Changing Patterns Of Travel For Affluent Parents With Children

One of the increasing trends we are seeing in today’s travel scene is the changes in spending patterns in parents with young children. This article presents the case for increased catering for children in luxury resorts and five and six star accommodation.

With shifting patterns of wealth, demographics and social structure, we see a change in the holiday patterns of young hip parents with little kids. No longer content with the standard everyday budget motels and caravan parks their parents, the baby boomers, the not-so-young gen X urban elite are taking to the skies and the resorts in style, and bringing the kids!

Children are now the fashionable accessory for the new wealthy urban elite dominated by the internet media. As family size shrinks, divorce rates soar, and women have babies later, vacation time is a precious commodity. While maintaining an ongoing high profile career, the demands of time pressure mean that families have less time to holiday together, more cash, and subsequently demand better service, higher level of facilities and real quality in their travels.

This is a trend which Hoteliers, marketers, airlines would be very courageous to ignore. Mothers days lunches in leading luxury hotels in major cities such as the Four Seasons in Sydney are hosting a childcare package with DVDS, kids’ party food, biscuit decorating in a posh room adjacent to the main dining area where parents can happily quaff expensive French Champagne for hours and hours while the kids are entertained. Cost to implement- practically nothing. Price for the adults… anything you want to charge them, the more the better… and they will tell their friends. This is a point where price does not actually matter. How much would you pay for the privilege?

Time starved, exhausted, multitasking supermoms are not asking, but demanding a better level of care and service from the companies that have previously overlooked them, and their offspring. Even one of the leading hotels in the world, the Palazzo Versace in Queensland’s Gold Coast has buckets and spades in the swanky resort pool with subtle and distinguished signs indicated the preferred area for Families.

The traditional role model of Stay at home mom is a shrinking group and increasingly women are returning to part-time work when the kids are at school age. The rise and rise of the new entrepreneurs with their demands for lifestyle and branding, mean that time is the most precious commodity. If you only have two weeks to spend with the children, travelling somewhere in the world, will you fly cattle class or upgrade for the short but amazing experience? Will you spend your cash in a little dinky motel, or etch some worthwhile memories in the hearts of your little ones by splurging on some swanky Resort. These parents will do anything for their kids.

Where do the time starved, young urban elite new rich go on holidays and what do they actually want to do? The time for tightening the belt is not on the … Read More

Internet has Transformed the Method of Planning Trips

Internet has made our lives easier than ever before. We have started to rely on this technology, because it has really improved our way of life. Traveling has also been influenced with this technology in a positive way. Now you can plan and arrange your whole trip by just sitting inside your office or home. There is no need to go out and get things done for yourself. Everything can be planned, even before stepping out of your home, for your trip. Before starting your trip, you must choose a destination, airline and hotel where you will stay. The Internet will help in all these areas.

Online travel booking will do most of your work. There are so many websites over the Internet which will do your booking online. Online booking airplane tickets means that you have your tickets in advance and at the time you are going to begin your trip, you will not have to be worried, if you will get the tickets or not.

Internet has Transformed the Method of Planning Trips

There are many airlines, which have been offering safe and comfortable journeys for many years. United Airlines and Frontier Airlines are two of many. These airlines have many discount package deals for the traveler. When it comes to best travel deals, then the first thing you need to keep in your mind is that the best deal for you is the one which suits your budget. There are many deals offered by airline companies which can save your money, and can make you feel happier. Once you are finished getting the best deal for yourself, then you are in need of locating the best hotel for your stay.

Hotels booking worldwide over the internet have sorted the things for you in this area as well. Find an easy to navigate website and search for the hotels, which are offering discount hotel rooms. In this way, you will not have to worry; in terms of searching for the hotel, at the time you reach your destination. It will help all those individuals who are traveling with families, for they do not want to experience any kind of problem. You will know that your rooms are booked and you only need to reach your destination and your room keys will be ready for you. Then you will be able to travel with great peace of mind. More and more people have started to arrange their trips over the internet.… Read More

A Scenic Mountain Journey to the Top of Arizona: The Kachina Peaks Wilderness, Flagstaff, AZ

With sweltering heat and high triple digit temperatures in Phoenix, it’s the perfect time to head to up north to get outdoors and experience Arizona’s beautiful and lush high mountain forests and wilderness areas. For a wonderful and scenic day trip and easy hike, take a journey to the top of Arizona by hiking the Kachina Trail, in the Kachina Peaks Wilderness, Flagstaff, Arizona.

A Scenic Mountain Journey to the Top of Arizona: The Kachina Peaks Wilderness, Flagstaff, AZ

Located high up in the San Francisco peaks, sits Arizona’s tallest peak, Mt. Humphreys which rises to an elevation of 12, 643 feet which you can climb to the top of on the Mt. Humphrey’s Trail, one of the most challenging hikes in all of Arizona. However, if you’re up for more of an easier day hike instead, then I highly recommend checking out the beautiful Kachina Trail, which is also located in the Kachina Peaks Wilderness and like the Mt. Humphrey’s Trail, is also located at Arizona’s Snow Bowl Ski Resort and if you’re up for the added adventure, you can take a very scenic sky ride right up to the top of Arizona at elevation, 11,500 feet, for a spectacular and amazing panoramic view of all the surrounding Flagstaff and Kachina Peaks Wilderness area, without having to climb it yourself too!

To get to the Kachina Trail from Phoenix you’ll want to head out of town on I-17 north to Flagstaff. We left Phoenix at 9am on a Saturday morning and arrived in Flagstaff at around 11:30am. The drive from Phoenix to Flagstaff is roughly about 2.5 hours and 148 miles. Once you arrive in Flagstaff, the freeway ends and you will exit onto 89A north. Follow 89A through town till you come to route 180 north Snow Bowl Ski Resort, then make a left. You’ll take route 180 for about another 30 minutes till you reach FR 516 and the turn off for Snow Bowl Ski Resort and turn right. The drive along FR 516 is really beautiful and heavily forested as you quickly wind up in elevation from 7000 feet up to 9000 feet. Be aware though that there is little bit of road construction going but it’s not too bad. You’ll want to just take it slow and be on the lookout for wildlife because we saw a couple of deer off to the right in an open meadow area about midway.

Once you reach the lodge, on your right you will see the sign for the Kachina Trail where you’ll park in the Snow Bowl parking lot. At about 9,200 feet, the trail begins a somewhat level but rocky decent, traversing across the San Francisco Peaks through beautiful Aspens forests, winding through open meadows and offering break throughs here and there for gorgeous vistas of the surrounding Flagstaff area that are absolutely magnificent. We journeyed along on this gorgeous trail, noticing only a slight drop in elevation, about 600 feet. Although the trail is rated “easy” but due to the rocky conditions and the high level of elevation, I would … Read More

Visit Los Cabos On Your Next Vacation

I can’t wait for my yearly vacation, I look forward to it all year long. Vacations have changed a little over the years since I started my family, but one thing never changes; I always go somewhere, even if the locations aren’t quite as exotic anymore.

When you choose a vacation destination, you have several general choices. Do you go on a beach type vacation? How about a National Park type vacation? There’s always the theme park type vacation! And don’t forget the European vacation. Did I leave any out?

Today I want to talk about a beach type vacation, but it isn’t the same boring vacation you’ve probably gone on a million times before.

When choosing a beach vacation, most people stick to a few tried and true spots such as Florida, the Bahamas, Hawaii, or Cancun; but if you’re looking for something a little out of the ordinary, something that none of your friends have probably ever heard of (let alone gone to) then Los Cabos may be exactly what you’re looking for.

First off, where exactly is it? Los Cabos is in Mexico on the tip of the Baha Peninsula. It’s a little bit South of Lapaz and sort of South-West of Tijuana.

I’m not sure there’s a really “bad” time to go there, but the “best” times to go are around January and February because you can often see gray whales near the shore. Remember when I said it was a little less ordinary? You can’t beat whale watching!

This is not just a land of beautiful beaches (though there are amazing beaches!), there’s lots of other fun things to do as well. There’s something for just about everyone, from sport fishing and golf, to kayaking and diving. And don’t forget the whales!

Los Cabos definitely doesn’t have that deserted island feel to it. This is a place full of luxury hotels and resorts. So you can relax in style without worrying about where you’re going to find your next meal!

And while there’s lots of fun things to do, don’t forget about the beaches. The area has over 20 stunning beaches including Playa Palmilla, Santa Maria, and Playa del Amor.

It is possible to find a quiet beach with few  you might have to do some searching.

When choosing a place to go on a beach-type vacation you have tons of choices. Sure, you can go to the same boring places that everyone else goes to but if you’re looking for something exciting and new, then I highly recommend you check out Los Cabos. You won’t be disappointed!… Read More

What Should a Hotel Be Like?

It’s up to you and the choice of hotel you make whether the time you spend abroad is stressful or relaxing. Based on the accommodation you choose, you can feel as comfortable at the hotel as you would at home.

The best location for a hotel has to be central but not in a very crowded or noisy place. If you do not select the hotel carefully, you might not be able to visit all the important parts of the city, therefore the hotel has to have access to the closest bus station.

A second factor influencing your disposition during the travel is the behavior of the hotel staffs. It may turn out difficult to communicate with people who do not speak your language or any other international language, therefore you must make sure that you choose a rather modern hotel where the employees know several languages. During your stay at the hotel you will definitely need the support of hotel staffs to get the information you need or to solve potential problems, therefore it is important that hotel employees are always friendly.

Travelers tend to wrongfully neglect the facilities that hotels offer them and it is to their detriment because it is always useful to know what options you have. There is a great chance that you might never use these options, nevertheless, it is good to know whether you can or cannot use the hotel spa centre and gym, for instance.

In spite of this small attempt to find the best method by means of which to select your hotel, travelers must know that there are no exact rules for that. There is no point in asking other people for advice, either, as they will find it difficult to agree whether a hotel is good or bad precisely because they are subjective and they evaluate hotels according to their tastes. The best thing you can do is to choose the hotel that makes you feel comfortable and suits your preferences.

Sometimes it is better to trust your instincts if you want to choose a good hotel. Hotels offer a lot of deals during this period so there is no need to restrict your research to the cheap hotels. You may even hire hotel rooms to celebrate special family or business events, thanks to these small prices.… Read More