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Ask the Travel Agent

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Ask the Travel Agent


Q.     Why Use a Travel Agent?
 A.     Planning a trip can be confusing and time consuming; a travel agent can often save you time and money.  They not only book your vacation and arrange the various modes of transportation, but also may be able to save you dollars with early booking discounts, special fares, and package hotel or resort offerings.
 

Q.     What Can a Travel Agent Do for Me?
 
A.     Agents can arrange all types of domestic and international travel, from hotel and resort accommodations to air and ground transportation, including car rentals and tour packages.  They can provide assistance with insurance protection, passport and visa applications, inoculation procedures and other foreign travel requirements.

 
Q.     I am traveling to the Caribbean with my children; what proof of citizenship do I need to bring for them?
 A.     Bring their birth certificates, each bearing a raised seal from the Registrar of  Vital Statistics of the city or township the children were born in.  A notary seal is not sufficient.  For information on passports, travel documentation see web site http://travel. state.gov/passport_services.html or call 900-225-5674  For information on documents, visas for abroad see web site http://travel. state.gov/foreignentryreqs.html, or call 202-663-1225.


Q.     I will be traveling to Paris with two small children.  Where are some fun places to go?
 A.     Parisian parks, equipped with play areas and sand pits are great places to take young kids.  Puppet shows are offered on Wednesdays and on public holidays at:  Champ de Mars; Montsouris; Buttes Chaumont; Jardin du Luxembourg; Jardin d'acclimatation (with a zoological garden in the Bois de Boulogne offering horseback riding, bowling, miniature golf, miniature farm and bike rentals); Parc Monceau; Parc de la Villette (featuring 10 theme gardens); Palais Royal; Parc Andre citroen; Parc des Tuileries; and, Bois de Vincennes. The Circus de Paris offers kids an afternoon of fun--petting animals, wearing clown makeup, and walking a tightrope. The Parc Asterix centers around the world of Asterix the GualChildren's Science City Museum features hands on exhibits for kids ages 3-12.  More information see: http://www.parisnet.co

Q.     What kind of fun activities do the airlines offer the family travelers?
 
A.     Delta offers a free Fantastic Flyer program for children ages 2-12.  Membership includes:  membership certificate, magazine subscription, posters, birthday cards and family discounts.  To register call 1-800-392-KIDS. International flights on US Air-ways offer a travel size Etch-a-Sketch and coloring books. Korean Air offer ages 2-11 special discounts, bonuses, gifts and kids in-flight meals with SKYPASS.  
      TWA and DELTA have airport children's centers.  TWA's centers, located in New York and St Louis offer chalkboard, TV, books, games and snacks.  DELTA's Dusty Dens, found in Atlanta, Boston, Cincinnati, Dallas/Fort Worth, New York-JFK, LA, Orlando, Salt Lake City and Tampa, come with board and video games, movies, books and snacks. Check for operating hours of these children centers.

Q.     I’m planning a trip to Europe with my husband and two children.  We want to stay in the same room, but understand accommodations in Europe are different than in the U. S.  Any suggestions?
 A.     In the UK, hotels usually have rooms with two double beds.  B&Bs and Guest Houses have family rooms with 1 double bed and 2 single beds.  There are special room rates for children.  Minotel Europe, a group of 700 small privately owned and operated hotels and inns in 30 European countries provide at some locations family rooms--suitable for two adults and two children under age 12 (often children can stay free). Minotel Europe only sells through Travel Agents.  To obtain a Hotel Guide call 1-800-670-HTLS.


Debbie Gioquindo--Certified Travel Counselor

 

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