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Yummy Meals, Cheap Fares, and New Seats from Qantas

Where: Australia
September 17, 2013 at 10:32 AM | by | Comments (0)

Lots of exciting news coming from Down Under with Qantas refreshing cabins, catering to kiddies, and filling the tummies of adults. While North America isn't directly affected by the new digs in the cabins, we can reap the benefits of enhanced meal service and an airfare sale for the littlest flyers.

The 'Red Roo' is expanding dining options for their hugely popular Select on Q-Eat meal service. Starting this week, if you're flying from Dallas to Australia in Premium Economy, you can pre-order your meals for the long, long flight. Don't worry west coasters, because next week LA gets in on the fun with flights from the west coast to Oz offering the service to PE passengers as well. The airline plans to expand this service to long-haul Economy later in the year.

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Airlines Get Hip to Family-friendly Flying with Onboard Nannies and Lactation Stations

September 5, 2013 at 10:02 AM | by | Comment (1)

After the recent news that more airlines are creating "child-free zones" in their aircraft, we are excited to announce something to actually benefit families. Etihad now has plans to train 500 of the airline's cabin crew as childcare specialists to act as "onboard nannies" for long-haul flights.

The Flying Nannies will be on hand to keep kiddies entertained throughout a long flight by serving meals earlier to ease into nap time, and filling milk bottles and offering snacks for the next leg of transiting passengers. If the kids just won't get some shut-eye, the attendants trained in the "gentle art of distraction" will use straws, stickers and cardboard teaching origami techniques. If you think all of that sounds fun, sock puppet kits are on the arts and crafts list too, but calm down as they are only for kids.

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How to Keep Teens (and Parents) Happy While Traveling

August 22, 2013 at 4:06 PM | by | Comments (0)

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, HotelChatter editor Chanize Thorpe talks about traveling with some tough critics--teenagers.

The key to a successful vacation with teens boils down to one word--compromise. Gone are the days where you can demand little ones to do your bidding while on the road. No, these youngsters have grown up and have their own opinions and agendas. Ignore it and you may find yourself on a holiday fraught with tears--and they'll probably be your own.

Hoteliers are beginning to understand that the 12-17 market have needs too, as they are too old for traditional kids clubs, but too young for the bars or nightclubs at many resorts and hotels. So they are now getting more inventive with attractions and activities for this hard-to-please age group. I've been traveling with my 21, 17, and 14 year old daughters since they were the tiniest of tots and have seen the changes in the industry. My two youngest can still travel with me because I keep the following tips in my head and pick places like these that guarantee they have a good time:

· 1.Decide if you want to fight the electronics battle.
You have this dream of a tech-free holiday, where everyone plays car games and has sing-a-longs. Aw, that's sweet. But know this--most teens are going to balk at forced-family fun. They want it to happen organically. Besides, their cell phones will be your friend when it comes to organizing meet up times. And those iPods? A godsend during long drives, unless you want to hear their god-awful music? A resort that embraces 21st-century toys is Grand Velas Resort & Spa in Mexico's Riveria Maya region. Their Teen Lounge has Xboxes with Kinect and PS3s with special seats that have built in speakers for enhanced gaming, and individual cubicles with 40” LED TVs. Four 55” LED TVs project current sports programs and music videos, while Apple TV lets them connect their iPhone or iPads. In the evening, the dance floor lights up and has surround sound for karaoke nights, where there's 45,000 songs in multiple languages to choose from.

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And the Latest Airline to Create a Child-Free Zone is...

Where: Singapore
August 21, 2013 at 10:34 AM | by | Comments (0)

Even in the middle of our Family Travel Week, it seems like some airlines are going the opposite direction of catering for the littlest flyers. Exiling children in the air started with Malaysia Airlines and then AirAsia, when both of the carries announced they will create a section of their long-haul aircraft specifically designed for travelers that choose not to be around children; in Malaysia's case, they've even banned children from flying in the first class cabins. Now, the newest child-free zone comes from Scoot.

Singapore's favorite canary yellow low-cost carrier is now reserving a portion of the economy cabin for those traveling without children. The ScootinSilence cabin has banned under-12s from sitting in rows 21 to 25 to make room for passengers coughing up $18 SGD (about $14 US) to have the privilege of sharing an armrest with someone closer their age.

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Little Prince George Already Has Big Travel Plans

Where: Australia
August 16, 2013 at 12:57 PM | by | Comments (0)

Hopefully the monarch-to-be will sit still for a passport pic, because at barely four weeks old, Prince George already has some plans to jaunt all over the planet on 'official' visits. Just yesterday, Prince William announced news to follow in his parents' footsteps by making Australia one of the first stops on the new family's 2014 itinerary.

William spilled the news to an Aussie couple at an agriculture show in Wales. No official plans have been released on the details of Will and Kate's down under trip, but we know that it will happen sometime next year. Hopefully they'll stop by a zoo to show the little prince some kangaroos and koalas.

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Gwyneth Paltrow's Kids Rival the Jolie-Pitt Clan for Most-Traveled Tots

Where: Indonesia
July 25, 2013 at 2:37 PM | by | Comments (0)

The Jolie-Pitt clan has some new competition when comes to being the world's most traveled kids.

Earlier this month Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin brought their kids, Apple and Moses, on vacation in Mallorca, Spain, where they reportedly stayed at a home owned by Michael Douglas.

But, the family's earlier summer vacation makes Mallorca seem like the Jersey Shore. In May, Gwyn brought her kids on a "dream" trip to Indonesia.

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Traveling for Two: 5 Things NOT To Do On Your Babymoon

June 6, 2013 at 10:00 AM | by | Comments (0)

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.

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Video Interlude: Flying a Plane, as Imagined by Little Kids

April 29, 2013 at 6:06 PM | by | Comments (0)

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 BoredShortsTV—a YouTube series of adults reenacting scenarios voiced by young children—asked 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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Man Slaps Crying Toddler on Delta Flight, Gets Slapped with Assault Charges

February 18, 2013 at 2:32 PM | by | Comment (1)

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 Bangkok—that persistent crime and open violence tend to dampen tourism revenue—we'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 exchanged—Bennett claims Hundley used a racial slur, a charge he denies but that a witness confirms—and eventually Hundley slapped the kid.

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One Airline's Adults-only Section May Be Better Than First Class

Where: Malaysia
February 11, 2013 at 9:09 AM | by | Comments (0)

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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British Airways Has Just the Ticket (and New Lounges) for Flying Kiddos

January 8, 2013 at 12:19 PM | by | Comments (0)

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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Disney World's Revamped Fantasyland Will Have You Drinking Wine and Sitting in Clamshells

December 14, 2012 at 10:41 AM | by | Comments (0)

If there’s a family vacation to Disney World in the cards this winter, you’re in luck as Mickey and friends have been hard at work all year long to get things spiffed up for the season. We’re not just talking about the lights, decorations, and ubiquitous Christmas trees, but there’s a revamped and renovated Fantasyland now available to the masses. They didn’t 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 don’t worry if you just can’t live without the musical boat ride that’s known as "It's a Small World." They still have that—and the song—but there are two new areas within Fantasyland that will keep the big and little kids happy.

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