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11 Outrageous Things You’ll Only See In Dubai

Here are 11 Outrageous Things You’ll Only See In Dubai:

1. Interesting Passengers

It is pretty normal to see a person driving around with their dog riding shotgun in the United States. It is actually pretty cute. In Dubai, however, they do things much differently than they do in the United States. The people there allow their pets to jump in the car and ride shotgun just like they do in the US, but it isn’t dogs that they drive around with. It is not uncommon to pull up beside a car with a cheetah, a lion, or a tiger in the front seat.


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If this happened in most other countries, people might be frightened. The reason that people drive around with exotic animals is that it is considered a status symbol. Driving around with these animals is the equivalent of an ordinary person riding around with a movie star or a supermodel, only more dangerous. For some strange reason, the residents of Dubai who drive around with their exotic animals aren’t usually afraid of being mauled and it doesn’t even happen. These animals must be very well trained.

2. Superstar Private Entertainment

From a private concert starring Prince, rest his soul, to a $5 million performance by Madonna for one anonymous fan, the super rich people of Dubai really know how to entertain. In 2011, Sheikh Mansour trumped every other parent in the world when he flew in JayZ and Kanye West to perform at his niece’s Sweet 16 party.


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Most kids in the United States get a new dress, a party at a restaurant or a hall, and a DJ. Typical kids in Dubai get cars and boats for their Sweet 16. The Sheikh in question dropped $6 million to have Kanye and JayZ perform at the party which puts most other parties in the world to shame.

3. An Underwater Experience

Inside the Dubai Mall is an aquarium with a massive window that is over 75 feet long and over 26 feet tall. This gives all visitors a stunning view of marine life. If you visit the mall and you don’t want to spend your time shopping with your friends, you can get into the tank and you can actually swim with the sharks and the rays.


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If you want to enjoy the views of an aquarium in a more private setting, you can stay in one of the underwater suites at the Hotel Atlantis. To stay in the room, you would need to pay $8,200 per night. It is costly, but the views are amazing. Each suite has a floor to ceiling view into a huge aquarium. What could be more peaceful than sleeping around those blue lights with all of the fish?

4. Gold ATM Machines

Have you ever gotten all dressed up for a night on the town only to find that you forgot to put on your gold jewelry? If you have, you would either have to go back home to get it or forget about wearing it for the night. If you live in Dubai, however, that wouldn’t be a problem. All you would need to do is stop by the “Gold To Go” ATM and buy yourself some new gold jewelry.


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These crazy ATM dispense more than just jewelry. You can also get gold coins and gold bars. In Dubai, all of your gold needs are covered and you wouldn’t even need to go home. These machines are only found in Dubai now, however, there are plans to put them in all major cities. These machines are so popular that they need to be refilled twice a week. If you are looking for these to come to America, you could be waiting a long time.

5. A Supercar Paradise

In Dubai, you will see cars like you have never seen anywhere in the world, and they are everywhere. Many of the cars on the streets of Dubai have been heavily modified and many are even gold plated. If order food to be delivered in the United States, you will usually see a typical car pull up in your driveway. In some cases, the car is old and beat up as the delivery drivers use their own vehicles and they don’t really make much money.


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If you order takeout in Dubai, there will be a fleet of Ferraris and Jaguars ready to deliver your food in 30 minutes or less. Even the police in Dubai drive around in style. They drive a variety of vehicles including Mustangs, Camaros, Lamborghinis, and Ferraris. If you plan to run from the police, you should think twice. There are certain officers who drive a 1,000 horsepower Bugatti Veyron which would catch you in seconds. If you are planning to walk down the streets of Dubai, it will look more like a car show than a typical city.

6. The Largest Man-made Islands In the World

If you are flying to Dubai, make sure that you have a window seat. If you do, you will be able to see some of the most interesting and amazing features in the water below. Just off the shore of Dubai are many small islands that are formed into different shapes. There are some islands that look like palm trees, some look like the Earth, and currently, there is an island formation being constructed to look like the Milky Way. In total, these islands add hundreds of miles of coastline and beachfront property to Dubai. These islands may be beautiful, however, there is one problem. Because these islands were built out of sand, there is always a treat that they will disappear due to erosion and storms. Regardless of the danger, people are still flocking to these islands to live in one of the 4,000 villas and the 5,000 shoreline homes on these islands.

7. Indoor Ski Resorts

If you live in most places around the world, you can visit a ski resort and you would ski outdoors. In Dubai, things are quite different. Since the Middle-East is so hot and dry, the ski resorts have to be built indoors. If you visit the Mall of Emirates in Dubai, you can go skiing. There might be indoor ski slopes in a few places around the world, but Dubai has a complete ski resort all located indoors.

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In Dubai’s indoor resort, you will find several slopes, toboggan hills, ski lifts, ice caves, and climbing towers. There are even penguins walking around the resort to make the whole experience even more amazing. The resort is located in a 22,000 square-foot facility where they keep the temperature at -4 degrees. When you are skiing in the resort, it is easy to forget that you are in the middle of a giant desert.

8. High Rise Tennis Courts

If you are an avid tennis player and you want to get in a game or two while you visit Dubai, you can play at Dubai’s Burj Al Arab Hotel. If you are afraid of heights, however, you might want to skip tennis during your trip because the court is over 1,000 feet in the air.

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The views are amazing, however, make sure that each serve is a good one. If your opponent misses, your ball will be lost forever. The tennis court even doubles as a helipad. If you are planning to move to Dubai, you can have a tennis court just like this, however, you better be ready to spend a lot of money. The price tag could be millions of dollars.

9. The Tallest Building in the World

The Burj Khalifa in Dubai is an amazing piece of architecture and it is currently the tallest building in the world, standing at 2,717 feet tall. It is over 600 feet taller than the next tallest structure in the world. The main purpose of this amazing building is to attract tourists and commercial interest from all around the world.

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There are 163 floors in the building, complete with nightclubs, swimming pools, and it is also the location of the Armani Hotel. There are also corporate offices and private residences in the building. Of all the amazing things located in Dubai, this building is one that will certainly get your attention.


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10. Temperature Controlled Indoor City

This is one of the most outrageous things you’ll only see in Dubai. This city is home to the tallest building in the world and manmade islands and now they are set to build the first temperature controlled indoor city in the world. The city’s official names is The Mall of the World and it is going to be the largest shopping and entertainment center on Earth. The structure will be 48 million square feet and it will include a covered amusement park, hotels, and apartment complexes, All of the buildings will be connected by air-conditioned walkways and close to 5 miles of covered temperature controlled streets. When the mall is completed, the mall will be large enough for millions of visitors. The best part is that you can enjoy Dubai without sweating in the city’s 100-degree heat.

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11. Golden Toilets and Money Toilet Paper

Everything in Dubai shimmers in gold. This includes their toilets. It is not uncommon to walk into a home, a restaurant, or a nightclub in Dubai and see a gold plated toilet. These toilets are so amazing that Donald Trump would be jealous. What would a gold plated toilet be without toilet paper made out of $20 bills? The toilet paper isn’t actually made out of $20 bills, as the bills are fake. It is still impressive though.[1]

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey Visits Nigeria(Africa)

Like other developers, yesterday, Twitter CEO and Co-founder, Jack Dorsey, visits Nigeria. He arrived on Thursday evening as part of his listening and learning tour across Africa.

After Nigeria, Mr Dorsey is also set to visit other Africa countries, Ethiopia, Ghana and South Africa.

While in Nigeria, Mr. Dorsey is expected to meet with leaders in the local technology and business ecosystem.

This came after his announcement in October where he said he will be in Africa for the whole of November, visiting four African countries. Nigeria and Ghana in West Africa, Ethiopia in East Africa and South Africa.

He is expected to meet with leaders in the local technology and business world, in his words- “entrepreneurs”- however, the reason for this meeting is not yet known.

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How to Travel by car with Cats

If you need to travel with your cat, there are ways to make the trip safer and more comfortable for you and your pet. Use a pet cage and get the cat acclimated to it before the trip.

Take food, water, a leash, a litter box, first aid materials, and enough cat toys to stimulate your cat at the end of a day of travel. With a little bit of planning and some effort during your trip, you can have a successful trip in the car with your cat.

Practice using a leash before your trip.

Use a leash on your cat at home before taking a trip. Try to walk your cat around your home for a while and then take it outside on the leash once it starts to get used to it. This practice will make it so the leash does not come as a total surprise to the cat when you are traveling.
You may just want to attach the leash to your cat’s collar. However, you can get it a body harness if it fights the leash too much when it is attached to its collar.

Medicate your cat before leaving, if necessary.

If your cat is not good in the car, for instance it drools, paces, meows uncontrollably, or gets upset, then you may need to medicate it to keep it calm. Some of these behaviors are caused by anxiety and some are caused by ailments, such as motion sickness. Consult with your veterinarian about prescription or over-the-counter medications that might help your cat during your travels.

Follow the directions on the medication packaging for dosage and timing of dosing. In most cases, you will want to begin the medication before the trip begins so that the cat is calm from the beginning.

Put your cat in it’s cage.

Confine your cat to a cage or a pet carrying case so the cat doesn’t get in your way while you’re driving. It can be dangerous if a loose cat climbs into the driver’s lap, gets underfoot, or becomes frightened or excited.

Make sure the cage is large enough for your cat to turn around in, stand up fully, and stretch out.
Place something soft in the cage for the cat to lie on before putting the cat inside.
Keep the inside of your car at a comfortable temperature, not too hot and not too cold.

Secure the cage in the car.

Once you put your cat in the cage, secure it with one of the seat belts or by placing it in a spot where it cannot move. This will help to protect your cat from injury if you have to stop suddenly or you get into an accident.

Give your cat water regularly.

Fill your cat’s water bowl at rest stops and offer it a chance to drink. Cats can become dehydrated easily, especially if they eat dry food, so it’s important to give your cat frequent access to water.
It is typically not a good idea to give your cat water while the car is moving. It will likely spill and get all over the place.

Let your cat out of the car every two hours or so.

You and your cat should stretch your legs every couple hours during a trip in the car.

If at all possible, let the cat investigate an area with loose dirt or sand to encourage it to defecate or urinate.
If there are no sandy spots available, or your cat is particular about litter, set up a small litter box and try to have your cat use it while you are stopped.

Taking a few minutes to let your cat relax and go to the bathroom is better than having your cat have an accident in the car.

Don’t leave your cat alone in the car.

It is dangerous to leave a pet in a car unattended. The temperature can increase rapidly in a closed up car, so you can endanger your cat’s health by leaving it alone for a few minutes if it’s too hot out.

Never leave your cat in a car if the temperature is too hot. If the temperature is warm and you can’t avoid leaving your cat briefly, park in the shade and leave the windows open enough to allow air circulation, but not so wide your cat can escape or get its head caught. A cat can get sick and die quickly if left in an overheated car.

Offer food on the cat’s regular schedule.

To prevent car-sickness, try to arrange your cat’s main meal after you arrive at your destination. However, you should try to feed it at a time that is close to when it normally eats.

Cats’ bowels are stimulated by food, so be sure to set up the litter box as soon as you arrive at your nightly destination.

Let your cat blow off some steam at the end of the day.

Take cat toys or a laser pointer on your trip to stimulate the cat with play at the end of the day’s travel. It’s important for your cat to move around and get vigorous exercise, especially if the feline is confined in a cage for most of the day.
This is especially important if you are going on a multi-day trip with your cat.

Things You might need

  • Pet cage
  • Cat bed
  • Cat food and bowl
  • Water and bowl
  • First aid kit
  • Leash
  • Cat toys
  • Litter box

Warnings

Do not place your cat in the bed of a pickup truck or anywhere outside the cab of the vehicle while driving. Dust or debris can get in a cat’s eyes and cause infection.

Tips on Travelling with your dogs

Some dogs love to ride in cars and it’s fun to take them along with you wherever you go. However, this is not the case for all dogs. Here are some safety tips you should think about before traveling by car with your favorite pet, whether they enjoy the journey or not.

Let a puppy or new pet become accustomed to riding in a car gradually.

Begin by allowing your dog to wander around your car with the engine off. Then start with short journeys until you and your dog become familiar with traveling by car together.

Make your first few trips in the car to somewhere fun for your dog.

Don’t go long distances right away, just get your dog used to the space. Take your dog to a park or a field so they associate a car journey with something good rather than just trips to the vet.

Keep your dog’s collar on whenever you are driving long distance.

There’s always a chance, no matter how well-behaved your dog may be, that your dog will get out of the car and run away from you. Make sure that your dog can be identified if it escapes from you while traveling.

Figure out how you want to restrain your dog in the car.

It is not safe, nor advisable to let a dog roam around a car unrestrained. Consider putting your dog in a pet cage if you are driving a long distance or if your dog is a nervous passenger. It is the most effective way of keeping a dog still and under control whilst driving.

Having a dog caged will help you to focus on driving instead of on the dog, which is important because distracted drivers can easily have accidents. It will also keep your dog safe if you have to stop quickly or if you get in an accident.

If you don’t want to cage your dog, at least find a way to make sure your dog is secure. For instance if you have an estate car, consider confining your dog to the rear of the car. If you do have a large window boot, put up a wire grid to stop your dog jumping over the back of the seats.

Line the dog’s area with dog blankets or place it’s bed in the corner so it can nap comfortably on the journey. Make sure you don’t have any heavy loose items, such as bowls or bottles, as those can become dangerous projectiles in an accident. Most dogs find sleeping an easy way to cope with motion sickness.

You could also purchase a dog safety seat. While it is not as secure as a cage, it will be safer and more comfortable than a car seat for your dog if you turn or stop the car suddenly. The most popular among these are bucket seats. They attach at the back of the front seats, and the top of the back seats, creating a soft well in which your dog, and any liquids (or solids!) they may create, are contained.

These can be made with a blanket or purchased cheaply.
Car seatbelts for dogs are a great tool if you don’t want your dogs confined, or if you only have a two-seater car. Make sure to attach them to a harness, and not a collar.

They clip into the female buckle of a car seatbelt on one end, and have a standard lead clip on the other. By attaching them to a harness, you ensure the dog is secured by the body, and their neck won’t be damaged in an emergency.
If you use a cage, make sure it is secured.

Make sure it is very secure to prevent it from moving if you stop suddenly or get hit. An unsecured cage can be just as, or even more dangerous than an unsecured dog.

Introduce your dog to the cage, if you are using one.

Present the cage to your dog positively. Allow the dog to sniff the cage before it goes in the car. Once the cage is placed in the car, lock your dog in it.

Continue your positive attitude about the cage and walk away from the dog in the cage for several minutes. Allow the dog to get into the cage itself by luring it with treats, and do not force the dog into the cage.

Exercise your dog before loading it into the car.

You need to get your dog tired out before caging it. While a tired dog may still be upset about being caged, a fully rested dog will usually be even worse.

Avoid feeding your dog right before your trip.

Feed him or her at least a few hours before. This will help your dog avoid getting carsick or doing it’s business in the car, which is unpleasant for both owner and dog.

Pack appropriate supplies for your dog when embarking on a long car journey.

Make the dog’s area comfortable by placing it’s bed or blankets down for padding. Also, bring water, treats, the dog’s collar and lead, some of your dog’s favorite chew toys, and plastic bags for poop.

Place a few chew toys in the back with your dog to keep your dog occupied.

It is better not to give him or her a bone or food treats because if the dog feels sick it will bring it back up.

Squeaky toys are also undesirable as they will drive you crazy.

Consult a vet if your dog shows signs of car sickness.

Never medicate your dog with Dramamine or any other medication without the guidance of your vet. Your vet may have some other suggestions instead.

Address hyperactivity before the trip.

If your dog has hyperactivity problems, contact your vet before the trip.

See if a mild sedative is available and safe for your dog, especially if it is a long journey. Follow the dosing instructions carefully.

Take breaks.

Let your dog run around and tire itself out. You should also give your dog a little snack and a little water while taking your break. Make sure that you stop every hour or so and go for a quick walk, even if it’s only on the Grass by a fast-food restaurant at a service station by the highway. This lets your dog go to the toilet, and gives you an ample opportunity to give your dog some water.

Taking your dog on short walks is important as it means that the dog can stretch their legs and prevents it from getting bored.

This is especially important if your going on a long journey. Four hours is your average dog’s absolute limit for driving without a longer break, but as a driver it’s recommended you take a break after every two hours of driving.

Make sure you stop somewhere grassy and relatively quiet (not right beside the road), lock your car, feed your dog some food and water, and take him for a walk so he can let off some of his excess energy.

If you stop by the highway your dog MUST be on a lead for his own safety.

Don’t leave your dog in a parked car on a hot day.

Be aware of how quickly a dog can get heatstroke, and die, in a parked car. To be safe, never leave your dog unattended in your car in warm weather for any length of time.

If you stop for a meal, park your car in the shade, and let the windows down about an inch each to let cool air in. Put a bowl of cool water in the car for your dog and unbuckle him or her if in a dog seat. Lock your car doors, and order your food to go.
Try to spend no more than five minutes away from the car if it is a warm day, as you don’t want your dog to overheat.

If your stop will take a bit longer, for instance you are waiting in a long queue for food, tie your dog to a post either just inside the front door or just outside in a place where you can see it. At least he or she will be out of the heat while you wait.

Make sure to tie the dog with secure knots so it doesn’t escape. Tight knots will also mean it will be less likely for someone to steal your dog.

Avoid comforting your dog if he or she is showing signs of distress.

Comforting the dog, as natural as it seems, reinforces the idea that something bad is happening.

Do your best to stay calm and normal while paying attention for signs of true distress (instead of discomfort).

Reward your dog once you get to your destination.

Take it for a long walk immediately on arrival. Give it a treat, assure it, and give it lots of love for making through the journey.

How to travel with children

Traveling with children is not always easy, especially on long-haul flights, or any long trip by train or car. However, with a little preparation your traveling time can possibly become as smooth as a baby’s bottom.

Have your children’s appropriate legal documents.

Passports are now required for all children, including infants and toddlers, for international U.S. travel.

Make sure to order them 4-6 weeks in advance to allow for their applications to be processed.

Double check everything, as the last thing you want is to cancel a trip because your child’s passport application was denied for lack of information.

If you don’t need a passport to travel, still remember to take a copy of your children’s birth certificates. The cut-off age for lap children is two years old. Some airlines don’t ask for a birth certificate and some do.

So to be on the safe side, keep a copy of your children’s birth certificates in your purse/bag. Of course, if you have a passport, you will not need to bring birth certificates as the passport will provide complete authentication.

Bring a backpack of toys and activities.

Kids like being in charge, so give them something to be in charge of. A backpack is perfect because it stays put, unlike a bag which can slip off their shoulder and you end up with one more thing to carry; just don’t make it too heavy for them.

Not only is this useful in-flight/on-board entertainment but it’ll serve a dual purpose of amusing the kids once you reach your destination. Put in all your favorite ideas, including these suggestions:

  • Books. There’s never enough time in the day to read to the kids, so take advantage of the opportunity of the long plane, train or car ride for some one-on-one time. Pack your kids’ favorite books for you to read or easy-reader books for them to read by themselves.
    There’s no reason to plug their brains into electronics for the whole journey. Expand their imagination through the endless possibilities in a good book!
  • Coloring Books. Coloring books can be a great distraction and can help get out a little scribbling energy. A favorite coloring tool is Crayola’s “Color Wonder” markers and paper. They’re great because the markers only write on Color Wonder paper, which means your little ones leave no evidence behind! Also try dollar stores for coloring books you won’t mind them half-completing and being discarded for the sake of extra space.
  • Comfort Toys for Small Children. Throw in a favorite blanket or bear for small children. It may help them snuggle down for quiet time or just help get through a bumpy patch of air or a tedious part of the drive. You can never have enough props for entertaining that last 20-30 minutes of a flight when everyone is impatient to get off! Favorite games to play with a blanket or cuddle friend are “peek-a-boo” and “pat-a-cake”.
  • DVDs and Personal DVD Players. A laptop with a DVD drive works just as well as a personal DVD player. Bring along a set of earphones (or a splitter so you can have two sets of earphones), so your child’s viewing of his/her favorite movie or TV show doesn’t interfere with the comfort of others. Although, if you are taking a plane flight, you can save on space and rely on the in-flight entertainment. Best suited to car travel.
  • Electronic Games. Hand held games are extremely popular for older kids and can keep them quiet for hours. Bring along a set of earphones so your child’s favorite game doesn’t interfere with the comfort of others. A long plane or car trip might be a good time to invest in a new game for a special surprise!
  • Sticker Books. Reusable sticker books are great for early elementary age kids. You can find them in your child’s favorite TV/movie character or interest. And because they’re reusable you can create new scenes, stories or just mix them up for fun!
  • Boards. Pegboards are fun for all ages of children: young children can just fit them into the slots, middle-aged children may make patterns, and older children can make designs. Geoboards are great for children over 3 years old. Children can make shapes or designs with the rubber bands. Felt or flannel boards are great for making scenes with felt figures. Magnetic boards also serve this purpose, they just use magnetic figures instead of felt ones. Try activity boards for young children, these can be purchased at the store, as well as dressing boards. These are great because all of the pieces are attached, so you won’t loose anything. They are easy to store, and have long playing value for toddlers and young preschoolers.

Pretend play.

Children love acting like adults and can learn adult ways from pretend play. Pack according to age: plastic keys made for babies for infants and toddlers, real ones for preschoolers. Also consider:

  • a wallet with play money and cards
  • a camera
  • a map
  • a compass
  • a doll with a blanket and a bottle or other simple item

Bring your car seat on the plane.

One way to rein in a fidgety toddler is to take their car seat on the plane. Young kids behave much better in a familiar car seat, which keeps everyone happy.

They can rest and fall asleep more easily in their car seat because it reminds them of riding in the car. Check with your airline first that this is permissible before lugging it down to the airport.

Car seats also make for greater entertainment for younger children and make you not have to carry so many toys. Attach an unbreakable mirror to the soft side of the car seat, and a play steering wheel and keys to the side with the hard arms (though these may be soft at times, depending on the car seat). Suction toys are popular for the car seat tray, if the car seat has one.

Attach up to 4 entertainment items on the car seat, then bring along some string or ribbon to attach small toys to the car seat. Also, many toy companies make toys that are attachable to the car seat. Changing the toys every so often is well worth it, for infants and toddlers.

Divide and conquer.

Don’t lose the kids, especially if you have more than one to keep an eye on.

Decide ahead of time who is in charge of which child. This will eliminate the heart-sinking question “Where is so-and-so?? with the answer of “I thought you were watching him?” Miscommunication and lost children are not a good way to start a vacation!

Take precautions to guard against ear problems:

For babies: bring something they can suck on to help regulate their ears during the course of the flight, especially during ascent and descent.

Airline flights can be quickly spoiled by a little one with an earache! Some ideas to try: Bottles of juice and/or water, pacifier, jello jigglers with extra Knox gelatin (this is messy but the kids love it!), or any Gerber baby type snacks.

They dissolve quickly in the mouth eliminating a choking hazard (read safety precaution on the label before buying).

Try such snacks as “Gerber stars” (lots of flavors), fruit snacks (these start dissolving almost instantly) and baby cereal bars. As of August 2006, such snacks and gel products may be prohibited under tight new security regulations. Check with the airline or government transport security sites for prohibited items.

For toddlers and older children: toddlers and older kids don’t always understand how to regulate their ears by just swallowing, so a little help is sometimes required. Try Starbursts because they take a long time to chew and a lot of saliva begins flowing, which to keeps the child swallowing. Some other ideas are fruit snacks, gum and hard candy (for older children). Again, check with your airline or government transport security site to see what is and what isn’t permitted to be carried on board.

Take items for mess clean ups.

Keep a bag of wipes, hand sanitizer and disposable bags for dirty diapers nearby. Baby wipes can clean up almost anything—even something spilled on carpet.

Hand sanitizer is a must for traveling with kids and those disposable bags are good for containing messy stuff besides diapers! And don’t forget to bring your favorite brand of stain remover wipes or pens for those times when the baby wipes just aren’t enough.

As of August 2006, very strict security regulations are in place which may impact on which of these items you can take on a plane.

Be flexible with your seating arrangements. If you’re traveling with a group, or a large number of family members, it might be fun to let your children choose which adult they want to sit by.

If they don’t see Uncle Bob very often and want to sit by him (and Uncle Bob is okay with the idea), then relinquish parental control for a few hours.

It’s a great time to talk and tell stories with people you don’t get to see every day. And the parents have a small rest!

Take snacks.

Snacks, snacks and more snacks! Snacking keeps children busy and entertained. So pack your kids favorites for your long journey. The healthier the better – try carrot sticks, celery pieces, permitted nuts, gummy bears etc.

Some Precautions to take

Take only *copies* (not originals) of your child’s birth certificate

You don’t want to take the chance of losing your original legal documents.

Check airline or government transport security sites for changes to carry-on luggage.

Don’t get caught out by losing things to airport security because they have decided to ban them: Be aware in advance.

See How to Know What You Can and Can’t Carry on Board an Aircraft for information on how to check.

Be careful about how much your child eats on a long trip, especially if they are flying.

Children can get nausea much more easily than adults can, and a full stomach doesn’t make it any better. Also try to avoid giving kids snacks right off the bat.

If they have a couple of hours to get used to the motion of the car/plane/train, they are less likely to become sick.

Make sure a child seat is properly fitted in your car.

If you aren’t sure, contact your local police station to have them check it or to refer you to someone who can check it for you. Better safe than sorry.

Be careful about driving at night:

you may be too tired and driving may become unsafe.

Only drive if you have gotten a good nights sleep the night before and slept in. You should also only drive if you are in good enough condition. If it is not practical to do all of these, drive at naptime or during early evening sleeping.

Cheaper Way to travel to Europe

Europe is filled with many countries and cultures that you can immerse yourself in while you’re there. While it may seem like a daunting and expensive trip, a European vacation doesn’t have to break the bank.

By planning affordable travel and accommodations, you can easily manage your money while abroad. Once you’re there, you’ll be able to sight-see, try new foods, and meet new people on a budget!

Finding Affordable Flight

Book your flight 3-6 weeks in advance of your trip.

Flight prices tend to get more expensive closer to the date that you plan on leaving. Start looking for flights about 2 months before you depart to get the lowest prices for air travel. Continue checking prices for the next few weeks to see if the price changes.

Track flight prices on Google Flights to see when tickets are cheaper or more expensive. Turn on notifications for the days you plan on traveling to get alerts when prices change.

Use a low-cost airline to save money.

Before reserving seats on an airline you’re familiar with, check smaller airlines for more competitive prices. Budget airlines like Primera Air, Wow Air, and Norwegian Air offer one-way flights across the Atlantic Ocean for as low as $99 USD.

Read the airline’s terms and conditions before purchasing tickets since they may have hidden fees for items such as carry-on bags or checked luggage.

In the United States, airline prices may be cheaper if you fly out of an international hub airport, such as O’Hare in Chicago, New York City, or Boston.

Fly into a small city nearby if you want to travel to a popular location.

Flying directly to the city you want to visit may be more expensive than a flight to somewhere nearby.

Compare prices for taking a direct flight to the area you want to visit as opposed to a smaller city in a different country. That way, you can easily travel by train or smaller airlines for much cheaper.

For example, if you wanted to visit London, you may fly into Dublin instead for a cheaper flight and then travel to London from there.

Tip: While layovers are usually annoying, choosing a flight that has 1-2 of them may be cheaper than a direct flight.

Staying in cheap accommodations

Look for hostels if you’re comfortable sharing a room.

Hostels are residences where you can share a room with other people. Many hostels run at a fraction of the price of hotels so they’re more affordable for you to stay in. Plan on spending between about $20-$40 USD per night if you end up staying in a hostel.

Depending on the hostel, a private room could be an option, but it may be more expensive than a shared space.
Tip: Always check review sites, such as TripAdvisor, to see ratings and reviews of the hostels you’re interested in. Make sure they are reputable and that others have had a good experience there as well.

Search for short-term home rentals to save money if you have a large group.

Use a rental app, such as Airbnb or Homestay, to find private homes or apartments to rent for your stay. Many homes offer cheaper accommodations per person if you have a group of 4 or more.

That way, you’ll also have access to a kitchen, a private bathroom, and a comfortable place to relax when you’re done traveling for the day.

Talk to your host about local restaurants to try or recommendations for what to do while you’re visiting.

Use a couch-surfing website to stay with locals in the area for free.

Websites like CouchSurfing list homeowners that are willing to let travelers stay on a couch or in a spare bedroom for little or no cost. Reach out to the homeowner online and start talking about your trip to see if you could stay.

When you arrive, make sure to be friendly and hold conversations with the owner so you can get to know what local life is like in the city.

Couchsurfing doesn’t work well if you’re traveling with a large group or if you want privacy.

Try camping if you want to stay in an outdoor area.

Even if you’re visiting a larger city, you can find a campsite to stay at overnight. Many of the camping areas have bathrooms and cooking areas that you can use while you’re there. Check online for campgrounds to see if there are any sites available near your planned destination.

Getting around Europe

Get a rail pass to travel between locations in Europe easily.

The train is one of the fastest ways to get from place to place in Europe. Look for an unlimited rail pass so you can travel by train as much as you want and arrive at destinations quickly. Many trains come with wi-fi, food and drink, and charging stations for electronics.

Major cities may have their own metro and subway systems that require a different ticket than the main European railways. You can usually buy 3-day or 7-day passes for local metros if you plan on staying in the city more than 1 night.

Buy tourist passes for public transportation if they’re available.

Some cities offer packages just for tourists that give you free public transportation within city limits as well as admittance to many attractions there. Locate the tourist center in the city you’re visiting if it has one, and see what’s available for you.

For example, a pass in Berlin gets you free entry to over 60 attractions, sightseeing tours, and a card for unlimited travel.

Try flying on budget airlines between major cities to travel quickly.

Companies like EasyJet and RyanAir offer cheap continental flights between cities in Europe. After booking your main flight to Europe, look for other connecting flights to cities you want to visit. Many of the flights are around $20-30 USD, but may be more expensive depending on how far you fly.

Warning: Many smaller airlines have strict rules about the size or amount of luggage you bring. Make sure to pack light to avoid additional fees or checking a bag.

Walk as much as you can to travel around a city for free.

If you don’t want to spend much money to get around, try walking around the city to immerse yourself in the culture even more. Explore the city you’re visiting on foot to find places you might not have seen from a car.

Take the time to stop and relax throughout the day in a park or public area.

Make sure to pack comfortable shoes so your feet don’t hurt after a long day.
Bring an empty water bottle with you to fill up in sinks or public fountains.

Experiencing Europe on a Budget

Pick a few must-see spots to plan a budget for them.

If there are a few locations that you know you want to visit, make room in your budget to go. Choose 1-2 things you know you want to do and schedule them to make the most of your time. Look up admission prices online so you know how much to set aside during your visit.

Check websites like Groupon to see if there are any deals you can get on the attractions you want to see.

Search for how far your accommodations are from your must-see places and include traveling there in your budget if needed.

Take advantage of free walking tours to see the city you’re visiting.

Many cities have tours guides that will show you the main areas of the city. Follow the tour guide and listen to learn history and important information about your location. As you go on the tour, you can choose to leave at any time if you lose interest.

Many walking tour guides only get paid in tips, so make sure to give them some money if you enjoyed the tour.

Get food from restaurants away from tourist sites to save money.

Watch where locals are eating and go to those vendors or restaurants instead of touristy locations in the city. Travel a few blocks away from main tourist areas to find restaurants in your budget. Many times, you’ll find food that’s cheaper and more authentic to the region.

If your accommodations have a cooking area, buy groceries and cook for a meal or two each day to save more money.

Visit street vendors to try new foods without spending money on a full meal.

Avoid buying souvenirs if you don’t need them.

Souvenirs can get pricey and they can take up a lot of room in your luggage.

If you see something you want, ask yourself if it’s something that you need and can’t purchase anywhere else. Instead of buying the souvenir, take pictures to capture experiences that you’ll remember more than a keepsake.

If the souvenir is something that you must have, then purchase it. Just make sure it’s easy to transport.