Cheap flights to South Korea from Philadelphia and New York have increased the opportunities for families to take a vacation or visit relatives in Asia. At the same time, overseas travel with children brings its own checklist of things to do to ensure that families can travel safely and enjoy their travel with minimum headaches. The following are some major issues that, when addressed, will make the process go much more smoothly.
Unlike adults, children can grow out of clothes quickly in just a few years. The same is true of facial features. That’s why the State Department requires children’s passports to be renewed much more frequently. While adults over age 16 can renew every 10 years, children must renew theirs every five years.
In addition, while many travelers can renew U.S. passports by mail, minors under age 16 must appear in person. Additional necessary documentation includes:
- Form DS-11 which is the standard passport application form.
- Evidence that the child is a U.S. citizen including a certified birth certificate or a prior passport.
- Proof of the relationship between the child and parents or legal guardian, which can be the same birth certificate if both parents are named, an adoption decree or court orders establishing guardianship.
- Identification of parents that can be in the form of a valid license, previously issued passport or current government or military ID.
- Photocopies of documentation from step four to be provided to State Department officials.
- Consent of parents either by appearing for the application or forms signed by guardians who are unable to appear in person.
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Ask anyone who has traveled to Malaysia: It’s home to some of the most unbelievably stunning and undiscovered spots in all of Southeast Asia. Sure, Malaysia boasts any number of fascinating tourist attractions, but it also has more than a few surprises up its proverbial sleeve that most visitors simply don’t expect to find. What’s more, Malaysia has an especially vibrant culture, exceedingly friendly locals, incredible food, and world-class shopping centers. And that’s just for starters.
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Venerating the founder of Buddhism plays a key role in the spiritual life of many Thais, and as such monuments are found throughout the country. However, due to the key role the religion plays these are not the size of a crucifix in a Catholic church or many other statues in America. Rather, some of these can range in size to more than 100 feet. No matter where you plan on vacationing when you visit Thailand, there are likely to be giant Buddhas worth visiting.
Wat Pho and the Reclining Buddha
Wat Pho was the sight of the first university in Thailand and the entire site in Bangkok is worth checking out, being that the statute of the Reclining Buddha is one of the largest in the capital, as is the entire temple complex itself. It measures more than 150 feet long, all of it with gold leaf. However, while many visitors who plan travel to Thailand just take pictures of the statue itself, the temple is also a great place to check out.
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You’ve reached the first step and made the decision to visit Asia. Congratulations, it’s a big decision! But whether you’re an experienced traveler or new to flying, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed as you begin to organize your trip. You’ll need to get a passport, figure out visas, exchange currency and develop an itinerary (if you’re the planning type, that is!)
But one of the most intimidating and often frustrating parts of travel is purchasing your tickets. At Skystub®, we want to make that experience easier and simpler. We want to be a trusted resource for your long-haul Asia airfares.
Traditionally, flights to Asia are expensive. It doesn’t help that there are hundreds of sites competing for your business, trying to market flights, hotels and “exclusive” deals. If you’ve shopped for flights before, you’ve probably been flustered by confusing interfaces, continually fluctuating prices and unclear fine print. That’s why SkyStub® has created a simple, intuitive booking process designed to help you easily book your flight. Our customers looks to our booking system for the most competitive airfare prices to countries like Japan, Vietnam, South Korea, Thailand, China and more. Whether you want to see Bangkok or Seoul, we wanted to make this process as stress free as possible.
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When planning to travel to Korea, or to any country, you always want to avoid the kitschy, “touristy” areas in favor of a more authentic experience. Planning an authentic tour is hard, however, unless you already know a lot about the area’s culture. Is this tour really highlighting the most important sights of Korean history, or just showing things that tourists like to see? Does this restaurant offer real Korean food, or a cheap imitation of it?
If authenticity is what you seek, consider a stay at one of South Korea’s Buddhist temples. Temple stays put visitors directly in touch with Korean Buddhism’s proud 1700 year history. Through interactions with monks and tours of the temple sites, you’ll be right in the heart of the peninsula’s culture.
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As you begin planning your upcoming trip to the People’s Republic of China, there are a few crucial steps you’ll need to take. Get your passport and visas, research flights and buy your tickets to China. But before you start packing your luggage and exchanging currency, you’ll want to decide on your perfect itinerary. Start planning where in this beautiful, dynamic nation you’d like to visit. One of the most popular and fascinating destinations resides in the bustling city of Xi’an (population 8.5 million) — home to one of the most visited UNESCO World Heritage sites in the country. Each year, millions of people fly to China to visit one of the most striking man-made marvels in the world.
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Tokyo has been variously described as one of the most exciting, most metropolitan and most futuristic cities in the world. Frankly, we’d have to agree. If you’re planning a trip to Japan, though, it’s worth bearing in mind that the world outside its capital city is absolutely bursting with the sort of culture, nature and history you simply won’t find anywhere else.
Indeed, nearly 100 million souls reside in the 46 Japanese prefectures outside Tokyo — that makes for almost endless opportunities to become more familiar with one of the most oddly unique countries on earth.
Not yet convinced? Keep reading to learn why you should add at least a few outside-Tokyo destinations to your Japanese bucket list.
Slow down and discover the old world spirit of Kyoto
After exploring the bustling modernity of Tokyo, you may be ready for the quiet and almost meditative introspection of Kyoto.
While the rest of Japan seems to be eagerly following Tokyo’s lead into the ultramodern future, Kyoto is the country’s home base for the traditions of old. Indeed, the city of 1.5 million has historically been referred to as the City of Ten Thousand Shrines. Even today, some 2,000 temples and shrines exist within the Kyoto region.
Temple hunters who want the most bang for their sightseeing buck will want to head straight to one of the region’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The ancient collection consists of 13 Buddhist temples, three Shinto shrines and one very large flatland castle.
Especially popular is the famed 600-year-old Temple of the Golden Pavilion, Kinkaku-ji. The Zen Buddhist temple is easily one of the most popular sites in all of Japan, and it’s surrounded by a stunning minimalist garden.
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For beach lovers, Indonesia is a traveler’s paradise — this South Pacific archipelago is made up of over 13,000 islands, spanning across two tropical oceans. This has created a haven for gorgeous soft sand beaches, stunning waves and sunny skies. Whether you’re searching for popular tourist destinations or untouched shoreline, Indonesia’s islands contain beaches to suit any taste. Surfers, snorkelers and avid divers flock to the coastline to immerse themselves in the sparkling waters, ablaze with tropical sea creatures. What’s stopping you from booking your cheap flight to Indonesia? Chances are, you’ll find everything you’re looking for and more from Indonesia’s world-famous beaches.
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No trip to China is complete without dim sum. Food is a large part of any culture, and China is no exception. Dim sum is a Cantonese style food is known for being prepared into small bite-size portions, normally served in steamer baskets or small plates. Going out for dim sum in Cantonese is often referred to as going to “drink tea,” since tea is normally served with a meal of dim sum. This style of cuisine has gained large global popularity, with dim sum restaurants popping up all over the world, especially in the Chinatown neighborhoods of large North American cities like San Francisco and New York City. However, to get the full experience requires travel to China. So see if you can find one of our cheap flights to China to try this fantastic cuisine.
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A trip to South Korea is one to remember for a lifetime. This dynamic country is home to delicious food, unique culture and a complex history. It can be overwhelming to decide what to experience first. Once you’ve booked your flight to Seoul, you may consider visiting South Korea’s world-class museums to get a taste of their national pride. And you’ll have plenty to choose from — there are over 500 museums and galleries in South Korea, something to suit everyone’s taste! Now’s the time get your cheap tickets to Korea and start exploring.
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