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How Do You Get Ready to Travel Around the World With Kids?

Apostle Islands, Wisconisn
Apostle Islands, Wisconsin

After a little more than a month here in Auckland, New Zealand, we are gearing up for our round-the-world adventure.

I must admit, I am torn between planning every minute of every day of the trip so that I know where and when to be everywhere — never throwing caution to the wind. But I have stopped myself and only planned the first three-and-a-half weeks, having a loose idea of what we are doing after that, but leaving us open to suggestion.

The fun thing about traveling to new places is that you have new things to discover. I want to leave our itinerary open to be able to explore places and things I didn’t know about from my research but, traveling with children means that I want to make sure we are safe and sound, learning and having enormous amounts of fun, too.

LA Travel Mom and kids
LA Travel Mom and kids

Follow along as well throw caution to the wind and make our way back home to the other side of the world — and feel free to weigh in with suggestions along the way! First stop is Australia’s Gold Coast, followed by Bangkok and Ho Chi Minh City and a river cruise with AmaWaterways and then — who knows. Stay Tuned at #LATMRTW


Unaccompanied Minors — Children Traveling Alone

Children traveling alone. // (c) Swiss Air
Children traveling alone. // (c) Swiss Air

It’s summertime and that means that kids and families are traveling — and sometimes not all at the same time. Which always brings up the topic of children traveling alone. There’s been a lot of press on children traveling alone. CNBC reported on a story about the re-seating of male passengers on two Australian airlines, and a story by AP told of an airline losing an young girl traveling as an unaccompanied minor. So, with these stories in mind, would you let your child travel alone?

Poll: Tagging Your Own Bags – Faster?

Flyers can tag their own bags in Las Vegas // (c) 2013 British Airways
Flyers can tag their own bags in Las Vegas // (c) 2013 British Airways

British Airways (BA) has launched a new bag-tagging system at Las Vegas McCarren International airport that allows customers traveling from Las Vegas to destinations in the UK and across the BA network to print and attach tags to their own bags at a self-service kiosk. British Airways is the first international carrier with TSA approval for self-service bag tags from kiosks for flights departing the US and the airline has chosen Las Vegas as the first airport in the US to conduct its trial.

According to British Airways, the advanced self-help technology is designed to improve the speed and simplicity of traveling through the airport with the aim of giving customers more control over their journey. Customer service staff will be on hand to greet customers and offer assistance. Once the tags are printed and attached the customer simply leaves the luggage at the bag drop desk. The new process, combined with the option to check-in online and print boarding passes at home or the office, will reduce potential congestion at the airport concourse during busy travel periods.

What to Do in Kyoto

Meditation at Shinkoin Temple // (c) Janeen Christoff
Meditation at Shinkoin Temple // (c) Janeen Christoff

I love Japanese culture. From the off-beat style of Harajuku Girls to the movie “Lost in Translation,” I am fascinated by Japan. So during a visit to Kyoto, when my itinerary included meditation at a Japanese temple, dining on soba noodles, dressing up in a kimono and touring a museum devoted to manga (Japanese comics), I knew it was going to be an eye-opening day.

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Hyatt Launches ‘For Kids By Kids Family Cook-Off’ Recipe Contest

Hyatt launches family cook off contest. // (c) 2013 Hyatt
Hyatt launches family cook off contest. // (c) 2013 Hyatt

Hyatt hotels around the world are celebrating the busy summer travel season with new offerings that the whole family can enjoy. This summer, families can take advantage of an array of new services and promotions that will make traveling with the family easier. New offerings for kids include VIP children services and packages, a revamped kids’ menu created for kids by kids, activities for children to explore and learn about their local destinations and fun social events for parents featuring tasty summer dishes.

After a successful debut of Hyatt’s For Kids By Kids menu in 2012, Hyatt hotels are not only expanding their children’s menu this summer with new fun, fresh and flavorful dishes, but also offering families the opportunity to create a recipe for their next kids’ menu with the launch of the “For Kids By Kids Family Cook-Off” recipe contest.

The contest, which kicks-off the second year of Hyatt’s For Kids By Kids initiative, invites families to create and share a healthy breakfast recipe along with a photo via Facebook, for a chance to win a vacation and a spot on Hyatt’s For Kids By Kids menu. The family who submits the winning recipe will receive a trip for four people to stay at any Hyatt in the continental U.S., including airfare up to $2,000.  See the abbreviated contest rules below and visit for the full official rules.

New menu additions were created hand-in-hand with Hyatt’s food and beverage team and 12-year-old chef, Haile Thomas, who has cooked for First Lady Michelle Obama. The dishes were created based on feedback from parents, who said that, while they enjoyed exposing their children to new and exciting flavors, they also wanted to see even more options on the menu, including childhood favorites with a healthy twist.

VIP Baby Amenities

To ensure that all Hyatt guests, including the hotel’s youngest travelers, receive the red carpet treatment during their stay, Hyatt hotels have developed a variety of VIP offerings for children of all ages at destinations across the globe. These family-friendly services and amenities range from personal care items and luxury baby gear, to stuffed animals and bedding for children.