Take back your vacation time - tomorrow!Mar 30, 2015
Forty percent of Americans leave an average of seven or more days of paid vacation on the table every year (according to the U.S. Travel Association). In other words, nearly ONE billion vacation days go unused every year. What can we do about this?
Here you’ll find a collection of travel links where Taking the Kids is featured on. Eileen also collects useful travel site links for family vacation planning.
Check out Norwegian Cruise Line’s new “Freestyle Family Fun” section- www.ncl.com/family
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Southwest Airlines family travel site (with help from Taking the Kids) — http://www.southwest.com/html/customer-service/family/taking-the-kids.html
A safe, easy and affordable way for families to find nannies and babysitters nation wide – FindTheBestNanny.com
http://www.SmarterTravel.com also features an archive of Taking the Kids columns- http://www.smartertravel.com/all/?content_type=column&column_type=taking_the_kids
Ciao Bambino is a travel blog and worldwide guide to the best family-friendly hotels and resorts.: http://www.ciaobambino.com
the Centers for Disease Control http://www.cdc.gov/travel for the latest information on necessary vaccinations and potential health risks, like Avian Flu
Looking for day-trips in New England? Visit http://www.shortdrives.com and find all kinds of attractions-golf, fishing, museums, even lighhouses, within a short drive of your home base.
The U.S. Department of State website – http://www.state.gov – posts Consular Information Sheets for every country of the world with information on everything from health conditions to entry requirements, warnings, and the location of the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.
The Statue of Liberty — http://www.us-immigration.com/statue-of-liberty/
http://www.safetytats.com – a site with many useful tips for traveling SAFELY with young children.
http://www.kidsflysafe.com – for more info on the new Child Aviation Restraint System (CARES), the first designed specifically for use on planes and just approved by the FAA for use by children 22-44 pounds. CARES is small-it fits into a 6″ pouch-and attaches directly to an airplane seat, thus allowing a child to be restrained by a shoulder harness (Price: $74.95)
http://www.faa.gov – for why the FAA strongly urges parents to use safety seats on planes
http://www.tsa.gov – the Transportation Security Administration website to see the latest rules on what is and is not permissible through security
http://www.usa.safekids.org – the website for the National Safe Kids Campaign, with tips on everything from installing your car seat correctly to keeping your kids safe around water
http://www.insuremytrip.com and http://www.quotewright.com – to compare and purchase travel insurance plans, some of which insure kids free including http://www.travelguard.com – http://www.travelex-insurance.com – http://www.accessamerica.com – http://www.travelsafe.com
http://www.familytravelforum.com – a rich archive on family travel
http://www.waytofly.com/articles.php?tip=traveltips.families — useful tips for flying with young children
http://www.jetsetbabies.com and http://www.babiestravellite.com are sites that let you purchase all kinds of baby gear and have it delivered to where you’re staying on your travels. Sure beats schlepping those heavy diaper bags!
http://www.nps.gov to link to the National Park you hope to visit
AAA’s http://www.fuelcostcalculator.com to see exactly what you’ll spend on your upcoming road trip and if you’d be better off renting a more fuel-efficient vehicle for the trip. http://www.travelpost.com promises to help travelers find the cheapest gas as well as hotels offering special deals to those arriving by car
http://www.site59.com for last-minute trips
http://www.cruising.org – the website of the Cruise Lines International Association where you can search for a cruise, find a deal and a travel agent in your area who is a cruise specialist. http://www.cruisemates.com is an excellent webzine about cruising, with a special section on family cruises.
Disabled Sports USA http://www.dsusa.org to find out more about wilderness and snow-sports programs around the country that cater to those with disabilities.
websites for adventure companies that I have traveled with and that especially cater to families include the consortium of companies http://www.trustedadventures.com, http://www.familyadventures.com and http://www.oars.com The Sierra Club (http://www.outings.sierraclub.org ) the Appalachian Mountain CLub (http://www.outdoors.org ) Thomson Family Adventures (http://www.familyadventures.com )
http://www.familyskiresorts.net/ A one-stop guide to family ski fun. Vacations, lessons, resort reviews, family travel tips.
http://www.mydriveholiday.com/usa USA RV Rental-Features Motorhome, RV, Campervan Rentals and Hire in the USA
http://www.FrugalMonkey.com/ FrugalMonkey helps you find cheap travel deals and free country travel guides.
Family Vacation Destinations – Family camping with Yogi Bear & Friends at Jellystone Park campgrounds and cabin rentals.
Hawaii Family Vacations — provides information about Big Island activities, beaches, car rentals, hotels, restaurants, vacation homes, rentals & resorts for family Hawaii vacations.
Volunteer Work in Thailand - You Can-Build, Protect, Teach and Care through volunteering programs. Starfish Ventures specialises in volunteer travel, programs and volunteer work in Thailand.
Select Registry is a good resource for finding Bed and Breakfast lodging.
Here are some kids educational travel websites recommended by National Geographic Society Director of Education Outreach Nancee Hunter:
First, of course, is National Geographic Kids: http://www.nationalgeographic.com/kids/
Go Zone (http://www.nps.gov/learn/gozone.htm) is a National Park Service website with links to further information on activities and programs for children in all National Parks. Also offers resources for teachers, including curriculum and field trip planners.
At The World Heritage Pointer (http://www.muenkermedia.com/whp/), children follow Sonya the dog around the globe and read stories steeped in geography, play puzzles, games, contests and activities.
Canadian Geographic Kids (http://www.cgkids.ca/cgkids/cgkids.asp) interactive site with games, facts, and a kid’s atlas.
The Texas Travel Industry Association (http://www.ttia.org) offers Texas Education Vacation (http://www.texaseducationvacation.com), offering guides for families, teachers, and kids including information, deals, and games.