Traveling with Your Family? Let MiniTime Help PLUS a $100 Target Gift Card Giveaway (ends 10/12/13)


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My family has only really gone on three vacations in the past 17 years. Once to Lake George (NY) for three days. Another time to Point Pleasant (NJ) for three days. Our longest vacation was the week we spent in Orlando at a condo that my mother rented for me and my family as well as my sister and her family. My mom made all the arrangements including air travel, car rental and of course the condo rental. We just had to pay for park tickets and meals.

These days when I travel it’s usually only for a blogger event where all the arrangements are made for me. To be honest with you I wouldn’t know where to begin if I were to plan a vacation for my family. Air travel would probably be the easiest thing to arrange. Finding the perfect hotel and knowing what attractions to go and see that would be enjoyable for my teenagers as well as my husband and I would be tricky.

There are plenty of travel sites on the Internet. How do you choose the right one?

Personally I would want to use a site that has reviews and recommendations from REAL people, so so-called “experts”. I often think the experts are paid by the hotels themselves just to get good reviews. I value reviews from real people more so than experts.

Imagine if there was a travel site where families could share their experiences so you would know which hotels to consider, and which to avoid? Wouldn’t it also be nice to hear from families about what local attractions appealed to their children, as well as their teens?

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There IS such a travel site. It’s called MiniTime.

MiniTime is the ultimate resource for family travel and leisure. Only MiniTime offers parents a combination of expert family travel advide, a community of like-minded parents, and powerful user tools to help parents plan, book and share their family travel experiences.

Check out this informative video that tells you more about MiniTime (it’s entertaining too – I love the animation).


I love that this site’s focus is on family travel. It’s not for business people, or honeymooning couples. It’s all about family travel.

I also love that you can to read reviews from REAL people. And see photos of the hotel rooms, hotels and area attractions from real people too. They are not staged professional photos that only highlight the good stuff.

One day I want to take my family to Virginia Beach. I mostly want them to experience crossing the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. It’s too far to do in one day from where we live in New York. So I’d love to stay a few days in Virginia Beach.

I checked out Virginia Beach on MiniTime, using my kids ages (14 and 16) and found a few hotels that would be suitable for my family (one even very budget friendly too). I also love that MiniTime mapped out area attractions that would be suitable for my teens.


I also found the Trip Tips helpful. One recently posted article tells you Four Ways to Save Huge at Orlando Theme Parks. For example, I didn’t know you can purchase tickets in advance to save $$$. I’ll have to remember that when we are finally able to take my family back to Disney and the other area parks.

Overall I think it’s a handy resource for families – most especially ones that love to travel.

If you would like to learn more visit www.MiniTime.com. You can also check them out on Facebook and Twitter.

MiniTime would like to give a lucky reader a $100 Target gift card. You can use the gift card to purchase traveling supplies and accessories, a new outfit for your trip or anything else you wish to purchase. Thank you MiniTime.

Target Gift Card

This giveaway is open to US residents only and will end on October 12, 2013 at 11:59 PM (EST). The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via e-mail and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter please comment on this post and tell me what family destination do you have planned – OR – tell me a recommendation for a hotel (city & state) and/or attraction (city & state) that you would highly recommend to other families.

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries won’t qualify (I do check). Extra entries are optional.

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*I was not compensate for this post. I am sharing this for the enjoyment of my site readers. Any opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. MiniTime will be providing the $100 Target gift card prize.

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About Kimberly

Kimberly Vetrano resides in the suburbs of New York City with her family, five cats, dog, a tank full of fish and snails. She is also a freelance writer and photographer.


  1. We are hope to go to Kansas City to see my husband’s family over the holidays.

  2. We are going to Charlotte, NC soon.

  3. We are headed to Orlando next month and I would love to hear from real people and get some advice!

  4. Amy Smeltzer says:

    It’s just me and I have no plans. The Holiday Inn in Chinatown NYC is very nice but it’s been years since I’ve been there.

  5. Splash Lagoon in Erie PA is a blast for kids and parents! Great arcade area, indoor heated water park. Tons of fun!

  6. Kim Henrichs says:

    I’m going to Niagara Falls in two weeks. My best travel recommendation though is for Wells, Maine. It has everything everyone in a family could want!! GOOD food, great affordable hotels and inns, beaches, history, sights and sounds…love it!

  7. ellen casper says:

    Were going to Quebec and Montreal for Christmas vacation.

  8. justa sobriquet says:

    Orlando Florida is always fun. I just use the online hotel reservation sites for discounts on hotels. Universal Studios is the best theme park to visit while there.

  9. Wild Orchid says:

    I would highly recommend Sanibel Island, FL! Feels like you are on a tropical island without leaving the states.

    Entered the rafflecopter as “Wild orchid”

    Thanks for the chance to win!
    wildorchid985 at gmail dot com

  10. Mya Murphy says:

    Wow, I can’t even afford to get a $1 burger at Mcd’s… I cannot answer this question….I haven’t been anywhere in a very long time.

  11. Sea World in San Diego Ca.
    The pier in Santa Cruz, Ca
    Lake Geneva in Wisconsin.

  12. Trying to make plans for Florida for Disney

  13. Cynthia R says:

    i would love to go to san diego some time also love to visit crater lake. I would recommend Zion Park outside of Vegas.

  14. Niagara Falls, Canada

  15. I recommend the Great Wolf Lodge in Poconos PA, the water park is fun.

  16. Linda Stewart says:

    Pigeon Forge, TN – Dixie Stampede is a fun filled attraction for family. Also highly recommend Music Road Hotel for accommodations.

  17. jeannine s says:

    We love going to Splash LAgoon in Erie PA

  18. Olivia Rubin says:

    Visiting my sister in Pawtucket, RI on Ocotber 24th and will meet my niece. Can’t wait

  19. Margaret Smith says:

    We’re hoping to visit Hilton Head SC this coming summer. Reading up on Hilton Head, there sounds like lots of family things to do, like fishing, the beach, bike riding and tours. Looking forward to seeing how Hilton Head is for a vacation.

  20. Samantha D says:

    We’re in the process of booking our first family trip to Disney World – and keeping it all a secret from the kids!