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    Tips for Traveling Without the Kids

    Last updated 6 hours 40 minutes ago

    Devoted as you might be to your kids, as a parent you have the right to a relaxing vacation to yourself. Sometimes, though parents are reluctant to leave their children at home while they take a trip. But if you take a deep breath and follow these guidelines, you can enjoy a stress-free vacation from your home life and responsibilities.

    First, make sure you have someone you trust taking care of your kids. Your own parents are the best choice, and both grandparents and kids love spending quality time together. Your own siblings, especially if they have kids of a similar age, are also a great choice. If you have teenagers and younger children, and you trust your teens to take care of the little ones while you’re away, this is also a great option. Always make sure to check in daily while you’re away, and make sure that emergency contact information is posted around the house.

    Call Brentwood Travel today at (314) 488-2100 to plan your perfect getaway, with or without the kids. Our professional travel agents will handle all the details so you don’t have to worry about a thing.

    Financial Benefits of an All-Inclusive Vacation

    Last updated 2 days 6 hours ago

    Vacation planning can be stressful, which defeats the purpose of taking a break from work and home obligations. Booking your flight and hotel through a travel agent can help you avoid a logistical headache, but for a completely stress-free vacation experience, consider booking a trip at an all-inclusive resort. Besides the mental benefits, all-inclusive vacations also bring financial benefits, including:

    Up-Front Pricing
    All-inclusive means just that: every meal, every incidental charge, every activity and luxury is included in the up-front price. You don’t have to worry about using cash or cards to pay for individual meals or activities, because you paid for everything before you arrived. There are no hidden costs and no unexpected expenses.

    Easy Planning
    Prudent travelers often wish to plan out the expenses for their vacations well in advance of the trip. If you attempt to do everything “a la carte,” you have less control over how much you ultimately spend. Local transportation, meals, and day-to-day activities can easily wind up costing more than you predicted. When you book an all-inclusive vacation, however, you know exactly how much you will be spending before you even start to pack for your trip.

    Carefree Indulgence
    When you go on a trip that is not all-inclusive, it’s easy to exceed your budget. A drink here, a mid-day snack there, and suddenly you’ve got more on your credit card than you had planned. All-inclusive vacations help you avoid this; since you’ve already paid for everything, you can have that second cocktail or order dessert without worrying about spending more than you meant to.

    At Brentwood Travel, we have a wide variety of all-inclusive packages available. To plan your perfect stress-free vacation, call us today (314) 488-2100 to speak with one of our friendly travel agents. Whether you’re looking for a domestic weekend getaway or a long tropical holiday, we’ll make sure you enjoy every minute of your vacation.

    Planning an International Flight Trip

    Last updated 7 days ago

    If you’re used to taking shorter domestic flights, you should be prepared for a different experience when taking an international flight. You’ll need to allow more time at the airport, for customs and passport control, and you may need to pack your carry-on luggage more carefully to ensure you have everything you need to stay comfortable for up to eight or ten hours at a time.

    Watch this video for tips on planning for international flights. You’ll learn how to keep your muscles and joints limber, stay hydrated, and keep from getting sick on the plane.

    Whether you’re planning a romantic trip to Italy or an exciting weekend skiing in the Alps, Brentwood Travel’s agents can make all the arrangements for your next international vacation. To start booking your trip, call us today at (314) 488-2100.

    Finding the Best Toy for Kids on Planes

    Last updated 9 days ago

    Traveling to different places for family vacations can create wonderful memories for your kids. However, many parents are hesitant to take children on airplanes because they are afraid of being a nuisance and disturbing other passengers. To keep your child entertained but quiet on the plane, it’s best to pack a few toys for him or her. The guidelines below can help you decide which toys to put in your child’s carry-on.

    Choose a Toy to Engage Your Child
    On a long flight, many parents will simply play movies on an iPad or laptop for their kids. While this may keep a child quiet for a short while, you can keep him or her more engaged with an interactive toy or game. Stuffed animals and sock puppets can be great for babies, while tactile puzzles can keep older children occupied. If you absolutely don’t have room to pack anything but a tablet computer, have your child play a game instead of simply watching something.

    Be Careful with Toys That Have Small Parts
    Even in first class and business class, airplane seats and aisles still have limited room to move around. Kids will be kids, and if you bring along toys such as Legos, Tinker Toys, board games, or anything else with small parts, be prepared for these items to fall and get wedged under or between seats. If you do want to bring these along, also pack a small blanket to lay across laps and trays to catch any stray pieces.

    Avoid Noisy and Bright Toys
    While talking toys that make noises, play music, and flash bright lights may be very engaging for your child, these items will disturb passengers around you. A disgruntled fellow traveler in your row or in the seat behind you can put a damper on your vacation, so make sure you pack quiet toys for your kids.

    If you need ideas for kid-friendly vacations, call Brentwood Travel at (314) 488-2100. As one of St. Louis’s best established travel agencies, we have years of experience helping parents plan the perfect family trip.

    Avoiding Mistakes of First-Time Cruisers

    Last updated 16 days ago

    Almost everyone fantasizes over taking a fantastic cruise at some point. If you’re finally getting the chance to live out your dream of a cruise, you want to be sure that you soak up every second of enjoyment from the experience. A few rookie mistakes could make your trip less than what it could be, so follow these tips to ensure you’re cruising in style like an old pro:

    Bring Your Own Toiletries
    Unless you’ve booked your cruise with a luxury liner, you’ll probably only get the bare basics in your room: a bar of soap and a bit of shampoo. You can get some amazing cruise deals by choosing these mainstream companies, but the deal might not be such a good one if you have to go a week without hair conditioner or toothpaste. Since it’s better to have it and not need it, pack everything you would normally need just in case.

    Keep Your Luggage Size Standard
    Oversized luggage is great for packing everything you need plus some extra, but it doesn’t fit under the bed on cruise ships. If it doesn’t fit under the bed, there may be nowhere else to store it, and you’ll be finagling your way around your own stuff the entire trip. Stick to slim, standard luggage instead.

    Pre-Book any Special Tours
    When luxury cruises make port at their destination, there are often a number of tours and activities you can enjoy—if you can get in. Talk to your travel agent while you’re booking your trip to see if there’s anything you might be interested in doing, and make your reservations for that at the same time that you secure your passage. Make sure you can get a refund if you change your mind, though.

    For more information about making your first luxury cruise truly wonderful, contact us at Brentwood Travel in St. Louis. We can help you choose your destination, find the best travel deals, and go at the best time to really enjoy the travel and destination. Call (314) 488-2100 today!

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