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Great Family Travel Advice For Surviving Taking Your Kids On Vacation

 

Taking a look at the top tips and family travel advice for parents going on vacation with children. How to survive taking your young ones on the road. 

Let’s face it, no family vacation is perfect. When you’re planning a family trip, you probably have a perfectly idealized vision of how the trip should go in your mind. Those visions don’t always come to fruition, and some trips even come with lots of speed bumps. Family trips might not turn out the way you planned, but there are ways to make your trip a little bit easier for you and your kids. 

Read on for some family travel advice to keep everyone happy on your trip.

Choose a Family-Friendly Vacation Spot

One of the best ways to make your family vacation run smoothly is to pick a destination that’s geared toward families. These spots will have options available that’ll keep family members of all ages entertained. For example, Disney World has tons of rides and kid-friendly food that’ll keep your kids happy. On the flip side, Disney World also has tons of gourmet food options and adult beverages that’ll make navigating the family vacation a little less stressful.

Bring Backup for Boredom

Kids are unpredictable. You might think they’d love a day at the beach — who doesn’t enjoy sandcastles, splashing in the waves, and eating sweet treats? Well, sometimes, your kids don’t, even if they were super pumped for it this morning. Counter boredom by bringing backup. Pack a sufficient amount of toys, books, and tech to keep your kids entertained when they lose interest in the current activity and you’re not ready to leave.

Take Lots of Breaks

Planning a road trip? Be prepared for “are we there yet?” to come from your kids’ mouths at least 500 times. All joking aside, road trips can be rough for children. Keep them entertained by breaking up the road trip into smaller chunks. Take lots of bathroom breaks, and hey, maybe the world’s biggest ball of yarn will actually be kind of interesting.

Family Travel Advice for Kids with Special Needs

Traveling with kids with special needs can add another layer of stress to your trip. Between coordinating the travel, wrangling the kids, and keeping everyone happy, you won’t have the same amount of time or resources available that you would have at home. One great way to counter this stress is to have a helping hand in the form of a service dog. Service dogs can serve as a source of comfort and emotional stability, and they can be trained to warn you when your child’s blood sugar is too low or a seizure is coming on. Service dogs are so great for your special needs kids that you will be asking “where can I find dog training near me” sooner than you’d think.

Traveling with kids can be super stressful, especially if they have special needs or medical conditions that require constant monitoring. Thankfully, even if your trip isn’t the perfect trip that you planned, family trips make for wonderful memories that’ll you and your kids will cherish for a lifetime. Happy trails to you and your family! Did you love this family travel advice? There’s more where that came from. Check out the rest of our blog for articles about everything from family to relationships, to pets.

Heading for the beach this winter? Don’t forget to bring along a Tesalate Towel – Sand doesn’t stick to it!

 

Winter official starts this weekend. Brrr… I’m not looking forward to the next few months of freezing cold weather. I’m NOT a fan of summer (I hate heat), but at least it’s not freezing cold.

This time of year, a lot of people travel. They travel for fun. They travel to visit family and friends for the holiday. They travel for business.

If you are planning a trip that involves spending time on the beach, or if you live where you can go to the beach any time of the year, you’ll want to check out this post.

My family and I enjoy going to the beach. We try and visit the New Jersey shore at least once a year (in the summer) to spend the day on the beach. We get there exactly when the beach opens and the life guards are on duty (10:00 AM). We stay there for a few hours, then head home. Doing it this way we get a prime spot on the beach, and we avoid the crowds. We also avoid the traffic on the way home (leaving before rush hour). It helps to go during the week too, when many people are at work and dreaming of being on the beach.

There are a few things about the beach we don’t like;

  • Garbage on the beach
  • A lot of seaweed
  • Rough waves
  • Inconsiderate beach goers

And our #1 dislike about the beach – Sand! Sand gets on EVERYTHING. Even days, weeks or months after coming back from the beach we still find sand around our home and in our car.

Here is a great tip for keeping sand off your skin – apply baby powder to your skin. There is something about the baby powder that makes sand less likely to stick to you. Try it. It works. It’s magic!

I wish there was a way to have the stand stop sticking to your beach towel and/or beach blanket. You can shake it off, but sand often sticks to it. That is the reason why most of the sand gets dragged back into your home.

There is an Australian company called Tesalate, that sells an innovative beach towel. It’s also great for to use for other activities, such as yoga and enjoying a picnic (their Towel for Two is large enough to use as a picnic or beach blanket, as well as a towel). Their towels

Tesalate towels are made from a cutting edge fabric technology. They are made with AbsorbLite™  fabric, which helps the towels to dry rapidly compared to standard beach towels. Tesalate towels can also absorb a whopping 1 (33 oz.) liter of water. I doubt anyone is THAT wet, but it good to know they can absorb that much. 

The best part about these towels is that sand does not stick to it.

PHOTO SOURCE: Tesalate’s Instagram Page

Here is some more information about the brand, Tesalate.

Tesalate has dominated the U.S. and European markets as well. In fact, their Facebook page has exploded to close to a million organic members. As far as customer feedback is concerned, the average rating of their reviews is 4.9 stars. They’ve got over 21,000 organic reviews to date, which you can read on their website. They are, by far, the most reviewed beach towel in the world. 

Tesalate has been featured in media platforms like Vogue, Elle, Harper’s, Better Homes and Gardens, Buzzfeed, USA Today, Business Insider, The Sun, Daily Mail, Lonely Planet, Conde Nast Traveller, Good Housekeeping, Travel + Leisure, Reader’s Digest, Frommer’s, Australian Geographic and many others. They have also appeared on Jetstar, Qantas and Air Canada airline in-flight magazines as well as top-ranking blogs. 

 

They were also featured on U.S. TV last year – Today,  Fox 8 News and Doctors TV.  

I was sent one of the towels to review. Sadly, I didn’t have the opportunity to put the towel to the “sand test.” I’m in New York. The closest form of sand for me right now is the stuff the local Department of Transportation spreads on the roads when it snows. That is not really something I can test with. 

I received the Bohemian Towel for Two. I like the “towel for two” towels because they can also serve as a beach blanket, and because I’m a “plus size” woman and I like the idea of having an ample sized towel.

What I can tell you is that this towel has very vibrant colors. Sadly, you can’t really notice that in the photo I took. The photo does not do this colorful towel/blanket justice. It’s a lot nicer in person.

The towel arrived inside a branded drawstring bag (pictured below), which is great to use to store the towel in when not in use. It also makes is easier to take with you to the beach because you can hang the bag from your tote bag or beach chair when you take it onto the beach.

I like that it’s compact when folded and very light weight.

Like I said, I really didn’t have the chance to try out the towel (yet). I can only tell you what I think of it thus far. In the summer, when we have the chance to go to the beach I will be taking this towel with me and I will update this post at that time.

This photo shows the same “towel for two” that I received in the same colorful Bohemian print.

With 21,000+ reviews and receiving an average of 4.9 out of 5 stars, there is a lot to be said about this towel as far as it’s look, feel and effectiveness.

Not only is the Tesalate towel great for you, but it would also make a great gift for beach goers, travelers and others.

For more information, visit Tesalate.com. The brand can also be found on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest. Those links are found on the bottom of their website.

What do you think about the Tesalate towel? Does it sound like something you would like to take with you to the beach, pool or on a picnic? Feel free to comment and share your thoughts.

Kimberly

*I received a free product sample to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

5 Dog Travel Tips for Bringing Your Canine Pals on Vacation

 

Want to bring your pets on vacation with you? If you have dogs, use these dog travel tips to make their trips as smooth as yours.

In 2017, Americans spent over $6 billion on pet services like grooming and boarding. But what if you’d rather take your pet with you on your next trip?

If so, you’re not alone. Many people would rather bring their dogs on vacation instead of leaving them with someone else.

But before you do, make sure that you follow these dog travel tips to ensure your vacation is enjoyable for both you and your pet.

Get a Vet Checkup

Before your trip, take your dog to the vet for a health checkup and make sure all their vaccinations are up-to-date.

If you plan on flying with your pet, you’ll need to have updated vet records. Make sure to set an appointment well before your trip.

Airlines have different restrictions on pet travel, so do your research beforehand to make your trip as smooth as possible. The CDC website has more information regarding airline pet travel.

Have the Right Size Crate

Dog crates are the safest method for transporting your pet in the car. Not only do crates keep your dog from distracting the driver, but it also protects them in the event of an accident.

Make sure you have the right size crate for your dog. They should have plenty of room to stand and turn around.

The type of crate you should get depends on the size and breed of your dog. For instance, check out this article on choosing the best French Bulldog crate.

Don’t Leave Your Pet Alone in the Car

When traveling with a dog, it’s important to make frequent stops. Some rest areas have dog-walking areas where you can let them exercise and relieve themselves.

Never leave your dog alone in the car when you make pit stops. Cars can heat up quickly, especially in the summer.

Instead, travel with a companion. This allows one person to take a break and use the restroom while the other stays with your dog.

When Flying, Choose the Cabin

If possible, see if your dog can fly with you in the cabin. You’ll pay an extra fee, but your dog will be more comfortable. When flying with a large dog, you may have to fly them as cargo.

Airlines have different restrictions on pet travel, so contact your airline beforehand with questions or concerns. Make reservations for your dog early, because only so many animals are permitted per flight.

Have Updated Identification on Hand

Make sure you use a collar with updated identification information such as your contact number and address. Test collars to make sure they won’t get stuck in the carrier or crate during travel.

It’s also a good idea to have your travel address or emergency contact information on your dog’s tags or crate. You can write this information on travel stickers meant for crates.

Follow These Dog Travel Tips to Keep Your Dog Safe and Happy

No matter how you plan to travel, make sure your pet is as happy and comfortable as you are. Follow these dog travel tips to prepare you and your dog for your upcoming vacation.

Now that you know how to travel with a dog, you can go ahead and book those tickets or pack your bags.

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5 Fun Reasons Why You Should Travel More This Year

 

There are many reasons on why you should travel more. Learn more about why this fun hobby is enjoyed about so many people here.

Did you hear about the underground Ferris wheel? In Salina, Romania there’s a spectacular underground amusement park. The theme park sits in an old salt mine that was formerly a bomb shelter in WWII. Visitors have to descend about 400 feet down to get to the entrance of the park.Along with the underground Ferris wheel, you’ll find an amphitheater, putt-putt golf course, ping pong courts, and bowling alley, and paddle boats for exploring the underground mine.Do you wish you could infuse your life with fun and travel more?

Read on to find out about the top 5 fun benefits of traveling.

  1. Stress Less and Travel More

Instead of letting stress build-up, you should find ways to release it throughout the week. Even a small traveling adventure, within your home state, can help reduce stress.

Here are a few ways traveling can help you get rid of built-up stress:

  • An environment without common stressors
  • Chance to be someone else
  • Inspire your mind with new sights

Removing yourself from your normal routine, allows you to hit reset on your stress slate.

  1. Enjoy Some Downtime

If you’re constantly on the go, try to plan a little downtime into your travel experience. While there’s nothing wrong with wanting to get the most out of your time away, you should avoid pushing yourself too hard. Instead, create a healthy balance between relaxing downtime and going out and about to see new sites.

  1. Incredible Sights and Sounds

Travelling is all about connecting with what you’re drawn to in life. To get the most out of your travel experience, take the time to find out what excites you.

Here are a few questions to ask yourself to help guide your trip planning:

  • What type of outdoor activities would you like to do?
  • What type of festivals interest you?
  • Are you interested in taking tours?

If you’re an outdoor enthusiast, you’ll want to make sure to go during the right season. Not sure what time of year is the season you’re looking for? Try using worldroamer.com or local travel sites to get more information about your travel destination.

  1. Wildlife Opportunities

We suggest you also learn about the wildlife that’s local to the area you’re traveling to. Planning your trip around peak wildlife seasons can be a spectacular way to see nature in action.

Here are a few examples of wildlife events you might enjoy:

  • Butterfly migrations
  • Alligator mating season
  • Manatee routes

There’s no end to the exciting list of majestic beauty nature has in store for you!

  1. Foodies Delight

Could you benefit from a little extra spice in your life? Or are you looking for a decadent dessert that screams of sugar? Whatever your taste buds are craving, traveling allows for some of the best food experiences around.Eating dishes made in their home country is a wonderful way to connect with other cultures. Plus, the chef’s there are experts at making their dishes the perfect way.

Sense of Adventure

Finally, traveling gives you the chance to have new experiences. Instead of being stuck in your routine, you get the chance to feel like a kid again. Uncertain of what each new day will bring, yet ready to face it with a sense of adventure.

Whoever said you had to stop having fun because you grow up? Our team is on a mission to help readers just like you, live their most fulfilling lives! That’s why our articles are all full of helpful tips and tricks to make life better.Whether you want to travel more or learn something new, we can help. Check out our latest entertainment articles today to see what you’ve been missing.

World Travel: Top 5 Big Cities to See at Least Once in a Lifetime

 

There are so many incredible destinations to visit around the world and it seems my bucket list is always being added to. I dream of going abroad, and among the many present on my bucket list, there are a few that really stand out.

Here are the 5 top places that I want to go to and that are to be seen at least once in a lifetime:

  1. Dubai

Dubai is a unique city in the Middle East, home to the desert, coastline, city life, and sunshine. It is a luxurious city that combines the “old” and the “new”, and there is plenty to do for everyone. You can also get a feel for the traditional Arabic culture here. A big part of Dubai’s appeal is the technological progress and incredible architecture. An example of this is the Dynamic Tower of Dubai, an 80-floor moving skyscraper designed by architect David Fisher and set to be inaugurated next year.

  1. Rome

There is nowhere else like Rome. From the coined phrases of ‘When in Rome’ and ‘..do as the Romans do’, we can see that this city carries a lot character and certain charm. The city is an outdoor museum, and to walk the cobblestone streets, see the historic sites, and be around the friendly and lively culture is a magical experience. The Colosseum, the Pantheon, the Roman Forum, Piazza Navona and so many more historic sites that are must-sees. But to take a stroll along Via dei Fiori Imperiali just before sunset and stop for an apertitvo or espresso as you go, with a view of your choice, is an experience and memory you’ll carry with you forever.

  1. Paris

Paris, known as the City of Love, is certainly a must-see whether you visit with a loved one, solo, or with friends. The history is capturing, it is gorgeous year-round, it is a foodie’s paradise, there is an abundance of landmarks, and the fashion is inspiring.

  1. London

London is an incredible city, famous for its art, architecture, history, and food. You can have one-of-a-kind experiences here, such as watching Shakespeare at the Globe, visiting Buckingham Palace, spending time at the British Museum, passing an afternoon at a traditional local pub, going for High Tea, going to Wimbledon, and more. There is also a variety of restaurants that you can choose from in London, representing nationalities and cultures from all across the world. 

  1. Sydney

Sydney is the must-see spot in Australia. You can explore the city here, quickly get to the incredible beaches close by, experience the incredible food, and the people are so friendly here. One of the best parts about Sydney is that you can quickly be in a completely different setting in just a matter of minutes, and the diversity here only adds to that.

Getting the list down to 5 was very hard as there are so many beautiful cities to see in the world. But for now, these 5 big cities are ones you should certainly see at least once in a lifetime.

Enjoy A Great Weekend Away – in Atlantic City

 

 

The name ‘Atlantic City’ conjures up a whole range of images in your mind straightaway, doesn’t it?  Fun, ferris wheels, fabulous beaches. And that’s just for starters.

Because, as a weekend trip destination – it has lots more to offer than you might think.

And, if you’re a New Yorker, you don’t even need a car to visit – there are multiple bus options in and out of town each day.  How many destinations, within easy reach by public transport, offer so much variety? We can’t think of many that could beat it.

But, wherever you’re travelling to Atlantic City from – what could a weekend away here really look like?

Catch a show

This is often the reason people are drawn to visit Atlantic City, so it’s a great starting point if you’re considering a trip.  And it’s hardly surprising when so many big name entertainers pass through this historic resort town. There’s everyone from J Balvin to Bob Dylan on the bill this season – so there really is something for everyone. We hear Mariah Carey, Fleetwood Mac and John Legend are also appearing, so you’d better check out those tickets soon!

Go under the Boardwalk, down by the sea

There’s a beautiful boardwalk here, of course. And you don’t have to go under it if you don’t want to. We just couldn’t resist referencing that song! In fact, strolling the boardwalk as the sun sets is one of Atlantic City’s greatest pleasures. 

At the other end of the day, it’s equally appealing first thing in the morning – before other families start setting up on the beach (and the hard-partying groups of 20-somethings have rolled out of bed).  Grabbing a coffee and enjoying the water views, sea gulls and a precious bit of quiet is a great way to start a day of exploring the city.

Indulge your taste buds – and your sense of nostalgia

There’s a fantastic range of food available here – with everything on offer from fries to fine dining. Just like Las Vegas, the food scene has really exploded into a smorgasbord of celebrity chef offers and quality local eats. 

Blueberry pancakes for breakfast at Gilchrist are a must – as is a visit to White House Subs (an Atlantic City institution). Be warned though – the sandwiches here are of epic proportions!  Arrive early if you plan to order takeout, as the queues can get long from the minute it opens. But it ‘s worth rolling out of bed on time to experience the taste of their infamous ‘Italian’.  This impeccable masterpiece – stuffed with provolone, ham and Genoa salami – all topped with hot pepper relish.- will truly set you up for the day.

For dinner, take your pick from seafood and steak houses to sushi – or just have a real blowout at Sugar Factory.  This brasserie and candy store mash-up is known for its insane milkshakes and giant, rainbow-colored cocktails. Blissful…

For a more serious culinary experience, consider checking out Savor Borgata in November. It’s one of Atlantic City’s premier food fests, complete with celeb chef dinners, cooking classes and tasting events.

Or visit a real landmark – Chef Vola’s.  This cash-only, reservations-only BYOB establishment. offers the kind of retro Italian dishes that conjure up ghosts of the Rat Pack. Volare…!

Indulge your kids (or your own inner child)

Indulge your kids (or your own inner child)  with activities like mini golf, go-karts, arcades and amusement rides. The pier is full of fun attractions, including an observation wheel, or take a short stroll to climb the historic lighthouse. 

If you’ve got a sweet tooth, just a block from the boardwalk, you’ll find MADE – a combination chocolate lab and bar. Every dessert or drink available here is bursting with your favourite bean.  Let’s be honest – it’s a real paradise for any chocoholic.

Become a culture vulture

The Noyes Arts Garage (part of Stockton University’s campus), houses a collection of fascinating shops and studios.  And you’ll find everything from prints and jewelry to sculptures and sneakers on sale here. The highlight is the African-American Heritage Museum of Southern New Jersey. It nearly overflows with paintings, maps and advertisements documenting the fascinating history of African-Americans in the area.

Indulge your love of music memorabilia

Are you a bit of a music-buff? The recently opened Hard Rock Hotel and Casino houses more rare, historic memorabilia than any other outpost. It’s almost more of a music history museum than a resort – so it’s a great place to indulge your ‘inner rock star’.  But, if you do plan to stay here, it’s worth noting that many of the rooms boast magnificent ocean views.  And you’ll also find an all-seasons pool – and food and drink to suit every budget.

If you’re a night owl

If you’re a bit of a ‘creature of the night’, you’ll find mega clubs here like Daer, with an outdoor patio overlooking the boardwalk.  As well as 2,200 slots and 120 sparkling new table games to keep you busy. Or you could just bliss out at its massive spa – which synchronizes a range of relaxing treatments to music. 

Hit the beach

And when all of this excitement has worn you out – or you’re just ready to chill – step off the boardwalk and head straight to the beach. It isn’t as crowded as ones in towns farther south, and tags aren’t required, so you can lounge there for free. 

It’s still great out of season

But don’t fret if you plan to visit off-season, either. You might not spend so much time sunbathing, but there’s still lots of exciting things to explore. With a full-on Oktoberfest celebration, a holiday light show and a polar bear plunge on New Year’s Day, this truly is a year round destination.

So if you’re planning a day or weekend away sometime soon, we think Atlantic City has got a lot to offer.  Whether it’s just you, or you and the kids. Or whether you’re just a big kid yourself, if you’re honest – this destination has something to treasure. And for any budding culture vultures out there – or lovers of the culinary arts – Atlantic City could really surprise you.  Go on…try it!

Happy travelling….