The soaring temperatures that have broken heat records this summer added a concern for families traveling to some of the most popular tourist destinations. This is not just in the southern states: Acadia National Park in northern Maine recently recorded temperatures as high as 95.
Even those visiting northern attractions should have a hot weather plan that involves more than taking enough light clothes and sunscreen. Young children and the elderly are at the greatest risk for heat exhaustion and heat stroke, as their bodies do not adjust as quickly to changes in temperature. Protect your family with these precautions:
- Time outdoor activities and active sports for early morning and evening, and plan indoor and less strenuous activities for the hottest part of the day.
- Drink plenty of fluids, even if you’re not thirsty; carry water whenever you are away from places where it is easily available.
- Seek shade: Walk on the shady side of the street or under trees.
- Wear loose clothing that allows air circulation. Make sure everyone wears a hat in intense sunlight.
- Take refuge in air conditioning. Forego that cute little sidewalk café and opt for an air-conditioned restaurant or museum instead. Try and take frequent breaks in cooler places and stay out of the midday sun.
- Watch for sunburn and take care of it immediately. Reapply sunscreen regularly, especially if your family is swimming or perspiring; apply aloe vera or other soothing cream to burns and cover the burned area when you are in the sun.
- Recognize the symptoms of heat exhaustion so you can act quickly: headache, dizziness, weakness, nausea, fainting or heavy sweating. Stop any activity and get into a cooler place immediately. Drink sips of water and, if possible, stay cool by wrapping in a wet towel or bathing in cool water. If symptoms persist, get medical help.
Huntsville, Alabama, is one of those destinations helping define the family-friendly vacation. Home to NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, the city is lovingly nicknamed Rocket City thanks to its history of always reaching for the stars. This is where you’ll find Space Camp, where kids and families can take part in various programs at the world’s largest space museum, U.S. Space and Rocket Center.
United Airlines is in the midst of a major initiative to modernize its fleet over the next several years. After first announcing the plan in 2021, planes fitted with United’s signature interior are finally beginning to appear across the airline’s narrowbody fleet of Boeing and Airbus planes. United flyers are sure to notice these enhancements from the moment they step on board: Each new or updated plane sports remodeled seats, seatback entertainment screens for everyone, Bluetooth connectivity and more, all adding up to a better experience on every journey.
Through Dec. 31, family travelers can enjoy the most unexpected thing in Florida: a white Christmas. The Now Snowing in Celebration festival in Kissimmee, Florida, embraces winter traditions for both locals and visitors. Free to visit, families will love heading to the town built by Disney.
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Filled with hidden treasures waiting to be discovered, Seoul invites travelers to unearth its many gems, and Seoul Tourism Organization is here to help travelers do just that. Through thoughtfully created initiatives like the Theme Tourism County Competition, Seoul Tourism Organization works closely with local districts to identify and showcase what makes each district unique and charming in all seasons.
All aboard! A holiday afternoon tea on a vintage train winding its way through lush wine country? If that sounds a lovely to you as it does to us, the Napa Valley Wine Train is on track to offer you a great seasonal experience perfect for sharing with family or loved ones. Tea is served in a holiday-decked vintage Pullman rail car with historic features like Honduran mahogany paneling, etched glass partitions, sumptuous armchairs and gleaming brass accents.