Monday, 27 May 2013

We have a fantastic guest writer today, Kendra Thornton!
When Kendra asked me if she could share this article with my readers, I was so excited!  What a perfect way to prepare for summer vacation.  These these trip tips are invaluable.

Thanks Kendra for sharing your expertise!
Take Care, D

On the Road this Summer: Trip Planning Tips for Parents

You're on way to the happiest place on Earth but everyone's tired and hungry. What went wrong? Planning trips can be the best part of a whole vacation if you're not ready for these issues. It's easy to see how activities and locations can fall into place. However, if you're not budgeting for meals and sleep, your time may be wasted when you actually get to go meet Mickey. There are a few things that you can do to stay prepared and keep your kids active throughout your vacation.

1. Complimentary is Best
Many Orlando hotels offer a ton of different places to stay. If you're not careful, you may fall for a low rate on a low budget hotel. While it's a good idea to look for bargains, you also want to think about the comfort level and what the hotels are offering patrons. If the hotel doesn't offer a free breakfast, try a place that does.

  • - Look for family friendly hotels like Walt Disney Resort, which offer discounted meals for kids.
  • - Find hotels with activities for kids, playgrounds and kiddie pools.
  • - Scout out the location of a hotel beforehand to see where the good restaurants are and how close you'll be to the attractions.
  • - Check out reviews of the room service and breakfast options beforehand. Complimentary breakfast may just mean a cup of old cereal and a toothbrush.

2. Rest Yourself Well
Before any trip, kids should have adequate rest. If they can nap on the way or on the plane, allow them this time to rejuvenate before they get into all of the excitement.
  • - Kids need at least 8 to 10 hours of sleep each day on vacation.
  • - Bring along items that help them go to sleep such as blankets, stuffed animals, pillows or bedtime books.
  • If traveling to a different time zone, prepare in advance by changing up the sleeping schedule to reflect the new time zone before you head out. This will help kids tremendously.

3. Fun Car Rides
Many family vacations start with lots of excitement that gets lost somewhere in between rest stop marker 100 and marker 1,000. If you can, make frequent stops to see things on the way, like state parks, attractions or just stop to hang out at a rest stop and grab a bite to eat.
  • - Break up car rides every two hours. Stop at a park or playground to give kids a chance to expel some energy and horse around.
  • - Pack healthy snacks and things to do in the car so kids are occupied. If you have to make a spot for a quick bite to eat you should still make good choices at fast food establishments!
  • - Don't just go through the drive thru at fast food places along the way. Let kids play in the playground and enjoy themselves a bit before getting back on the road.

With the warm weather approaching and a beach just a plane ride or drive away, I hope these travel tips will be useful for your family’s next vacation!

This article was written by Kendra Thornton
Travel advocate, TV spokesperson, PR businesswoman, proud wife and mama of 3. I am a long time travel expert who has been packing my bags and traveling the world since I was 3 months old! I've found my utmost desire in life is right here in my own home. I have mixed my excitement for travel by bringing the taste of authentic cuisine to my own home with some of my unique recipes and sharing some of my personal traveling tips. Enjoy!

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