Monday, July 22, 2013

Guest Post

Happy Monday!

 I am happy to have a guest post on here. Since summer is the month for travel, Kendra Thorton has some great tips to pass along.

 Kendra is a : Travel advocate, TV spokesperson, PR businesswoman, proud wife and mama of 3. I am a long time travel expert who has been packing my bags and traveling the world since I was 3 months old! I've found my utmost desire in life is right here in my own home. I have taken my excitement for travel and brought it to you with some of my favorite travel tips and tricks. Enjoy! 

Travel Smart

Going on a family vacation is a great time. It’s nice to get away from home and spend some quality time with your family without all of the distractions of daily life and work. Although it’s getting late in the vacation season, it is never too late to plan a getaway that will create many memories. Before you go on your vacation, it is best to be well prepared so your time is as enjoyable and hassle free as possible.

Follow these tips to be on your way to a smart trip:

1. Choose a Family Friendly Hotel.

Although a hotel's website may say they’re family friendly, you will want to ensure that you do your research to truly determine what that means. If you know any parents that have taken their children there before, you should check with them, look for reviews online, or even contact a travel agent for information. Verify whether or not the hotel has amenities for kids such as a crib or a highchair. Check into whether or not you are able to get an adjoining room. This will give you more space while still allowing close supervision and is great for large families or those with infants who need quiet to nap. Find a hotel that also offers a microwave and fridge, as this is ideal for being able to eat in and save some money. Check out what parents in your social network have to say by using sites like Gogobot. We found an excellent Orlando hotel by weeding through the great advice of those who had gone before us.

2. Use Todays Technology.

Technology has advanced greatly over the years. With everything out there, it has made travel with children a little easier. Look into bringing a portable DVD player or tablet with you for the travel time. There are audio books that can be downloaded on your device for your child to read or listen to, which is great preparation for back to school. All of these things will make the travel time go faster and make things a great deal easier on you.

3. Stick With Your Regular Routine.

It’s important for your child to stick with their routine even while on vacation. If you skip a nap or snack your child may become irritable and we all know that will quickly make for an unpleasant time. Plan ahead to ensure that your child has a meal and a snack every couple of hours. This may mean packing healthy snacks or planning to stops accordingly. You will also want to keep them on their regular nap and sleep schedule to ensure everyone is well rested and ready for your adventure. Refer to the experts for finding a balance between fun and routine.

4. Pack Your Luggage, Carry-on, or Vehicle Strategically.

No matter what mode of transportation you have chosen, you should ensure that you have everything within reach that your child will need. If your child needs a stuffed animal or blankie in order to sleep, it should be easily accessible. A long trip can be difficult enough without having to handle an upset little one as well. Ensure you bring snacks for them to eat, a bottle, and extra diapers. If you’re tight on space, look into having your extra diapers shipped right to your destination – offers free delivery for a variety of brands.

5. Extend Your Vacation With Disposable Cameras.

Family vacations are a great time to make numerous memories. There is no better way for little ones to capture these memories than with disposable cameras. While you are on your trip, your children can record funny memories and details about your vacation to accompany these photographs. You can then use this to create a scrapbook, which will be invaluable for looking back on your vacation and reminiscing. It’s also a great activity to ease into after your return home, to ease the melancholy of a vacation’s end.

Hope this gave you some great tips. Enjoy your Monday.

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