Kindergarten is such a special time in the life of a child. They are in school everyday but there is still a sweetness to it. The pressure isn’t really on yet. This age is fun because kindergartners have amazing imaginations and endless energy to explore and experience the world. Kindergarten is this magical place between toddlerhood and older childhood and as parents we want to make the most of this unique time. We recently visited LEGOLAND in Florida with two kindergartners and discovered that this theme park is perfect for children this age. A visit to LEGOLAND Florida is all enjoyment and no stress even with a young five year old. Here are all the reasons why LEGOLAND Florida should be on your to do list with your Kindergartner…
Hamanasi is a beautiful luxury resort located outside the town of Hopkins along the ocean shores of Belize. Sacrificing romance, cuisine, hospitality, or comfort is not a decision you’ll need to make in order to enjoy this fantastic resort and dive Belize. Hamanasi has combined all of these elements into one world-class destination that makes it the best choice in Belize resorts.
As parents, the dreaded “Are we there yet?” is a question that will haunt our minds forevermore. As we know, children have a very short attention span, but can be easily amused with as little as a packet of vibrant crayons and a Disney colouring-in book (as can we). Identifying what entertains your young child is a little more difficult, though. So, no matter whether you’re preparing to fly with young children for the first time after having applied for your ESTA visa (Go to estaregistration.co.uk if you need a little help!) or are setting off on a 4+ hour car journey, consider our five tips for travelling with your youngest.
Do you tend to be the kind of traveler that plans everything or do you leave room to improvise? If you happen to be in the northeastern region of the United States, say around Wilmington, DE, you just may want to divert your plans for at least 48-hours, even if you are a stickler for a set schedule. Unbeknownst to myself and family, there are surprisingly a lot of American history, family-friendly activities, and our favorite, tax-free shopping to do in this little town. It certainly has popped up on our radar as one of the places to visit this holiday season: Wilmington, DE.
Traveling of any kind requires planning. Whether you are traveling for business or pleasure, there are many factors that go into planning your trip, and safety is one of the most important aspects. After determining where you are traveling to, you must select where you are going to stay. If you do not have friends or family in the area you are visiting, you most likely will need to stay in a hotel, motel, or rental property. In these cases, it is very important to consider the safety of you and your family or traveling partners.
This is a story of how we found a way to make business travel work for us.
As working professionals, my boyfriend and I travel a lot. Whether it is to visit a client or go to a trade show, all this business travel can add up, overwhelm, exhaust and make you feel like all you see is the inside of the airport. Fortunately, we are in the travel journalist industry which means we get to travel for work like we would for leisure. But when you think of an average corporate traveler, that is definitely not the case.
Anyone who has lived a business travel life can attest to the fact that it is a weekly shuffle of uber, airport, inside boardrooms, back to uber and airport. So we set out to figure out how we can break the cycle of #realtravel and make it SURREAL.
You know that glamorous travel blogging family who always looks healthy and happy while exploring their way through Europe? You know the one. They’re museum hopping on a Monday morning, building sandcastles on Mediterranean beaches on a Tuesday afternoon, and watching the sunset over a fishing village on Wednesday evening.
Well, with Next Vacay, that can be your family, too. Minus the travel blogging part. In fact, you can keep your day job, and still live the travel blogger lifestyle on the side. Making it easy and affordable to travel regularly, Next Vacay can assist in giving your family a life of adventure and culture.
Traveling and having all the essentials you need can be tough. Be prepared ahead of time by making sure you pack the things you need to compete at your best level. One of the worst things when trying to compete is not having the right essentials. These can cause more stress, more unexpected costs, or make performing subpar. Let’s be prepared, so check out some tips here to help you pack what you need and maybe some other new ideas to help when traveling.
We all have experienced times in our lives where we have to do things out of obligation that we would much rather trade in for something else more pleasant. However, travel doesn’t seem like the kind of life experience that you would ever want to forgo. In fact, our culture promotes travel as something inspirational, aspirational and good for your soul.
Not all travel falls into that category, and some situations demand a different kind of approach. We call it #realtravel. Real travel is the time when you have to go to Texas for a dancing competition. Or, fly up north for a family reunion. Or spend hundreds of dollars to attend your college friend’s wedding. Or, how about visiting your divorced parents who dislike each other for Thanksgiving? Sounds like fun, doesn’t it?
Whatever type of travel it is, there is more focus on the connections and interactions with people that you love (or are supposed to love), which is great, rather than experiencing the world and exploring your destination.
“Gifting” experiences are one of the hottest new trends in this age of minimalism, so if you are looking for an awesome gift that will be unforgettable (and undoubtedly the best gift in the pile), a long weekend trip with friends or family is an amazing gesture. Whether it’s for birthdays, graduations, weddings, anniversaries, or other special occasions, giving someone a long weekend away can change their world. It opens their eyes to things they would not have otherwise experienced, invites the world into their hearts, and will create memories that will last a lifetime. There is no better gift than the gift of experience, and Whistler, British Columbia is a great place to start.
Known in recent years for hosting the 2010 Winter Olympics, Vancouver, British Columbia is gem among gems when it comes to vacations for those who love natural landscapes and the outdoors. It is the ultimate eco-friendly escape made for foodies who love international fair and a quick, active, yet relaxing jaunt to our neighbors in the north. “Gifting” experiences are one of the hottest new trends in this age of minimalism, so if you are looking for an awesome gift that will be unforgettable (and undoubtedly the best gift in the pile), a long weekend trip to Vancouver is the perfect thing. There are plenty of things to do for everyone in your group, whether you are taking a girls weekend, going with family, or venturing out for a solo tour. And finding a great hotel that is central to all the action, like the Fairmont Hotel, you will be sure to get in all the action during a quick getaway.
Although Seattle is a well-known metropolitan city in the US, it’s still somewhat of a hidden gem when it comes to tourist attractions and vacation spots. Known mostly for it’s damp weather and the birthplace of Starbucks Coffee, this area of the Pacific Northwest has more natural beauty in it’s surrounding area than most experience on a typical vacation. And, having a gorgeous hotel with magnificent views, like the Edgewater Hotel, is the perfect compliment to this quick hop to one of the nation’s lesser known vacation spots. From Mt. Rainer down to Pike Place Market and over to Fremont, the list of spots to visit are as numerous as the coffee shops.
Taking a cruise on a vacation is a popular way to travel and we understand why. Cruising lets you travel internationally without a lot of the hassle normally associated with travel, and you save a lot money. A cruise is all inclusive, you sleep well, and have a ton of fun. This is a family friendly way to travel and show your kids the world. There are a lot of cruise lines to choose from when booking a trip for your family but you need to find the perfect one for you and your kids. Carnival has an amazing option for families to cruise to the Caribbean. The Carnival Fantasy is always ready to set sail and take your family along for an adventure of a lifetime.
California is calling all kids! The golden state is well known for a lot of reasons: Hollywood, Beverly Hills, The Beaches in Laguna, the Pacific Coast Highway. But you know what else California should be known for? Being an amazing location for a vacation with kids. Southern California is a dream when traveling with little people. This beautiful spot on our country’s west side has everything you need for a great family vacation. The location is fabulous, the accommodations are family friendly, and the fun never stops. In fact, California has so many options for visiting families it is now being referred to as Kidifornia! Kidifornia is all about offering you the trip of a lifetime with your entire family. We’ve got the details you need to take a trip to Kidifornia with your kiddos!
For many people, a visit to the Bahamas is on their travel bucket list. Maybe you’ve traveled to the Bahamas without kids or maybe you’ve never been there at all. As parents, the first thing we research when picking a destination for a getaway is how family friendly that city or area happens to be. Traveling somewhere and realizing there is literally nothing for your kids to do is a nightmare! Please keep the Bahamas on your list of must visit locations and plan a family vacation with kids in tow. Nassau is very family friendly from the accommodations to the activities. Everyone in your family is welcomed here and everyone will have a wonderful time. We’ve made it easy for you to plan your next vacation. Here is Daily Mom’s Quick Guide to Family Friendly Nassau, Bahamas.