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First comes the honeymoon and then there's the babymoon. If you've found yourself newly pregnant and would like to have one last vacation fling before the baby arrives and
wreaks total havoc changes your life forever, we've got a few tips on how to make the most of your babymoon, specifically what NOT to do. (Of course, you should always ask your doctor what he or she thinks of your vacation plans first.)
1. DON'T Go in Your First or Third Trimesters
This is the Golden Rule of babymoons. In the first trimester, you're exhausted and most likely, sick. In the third trimester, you will be so, SO large and so, SO exhausted (and sometimes, so, SO sick. And also, close to your due date.) None of which makes for a fun vacation. Additionally, in the first trimester, your baby's development is in a fragile state so cramped airline seats, time-changes, rugged terrain rides and other adventuresome activities you usually can handle aren't always recommended.
We've got just the ticket to cure that case of the Mondays. Below is one of the cutest videos you'll see all week (unless you're, like, stuck in a kitten video k-hole again).
The premise is that "Kid Snippets" of BoredShortsTVa YouTube series of adults reenacting scenarios voiced by young childrenasked two little boys to pretend to be pilots. The results yield such gems as this exchange:
"So, what do you want to do when we get to Utah?"
"Umm, let everybody get out and fly back to the airport."
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For some reason there are a lot of travel politics stories floating around today, not a few of them about the tourism industry. But as much as we'd like to spend a few paragraphs unpacking the recent industry-related discoveries made in Yemen and India and Bangkokthat persistent crime and open violence tend to dampen tourism revenuewe've got to talk about this moron who allegedly slapped a crying toddler as the Delta plane they were aboard was descending into Atlanta. Not his toddler, incidentally.
The facts as reported are pretty straightforward. Joe Rickey Hundley was on a Delta flight from Minneapolis to Atlanta. He was sharing a row with Jessica Bennett and her 2-year-old toddler. As the plane dropped altitude Bennett's toddler started crying and wouldn't stop. Heated words were exchangedBennett claims Hundley used a racial slur, a charge he denies but that a witness confirmsand eventually Hundley slapped the kid.
Last year, we talked about Air Asia X's plan to incorporate a section of their economy cabin specifically for those flyers that would prefer to not sit near children. After quick mention that sparked some heated discussion over the topic, the LCC have committed to the passenger enhancement.
Joining the likes of Malaysia Airlines and Thai Airways, both of which have some sort of restriction on flying children, Air Asia has reserved the first 7 rows of its forward economy cabin for passengers that can cough up an extra $15 for advance seat selection, not specifically this cabin and sit amongst passengers that are older than 12 years old.
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We can't ignore the fact that we see more and more children becoming frequent flyers nowadays. 2013 is the year for British Airways to cater to their smallest flyers with the addition of expanded kid-friendly products and services.
As much as we would rather not travel with children, it's inevitable and it makes sense for an major airline like BA to take the energy to ensure the youngest frequent flyers are taken care of and comfy both in the air and on the ground. Realistically, these young flyers will grow up and become full-fledged customers with their own spending power.
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If thereís a family vacation to Disney World in the cards this winter, youíre in luck as Mickey and friends have been hard at work all year long to get things spiffed up for the season. Weíre not just talking about the lights, decorations, and ubiquitous Christmas trees, but thereís a revamped and renovated Fantasyland now available to the masses. They didnít figure out how to eliminate the line for Dumbo, but at least now you can score a drink afterwards.
A lot of the old stuff is still there so donít worry if you just canít live without the musical boat ride thatís known as "It's a Small World." They still have thatóand the songóbut there are two new areas within Fantasyland that will keep the big and little kids happy.
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"Should children be relegated to the back of the plane?" asks SFGate's The Mommy Files, to which we respond, "what, are we suddenly not allowed to strap the things to wings?" (we kid; obviously we don't advocate tying your baby below the far jet engine so that no one can hear its screaming temper tantrum, which probably wouldn't even be happening if you had raised it properly; how will the flight attendant bring the precious little crotch-snowflake its precious little orange juice if it isn't even inside the cabin?)
The issue is relevant again because AirAsia just announced that it's banning children from the first seven rows of long-haul flights, creating a Quiet Zone that travelers will be able to opt into by paying AirAsia's standard seat selection fee.
A pile of boarding passes
This weekend we met a girl who had just returned from Swaziland. She was youngstill studying Spanish in collegeand planning to study abroad in Spain. What brought her to Swaziland then? Her parents. It was their family vacation, and in past years they've also hit Nicaragua, St. Lucia, rural China and South Africa. Kudos to them, but whatever happened to road trips to the Smoky Mountains?
The answer is that itthe not-too-far-from-home vacationis still alive and well and unsupplanted by exotic long-hauls, because both types of trips have existed in harmony for decades. Case in point: the Disberger Family, just profiled by CNN.
Just in time for the summer travel season, it looks like the government is stepping in to help out all those families heading off to the beach, to Grandmaís and to Disney World. Senator Chuck Schumeróheís a Democrat from New Yorkóisnít really the biggest fan of airline fees and surcharges, so heís voicing his concern and displeasure. Heís especially peeved about the airlines offering premium seats for a fee, and how this might force families to pay extra just to sit next to one another.
Hereís exactly what he has to say about these seating shenanigans:
Children need access to their parents and parents need access to their children. Unnecessary airline fees shouldn't serve as a literal barrier between mother and child.
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When Malaysia Airlines promised that their new Airbus A380's would showcase bleeding-edge innovations in passenger comfort, we assumed they were just referring to the impressive engineering lengths to which they'd gone: 2 decks and 494 seats' worth of new chairs and USB-enabled entertainment systems. But while technology is importantand no one appreciates slick travel rollouts more than we dothere's more to in-flight coziness than extra legroom and the ability to watch your illegally downloaded House MD episodes on the screen in front of you.
"Noise-sensitive passengers," by which we assume they mean "everybody," will now be able to reserve those seats secure in the knowledge that screaming babies will be at least one full plane deck below. Thus the first lesson of this post: if you're flying from Kuala Lumpur to London or Sydney this summer, consider Malaysia Airlines.
By now you've all heard the story of the family with two toddlers kicked off a JetBlue flight from Turks and Caicos and, regardless of where you stand on the incident (for the parents or against), it's clear that flying the so-called friendly skies with little ones is not an enviable journey.
Our first thought when we heard about the family getting kicked off was, "Dear God, we hope that never happens to us." Our second thought was actually about this little playground we saw at the Beijing International Airport back in China.
Weíre kind of jealous that we didnít think of this first, but thatís only if it catches on and could have scored us loads of cash. Unfortunately, we really donít know if itís going to be the next big thing in air travel. Nanny in the Clouds promises to give you and your family a little bit of an extra hand the next time youíre flying up in the air, as the plan is to connect in-flight nannies with families in need of a little extra assistance.
Thereís a couple options from which to choose, as Nanny in the Clouds will be happy to help you set up your own in-flight babysitter company. On the other hand you can also search for those who area already scheduled to fly on your flight, and then theyíll take care of connecting you and your family with an extra pair of hands. Itís only $10 to use the service to arrange your in-flight nanny, but after that itís up to you and your personal Mary Poppins to discuss the final payments.