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Making Summer Reading Lists Sparkle Through Travel

Making Summer Reading Lists Sparkle Through Travel | The Early Air Way

Most schools assign summer reading and writing assignments to promote childhood literacy throughout the year. However, even children who enjoy reading can find these mandatory assignments a chore. School librarians (1) point out that students are likely to find classic, historic fiction dull and irrelevant, but teachers craft the traditional reading lists to help students to build their vocabulary in preparation for standardized tests. Travel is one way that parents can bring the classics to life while having fun on family vacations. Here are some vacation destination ideas that correspond to timeless literary works.

Touring the American Northeast
The American Northeast is an area of firsts. For instance, it was one of the first areas to rebel against English dominance during the American Revolution, and it was the site of famous conflicts like the battles of Lexington and Concord as well as the Boston Tea Party. Books like Johnny Tremain and Paul Revere by Esther Forbes can be the inspiration for taking in tours and theatrical performances in historic Boston.

Arguably, there is no place like New York City which serves as the primary backdrop of The Great Gatsby that was written by F. Scott Fitzgerald. The novel, which takes place during the summer of 1922, is consistently found on today’s summer reading lists. The story describes a financial Golden Age for some enterprising Americans and the excesses that often come with that rapid rise in wealth. Hindsight shows that the good financial times were only temporary and would be followed by the 1929 stock market crash. Today, families can have fun traipsing around New York City and visiting Great Gatsby-era Gold Coast mansions (2) in Long Island.

Exploring the American South
The plots of many classic American literary works take place south of the Mason-Dixon line. Children, who must read Mark Twain’s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, would have a blast taking a cruise down the Mississippi River and following the path taken by fictional Huck Finn and his runaway slave friend named Jim. One of the area’s popular, replica paddle wheel cruise ships (3) offers an authentic Southern experience complete with luxury staterooms, fine dining, modern amenities and even a Mark Twain library and chart room.

A number of Civil War-era plantations are still standing and can be toured while on vacation in the South. These manor homes and surrounding farms give older children contextual background when they read novels like award-winning Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell. After exploring the plantations, family vacations can culminate with visits to Atlanta, Georgia which is the actual setting of Mitchell’s Civil War novel. The now cosmopolitan city is home to the Margaret Mitchell House and Museum (4).

International Destinations
Historic fiction that is heavily sprinkled with Old English diction can make many young people quickly lose interest in classic story plots. However, literature like The Canterbury Tales that was written by Geoffrey Chaucer, A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens and The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas become food for the imagination when exploring the world renown cities of London and Paris in which these novels were set.

Conclusion
Great literature has always been a vehicle to escape into another time or place. Coupling classic literary works with first-rate travel is the ultimate learning experience for adults and children of all ages.

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Going to a Dolphins Game? Skip the Hassles of Commercial Travel and Fly Private Jet

Travelers are tired of the hassles and increasing fees of commercial travel. TSA pat-downs, long security lines and uncomfortable seats leave travelers fed-up with flying commercial. As a result, the demand for private jet travel is taking off. You may think that this is something that only the rich and famous can enjoy. But that is changing. In some cases, you can fly on a private jet for cost of a commercial airline seat in coach class. Read on to learn more.
Private Jet Travel is Convenient

Small jets don’t need the services offered by major airports, so they can fly out of regional airports. There are many more small airports than large ones. For instance, in the Miami area alone, there are four small airports that serve private flights. In comparison, there is only one commercial airport, the Miami-Dade International Airport (MIA). MIA is one of largest airline hubs in the United States and the largest gateway between Latin America and the United States. This makes is one of the busiest, most congested airports in the country.

Taking a private flight out of one of Miami’s small airports makes flying much more enjoyable. You can begin your vacation or getaway in a much more relaxed state. You won’t have to deal with long security and check-in lines. You can arrive at the airport minutes, rather than hours before your flight. In addition, upscale amenities, such as spa rooms and saunas can be found at smaller airports.

 

Private Jet Travel May Be More Economical Than Commercial

In the past, it was too expensive for the average Joe to fly on a private jet. This type of travel was reserved for the rich. But, this is no longer the case. Private Jet companies are beginning to offer a number of deals on unused flights and charters. Other companies are changing the cost structure of private flights.

Some of the recent deals found included a flight for $499 for four people from Los Angeles to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. This is perfect for a family of four and translates to about $124 per person. Current prices on flights to Cabo San Lucas from Los Angeles start at $306 and this does not include baggage or other fees. As you can see, a private jet would save a family of four $725 or more.

So, as you can see it is worth it to check into private jet flights the next time that you are traveling to Miami.

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Land Where You Want To Be in a Private Jet to Miami

As cold weather creeps in, Northerners begin their pilgrimage to southern Florida, seeking the promise of sunshine and sandy beaches. The fastest way to get right where you want to be is on a private jet to Miami. And thanks to special flight options, taking a charter may not break the bank.

Commercial airlines have about 600 major airports where they can land, which are usually based near major cities. If your final destination is outside of that area, you’ll need to plan for additional time to rent a car or ride public transportation. A charter flight has over 5,000 airports at its disposal. That means you can choose an airport close to where you want to be.

There are several airports to choose from in and around Miami. About 11 miles north of downtown, is the Opa-locka Executive Airport. Fort Lauderdale, about 25 miles from central Miami, has its own international airport. Just 8 miles farther is the much quieter Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport. Farther out still is Palm Beach International Airport in West Palm Beach, a 69-mile trip to Miami.

Flying on a private jet to Miami sounds like something for the elite business traveler or celebrity, but it is feasible for the everyday passenger as well. If you are willing to book your flight at the last minute, you can take advantage of an “empty leg” charter. Empty leg refers to flights that take off without passengers, en route to pick up a chartered flight party. Charter companies offer these repositioning flights for up to 50 percent less than a regular charter. Contact the private charter about specials within a few days of when you want to fly, or get an online quote. Typically, the price will be similar to a first-class seat.

When you are headed to the south of Florida, keep in the mind the convenience of a chartered flight. A private jet to Miami will be faster, it can land you closer to your final destination, and it can be affordable.

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Things to Know Before Taking Your Private Jet to Miami

Flying on a private jet comes with some very nice perks. Though first class on a commercial flight can be quite enjoyable as well, it still does not provide the same customized experience that a private flight does. Before planning your flight on your private jet to Miami, there are a few things that you should know.

Picking the Right Jet

There are different jet options offered for travel. Depending upon your destination, size of your party and any special features you desire, there is a specific jet that is best for you. As such, you want to select the best option. Your jet company will help you to do just that during your flight consultation.

The Difference

Private jets and first class on a commercial plan are similar in that they provide some privacy and exclusivity. However, there are still some major differences between the two. A few of the main differences include:

  • Though they tend to go the same speed, a private jet may get you to your destination faster than a commercial plane because the route will be more direct.
  • The wait time and experience to enter your jet tends to be faster and more accommodating.
  • You never have to worry about a holdup with your luggage.

Nice Perks

There are still some things that jets and commercial flights do share, however private jets tend to take them to the next level. For instance, both flight styles offer reclining seats, but jet seats are usually plush, leather and able to convert into a mattress-style bed. Another perk in a jet is that the lavatory might include a shower.

As you can see there is a distinct difference when flying on a jet. For your next trip to Miami, start the trip off right in high style with a private jet experience. Learn more about the specific offerings and how to secure your charter by contacting your local jet company.

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How to Choose a Private Jet Charter to Miami

With so many options among private charter brokers, it can be challenging to find the right fit for your personal or business needs.

There are many companies to choose from that offer flights to and from Miami. Consider the following questions when evaluating a charter company before booking your next flight:

1. How Do They Handle Safety?

Safety is paramount when it comes to air travel.

There are several good indicators to reflect on when evaluating a particular company.

Several third party agencies assess the safety of private charter companies, including WYVERN and ARG/US.

These agencies have stringent guidelines for evaluating safety, and are known for examining operations even more strictly than the FAA. An approval from these agencies means the company is in compliance with important safety guidelines.

2. Do the Amenities Meet My Needs?

Whether you are looking for a classy business environment, or luxurious personal setting, the amenities of charter flights are many.

Contemplate the following brief list of comforts when planning your trip:

  • Catering
  • In-flight private chef
  • Business needs
  • Coordination with ground transportation

The selection of conveniences varies greatly from company to company, so be sure to carefully evaluate your options before choosing the right fit for your requirements.

3. How Are Trip Logistics Handled?

One of the greatest advantages of flying privately is flexibility.

A private flight should allow you to set the schedule, and then rest assured that the details are being monitored by a capable team whose interest is your on-time arrival.

Time is money in the air business, so look for a company that demands and delivers punctuality, while still allowing you to manage the schedule if a last minute change arises.

Choosing among charter companies is simpler when there is transparency from the beginning.

Developing a relationship with a company means looking into their procedures, attention to safety and client satisfaction. With the right team, your only final concern should be to sit back and enjoy your flight to Miami.