How to Survive Traveling with In-Laws

traveling with in laws

If Meet The Parents taught us anything, it’s that interacting with in-laws can be a nerve-wracking (or even disastrous) experience. The traditional negative thoughts associated with spending time with in-laws are not always true, of course, and many people get along very well with their new family members. Even so, if you’re planning on traveling with in-laws, you might want to consider some of these helpful tips for keeping things running smoothly. Keep the Vacation Short and Sweet If at all possible, try to keep the trip to less than a week long. 7 days can be an extremely long time with a family other than your own, especially if it’s the first time that all of you are traveling together. If you have an opportunity to help decide the length of the trip, opt instead for a weekend or 5 day trip. Travel Together but Give Each Other Space Even if you get along well with the … [Read more...]

What to Bring on Vacation

What to Bring on a Ski Vacation

What should you bring on vacation? Of course, the answer to this question differs based on the destination, your itinerary and how you’re getting there. Most vacations, however, fall under three main categories of sunning, skiing or sightseeing. Here are some tips for things to bring on a tropical vacation, a ski or snowboard vacation and a sightseeing vacation: Tropical Vacation A trip to a tropical location means you’ll definitely need sunscreen, a hat, sandals, sunglasses and breathable, comfortable clothing. Due to the humidity and consistent possibility of rain showers, you should bring an umbrella and/or a rain jacket, as well. Plan on bringing 2 bathing suits instead of one, as they’ll take longer to dry. Since the tropics are almost always warm, you should bring lightweight, light-colored clothing (mostly shorts and T-shirts). You may also want to bring one or two … [Read more...]

Top 6 Kid Friendly Restaurants in New York City

Prime Burger is a Kid Friendly Restaurant in New York City

One problem you may encounter while traveling with kids is trying to find restaurants that they’ll enjoy. You’ll need to find somewhere that serves food they’ll eat, while also being informal enough for your kids to spill without causing a scene. But if you’re traveling to the Big Apple, you’re in luck. Not only are there tons of things to do in New York but there are also many child friendly restaurants in New York City; many of them fun and affordable. Here’s a list of the top 6 kid-approved restaurants in NYC: Prime Burger Most people assume (and rightly so) that restaurants in New York are all overpriced. Prime Burger fights this stereotype with extremely low prices and a wide range of kid-friendly options. For breakfast, enjoy bagels, donuts, croissants, muffins and toast all for under $2. Eggs and omelettes fall around the $5 mark, along with pancakes and French … [Read more...]

8 of the Best Things to Do in Miami

South Beach in Miami Florida

Miami is one of the hottest cities on the East Coast, and not just because of the temperature. As a top tourist destination, this city is thriving with culture, world-class shopping and attractions for the whole family. With so much going on, you may have a hard time choosing what to do in this amazing city. Here’s a run-down of some of the best things to do in Miami (in no particular order): Shopping Miami is known for having great fashion sense, so the shopping here is taken very seriously. From tiny boutiques to huge shopping malls, shoppers of all ages and styles will be able to find something new to take home. The 115 stores of Village of Merrick Park are a recent addition to the city’s shopping centers and include many sought-after designers. Bargain hunters will be glad to learn that Miami is home to two outlet shopping centers as well, The Dolphin Mall and Prime … [Read more...]

How to Survive Vacation with a Large Family

Taking a vacation with a large family can be difficult. There are many more people to transport, many more bags to carry and many more opinions to consider. Whether your family is planning a camping trip, a sightseeing tour or a trip to Hawaii, here are some tips that can help you survive. Start Planning Early In order to have enough time to plan a trip for the entire family, you should start looking at flights, hotels and attractions about a year in advance. Booking your trip this early will allow you to save money, as large groups will be booking multiples rooms. When you’re looking for a time to book your trip, try to schedule it during the destination’s off season. For example, try to book a trip to Disney World in the second week of March instead of the week before Christmas. Costs can increase by 50% during busy weeks like school vacations and college spring … [Read more...]

Do I Really Need a Travel Agent?

Use a Travel Agent

Since the introduction of websites such as Expedia, Orbitz and Priceline, it’s easy to book a flight, hotel, rental car and more with just a few clicks of a mouse. These sites claim to have the lowest prices on everything you need to travel, and all the booking can be finished in a matter of seconds. But how do you know that you’re really getting what you’re signing up for? Even with all of these technological advancements, some people continue to hire travel agents. While this may seem old-fashioned, there are some serious perks to working with an experienced agent. Read on to find out what it’s like to work with a travel agent and why you might want to consider hiring one for your next journey: What Is The Typical Training of a Travel Agent? Travel agencies usually require agents to have a business or liberal arts degree from a four-year college or university. Many … [Read more...]

Best Travel Snacks for Kids

Healthy Travel Snacks for Kids

If you’re traveling with kids, snacks can be an invaluable resource. You may not be able to find a restaurant at all times, or you may not want to spend money on expensive fast food. At times like these, you’ll be thankful for the snacks you brought with you, and your kids won’t get stuck eating Happy Meals for a week. Here are some ideas for best travel snacks for kids: Healthy Snacks A healthy kid is a happy kid. And though they may be convient, you don’t want to only feed your kids candy and cookies. Dried fruit is always a smart idea, and is easily obtained at nearly any market. Opt for juices and water over sodas, which aren’t as health-conscious and can make kids jittery. Bringing a few bags of cereals like Honeynut Cheerios and Kashi is also a smart idea. These cereals will last longer than snacks like chips or Cheeze-its and are much healthier. Fruit cups, … [Read more...]

7 Helpful Tips for Road Trips

Road Tripping with Smart Destinations

If you want to save some cash while indulging your adventurous side, a road trip is the perfect way to travel. However, there’s probably more planning involved than you might guess. Here are some helpful tips to consider when planning your first road trip: Get Your Engines Ready Whether your car is new or twenty years old, you should make sure it’s up to snuff for spending long hours on the road. It’s not a bad idea to have your car inspected before you go, in order to identify any potential problems your vehicle may run into. Make sure you have your license with you, along with a spare tire, plenty of windshield wiper fluid and have your registration and up-to-date insurance. Choose Your Passengers Wisely A road trip is not the kind of trip you want to take with people you don’t always get along with. You want to travel with people who are easy-going, reliable and … [Read more...]

How to Travel with a Car Seat

Travel with a Car Seat

If you have young children and need to travel, one of the first questions you’ll probably find yourself asking is, “What is the best way to travel with a car seat in tow?” The thought of carrying a large car seat through a crowded airport will probably make you cringe. Before you start planning ways to transfer that cumbersome car seat or booster seat, you should consider whether or not you definitely need one where you’re going. If you’re not renting a car or taking a taxi during your trip, you probably won’t need to bring a car seat at all. Here’s some information about bringing car seats on airplanes: Car Seats on Airplanes If you decide that you need the car seat, check with your airline to see if the seat is the correct size and can be used during the flight, or if It has to be checked. Smaller booster seats aren’t allowed for use during the flight, but they … [Read more...]

Things to do in Orlando for Adults

Night View of Citywalk in Orlando

Though Orlando is probably the first choice destination for kids, there are countless things to do in Orlando for adults. Whether you’re looking for shopping, dining, or high-speed thrill rides, you’ll be able to find it all in this exciting and vibrant city. Orlando for the Thrillseekers Orlando is a must for any ride enthusiast. From the parks of Walt Disney World to Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure, there’s undoubtedly an attraction for adrenaline junkies with or without kids. Adult thrillseekers will love rides such as the Tower of Terror and The Rock ’n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, the Manta and Kraken coasters at Sea World, the Incredible Hulk Coaster and Dragon Challenge Coaster at Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios’ Revenge of the Mummy ride and Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit. These high-intensity rides are not … [Read more...]