Celebrations- anniversaries, milestone birthdays
Destination Weddings – each destination wedding will get their own personal webpage where friends and family can visit to get information on the big day as well as the trip itself.
In the Caribbean, the tourism industry is a major source of employment. Many locals work at resorts and hotels, give tours or work in restaurants that cater to tourists. From the housekeeping staff, to the gardeners who keep the grounds immaculate, to the cooks who man the omelette station each morning at breakfast, these people rely on the generosity of guests like yourself to improve their monthly income. This is their livelihood – the money they need to support their families. So if they do a good job, are kind, courteous, and professional, they have earned a tip.
While tipping is at your discretion and it is an optional gesture, at all-inclusive resorts in Mexico, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, it is certainly encouraged by the staff. Keep in mind that you don’t need to tip every time, and usually the people you’ll tip are those providing a personal service, like wait staff, bartenders, room attendants, tour guides, etc. Also remember that any tip you provide is adequate – this is only a guideline. For a one-week stay at an all-inclusive resort, a couple should budget to spend about $150 US (or the local currency equivalent) total in tips. This means that you should bring between $10 and $20 in small bills with you to spend on tips throughout the day.
A la carte meals:
$5+/couple depending on the level of service
Bag attendants and shuttle drivers:
$1/bag or $1 for every few trips to and from the room
$1-$2/group drink order but more if the drinks are complicated and you have many at one time. Keep using (and tipping) the same bartender throughout the week and you’ll get excellent service.
Buffet station chefs:
Bus driver: $1-$2/couple
Butlers: $50-500 depending on the level of resort and how much they do for you.
Concierge: $5-$10 depending on your usage
Housekeeping staff: $2-5/day (leave it on your bed so they know it’s for them) .If you want extra beer or bottled water instead of pop in your mini fridge, leave $2-$5 with a note indicating your preference.
Room service: $3-5 depending on the complexity of the order and time of day
Tour guide: $5/couple
Traveling With Babies
Unless you have an angel baby, choose a destination that will be easy to keep your routine. A busy itinerary or a destination that is not stroller friendly will not make for a relaxing holiday.
Pack for the worse case scenario
Bring a carry on with enough supplies/clothing for a couple of days in case your suitcase is lost. Divide everyone’s clothes among all your bags, if one is lost each person will still have some of what they need. Pack a change of clothes for both you and the baby in your carry on.
If one parent is traveling with your child internationally make sure you check customs regulations to avoid hassles or denied boarding. Carry a copy of your spouse’s passport with a hand written note and matching signature in case required. Some countries require a notarized letter of permission.
On the plane
Bring lots of snacks, toys and fun activities. An iPad is usually not enough for little ones. Dollarama is the best place a few new things to play with (i.e. mini play dough sets, toys, puzzles). For toddlers or kids bring a special treat for
Slings or Carrier
Use slings or carriers to keep your baby safe for take off, landing or turbulence instead of a car seat.
Rent baby equipment at your destination.
Whether your destination is a hotel or resort or a relative’s home, there are numerous companies renting baby gear such as portable cribs, strollers, seats, and baby feeding equipment. Most will reserve the desired equipment online ahead of time, and will deliver equipment to your door. When renting a car, rent the car seats directly from the car rental company. Be prepared to safely and correctly install the car seat yourself.
Food & Liquids
Solid food items, such as sandwiches, apples and granola bars, are permitted in both your carry-on and checked baggage when traveling within Canada. If your destination is outside of Canada, any food not consumed, including food in checked baggage, will be subject to the regulations of the country you are visiting.
Some food items may be subject to restrictions including: liquids, foods that are mashed, pureed or mixed in a sauce (e.g. mashed potatoes, smoothies, chill or stews). In order for a food to be considered a solid, it must be solid at room temperature.
If you plan to prep your food on the go, keep in mind that small kitchen appliances with blades (e.g. personal/hand- held blenders,) are not permitted in carry-on baggage.
baby food, milk, formula, water, juice and other baby
items in your carry-on baggage.
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What to Put in Your Carry-On Take advantage of the carry-on plus purse rule.
Each ticketed passenger is permitted a carry-on, and a personal bag or purse.
In addition to each passenger’s carry-on, designate one large tote for in-air entertainment, which carries a laptop, iPad, and each family member’s book or Kindle. Be sure to include at least one charger for each different device in your carry-on.
• Allowforonebackpackforsnacks,medications,water bottles (to be filled post-security) and other essentials
Packing For Your Trip
Use the ‘roll’ method or packing cubes
Rolling clothes instead of folding them saves 30% more space. Line the bag with bulkier items like shoes, then
What to pack
Pack more shirts than each child needs, and half as many pants.* The majority of messes will occur to your child’s shirts (think food spills, sweat, and sticky hands wiping). Pants and shorts can often be re-worn. It’s nice to have your children in different shirts for family photos. Try to find clothes that do double duty, such as pants that zip off to become shorts, and sun protection shirts that can be worn during outdoor play. Try to restrict each child to two pairs of shoes: a sturdy pair of walking/hiking shoes (to be worn on the plane) and a pair of destination and season- appropriate sandals or boots.
* Does not apply if your child is not toilet trained.
Packing for Kids
likely to get dirtied, shorts can be worn twice)
day time, you don’t really need day time clothes)
a la carte restaurants
in the restaurants
wear hoodies on the plane, no coats.
At the resorts some items can cost up to 5x what you pay for them at home. So don’t forget to pack:
• Plastic bags
If you bring your car-seat to use on the plane you must purchase a seat for the baby and will be required to strap in the baby whenever the seat belt sign is on. You will not be permitted to nurse during take off or landing.
Check out the convertible car seat/stroller Sit n Stroll www.lilygold.com or CARES restraint www.kidsflysafe.com.
Bring a reclining umbrella stroller, they are easier to transport, take up less space in the trunk and cost less if damagedbytheairline.
Bring everything you might need at 2am. Advil, Tylenol (adult and kids), Immodium, Gravol, Benadryl, Claritin , Tumsetc.
Remember the 3-1-1 rule!
The 3-1-1 rule states that you cannot bring any liquid or gel that’smorethanthreeounces.Thesemustbecarriedin one quart-sized clear, zip-lock bag.
Leave your coats at home even in winter. Use blankets for babies and hoodies for older kids to keep them warm from the car to the airport.
(Especially for Cuba)
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