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Top Tips for Traveling with Kids

Please join us in welcoming guest author and Travelocity employee Anna Wilkens, who originally hails from Sweden. Anna is currently based in San Francisco and enjoys traveling the world with her two-and-a-half year-old daughter.

I always knew that having a child wouldn’t stop me from traveling. But as I used to do at least a few adventurous trips every year—backpacking through India or southeast Asia, sailing around New Zealand, or following ancient trails in Guatemala—traveling did change after the arrival of my kid. Don’t get me wrong—I still enjoy it, just in a different way. The long and intense travels, like the adventurous trips, aren’t as appealing anymore.

Traveling for me is really about meeting people and having new experiences. And, as I’m sure you know, traveling in the company of a child is a terrific conversation starter and a way to connect with people, even the ones you never thought you’d find something to relate to. When we were in Mexico, for example, I learned twice as much Spanish just because of my daughter. In every taqueria and on every street corner, people started talking to our little curly blond haired girl and me.

I will be flying to NYC in August with my two kids, ages 10 and 13. What kind of documentation will we need

Hi Neal,

Special documents for flying to New York City? Fuggedaboutit!

That is, you’re in luck: as an adult traveling within the U.S., you’ll only need one of the TSA’s acceptable documents to check in and board, and that includes a driver’s license or other state-issued photo ID. And since both children are under 18 and are traveling with an adult, they won’t need to show any ID at all.

Infant Travel: Traveling With Baby Makes Three And Then Some!

Hitting the road when you have a baby changes everything. Travel just ain’t what it used to be.  Even me, a travel expert, was daunted by the idea of traveling with my daughter by plane for the first time.  As with everything there is a learning curve and you get better with experience. I’ll save you some of the trouble and share some of my learninngs from our very first family vacation.

Conquer Sea Sickness on your next cruise

I was that kid who always got car sick; I couldn’t ride the Spinnaker at Six Flags; and God forbid I set foot on a boat. My first (and possibly last) cruise experience left me with a queasy shade of green and a rather painful shot in the bum, while my traveling cohorts claimed that they “couldn’t even feel the boat moving.”

Motion sickness is one of those things that pounces on you when you’re least expecting it, so the best thing to do is plan ahead. Here are a few tips from the July 2008 issue of ShopSmart, from the publisher of Consumer Reports:

How To Survive Jetlag

It’s not fun. It’s not pretty. And it’s certainly not easy to deal with.

We’re talking jetlag: scourge of the frequent (or infrequent) traveler, enemy of the energetic globetrotter, bane of the life of anyone who’s tried to take a flight through even one time zone. It makes you tired, it makes you irritated, it can cause the delicately-euphemistic condition known as, um, gastric distress, and it really just isn’t the best way to start (or even end) a trip.

You can find countless tips and ideas for dealing with jetlag all over the Internet, but the following is what I try to stick to every time. And I just got off an 18-hour flight from Singapore and am currently dealing with a 15-hour time change, so trust me, I know what you’re going through.