Traveling Abroad With Kids? It Can Be Done

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By Veselina Dzhingarova

momkidsrunSometimes we hear from parents that, with children, hopes for international travel are an impossibility, or are at least put on hold indefinitely. This doesn’t have to be the case. Kids can travel. In fact, it’s one of the most interesting and helpful things you can offer for their personal education and development. Kids who travel learn; you may not be teaching them a specific curriculum, but you will be pouring a lot of information into their young minds. For parents who want to teach their kids a second language, or who want to give them a hands-on appreciation of history or world culture, travel is the best possible means to the end. But to get it, you’ll have to understand some of the practicalities of this kind of travel, and make sure that your kids can work within those bounds. It’s doable, but it will take some planning.

Find Flights With Child Discounts. Not every airline offers child discounts, but some do. This is a bit of moving target, so it’s important to research current offers and policies, as these tend to change monthly or yearly. Some airlines will let small children sit on your lap for free (second carry-on?). Others won’t. Some will offer discounted seating to older children as a perk to traveling parents, others won’t. In all cases. It’s important to look for deals well in advance of your travel date, as this is the most important factor in locking in airline deals of any kind. If you book your flight well enough in advance, you may not have to worry about child-specific deals at all – you may find savings the old fashioned way.

Prepare For Communication. If your kids are old enough to do their own thing while you’re overseas, you want to make absolutely certain that they have multiple ways of contacting you. NobelCom is a company that makes phone communication easy, within nations all around the world. You’ll be able to phone home or just get in touch with Junior when you haven’t seen him in an hour or so. NobelCom calling cards are a great gift for other travelers, or just something to provide peace of mind when you’re on your excursion.

Make Sure Your Kids Understand Various Things. If you’re traveling abroad, getting around may not be at all like what you’re used to back home. Your kids likely won’t take this for granted, and will need specific direction for the place you are traveling. This could include social and cultural awareness training, safety conversations, behavior requirements for places as diverse as restaurants and airports. Help your kids prepare for their trip with these sorts of helpful rules, and they’ll be a lot more successful when you arrive.

There are tons of ways to make travel with kids possible – even travel overseas. Savings can be had, kids can be well behaved, and communication can make the whole things safe and smooth. Prepare well in advance, and you’ll have this trip well planned, and (mostly) stress free.

How To Get Health Insurance When Traveling To Europe

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By Connor Christopher

healthyheartbpWhether your reasons for traveling to Europe are for business or for pleasure, you want your trip to run as smoothly as possible. Hopefully you won’t get ill or sick during your European adventures, but in the off chance you do, it’s best to be prepared for the worst but hope for the best. Make sure you renew your European Health Insurance Card today, because it’s better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it.

Provided you’re a citizen of the European Union, you are entitled to an EHIC which entitles you to free or discounted medical treatment whenever you visit an EU country. The card entitles you to the same rights as the locals of that country, so if their medical care is free, then so is yours. Over 5 million EHIC’s are set to expire over the coming year, so if you already have one, make sure to check the expiry date before you set off on your travels.

The European Health Insurance Card is completely free, you just need to fill out a simple, online application or calling the NHS on 0300 330 1350, and it will be process and sent to you within days. The card is then valid for five years at a time but only covers one individual person, so if you have a child under 16, include them on your application and you’ll receive an EHIC for each of you.

While in Europe, the EHIC will cover treatment for chronic and per-existing medical conditions throughout the duration of your trip. Your EHIC must be presented when you require treatment, so make sure you carry it on your person at all times. The best way is to put the card in your bag or wallet as soon as you get it and then forget about it until you need it.

The EHIC is currently accepted by EU states Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Southern Cyprus, Czeck Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Republic of Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden, as well as non-EU countries Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

Bear in mind that while the European Health Insurance Card provides valuable protection, it is not a replacement for travel insurance. It is highly recommended that ensure you have both in order to reduce the large medical bills, delays in treatment and not to mention saving yourself a large deal of stress in the event of a medical emergency.

You will pay the exact same as an existing resident of the country you a visiting, so if they are expected to pay for their medical treatment, then you will be too.

If you’ve registered for you EHIC but the card doesn’t arrive before you’re set to leave on your European trip, then be sure to call the NHS Overseas Healthcare tea, and they’ll advise you what you need to do.

How To Keep Pets Hydrated When Traveling

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dogsilouetteDog safety expert Melanie Monteiro provides tips and tricks to keep a pet hydrated in a new “Pet Hydration Tips When Traveling” video from Sleepypod.

As pet owners plan summer travel and outdoor activities with their pets, Sleepypod® reminds pet owners that keeping a pet hydrated can be a tricky endeavor. A change in a pet’s routine can often affect water intake.

In the new “Pet Hydration Tips When Traveling” video, dog safety expert Melanie Monteiro discusses how much pets should drink and provides hydration tips to keep pets happy, healthy and hydrated. Pet hydration tips include:

* Freeze water in a non-metal, BPA-free bowl in advance of travel.

* Add water to food.

* Make flavored water.

* Try an electrolyte replacer.

* Add ice cubes since pets are more likely to drink cool water.

* Pack a straw or oral syringe.

View the “Pet Hydration Tips When Traveling” video at https://youtu.be/riyhzpxzxWU.

About Melanie Monteiro

Melanie Monteiro is a dog safety & lifestyle expert, pet first aid instructor, writer and author of “The Safe Dog Handbook” – the acclaimed book inspired by her adventures with Taiga, the world’s most accident-prone puppy. Her popular YouTube channel, The Safe Dog, has been widely praised for teaching pet parents life saving skills, as well as how to prevent and prepare for common mishaps. Known for her precise yet friendly teaching style, Melanie’s first aid videos are used to train K9 police dog handlers.

Melanie’s articles appear in top pet outlets such as The Bark, Fido Friendly, Peta and Pet Travel Experts. On newsworthy matters of pet safety and lifestyle, she’s been interviewed by Fox News, NPR, KFWB, The Pet Collective, and AOL’s PawNation. Melanie consults with a wide clientele including humane organizations, canine professionals, top celebrities and countless dog parents, offering pet first aid lessons, CPR demos and in-home pet safety makeovers. For more information visit http://www.TheSafeDogHandbook.com.

About Sleepypod

Busy pet-owner lifestyles demand pet products that are not only versatile but also exceptional enough to baby the pets that mean so much to us. Sleepypod understands the importance of pets in their owners’ lives and that’s why safety is Sleepypod’s top priority. To protect the joy of driving with pets, Sleepypod crash tested its entire line of dog safety harnesses and pet carriers at the standard set for child safety restraints. From the BPA-free silicone in Yummy Travel Bowls to the 100 percent organic Little Germs line of cleansers, Sleepypod devotes careful and caring attention to every detail in each product. Bold and innovative, Sleepypod products are clever enough to have won a slew of awards and stacks of praise from veterinarians, pet industry experts and media, even earning a spot in the Metropolitan Home “Design 100” alongside iconic products like the iPhone and the Smartcar. Thoughtful design features transform ordinary pet products from insipid to inspired. Additional information about Sleepypod is available online at http://sleepypod.com. Safe travels.®

Pregnancy Safety While Traveling

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Submitted by the Baylor College of Medicine

pregnantIf a woman is experiencing an uncomplicated pregnancy it is safe for her to travel over the holidays, but there are some best practices patients should abide by, said a Baylor College of Medicine obstetrician and gynecologist expert.

“The best time for pregnant patients to travel is between 14 and 30 weeks because that is when complications are less likely to occur. After 30 weeks, comfort and the ability to sit for long periods of time may become difficult,” said Dr. Kelly Hodges, assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Baylor,

Bringing snacks and drinks on a trip are always a good idea, but there are more specific traveling guidelines depending on the mode of transportation.

Airplane

Airplane travel, both domestic and international, is safe during pregnancy. Most domestic airlines restrict travel after 36 weeks and international travel can be even earlier.

Hodges recommended that pregnant women stretch and do the leg and ankle exercises recommended by the airline (instructions are usually found in the seat pocket) while flying because, although rare, pregnancy increases the chance of developing blood clots. Support hose can help minimize the risk as well.

In addition, pregnant women should take more care while moving around the cabin because balance can be off while mid-flight.

It also is important to stay hydrated, but Hodges said soft drinks can cause problems.

“I recommend my patients avoid carbonated beverages while flying because the carbonation can expand in the intestines and feel uncomfortable,” she said.

Boat

Same as with air travel, walking while on a boat can be difficult, and Hodges urges patients to take extra care as to not fall or bump their belly.

If women are worried about experiencing sea sickness they should contact their doctor about acceptable medication.

Car

Traveling by car also is doable while pregnant. It is best to keep a day’s travel between five and six hours, taking bathroom and exercise breaks along the way.

Hodges said all travelers should adhere to industry safety guidelines, including wearing seatbelts and, if applicable, life vests, while traveling.

In addition, it is best to find a reputable hospital at your vacation destination in the event that an emergency were to arise.

While it is safe to travel during an uncomplicated pregnancy, Hodges said she always tells her patients to use their best judgment.

“If you’re not feeling well or having contractions, assess the situation and consider not going because your health is most important,” she explained.

How To Survive The Holidays When Traveling With Kids

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groupkidswbgTraveling during the holidays is stressful on its own. When you add a car filled with small children, you have a recipe for the longest day of your life. Fortunately, there are a few ways to make the experience not just tolerable, but fun, in the family adventure kind of way. How?

Plan in advance. It is always important to start with a plan. It’s likely the plan will change, so flexibility is key, but if you start with a plan in place it will be much easier to adjust as you go. Starting with a plan does not mean that you are stuck with the plan, but rather that you have some idea of when you will start, what route you will take, where you hope to take your breaks and when you want to eat.

Pack light. Wherever you are going, there will likely be a store you can stop at if you don’t have what you need. No one in the family needs seven different outfits for three days at your mother’s. Decide what is needed, bring one extra outfit and be done with it. If you have an infant, it can be tempting to bring every piece of baby equipment you have at home. DON’T. You will be with family. Everyone will want to hold the baby anyway, and you probably won’t even use the equipment you bring.

Avoid a lot of liquids. There is something about traveling that makes some children thirsty. Try to limit how much your child drinks on the trip because liquids will go right though her. Though you are going to expect frequent stops, inevitably your child will not have to go when given the chance, then need to go 15 minutes after you leave the gas station. For children who have recently been potty trained, you might want to consider using a pull-up for the trip. Doing so can save you from accidents when it is just not possible to stop right away.

Have healthy snacks available. When children eat junk food on trips, especially if they are not used to eating it, their bodies tend to overreact to it. It is best to stick with snacks that are healthy and that your child is used to eating. Use sturdy containers that close well and a thermal bag for packing favorites. Bring napkins and wipes to clean up messes.

groupkidsBring activities. There is only so much time a child can relax and stare out a window. DVD’s can be helpful when children get bored, and parents should not feel guilty about having children watch a little TV during the holidays. Perhaps use holiday DVD’s and make viewing them a special treat. You should also bring crafts, games and books that are travel friendly. However, be aware that some children get carsick if they use these. Try books on tape or have the adult passenger read aloud, if possible.

Make up games. Verbal games not only help your child pass the time, they also help engage her brain. If your child is learning the alphabet, search road signs for letters. Grab an empty tissue box, put an object in it and have the kids guess what it is without looking. Let them feel, shake and smell it to see if they can guess what it is. Play a few rounds of I Spy. Get creative and you’ll find that the kids will even make up games to play.

Sing songs. If your kids are young, they will love singing together. If they are older pick songs they love and hope for the best. If they are teen’s, they may roll their eyes and put in their ear buds, but they’ll still remember your time together.

When things go wrong – and they will – take a deep breath and realize that despite the travel issues, whether big or small, your child will have fond memories of the trip if you respond with patience and a smile.

– Submitted by Anne Laurie of gonannies.com