Posts Tagged ‘traveling with kids’

#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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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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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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Packing Essentials for Your End of Summer Getaway

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.

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Top 5 Family Places To Eat in Panama City Beach, Florida

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!

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Hotel Marina El Cid Spa & Beach Resort

Hotel Marina El Cid Spa & Beach Resort is located in Puerto Morelos in the Mayan Riviera area of Mexico. This part of Mexico is a favorite for family travel, and El Cid is one of the best all-inclusive resorts to bring your family to for a getaway. Hotel Marina El Cid Spa & Beach Resort is a sweet little spot in paradise just waiting for your family to come and take in all the luxuries and experiences. To get here, fly into Cancún International Airport. The resort is comfortable for adults and families traveling with children. Whether you are looking for some peace and quiet, cultural experiences, excitement, or just want to get a suntan by the pool, this all-inclusive resort is exactly what you crave in a vacation. 

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24 Easy Family Vacation #TravelHacks

As summer approaches, many families begin to plan family vacations. We dream of fun at theme parks, exciting adventures around the country, or a relaxing vacation at the beach. All of those things sound wonderful – in theory – until you realize you have to actually get to the vacation spot before you can enjoy all of those things. And even when you get there, there is the headache of all the gear you have to carry, making sure everyone has snacks (we don’t want any hangry toddlers after all), and generally trying to keep everyone happy, all while making sure you catch brief moments of joy to share on social media so you can prove that you did, indeed, have a good time with your family. Experienced parents know that fun family vacations are do-able if you have the right #lifehacks up your sleeve. Below are some of the best travel tricks and tips for a headache-free family vacation. 

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Kid Friendly Places to Stay & Dine while road-tripping through Arizona

Road trips are one of the best ways to vacation, especially when you’re towing along a couple kids. Whether you’re flying cross country and picking up an RV for a week, or just venturing out your backdoor in the minivan for a long weekend of local adventure, seeing what this country has to offer out the windows of a vehicle is a satisfying experience, for both young and old. We recently road tripped through the state of Arizona, from top to bottom, and along the way found great places to recharge our batteries and refuel our bodies, all with a kid-friendly spin. So whether Arizona is hundreds of miles away or right in your backyard, load up the car and the kids and get road trippin’. Leave the hotel and restaurant recommendations to us!

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The Daily Mom Travel Diary: Our 3 Days at the Best Dude Ranch in Arizona By Dani & Elena

This spring break was a bit out of the ordinary for Elena and I (Dani) and our two kiddos. If you’ve been around Daily Mom at all, you know that we have a bad case of wanderlust, especially when it comes to us two. Half of the grand travel gestures we toss around never come to fruition, but this time was different. Elena decided to spend every extra minute she had – and trust me, there are not many extra minutes in this power woman’s day – on planning the perfect kid-friendly, with an educational twist, ten day trip on the other side of the country. Her hard work paid off, and we are currently – I’m literally sitting on the lawn of Tanque Verde Ranch writing this post – traveling through the state of Arizona, soaking in all the sunshine, desert heat, and cowboy facts we can find. Our first leg of the trip landed us in Tucson, at the best dude ranch in Arizona, the Tanque Verde Ranch. We’re pretty okay with just staying here for the whole week, as it’s a western paradise that fulfills us in every way, but our restless souls will ultimately move on tomorrow. So here is our diary entry into these last three days that were spent on an authentic ranch, together with our little cowboy and cowgal, Eli and Lexi.

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Spring Breakin’ Tucson Style at Tanque Verde Ranch

Spring breaks are like Christmas; every year they come rolling around, whether we’re ready or not. If your typical spring break consists of lounging around the house, plugged into the boredom-busters, listening to the kids fight while you catch up on laundry and Netflix episodes, consider doing something different next year when spring break creeps up on you. If you’re craving a bit of adventure and western flair, whether you live on the East Coast or the West, pack up the cowboy boots and hats, and take the family to a real life dude ranch in beautiful Tucson, Arizona. Tanque Verde Ranch is your answer to a week full of disconnected family bonding time, spent among the most stunning landscapes and wildlife that nature has to offer.

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7 Common Mistakes People Make when Planning a Holiday

Planning a holiday and traveling to new pastures is something that many of us do each year for both business and leisure purposes. Traveling can be very exciting and a wonderful experience whether you are a seasoned traveler or a novice. However, one thing that you need to remember is that traveling does often require a lot of forward thinking and planning in order to ensure the smooth running of your trip. There are many people that make common mistakes when they are planning a holiday or traveling, and these mistakes – albeit simple ones – can have a big impact on everything from your enjoyment of the trip to cost and convenience. This is why it is important to think ahead and plan your trip properly so that you get to enjoy a memorable holiday for all the right reasons.

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7 Healthy Airport Eats and Tips to Stay on Track

The holiday season is one of the busiest times for traveling. Whether you are traveling by plane, train, or automobile, one thing is certain – your options to eat healthy will be limited. Even if you are the healthiest of eaters, many of us tend to forgo our regular diets during the days in which we are traveling because of limited options, limited time, and a limited travel budget. Airports are known for having notoriously unhealthy foods for patrons like over-priced convenience store snacks, fast food joints, and greasy restaurants. However, there seem to be more and more healthy alternatives popping up – if you know how to find them. Below are some popular restaurants and food spots you might find on your next layover, and some of their healthier options. 

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16 Items Every Mom Needs in the Car

Soon after you become a parent, you quickly realize that surviving life with children is going to require “stuff” beyond what your home can hold, especially if you ever plan to leave the house. In fact, much of our time is spent driving junior around town, be it to school, the grocery store, the playground, the pediatrician, or wherever else you need to go. 

Sure, you can try to carry everything you need in your diaper bag, but that could get heavy. Rather, why not create an organized space within your kid-mobile that has everything you need. Based on our personal experience, here’s a list of must have items for every mom to have in the car.

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13 Smart Travel Hacks & Tips

As parents, we can always use a little help to make our lives with kids easier. Traveling can be challenging, especially with young children. However, we love to explore this wonderful world with our kiddos and let them experience as much as possible. After thousands of miles traveled, our team has come up with these hacks and tips that will make your family’s travel smoother so you can focus on what matters, making memories with your children. 

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