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.
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!
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.
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.
School is soon to start, or sadly (or happily… depending on your outlook) has already started. Whether the binders are already full with homework or back to school shopping is on the calendar for next week, there isn’t a reason why you shouldn’t pack up the family and take one last soire before you officially close the door on summer. If your brain is fried from the heat, and you need a bit of packing inspiration for your end of summer getaway, we’ve got you covered, literally.
What is the first thing that pops in your mind when you hear bachelorette party? Budget? Organization? Creating a plan? Maybe these aren’t your first thoughts, but if you are the maid of honor or designated organizer of a bachelorette party, you will soon realize all the details don’t just fall into place. Well, not without hard work, planning ahead, and careful attention to detail. Lucky for you, moms are natural planners, organizers, and master party creators, so we’ve compiled some tips to help you plan a “hashtag worthy” awesome bachelorette party.
When you’re planning to get away from it all, staying fit might not always be at the top of your priority list. Adding workouts into your vacation routine doesn’t have to be a buzzkill, and can even be a fun way to experience a new city.
If exercising isn’t currently part of your daily schedule, vacation is the perfect time to try something new on for size. A good workout can help you sleep better and provide an opportunity (if you need one) to really splurge on meals and dessert while you are away from the house.
We’ve put together a few creative ways you can keep up with your workouts, or introduce something new, while you are on the road.
Rolling around in the sandy white beaches and body surfing in the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico is bound to work up an appetite in your kids – and of course, yourself – so be sure to find the family-friendliest spots to eat in Panama City Beach, Florida. Whether it’s breakfast, lunch, or dinner, this beach town offers the yummiest and most unique restaurants, cafes, and diners. Don’t worry about popping in with your sandy bikini and cover up, or trying to stifle the loud excitement of your sun kissed toddlers; these places welcome young and old, with relaxed, casual, and comfortable atmospheres. Bon appetite beach bums!
Do you have a trip to a theme park or the beach coming up? Going to places where the crowds of people are thick and it is difficult to keep track of your child can be a nerve-wracking experience. This is especially increased if your child is very eager to run and play.
It is one of the scariest feelings in the world to find yourself in a situation where you can’t find your child. Your baby is going to be feeling the same fears which will only add to your anxiety. According to the FBI’s National Crime Information Center Missing Person File, as of December 31, 2016, there are 33,706 active missing person records for juveniles under the age of 18.
Traveling with kids of any age adds an additional layer of planning, but hitting the road while your little one is still considered a lap child means you can save money and create memories as a family. With the right preparation, vacationing with a baby can be a time you look fondly upon for years to come.
We’ve put together our tips for traveling with tots this summer that will help you enjoy your trip.