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A few years ago, I ventured into Vietnam, the tropical land where my ancestors came from. I’d never been to Vietnam, so I didn’t know what to expect besides the insanely hot heat. Travelling to a foreign country can be exciting, but also terrifying at the same time. Worrying about surviving in a completely different culture can make your head spin. In addition to adjusting to the time zones, currency, and culture, I had to figure out how I was going to communicate with the people! Although I speak fluent Vietnamese, I never learned to read or write it and being able to pick up a few words off of a street sign wasn’t going to cut it. Luckily, I my mom was with me and I could just follow her around. But what about the rest of us?
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As the car meandered down the interstate towards the setting sun, the children turned to each other in the back seat and said with wide grins, “Wow! That was the best vacation we’ve ever had!” I may never hear these words. Spring Break is coming up fast and I’ve got great plans, but these plans still live in my head. I need to find the time to create our itinerary and I have a hard time finding the time to get to the store to buy milk! How am I ever going to create this trip? Mommy is busy making travel plans I read an article in Newsweek last week titled “Mommy is Busy Right Now” and I wanted to stand up and cheer. It summed up the impact of the technology revolution in all areas of our lives, especially when it comes to making travel plans. Times have changed for booking a vacation, but the changes haven’t given more of the time I need. Thanks to technology, I don’t have to rely on someone else to get a deal on a hotel room; I can do it myself.
Travel iPhone apps for kids Type in “travel games” into the search box just for fun, and you'll get lots of apps that are sure to entertain your kids for hours. Here are some highlights. A Family Matters - $1.99 Sitting in a car for hours is the best time to get conversation flowing. This app gives you tons of ideas for engaging your kids by asking questions and playing games. With almost 1000 questions and activities, you won't repeat the same one for a while - unless you want to. My Little Suitcase - $0.99 Best for ages 2 to 6, My Little Suitcase first asks kids to choose a destination. Then they pack appropriate items for their family vacation, dragging things into their suitcase. I love the packing theme of this app. It gets kids excited about upcoming travel!
Every vacation for my family almost always means a stop in one of the many spots managed by the National Park Service. Whether it means a trip to Acadia National Park or one of the many monuments in DC, we’ve always been impressed with our visits and we intend to visit many more with our sons in the future. With so many parks to see (there are 392 locations including 58 parks), I was excited to recently discover the “Passport to Your National Parks.” Available for purchase at stores run by the National Park Service, the passport is a small travelogue. It contains maps, facts, and photographs, perfect to get big and little visitors excited for travels across the country.
Traveling and moving in the last few months has given me the opportunity to discover the items that make life easier on the road. These are the family travel products that you might not even think to bring along and really don’t miss until they’re needed.
Ebooks
A few days ago, I wrote about the benefits and drawbacks of ebooks for travelers that love to read. Today, I’ll be sharing a bit of information about a few of the ereaders available in today’s market. In the two years that I’ve been ereading, I’ve gone from a reluctant consumer to an advocate, with experience reading in a variety of different formats, on various ereaders and software. Each ebook ereader has pros and cons and there are benefits to reading on a dedicated device, like the Kindle or Sony Reader, or a multitasker, like the iPhone.
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Experts say that children 40 lbs and under should be in child safety seats on airplanes. That is perfectly understandable, but have you ever tried to carry a big, bulky car seat through the narrow aisle of an airplane? With two kids and a carry on bag in tow? It's not pretty. This is why when I heard about a new child aviation restraint being developed - CARES - I was one of the first to order! CARES stands for Child Aviation Restraint System. We've had ours since the week it launched back in 2006. Designed for children who are at least 1 year old and weigh between 22-44 lbs, it's the only harness-style child safety device approved for aircraft use by the FAA. It takes the place of a car seat when traveling by air with your children, providing an equivalent level of safety during all phases of a flight - taxiing, take off, turbulence and landing. Weighing about a pound, CARES comes in a small sack that can be carried around your wrist or tossed in your diaper bag.
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Traveling with kids is always and adventure. I'm encouraging everyone to explore something new this summer. Maybe it's a trip to a location historical landmark. Maybe you'll splash out and head overseas. Either way we've got tips and ideas to make travel more fun and interesting for your family.
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We are a family constantly on the go. To make traveling easy and fun, whether it be to the supermarket, a trip to Grandpa and Grandma's house, or just to the zoo, we are always prepared, in the car and out! I don't know about you, but I allow my kiddos to eat and drink in the car, most of the time. Sometimes, however, I wish I didn't because spills are bound to happen! That's why having good coverage in the car is essential. YES Essentials provide much-needed protection for your car's floors and seats. YES Essentials® fabrics and carpets are engineered with a unique combination of three patented polymer technologies: