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Travel tips for families from Kendra Thornton

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As families ponder the idea of a vacation, the questions of how, where and when need to be addressed. From a quick trip close to home or a highly anticipated trip to Orlando, Florida, families can benefit from travel advice. Kendra Thornton, a national travel expert, shares her tips on a variety of travel concerns for families.

What tips do you have for traveling through an airport with small children?

For many families, traveling through an airport can be a trying experience. It is best to allow at least 30 extra minutes of travel time when traveling as a family. From security check points to emergency bathroom breaks, the extra time makes families feel less frazzled. If your family experiences some travel difficulties, like long delays or lost luggage, ask the airport baggage service center for assistance. In many cases, this department keeps family travel necessities like diapers, formula, etc on hand for emergency cases.

When is a good month to travel as a family?

For families with smaller children, May is a perfect month to travel. A destination like Orlando can be a great choice for families. During the month of May, Orlando offers amazing weather. Plus, many popular attractions and theme parks have shorter lines during May.

In May 2014, Sea World and LegoLand are offering free admission for children. LegoLand is opening a new ride during May too. With so many theme parks, shopping, and hotels, Orlando offers numerous fun activities for the entire family. For more special offers, please visit www.visitorlando.com/may.

What's the benefit from under-planning a family vacation?

A little bit of free time allows the whole family to relax and could be some of the most memorable family moments. In Orlando, many hotels have amazing pools and themed in-house entertainment that can be a fun diversion. For example, the Nickelodeon Hotel in Orlando has character meet and greets and movies that don't need to be pre-planned.

These travel tips are just a few of the items that Ms. Thornton shared. For more information on traveling with families or traveling to Orlando, please visit www.visitorlando.com.

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