For those with sensory processing issues, travel can pose a challenge. However, Myrtle Beach strives to make its famous beaches and boardwalk just a little friendlier for family travelers by taking various measures around the destination — starting even at Myrtle Beach International Airport — to cater to those who may need sensory-friendly accommodations.
At Myrtle Beach International Airport, a quiet room near the baggage claim area creates a safe space in what is typically a chaotic environment. Those who want to alert airport personnel to the fact they may need additional assistance related to a hidden disability can request a discreet lanyard through the airport’s Hidden Disabilities Sunflower Program.
Hotels, restaurants and attractions throughout the area participate in the Champion Autism Network, and staff are trained to provide certain amenities to families who present an Autism Travel Card. For example, hotels can pick particular rooms for guests or remove items from rooms as needed. Restaurant staff can choose quieter tables for families and expedite service, and attractions can provide noise-cancelling headphones, among other assistance.
“We believe that everyone belongs at ‘The Beach,’ and our top priority at Myrtle Beach is to provide an inclusive destination for visitors of all abilities,” said Karen Riordan, president and CEO, Visit Myrtle Beach. “Families with children diagnosed with autism often feel vacations are out of their reach — and we want to change that.”
Can joining Disney Vacation Club help you save on family travel? Well, David’s Vacation Club Rentals, a source for Disney Vacation Club rentals, can provide some insight. Disney travel experts like Melissa Mullett, director of operations, David’s Vacation Club Rentals, provided some tips and insider knowledge on how Disney Vacation Club works.
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.
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In the market for new luggage? If you’re outfitting your entire family of travelers, you may want to check out some new offerings available at Target from travel brand Atlantic. Atlantic’s new line focuses on making travel more convenient with kiddos, and includes seven pieces to choose from, all made with durable, lightweight, sustainable materials (each item is made from up to 27 recycled plastic bottles).
As the only major U.S. airline to own a flight school, United Airlines already hit a major milestone, and now the carrier celebrates another important — and historic — step as the inaugural class of United Aviate Academy pilots graduates, leading the next generation of aviators. The 51 students in the graduating class were majority, at 80 percent, women and people of color — another stride toward United’s goal of training 5,000 new pilots by 2030 with half women or POC.
Norwegian recently launched the newest addition to its fleet, Viva, with a spectacular debut earlier this month. The ship, launched from Trieste, Italy, and finishing its inaugural run in Lisbon, Portugal, is the second in its Prima Class of ships, set to give family travelers the ultimate vacation experience.