Yep, that’s the price for the full week’s stay in a 1-bedroom suite in Orlando’s Wyndham Cypress Palms, located nine miles from Walt Disney World, select weeks beginning April 30 through June. In addition to having a full kitchen, washer and dryer, swimming pools and a playground at your disposal, you’ll also be able to use their shuttle service to the Disney theme parks.
Not planning to visit Orlando? Check out the myriad other destinations where you can also book a 1-bedroom suite for this $299 / week rate, including popular spots across the U.S., in eastern and western Canada, the Caribbean and Bahamas.
Clock’s ticking, of course.
But there’s not a lot of time to contemplate where you might spend this low-cost week’s vacation with your family (I’m thinking! I’m thinking!). The “April Fool’s Day Sale” is on for 72 hours only, and ends April 2nd at 4 p.m. CDT.
Get the dirt; get the deal:
- Find out more about the Orlando deal at Travelzoo – click here
- …and about all the destinations available at Wyndham’s Endless Vacation Rentals site – click here
Shelly Rivoli, author of the award-winning guide Travels with Baby
The Ultimate Guide for Planning Trips with Babies, Toddlers, and Preschool-Age Children
I don’t normally have guest posts in this blog, but in this case I’ve made an exception. I thought my son, who just turned 1 year old this month, could share some interesting perspectives from his recent trip to Bodega Bay for those of you planning ahead for beach trips with your own babies and toddlers. – Shelly
1. Keep trying.
If you can’t reach the hotel door knob the first time, don’t give up. There is always a chance you might grow a little when they least expect it, or better yet, a sibling might toss a helpful shoe or toy close enough to use it for leverage.
2. Crawl beneath the radar.
No matter what anybody says, it’s worth exploring under the hotel beds. Do this when your parents least expect it for the greatest success.
3. Eat the sand.
I’m telling you, you’ve got to eat the sand.
4. Go to the bathroom.
Hotel bathrooms can be lots of fun if you play your cards right. See if you can find the hairdryer.
5. Bring a truck.
You can roll it back and forth on the beach long enough to convince your big people that you won’t eat the sand. (Then eat the sand.)
6. Stay up late.
There’s no way to party like piling on the hotel bed with your family, pulling your big people’s hair, leaving cracker crumbs in their bed, and dozing off during a movie. Just promise them you’ll sleep extra soundly once you finally get tucked into that hotel portacrib. Repeat as necessary.
Thank you for your insightful post, Theo. We can’t wait to see what you glean from our next adventure together. This post is part of Photo Friday at DeliciousBaby.com – hop over there for more photos and inspiration for your family’s travels.
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This is great timing! I literally JUST sent my oldest daughter out the front door wearing her RideSafer vest, ready to hop into Grandma’s car for a quick ride to school. No need to venture out into the driveway with two sets of keys and schlep the booster seat from our car to hers to be ready before take-off. Nope. I’m still sitting here in my bathrobe getting ready to kick off this great giveaway!
If YOU hate traveling with car seats or safety boosters, and will be traveling with a child between 3 years and 30 lbs. and 6 years (or up to 80 lbs. in size large), you will love the new and improved RideSafer Travel Vest from Safe Traffic System, Inc. It’s the same travel vest I recommend in Travels with Baby, but in a new edition for 2010 that accommodates even slightly smaller children and with some enhancements.
The RideSafer travel vest meets Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS 213) and parents have already been using it for travel to other countries for years, but I will let you read all about it, including how it works and how it worked for my two different-size children, in the Travels with Baby feature review of the RideSafer.
To enter to win the RideSafer Travel Vest:
Maybe it’s a trip traveling with your child mostly by train across Europe, catching your taxi from the airport in New York, popping in to ports on a cruise vacation, or simply carpooling with other kids in your own home town? When it comes to car seats, you can’t get more portable than this!
To make sure your comment counts:
Your comment must be posted before midnight Pacific Standard Time Thursday 4/15/2010 (a.k.a. tax day). You must be a Travels with Baby Tips subscriber (if you’re new here, just use the box above), U.S. shipping addresses only for this one, and if you’ve won a Travels with Baby prize in the past 3 months, please cheer from the sidelines. One entry per person, excluding these extra methods below. Note: “Anonymous” entries will not be considered; if you don’t have a Google I.D.; or Open I.D., please be sure to select the “Name” option and enter yours there when leaving your comment. Thanks!
The randomly chosen winner will be announced Friday, April 16, 2010. Prize must be claimed in 3 days or a new winner will be selected. Good luck!
Get up to 2 extra chances to win!
1. Facebook fans – Visit the Travels with Baby Facebook fan page and post your same comment to the wall. Leave an additional comment here telling me you’ve done so.
2. Twitter – Tweet all about it and include a link to this giveaway and my handle @travelswithbaby. Leave another comment below this post with a link to your tweet.
Thanks, Safe Traffic System!
Shelly Rivoli, author of Travels with Baby
The Ultimate Guide for Planning Trips with Babies, Toddlers, and Preschool-Age Children
* NAPPA Gold Award-winner in Parenting Resources*
* Finalist for two ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Awards*
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I had a lot of fun reading your responses to this one. Overall, if parents could fly any airline in the world with a baby in a FlyeBaby hammock, it seemed airlines with routes to family visits was the #1 determining factor, though employing airlines (free travel!) and free baggage allowances (more free!) were definite pluses, too.
Our randomly selected winner, however, had this ambitious response:
“If I could use the FlyeBaby traveling on any airline in the world, it would be Air France because it would mean I would be on my way to France with my babies and husband (who has never been)!”
“Babies”?! Perhaps she’ll need a second FlyeBaby for the trip!
Congratulations to Elizabeth, our winner. Please contact me within 3 days to claim your FlyeBaby, and specify which of the three fabric options you would like: Jungle, RetroMod (shown), or Solid Gray.
Thanks again to Tots on the Go, our sponsor of this FlyeBaby giveaway–and remember you can also rent or purchase a FlyeBaby from them, and for a limited time you can still get 15% off your total purchase from Tots on the Go with our coupon code TWB15. Click here for details.
If you want to find out more about the FlyeBaby, be sure to read the Travels with Baby feature review (that’s us using it above, for those who missed it the first time around).
And because I believe we all need “more free!” in our lives these days… I’m preparing to kick off another giveaway I know will be VERY interesting to any of you planning to travel with your kids between 3 years and 6 years, at home and/or abroad… intrigued?
Keep watching for my announcement!
Since I know how many of you took an interest in my review and giveaway for Franklyn D Resort & Spa and its sister property Pebbles, home of the Vacation Nannies, I thought I should forward these great offers they just announced—including a very cool offer for families with a new baby.
First a recap of the inclusions at these two Jamaican resorts: All-inclusive rates cover your airport transfers from Montego Bay, all meals, all drinks (including Mom’s pina colada!), snacks, watersports, children’s activities, entertainment, and best of all – mom’s dedicated daily helper and personal Vacation Nanny.
Deal 1: Moms free in May
As you may recall, kids under 6 years stay free at both resorts, but for stays during May 2010, moms will stay free too when dad pays full price (see below). Valid for stays May 1 through June 4, 2010.
Deal 2: Baby’s first vacation
Proof that baby’s your ticket to travel: FDR is even paying for the passport when you book a stay with your 3-month-old or younger baby (passport fee of $85 reimbursed at resort). Better yet, Mom and other kids in the family will stay free, too (up to 15 years)! Valid for stays April 9 through June 30, 2010.
Rates for dads at the all-suite (1 BR or bigger) all-inclusive Franklyn D. Resort & Spa start at $310. Rates for dads at the all-junior suite (or combined suites) FDR Pebbles resort start at $230 per night.
Franklyn D. Resort & Spa was also recently ranked the #2 Best Beach Resort for Families by Parents magazine, and as I mentioned before both resorts have received Traveler’s Choice Awards from TripAdvisor.com.
Don’t forget, you can read the full feature review and see the Travels with Baby video (including room tours) at: http://www.travelswithbaby.com/planning/FDR.htm You can also compare other deals and read recent customer reviews at TripAdvisor.
If you want to take advantage of this deal, Call 1-800-654-1337 or visit http://www.fdrfamily.com/. Be sure to tell them Shelly of Travels with Baby sent you (and wishes she were coming with you).
Reminder: Last day to enter to win the FlyeBaby air travel hammock sponsored by Tots on the Go! Click here
Although on any given weekday I may be spotted around town without a stitch of make-up, my hair swept back in a stark Kelly McGillis / Witness twist, I assure you I like zippers, snaps and lip gloss as much as anyone. Nevertheless, I had one of my most significant a-ha travel moments in, of all places, Amish Country. (Those of you who commented on my “eyes on the scenery, not the screen-ery” 2010 resolution will especially appreciate this.)
You see, technology has been trying to travel with us since before my husband and I had children, well before. In a nutshell, he is by career one of those techno-computer types with a lot of responsibility on his shoulders to help keep things running smoothly and securely for a whole ‘lotta people. It’s a great job and we’re very glad that he has it, though naturally it’s the kind where you can use a break once in a while. However, thanks to technology, what once was known as a “vacation” in the U.S. has for many been replaced by some sort of extended-leash reduced-hours work-from-afar scheme, seeming all the more reasonable because of expanded cellular coverage around the globe, and hotels and airports boasting wi-fi access wherever you turn. Going offline completely would now be, for many, irresponsible.
Still, these are petty excuses to justify the expense—and need for travel. Even a “staycation” may prove more fulfilling if we could just power down, disconnect, and forget about Facebook for a while. We had a great opportunity to do just that about a year ago when a great storm swept through the Bay Area and knocked out our power for 17 hours straight. Happily, I could not even recharge my dead cell phone. We lit candles and made one of the first fires in our fireplace at this house. I read some of my favorite childhood poems to the kids. I cooked using only the gas burners on the stove. We had a blast. The kids wanted to do it again the next week and a part of me actually considered the possibility. It was with a twinge of sadness that I first logged in to check the email after our sacred and distraction-free time out.
While I’m not ready to part with my car, phone, or the tools that help me keep career-and-home (not any time soon anyway), I have taken some measures to limit the amount of time I let technology dictate my day. For example, a few months ago I subscribed to the weekend edition of the New York Times—in paper. At first my hubby was appalled and suggested I cancel immediately since I can simply read it online, and only the parts that interest me, as he does on his PDA. But when I explained that I didn’t need one more thing to do in front of a computer, he nodded with a little smile. I also try to turn off the computer—off completely—at least two hours in the middle of each day so that even the temptation to quickly check email as I pass by doesn’t get the best of me. And I’ve tried to make it apparent to friends and family to always call my home phone first—so when I’m home and don’t need to be reached by it I can shut my cell phone gloriously off.
When I leave home? I admit more electronics make it into the car than they used to. But let’s just say don’t expect to “find me on Facebook.”
Do you consider technology to be an enhancement or a distracter when you travel? Do you think it cuts into your sacred time together as a family? Will you unplug during an upcoming family vacation—at least for a little while?
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