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Great Travel Links for 01.21.2008

Welcome to the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday version of this week’s noteworthy travel links, sorted by continent. I would have had this up earlier if not for a massively clogged toilet and other domestic crises. πŸ™‚

North and South America

** It’s Monday, and that means Wash Day in one Amish community.

** Budget Travel has 25 reasons to love Fort Worth, Texas. If the closest you’ve ever gotten is the scarily crowded DFW airport, you’re missing out….

** Miami’s Art Deco South Beach is great for the beautiful people (and it’s a top 10 Florida vacation destination) but it can be fun for families, too. We somehow lucked into an upgrade to a penthouse suite on a January visit there – the kids loved our rooftop hot tub. There are a few SoBe budget hotels to help with expenses.

** I like going to the beach in the winter, for a change of pace, and so do the folks at Travels with Child. They spent some time oceanside in Rehoboth, Delaware.

** We Just Got Back has a sponsored-content post by Travel South Dakota on 10 big family adventures in South Dakota. I don’t normally feature sponsored (i.e., paid-for content) on other blogs, but the Dakotas aren’t exactly a tourist magnet, so I figured I’d help give one of those unusual destinations a little boost.

** I was ashamed to read this: Travel to America? No thanks in one of the British newspaper travel sections. It says that since we’re such a pain to visit, don’t go, and offers options to New York (Hong Kong instead) cowboy culture (Spain instead) Vegas (Macau instead) and others, all because we have made visitors so unwelcome at many of our entry points. Folks, we aren’t winning the war of ideas with our current plan….

Europe

** What an amazing concept; the top 10 family spas in Britain.

Asia and Australia

** Score! A blog by blog guide to the dizzying diversity of Tokyo, a city I’ve blogged about here on Family Travel.

** Frommer’s has the best family vacations in Singapore. I haven’t been there in many years but would love to return; lots of interesting little neighborhoods (I bought a sari in Little India) and boy, is it clean.

Middle East and Africa

** From the new Away.com Family Travel section, the adventure of a lifetime in South Africa. The UK’s Times Online has an update on a beautiful South African safari lodge.

General

** This week’s Carnival of Cities, hosted by Dubai-based Sandier Pastures blog, featured the Family Travel post about guaranteed sightings of Florida manatees. Other posts included a roaming Aussie Mum writing about her favorite local taco restaurant, a post about Perth, Scotland and coverage of Alaska’s running of the reindeer.

** Can you imagine a worse hell than being stuck in a plane on a tarmac for hours with young children? Me, either. At least if you’re on a New York state tarmac, they’ve passed a bill to ensure a modicum of passenger care and rights.

** Here’s an update from one of our active readers; the gang at the new beta-phase travel planning site Kango. It’s a very positive review of their service on the Travel & Tourism Technology Trends blog.

** From the UK’s Guardian: 50 top tips for travelling with kids.

** Last week’s crash landing at London’s Heathrow is certainly a good example of why kids on planes should be in a restraint device (we’ve discussed the same issue here in a previous post about planes and car seats and a follow-up about restraints based on our reader comments.)

** Finally, here are the top 10 questions about flying with kids. My top 1 answer: plan ahead, plan ahead, plan ahead.