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Best strollers for travel?

 

UPPAbaby g-luxe travel stroller

 

Car seat alternatives for travel?

Baby B'Air flight safety vest for air travel with lap-held infants and toddlers

 

 

 

Family Travel Links & Planning Resources

 

Here are some of my favorite links for planning travel. Bookmark this page to check back for your next trip--new links are being added all the time!

Travel  and Medical Evacuation Insurance

 

Not sure if you need it?

See Shelly's advice here: The Top 5 Reasons to Insure your Family's Next Vacation

 

 

Worldwide Travel Insurance:  Travel Guard Chartis       Allianz Travel Insurance

 

Both of these companies offer multiple types of coverage including trip cancellation, trip interruption, cruise insurance, lost baggage, emergency medical evacuation, and more. Kids are free.

 

 

Worldwide Medical Evacuation Coverage:   Medjet

 

In case any member of your family needs hospitalization during your trip, they will provide medical transport to the hospital of your choice (even thousands of miles away).

 

 

 

Passports

 

Ask Shelly: Cruise to Bahamas without passport for 2-year-old?

 

For online passport applications and requirements, visit:

U.S. applications - www.travel.state.gov/passport

Canadian passports - www.pptc.gc.ca/forms

U.K. passports - www.passport.gov.uk

Australian passports - https://www.passports.gov.au

 

 

Traveler's Health 

See Shelly's post on traveling with sick kids

General Information - www.CDC.gov/travel or 1-877-FYI-TRIP

Water Safety - www.safewateronline.com

Breastfeeding / Lactation Support -  www.llli.org and www.ilca.org

 

Baby Supplies Delivery Services

Diapers, baby formula, baby food, & more delivered to destinations worldwide.

 

Babies Travel Lite www.babiestravellite.com or 1-888-450-LITE.

Tip: SAVE $5 with our coupon code TRAVELS at check out!

 

Jet Set Babies - www.jetsetbabies.com or 1-866-990-1811.

               Tip: See special discount for Travels with Baby readers.

 

Find Baby-Friendly and Family-Friendly Hotels, Resorts, B&B's

Travels with Baby Hotel Reviews - Click here to see some of the places Shelly has visited and recommends to other traveling families with young children.

Worldwide - Travel Savvy Mom www.travelsavvymom.com profiles family-friendly vacation properties around the globe, including hotels, resorts, condos, and other vacation rentals that are well-suited to families with small children. 

Worldwide - FamilyGetaway.com FamilyGetaway.com offers family travel packages (resort stays, cruises, safaris, villas, and more) at a savings -- and don't miss the auctions and "Buy it now" prices.

Worldwide - Ciao Bambino www.ciaobambino.com reviews upscale vacation properties and resorts specifically for traveling families, and includes helpful classifications for each, such as "Baby Ready" and "Toddler Fun" to help pin down the most suitable places to stay.

U.K. - Enjoy Bed and Breakfast - http://www.enjoybedandbreakfast.com/england/family-friendly/ will take you to an online collection of family-friendly (gasp, yes!) bed and breakfasts throughout the U.K.

U.S. and Europe - Travel for Kids www.travelforkids.com has a great section on Family Hotels with numerous detailed recommendations, including the family-friendly amenities found at each hotel. 

Big Families : US, Canada, Caribbean, Mexico - Six Suitcase Travel www.sixsuitcasetravel.com Search your destination for hotel rooms and suites that will sleep 5, 6, 7, or 8 people.

Caribbean - Beaches All-Inclusive Resorts are ready to welcome infants, toddlers, and preschoolers with certified "Ultra Nannies" on staff (extra fee), Sesame Street stage shows, and more. Click here for their latest specials. http://www.beaches.com

Jamaica - Franklyn D Resort An all-inclusive resort with baby- and toddler-ready suites, which include a "Vacation  Nanny" assigned to your family for the duration of your stay. www.fdrholidays.com Don't miss the Travels with Baby Review.

 

Family-Friendly Vacation Rentals and Home Exchange

 

Europe apartment rentals - Europenethotels www.europenethotels.com has apartments available for short stays in 14 cities (and counting) across Europe. Nice apartments in good locations, including London, Paris, Barcelona, Vienna, Rome, Prague, and more.

 

Europe, including Turkey - Belvilla Holiday Homes

 

Vacation Rentals by Owner - VRBO.com

 

Worldwide home exchanges - HomeExchange.com

 

 

Travels by Airplane

 

Airport toll-free telephone numbers

 

Security restrictions and information:

Liquids in carry-on / hand baggage - www.tsa.gov/311/index.shtm

Travelers with formula, juice, and breast milk - www.tsa.gov/travelers/airtravel/children/formula.shtm

 

Some of Shelly's favorite sites for finding cheap airfare:

Kayak.com

Hotwire.com

Orbitz.com

 

Helpful sites for planning air travel:

 

U.S. Airport Guides - Get details including ground transportation and parking information, current weather, restaurant information, terminal maps for most major airports throughout the United States.

 

Airport Conditions - See which U.S. airports are currently affected by weather conditions or are experiencing delays.

 

 

Travels by Train

US Rail Service with Amtrak - www.amtrak.com

Canadian Rail Service with Via Rail - www.viarail.com

European rail passes and information - Railpass.com

Australian and Japanese rail passes - Railpass.com

 

More rail info and planning resources:

The Man in Seat 61 - www.seat61.com

For routes and schedules throughout Europe: www.bahn.de (choose English)

 

 

Cruise Discounters

Compare discount cruise rates and deals on family cruises:

CruiseDirect.com

VacationsToGo.com

 

 

Taxis and Shuttles

 

World Taxi Meter - Calculate taxi fares around the world before you go www.worldtaximeter.com

 

CarMel - Private car service with minivans providing service in New York City, Boston, and cities throughout the U.S.  www.CarMellimo.com

 

 

 

Luggage and Travel Bags

Research, compare, and read customer reviews of hundreds of suitcases, duffels, daypacks, and even diaper bags and suitcases for kids at eBags.com

 

Potty Power

Find available bathrooms in most cities around the world: TENA Bathroom Finder

 

Phone calls, how to dial numbers abroad

International dialing codes, instructions for calling abroad, and international calling cards: www.HowToCallAbroad.com 

 

 

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