Family Vacation Road Trip – A Surprisingly Fun Vacation

Family Vacation Road Trip - A Surprisingly Fun Vacation

Family Vacation Road Trip – Road trips are about as American as apple pie. There’s something spellbinding about cruising along Route 66 with miles and miles of nothingness in all directions. So being the travel enthusiast I am, I leaped at an invitation from my sister and brother-in-law to accompany them and their two toddler-aged daughters (my nieces) on a traditional family vacay through the rugged hinterlands of the Southwestern United States in their ever-trusty minivan.

Some may scoff at my naivety in regards to such an undertaking-riding in the backseat alongside three years old and a one-and-a-half years old in a van for 1800 miles. Sure, such people do have a point. I certainly didn’t know the full extent of what I was getting myself into.

I like to think of myself as a rather intrepid traveler, willing to rough it in the most meager of circumstances. In fact, mere days had passed since my return to the States from a month-long jaunt through the wilds of Southeast Asia on a backpacking escapade. After surviving bloody political protests in Bangkok, sketchy border crossings in Cambodia, and pirate-infested waters in Indonesia, I was pretty sure I could handle a summer family vacation to Southern California. However, I quickly learned the futility of making such hasty assumptions.

To be fair, the trip went exceptionally smoothly. Sure, there was an occasional tantrum and a bout or two of carsickness. Luckily, the minivan was blessed with a DVD player which became a heavenly perk during such periods of unrest. And with a seemingly unlimited supply of storybooks, dolls, kid’s sing-along CDs, and gummy bears there was no time for boredom. Yet it was still a welcome relief when, after many hours on the road and with our trusty TomTom to guide us straight and true, we descended into the blissful paradise of San Diego.

San Diego, amongst other pleasantries, boasts some of the most temperate weather conditions in the continental U.S. Consequently, some critics accuse San Diego of being “seasonless” and drab. And yet ironically, its climate is probably its biggest draw. As such, I’d always heard that San Diego was for outdoor enthusiasts and fitness gurus. So, I was rather pleased to see such sentiments ring true as we crossed the two-mile long Coronado Bay Bridge from the mainland to the idyllic resort town of Coronado Island. Throngs of runners, some well-trained and others giving a valiant effort, were, with some exertion, running across the bridge as part of the annual Silver-Strand Marathon.

While the climate and outdoor lifestyle are definite bonuses for visitors, the main draw for many is San Diego’s reputation as a family friendly locale. It’s regularly recognized by travel magazines as a top pick for family vacations. Thus, it’s no small surprise that this was the perfect destination for our legendary road trip.

And what better place to stay in San Diego than at oceanfront condo mere feet from Coronado Beach, revered by many travelers as the best …

Family Yacht Vacation – Family Vacations Using Privately Chartered Yachts

Family Yacht Vacation - Family Vacations Using Privately Chartered Yachts

Family Yacht Vacation – Are you in the process of planning a family vacation?  If so, have you already decided what to do? How about chartering a private yacht.  I’m sure it is something that you and your family may love and enjoy. When you are chartering a private yacht that means that you are paying the yacht for a specific period of time with the trained yacht staff and yacht captain.

Why should you chart a private yacht

There are a many reasons.  With private yacht you can have a change of scenery.  If you usually went to amusement parks, campgrounds, or beaches for vacation, this time it will be a new experience.

Another reason is because of quality time. Aboard a privately chartered yacht, there are an unlimited number of exciting activities that you and your family can participate in. The yacht has privacy because you will be on your own private yacht, without anyone except the crew. Many crews are legally required to give you privacy because many private yacht chartering companies require that their employees to sign non-disclosure contracts.  These contracts state that they are prohibited from discussing any parts of your travel.

Activities When Chartering a Yacht

Before knowing what activities you can do when chartering a yacht, you need to remember that each of these chartering companies operate under different rules. So when one particular private yacht chartering companies allows you to do a particular on-board activity it doesn’t mean that another one will.

The common activities you can do is to go swimming in the waters.  In addition to swimming, you may also enjoy going diving or snorkeling. Aside from off-board water activities, there are also a number of activities that you can enjoy on aboard your yacht!  You may enjoy spending your time watching a movie, romantic evening dinner,  or dancing the night away.

How to find Yacht Chartering Company

The first thing you need to do is decide the area that you would like to visit.  There are many companies that only operate in a specific area, like the Caribbean.

You can start looking by asking someone you know who has chartered a yacht before.  It can be your friend, family member, neighbor or coworker. Ask them about their experience using the company. Was the experience good enough that they would recommend the same company to you?

Second you may still be able to ask for recommendations online. There are large number of online forums where you can ask for suggestion. You can also use the internet to do your own research for a specific company or find a yacht chartering company.  It may be best to search using phrase like “private yacht charters”.  Or if you have already decided on an area of travel you can incorporate that area into your search.  For instance, you may want to search with the phrase “Los Angeles yacht charters”.

Safety Tips

The first thing you need to do when you are on-board is …

Park City Utah Family Vacation – Family Vacations In Utah

Park City Utah Family Vacation - Family Vacations In Utah

Park City Utah Family Vacation – Utah has many positive attributes, but one thing tends to stand out. As a destination, it is very family friendly. Depending on where in the state a family goes, a variety of fun awaits. Salt Lake City offers a cosmopolitan experience while some of the more rural areas promises access to nature. Still, the whole state cannot be seen in one mere visit, and the best family vacations in Utah need to be fully planned out. Activities can be grouped by theme or by region, but some places around Salt Lake City stand out by themselves.

The Hogle Zoo, for example, is only a 10 minute trip from Salt Lake City. The zoo has welcomed visitors since 1931. Plenty of exhibits and features will actively mix education with fun. As a result, kids will likely enjoy Hogle Zoo tremendously. Plus, the price of admission is extremely affordable, and it will not strain the traveling budget.

There are other educational attractions worth seeing. The Living Planet Aquarium provides a home to over 600 fish and underwater animals. The specimens are not confined to just Utah’s aquatic flora and fauna. The aquarium has a more global approach.

The Hogle Zoo and the aquarium are hardly the only attractions near Salt Lake city. There is also the Boondocks Fun Center. This establishment is very child friendly, offering many play-activities that will keep a kid engaged. The family can square off in games of laser tag or miniature golf, among many others. Of course, there are many other attractions to consider. To maximize your time, consider planning Utah family vacations with the assistance of a trusted travel agent. With a little bit of planning and foresight, you and your spouse will not be the only ones who will remember time spent in Utah. Your kids will too, for many long years to come. …

Pigeon Forge tn Family Vacation Packages – 7 Tips To Make Flying With Young Kids Stress Free

Pigeon Forge tn Family Vacation Packages - 7 Tips To Make Flying With Young Kids Stress Free

If you’re reading this, you may be dreading an upcoming flight with your young child or thinking about taking one, but aren’t sure you can handle it. I understand completely. Our of sheer panic, I almost cancelled my first long haul flight with my newborn baby. In the end, we were just fine and have since continued to fly long haul and domestically with her. With preparation, you too will survive flying with kids. Managing your stress levels during this time is critical. Here are 7 tips that will help.

Get to the airport early. If killing time in the airport with your baby or young child sounds like torture, rushing through security lines and not having enough time to respond to your child’s needs is worse. Kids can sense and react to stress. A resulting temper tantrum can slow you down. Allow yourself enough time to feed, diaper and move through the security line in a relaxed manner. If you’re airline status or class of service permits, use of a lounge alone is worth getting to the airport early for. Trust me, you’ll appreciate the clean bathroom, comfortable sofa and plugs for electronic devices.

Pack smartly. What you bring carry-on is key. However, being able to access it quickly can be even more important. Make sure to segregate important items and make note of where they are in your bag(s). Lists can help prevent you from packing something in your checked bag that on hindsight should have been in your carry-on. If you have more than one carry-on, pack one with essentials that you’ll keep under the seat in front of you or at your feet if you’re in the bulkhead. Remember that if you’re in the bulkhead, you will not be able to store a bag at your feet during take-off and landing.

Remember what you need when the seat belt sign is on. There is nothing worse than needing something in a carry-on bag that’s in the overhead compartment, when you are not allowed to get to it. Again, make a list of items you’ll need within arms reach during take off and landing. Place them in seat pockets around you for easy access. It helps to pack these items in the same area of your carry-on so you can whip them out quickly as you’re getting settled in your seats. Nerves can run wild during this time. You’ll be less likely to forget that special toy, if you’ve planned out your needs in advance.

Study your layover. If you’re flying with kids and have a layover, it’s helpful to know which terminal your plane will arrive in so you can get an idea of what restaurants or kid-friendly activities might entertain young ones during this time. Some airports may have strollers you can borrow and other amenities that may surprise you. I had no idea that Changi Airport in Singapore has a small kids play area and that Dallas airport has very nice family changing rooms, …

Good Family Vacations In Florida – Fun Family Vacations to Northwest Florida

Good Family Vacations In Florida – If you enjoy lots of sunshine, beautiful white sandy beaches and incredible emerald green water, then this may be just the perfect family vacation location that you are looking for. Sometimes referred to as Florida’s panhandle, Northwest Florida has some of the top beaches in the world and you could easily spend your entire vacation relaxing and hanging out at the beach, but in addition to fabulous beaches this area has many other fun activities to choose from. Here are just a few places that you may want to consider when visiting the area on your upcoming family vacation.

St. Andrews State Park

Located near Panama City, Florida, St. Andrews is well-known for its clean white sands and emerald green waters. There are over one and a half miles of soft white sandy beaches, and anyone who is interested in fishing will appreciate the two fishing piers, a jetty, and the boat ramp. Full-facility camping is available, along with a concession stand, which offers snacks and fishing amenities. Enjoy kayaking, canoeing, swimming, snorkeling, and scuba diving, along with hiking, bird-watching and other activities.

Gulf World Marine Park

Located in Panama City Beach, this fascinating marine park will create memories for the entire family. They offer exciting shows featuring sea lions, dolphins, reptiles and tropical birds. There are many incredible exhibits that showcase a wide range of other interesting marine animals. Make your reservation to swim with the dolphins or become a trainer for a day.

Pirate’s Island Adventure Golf

This is a wonderful mini-golf course that offers two different 18-hole courses. Unlike some courses that have other attractions and rides that may be noisy and distracting, this course offers a very pleasant atmosphere. Also, the waterfalls, caves, and the historical decor provides an atmosphere of a time and place when notorious pirates roamed the seas. This mini-golf course is located in Panama City Beach, along with some of the other attractions mentioned earlier. After enjoying a nice dinner, this may be just the place to go to enjoy a fun round of golf with your family.

Florida Caverns State Park

Located in Marianna, this interesting state park offers stunning formations of limestone stalactites, stalagmites, soda straws, and other formations. It is the only state park in Florida to offer cave tours to the public. In addition to the caverns, this park is also popular for camping, swimming, hiking, canoeing, and horseback riding for equestrian campers.

National Museum of Naval Aviation

Both young and old will enjoy the Naval Aviation Museum located in Pensacola. It includes approximately 150 aircraft, including a number of aircraft that logged missions over Iraq during Operation Desert Storm. Among those aircraft on display is an F-14 Tomcat and the SBD Dauntless. In addition to aircraft, there are more than 4,000 uniforms, plus medals and decorations, flight gear, and weaponry. Northwest Florida spans an area from Pensacola east to almost Tallahassee and there is no shortage of fun activities, exciting attractions, …