Great Gifts for Traveling Families

Traveling, whether solo or with family, brings with it memories and wonderful life experiences but it also brings some challenges. This holiday season, consider giving a gift to help your favorite wanderer go on his or her next adventure with ease. Things that are normally a cinch at home can be a little more difficult on the road, so we have put together some amazing products as an answer to those difficulties. Encourage your loved one to go out and explore the world with a great gift!

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Road Tripping: Healthy Food for a Long Ride

With the holidays upon us and the oh so yummy foods piling pounds onto our midsection, the last thing the millions – nearly 90 million — of us traveling by car this season need is the extra weight of a double cheeseburger and a large fry… or two. Add to that the cost of gas and feeding the entire family, and your entire holiday trip to see grandma has now busted your holiday budget. Preparing ahead of time with a cooler full of healthy alternatives, store-bought in bulk, will not only save you money and time while on the road, but also a great deal of unnecessary calories.

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How to Have a Successful Family Holiday in Florence

Florence is one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations. The city’s Renaissance history, stunning artwork, architecture, and ambiance make it popular amongst travelers from all over the world. Of course traveling to such an erudite destination with its many museums, galleries, cathedrals and monasteries can be a little problematic when it comes to a family holiday. But this doesn’t mean that there aren’t plenty of fun things to do for kids on your Florence city breaks. If you’re a family headed to Florence and are wondering how to navigate the city with kids, here are a few tips to consider.

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4 Tips for getting your teens excited about a family vacation

Family vacations are a way to reconnect with your spouse and children. Taking a break from the daily demands of work, school, and chores gives families an opportunity to spend quality time together. However, as your children get older you may notice that the togetherness you once took for granted when they were younger is slowly slipping away.

Any time spent with your teen is most likely spent with their heads in a phone or their hands holding a remote control. A family vacation at this stage in their teen lives requires a lot more thoughtful planning and patience. Think about these tips the next time you are sitting around the kitchen table planning your next “family vacation”.

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Pack Like A Pro: Toiletry Bag

As you’re packing your carry-on for summer vacation this year, you probably won’t forget to include a toiletry bag, but that toiletry bag may not be packed as organized and efficiently as it could be. After all, a well-packed toiletry bag certainly comes in handy on a too-many-tequila-shots night of vacation when you’re trying to dig through a mess of personal items to find Tylenol at 2 am, or when you desperately need eye drops to relieve the sting of ocean water splashed into your face by a playful toddler. We’re here to help you pack your toiletries for traveling like a pro, from the clear quart sized airport bags to the heavy duty toiletry bags made for serious stuff, all with hacks, tips, and product recommendations along the way!

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Pack Like a Pro: Carry-On Bag

It’s summer vacation time which means the suitcases are being dug out of the attic, the travel toiletries are being bought, and the carry-ons are being packed. Whether you’re headed to a tropical paradise or you plan on escaping the heat by heading north, whether you’re taking a redeye or filling up the minivan, you probably want to pack as lightly as possible, but still be able to haul everything you might need. Most people like to travel with just a carry-on suitcase due to the convenience, but many are unsure of how to fit everything they want to bring into that smaller size bag. We’re here to show you how to pack a carry-on like an expert, by using just a bit of creativity, some efficient thinking, and being able to master the “bundle”.

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Dining for Foodies with Families: San Antonio Edition

If you and your partner were foodies pre-children, it might seem like the fun of new food and dining experiences is something you need to retire until the children are older. But not so! There are plenty of family-friendly restaurants that can still satisfy a foodie’s palette, and in this new series we round up our favorite restaurants for “foodies for families” on a city by city basis. Exploring new venues, new tastes, and new experiences is something the whole family should be able to take part in. Read on for our top restaurant picks in San Antonio.

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6 Tips for Summer Trips to Grandma’s House

Ahhh, summer. Hot days spent at the pool, magical nights spent outside catching fireflies — and fun overnights at Grandma’s house! We know that traveling with kids is tricky, especially when visiting a not-very-kid-proofed-place like Grandmas. But with the right gear, organization and planning, your trip to Grandma’s this summer will be fun, memorable and stress free!

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Road Tripping in Style with Toyota and Diono

road tripping in style with toyota and diono

Setting off on a road trip with a family can be totally daunting between having to stop to nurse your babies, or give your preschooler 45 potty breaks. However, there are many things available on the market today that can help you along your journey. We recently had the opportunity to test drive some posh new vehicles from Toyota along with some carseats and accessories from Diono, and are excited to report our findings to you.

We can’t guarantee a stress-less trip, however, we can give you some solutions for safety and convenience items that will ease your mind and help you focus more on the road ahead.

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Ten Tips for Staying in a Cabin with Kids

Ten Tips for Staying in a cabin with kids

If you and your family love the great outdoors you may have thought of camping as a fun family vacation- but what if the idea of sleeping in a tent doesn’t really sounds all that wonderful? A good compromise would be to stay in a cabin! All over the country there are cabin rental companies that have cabins to fit any size family. Staying in a cabin allows a family to be immersed in nature and unplug some, but with some of the comforts of home (think: hot showers and a toilet!). This “happy medium” of sorts can be just what you need for the perfect family vacation- if you do a little preparation first.

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Driving Distracted: How’s YOUR Driving?

September is National Child Passenger Safety month and while ensuring that your child’s car seat is properly installed, this is only on part of the equation when it comes to ensuring the safety of your family. Today we’d like to address driving while distracted, something most of us are guilty of at one point or another. We also offer some tips on staying focused while driving so that you keep not only your children safe but yourself as well.

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Dad’s Guide to Staying Close to the Family While on the Road

Dads Guide to Staying Close to the Family While on the Road

Unfortunately, some of us have to pack our suitcases up often for our jobs– and as much as we don’t like leaving our families, knowing that a week here, or a month there is just what we signed up to do.  Obligation overtakes heartache, and we grab our sick-packs, neck rolls and toothbrushes to board our airline of choice to rack up our frequent flier miles, and off we go across the globe.

Up until the last ten years, if you traveled for work, you were a slave to the hotel room’s phones, lobby pay phones, post cards, and snail mail to stay in touch.  And even if you were able to get in touch with a loved one… time was limited because there was actually a time where we paid long distances fees to talk from state to state.  Any veteran military spouse can tell you technology has come a very long way from what it used to be.

The truth is technology is so unbelievable today that a lonesome traveler doesn’t have to suffer the hotel-room-blues anymore.  Speaking from our own experiences, here are some tips to staying close to your family while you’re gone.

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The Perfect Babymoon to the Southwest

The Perfect Babymoon to the Southwest

Are you hoping and dreaming for a little time away before the baby comes? A Babymoon, of sorts, to reconnect with your partner and celebrate your love and connection as a couple, before becoming a family? If you’re in the market for a posh location in the Southwest, where tradition meets luxury, look no further than the Four Seasons Rancho Encantado.

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