May means school is nearly over, cold weather is pretty well gone, and planning is underway for enjoying summer.  Try something different this year and consider the train.

Most of us are familiar with Amtrak, http://www.amtrak.com/home  which operates passenger trains throughout the country.  Many people don’t know that there are a variety of vacation packages and tours available through Amtrak, in addition to simple transportation from one point to another.  Prices are reasonable, and although the speed is slower than by plane, passengers have the opportunity to relax and enjoy the scenery.

Trains also offer comfortable amenities not available when you are flying or driving.  Sleeping cars, dining cars, and cars with special seating designed for scenic viewing make traveling by train a pleasure.

In addition to tour and vacation planning, you can get lots of good advise on train travel at sites like http://www.independenttraveler.com/travel-tips/u-s-train-travel.

Here are their top 10 Train Travel Tips:
1.  Read your ticket for information regarding reservations, services and bonuses.
2.  As with air travel, be prepared to deal with cancellations and delays.
3.  If you are traveling overnight and need rest, plan on getting a sleeper car.
4.  Dress comfortably.  Also, bring an extra sweater and comfortable shoes.
5.  Find out the hours of the dining car and schedule your meals accordingly.
6.  Avoid close connections.
7.  Don’t leave luggage unguarded on the train or in the station.
8.  On night trains, secure baggage to the rack with a small bicycle lock.
9.  Keep your valuables in a concealed money belt when sleeping on trains.
10.  Purchase earplugs at any pharmacy to help you get a good night’s sleep.

Don’t forget Photo IDs for your children and teens when you travel.  Even when not required, they’re an excellent, inexpensive way to provide additional safety for your child and peace of mind for you.  And during the month of May, we will be adding a free lanyard for every KidsTravelCard, TeenTravelCard and AdultInfoCard ordered.

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What in the heck is a KidsTravelCard, and why does your child need one?  If you’re planning a trip by plane, you’ll probably need a Photo ID for your child. The KidsTravelCard is accepted by the major airlines for domestic travel and has extra contact information just in case your child is separated from the parents.  This is particularly important if your child is flying as an unaccompanied minor!  If you’re planning any type of travel, either an extended vacation or theme park, or to a local fair or school event, the KidsTravelCard provides peace of mind because it has contact information to help reunite the family if the child becomes lost or separated.  If you are traveling out of the country, the KidsTravelCard is a great companion to the child’s Passport.  The Passport is carried by the parents, but the KidsTravelCard is worn by the child to provide identification and contact information if needed.

 

Your child’s safety is the most important consideration, but why should you choose the KidsTravelCard over competitors on the market?  First of all, because it’s a plastic card, rather than a laminated paper card.  The KidsTravelCard is worn with a soft, cotton lanyard around the neck for easy access and visibility.  The lanyards come in a wide variety of vibrant colors and have a break-away catch for safety.  Each KidsTravelCard comes with four adhesive labels for the back of the child’s Photo ID for trip specific information, which can then can be removed.  The KidsTravelCard is more customizable than any other card available, with a 250 character field on the back for whatever information might be important for your child’s safety.  Things like health insurance information, allergies, medications, extra contacts, behavior or physical issues, etc., can all be printed on the card.

 

Any questions about the KidsTravelCard?  Just call 800-462-2328 or email sharon@travel-idcard.com with “question” in the subject line.  To check out all our products, go to the shopping card site, www.travel-idcard.com.

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