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!
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See Shelly's advice here: The Top 5 Reasons to Insure your Family's Next Vacation
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).
For online passport applications and requirements, visit:
General Information - www.CDC.gov/travel or 1-877-FYI-TRIP
Water Safety - www.safewateronline.com
Diapers, baby formula, baby food, & more delivered to destinations worldwide.
Babies Travel Lite - www.babiestravellite.com or 1-888-450-LITE.
Jet Set Babies - www.jetsetbabies.com or 1-866-990-1811.
Tip: See special discount for Travels with Baby readers.
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.
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
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:
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.
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)
Compare discount cruise rates and deals on family cruises:
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
Research, compare, and read customer reviews of hundreds of suitcases, duffels, daypacks, and even diaper bags and suitcases for kids at eBags.com
Find available bathrooms in most cities around the world: TENA Bathroom Finder
International dialing codes, instructions for calling abroad, and international calling cards: www.HowToCallAbroad.com