This was the first time we had ever taking our son on an airplane, and we were poorly prepared. I’ve done some research online and it turns out we did practically everything wrong. There are plenty of good tips about traveling with toddlers available on the web, but I never suspected it was going to be such a problem – more fool me. We now have the return trip to look forward to but we are going to be better prepared this time. The events of our last trip could be used as a case study in how not to deal with a toddler when traveling by plane.
How Not to Travel with Kids on Planes
My husband and I tend to leave things to the last minute so by the time we arrived at the airport we were rushing to get to the gate. We raced through the airport and right onto the airplane. We were all stressed and it is little wonder that our son picked up on this vibe. Apparently you are meant to give children a chance to stretch their legs before getting on the plane, but we had no time for this. We did see a playground area for kids near the gate and that would have been a great place for my son to work off some energy, but our names were already been called.
Finding our seat was a nightmare; trying to manage our son while trying to get past people who were blocking the aisle. Apparently if we got there early we would have been allowed to board early with our son; I can see now why this facility is offered. It is hell struggling through a packed plane with a toddler.
Our son found the unfamiliar setting of the airplane upsetting, and when the hostess came to fasten his seat-belt he went berserk; in fact he was crying so hard I thought he would make himself sick. The poor thing’s ears popped during take-off and he was obviously in a lot of pain. I hadn’t realized that we could have prevented this by getting him to suck on his bottle or soother. The next six hours in the plane was hard for all of us; my son just wouldn’t settle and I almost kissed the ground when we landed. I felt bad for the other passengers, but what could we do? At least we will be better prepared next time.
Florida Beaches: A healthy dose of sun, relaxation beauty and fun
At this time of year, in the United Kingdom, we have all just about had it with the cold and the gray sky. And escaping to nearby European countries wouldn’t make a difference because the weather in France and Spain isn’t much better. But just across the pond, the sunny state of Florida offers wonderful holiday options to help us escape the winter…
This vibrant city, which happens to be located in the United States, has been called the capital of Latin America. The influence of Cuba, Colombia, Brazil, Venezuela and many other Latin American countries is undeniable. Miami’s nightlife scene is considered to be one the world’s best. They also have beautiful beaches filled with beautiful people.
Just 15 miles (24km) south of Miami begins a set of 1,700 islands known as the Florida Keys. They extend all the way to Key West, the westernmost of all the islands. If you start in Miami, you could take a little USA road trip and arrive in a few hours. Key West is rich in history and has plenty to offer in terms of entertainment and attractions. It is considered the southernmost city of the continental US and enjoys a hot, tropical climate.
Just 23 miles (37km) north of Miami, Fort Lauderdale is perfect for those looking for a place that is more relaxed, yet still has gorgeous beaches and plenty to do. Like its flashy neighbor South Beach, Fort Lauderdale has become a popular destination for gay people. Many locals say the gay scene in Miami is what made it so popular for general tourism – now that the gay scene in Fort Lauderdale has developed, it is becoming even more trendy.
Further up the Atlantic coast, Daytona Beach is a popular tourism destination and family-friendly city. Like most of Florida, Daytona enjoys a humid, subtropical climate. Even in the middle of winter sun is never lacking. The city has beautiful beaches, great options for golf and plenty to enjoy. And if you would like to visit Mickey Mouse, Daytona is conveniently located just 56 miles (90km) from Orlando.
Last but certainly not least, the theme parks in Orlando, Florida, are a dream for kids of all ages. Meeting Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy, Goofy and the whole Disney gang is something everyone should experience at least once. Magic Kingdom is truly magical and Epcot Center will take you around the world in a day. Then, you’ll probably want to go again. But don’t forget to experience the Hollywood magic of Universal Studios, the big, friendly fish at Sea World, or the fun water-slides at Wet ‘n’ Wild.
Naples is located on the Gulf Coast of the state. It’s home to amazing golf courses and it offers you easy access to conservation areas.
Marco Island is also located on the Gulf Coast. This is a great place to fish and to do other fun activities such as watch dolphins from the beach.
This beach is located in northern Florida and it is known for its white sands and laid back attitude. You can relax on the beach, go kayaking or go for long walks. It doesn’t matter what you do, you will love it at Pensacola Beach.
Destin is a great place for beaches and for restaurant choices. Some of the best seafood restaurants can be found here and there are a lot of group activities you can do.
Fort Walton Beach
This beach is located in the same region as Destin. There are plenty of educational opportunities for tourists to take advantage of and you can lay around on the sand all day long. The kids will enjoy visiting places such as the Gulfarium and Temple Mound Museum.
With so much to do and see, chances are you will want to return to the Sunshine State again and again. Give yourself the gift of a good dose of sunshine, beauty and fun. Plan your escape to Florida now!
Finally, the day has come. For thirty years you have been saving up for it. You’re going to deliver on that promise you made your wife all those years ago; the one that made her marry you in the first place: you’re taking a luxury cruise!
The time has come. The internet brings you a cruise deals website that you have been frequenting for a month now, and you have narrowed it down to three options: the Canary Islands, the Caribbean or a deluxe Transatlantic cruise. Which one should you choose? Obviously, you cant ask the Mrs for input. It is the big surprise. Perhaps this article can help.
Whats a luxury cruise all about?
A luxury cruise is all about you. That is the long and the short of it. You are paying good money for top service, top food, top entertainment, top everything. Generally, a luxury cruise is smaller, with a greater staff-to-guest ratio. On these luxury cruises, staff members are often handpicked to give you the best possible service. The service is often of a standard equal to that of the queens. Luxury liners often have extra amenities too. Perhaps a spa forms part of the ship, or a gym, whereas with a normal cruise ship, it may not be the case.
Let us take a look at a few luxury cruise options.
Cross the Atlantic in style! You will have captain Nemo green with envy when aboard a luxury ship cruising the Atlantic. Gaze out over the incredible mass of water that is known as the Atlantic; wonder at the magnificence of the wide-open ocean; sip on a pina colada while enjoying the sun on your face and wind in your hair. This is sure to impress the missus!
If you think that a Transatlantic luxury cruise is all about gazing out over billowing waves, and no more, think again! Outstanding cuisine, top quality on-board entertainment and fantastic accommodation all form part of this perfect picture.
The cruise starts either in the UK, or one of the Mediterranean ports of Madeira, France, Italy or Spain. You board the ship to spend six nights in utter luxury, doing as much as you wish, or nothing at all. You can disembark at a port in the Caribbean, New York or Florida, fresh as a daisy.
Return can happen one of two ways: you can choose to fly back home, or opt for a fourteen-night pleasure trip! The latter is of course the jet-lag-free option.
Glorious beaches, sunshine year round, fantastic scenery, days filled with fun, nights filled with stars. That is a Canary Islands cruise in a nutshell. The Mediterranean has always been a popular holiday destination, and for good reason. It is a paradise. The other bonus of cruising to the Canary Islands is that it is a very short flight back home to the UK.
The Caribbean is a magic phrase. Go ahead, say it aloud the Caribbean! If there are people around you, it should automatically invoke reaction. It is a phrase synonymous with perfect luxury sun kissed vacations. If fitness is your thing, do your workout routine in the fitness center; or relax in the aqua spa. Call room service in the middle of the night just to see how fast they are. Enjoy exceptional meals. You can not go wrong with this option.
The bottom line
I hope this article helped you make a decision as to which cruise option you should choose. Although, perhaps it made it even harder for you! However, you can not go wrong with any of the choices above. And the missus will love you a tad bit longer too.
This post is written from a travel writer with a taste for the finer things in life Steven Taylor. He will guide you around some of the highest caliber holidays to stick around.
Why not look into tailor made travel arrangements next time you’re thinking of going abroad? Rather than going on the run of the mill package holiday excursions that just show you a few points of interest around the town where your hotel is located how about a little bit of adventure?
We’ve all been on holidays where we intended to get out into the mountains, into the forests and plains, to the historic old town and the museums and galleries and then just ended up spending ten nights drunk and ten days hungover, sprawled out on a sunlounger on the beach. Well, we all have when we were much younger anyway.
These days, if I want to tan while drunk there’s a twenty four hour tanning salon opposite at least two rowdy pubs not ten minutes drive from me so I have the covered now. When I go abroad now I want to learn, to discover and possibly have a little bit of an adventure. I’m more interested in the history and culture of a place these days than how cheap the beer is and how expensive the clubs are.
So I was looking into some holiday companies, ones that offer tours like the Japanese blossom tour and sightseeing vacations in South America. I realised there are tours that can take you anywhere you can imagine. Limiting yourself to one particular town for the duration is kinda daft when you think about it. Like a gap year student I realised that the final destination isn’t the point, it’s the journey.
Zen? Possibly, but what’s the point of going somewhere if you don’t enjoy the journey? You find yourself in a resort hotel that could have come off of a production line then come home again browner, poorer and in no way otherwise fulfilled.
I used to enjoy that kind of holiday but now I’m older, wiser, less fit and I don’t look so good in Speedos any more! So now I’ll take a sedate trip to the grape growing regions of France, buy a few bottles on the way out and rip it up when we get back to the hotel. I may be getting on but I’m on holiday after all!
These vacations might end up being a bit more costly than ten days in Benidorm but the relaxation, the ambiance and the experience certainly make it worth while.