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
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 …
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
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
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.
Have you ever been to San
Antonio, Texas: One of the best family vacation destinations in Texas?
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.
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.
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.
reason San Antonio is one of the best family vacation destinations is because
of the plethora of restaurants on the Riverwalk.
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, …
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
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.
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
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 …