My husband and I enjoy holidays away from home. We have traveled by airplane, car, ship and train. We have stayed with relatives, with friends, at hotels, at rental houses, at beach cabins, and in trailers and tents. We have learned the hard way about the challenges of traveling with children, including jet-lagged babies wide awake at midnight, toddler tantrums on crowded airplanes, car-sick and home-sick children, and bored teens enduring an endless torment of art galleries and museums. From our experience, I have developed the following list of essentials for traveling with children.
If Sally Black, founder of www.vacationkids.com, ever hits the lottery, she’s going to open a hotel and call it ‘Someplace Warm and Cheap,’ because the name alone would ensure its success.
Parents know: Family trips are often far from relaxing, and what's meant to be a dream vacation can all too quickly turn into a nightmare. But ensuring your trip goes smoothly is easier than you think. As long as the kids aren't bored, and the parents aren't stressed, families can avoid the bickering that all too often causes a trip to go awry. Easier said than done, of course, but picking the right hotel will go a long way toward tantrum-proofing your vacation. Avoid these five common mistakes when planning your trip, and you'll find yourself headed for family vacation bliss.
December is just around the corner and the holidays are rushing our way. How can we balance the kids, the kitchen duties, the gift buying and work without totally going nuts? The answer: Make as much as possible out of every single moment. These time-saving tips will help you make the month of December doable and fun.
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