Family Vacations – You Can Have One This Year After All

Family Vacations - You Can Have One This Year After All

Family vacations are going to be harder to take this year. With the continual rising costs of gas, food and the expense of living in general, families are forced to cut back. One of the things being considered to scratch is the annual family vacation. But you’ve worked hard all year and the family needs a break and time to get away and bond. Yet, it must be affordable.

Because of the financial situation, there has been a new word coined: Staycation! Many families are making their home the base for a stay at home family vacation. Do you really know what your hometown and surrounding area offer in the way of fun and adventure?

Call your local Chamber of Commerce or the Visitors and Tourists Bureau. They can offer a myriad of ideas for things to do close to home which are free or very reasonable. There are special events, festivals, museums, parks, zoos, lakes and swimming pools. You save money by eating and sleeping at home.

But, to make this work, treat it just like you’re on a family vacation in a new town. Include some visits to a local fancy restaurant. Moms need vacations too. Don’t overlook nearby attractions. There could be one that others travel miles to see.

Camping trips are good inexpensive options. You can pitch a tent, cook over a campfire and hike in the woods. You’ll not only discover nature but yourselves. If you care to go all out on the camping idea, you can arrange for a camp for a family of four. It will include meals, lodging, and activities for about a thousand dollars a week.

If it just isn’t a family vacation unless you leave town, do the bookings yourself and dig deep for discount hotels. Stay in a 2-star hotel instead of a 4. You may have to bring your own toiletries but there are savings. Many reasonably priced hotels offer free breakfasts. Eat hearty and skip lunch.

Suites or condos are cheaper than renting two rooms if you have a large family. Save money and enjoy family time in a hotel pool, hot tub or health club. Relax and stay healthy. Take advantage of what’s already paid for.

Go “off season” and an all-inclusive resort may be within your budget. It’s hard to find a venue that doesn’t cater to families and include meals, drinks, and lodging for one price. Many are located on the beach with countless activities for all ages. Big bargains are found south of the border in Mexico if you’re willing to research.

Theme parks are also good choices for family vacations. Once inside the park everything (except food, drinks and souvenirs) is included. They give free shows, rides and picnic areas. You can stay several days at a theme park and never do the same thing twice. Check on their package deals and save.

Determine your limits. Study your destination and style for your best value. Plan a family staycation or family vacation …

Fantastic Tips For Your Travel Needs

Fantastic Tips For Your Travel Needs
Fantastic Tips For Your Travel Needs

Traveling allows someone to gain perspectives that they would otherwise not be able to get. However, traveling can also be expensive and time consuming. The following advice will help keep your vacation reasonable priced.

If your travel takes you to amusement parks or any other place that requires tickets, purchase them online. Many times you can print them at home and save some money, too. Even if there’s a fee, it is very much worth it to be able to skip the long lines for purchasing tickets at the venue. Some parks now have tickets that contain a specific time in order to avoid lines.

Make sure you pack some candles if you are going to be visiting a hotel. This can make your room smell a bit better. Besides, candles are great to create a relaxing or a romantic atmosphere. You can buy these candles in miniature sizes, and they are usually drip free.

Create a list of the items you need to pack. Your list should be made well in advance (7-30 days) and should include all of your necessities. This way, you can avoid clutter and panic, even if you have to throw things together on short notice.

Get a good workout in before leaving on a flight. It’s boring having to sit through a long flight. Your back and legs can start to cramp up after sitting for such a long time period. Exercise or, at the least, a session of stretching prior to a flight can minimize your cramps and eliminate sore muscles.

Weather can be a huge factor in your travel plans. Before departure, check the forecast for the city you will be visiting. There is nothing worse on your vacation than having to retreat from the weather when you least expect it.

Do not wrap presents before flying to avoid difficulties. The TSA inspects some gifts, so by leaving them unwrapped, you avoid having your efforts destroyed before the package is presented to its recipient. Don’t wrap your presents in advance; either take wrapping paper with you, or buy some when you reach your destination.

If you have young children and you intend to rent a car, pack the kids’ own car seats. It is very doubtful that you will get better quality car seats if you rent a car, so plan ahead and bring your own to be on the safe side.

When making long road trips, rotate drivers as often as possible. Don’t drive until the only other option is to sleep, as this will leave the driver the only awake person in the vehicle. Never drive to the point of exhaustion. Instead, have a schedule of switching between drivers every two or three hours. This will prevent you from getting exhausted.

Apply these tips to assist you with planning your next traveling expedition. These tips are useful for a quick jaunt across the state or a long journey abroad. Traveling opens the mind to new experiences and brings experiences that …

Vacation Destinations In Texas For Family – San Antonio Texas Is Not Just About The Alamo!

Vacation Destinations In Texas For Family - San Antonio Texas Is Not Just About The Alamo!

Have you ever been to San Antonio, Texas: One of the best family vacation destinations in Texas?

When it comes to finding the best family vacation destinations, you won’t go wrong when you vacation with your family in San Antonio, Texas. The reason this city makes the list as one of the best family vacation destinations is because of the flavor of this south Texas city. Although it is a large city, it has a very small-town feel, and the atmosphere is all about family and togetherness. Not only this but the cost for food and amenities is a lot less expensive than other comparable tourist cities.

The thing that San Antonio is known for the most is the Alamo.

The Alamo was an outpost and one of the historic missions when Texas was at war with Mexico. Today, it is located right downtown, still standing in pretty much its original condition, although restored and maintained by the Daughters of the Republic. The first thing a tourist will notice, is it’s located just a block down from a shopping mall, and not in a field somewhere.

When the city planners decided to build up the downtown area of San Antonio, they built the stores and restaurants around the land the Alamo sits on. So, the Alamo in its historic state is surrounded by 20th century amenities. When the family is taking a tour of the Alamo, they can either walk through on their own, or they can take a guided tour. The building itself isn’t very large in scale and in the back of the property is a Koi fishpond that was constructed in later years.

Another reason San Antonio is one of the best family vacation destinations is because of the plethora of restaurants on the Riverwalk.

The Riverwalk is a man-made structure that flows through parts of the downtown area. Along the banks of the river are hotels, restaurants, and shops. The restaurants serve their share of Mexican food, but there are also specialty restaurants.

There is even one restaurant that specializes in rude service as part of its appeal. There is also the Hard Rock Cafe for family dining. Most of the restaurants, especially the Mexican restaurants, are very inexpensive, especially when the amount of food that is served is taken into consideration. They say everything is bigger in Texas, and that is especially the case in the food and drink servings.

When touring San Antonio, families need to visit the Tower Of The Americas. This also makes San Antonio one of the best family vacation destinations.

The Tower was built in 1969 and tourists can go up to the top to get a panoramic view of the whole city of San Antonio. There is a restaurant on the observation deck, and there is an interactive movie theater on the ground floor. The theater gives tourist a tour of Texas via a simulated helicopter.

There are many more places to visit that are either especially for tourist, …

Tips When Traveling With Kids

Tips When Traveling With Kids

I am pretty sure that many of us have heard a horror story or two about traveling with kids, especially the small ones. Traveling with kids can be quite a challenge, as any parent would know. It’s really tough and there are really some instances when the kids can get on our nerves when we’re traveling. There’s the constant bombardment of questions such as “Mommy, are we there yet?” or “Mommy, I’m so bored”. And then there’s their constant urge to pee, to eat, to play, to cry and to throw tantrums. Oh the horror. Fortunately, there are ways that you can do to reduce your stress when traveling with the kids. Let me share to you some of them.

1. Make your kids feel comfortable on the idea of traveling.

Like for example, if you’re traveling by plane, talk to your kid days before your trip and help build up their anticipation for the trip. Tell them that flying is fun and exciting so that they wouldn’t freak out on the day itself. This is very important especially if it’s your child’s first time to fly.

2. Pack snacks. Kids tend to get grumpy when their hungry.

This is easy to manage when you’re traveling by car. You can just bring a bagful of snacks and place it inside the car. But when you’re traveling by plane, you can’t just bring a basketful of junk food inside the plane. As a tip, you can stash some snacks like Froot Loops cereals, or any cereal for that matter, on a small ziplock bag on your hand carry. This prevents your child from getting grumpy while waiting for the meals to be served.

3. Bring entertainment.

Kids also get grumpy when they’re bored. To avoid this, bring along a gaming console, a nice book, an iPad or an iPod to keep them occupied. Keeping the kids busy is the key to having a smooth and stress-free trip.

4. Separate your kids.

If your kids quarrel a lot, it’s advisable to separate them so that they can’t physically assault each other. Once kids fight, there’s surely some kind of drama that’s going to follow so it’s best to prevent it from happening. This way, you can avoid stress and embarrassment, especially when you’re traveling by plane.

5. Entertain your kids.

Apart from bringing all sorts of gadgets to keep your kids occupied, it’s also nice to have some kind of a travel game such as memory games or car numberplate games when you’re traveling by car. It’s a good way to keep your kids distracted while traveling.…

Why Not Try a Family Safari?

Why Not Try a Family Safari?

A family safari can be the vacation of a lifetime, if you take the time to think about your needs and do a little advance planning. When planned properly it can become the vacation your children talk about for years to come. Here are some ideas for creating a better experience.

Consider your children’s ages.

Many safari lodges and game reserves have age requirements. For safety reasons, these can be as high as 12 years. Small children can wander off. Long jeep rides and staying very quiet can be difficult for small children. And if your children are under 10, consider limiting your trip to malaria free areas. Malaria treatments can be difficult for small children to endure.

Plan your schedule wisely.

Know your children and consider what will harmonize with their interests, likes and dislikes rather than forcing them into a particular itinerary. If needed, work with a safari tour company that can plan a safari customized to your needs.

Things to consider include:

1. How do your children handle new and strange things? Family safari schedules can get hectic. There are other tourists and everyone is trying to see as much as possible. There are unique transportations, lodging and cuisine factors to deal with on a daily basis

2. Are your children outgoing and adventurous or quiet and shy? If it’s the latter, you might want to plan your safari vacation with the idea of finding a tour that provides camps and activities for kids, at the camp or lodge. Most tour companies can provide information on packages with lodges that have pools, fishing, wildlife picnics, camel rides, visits to local villages and more.

3. Are your children fussy eaters? Most safari camps order food in advance and serve it buffet style. If your children are fussy about what they eat, try and find out what the menu options will be in advance and then either bring along some of your child’s favorite foods or get them used to some of the new food choices before you depart.

4. What can you do to keep your children from getting bored on long game drives? Making a game of wildlife spotting can help. Make sure they have a camera and an animal checklist. Taking your wildlife drives early in the morning or late in the afternoon helps. Animals generally hunt and will be more active during those times, making it more likely that you will see wildlife. Find out interesting details about the animals and relate the stories. Lastly, being on family safaris is not just about being in a dusty beach all day. There are lodges that offer opportunities for swimming, fishing, horseback riding, hiking, camel and elephant back riding, brief excursions to villages, local schools and more. Take advantage of all the region has to offer and it truly will be the vacation of a lifetime. …