Traveling with a Toddler

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Free Kid’s Club at the Andaz Papagayo in Costa Rica

For me, the best type of vacation is often one that provides a nice mix of both family time and adult time. Adults-only trips are great on occasion and trips that are nothing but family time 24/7 can also be great, but after a few days of either extreme you can yearn for a little bit of balance. Whether you accomplish this balance by bringing grandparents, a nanny or babysitter from home, using a resort kid’s club, or hiring a local…

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20 Airline Stroller Policies Around the World

The events of the recent American Airlines flight 591 from San Francisco to Dallas where a mom of young twins had her stroller taken from her on-board the aircraft set off a chain reaction that ended with a yelling flight attendant, the mom in tears, the baby narrowly being missed by the stroller, and much more. The initial reaction of many, even frequent flyers, was that the mom should have known better than to bring a stroller on-board the aircraft in…

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Lap Babies Eligible for £250 EU Delay Compensation Awards!

If you have flown to or in Europe you are probably at least somewhat familiar with the EU Regulations that provide for monetary payments if you arrive at your final destination with a delay of more than 3 hours, as long as the delay wasn’t due to extraordinary circumstances such as political instability, air traffic control, weather, or security situations. For those not familiar with how this compensation works, we aren’t talking about getting a small airline voucher for your troubles, we are…

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Four Reasons to Not Take a Toddler to Hawaii

I booked our recent trip to Hawaii roughly a year in advance when my youngest daughter was around 8 months old. She had already taken well over a dozen flights by then and I thought she would be good to go to Hawaii a year later. Roughly calculating where my first daughter was at about 20 months old, I thought we could pull off a family trip to paradise with a toddler who would just be coming out of the “hardest age…

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Pre-Ordering American Airlines First Class Meals…Just Not for Kids

When you are booked in a premium cabin on American Airlines, you can go online into your reservation from 30 days until 24 hours before departure and select a meal option. Selecting a meal choice doesn’t 100% guarantee that you will get that choice, but it certainly increases the chances of getting your first choice. Since we are within 30 days of some American Airlines first class flights I logged in to my reservations to check out the menu choices and select the ones…

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Booking Award Stays at Hyatt Ziva All-Inclusives With Children Two and Under

I am a very, very big fan of the all-inclusive Hyatt properties. I’m not a typical all-you-can-eat-and-drink girl just for the heck of it, so my expectations going into an all-inclusive situation were tempered. However, the Hyatt Ziva Cancun was everything my family wanted from a beach vacation and more. It has almost been a year since our stay and I seriously can’t wait to find an excuse to get back there. The one downside to a family stay at a…

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What is the Right Age for a Child to Start Traveling?

A popular thing that new parents and even parents-to-be ponder is what is the right age for a child to start traveling. This is one of those questions that everyone has an opinion on  – especially as it relates to little ones still in the age range where they may cry, kick airplane seats, or unexpectedly get sick everywhere. The best answer I can think of to this common question, only has a little bit to do with the child, and…

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Five Free Kids Clubs at Points Friendly Hotels!

Family travel can create lasting shared memories and provide the platform not only for fun, but for bonds to grow even stronger, but I warn against confusing the term ‘family trip’ with ‘vacation’. Very often after a family trip you may feel like you actually really need a vacation as sleeping in and sitting back by the pool with a mai tai in hand may not happen when you are traveling with little kids. With two young girls along for the ride,…

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Inside the Historic Driskill Hotel’s Junior Suite

We didn’t visit with any ghosts in the haunted Driskill Hotel in Austin in our most recent visit, but we did get to experience both a junior suite and a small standard room. Here’s a look at what those rooms are like as well as a peek at what elite status and booking via luxury hotel programs can get you at this historic property…

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To Maui or Not to Maui?

In spring of 2016 I booked our 2017 family spring break trip to Hawaii using airline miles, hotel points, suite upgrades, and more. I was pretty excited with how it all worked out and that we were able to get the availability to line up. I figured (hoped) that by the time of the trip we would be at a point where that big of a journey wouldn’t be too terrible of an idea. Our oldest daughter would be nearing the end…

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