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Best Approaches to Have More Fun on Trips With Your Kids

Your kids can be your favorite traveling companions. Really. Even when one of your party needs a nap, won't eat the weird food, or won't visit museums, you can still travel smoothly. Here are six ways to make your next trip with kids more fun for everyone:

Bring friends. Sharing a vacation rental with another family means built-in buddies. Every night is a sleepover. Every day is a play-date. When kids have built-in playmates, a shared beach house sets the stage for an exciting game of hide & seek. A picnic in a park is transformed into a rollicking chasing game. Another benefit: Parents can swap babysitting nights and let the other couple go out for a grown-up dinner or a live performance that does not involve puppets or talking animals.

Let them sleep. A sleepy kid is a cranky kid and crankiness and travel are an unhappy mix. For little kids, bring a stroller so naps can be "on the go" while others enjoy the street scenery or explore a museum. Or schedule a midday car, train, or bus ride for needed downtime. For teenagers, consider letting them sleep late or text with friends while you go out for early morning exploring. Meet up for a late breakfast after you've had coffee and a lovely stroll. One beauty of traveling in Spain is the expectation that everyone benefits from mid-afternoon downtime. A rejuvenating siesta creates the possibility of a late night, almost a second day in one.

Adjust expectations of what they'll eat. If you're visiting a foreign country, consider bringing peanut butter or a favorite cereal to alleviate worries that there will be nothing kids will eat. But likely your kids will surprise you--and themselves--at how much they enjoy trying new foods, or just exotic types of pizza or toppings for pasta. We traveled to rural Italy with a trusty box of Life cereal as a back-up for our picky eater--but our daughter thankfully enjoyed eating at Italian cafes.

Build anticipation before you go. My kids and I both get more out of trips by reading about the place before we leave. Picture books, youth fiction, detective novels set in the area, biographies--all give insight into culture and history and help build anticipation for the trip. Before visiting the Grand Canyon, my kids learned geology from picture books and enthusiastically devoured horrific stories about unprepared hikers and their tragic fates. The irreverent Horrible Histories--such as The Vicious Vikings or The Terrible Tudors--are accurate but play to kids by emphasizing gory facts and scatological humor. Horrible Histories began as a book series and expanded into DVDs, games, and costumes. Watching movies set in the place can help build anticipation. Visiting Anne Boleyn's palace felt more dramatic because we had just watched our scheming heroine in Anne of 1000 Days. While the audio tour of the Colosseum in Rome was a bore, my kids already had a sense of the gruesome (and exciting) former uses of the ancient building from the movie Gladiator. Your kids may enjoy helping to plan visits to a place they learned about before leaving.

Create memories during the trip. Give each kid a blank book to draw or write in during downtime, or to glue in postcards, tickets, and other scraps. Try interviewing your kids and jotting down their answers in the blank books. I've asked questions like: what's the biggest surprise about the place we're visiting, worst new food you tried, favorite joke of the vacation, favorite song right now, who you look forward to seeing when we get home. Doing a short interview with your kid can make waiting in line or in a restaurant speed by. (Years later, those interviews are vivid and cherished reminders of my children's personalities as little tykes.)

Create memories after the trip. After you return home, you can create a photo book or use iPhoto or other programs to publish a book and include captions by your kids. Canvas on Demand can turn photos into pictures you hang on the wall as daily reminders of places you've explored together--and build excitement for your family's next adventure.

Travel Tips for Beginners: How to Get Cheap Flights
Looking at costs is an absolute necessity: You can't expect one air transport is constantly less expensive than another. 

The least expensive tickets will fluctuate from carrier to aerial shuttle contingent upon a mixture of variables. Airfares are not static - aerial transports can and do change ticket costs constantly - so the best way to know without a doubt which bearer has the least expensive costs on any given day is to analyze costs at whatever point you search for airfare.  

At the point when to shop: The greatest day to shop for airfare is at around 3 p.m Tuesday. 

Airfare deals regularly dispatch late Monday or early Tuesday and to stay focused, rival bearers will coordinate the lower costs, a procedure generally finished by 3 p.m. Tuesday. Shop then for the greatest determination of the best costs. 

Be adaptable: If you can fly amid less prominent travel periods, you can spare genuine cash. 

Attempt a trek in an off-top season - go amid one of the no man's lands - or take off crest times of day, for example, overnight or red-eye flights, or flights at sunrise. Voyaging when the vast majority would prefer not to fly is a formula for reserve funds. 

At the point when to fly: Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays are typically the least expensive days to fly. 

Carriers know the vast majority of us want to amplify our get-away time by flying on Friday and returning on Sunday, so that is when residential airfare costs are quite often higher. 

Where to fly: Sometime you have air terminal decisions, and some can be less expensive than others. 

Enormous centers are typically less expensive than littler airplane terminals however not generally, and when you have a decision in airplane terminals, think about costs. 

Discovering bundle bargains: These are normal on numerous locales. 

Individual carriers offer bundle arrangements, Sky-tours offers inns, different destinations offer a mixed bag of travel blends. Check out your top choices sites or make a do-it-without anyone's help
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Before you leave...

Sharing is very important

We're almost certain that everybody's done a touch of examination, and the vast majority of it will be skewed to their own advantage. Before whatever else, impart your aggregate thoughts. Thus, somebody may make a helpful commitment that you didn't go over while doing your own particular examination and likely wouldn't have considered. It's much the same as having a definitive manual, yet better since you can include and uproot thoughts and recommendations that doesn't fit your timetable or agenda. 

Keep it basic 

Excessively of something is never something worth being thankful for. In the event that you plan to press everybody's agenda into one, you may wind up investing less energy appreciating certain things. That additionally lives up to expectations for little gatherings; don't set a strenuous timetable - constraining and tiring yourselves is not a smart thought, and individuals are generally not extraordinary organization when they're drained and cantankerous. You'll must be keen and trade off on specific things, regardless of the possibility that it means passing up a great opportunity for that outing to the historical center or the town lobby or the national park or the spooky house.

Search for group rebates 

Typically the greater the group size, the less you pay: simple! So talk to your companions and even companions of companions to check whether they're up for an enterprise - you never know, you may spare a couple of dollars and concrete a few fellowships simultaneously! 

When you're there... 

Play to one another's qualities 

As you come, you'll most likely make sense of who's great at what. Let the pilot hold the guide, give the pots to the cook and make the dialect master request bearings. Give them a chance to energetically venture up to the plate and do what they specialize in. Keep in mind to say thanks to them as well - taking care of things for a vast group is not simple, and it doesn't hurt to issue them that additional consolation. Try not to stress over the control monstrosity, in the event that its a sufficiently substantial gathering, they'll know soon enough when to retreat. 

Talk up, yet listen well 

In the event that you have something that people need to know, similar to say you have to make a get back to home at 5pm ordinary or that you're short on money, don't remain quiet about it. Will this make arrangements smoother, as well as help remind you come 5pm or when they see an ATM machine adjacent. You thus, need to take in their uncommon demands as well. Try not to demand having steak when you realize that somebody in the gathering is a vegan.

Openness is absolutely vital 

What's the purpose of having somebody there on the off chance that you don't talk it out, and we're not discussing gabs here. On the off chance that something goes not right, talk about the matter and discover an answer. Settle on a truce if needs be. Verify everybody has had their say and make sense of how you suit everybody's wishes except remember that you ought to be reasonable about things and somebody or a few individuals will need to trade off on specific things. 

Separate to make up 

There's no rule book telling that you need to do the whole lot together! You can consume the morning together and proceed onward to your own particular thing toward the evening. Alternately party together during the evening and race for that morning prepare all alone. Recall that, should have a fabulous time and live it up, so if the bunch's next stop doesn't tickle your extravagant, discover another thing to improve suited to your taste. You can simply get together after and impart your bit to whatever remains of the pack.
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Medical Travel Quality Alliance (MTQUA,, an independent international              organization founded in 2009 to promote the special safety and quality needs in treatment and                                 care of medical  tourists, publishes the Top 10 World's Best Hospitals For Medical Tourist and                               Best Practices in Medical Tourism. 

For the first time since the list has been published, no country is represented by more than one                           hospital. After reviewing top hospitals around the world, Prince Court Medical Center             ( in Kuala Lumpur was again selected as the hospital that best                                 provides medical tourists with outstanding care.

 The Top 10 World's Best Hospitals for Medical Tourists for 2014 :

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1. Prince Court Medical Center, Malaysia
2. Asklepios Klinik Barmbek, Germany
3. Fortis Hospital Bangalore, India
4. Anadolu Medical Center, Turkey
5. Wooridul Spine Hospital, Korea
6. Shouldice Hospital, Canada
7. Gleneagles Hospital, Singapore
8. Clemenceau Medical Center, Lebanon
9. Bumrungrad International, Thailand
10. Mediclinic Morningside, South Africa

Medical tourism certification from MTQUA is the only global certification program for hospitals, clinics, agencies, recovery resorts and related services and providers. 

For more information, you can visit the MTQUA website.

Sky-tours wishes you a nice flight! 


Inside Queen Alia International Airport.

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Airports Council International (ACI) can help you finding out, as it has announced its 2014 Airport Service Quality Awards.

To obtain its results, ACI (a non-profit organization based in Montreal with 591 members operating 1,861 airports in 177 countries) surveys passengers in global airports for their views on 34 key service indicators.

These include airport access, check-in, security, airport facilities, food and beverage and retail.

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The responses are used to determine the top worldwide performing airports.

The awards are presented in four categories:

Best airport by region

Best airport by size

Best small airport

Best improvement by region


Best airport by region

Africa: SSR International AirportMauritius

Asia-Pacific: Incheon International Airport, Seoul, South Korea

Europe: Keflavik International Airport, Iceland

Latin America-Caribbean: Jose Joaquin de Olmedo International Airport,Guayaquil, Ecuador

Middle East: Queen Alia International Airport, Amman, Jordan

North America: Indianapolis International Airport, Indiana, United States


Best airport by size

2-5 million passengers per year: Jose Joaquin de Olmedo International Airport, Guayaquil, Ecuador

5-15 million passengers per year: Haikou Meilan International Airport, Hainan,China

15-25 million passengers per year: Gimpo International Airport, Seoul, South Korea

25-40 million passengers per year: Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi, India

Over 40 million passengers per year: Incheon International Airport, Seoul, South Korea


Best small airport by region

Africa: Upington Airport, South Africa

Asia-Pacific: Langkawi International Airport, Malaysia

Europe: Murcia-San Javier Airport, Spain

Latin America-Caribbean: Culiacan International Airport, Sinaloa, Mexico

North America: Victoria International Airport, British Columbia, Canada


Best improvement by region

Africa: SSR International AirportMauritius

Asia-Pacific: Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport, Kolkata, India

Europe: Pulkovo International Airport, St. Petersburg, Russia

Latin America-Caribbean: Las Americas International Airport, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Middle East: Queen Alia International Airport, Amman, Jordan

North America: San Antonio International Airport, Texas, U.S.


For the full list of winners, you can visit the ACI website

Sky-tours wishes you a nice flight! 


Are you considering living abroad? As tempted as you may be ( new people, new culture and new experiences), money could become an issue.

MoveHub can help you with a very useful infographic that highlights the cost of living in countries around the world. 

Check out their very interesting map!


1. Consider 'hidden city' ticketing for serious savings

This is the idea of buying a cheaper airline ticket for a flight to anywhere that has a layover at your actual destination.

It's clearly a controversial travel trick, however. When a New York City man developed a website,, last year, which helped travellers find cheaper flights through this style of ticketing, both United Airlines and Orbitz filed a civil lawsuit. 

It's also important to note that this strategy only works if you book a one-way flight, have no checked bags, and happen to be heading to a destination that is not a regional airline hub.

2. Full refunds on flights are possible to redeem

Have you ever booked a flight months in advance, only to have your flight schedule changed just weeks ahead of your trip? 

As it turns out, when an airline does that, most are obligated to re-book customers on new flights without any additional fees - and if they newly proposed travel times aren't acceptable, travellers just may be eligible for a full refund.


3. Compensation owed on delayed bags may be greater than you think

In the United States, the Department of Transportation issued a directive to all airlines stating that in the event of lost checked bags - and also delayed bags - that there cannot be 'arbitrary limits' placed on monetary compensation.

Essentially, this means that while often airlines offer very little in compensation (if any) for delayed bags, or simply hand out a future travel voucher or frequent flyer miles, the maximum liability that you can claimed may actually be as high as $3,300.

However, this particular number does only apply for domestic US travel and the limits on international travel are often less.


4. Flight delays could offer a major payout

It's not just American passengers who benefit from compensation. In the EU, you are entitled to a pay-out if your flight is delayed by more than three hours on arrival - if it was the airline's fault.

On a short flight, the amount payable is €250 (about £200) per person; on a mid-length flight, it's €400pp (around £320); and on a long-haul flight, it's between €300 and €600pp (about £240 to £480), depending on the length of the delay.

And don't feel obligated to accept vouchers, you're entitled to the cash, according to EC Regulation 261/2004. 


5. Fly on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays

Recent research from Expedia and the Airlines Reporting Corporation (ARC) has found that it's best to buy tickets on a Tuesday - and ideally, more than 21 days in advance - to take advantage of the best possible rates.

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays tend to be the days when airlines have a greater surplus of seats available - likely because they are the least convenient days when it comes to accommodating work schedules and weekend getaways - and so, offer the cheapest fares.


6. After three hours of Tarmac delays, you can get off the plane

At least in the United States! The Department of Transport mandates that during a lengthy Tarmac delay in the U.S. (arrival or departure), an airline cannot keep passengers on a plane for more than three hours on a domestic flight or four hours on an international flight without allowing you to disembark.

After two-hour delays, airlines also must provide you with food and water, provide regular 30-minute updates. So even if you are just connecting through the US, this applies to you.

In the UK or the EU, however, no equivalent rule exists. According to the Civil Aviation Authority, while there is not a specific length of time that airlines can keep passengers on a parked aircraft during a delay, it is expected that 'all operators abide by the regulations that are in place regarding delayed flights and ensure a suitable level of welfare is maintained.'


7. Save hundreds by 'booking the wrong date'

'EasyJet's Flexifares let you switch the date of your flight by a few weeks, without paying more, Steve Nowottny, consumer and features editor at MoneySavingExpert explains.

'This offers a sneaky way for you to bag peak-time flights for less.

'For example, you can buy cheap flights during in-term time, then swap for your chosen school holiday date.


8. Code-share and always check for cheap seats

There are plenty of ways to ensure the cheapest possible fare on the flight of your dreams.

'Sometimes, two or more airlines sell the same flights and booking via one partner is cheaper,' Nowottny tells MailOnline Travel.

'For example, a United flight from Birmingham to New York can be cheaper via Lufthansa. This can be a good way of flying with well-known airlines for less.'

The MoneySavingExpert editor also recommends checking how many cheap seats are left on a flight if you're thinking of booking, but not quite ready to commit just yet.

'Many airlines let you book seats for up to about nine passengers, so pretend to make the booking for more seats than you need,' he says.

9. Whenever possible, use a credit card for your booking

Although plenty of airlines offer incentive for completing a booking on your debit card, it may be wise to pay via credit card instead.

If that's not possible, using a debit card is still preferable to paying with cash, cheque or bank transfer.  


10. Keep all tickets, receipts and any other documentation 

To make any sort of successful claim, you'll need to have kept all travel receipts, tickets and any other relevant documents.

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Etihad Guest (Etihad Airways' loyalty program), is introducing a new payment feature onto its membership card.

Walletplus, powered by Visa, allows members to load travel money onto their Etihad Guest card and convert it to 11 different foreign currencies to spend whenever they are travelling abroad.


The membership card can be loaded in advance, enabling card holders to better manage their travel budgets by locking in competitive exchange rates in real time before they travel. 

Pre-loading the card also means that members are immediately able to spend in the local currency upon arrival in another country, without having to first exchange or transfer funds at a bank or foreign exchange.

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SAS starts flying to Hong Kong 

On 10SEP15, SAS starts to fly non-stop between Stockholm and Hong Kong, five times a week. 
Open for sale on/after 29JAN15

Flight number and departure times 

SK963 ARN-HKG 1500-0720 +1 
Operating D1, 4, 5, 6, 7 

SK964 HKG-ARN 0905-1435 
Operating D1, 2, 5, 6, 7