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Flying with Baby (part 2)

people walking through airportOkay, so you packed your bags and you’re ready to head to the airport with baby!**
 
Before you leave, make sure you have these important documents (easily accessible): a copy of baby’s birth certificate (as baby’s ID), baby’s passport (if flying internationally), and a letter of consent to travel (if traveling without baby’s other parent).
 
Now, to navigate the next part of your trip! To help it go a little more smoothly, here are a few good things to know.
 

At the Airport

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If possible, check your infant car seat.  It’s one less thing to have to pull through the airport and fumble with (especially if you’re flying with “infant in arms” on the plane). Just make sure to buy a padded car seat bag in which to check it.  This will help minimize possible damage from traveling through the baggage maze at the airport.
 
If you opt to bring a car seat and/or stroller with you through the airport, buy or borrow a lightweight, water-resistant gate check bag.  This should help protect it somewhat once it’s gate checked.  Whether or not there’s inclement weather, it’s more likely to stay clean and dry as it’s being loaded onto and unloaded from the plane.
 
strollers with baby gearA stroller is often the easiest item to aid in the transportation of infant car seats through the airport (and pretty much everywhere, amiright?).
 
Just be sure to verify the vehicle you will be using at your destination is large enough to accommodate it.  Some rental cars are barely big enough to fit your suitcase(s), much less a stroller.
 

Going Through Security

Traveling with baby, you can bring more liquids than the average passenger as long as they’re for feeding and/or cleaning baby (think bottles, sippy cups, and wipes).  If you are carrying more liquids, tell the TSA officer and ask how they would like them handled.  Also be aware your liquids may be subject to testing.
 
For this reason, it’s a good idea to give yourself more time before your flight to go through the screening process.
 
Make sure liquids are easily accessible.   I suggest packing them in their own bag (a gallon Ziploc or something similar).  This way you can show your friendly TSA officer exactly what liquids you have and they can be put through the x-ray machine separately.  Include any baby snack pouches you bring in this bag, as well.
 
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I often bring an empty water bottle for myself through security and refill it once I’m on the other side.  As a breastfeeding mother, I drink a lot of water.  And I hate paying for water, especially at the airport!
 
 

What to Wear

slip on shoesWear shoes you can easily slip on and off!  Sometimes it feels as though you are completely undressing and redressing going through security.
 
It’s much easier to accomplish this if you don’t have to fumble with removing and re-tying a pair of sneakers while juggling baby, bag(s), belts, coats, etc.
 
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Wear a wrap or soft structured baby carrier to hold baby.  That way, they can sleep and you can be (mostly) hands free, both going through the airport and getting on the plane.
 
Baby must be taken out of carrier (unless in a sling) and carried in arms through the walk-through metal detector.
 
Once on the plane, FAA regulations state you must take them out of the carrier during taxi, takeoff, and landing.
 
Some carriers are easier than wraps for accomplishing this, especially if baby’s asleep, so just keep that in mind when choosing which of your carriers to bring.
 

On the plane

Yay!  You made it through the airport!  After getting yourself settled into your seat on board your aircraft, open your air vents.
 
Although I used to always freeze on airplanes, I find that babies make great heaters!  Also, this is the “cleanest” air possible.  It keeps the air moving in front of you, so you’re less likely to encounter airborne germs.
 
baby sucking on pacifier

Possibly one of the most important tips– make sure to have baby nursing or sucking on a bottle/pacifier or some type of food during take-off and landing.
 
And/or when you feel pressure in your own ears.  This includes when there is any potential turbulence since they may change altitude to avoid it.
 
Hopefully, this should help avoid major discomfort incurred during significant changes in altitude.
 
One other tip for the plane: remember those extra liquids you packed?  Be sure to carefully open lids and reseal once airborne to avoid any potential spraying incidents caused by pressure build up.  Especially cups with flip-up straws.
 
It’s usually a good rule to check with your airline to find out if there are any additional airline specific policies you need to know when bringing baby on board.
 

Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff

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In general, most people are very helpful when they see me traveling with littles.
 
While a few people may not have “been there” before, most of us know that you are doing the best you can to help make this a comfortable trip for everyone. So, sit back, relax, and enjoy your flight!  It’s going to be great!

 
 
**If you missed last week’s blog about things to pack, you can check it out here.  One thing I forgot to mention: a sound machine may also be useful.
 
 

Flying with Baby (part 1)

Congratulations!  You booked your timeshare and now you are mentally packing your things, ready to take off your next grand adventure…with baby!  How fun!
 
Mom with flying baby on beach at sunset

But, at some point, it dawns on you how much (stuff) you have to think of when traveling with your new little.  Babies, despite being adorable milk chugging machines, can require quite a bit of gear!
 
Was this really such a great idea?  Should I book a nanny, instead?  Possibly.  In all seriousness, though, babies are great and, more than likely, there will come a time when you will find life demands bringing baby with you.
 
So, from one traveling parent to another, let me help make your trip with baby a little easier.
 
Let’s focus first on the ever-dreaded topic of FLYING with baby.
 
Early on in the flight, someone usually comes over the intercom to remind you to please remain seated throughout the flight and keep your seat belts fastened, in case you encounter unexpected rough air.  That is a good thing to remember when traveling with your little.
 
Though we may be as prepared as possible, sometimes things happen that there is just no way to anticipate.
 
For all those other times, here are a few helpful suggestions:
 

What to Pack (in your diaper bag)

Baby clothes on changing table

In addition to the usual things you may or may not carry with you on the daily, this is one time you want to make sure to pack a change of clothes for baby…and you!  Even if the flight isn’t very long.
 
In the event of a blowout and/or baby getting sick, it’s nice to be able to change.
 
On that topic, bring a few gallon Ziplocs for soiled clothes and some type of seal-able plastic bags for soiled diapers.
 
Bring more diapers (and wipes!) than you think you’d normally use.
Stack of diapers
Being on a trip with baby in a soiled diaper because this is the one day she went through 10 times more diapers and wipes than normal can be miserable for everyone.  So, if she normally uses 5 diapers a day, bring at least 10 with you.
 
You can usually buy more diapers and wipes at your destination.  However, if you’re arriving late at night or at a time when it won’t be convenient to shop for diapers right away, you’ll want to plan for that as well.
 
If you use pacifiers, be sure to bring AT LEAST two and a pacifier holder. Preferably, one that clips to you or baby so it’s less likely to go missing and/or get dropped when you most need it.
 

Bring toys and/or books to help entertain baby.

Baby in stroller
 
Sometimes a couple of new toys or books are nice, since they can be more interesting for longer periods of time than toys they are used to seeing.
 
Also, if you have any way to attach toys to you, baby, and/or bag, that can be helpful when they decide to randomly throw the toy when you least expect it.
 
For this reason, balls are not usually the best toy to have on a plane. Just sayin’.
 
Also, backpacks make some of the best travel diaper bags – way easier to carry, especially if you have a baby in a carrier and often also rolling a bag behind you.

Person holding backpack
What about all that baby gear?

As for larger items, a lot of hotels and resorts will have extra cribs or pack ‘n plays you can use once you get there; you just have to know to ask for them. Best to call ahead and reserve it with your room.
 
If you’re like me and you like to bring one with you, I love our Lotus Travel Crib by Guava Family. It’s a little pricey, but knowing how much we would be traveling, it has been a good investment for our family.
 
Also, on a recent trip to Maui, we loved having our Summer Infant Pop N’ Jump Portable Activity Center with us.
 
Really, though, anything you can fit in your suitcase is fair game.
 
Alright, go grab your diaper bag and let’s pack to make this next flight a success!People walking through airport
 
Next week, I’ll give you a few tips to help you as you maneuver through the airport and on the plane.  Stay tuned!

 

 

Explore the Real Mexico at the Royal Sands

Located in beautiful Cancun, Mexico, The Royal Sands Resort is in the heart of any beach lover’s paradise. There is plenty of fun in the sun and night life, which makes Cancun a top destination spot for spring breakers. The Royal Sands made Redweek.com’s Top 25 Timeshare Rental Resorts list Beach-Royal-Sands-Cancun-Mexicofor 2018 and no wonder! An all-inclusive yet family friendly resort, the Royal Sands boasts three pools and a supervised Kids Club. In addition, there are daily activities like yoga and dance classes along with an impressive selection of restaurants and bars.

But this area of Mexico is also rich in ancient history and a great place to stay and experience authentic Mexican culture. Let’s take a look at some things you can do and see to get a taste of the real Mexico.

Explore Mayan Ruins


Tulum-Royal-Sands-Cancun-MexicoThe Mayan ruins of Tulum, 80 miles south of Cancun, are the only major Mayan site to overlook the Caribbean. Containing more than 60 structures, this area was inhabited after 1200 B.C. and is considered to be one of the most important ceremonial centers to the Mayan people. The location on the Caribbean Sea made Tulum a major Mayan trade center. Be sure to check out El Castillo, a pyramid perched atop a 40 foot cliff, thought to be a lighthouse to guide local seafarers.


Explore an Eco-archaeological Park


Xcaret-Royal-Sands-Cancun-MexicoWhile definitely for the tourists, a great way to learn about local culture and heritage is at a theme park! At Xcaret you can experience pre-Hispanic dances, visit archaeological sites, take river tours, and feast on authentic Mexican cuisine. There is snorkeling, as well as a “meet the dolphins” attraction. Stop by the Hacienda Henequenera, a 19th century mansion where you can learn about machinery used for henequen (a variety of agave). The Hacienda Henequenera is also at the doorstep of the Museum of Mexican Folk Art, a place to enjoy hand crafted traditional Mexican art.

These are just a couple of ways to explore Mexico and learn more about its Mayan roots. Buying a timeshare in Cancun is a great way to not only enjoy the beaches every year, but to immerse yourself in the local scene as well. Premier Timeshare Resale and our knowledgeable agents can help you find the Cancun vacation ownership that is right for you. Contact us to get started today!

Written by Shawn Romanick, web author


Exciting News! New Resorts Planned and Opened

If you love to travel and if you love utilizing a timeshare ownership in your travels, then you get excited when you learn about new resorts being opening in different locations. 2018 is off to a great start with three of the major timeshare brands opening or announcing plans to open timeshare properties in locations that are new for each brand. Let’s take a look:

 

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Marriott Vacation Club continues to expand to exceptional and unique locations. One of the most recent additions is Marriott’s Bali Nusa Dua Gardens on the island of Bali. This marks Marriott’s first resort in Indonesia and joins an exciting lineup of exotic locations including existing properties in Thailand, Bangkok and Australia. Marriott’s Bali Nusa Dua Gardens features studio, 1 and 2 bedroom guestrooms each with a kitchenette. This property is available to book now.

 

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Hilton Grand Vacations acquired the Hilton Odawara Resort & Spa in Japan this past January. Hilton plans to add timeshare units, with ocean views, on property they purchased in the acquisition. This property is already an award winner and it will be exciting to see how Hilton Grand Vacations further develops it. A separate timeshare development in Japan was announced late in 2017 with an expected operational date in 2021.
 

Austin_New_ResortsWyndham


Lovers of Texas, rejoice! Wyndham Vacation Ownership announced the opening of Wyndham Austin last month. Club Wyndham and WorldMark owners alike have access now to the inventory of this new resort which features 1, 2 and 3 bedroom suites. Wyndham Austin is an exciting city destination with a rooftop swimming pool that overlooks downtown Austin.
 

Interested in finding out how you can use a timeshare to vacation at one of these new resorts? Premier Timeshare Resale has experienced licensed timeshare agents ready to help! Contact us today to discover more about these resort brands and how a timeshare vacation ownership can work for you!

Relaxing Vacation Spots in the U.S.A.

A lot of the time when we travel it is to see new and exciting sights, have some adventure, take in thrill rides, ski, do some water sports or go on interesting tours. Planning, itineraries and keeping on CapeCod-PremierTimeshareResaleBlogschedule can sometimes make these types of vacations a little stressful. But there are many relaxing vacation spots to wash your worries away right here in the United States.

Martha’s Vineyard, an island just south of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, is a well-known getaway for the rich and famous. The island is very laid back, and you can find sandy beaches and secluded trails to walk and unwind. Though much of the island is expensive and a bit higher end, there are still smaller villages that focus on marine trade that are a bit more down to Earth. Sit back, sip on some wine and enjoy the east coast relaxation.
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The red rocks of Sedona, Arizona have been described by many as soothing. The landscape has been a favorite of artists for years, and Sedona has served as the backdrop for several motion pictures. There are more than 100 hiking trails in the area, as well as several spas that offer all kinds of relaxing wraps and treatments. Or settle in to enjoy the views with a latte from one of several coffeehouses in Sedona.

Everyone knows Hawaii is a relaxing destination, and Kauai-PremierTimeshareResaleBlogthe island of Kauai might win the title for best laid-back atmosphere. With upscale dining choices and pristine beaches this might be the perfect place to unwind. Known as the “Garden Isle” much of Kauai’s pristine beauty is inaccessible by automobile, so pack your hiking boots and discover what peaceful really means!

Buying a timeshare resale is a great way to keep coming back to one of these relaxing destinations while saving money. Premier Timeshare Resale with RE/MAX and our knowledgeable licensed agents can answer any questions you have and take the stress out of finding your perfect vacation destination, contact us today!

Written by Shawn Romanick


Hurricanes Impact Timeshare Resorts

The Atlantic hurricane season is generally considered to last from June 1 through November 30. So far this year, there have been sixteen total storms, six of them major. As can be expected, these hurricanes impact timeshare resorts throughout the U.S. and Caribbean.

Hurricane Image from SatelliteHurricane Irma made landfall in Florida on September 10 after blazing a destructive path through the Carribbean, most notably Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, St. Maarten, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Turks and Caicos Islands. Damage estimates exceed $62.9 billion U.S. dollars with the greater cost of 134 confirmed deaths due to this powerful storm.

On September 18, Hurricane Maria reached Dominica as a Category 5 hurricane. Maria also lashed the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico as a category 4 storm. In all, Maria resulted in 94 confirmed deaths and caused widespread damage across Dominica and Puerto Rico as well as effecting Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Guadeloupe and the US Virgin Islands. Damages are currently estimated at $51.2 billion, although total loses are likely higher.

While this is not a complete list, here are some resorts and areas that are still reporting major damage:

Anguilla – most resorts (including the Four Seasons Resort & Residences Anguilla) are closed.

St. Maarten – most properties suffered significant damage, this includes:

  • Oyster Bay Beach Resort – currently closed
  • Sonesta Great Bay Beach Resort & Casino – currently closed
  • Westin Dawn Beach Resort and Spa – closed until further notice

  • Damage from Hurricane IrmaU.S. Virgin Islands – most properties sustained damage, some of it severe including:

  • Westin St. John Resort Villas – currently closed
  • Bluebeard’s Castle Resort – closed until April 1, 2018
  • Marriott’s Frenchman’s Cove Resort – currently closed (possibly reopening in December 2017)
  • The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas – closed to new reservations at this time

  • Puerto Rico – these properties are currently closed:

  • Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve
  • W Retreat & Spa in Vieques
  • Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Beach Resort & Spa

  • In time, the additional impact of these widespread storms will be felt when assessments are made to cover storm damage that might not be covered by insurance. While rising maintenance fees are an issue felt by all timeshare owners, the reality is that many of these resorts have staff who have lost everything, including their jobs. Please visit your resort’s website to see if they are taking donations for staff members who have been affected by the storms. For additional questions or to update a current listing, contact your licensed timeshare resale agent at Premier Timeshare Resale with RE/MAX.


    Westin Ka’anapali Ocean Resort Villas – Take a Bite out of Maui

    Beautiful Ocean Views when staying at Westin Ka'anapali Ocean Resort VillasLocated in northern Maui, Hawaii, there is no shortage of fun and relaxing activities to enjoy if you plan on buying a Westin Ka’anapali Ocean Resort Villas timeshare. Westin Ka’anapali’s comfortable two bedroom villas (made up of connected one bedroom and studio villas) sleep eight and offer a full kitchen, washer and dryer and WiFi. This luxurious resort has all the things an island paradise has to offer, including six outdoor pools and a beautiful oceanfront location. But let’s face it, we all have to eat, and there’s plenty to choose from, Asian, American, traditional local Polynesian and steak houses. Maui really has it all, so here are some suggestions.

    Family owned since 1973, Mama’s Fish House serves up fantastic seafood, caught by local fisherman. Not only is all their fish caught and processed within 24 hours, the daily menu lists where the fish were caught and the names of the fisherman who caught them! Try the Tahitian Ceviche with fresh lime and coconut, or Mahimahi stuffed with Lobster and Crab Baked in a Macadamia Nut Crust.

    Enjoy amazing seafood on Maui when staying at Westin Ka'anapali Ocean Resort VillasAt the heart of Lahaina Town on the west side of Maui you can find Lahaina Grill. Opening in 1990 as a small 55 seat bistro, Lahaina Grill has since become a culinary destination, and now seats 130, including a chef’s table that seats parties of 6 – 10 for a semi private experience, the full menu bar also seats 16. Known for its New American style of cuisine, signature menu items include Sesame Seed Crusted Seared Ahi with Vanilla Bean Jasmine, Apple Cider – Soy Butter Vinaigrette. They have been an award winner in Honolulu Magazine’s Hale ‘Aina’s Best Restaurants ranking for 25 years in a row: 1994-2018!

    If you have ever seen any of the Iron Chef series then the next restaurant will come as no surprise. Morimoto Maui, opened by acclaimed Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto, uses locally sourced fresh ingredients to bring together an amazing American – Asian influenced cuisine. Fresh hand rolled sushi and sashimi Snorkeling and more available at Westin Ka'anapali Ocean Resort Villasare made daily and locally inspired cocktails made with fresh in season fruits are all accentuated by a spectacular ocean view. Be sure to try the Snapper with Thai Curry, Mussels, and Pohole Ferns!

    With so much to do, explore and taste, buying a Westin Ka’anapali Ocean Resort timeshare will keep you coming back to new experiences year after year. The licensed agents at Premier Timeshare Resale with RE/MAX Associates can help put you in the Maui timeshare of your dreams. Contact us and let us get you on your way to island bliss!

    Written by Blog Author: Shawn Romanick


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