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.

09/1/14

Top 4 Family Vacations Ideas For Memorable Family Vacations

By Joe Collinsworth

Family vacations can be a lot of fun and as a father and husband I absolutely love the time I get with my family.

They certainly are quite different than they used to be though in terms of what we do, how we plan, and the relaxation factor.

Our top recommendation though is that if you go on a family vacation and have little ones, it may be a good idea to take someone with you who can enjoy a trip, but also work a bit by taking the little ones off your hands so you can get some quality time to relax as well.

We tend to go with parents or take a niece/nephew who has helped us out.

With that bonus tip, here are some our top 4 family vacations ideas in terms of the type of trips you can take…

1. Beach Family Vacations. These are our favorite and we know not everyone enjoys the beach, but they do rank on our list for more than one reason. These vacations can be very affordable, you go somewhere with wonderful weather, there are typically a lot of choices and variety in terms of things to do, places to stay, etc. You’re able to truly make everyone in the family happy with beach vacations.

2. Theme Park Vacations. Both young and old can enjoy theme park vacations. Not only do the kids love it, but it’s great for parents to have some real fun. Plus it can all be done with each other which makes it perfect for a family getaway.

3. Camping. This is a great way to spend time both together and away from many of the distractions that cause families to go their separate ways such as blackberries, games, events, toys, work, computers, and more. Spend a few days in nature and feel your stress whither away all while having some fun together with your loved ones.

4. We’ll call this last one Educational Style Vacations. Visit many of the historical locations and landmarks throughout the country or world and combine fun with actually learning something cool about various spots. Once we went to Washington D.C. and while we did tours and discovered the foundation of our country, we had some fun too. Plus we spent time together as a family.

There are many family vacations you can go on. It’s limited by your imagination, budget, and personal likes/dislikes. Growing up these were always our favorite and have become great ways to spend time together as we grow older.

Bottom line on family trips is to get away from the hectic lives we live and spend time with the ones that have you get up everyday.

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08/25/14

Air Travel Tips For Parents of Toddlers

By Dawn Hall

The person who first coined the phrase “flying the friendly skies” was obviously not traveling with young children. If at some point in the future you will be finding yourself on a cramped airplane with a rambunctious toddler (or two), first of all let me offer my condolences. As the mother of two boys and a veteran of the so-called friendly skies, I have been in your shoes more than once.

Yes, I know – you don’t need my sympathy, or my empathy, or my condolences. You need help! So, for what it is worth, here are my words of experience (errr, I mean wisdom) on how to survive your next trip:

Toddler Air Travel Tips #1: Do not use the white paper bag in the seat pocket in front of you as a paper airplane!

It does not matter that you spent a small fortune loading your Vera Bradley carry-on luggage with goodies aimed at keeping your two-year old entertained for hours. There is an unwritten rule that dictates that your toddler will get bored within the first fifteen minutes of departure.

That white paper bag in the seat pocket in front of you will begin to beckon to you, with the promise that if you transform it into a paper airplane or an origami sculpture, that the tiny passenger sitting beside you will be well-behaved for the next two hours of your trip.

Stop – don’t do it! Trust me, as soon as you dismantle the bag, your toddler will upchuck everything he ate for breakfast. And guess where that spew of regurgitated food bits will be directed. Yes, that’s right – you will be the unwilling recipient! Your pants, your shoes, yes, even your brand new Vera Bradley luggage, will be covered in the once-digested remains of his breakfast.

My advice – as soon as you board the plane, locate the paper bag and place it where you can grab it within a moment’s notice. And do not touch it again, unless you need it for its intended use.

Toddler Air Travel Tips #2: Do not let your toddler out of his seat when the fasten seat belt lights turns off.

I don’t have to tell you that toddlers have a difficult time sitting still for two minutes, let alone two hours. Their little legs were built for running, kicking and jumping.

With that in mind, prepare yourself for the fact that your toddler is going to whine, and squirm, and complain, and squirm some more. However, no matter how much he squirms and complains, do not unfasten his seat belt. If you do, be prepared to regret your decision. Why? Well, freed from the constraints of the seat belt, he will wrestle past you into the aisle, and then his inner instinct to run will take over. You can only imagine the rest of the fiasco that will take place.

My advice – do not unbuckle your child’s seat belt for any reason. Better yet, bring his car seat with you on the plane, and strap him in good!

Toddler Air Travel Tips #3: Never make eye contact with the other adult passengers.

Unfortunately, the majority of your co-passengers will not be sympathetic to your situation. There is something about flying, perhaps it’s the cramped conditions, the high altitude, or the recycled air, that makes them forget that they were once children, or had children, or that the world would end if it were not for children. To them, you are the enemy.

My advice – you should avoid making eye contact with the other adult passengers on the plane. Spare yourself the stares and glares, because what you do not know will not hurt you. You have enough on your plate, without adding a big side helping of guilt.

Finally, keep your expectations realistic. You will survive this journey. Perhaps, you will even have your own travel tips and words of wisdom to impart when it’s over!

This article was written by Dawn Hall. If you failed to heed her advice and had a white paper bag incident, visit her Vera Bradley blog to find out the best way to clean your carry-on. You can also purchase new Vera Bradley luggage at her site.

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