Preparing our children for a lifetime of travel starts when they’re young. But anyone who has ever traveled with little ones knows it isn’t all fun and games — there is a lot of stress and planning that goes into making family travel successful, not to mention the angst children can go through when dealing with new situations and leaving the familiarity of home.
Finding creative ways to make the experience less stressful for them can ensure kids have as much fun as possible and make sure they learn to love travel from an early age. One of the easiest ways to do this is with kid-friendly luggage options that let them learn to be responsible for their own suitcase while making sure they have plenty of fun along the way.
Luggage doesn’t exactly top the list of the most exciting aspects of travel, but when your little ones have their own carry-on in fun designs, they’re more likely to get as excited about traveling as you are. Sure, kid-sized suitcases decorated with favorites like Marvel Superheroes or Disney Princesses are nothing new, but kid-savvy companies like O-Toys are taking pint-sized luggage to a whole new level.
With fun designs like motor scooters kids can actually ride on, these creative travel bags let them cruise along on top of their very own suitcase, sailing through the airport in style without wearing down already-stressed out parents with complaints about having to walk so far.
The London 2 in 1 Kids Luggage Ride-On Travel Bag is designed to look like a kid-sized European-style motor scooter and comes complete with a likeness of Big Ben on the side to spark interest in the fantastic places your little ones might visit. These bags are equipped with foot rests and a traction rope, making it easy for kids to either pull their own bag or be pulled along by mom or dad.
The padded cushion lets them ride comfortably while they carry their precious belongings safely within the hard plastic shell of the case. The waterproof design is ideal for carrying those healthy snacks that come in handy on any long trip.
With two colors to choose from, red or blue, the London ride-on bag’s unique design has a total height of less than 16 inches and a length just under 18 inches, so these carry-on bags fit easily in any overhead bin.
These fun luggage pieces come in sizes that fit kids aged 2–4 with additional solid color designs for kids aged 2–8 and are available on Amazon starting at just less than $70.
The sister properties of the Park Royal Golden Cancun and the Grand Park Royal Luxury Resort, also in Cancun, offer families a vacation full of beach fun in a style personalized for your tribe’s vibe. Both properties, located two miles apart, open to the crystal-blue ocean, are framed by the fine white sand for which Cancun is famous, and are family-friendly, but that’s where their resemblance ends.
There’s not much spookier than getting lost in a maze cut through tall stalks of corn — especially in the dark. The first corn maze is attributed to a farm in Annville, Pennsylvania. Since then, mazes have become huge autumn attractions. Many of today’s larger mazes are cut with the help of Global Positioning Satellite technology, allowing maze makers to create intricate shapes that add to navigational challenges.
It’s the time of year that the creak of a door sounds sharper in the silence, that the footsteps in the hall seem foreign and the voices talking in the next room sound unfamiliar. This is the season we fear and celebrate the dead and they seem to know it. Here are the places that do both right:
Switzerland’s Vaud canton encompasses some of the country’s most breathtaking scenery and beautiful towns and villages, including Lausanne, Nyon, Villars-sur-Ollon and Montreux. Spread between the shores of Lake Geneva and the edge of France, and replete with castles, terraced vineyards and world-class hotels, it’s the ideal setting for a romantic break. We’ve got a few suggestions to help you with your planning: