Unaccompanied Minors – Our Most Vulnerable Passengers

Vacation and summertime travel should be an excuse to relax, but the logistics on transporting the kids can cause stress. They're off, on their own, to see the Wizard, to visit grandma, or to spend quality time with a divorced parent who's moved to a Caribbean isle to find himself... While each year there's at least one highly publicized mishap in the transport of minors (one year an airline...

Read More    7 min read

Required Documents For Travel With Minors

Solo Parents, Grandparents and Guardians can satisfy legal requirements before crossing international borders with minor children by using these Permission to Travel And Children's Consent forms. The Family Travel Forum community has learned the hard way that you need this paperwork: in the special FTF report “

Read More    3 min read

10 Tips To Avoid Hassles At U.S. Borders

Whether your cellphone contains confidential business documents or you’re packing homemade cranberry sauce, unless you’re exempted by diplomatic status, everyone crossing U.S. borders is subject to examination and search by officials from Department of Customs and Border Protection (CBP). Air passengers have to cope with additional, unspecified...

Read More    4 min read

Permission To Travel Letters And Why You Need Them

Adults traveling outside the U.S. with children under 18, other than their own, must have a Permission or Consent to Travel Letter from both of the minors' guardians. The consent letter also covers a child traveling internationally with only one birth parent, one guardian, grandparents or other adults. This written and notarized Permission to Travel Letter from both birth parents,...

Read More    8 min read

Coming to America: Visas And Entry Requirements

Changing entry visa regulations and exit rules for foreign nationals and American citizens require preparation if your family is planning a vacation to the United States of America. According to US Department of Commerce, 69.8 million international tourists visited the United States in 2013, generating an all-time record $180.7 billion in revenue. That reflected a 12% increase from 2012. While...

Read More    5 min read

When Kids Fly Solo

Harriet Baskas of MSNBC suggests that when your child travels alone by plane there are many things to consider. First and foremost, she says, be sure your child is ready to fly solo? Not all kids are created equally, obviously, and one 13 year old may be really ready and another may be just terrified.Assess your child’s readiness honestlyFlight attendant Sara Keagle, who...

Read More    2 min read