Travelling With Young Children This Summer?


    
    Hotels.ca presents 10 tips to make the journey easier





    
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<p><span class="xn-location">TORONTO</span>, <span class="xn-chron">July 14</span> /CNW/ -- Heading out vacation with children can be a challenge, but Hotels.ca® has put together a list of 10 tips to make life easier this summer.</p>
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    1. Pack light: Bring only the essentials. The more you bring, the more you
       have to keep up with and the heavier the bags. Kids can require a lot
of
       stuff: car seats, strollers, cribs, high chairs. Some hotels offer
       childproof rooms or cribs upon request. Call ahead and find out which
       items you can cut from your packing list.
    2. Expect the unexpected: Not to contradict the first tip, but make sure
       you have plenty of what you need in your carry-on: diapers, wipes
(which
       are great for a multitude of things), medications, change of clothes,
       snacks, and a secret coloring book.
    3. Bring toys and games (quiet ones): Be sure to bring something to keep
       everyone entertained, but leave the singing dolls and electronics at
       home. You and everyone else will be glad you did. Backpacks for each
       child: Toddler or teen - give each child his/her own backpack to carry
       with their chosen toys/books/etc. The catch is if they pack it, they
       carry it. One heavy backpack experience and they'll learn just how much
       to take to Grandma's.
    4. Car seats: The good news is car seats do not count as checked luggage
on
       any airline so you will not be charged. Get yourself a durable car seat
       cover and check it for your trip.
    5. Airplane seats: If your child is under the age of two, then he/she
       technically does not need a paid seat on the plane. Be prepared to
prove
       your child's age (such as with a birth certificate).
    6. Security Screening: This can really delay you if you aren't prepared.
       Remember medications, baby formula and food are allowed in reasonable
       quantities (not exceeding three ounces) and are not required to be in
       the zip-top bag. Babies do have to take off their shoes, too.  Opt for
       Velcro on travel day. Practice getting that stroller broken down
       quickly!
    7. Eat breakfast where kids eat free: This can mean an enormous saving for
       a family of four or larger. Children are many times too excited or
tired
       to eat much at a time. Restaurants that are kid friendly are more than
       happy to accommodate special requests for extra plates. Many do free
       meals for kids (with the purchase of an adult meal) on different days
of
       the week.
    8. Bring your own stroller: If you're going to visit theme parks then this
       can save you anywhere from $7 to $30 a day (for a double) in rental
       fees.
    9. Refillable water bottles: A simple savings is a bottle that can be
       refilled at the hotel or at restaurants. A family of four could easily
       spend $20 or more a day just buying water.
    10. The most important tip of all: Be flexible. Lines will be long,
traffic
        will be heavy, flights will be delayed and children (and adults) will
        get grumpy.  But with just a little planning and an open mind, you
will
        have a great time. Booking with Hotels.ca helps you to follow this tip
        to a tee, with no cancellation or changes fees applied.

    
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<p>Start planning your vacation by visiting Hotels.ca and save up to 30% on a variety of properties from across <span class="xn-location">North America</span> and the rest of the world.</p>
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    About Hotels.ca

    
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<p>Hotels.ca, part of the hotels.com worldwide group of sites is a leading provider of worldwide accommodations to Canadians, offering reservation services through its website at <a href="http://www.hotels.ca">www.hotels.ca</a> and its toll-free call centre at 1-800-CA-HOTELS (1-800-224-6835). Hotels.ca offers travellers the widest selection of accommodations - from traditional hotels to vacation rentals - at over 99,000 properties in <span class="xn-location">Canada</span>, the <span class="xn-location">United States</span>, <span class="xn-location">Europe</span>, and around the world. The company offers a one-stop shopping source for hotels, with over 1.8 million customer reviews, a Price Match Guarantee and pricing in Canadian dollars.  Hotels.ca is a brand owned and operated by Expedia, Inc. (NASDAQ:   EXPE).</p>
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<p>Hotels.ca, Hotel Price Index and the Hotels.ca logo are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Hotels.com, LP, in the U.S. and/or other countries.  © 2010 Hotels.com, LP. All rights reserved.</p>
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    All prices are in Canadian dollars.

    
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<p>For further information or to request an interview with Hotels.ca, please contact:</p>
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    Trell Huether
    Marshall Fenn Communications
    416-962-3366 ext. 233
    trellh@marshall-fenn.com






    

For further information: For further information: Trell Huether, Marshall Fenn Communications, +1-416-962-3366, ext. 233, trellh@marshall-fenn.com Web Site: http://www.hotels.ca

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