Vacation Options For Families – How Your Family Vacation Can Be a Sweet Dream Instead of a Nightmare

Vacation Options For Families - How Your Family Vacation Can Be a Sweet Dream Instead of a Nightmare

Vacation Options For Families – Traveling with kids can be a virtual nightmare or it can actually be a fun experience that creates lifetime memories. Great family vacations don’t just happen; they take forethought and planning.

1) Try to travel by air or even car/bus during non-peak times and get to the bus station or airport early. It’s tough trying to sprint through an airport with little kids. Also, if traveling in the evening, you may get the kids to sleep off part of the trip.

2) Make sure your kids go to the bathroom before leaving on a trip. When traveling long distances on a bus or other vehicle that will not stop on demand, have the kids wear diapers even through age five or so, and if kids older than that have had problems controlling their bladder, have them wear Goodnites. They may gripe but it could save a bigger humiliation for them.

3) Bring hand sanitizer for the many times there is no water available, and baby wipes/handi-wipes also prove invaluable.

4) Go to the Dollar Store before your trip and buy a bunch of little things that will excite each child and place them in separate bags. Allow the child to pull out a new toy or game once every hour or so.

5) You may not be able to fit serving trays on a plane, but they work great in a car or bus. Kids can use them to play with puzzles, board games, and play dough.

6) Bubbles, Game Boys, and MagnaDoodles are all helpful things to occupy kids while waiting in lines or sitting in vehicles. Also, visit the Hidden Mickeys website and print off some Hidden Mickey pages for the kids to have fun with.

7) Especially during the heat of the summer, kids do better with getting to a theme or amusement park first thing in the morning until lunch time. Then give them a rest time in the hotel room and/or pool during the hottest part of the afternoon and return sometime after 4:00 p.m. for several more hours of fun.

8) If you’re trying to keep track of several young kids at once, put all your stuff in a waistpack or backpack. That way, you’ll have your hands free to keep the kids in tow. In the pack, keep chilled juice, camera, rain ponchos, Monsters candy dispenser, etc. Another thing that proves helpful when walking all day is a stroller for the younger kids—even five- or six-year-olds.

9) Place a card in your kids’ pockets on which you place name, address, and cell number for officials to call if your child gets separated from you. It is usually safer to tell your child to show the card to an obvious official or a woman. That might be safer than just handing it to a male passer-by.

10) To offset the constant whining and badgering of kids to buy things, give each child a set amount to carry for anything …

Travel with Friends

Travel with FriendsIf you are trying to plan a trip with friends or if you are thinking about it, traveling with friends is almost always fun. However, there is a modicum of trust that needs to exist in order for everyone to enjoy themselves and part of this has to do with how responsible each person is financially for their share of the trip as well as for their personal behavior during the trip.

At no point in our lives to we get the travel bug than when we are young and in college. Suddenly, we’re planning weekend road trips to the beach with our friends and making bigger plans to spend spring break in some place like Miami. I can still remember when I was in college and a few of my friends (myself not included) decided that they wanted to spend our spring break at Myrtle Beach. When they came back a week later, I was subjected to all of the wild stories of what went on- how they ran out of money and had to hitch hike back to their beach house as well as an even more disturbing story about how they were at a party one night and were too drunk to drive home. As they started to leave the party, a couple of guys that they had never met before offered to give the three of them a ride back in the back of their pick-up truck late at night. Needless to say, this was not their smartest idea. And while nothing happened, there is nothing to say that something couldn’t have just as easily happened.

Travel with people you trust and respect. You should never plan on being irresponsible when you are away from home. Also, make sure that wherever you are traveling to- even if it is around the block- that you have enough expendable cash as well as some other backup should you need it. Make sure that you have the contact information of all of the people that you are traveling with (if it’s a small group). In the event that something happens and an emergency contact needs to be reached on your behalf, it is always a good idea to exchange this kind of information prior to the departure for your trip.

Another reason that you want to make sure that you travel with people you trust and who are responsible is to make sure that you are always looking out for each other so that no one gets left behind, lost or put in harm’s way. Too often we hear stories about young men and women disappearing while on spring break with their friends or while enjoying a brief weekend getaway. Traveling with other people doesn’t always guarantee you safety in numbers no matter what the age. Plan ahead, and somewhere in that planning phase, plan on being responsible for your actions lest you live to regret it later on. The practice that you experience with travel while you are …

Vacation with Your Family

Vacation with Your Family

You need not pay through your nose to plan a vacation for your family. If you can, start putting away a little money right from the beginning for your family and plans with your family. If you can save enough money, you need not worry about the expenses of the vacation. But if you haven’t saved, you can start planning a trip that won’t cost you that much of a fortune but still you are able to enjoy with your family and keep everyone happy. For planning a budget trip like that you can choose to go to a place which is a less of a tourist spot and thus ensure that the expenses will be less. In addition to that, the rush will be even less and you can enjoy the beauties of the place without any disturbances.

Going on a vacation with your family can be a great stress buster. Your family is the group of people that know you and your habits better than anyone. But, due to the increasing busy lifestyle that involves all of us, we are not able to spend quality time with our loved ones. Going on a vacation gives you a chance to re-bond with your family. A vacation can put back any quarrels that you have with any of your family members and tell them how much you love them.

Almost all the people in a family work with a lot of stress and busy schedules. The younger ones have schools and colleges and the elder ones have jobs. Due to the increasing competition, you cannot afford to slow down even a little bit. Thus, a vacation for a family can be a change for everyone and lighten everybody’s spirit to go back and work even better and get better results at what they are working.

You can decide the place, the means of commuting and budget according to the number of family member that accompany you. If it’s the whole of the family, then you can make bulk reservations, and get yourself discounts with food, stay and almost everywhere. But, if you are travelling with your own core family members, you can spill out some extra cash as it is once in a while that you take such vacations. …

Best Family Vacation Destinations on the Alsace Wine Route

Best Family Vacation Destinations on the Alsace Wine Route

Best Family Vacation Destinations – Alsace’s Route du Vin (Wine Route), spanning from Marlenheim near Strasbourg to Mulhouse and boasting over 60 traditional wine-producing towns, is one of the most charming regions in Western Europe. This 170 km strip, which runs along the Vosges Mountains, offers visitors an authentic Alsace experience. Visitors are drawn to the area not only for the villages, gorgeous houses and numerous vineyards that offer free degustations, but also for the host of outdoor activities on offer.

Situated in the heart of the Alsace vineyards, Kaysersberg, in the Ribeauville-Riquewehr region of the Route is a veritable feast for the eyes. The rustic beauty of its lush green landscapes, its rolling hills and endless vineyards captivate and delight the senses. Considered one of the most beautiful towns on the wine route, un-touristy Kaisersberg is picture perfect. It’s half-timbered and stone buildings, magnificent churches, multi- colored roofs, bridges over small streams and rivers, castle ruins, courtyards with flowers, clean cobblestone streets and walls and gates and fountains – it’s all here and just can’t be beat!

A former imperial town, Kaysersberg has succeeded in retaining its medieval splendor and owes its distinctive identification to the double-gabled, well-preserved Gothic houses and numerous buildings dating from the 15th to 17th century.

History has certainly left is mark here – from Dr. Albert Schweitzer, who was born here, and the museum in his name which reminds us that the Nobel Peace prize started in Kaysersberg, to the town’s leading grape variety, the Pinot Gris. Legend has it that the first vines were brought here from Hungary by Lazare de Schwede who lived during Maxmillian’s time.

Situated in a historically strategic location, Kaysersberg took on real importance in the middle Ages. The high fortress that dominates the city serves as a reminder of its past. The name Kaysersberg (emperors mount) comes from the fortress, acquired by the Roman Empire in 1227. The town developed around the fortress and became an imperial city with walls and towers. Today Kaysersberg seems more appropriate as the perfect setting for an Alsatian festival with its medieval atmosphere and charm.

Although over 50 varieties of “grand cru” wines are produced in the area, the Tokay wine is Kaysersberg specialty. The village is perfect for visiting any time but is at its most attractive in September when the harvest is under way.

Tucked between green mountains, the surrounding area of the Route du Vin offers a huge range of outdoor activities. This is the perfect base for hiking between the villages which are situated only 2-3 km. from each other. Hiking routes and horse riding trails, marked out by the Club Vosgien are legion here. Ski resorts offer a remarkable variety of winter sports and airborne activities, such as paragliding and parachuting are perfect in this area. With more than 2000 km of greenways, biking routes, cycling paths and lanes, Alsace is France’s bike-friendliest region. Young and old, fast and slow, riders and families share the extensive network …

Safety Tips – Enjoy Your Holiday

Don’t be a victim when you travel!

Travelers who are ignorant of their surroundings can make easy targets for thieves because they stand out in a crowd. They generally carry cash, credit cards and valuables like video cameras, cameras and/or computers. By following a few safety tips tourists can reduce the risk of being mugged or robbed. It is a good idea to research the safety of your intended destination by consulting your travel agent, or see if any of your friends have traveled to the same destination and discuss with them their experiences while they were there.

General Safety Tips

  • Research your destination before you get there.
  • Familiarize yourself with your surroundings as quickly as possible as soon as you arrive.
  • Keep your travel plans and accommodation details as discreet as possible.
  • Don’t hitch hike.
  • Avoid less attractive areas of the cities you travel, especially at night.
  • Ask your hotel manager for advice on the safe areas to visit.
  • City streets that include children and women may suggest the area is safe for families.
  • Keep a photocopy of your passport and all other important documents in a safe place.
  • Use ATMs during the day, when there are people around.
  • Try to rely more on credit cards and travelers cheques. Try not to use cash.
  • If you are mugged, don’t fight back. Give them what they want, material things can be replaced.
  • Avoid incidents such as fights, riots or any other disturbance, do not let your curiosity get the better of you.

If you were planning to move your family to another neighborhood in your own country, there are certain safety tips that you would follow or questions that you would ask yourself before you moved.

Safety Tips or Questions

  • What is the neighborhood like,
  • Is it safe for my family,
  • Are their recreation facilities for my family to enjoy,
  • What are the schools like,
  • What are the people like that are in the neighborhood.

Traveling to another country to vacation with your family is like moving to another neighborhood in your own country. Research your destination before you leave making sure that it is safe for your family. Also, make sure that there is enough recreation for every member of your family to enjoy that is close to the hotel. This way your family does not have to stray too far from your hotel. Familiarize your self with your destination once you get there as quickly as possible. It is going to be your home for the duration of your trip. …