of the top choices for beach goers and vacationers around the globe – so what makes it that special? Some people just love to sit on the beach sipping a drink and watching the waves crash in, but others want to go out and have some experiences they cannot have anywhere else. Here are our top five choices for what you absolutely have to do while vacationing in Bermuda:

1. Watersports

Sitting on the beach and watching the waves is one thing, going out and playing in them is something even better. All over the island, you will find a lot of local businesses that will let you do everything from para-sailing to snorkeling. While it’s great to just lay on the beach and work on your tan while on vacation in Bermuda, go out and get active – that will allow you to really see why people visit this beautiful destination!

2. See Horseshoe Bay Beach

Seeing Horseshoe Bay Beach is an absolute must for anyone that visits. The beach is clean and beautiful, but it still has that vibrant and electric tone that you come to expect from the island. There is tons to do for everyone, from just sitting and enjoying the nature, to climbing rocks and kicking around a soccer ball. Plus, you can collect just a little of that pink sand for a souvenir to take home!

3. Gibb’s Hill Lighthouse

This is definitely a must for anyone who loves history and loves beautiful views. Even just walking around the lighthouse is gorgeous, and will allow you to see what Bermuda has to offer. If you walk up a few steps in the lighthouse, you will be able to see for miles on a clear day. There are people around who are willing to tell you the story of the lighthouse, so listen up – it’s a good one!

4. The Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art

If you have a day where it is just a little rainy or just not a great day to be outdoors, the Masterworks Museum is a great way to spend your day. The constantly changing collection of art comes from all over the world, but the majority is from local artists and artisans. The tone of the art is typically very island themed, but also has some more nostalgic pieces. Pay special attention to the recycled pieces and the photography as some of this work is amazing.

5. Crystal and Fantasy Caves

If the heat gets to be too much for you, or you just want to take a breather, the Crystal and Fantasy Caves will give you a bit of respite from the Bermuda sun. Be aware that there are some stairs, but if you can do them, it is well worth it. The tours are funny and definitely kid friendly, so it is a great way to spend a weekend.

As you can see there are a lot of different activities for you to do while visiting Bermuda. The thing that will be important for your trip is figuring out which things you want to do the most.

 

 

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Best All Inclusive Resorts in St. Thomas

April 17, 2015

St. Thomas ResortsWhen it comes to islands in the Caribbean that offer some of the best all inclusive resorts for a vacation, one to consider is St. Thomas. St Thomas is a beautiful island with a lot of different activities to do as well as amazing beaches to checkout. For those that have taken a vacation to St. Thomas before, they know to book their stay at an all inclusive resort as it allows you to save as everything is included in their travel package. If you’re planning a St. Thomas vacation and are wondering which all inclusive resort to consider, these are some of our favorites:

Bolongo Bay Beach Resort – Best for Families

Bolongo Bay is one of the best all inclusive resorts on any island. This resort is located on the South Coast, and offers excellent views of the beach and ocean. It is located near plenty of different activities you and your family can enjoy and offers something for everyone. For those who have stayed at this resort say that the food and drinks are absolutely to die for and the kitchen staff is very, very specific about following any diet concerns. With there also being a lot of on site activities, there will be surely something your kids will enjoy doing.

Frenchman’s Cove – Great for Traveling with teens

Frenchman’s Cove initially wins a lot of people over because it comes from Marriott, a trusted name in hotels. However, it will win your heart with the beautiful views and amazing activities for you to enjoy during your stay. Located in Charlotte Amalie, the hotel comes with the amazing palm beaches, crystal clear pools, and amazing places to dine and enjoy drinks. The hotel also offers special programs for children and teens, which allows them to do the things they want to do (swimming, snorkeling) while giving parents some alone time.

Crystal Cove Beach Resort – Best for the Penny Pincher

For those who don’t want to break their wallets for their Saint Thomas vacation but still want to experience everything there is to experience, the Crystal Cove Beach Resort is an option that meets your needs. The rooms are clean and well taken care of, and the beach is just a few steps away. While this won’t have all the grandeur of the other places on the list, it is still an excellent spot for your all inclusive vacation.

Bluebird’s Beach Club and Villas – Best for Couples

While the Bluebird’s Beach Club and Villas doesn’t offer activities for kids, it offers a lot for couples who want a romantic trip for two. The rooms are sizable and the food is tasty. However, the magic of this specific hotel comes when you walk outside. There are plenty of wild animals that will have you looking around, including fish, birds, and lizards. If you’re looking for a resort that is perfect for a romantic getaway in Saint Thomas, this may be the resort for you.

No matter what, vacationing in Saint Thomas is going to be an absolutely remarkable experience – take it for all it has to offer! If you’re interested in booking an all inclusive trip here, give us a call so we can help plan it.

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Best Beaches in St. Lucia

April 12, 2015

St. Lucia BeachesIn a place such as St. Lucia, it is hard to believe that there are any bad beaches to visit while on vacation. St Lucia has always been known as one of the better spots in the Caribbean for a beach vacation as it offers so many different ones to checkout while visiting.  With there being a lot of beaches you can checkout during your vacation in St Lucia, there are certainly beaches that stand above the others when it comes to safety, cleanliness, water conditions, and just overall fun factors. Here are some of our picks for the best beaches in St. Lucia that you might want to consider checking out:

Jalousie Beach – Best for those looking for crystal clear water

When you think of a tropical paradise like St Lucia, you expect to see crystal blue water that almost looks like a screensaver. If you are looking for a beach with crystal clear water, I recommend checking out Jalousie. Jalousie is the beach of choice for snorkelers, scuba divers, and boaters who love to see the natural beauty underneath the water. The beach sits between Gros and Petit Piton, two volcanic peaks that make this a favorite for photographers.

Pigeon Island National Park – Best for people who want some quiet

This state park is one of the best for those who want to get away from the crowded beaches and are looking for something more secluded. The beach sits on the north end of the island and is a great place for swimming and sunbathing. It also doubles (if you are traveling with someone who doesn’t love beaches) as a historical trip, as you are able to see the historic Fort Rodney ruins and visit a small museum. The beach still has amenities you can checkout while visiting that includes two places to eat and a bar.

Grande Anse – Best for nature lovers

Grande Anse is one of the favorites for locals and visitors alike because of the turtles that travel up and down the sand to lay their eggs. The water and sand may not be as white and clear as some of the other beaches in St Lucia, but it is still a beautiful spot to checkout where you can enjoy nature as well as being able to work on your tan.

Anse de Sables Beach – best for the adventurer

With the constant winds at Anse de Sables in Vieux Fort, it makes for one of the best beaches for those who want to get a little daring and try windsurfing or other types of water sports. If you are looking to something more adventurous and don’t want to just lay on the beach, this may be the best beach for you.

You can’t really go wrong with the beaches in St. Lucia, but finding the one that suits your needs will help make your trip extra special.

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