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  • The Documents Single Parents Need When Traveling With Kids

    8/24/2022 5:28:53 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment

    Travel insights from Andrea Sedlacek, editor of the Compass

    When you’re traveling, you always want to make sure you have the correct documentation to board your flight, enter a country and check in to your hotel or resort. There are some extra considerations to make when traveling with your kids, and even more if you’re a single parent traveling with your kids. In general, you’ll need three main things for each child.

    1. Passport

    This may be obvious, but it’s worth stating. If a child is traveling internationally, they will need a passport. If a child is traveling domestically via air with an adult, they do not need to show any form of identification and only need a boarding pass to pass through TSA security checkpoints.

    2. A Notarized Child Travel Consent Form

    A child travel consent form is a legal document giving minor child permission to travel without both parents. These forms are also used if a child is traveling as an unaccompanied minor or with another adult who is not their legal guardian, like if a minor goes on a trip with their grandparents, sports team or school.

    There are certain pieces of information that should be included on the form, but there are templates you can find online that ensure you don’t miss anything:

            Free Child Travel Consent Form – Law Depot
            Minor (Child) Travel Consent Form – eForms

    The consent form must be signed by the other parent (the one not traveling). It’s also very important that the document is notarized.

    3. Proof of Relationship

    It would be easy to cover this one by saying that a traveling minor should also bring their birth certificate to for proof of relationship to the adult, but not everyone has that. You can also use a court order or adoption decree to show proof of relationship between the minor and the parent.

    The required documents that single parents may need for their children may differ by airline and country you’re visiting. For example, Mexico requires parents leaving the country with minors to complete a SAM form but Costa Rica only recommends a child travel consent form and does not require it. And if a child is two years old or younger and flying as a lap child (meaning you haven’t purchased a seat for them), some airlines will require you to provide proof of their age, which a birth certificate will take care of. Hot tip: Disney parks may also check a child’s birth certificate for proof of a child’s age for free entry. It’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with the airlines you frequently book and to check the country’s Entry, Exit and Visa Requirements listed on their dedicated page on the U.S. State Department’s website.

    A child medical consent form is not a required document, but can be helpful in case a minor needs medical attention while away. Again, there are free templates you can use to make sure you have all the right info:

            Free Child Medical Consent Form – Law Depot
            Minor (Child) Medical Consent Form – eForms

    Though it may feel like a hassle, single-parent travelers should be as prepared as possible with any potentially required documentation to ensure their family vacation goes smoothly.

  • Why It’s So Important For Kids To Travel

    8/19/2022 11:28:56 AM Link 0 comments | Add comment

    Article from Travel & Leisure

    While traveling with a child at any age may seem like a daunting prospect, experts claim that it can significantly boost development. They say travel can expand a kid's world, making them more empathetic toward cultural differences and helping them adapt to changing situations. It can even shape their linguistic development as babies.

    They're going to start learning the tools for developing meaningful relationships, especially across differences, from an early age," Dr. Robin Hancock, a global education specialist with Bank Street College, told Travel + Leisure. "Travel has the potential to create a new narrative that teaches children about the similarities with others [and] lays a strong foundation, especially in the early years...We have the potential to raise a generation that knows how to live and coexist with each other."

    They may not remember these adventures, but they will impact his development, according to Hancock. The most rapid brain development occurs in the first five years of a child's life, and especially in the first three, she said. Surrounding kids from birth to about three years old with people who are different than them "normalizes" that experience.

    Travel and educating children about their roles as citizens of the world when they're young ensures they will retain that message into their adult years," she said. "When somebody begins a habit or a tradition... early in life, that becomes the foundation through which they view the world for the rest of their life."

    Traveling with young children – even as young as six months old — can also help them with linguistic development, said Erika Levy, an associate professor in communication sciences and disorders at Teachers College at Columbia University.

    "We know that in terms of language, babies perceive sounds differently from adults. As they get older... they lose the ability to distinguish many of the other speech sounds," said Levy. "If we surround them with speech sounds from all around the world... then we are keeping those categories going, which helps later on in life with their language."

    And when they return home from a trip, their experiences can actually help them in school, according to Hancock.

    "It makes them more open to try new things [and] less cautious of people and scenarios that are not familiar to them," she said. "It will inevitably make children more open and remove bias."

    For more tips on how to maximize your child's experience while traveling visit our Facebook page @tyustoursandtravel.

  • Introducing The Disney Wish

    8/2/2022 1:47:19 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment

    All aboard! The Disney Wish has officially made its grand debut and is sailing the high seas!

    From bow to stern, guests will find more enchanting offerings than ever before on Disney Cruise Line’s newest ship, including AquaMouse, the first Disney attraction at sea; family dining adventures themed to “Frozen” and Marvel; an immersive tour of the galaxy at Star Wars: Hyperspace Lounge … plus two original Broadway-style stage productions, new deck parties, imaginative clubs for kids of all ages, an expanded collection of experiences exclusively for adults and, of course, spectacular fireworks at sea.

    Take a look at this exclusive video for a special glimpse at the all-new storytelling, one-of-a-kind entertainment and innovative “firsts” families will experience aboard our stunning new ship.

    Visit https://youtu.be/oMJIrnbdpvM

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