>Club Med Deal

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My family is a huge fan of Club Med and their kids’ clubs. Our two-year-old daughter adored all the staff in Ixtapa and Punta Cana. I would recommend these locations to any parents traveling with young children. The kids clubs in both these locations offer opportunites for parents to enjoy some alone time and for kids to meet, play and interact with children from around the world. And Club Med has a new offer:

Starting July 1, Club Med is offering a $99 sale and
invites guests to discover indigenous cuisine, innovative children’s programs,
newly renovated accommodations and more starting at $99 per person. Award
winning children’s clubs, for children ages four years and up, are included in
the promotion as well as a variety of land and water activities for both adults
and children (from sailing and tennis to flying trapeze lessons). Participating
properties include Club Med Sandpiper, Florida; Cancun Yucatan, Mexico; Ixtapa
Pacific, Mexico; Punta Cana, Dominican Republic; Turkoise, Turks & Caicos;
Columbus Isle, Bahamas; Caravelle, Guadeloupe and Buccaneer’s Creek, Martinique;
rates start at $99 per person, per night based on double occupancy and require a
three-night minimum stay. The $99 SALE is available for booking July 1
through August 31, 2009 for travel from July 4 through April 24, 2010.

>Five Fun Trips With the Family

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From TravelAgeWest.com:

It’s funny, but I can’t remember a time in my life when travel wasn’t a big part of it. Ever since I was a kid, I feel like I have been packing a bag to go one place or another — be it on a business trip or for vacation or backpacking through Europe. However, 2008 was a significant year in travel for me — it was the first year that I would travel with my daughter. She, like me, will hopefully never remember a time in her life when her bags weren’t packed, ready to head off for some fun or exotic destination. So, here are some of my favorite adventures from 2008 – with and without the family.

Read the full article at TravelAgeWest.com

>What Happens in Vegas

>Lessons learned on Vegas trip number two – it’s not always the kids you have to watch out for, and sometimes two-year-olds can be embarassing.

While watching out for my two daughters, I managed to misplace my phone, forget my camera in the hotel room and lose my favorite sweater. Not to mention the fact that I was running around with baby spit up on my dress. I’m thinking no one noticed, either that or my friends are really mean. I guess I’m the one who needed looking out for on this trip.

And in the vast wisdom of the universe, I did finally learn my lesson that everything you say your young children will repeat. While we were innocently trying to teach our daughter, Ava, that every fart isn’t a poop (We were a little sick of changing “poopy” diapers), we now know she got the message, a fact we learned when she proudly announced to an entire wedding party – at the top of her lungs just before they marched down the aisle – that she farted…and farted and farted. “Me fart, me fart….ME FART!” is still ringing in my ears – and probably everyone elses. Thank god our friends love us!!
Next up: A weekend of rest!!

>En-Listed

>I surprised myself this weekend – or more accurately, this past week. I took a road trip to Vegas with both kids in tow and managed not to forget anything major. Now, I can’t say enough about list-making…and that’s something I never thought I would say – or become! But nonetheless, I made a list, checked it twice and off we went in the new van to Vegas and the only thing we were missing was a swimsuit for Little A – and then, do they really make swimsuits for 3-month-olds? In my defense, I’m going to say no. Go lists!!
-Neen
Next time: Can we survive two weekends in Vegas in a row?

>Mexico for the Whole Family

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My daughter got to experience her first fam trip at 10 months old when we were invited, as a family, to experience Club Med Ixtapa Pacific. It wouldn’t be her first flight, or her first time out of the country, but the seven-day trip was going to be the longest period of time we’d be away from home together. And, since we were staying at the resort, we figured that we would have to bring everything, or take a very expensive cab ride to town and try to figure out what “Enfamil” formula was in Spanish. So, when we packed our belongings, it looked like the luggage aisle at Wal-Mart.
In my infinite wisdom (or lack there of), the night before we left, I read all of the amenities that Club Med had to offer families, and as it turned out, they provided just about everything we would need. Their Baby Welcome, which is free for parents, includes changing pads, a crib, a highchair, a bottle warmer and even a stroller. Babies have their own buffet in the main buffet restaurant, where they have a selection of baby food jars as well as formula, milk and yogurt. There’s also 24-hour access to a room with bottle-warmers, microwaves and more baby food. Our room had a refrigerator and bottled water was replenished daily.
So, needless to say, Club Med’s Baby Welcome puts a whole new spin on all-inclusive – and saved my husband a lot of extra baggage…in more ways than one.
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