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November 5th, 2013 at 5:00 am

A Little Help for the Holiday Travels

holidaytravelIt’s “Over the river and through the woods” time!

As we all know, holiday travel can be a major headache but if family isn’t close by and they’re not coming to you, you’ll need any help you can get keeping it merry. Here are a few helpful travel apps. They won’t get you there by clicking your heels, but can help make it a little easier.

If you’re on a road trip and it’s time to eat, try KidsMealDeals to find out which restaurants nearby are offering deals or kids-eat-free promotions. Another handy road app, Kidzout, tells you where there are diaper decks, kid friendly restaurants, play places, as well as medical facilities nearby.

And to try to keep it fun, Sunday Drives lets you know what you’re driving by on your route. Historic places, interesting factoids and scenic routes can take the edge off of boring rides.

Traveling by air? Keeping track of the logistics can be overwhelming. Try the TripCase app. It will consolidate flight, hotel, car rental and other details into a detailed timeline-based itinerary. Include the record locator and/or trip ID and you’ll receive updates with any delays or changes. A little setup during the planning stages can pay back in a big way with a single source for all you need to know when you need it.

And before heading to the airport, check myTSA. Make sure your carry-ons don’t include anything you don’t want confiscated,  or that might delay the already painful process of getting to the gate.

May all your holiday travels be pleasant!

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December 19th, 2012 at 5:00 am

Holiday Travel with Kids

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Whether you’re driving to the next state or flying across the country, holiday travel is just plain stressful, particularly when you’re traveling with kids. Here are some tips to help make your trip less taxing:

Flying?

Be sure to arrive at the airport with plenty of time to spare – at least two to three hours in advance.  Print your boarding passes at home to save even more time. Just go to your airline’s website – and make sure you don’t pack too much as to incur extra luggage fees.  It may be cheaper to ship gifts a week ahead of time. Finally, if you have an active toddler, it’s best to wait until the last minute to board – this is a great way to avoid a restless meltdown.

Driving?

Make sure your car is ready and safe for travel before you leave, and be prepared for any weather conditions with supplies such as shovels, blankets and flashlights. For the younger kids, have them pack their own toys and books to prevent boredom on the trip and be sure to make rest stops if your trip is going to be longer than two hours. If you don’t have a portable DVD player, now is a great time to invest in one to bring on your trip along with the kids’ favorite movies.

No matter what your means of travel…

Make sure you pack plenty of small snacks (pretzels, string cheese, Cheerios) and water for your kids. And some snacks for the adults is not a bad idea either… you will surely need to keep up your strength.

Also, be sure to involve the whole family in the trip-planning process. Have the older kids help find things to do around your destination, it keeps them busy while you are packing and makes them feel part of the planning. You can even have them help pack… if you have the patience and a lot of time. Give them things to do to feel as if they are contributing and also make them feel more secure about uprooting their lives for a short period of time.

Share any of your stress-reducing travel tips in the comments. Happy travels!

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