Popular destinations and advice from CAA-Quebec - Spring break is almost here... and time for family travel



    QUEBEC, March 2 /CNW Telbec/ - Florida, Cuba, Mexico, the Dominican
Republic and the Province of Quebec head this year's list of favourite spring
break destinations for CAA-Quebec members.
    "Florida, in particular Disney World, is by far the most popular,
family-oriented sun destination for our members," says Sophie Gagnon, Director
of Public and Government Affairs at CAA-Quebec. "Varadero in Cuba, Punta Cana
in the Dominican Republic and Mexico's Riviera Maya and Cancun are not far
behind. Our members are also looking for all-inclusive packages with a family
program. Some packages offer accommodation adapted to larger families, which
are far more common today with the blended-family phenomenon."

    How about a cruise? - Although cruises have long been associated with
older travellers, they now offer lots of activities for the whole family.
"CAA-Quebec Travel offers several Caribbean cruises during spring break," Ms.
Gagnon notes. "In recent years, parents have become increasingly interested in
cruises, even with young children in tow. It is surprising to see how many
activities cruise ships now offer aimed specifically at children and
teenagers: swimming lessons for babies and children, science experiments,
handicrafts, dance, music, video-game tournaments, karaoke, movie nights and
more. Children and teens have a great time, and that means parents can choose
their own activities and enjoy a bit of a rest."

    And Quebec - Quebec destinations such as the Laurentians, Quebec City and
Charlevoix, are also strong draws for families that like to enjoy winter
sports during spring break. In the Quebec City region, Station Touristique
Duchesnay and Valcartier Vacation Village remain at the top of the list.
Packages that include skiing in Charlevoix or the Laurentians are also very
popular.

    Kids and long trips - Bring along a few distractions if you are planning
a long journey with children. And plan to stop for at least 15 minutes after
every two hours of driving. "Telling stories, playing games or involving the
kids in the journey by showing them the route on the map can make the trip
more pleasant for everyone," Ms. Gagnon advises. "You can also take a few
toys, 'loot bags' and something to eat and drink." For well-prepared
vacations, the Travel Tips in the Travel section of CAA-Quebec's website
(www.caaquebec.com) have lots of other great travel ideas.

    CAA-Quebec, a not-for-profit organization founded in 1904, provides
automotive, travel, residential and financial services, benefits and
privileges to its 875,000 members.




For further information:

For further information: Montreal: Roxanne Héroux, (514) 861-7111, ext.
3210; Quebec: Philippe St-Pierre, (418) 624-2424, ext. 2418

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