Travel Tips

11 Hours in Beijing, China with the 72-Hour Visa-Free Stay Program

March 25, 2014

We traveled to Singapore from Houston on Air China this week.  Our flight itinerary included an 11-hour layover in the Beijing airport, arriving at 3:47 am in the morning. Rather than sit around an airport after a 15-hour flight, we took advantage of China’s 72-hour visa-free transit stay program that was introduced in 2013. China’s 72-hour […]

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Does a 12-Year Old Need a Passport to Go on a Cruise?

March 19, 2014

I’m a planning to  take my 12-year old niece on a cruise during her summer vacation. Her parents agreed to the trip, but their first question was, “Does she need a passport to cruise?” Does a 12-Year Old Need a Passport to Go on a Cruise? The answer is “it depends on the cruise.” The […]

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18 Tips for a First-Time Cruiser

March 18, 2014

We have a friend who is a well-traveled grad student going on her first cruise with two other friends. Her question, “What tips do I need to know to have a great cruise? Here’s 18 Tips for a First-Time Cruiser: Before You Go: 1) Find and Complete the Online Check-in For Your Cruise.  Go to […]

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6 Favorite Travel Planning Resources

March 11, 2014

I was asked to share travel planning strategies with a group of sixth graders who are tasked with planning a major trip to Europe as a class project. We use many resources for our travel planning, so Mr. Jones and I discussed which are the simplest, go-to websites that we use for travel planning. We […]

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