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Tips for Traveling with Children

Traveling solo can be tricky enough as you try to keep track of itineraries, juggle luggage, and arrive on time. Multiplying those efforts by 3 or 4 or 5, as you travel with your family can, at times, be hair-raising–particularly with young children.
Recently, MSNBC’s travel correspondents interviewed three globetrotting families to get their tips for traveling with children.
Their lengthy list of helpful advice included things like …

  • Pack less gear. If you do end up needing something, just buy it at your destination, but most likely you won’t miss all the extras you “think” you need.
  • Tie-dye shirts make children easy to spot in a crowd.
  • Don’t forget the life-jackets if your trip is near water.
  • Back-packs are easier to use than wheeled suitcases when trying to wrangle children.
  • Plan itineraries with flexibility and allow for fun–let kids be kids as you open their eyes to the world around them.

Each family also shared some of their more successful family vacations, as well as a few lessons they learned the hard way. Such expert advice goes a long way when it comes to creating enjoyable family memories, and we’d like to add 3 tips of our own:

  1. Plan age-appropriate vacations. While you want to help you children experience the wide range of cultures the world has to offer, don’t forget that appreciation and understanding will vary by age.
  2. Help them learn. Teach your kids a bit about the customs, language, and traditions of the city or country you’re in. You could even gear up for the trip by sharing tidbits about your destination every day during the week before you leave.
  3. Don’t forget the snacks!

While you’re at it, also has helpful information for traveling families.
And for additional guidance and worry-free vacation planning, we recommend contacting the expert travel advisers at Andavo Travel. Doing so, is definitely the first step to making family travel a breeze.

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Cruising is the ultimate way to celebrate special occassions and spend time with family and friends.  I just returned from a Southern Caribbean Cruise to celebrate my daughters graduation from the University of Utah.  It was amazing how many family members and friends want to travel with people they know and love.  There are many advantages in traveling as a group.  Here are a few:

  1. You can block staterooms which allow you time to get the word out and build excitement.
  2. You will earn free berths.  One for every 15 paying passengers, and sometimes as low as 10 paying.
  3. Your group will get certain amenities.  Such as; on board credit, complimentary wine, private gatherings, photos, meeting rooms, etc.  The choices vary depending on size of group, sailing date, length of cruise, etc.
  4. Priority dining.
  5. Special assigned group coordinator on the ship to assist you with on board arrangements or special ship tours.
  6. Groups can arrange unique and private shore excursions for a better value than the tours offered by the cruise lines.
  7. Best of all, the chance to sail together and build lasting memories.

Below is a beautiful pictures of our groups favorite island, St. Lucia, where we enjoyed a private full day tour of the island.  I also arranged a private catamarran sail from Tortola to Virgin Gorda, stoppin at “The Baths” to snorkle along with other beautiful snorkle stops and guided tours.  It was enjoyed immensely.

So lets get your family vacation planned.  Call us to arrange your next Family/friends cruise and we will provide you with all the details and handle all the booking process.