Great Travel Links for 01.07.2008
Welcome to the New Year and to the first week of 2008’s regularly scheduled programming here on Family Travel. It’s time for the Monday travel tips and links round-up.
** It’s only January, so consider these winter budget travel ideas, but believe it or not, also think about poking through 100 summer holiday ideas (most with a European slant.) Wherever you are, get moving on those vacation rentals; the good ones go fast.
** Still in New Year’s resolution mode? Smarter Travel has a few family travel resolutions for you (most of which I should try, especially the “chill out” one.) Whatever you do, just be brave and take the kids. In most cases, it usually turns out pretty well!
** If you’re laying out plans for 2008, here are some options to consider: family-friendly resorts in Florida, 13 domestic & international top destinations (Denver, New Orleans, Pittsburgh in the U.S.) plus castles and mansions from Frommer’s, kid delights in Melbourne, Australia and fun small towns in Florida. For warm climates and snorkeling, brush up on your coral reef smarts.
** If you’re thinking about Walt Disney World, the swank, five-star Victoria & Albert’s restaurant at the Grand Floridian hotel no longer admits children under 10.
** The BootsnAll Family Travel forum has a good thread going on the best books to prepare children for travel.
** Tips and tricks: hire a local to be your family’s travel buddy and guide, consider online services like Tripit to help gather and organize your information and then read and heed travel guru Wendy Perrin’s bests and worsts of 2007 (pay particular attention to her advice about cruises.)
** Aahhh, guidebooks — find one or two publishers who fit your style. The Denver Post has a great comparison of different ones for Italy, so you can see what’s best for you. Hat tip to Travel Babel blog for the link. I prefer Lonely Planet and Time Out guides to really drill down to the details of a city or region, and Frommer’s is my favorite for general travel.
** Finally, if you’re feeling exotic and ready to handle cold weather, this is an amazing time of year to be in Moscow.