How to Travel with a Toddler

So how many of you tried to take a road trip with a toddler, aged 1.5 – 3 years old. Even a trip to the local store can be an adventure for our family with little Aaron, 2 year old, in tow. I have tried to think of anything and everything that we can use to entertain him while traveling.

First of all, when going on a trip, it is best to go when the child is normally asleep. If he/she is usually asleep by 9, try to head out around that time, so that (hopefully) the little one will sleep while traveling in the car. Bring an open mind and a soft heart.

One of our lifesavers while traveling has been the MagnaDoodle. You know that toy! The one that has the little pencil with a magnet on the end and the white board with the magnetic particles inside of it. With our little one, he just scribbles. With an older child, you can have him/her draw what they see out the window. If you pass a big building, ask the dear child to draw it for you. Or a big tree. Or an airplane.

Bring along some little cars or baby dolls. You child can play with the cars or feed their baby dolls.

Bring lots and lots of animal crackers, goldfish, string cheese, chips, grapes, or any other snack that your child loves.

If your child is still young enough, bring a lullaby CD. For the older ones, a sing along CD.

Portable DVD player and their favorite movie.

Be sure when you stop to eat or potty, let the children run around a bit. Maybe stop at a fast food restaurant and take it to the closest park. Let them eat, play for a bit, and get their energy out.

Books. Bring plenty of books.

Last but not least, take some Tylenol for yourself. You may need it!!!…

Tips for Smooth Summer Air Travel

Tips from the insider to make air travel easier during the busy summer season:

Check in online. Whenever possible check in for your flight on the airlines website. The rule of thumb is usually 24 hours prior unless you are a top-tier frequent flyer. Even if you have bags to check, this will save you time as most airports have self-service machines for people checking bags only. It will save you loads of time at the ticket counter and get you on the way through security.

Become a frequent flyer. No, I'm not talking about those of us who fly at least 6 times per year. I'm talking about the frequent flyer programs that each airline has. The more information that the airline has about you such as your address, phone and email address the less likely you will be randomly "selected" for extra screening at security.

Pack light and carry on. This will save you in more ways than one. Most airlines have instituted fees for checking luggage, and it will save you from even having to go to the ticket counter if you've successfully checked in online. Just breeze through security and you're on your way to the gate.

Check the TSA website for updates. The TSA has put together a great website to help travelers get through security quickly and efficiently. This will give you the how-to's you need to know before you go.

http://www.tsa.gov/travelers/airtravel/simplifly.shtm

Give yourself enough time. Check out the TSA's website that shows the wait times at major airport security across the country before you head out. It is a pretty accurate indication of how long it will take you to get through security. Remember that this is only for security, not the ticket counter so give yourself some extra time if you need to check in or check bags.

http://waittime.tsa.dhs.gov/index.html

Make sure you are prepared with the above tips and you'll be on your way to a great vacation in no time!…

The Best Travel Websites

Hello everyone and welcome to my short article about a perfect source for Travel websites.
There is a site called www.thebestwebsites.net/travel and clicking on this link will take you straight to their travel category listing. There you will be able to find the most trusted and known websites on which you can book hotels and buy airline tickets. If you would like to book a cruise that is not a problem as well because these sites deal with all of the above and more.
The sites as you will see are well known and even you have probably heard about them at some time. What is cool about this directory is that there is also a section showing you which of those sites offer discounts and deals currently so you can save yourself some cash.
When you are looking for a site on the internet for airline tickets and hotels etc. you will find those sites probably without a problem but what you most likely wont find is the discounts and deals they offer. The site which has this category on it www.thebestwebsites.net is as i see still under construction and looks like it is going to be a blast to use for me whenever I'm looking for something on the web. I hope this was helpfull and hope that this will help anyone looking for a good travel site quickly.
Thanks, hubert.…

Pattaya – a Mystic and Exotic Travel Experience

A tour Pattaya is must for people who visit Bangkok as it is the best nearest beach and is well connected through airways and cruise. Pattaya has a beautiful coastline which is flocked by tourists for water sports, sun baths and long walks. The day time is best to travel to Pattaya beaches as there are plenty of beer bars and pubs that cater to people. During the night, the focal point shifts to night clubs, pubs and bars, lady boy cabarets and discotheques. You can travel to Pattaya from anywhere in the world as the city is well connected through international and national airways.

A tour Pattaya is fun even if you are on a short visit. You can go to Tiger zoo or go scuba diving, apart from shopping and gulping cans of beer. You can find a range of hotels here from five star facilities to economy class. The tour operators give you prior information about the accommodation and budget on your tour to Pattaya. Pattaya is a beach city and one can sense fun and frolic even in the air that you breathe. You can order the best of Thai cuisine and seafood. One of the unique products, which are speciality of Pattaya, is seaweed and many tourists travel to Pattaya to buy them.

A visit to Elephant village is possible on your tour to Pattaya as you can see elephants in all shapes and sizes in their natural habitat. You also get to feed them. A tour Pattaya can be a rejenuvating experience as Spas and Sauna baths here are unique. There are special skin and body massages, which touch not only your body but also your soul. There is a glittery show of flamboyant Lady Boys, which is a major tourist attraction for young and old alike.

A tour Pattaya is complete with its breathtaking temples and monasteries. The Buddhist Monks come here to pray and study religion and philosophy. A visit to their monasteries can be one of the most spiritual and serene experiences in your life.…

Cash Vs. Debit and Some Travel Tips

It's awfully convenient to use that debit card. Just a quick swipe and you're on your way. But sometimes, it's a smarter choice to use good old fashioned cash. Here's why:

Generally, merchants are not permitted to charge more for using a credit or debit card. But they can offer a discount for using cash. This is especially evident at gas stations, where there's a different price for cash and credit purchases. Hopefully, the station will have signs that clearly identify the conditions for each form of purchase. And, also notice, that the price on the street sign must match the price on the pump. In Massachusetts, earlier this year, the Division of Standards upheld fines against two gas stations for not abiding by this rule. Given the high gas prices (I don't care if the cost has come down slightly in recent weeks — .it's still too high), be advised to pay attention at the pump.

And you might also want to pay attention to the following, to save money on your summer traveling costs:

Avoid filling up if you see the delivery tanker at the station. Sediment in the tank can get stirred up when new fuel is added. That might end up in your tank, which would not be a good thing

Change your air filter periodically. A dirty air filter will reduce your gas mileage

In the summer, fill up in the mornings when the temperature is the coolest. Doing that will avoid any possible expansion or evaporation of propane in the tank. (In the winter, filling up midday provides the warmest temperature so pumps and machinery won't freeze)

Check the pressure in your tires. Under-inflated tires can make your car's engine work harder and burn more fuel

I hope these ideas will help you save money. I'm sure you can find other uses for it! Until next time, here's to good planning!

Het more great advice from Diva Toolbox Contributor, Rosemary White on her website at www.MoneyTipsOnline.com…

Find the Best School for Travel Nursing

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You won't find the same education in one place that you will find in another, which is why travel nursing students should look for the best schools before submitting applications. Although you might not be able to conceivably attend the very best school, you also shouldn't start at the bottom of the barrel. Follow the tips below for finding the best school for travel nursing.

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Decide whether you want to attend school in- or out-of-state. If you know that you will be staying in your home state, it limits your search considerably.;

Attend a college fair at your high school or in your community. Representatives from dozens of schools will be there to pass out literature and to answer questions.;

Take brochures and pamphlets from all of the schools that seem promising, and ask the representatives about the nursing programs. In most cases, they will be honest.;

Talk with local healthcare staffing agencies and ask for their recommendations concerning schools. They will have worked in the industry long enough to know which schools are the best for travel nursing.;

Look through all of the brochures you have collected and select your top three. They should be schools that you can reasonably afford and that are within your geographical parameters.;

Call an admissions representative for each of the schools and let them know you are interested in their nursing program. Find out if they have any additional literature that they can send you.;

Share the information you have collected with friends, family members and your counselor at school. Ask for advice about choosing the best school, though the final choice should be yours alone.

Avoid looking at schools you can't afford, unless you think you have a reasonable chance at obtaining a scholarship. It's best to focus on schools that are a real possibility.;

Schedule a tour of your top three schools so that you can get a first-hand glimpse of their facilities and programs.;

Visit the US News website and look at their 'America's Best Colleges 2020' list. They have a registered nursing section.

www.usnews.com…

Travel Horror Story: Instant Mommy in London

About ten years ago, I visited London on a ten day vacation. Most of the trip went well until the last two days. I had met up with a friend from Canada, and she took me to visit a family she had befriended a few years earlier.

The family of four seemed nice enough, but within about ten minutes of arriving, their young daughter began calling me “mummy.” I have always been uncomfortable around children. I kept saying, “You already have a mommy.” The daughter would reply with, “If something happens to our mummy, will you be our ?” The mother sat next to me, and seemed unaffected.

The next afternoon, I happened to be standing in the hallway when the parents walked in with their daughter. The second the girl saw me, she ran up yelling, “MUMMY!!!!” and threw her arms around my legs. I looked up, and the mother said, “I think you’re making our guest uncomfortable,” then walked in the other room.

Later, I found myself sitting with the daughter on one knee, the family’s dog on the other, and their cat on my back. My friend, who loves both children and cats, sat there begging the cat and the girl to come sit with her. While I missed the girl and her family when the trip was over, it was one of the most uncomfortable situations in which I have ever found myself, and I was very happy to get out of there.…

Traveling with Kids: Valley of Fires Recreation Area

Our family recently visited Valley of Fires Recreation Area while on vacation to the Southwest. Traveling with kids always presents unique challenges. But we found that Valley of Fires in New Mexico was exciting not just for our two children, but for me and my husband as well.

Location:

Near Carrizozo in the Tularosa Valley of Central New Mexico.

Cost Per Day:

  • $5 per car carrying two or more
  • $7 to camp
  • $12-$25 for RVs, shelters, etc.

Activities:

  • Visitor's Center with literature and gifts.
  • Paved trail with interpretive displays.
  • Picnic tables and restrooms.

What We Liked:

  • It is one of the first outdoor recreation spots you'll reach coming into New Mexico from the East or Northeast. It came at just the right time for us – when we really needed to stretch our legs.
  • The path is exciting, but not dangerous. I could let our three year old get a few yards ahead without fear and they could safely jog and skip.
  • The abundant, shiny hunks of black lava are unlike anything most people have seen. The kids are amazed and curious, but so are parents.
  • There is a lot to learn at every level. Parents can delve into the ecology of the terrain and the complex geology. For kids, there are simple lessons to learn through observation: the unique adaptations of desert plants, the ripples in the rock that show how it was once liquid, the animals and bugs scurrying into cracks and holes in the lava.
  • The scenery is gorgeous. The whole Tularosa Valley is spectacular before and after Carrizozo. You definitely want to take a look up from the path once in a while and appreciate the beauty of the whole area.

What We Didn't Like:

  • Although the picnic shelters were very nice, the restroom stalls didn't have flush "potties", sinks, or hand sanitizer. Everything was clean, however, and well maintained. Acceptable for what is was, but expect to be changing diapers in your car and pack Purell.

Horrifying Travel Experiences? Be Sure to Thoroughly Review, Before You Decide to Stay

After having spent the past few years traveling throughout Europe with my family, I have learned a few key lessons about traveling. One of the foremost being: thoroughly review a facility before you decide to stay the night there.

We were up Norway sightseeing for our summer vacation. As always, mom had already researched and booked places for us to stay during our travels. In most cases, it was a hostel or perhaps a hotel, depending on what type of area we were in. Well this time it was just a little hostel ran by a middle aged woman. Everything looked nice and homey from what we had seen in the pictures online… it was homey all right. So we arrive there finally after hours of driving, and it turns out that it is just a house. Confused, we approached the door and inquired if this was the right place. Sure enough it was. The exterior of the house was decent and well maintained, but the inside… yikes! Okay, this lady was a packrat. Random things and junk were everywhere inside the house. On top of that, we discovered that we weren't the only tenants in the house. There were 13 in total. -Now you must understand that this house was not meant to be an apartment. It was a standard house with perhaps five or six bedrooms and two floors. Looking back it was definitely a trip to remember. The house was noisy and chaotic for the entire time. The people downstairs enjoyed partying and watching movies all night long. We ended up staying at that house for three or so nights. No one was sad to leave when the time came.

From that experience I learned the value of thoroughly reviewing the places that you are thinking about staying at. Sometimes it's worth it to pay a bit more money and be assured a safe and hospitable facility to spend the night in.…

Mid-Summer Nightmare: The Hazard of Travelling Alone

Maybe it was just traveling alone, but an eerie feeling was in the air. It was July 4th weekend and I was on a road trip. Having a hard time , I headed into the heart of town. A flashing red “Vacancy” sign stating $19.99 caught my eye. I cautiously looked around and decided to give the place a try.

I was greeted by a clerk straight out of “Bates Motel.” As he spoke, his beady eyes and quirky smile sent shivers up my spine. As he took my information, he asked, “How many in your party?” I replied, “One.” “What an idiot move,” I thought later. To my dismay he gave me the room right next to the office. I looked for a hidden doorway that would allow him to sneak in and reinforced the door with a chair. As I lay down I remember thinking, “I can’t wait till morning.”

What seemed only minutes later, I awoke to loud banging! The police were yelling for people to get down! I heard someone scream about a gun! I was frozen in terror. I listened, trying to figure out what was happening, when I heard the most peculiar thing. It was the sound of a commercial. I looked around the room, trying to decipher what was going on.

The noises I had heard were from the television I had left on. The whole incident was part of a movie. In my paranoia, I had dreamt the whole thing!…