04/17/13

A Unique Way to Fund a Family Vacation

Many times, the burden or task of saving up for a family vacation is left up to the parents. Of course, this is understandable for those with younger children. That’s because they aren’t really able to work. Therefore, they can’t really bring any money to the table. That is, unless they do a little side job like create a lemonade stand, which probably wouldn’t bring in a whole lot of money anyway. On the other hand, in instances where children are in their mid to late teens, they are more capable of helping to provide the finances necessary to go on a family vacation.

Not only would this help the parents not have to deal with the entire financial burden, but it would also teach the children how to be responsible and it would help them to appreciate the retreat much more. So, it won’t just be a trip they are going on because they are forced to go. They will most likely try to enjoy it to the fullest, because they know that they had something to do with making it a reality.

07/21/14

Top 10 Destinations for Families

By Helen Unwin

Summer is soon to be upon us and with this comes the difficult choice of where to go on holiday. For families the six weeks school holidays can be hard to fill, so parents want to make sure that the time they spend abroad on holiday is action packed for their children to enjoy. Every family is different and finding the top family holiday destinations can be tricky. Below we have listed some ideas to help you make your choice.

1. Florida

Disney is a failsafe option for families with young children, if you have children younger than school age then booking outside of the school holidays will save a fortune for this destination. When looking at hotels, there is a wide range of choice in and around the surrounding areas of the official Disney resort. Just by staying a few miles away from the resort you can make massive savings.

2. Menorca

The rules for Menorca are the same for any package beach holiday to similar destinations – any holiday provider worth their salt now has a kids club to cater for the family market and keep youngsters entertained while parents can relax. The kids club is included in the cost of your package holiday and will ensure stress free time away.

3. Hawaii

Booking a family holiday to Hawaii ensure you have everything you need. Beautiful weather, dreamy ocean breezes, gorgeous beaches, fantastic hotels, shopping, surfing and for the golf lovers amazing golf courses. Two islands extremely popular for family holidays are Oahu and also Honolulu.

4. Mexico

There are many areas of Mexico you could visit, but Cancun is the perfect place for family relaxation and fun. It is packed with a wide range of family friendly hotels, powdery white beaches, restaurants, and fun filled attractions.

5. France

Travelling to Europe will save money compared to further afield destinations, and there’s plenty to keep kids entertained if you research the area you’re visiting including great Disney hotel deals. One suggestion is Ardèche, where tourists can go on a donkey trail, leisurely walking distances of up to 10 miles a day, this self-guided trip with a four-legged companion to carry day packs and tired children is suitable for ages four and over.

6. Croatia

Families with slightly older children who want none stop fun and activities could try sea kayaking in Croatia. Run from the car-free island of Kolocep, the trip includes five days of guided activities – after kayaking the blue cave of Kolocep and Sipan island you can get off for a stunning cycling trip

7. Madeira

Kids who love animals will enjoy a trip to Madeira. A great excursion is one on board a privately chartered boat where you join a team of marine biologists for a day of whale- and dolphin-watching. Whilst on this excursion you also have a chance to spot some of Madeira’s amazing sea birds. This is a perfect holiday destination for budding marine biology enthusiasts.

8. Bulgaria

Cave exploration in Bulgaria is a holiday that incorporates fun and activities, ensuring the kids are worn out every day by bed time! Rock climbing and a nights wild camping can be incorporated into your trip and give kids something special to tell their friends about when they arrive back home.

9. Norway

Norway might not spring to mind as the first destination for a family holiday but spectacular scenery and clean, fresh air coupled with activities such as skiing, cable cars and thundering waterfalls will keep youngsters entertained and make parents glad they chose this unusual destination for a break.

10. Scotland

Those who wish to holiday a little closer to home can experience a fantastic family holiday in Scotland, where Edinburgh castle provides a little heritage and education, and Edinburgh zoo keeps things fun and entertaining. Blair Drummond safari park is another option for a fun filled day in Scotland, and Lake Loch Ness makes a spectacular sight parents won’t want to miss. Tell kids of the Loch Ness monster and watch their eyes fill with excitement as they keep their eyes out for a glimpse of her. Book early to get great Edinburgh hotel deals.

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07/14/14

Family Vacations – 10 Ways to Make Sure They Run Smoothly

By Erin A. Kurt

Family vacations are supposed to be fun, but many times parents dread them because they feel out of their comfort zone when their children misbehave; they know their discipline options are limited and having to apply consequences in public is for some, quite embarrassing.

When at home, parents feel very comfortable giving time-outs, however, when they are in a vehicle, or on an airplane they feel trapped. “How do I give a time-out in a car?” parents ask. Here are some great tips on how to apply time-outs on vacation, as well as which activities and games are best suited for travelling with kids. Use these tips and everyone, including you, will enjoy your family vacation.

1) If you have provided 2 warnings and a misbehaviour continues, pull the car off to the side of the road and either sit in silence for the time-out or exit the car, lock it (just remember to take the keys with you!) and wait outside the vehicle until the time-out is over (One minute for every age of the child). This strategy is quite effective and has a definite impact on kids.

2) Be proactive. Have a list of games ready to play such as car bingo. You can download these off the internet or easily create your own.

3) Keep one child in the front and one in the back to prevent sibling arguments.

4) Bring along a portable DVD player as well as movies for the children to watch.

5) Leave early! It might be difficult leaving at 4:00 or 5:00 in the morning, but having your children sleep away a large part of the ride is worth it!

6) Tell your children (ages 6 and up) that they’ll receive $1.00 for every _____ they see. They will stay quiet yet entertained as they watch for the chosen animal or object.

7) Have Sing-Along CDs in the car. Younger children love listening to their favourite songs while singing along with mom and dad. Why not make up actions for each song too?

8) Bring along portable arts and crafts cases. You can find fold-up art centers at any children’s toy or craft store.

9) Bring along books with CDs. It’s quite enjoyable to listen to stories on CD while following along in a book. These can be found in any bookstore.

10) Buy some new toys or activities and introduce a new one every couple of hours – depending on how long the trip is. It’s difficult to hold off giving everything at once, but to keep your child content, only bring out one item every so often.

Being planned and prepared is the best way to make the travel time of any vacation more enjoyable for everyone.

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