Friday, August 9, 2013

Family Travel Tips

Family Travel Tips

Summer has arrived, and, for many people, that means it is time for a road trip! The entire family has anticipated this vacation for months and has talked about it constantly. While it is not necessary to schedule your vacation to death, it is always a good idea to use a little forethought in order to make the trip as enjoyable as possible. To make this trip a memorable one, in a positive way, you should observe a few travel tips.

1. Breakfast
Begin each day with a full, healthy breakfast. This is not only important to get the day started properly, but is also helpful in keeping food expenses lower for the rest of the day. Also, the activities of the day are not nearly as pleasant on an empty stomach. Take the extra time to start the day right. I like using Gogobot to sift through reviews before I make a decision on where to stay. When my family went to Florida, I checked through their great list of Orlando hotels and found first hand advice like which hotels have kid-friendly pools, quiet hours policies and free breakfasts!

2. Rest
It is imperative, especially with younger children to receive adequate rest. Observation on many vacations will easily reveal the families who have run their children long hours every day with very little time to rest. Vacations can be much more enjoyable when everyone, including the little people of the party, is enjoying them.

3. Nutritional snacks
Plan ahead to have some easy to carry and healthy snacks. Paying for snacks on the road, at museums, and in the parks is quite costly. Prepare everyone’s favorite light snack ahead of time and pull it out when the “bear starts growling.”

4. Hygiene while traveling on airplanes
Germs never take a vacation. No matter what mode of transportation you use, be aware of your surroundings. Airplanes especially are breeding grounds for germs. They are used multiple times per day and are not thoroughly cleaned until the end of the day. There has also been major concern recently over the water used on airplanes because the holding tanks are rarely if ever cleaned.

5. Overall safety especially around water
Most summer vacations involve at least some activity associated with water. While this is always great fun, vacation is not the time to let your guard down. Beaches and swimming pools are typically full of fun-loving guests who do not spend a lot of time in the water. This unfamiliarity sometimes breeds carelessness. Always keep every family member in view. Try to position yourself near a lifeguard or other individual with life saving experience. Know the conditions of the particular situation. It is imperative to always be alert around water. Enjoy the swim, but do it safely!

Now it is time to pack up and hit the road. Fasten those belts and enjoy the ride. And, by the way, savor every moment. In a few days, you will be anticipating the next big trip – and it is only a WHOLE YEAR away!

Kendra Thornton: Travel advocate, TV spokesperson, PR businesswoman, proud wife and mama of 3. I am a long time travel expert who has been packing my bags and traveling the world since I was 3 months old! I've found my utmost desire in life is right here in my own home. I have mixed my excitement for travel by bringing the taste of authentic cuisine to my own home with some of my unique recipes and sharing some of my personal traveling tips. Enjoy!

Kendra's list is so timely for our family as we will be spending 2 days driving home. 

Would you add anything to this list?

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