Incredible Travel Hack For Cheap Flights

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.

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5 Essentials to pack when Traveling for a Race or Competition

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.

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#RealTravel – 8 tips to make family travel fun

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.

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Gifting Unforgettable Experiences: 36 Hours in Whistler, British Columbia

“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. 

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Gifting Unforgettable Experiences: 36 Hours in Vancouver with the Fairmont Hotel

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.

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36 Hours in Seattle with the Edgewater Hotel

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. 

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Sail Away with your Family on the Carnival Fantasy

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. 

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Child Centric Vacation ideas in Southern California

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!

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Quick Guide to Family Friendly Nassau, Bahamas

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. 

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How A Vacation Can Reconnect Loved Ones

When friends or family live far apart, it can be hard to stay truly connected. Of course you can text, Facetime, or follow each other on social media, but as the weeks and months go by, that helps less and less, and you feel further and further apart. This summer we discovered how powerful a beach vacation can be when it comes to reconnecting with loved ones you haven’t seen in a long time. We took the perfect vacation to bring together kids and adults, families and friends, and it left our hearts so full that we just have to share with you the secrets we learned to reconnecting by getting away together.

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Post Vacation Depression: When Too Much Happy Leaves You Sad

Vacations are often planned months (if not years) in advance. Much time and thought is put into the details. There is lodging, packing, meal planning, area google searches, plane tickets, and transportation to be sorted out. In addition to all of the logistical planning that must take place, there is a fair amount of emotional excitement that typically goes into a vacation. The thrilling anticipation of an upcoming holiday or vacation is destined to be horribly matched with its counterpart, a sadness so surreal you won’t understand what has hit you. This Post Vacation Depression, or PVD, is the real deal. After experiencing the highs that come with family, fun, and fascination, the lows that follow are seriously sad. Numbness, feelings of isolation, exhaustion, anxiety about returning to work, easy distractibility, and binge eating are all likely side effects of PVD.

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5 Best Eco-Excursions to Experience While in Costa Rica

Ah, Costa Rica… the small Central American country nestled between the southern most tip of Mexico and the northern part of South America, that is rich in biodiversity, full of volcanoes and rainforests, a scuba diver’s and surfer’s playground, and boasting a beautiful history and legacy is a place that must be visited once in your lifetime. It’s with no surprise that this unique country is one of the most highly valued tourist destinations in the world. Comprised of seven provinces, it’s an adventurer and nature lover’s paradise, filled with activities to keep you mesmerized from sun up to sun down, yet also appeals to those who prefer a slower pace while traveling, with perfect beaches, peaceful rivers, and majestic mountain views.

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Life Lessons Learned On A Carnival Cruise

Going on a cruise with your family is a stress free and extremely fun way to show your children the world. Traveling is life’s greatest classroom. Our kids grow and learn with each new thing they are exposed to and travel exposes them to new people, new sights, new sounds, new tastes, and new adventures. Many parents are reluctant to jet set around the world with young children and who can blame them? Travel can be tough on little ones. However, travel opens their little minds up to the great big world and taking your family on a Carnival Cruise let’s you show them the world outside your home and town without all the stress you might expect from international travel. My family just went on a Carnival Cruise to Cozumel and throughout each day my eyes were opened to all the lessons my son was learning. Really, we all learned a lot about life. I guess boarding a ship, letting go of the control and routine we are so used to, and leaving our comfort zones for the high seas taught us more than we imagined. 

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The Best Beach Vacation in Bradenton Florida

On Florida’s west coast you will find a little pocket of paradise just waiting for your family. The Bradenton area is a sweet beach community where everything you could ever want and then some is close by. Come here to relax, come here for adventure, come here to eat, come here to learn, laugh, and love every minute with your family. You can visit here year round, and we have all the details you need for a fun and fulfilling trip. This is the Daily Mom’s guide to Bradenton, Florida.

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Family Carry On Bags: 4 Things I Did Right

My family went on vacation recently. We had lists and charts outlining everything we needed and how to fit it into our allotted luggage. Packing for any vacation can be stressful, but when you throw kids into the mix it’s downright overwhelming. Whether you’re traveling by plane, train or automobile, carry on bags are arguably the most important bags that you’ll pack. They will be your lifeline to sanity and can make or break the travel portion of family vacations. Throughout this process, there were 4 things I did that I would recommend for any family travel.

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