Category: Travel Tips

Understanding the Zika Virus

With summer upon us, many people are looking to use that vacation time and get away to tropical and exotic locations. While travel planning can be exhaustive, ensuring that you stay healthy during and after your trip is always a concern. If you are a young adult of child bearing age, the Zika virus is one that you need to know about. What is the Zika virus? The Zika virus was first discovered in the mid 1940’s. It is primarily spread through infected Aedes species mosquito bites but can also be sexually transmitted and spread from mother to fetus....

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Staying “Chill” at Disney with the Kids

They say that Disney World is the happiest place on earth and most of the time I agree whole-heartedly. Then there are the times when I am surrounded by exhausted children who are hot and hungry and won’t stop whining. Then, it’s less than magical. Planning for these moments is as vital to your Disney vacation as choosing your fast-passes. Too often I meet people who headed off to Disney with stars in their eyes and unrealistic expectations. It doesn’t matter how amazing a place is, the kids will still be kids and it’s inevitable that everyone will lose their...

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Get through airport security with ease

It’s summer, you’ve been planning your big vacation for a while, and all you can think about is getting to the lake/beach/mountain (select dream location here). But with your mind’s eye fixed on your destination it’s easy to forget about the journey, particularly security screening at the airport. The good news is that being prepared can help you breeze through the screening checkpoint, leaving you more time to shop, eat or just relax before your flight. The first step is doing your homework so you know what goes in your carry-on and what goes in your checked baggage. The...

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Are you flying this spring break? Follow these security screening tips

If you’re like the thousands of Canadians who will take to the air for a vacation this spring break, the Canadian Air Transport Security (CATSA) has advice that will help you go through security in no time. Family friendly tips Good news! When you’re travelling with children under the age of two, you can bring liquids such as milk, breast milk and juice that exceed the 100ml restrictions in carry-on baggage. Just have the containers ready to present to screening officers for a quick inspection. For older kids, solid foods such as apples, granola bars and sandwiches can go...

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One on One Trips With Kids

When you have more than two children the cost of travel jumps quite a bit. Most hotels will require you to have two rooms or a suite; the cost of flying starts to get out of reach and even dining out gets expensive. An affordable option is to travel with the children one on one. There are obvious downfalls to doing this: the whole family isn’t spending time together, they don’t all get to go to the same places and you have to decide who gets to go where, but there are some big advantages as well, aside from...

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30 Items That Families Forget to Pack When Traveling

When I travel alone I almost always forget at least one thing that I need. It’s easy to do, especially if you tend to pack at the last minute like I do. Traveling as a family requires more planning and thought, so I rarely leave that to the last minute. I’m the one who handles the majority of the packing for any of our family trips, and from what I understand Mom is usually the one in charge of this task. I will spend days doing laundry, setting items aside, getting bags ready and checking things off my list....

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Get through airport security easily, even with kids

Going through airport security with children can be stressful, and it can slow down the system for everyone if you are not prepared. My husband and I have headed through customs and security with three young children on several occasions and we’ve learned some things along the way. First off, here are some rules that apply to everyone who is flying: Your medication and all liquids and creams (3 ounces containers maximum) must be in a ziploc bag that you will remove from your carry on and place in a bin to be x-rayed. Laptop computers must be removed...

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Family Travel: So Many Options!

I’ve mentioned my travel bucket list many times, and here I am about to do it again! As my family plans another Disney trip, I was thinking about all of the other places I would love to visit but I haven’t had a chance yet. I have to think in terms of family travel, since it’s not really plausible for my husband and I to get away without the kids, so I have been researching family friendly locations. While I would love to see a number of places in Europe, my ideal European vacation does not include strollers or...

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