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Adding “Cool” to your Family Travel

A Friend of mine just mentioned her 10 year old son no longer thinks she is cool! It got me thinking to when my son was that age. Starting to pull from the family, I wanted a chance to show him I was still cool and experience something memorable. For his birthday, we treated him to a mother/son weekend in Huntsville, Alabama. That is where you will find the U.S. Space and Rocket Center. They offer amazing weekend programs controlling a Space Mission or on a Fighter-Pilot endeavor, at Space Camp or Aviation Challenge.

My son loving airplanes, chose the Aviation Challenge. In this military program, we slept in barracks and our days were spent on mission training, operations and even Top Gun maneuvers in F-18 Hornet flight simulators. The highlight for me was when our survival skills were tested. Dressed in battle fatigues and war paint, we were sent crawling, in the dark, through a wooded area filled with staged enemy fire and landmines.

Together we worked as a team and learned everything we could want to know about aviation. My son also learned  leadership and enjoyed the US Space and Rocket Center over the weekend. But mostly we had fun and spent time together. The best part, was on our flight home when he said, “that was the best ever”! Thats when I knew, he still thought I was cool.

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When to plan your Summer Vacation?

With Easter behind us, that means one thing. Summer is approaching. In today’s economy, many people choose to wait until the 11th hour to plan their summer vacation. However, with rising gas prices, airline mergers and an unpredictable american economy, travel suppliers are rewarding those who choose to think ahead.

Booking air travel is the most difficult part of planning your travels. When is the right time to purchase, you don’t want to buy at the wrong time and find out later that you could have saved by waiting, who is the best carrier to fly with, with all the rules and restrictions you are pretty much locking yourself into that fare because they will charge you anywhere from $100 – $250 to change your flight. Booking air is like playing the stock market, your best bet 3 – 4  months out  is to watch the fares and purchase when you see it at a low. But, wait, if you don’t purchase in time 6-8 weeks out or more you may end up paying top dollar. The best way to get a great fare, is to book it as part of a travel package. Airlines will offer discounts to travel suppliers and the suppliers are happy to pass it along to you for planning your travels with them.

Additionally, cruise, tour and even hotel suppliers have packages that come with discounts or with benefits that will not be available if you wait. The best advice from travel professionals, book in advance. In most cases you will be required to put down a deposit, but you have many months until you have to sign on that dotted line.

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