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Blah blah blah Apple Pay. Although it seems like the new mode of payment is all anyone can talk about this week, the attention is for good reason. Apple Pay is hopefully the first step towards a future we've always envisioned for travelers, a future served by universal payment.
Granted, Apple Pay has a long long way to go before we can hold up our phone to pay for bus fare in Hong Kong one day, and do the same to pay the bill at a Michelin-starred restaurant in Denmark the next, but the growing ubiquity of iPhones and iPads means this native Apple app has serious potential, not to mention that many other countries have already eclipsed the US in contactless payment technology.
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South Africa’s new rules for traveling into and out of the country with children are so strict, they almost seem unbelievable. But a new reality is indeed coming for families, so, despite how excessive they might seem, they must be taken seriously if you want to be allowed to enter the country. Enforcement will commence in a few weeks on October 1st.
To start, let’s take a look at what the new rules are, and then we’ll get into some perspective on the motivation behind them. South Africa’s website gives us a very detailed breakdown of the new requirements, applicable to all children under 18 years of age:
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There are plenty of ways to give back while vacationing in Orlando, and now Universal is offering families an option as part of an easy package.
Universal Orlando Resort is offering guests the chance to volunteer at Give Kids The World Village, a cost-free storybook resort for children with life-threatening illnesses, in exchange for discounts on their own vacation.
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Air travel is going to cost a little more to send the little ones all on their own, as American Airlines is making some changes to their unaccompanied minor policy.
Previously the fee covered minors between ages five and eleven, but now it looks like they’re going to charge you for tweens as well—up to age fourteen. This is on top of regular fares, so you’ll be looking at $150 extra—and that’s each way—to send the kiddos without supervision.
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When Labor Day weekend caps the busy summer season in Orlando, the city will usher in a full month of deals and promotions as the kids go back to school during the month of September.
Marketed as Orlando's Magical Deal Month, discounts on hotels, restaurants, and about 150 theme parks are aggregated on a special website from Visit Orlando. Savings at Disney World, Universal, and Sea World are available, as well as $33 three-course prix-fixe dinners and hotel/dining combination packages throughout the city.
In an interview with our big bro, Conde Nast Traveler, Sir Richard Branson was asked if there were any new ideas he'd been kicking around for his airlines. His response, on the surface, was seemingly directed at improving family travel:
"I would love to introduce [a] kids' class," Branson said. "It would be a separate cabin for kids with nannies to look after them. We’ve had an issue with the Civil Aviation Authority. They worry in an emergency kids would be running in one direction and their parents would be running in the other. So we haven’t got it through yet."
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It’s a little late to enter this year’s contest, well that and the fact that it’s only open to the kiddos. However, we still think it’s worth mentioning, as it’s not everyday that they host a paper airplane contest at a major international airport.
Things are part of Vancouver International Airport’s YVR Take-Off Fridays, and this is the second annual occurrence of this little airplane contest and celebration.
In Tammy Melissa McCarthy plays a woman who loses her job, finds her husband cheating on her and then, as if that weren't enough, she hits a deer and totals her car.
So what's a girl to do when she's down on her luck? Take a road trip with her Grandma Pearl to Niagara Falls of course! Now this is an idea we can get behind.
Here are few things you can do with your grandma in Niagara Falls this summer, too:
To celebrate the release of Rio 2, Liberty Travel is giving away a 5-night Mexican getaway for a family of five.
The lucky winners will receive airfare and 5 nights at the Paradisus Playa Del Carmen La Esmeralda in Riviera Maya, Mexico.
To enter, just "like" Liberty Travel's Facebook Page and fill out the form with your contact information. The contest is open through April 26, 2014 at 4:00 P.M. EST at which time a winner be selected by random drawing.
Rio 2 opens nationwide today.
Those traveling with kiddos have a new airport option when it comes to finding fun stuff during a layover. As part of their renovation and revamp the folks over at Los Angeles International Airport have added a whole new spot for the kids to run wild.
The play area is just one aspect of the new Tom Bradley International Terminal. The new place is after security—perfect for connections—and roughly 1,000 square feet for little kids and big kids to burn off some energy before or after flights. The place is open for those between ages 2 and 8, and it’s created with a beach theme in mind. In fact they’re calling the place ‘LAX Beach.’
We knew that Mickey Mouse was getting a new neighbor down in Orlando, and now it looks like things are pretty much official. Disney recently released some initial details—and snazzy renderings—regarding their plans for bringing the wonderful world of Avatar into their theme parks. Specifically the plan is to do the Pandora thing as a separate land within their Animal Kingdom park at the Walt Disney World Resort.
Right now things are just a tease, but Disney is promising stuff like floating mountains, nighttime jungles filled with bioluminescent plants, and they’re even giving guests the chance to see how it feels like to soar into the sky riding a Banshee.
Traveling solo or with a partner or even a group of friends is easy compared to traveling with little kids. This week we'll be posting some insights and tips from the family travelers of the Jaunted crew. Today Mark Johnson, founder of Jaunted, HotelChatter, and VegasChatter gives us his tips for how to survive the inevitable theme park vacation with kids .
Got kids? If so, it is more than likely you will eventually have to take a family trek to a theme park, if not many theme parks around the world. While theme park vacations are a sure hit for delighting the youngsters they are just as well known for driving adults over the edge. Many parents are quoted as saying "we went to Florida for spring break, but it wasn't a vacation for me, we spent the week at a theme park."
With any luck these 8 Tips for Surviving the Family Theme Park Vacation will help you enjoy your family vacation, or at the very least help you survive. Oh, and by all means, please go ahead and add your own theme park survival tips below
7. Rides Are For The Young: Have you seen the Modern Family episode where Phil Dumphey is at a theme park and suddenly realizes all the twists and turns of these rides no longer agree with his forty-something body? Hasn't happened to you yet? Just wait, it will. Even the most ardent roller coaster riders reach an age where it is time to dial it back, know your body. You can try sea bands, and excuses, but your kids will see right through this. Instead, here is an easy tip that will save your back and still allow you to be a theme park hero -- ride only the newest, most modern roller coasters. Yup, that's right, even though at Disney World, Everest is bigger and scarier than Space Mountain it is a much smoother ride. Furthermore, the surest ride to leave adults feeling queasy is the Tilt-a-Whirl, or any variation that involves all that spinning. Instead, impress your kids by joining them on Universal's Doom Drop which is tamer and shorter than many thrill rides.
6. Rides Are Not Always For The Young: Here is the crazy thing, the Dr. Seuss ride is more likely to scare young children than the Jurassic Park ride, in our experience. Why? Many kids have sensory issues and dark, bright lights, loud noises and jerky motions can set them off in crazy ways. What to do? Have an alternate plan and if your youngling starts freaking out, the exit the ride as quickly as possible, or at the very least stop trying to force the youngster to ride more dark, loud rides, no matter how cute and innocuous they seem to you. Yes, you paid plenty of money for that 5-year-old to enter the theme park, but instead of forcing the youngster on rides, try finding some walk around characters, or if that doesn't work…