Important Things to Consider When You Travel With Children

Holidays are the best time in a child’s life. After a hectic year at school, this is the time they enjoy relaxing. Parents should also plan some of their leaves well ahead knowing when their children will have holidays so that they can spend some quality time together. Also taking them travelling is a great idea. Travelling has great impact on children. They learn a lot on their journey. The different experiences make them wise beyond their years.

Hence, whenever parents get a chance, they should take their children on a trip to experience new and exciting things. However, as exciting it is to children, it can be a little overwhelming for parents as they have to take care of a lot of things before and during the trip.

In order to make the trip memorable for the children as well as for you, you have to consider a few important things like

Book Ahead – When you were just a couple without children, there was nothing to worry about, you could show up at the last minute and book a ticket to wherever you want. With children, however, it is not possible as children can get tired with long journey. If you have to wait for the next flight that will be after 8 hours or if you have to keep driving hunting for a lodge, you will end up getting tired and cranky kids. Hence planning ahead is extremely important.
Make a List – This is one of the most important things when you travel with kids. Before you pack, make a list of all the things that you might need when you travel. If you do not make a list, there are chances you can forget a few things like your phone charger, passports, hand sanitisers, emergency medicines, etc.
Consider the Weather – Children are more vulnerable to adults when there is change of weather. Hence it is important to consider the weather of the place you are visiting. Pack cloths accordingly. A child dressed comfortably for the weather will be the happiest.
Bag full of Essentials – If you have a toddler, you must have a separate essential bag that contains all the important things like their nappies, wet wipes, medicines, Band-Aids, thermometer, torch, pacifier, etc. so that you know that all the important stuff is at one place.
Apps – Yes children-friendly apps are great while travelling, so that your baby is busy playing. A device loaded with games and other apps is compact and saves you enough space while also keep your child interested.
Child Locator – Children are curious and however much you keep an eye on them, they tend to wander away, and if it is a crowded place, you might get all panicky. Hence why take advantage of the modern technology and invest in a good child locator. It will put your mind at ease. It’s a small unit that the child can wear on a belt or shoe and the transmitter will be with you. If you need to find him, set off the alarm and follow the sound.
Let them Have the List – Always write an important list of phone numbers and your address and keep it in the pockets of all the cloths of your child. In case s/he is lost, it can be accessible to them. You should inform them not to lose it. Also you can write your cell phone number on their arm when you travel, so that someone can help call you if your child is lost.

Top Seven Honeymoon Destinations in Greece

Greece is a cluster of 6000 islands out of which 227 are inhabited. It can indeed get boggling to someone visiting Greece for the first time. So here we present to you the top seven destinations ensure that you have an amazing honeymoon in Greece

1. Santorini

It will seem as though Santorini is made for honeymooners. With it’s wish washed structures, inviting wine culture, postcard perfect villages, enticing beaches and breath taking sunsets it is no wonder that Santorini is the most popular honeymoon destination for locals and visitors seeking romance. Book a luxurious suite for you and your partner to enjoy the aluring sunset sipping some fine wine while enjoying the fine cuisine that Santorini has to offer or even take a dip in the infinity pools on the terraces of your hotels. The perfect start to a never ending romance.

2. Corfu

Corfu is the second largest island on Greece. Located by the Ionian sea Corfu is the perfect romatic getaway for lovebirds. Mesmerizing clear blue water, majestic volcanic mountains, monument of a bygone era and the impeccable beaches will entice you. One day will surely not suffice to marvel at the beauty that is Corfu. Scuba dive at the Paleokastritsa, take a hike to Mount Pantokrater and explore the old castles. Corfu offers the honeymooners much needed privacy as it is not very crowded.

3. Athens

The capital city though famous for the rustic ruins has an old world charm of its own. Pay you respects to the God of love herself-Aphrodite when you are at Athens. Explore the National Gardens, the temple of Zeus, The Pantheon and the Acropolis museum by taking a day tour. The panoramic view of Mount Lycabettus, Temple of Hephaestus and The National Museum give you a glimpse of the bygone royalty of Greece.

Wind up a beautiful day spent seeing the marvels of Athens by treating your spouse to the lip smacking Mediterranean cuisine and fine wine to have a perfect end to a romantic day.

4. Plaka

Plaka is located close to Athens and you will indeed love to spend a day relaxing and enjoying the spell binding views of the imposing structures. The Pre historic Thera, Ancient agora, Theater of Dionysus and the Tower of winds are major attractions at Plaka. If you would rather spend a quiet day relaxing with your spouse the Plaka has the most wonderful secluded beaches for that. Plaka has many shops where you can pick up souvenirs to remind you of the wonderful time spend at Greece.

5. Mykonos

Mykonas is where the happening crowd is found at Greece. Brimming with pubs and discotheques Mykonas offers you an exciting way to spend your night. Terrace party, pool party, theme based party, under 30 party, post midnight drag shows there are all kinds of exiting parties happening at Mykonos with rum based drinks, sangria and finw Mediterranean cuisine for the best nightlife experience.

There are other attractions too like the iconic windmill, Greek ruins in Delos, Maritime museum, Gondola ride at Little Venice and secluded beaches for the honeymooners to spend some quiet quality time with each other.

6. Nafplio

Nafplio is a city brimming with romance. This charming town located in the Peloponnesse was once the capital of Greece. The beautiful classic mansions covered in bougainvillea are a picture perfect view, many quaint little cafĂ©’s offer you the perfect spots to spend cozy evenings with the love of your life while marveling the visual treat offered by this magical city.

The sheer beauty of this place attracts many people to get married here too and the magic in this place can only be experienced by visiting it.

7. Monemvasia

Monemvasia is the perfect locale for the honeymooners who hate crowds. If you love to spend time in a magnificent place that seems as if it is still in the Greek era with all its splendor then Monemvasia is a highly recommended place for you. Explore this beautiful city by walking hand in hand with your spouse on the stone paved narrow streets. It is very close to historic sites close by and also houses many secluded beaches and coves for a romantic escapade. Enjoy a romantic dip in the secluded waters and snorkel to your heart’s content. Lay down by the lovely beaches and sipping on wine. Monemvasia has many taverns that offer excellent Mediterranean cuisine. Wind up you day by savoruing the delicious dinner with a bottle of fine wine. Monemvasia is indeed a welcome getaway from the hustle and bustle and heavy crowds of Santorini.

Travel Dictionary

There can sometimes be a lot of lingo/jargon that gets thrown around amongst travelers. I thought it would be really cool to put all of those terms in one place, with a simple definition. I will definitely not claim that this is a fully complete compilation, but it’s at least a good start. These are some of the most common terms that I think can easily be confused or misunderstood.

A la carte: This term can often be found on menus at restaurants or for room service when referring to food. It means that each item is separately priced, as opposed to being part of a meal or bundle. So if the fries are “a la carte”, that means that you have to pay for them separately.

Affiliate: A business partner within a tourist destination. For example, a hotel might have an affiliate restaurant. The restaurant is owned and operated by the same company as the hotel, but is managed by different people. Many times if you eat at an affiliate restaurant of the hotel, you may get a certain discount or incentive. They both want to benefit from each other, so they like to send their customers to each other.

Back-to-back ticketing: When a traveler combines two return trips, but with opposite start and destination points. They use a single segment from each to achieve an overall lower cost. For example, the first ticket would be a round trip flight booked from Chicago to Dallas and the second would be a round trip flight from Dallas to Chicago. The traveler would use the first leg of the first trip and the first leg of the second trip. This is most often done during the week so that you can avoid paying the higher fare of mid-week travel.

Baggage allowance: This is either the weight or size that your airline will allow you to bring on your flight. It is usually a very rigid standard, so always make sure to check that you are within the allowed baggage restrictions. If you go over they sometimes either charge you an additional fee or force you to remove some things from your bags.

Blackout periods: Specific days or periods of time when special rates are not available. This is usually caused by high demand time periods for flights, when the airlines know that they can charge more money.

Bumped: This means that the number of seats the flight actually has been oversold or undersold. If you’re lucky and the flight was undersold, you might get “bumped” up to first class to fill an empty seat that they have. On the other side, if the flight is oversold there is a chance that you will get “bumped” to the next available flight. One way to avoid this happening to you is to check in for your flight early as they sometimes make the decision based on that.