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    Planning family events is not easy. It can get especially difficult if it involves a lot of travelling. Since there will be elders and children involved, planning a family road trip adventure may mean involve a lot of lists and stress. But planning way ahead of time can help you keep track of things. One of the major decisions you will have to make is the transportation. Not only does the transportation have to be comfortable but also affordable and with ample storage space for all supplies. All of these problems and a lot of others are solved if you go for the affordable minibus rentals. The mini buses are comfortable, compact and are budget friendly. Once you have chosen your preferred mode of transportation, everything else is taken care of easily. But since planning a road trip might be difficult for a beginner, here are a few things you can keep in mind while planning this year’s family road trip reunion:

    Ask for help

    Now this makes for a rather important point. You might think that you can deal with everything yourself. But that doesn’t mean that you have to handle all the stress. So, it is better to ask for help. you can maybe ask your favourite cousin and reconnect while planning the trip together. Or you could ask one of the adults in the family. Whoever you end up asking, make sure you divide the duties so each of you are handling certain sections without bothering about the other parts. Remember to touch base with each other now and then to smooth out any creases though.

    Send out invites early

    You may do this month ahead of time. This is so you know exactly who is coming and how many people that mean you will be travelling with. Once you know that, it will be easier to do the bookings and even in choosing the destination.

    Choose your destination well

    Choosing a destination for a family reunion road trip can be difficult because it needs to suit everyone’s taste at the same time. So, make sure you choose a place that has ample places for the elders to relax, enough entertainment for the children to have fun and wi-fi, caffeine and places to hangout for the youngsters. The destination also cannot be too far because that might mess up people’s schedules. It needs to be close to civilization also, so that medical services are close by in case of emergencies.

    Plan the routes

    When planning a route, make sure to also have a secondary backup route. This is in case the primary route cannot be taken for some reason like congestion, landslide, ongoing rebuilding work etc. both routes should take you through as many scenic spots as possible. Plan for plenty of pit stops so you can stock up on water and snacks while people stretch their legs and use the bathroom.

    Book comfortable transportation

    Since it is a road trip, the transportation is arguably the most important factor here. The best transportation modes will have comfortable seats, have storage space and be affordable. A mini bus offers all of that and then some. The mini bus can fit over 30 people with ease, making it perfect for short family trips. The seats are plush and have ample leg room. The interior is air conditioned and comfortable. The overhead luggage bins can fit multiple short bags and supplies with ease. The best part? Since everyone is together from the beginning, there is no need to coordinate and everyone can start catching up and reconnecting immediately while the professional driver worries about the routes and traffic for you.


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  • 09/26/19--12:22: How To Have A UK Staycation
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    Ah, the UK staycation! So wonderful and yet so underrated. While we appreciate a two-week holiday to the Caribbean as much as the next person, we often forget what we have right on our doorstep. The UK has some of the world’s best coastlines, national parks and cities, yet we often bypass these as a holiday destination. So why spend an entire day travelling halfway across the world when you can marvel at the splendor of your own nation. 

    In this guide My Baggage look at some of the best staycation spots that England, Scotland and Wales have to offer, including the best places to stay and some of the top attractions while you’re there. So without further ado, here is our guide to the ultimate UK staycation. 

    Choose a city break 

    If you love exploring, hustle and bustle, shopping trips and eating out, then why not consider a break to one of the UK’s greatest cities. As well as our vibrant capital, this nation is home to a whole host of interesting and unique cities just waiting to be explored. Below are just four of the best places for you to choose from: 

    London

    London is not only one of the UK’s most diverse and popular destinations, but it is actually one of the most visited and celebrated cities in the world. With something for everyone you could enjoy an activity-filled holiday in this exciting city. From history and culture, to fine dining and luxury accommodation, why not pay a visit to the capital!

    Edinburgh 

    As one of Europe’s most beautiful cities, Edinburgh just keeps on giving. You could spend days exploring the cobbled streets, sauntering down all its little nooks and enjoying its quirky bars. And while it may be a city, the nearby beach, clifftop views and historical landscapes make it feel like no city you’ve ever been to before. 

    Brighton 

    Thanks to its edgy reputation and bohemian vibes, it can be all too easy to forget that Brighton is still a British seaside town (OK, seaside city). But if you love quirky dining experiences, vintage shopping sprees, nights out and a truly relaxed atmosphere, Brighton could be the perfect staycation destination for you. 

    Liverpool

    Liverpool has certainly seen its hardships over the years and for this reason some can forget what a wonderful and urban city this really is. The friendly locals are understandably proud of their home and while you are there you’ll really get to grips with the welcoming vibes and cultural heritage of what used to be England’s second city. 

    Explore our national parks 

    Here in the UK we have 15 beautiful national parks, each offering their own unique landscape. There’s plenty of activities to do no matter where you go and here, you’ll find some of the best towns, villages and backdrops the country has to offer. Here are three national parks to consider: 

    Snowdonia 

    Another source of national pride, Snowdonia offers challenging mountain trails and lovely coastal walks. The mighty peaks create a beautiful backdrop for your holiday photos, not to mention you’ll have your pick of quaint towns to stay in after a day out exploring. 

    Lake District 

    Follow in the footsteps of Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter and take a break down at the Lake District. The stunning national park offers lakeside walks, water-based activities, mountain climbs and natural history. From Keswick to Bowness-on-Windermere, you’ll find plenty of beautiful towns and villages to explore. Plus, you’ll have a choice of B&Bs, hotels or campsites to stay in. 

    New Forest 

    Ironically not ‘new’ at all, the New Forest was only declared a national park in 2005. The charm of the heathland paired with its beautiful (and sometimes rare) flora and fauna makes this a wonderful place for a staycation. Full of genteel villages and quaint places to stay, you can explore the New Forest on foot or by bike. 

    Go to the beach 

    If you love fresh sea air and sand between your toes, perhaps a beach break is more your style. It’s easy to forget that the sun does shine in the UK and when it does the beach is the best place to be. Whether you want to sunbathe, take coastal walks or eat fish and chips on the promenade, here are just four seaside locations you could visit: 

    Cornwall 

    Pasties, cream teas, seaside towns and plenty of heritage sites, why would you ever want to go anywhere else! Cornwall has some of the most stunning beaches the UK has to offer, making it a haven for surfing types and holidaymakers. Choose from sophisticated harbour towns like St Ives, explore vibrant cities like Newquay or enjoy award winning beaches like that of Perranporth. 

    Devon 

    Not dissimilar to Cornwall, Devon is also a popular holiday destination and home to some beautiful beaches. Sweeping moors and coastal walks have made this region a very popular place for hikers and there are plenty of beginners walks to be done as well. You can visit beautiful bays at Torquay and Bantham or visit the relaxed surf town of Woolacombe – there’s something for everyone in Devon! 

    Wales 

    While the weather might not always be on your side, Wales is home to some of the nation’s most superb beaches and wonderful coastlines. You can spend your days on the beach soaking up the sun, walking along the promenades or if it’s a little overcast why not try a coastal walk? The Wales Coast Path actually traces the entire length of the country, so it’s up to you how far you go. 

    Scotland 

    Not somewhere you typically think of when you think about going on a beach break, but North Scotland is home to some of the most beautiful stretches of white sand and crystal-clear water that you will ever see. Again, surfing is popular past time on some of the beaches here and many others have won awards for their outstanding beauty. Popular destinations include Durness and Thurso, though many of the neighbouring islands such as Mull, Harris and Shetland have all been voted some of the best beaches in the UK.


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    California is much pretty for the road trip. It has pretty roads and prettier destinations to come across. California road trip is popular among international travelers. Adventure lovers would definitely like to stay at the wonderful spots in the way of this road trip. You must have heard about hot air balloon in napa valley but there is much more to know about the country.

    As you are spending much on this road trip, so make sure you do not miss any destination. You will move through the national parks and beautiful places during this epic road trip. Here are the ideas to see the gems of California where road is taking you to.

    You can start your loop of trip to from San Francisco and go through San Diego, Los Angeles, Huntington Beach, Malibu, San Bernardino’s, Santa Catalina, Channel Islands. The road is calling you!

    1. San Francisco

    You can spend 2 to 3 hours. It has the world largest airport. 

    The golden gate bridge of San Francisco is famous all over the world. You might have seen it in wallpapers only. 

    There are great photograph opportunities and amazing places. It is also a good place for walk and enjoy the climate. 

    Alcatraz Island is a well-known place for criminals. It has the prisons for the criminals. You can experience special audio recording of the prisoners to feel the life there. 

    Fisherman’s Wharf is another most popular tourist spot in the city. It has must visit shops, restaurants and beautiful sitting along the water.

    You can ride the cable cars, visit the golden gate park, china town and legion of honor. 

    2. Pacific Coast Highway

    Driving from San Francisco to Los Angeles will be the most memorable road trip you will ever have. There are so many heights along the sea with gorgeous areas.

    The waterfalls along the way offers great photography opportunities. Pacific coast highways are the feeling that you should enjoy to feel life.

    3. Santa Monica

    There is a wonderful beach to give you an amazing experience at California. You need to absorb the calmness and wildness of the pier. 

    Downtown in Santa Monica has the world class shopping spots and famous markets to get you a souvenir. 

    The ocean avenue, pacific park, palisades park and mountains are mesmerizing. There is so much beauty to hold you breathe.

    4. Joshua Tree National Park

    Going ahead from Santa Monica you will see the iconic parks of California. 

    Joshua tree national park stay will give you an experience of watching the place where two deserts meet. It is a great place for hiking and camping. 

    The star grazing at this location is the most hypnotic sight ever.

    It is a place known for its plant life and nature that is nearest to life.

    5. Death Valley National Park

    When you move from the desert, the next destination will be Death Valley national park of US. It is named by the gold rush traveler who was about to perish there. 

    It is the hottest and driest place in California and not all good to visit in summers. It is a good destination for winters. 

    It is an adventurous place as you can die if you lost there. 

    There is hiking opportunity, salt flats, sand dunes, colorful canyons and craters there. 

    6. Mammoth Lake

    There is a full of like Mammoth lake when you move forward to north. It is an incredible place with the mountains. 

    It is best for the nature lovers who want to have the adventure of cycling, hiking, camping, climbing, fishing and horse riding. 

    There are also some shops there for shopping in the amazing ghost town.

    This is the place of your imagination. This lake has almost everything you can think about to have in nature. 

    The calcium carbonate structures in the lake look like some art pieces of nature.\

    You would definitely enjoy the sunset and sunrise there.

    7. Yosemite National Park

    While you are returning to San Francisco to complete the loop of the road trip, Yosemite National Park should be your destination. 

    It is a wonderful place that you will fall in love with. You can enjoy hiking, see the heights and enjoy nature. It is a great place for photography also.


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    Visiting a new region is the best experience you can give your family. Your kids need to enjoy themselves and get to stay in a new area during their holidays. I assure you that it will be a day not to forget for their entire time. For a family vacation, Europe is the best continent. It has all that your family requires. While in Europe you cannot cover every tourist destination. However, you can visit some of the best places in Europe that are exclusive to your family.

    Without much further ado the following are five places you can take your family for vacation while in Europe.

    Algarve

    It is in the South of Portugal. Algarve is the best region to visit while in Europe. With many tourist attractions for your family like beaches, museums, golf courses, national parks, and many other attractions. There are several cities in Algarve like Faro, Tavira, Olhao, Loulé, Vilamoura, Albufeira, Silves, Portimao, Lagos, and, the West Coast.

    They are some of the towns where you can go and get the best sceneries. Furthermore, if your family loves to golf, then you will find the best golf courses in Algarve. With the help of Algarve golf tours, you and your family will be able to play golf at discounted prices.

    Hence, if you go to Algarve, be sure to have the best vacation with your family. They will love Algarve.

    Dublin

    Dubbed as the City of Literature by UNESCO. Dublin is one of the places in Europe that you can spend time with your family. It is in Ireland, one of the best countries in the world where tourists love. While in Dublin you can go to the following places.

    • The Cliffs of Moher
    • Grafton Street
    • Killarney National Park and Muckross House & Gardens
    • The Book of Kells and Trinity College
    • Kilmainham Gaol
    • The Ring of Kerry
    • Glendalough
    • Powerscourt House and Gardens
    • The Little Museum

    Above are some of the places your family and you can visit while in Dublin. You will also get to enjoy the best meals from restaurants and stay in the best hotels. Consequently, if you are looking for a location in Europe to visit with your family, consider Dublin.

    London

    Being one of the world’s most visited city. London has many things make it a city of choice for most tourists. To add London is a favorite city for your family. The ambiance provides for a vacation cannot be found anywhere. So, what are the things that make London stand out as one of the top tourist cities in Europe?

    • Tower of London

    Being a property of the Royal family, the Tower of London is one of the sceneries in London. Over 2 million people visited this site last year.

    • The Shard

    The construction of this skyscraper began in 2009 and ended in 2012. If you want to see major London sites, then touring the Shard will give the best view. It is 1,016ft high.

    There are many other sites that you can tour while in London. Therefore, make a date to visit London during your vacation in Europe.

    Amsterdam

    Probably you first heard of the Netherlands during a soccer match. Or you may have gone for business to the Netherlands. If so, Amsterdam is one of the best places in Europe where your family can spend your vacation. Known for entertainment and museums, Amsterdam is one of the cities in Europe that act as tourist destinations.

    Some of the places you can tour while in Amsterdam are:

    • Anne Frank Museum
    • Van Gogh Museum
    • The Jordan

    There are many other sites so ensure you prioritize Amsterdam as one of the places your family will spend their vacation.

    Paris

    Known as the city of Love. Paris is one of the best places you can spend a vacation with your family. The Eiffel Tower, Muséé de Louvre, Catacombs, Notre Dame cathedral, and Muséé d’Historie Naturelle de Paris are some of the places you can visit while in Paris.

    Conclusion

    Above are cities where you can spend quality time with your family when you land in Europe. All the best during your holidays.


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    From coast to coast, from mountains to Mounties, Canada truly captivates. The world’s second-largest country checks off most must-sees from your travel bucket list. Postcard-perfect glacial lakes. Unreal, natural landscapes. Exciting cities bursting with multicultural flair. Go Canada and explore the extraordinary, close to home.

    We listed the 4 best types of vacations in Urban Canada

    Cape Breton Highlands National Park

    One of Canada’s most enchanting places, where the mountains meet the sea. As you hug the world-famous Cabot Trail coastline you’ll wind through Cape Breton Highlands National Park, where lush, forested river canyons carve into the ancient plateau, edged by rust-colored cliffs.

    Keep your eyes open for moose and bald eagles. You might even catch a minke or pilot whale breaking waves in the Atlantic, or Gulf of St. Lawrence. And you’re never far from a steaming plate of local lobster fresh from the ocean around you.

    Toronto

    To visitors, Toronto may seem like just another big city. Downtown is dotted with skyscrapers, the city’s streets are bustling with people on the go and the public transportation system is top-notch. But lift up the hood of Canada’s biggest city and you’ll find there’s more to the eye than an amazing skyline. Toronto is considered one of the most culturally diverse cities in the world, with more than half the population born outside of the city. Toronto houses 200 ethnic groups that speak upward of 140 different languages, making this Ontario destination a world all its own. With Greektown, Little Italy, Koreatown and Chinatown all within the city limits, travelers may feel as if they’ve seen more than a couple of countries after a visit to Toronto. Toronto Houses For Sale can be very expensive, condos are everywhere with no shortage of more in various stages of construction. No matter where you look in the downtown core, you will most likely see a condo (or several) being built.

    Niagara Falls

    Open 365 days a year, Niagara Falls State Park has awe-inspiring scenery! It also features thrilling attractions, interactive exhibits, miles of hiking trails, and delectable dining options in a family-friendly environment. It’s an adventure-packed experience! No passport is needed to experience an unforgettable and breathtaking Niagara Falls vacation.

    Kluane National Park and Reserve

    Kluane, high in the mountains of southwest Yukon, is a land of extremes. The park is home to Canada’s highest peak (5,959-metre Mount Logan), its largest ice field and North America’s most genetically diverse grizzly population. Travelers from around the world come to traverse alpine passes on backcountry odysseus and raft past calving glaciers. With exceptional day hikes and highway-side scenery, Kluane awe from every angle.


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    There is no better way to enjoy a vacation than boating in the Caribbean. Calmly seated on your boat, sailing through the waves in the sea can be fun. The Bahamas offers exclusive boating activities to enjoy on vacation. The experience is mindboggling. The beautiful beaches and sparkling blue waters give a unique and excellent experience for people visiting the island. Exuma boat rental offers the best vessels, ideal for all boat activities. Here are some of the best boating activities you can enjoy in the Bahamas.

    Fishing

    The shiny blue waters here hosts some common fish species. The sailfish, tuna, shark, and wahoo are just a few of the species. Throw your hook into the water and try your luck. You can try some offshore fishing and catch your favorite fish for dinner.

    Whether you are a pro or new to the game, fishing can be fun. The Bahamas offers boat tours that you can take advantage of and try new fishing techniques. Fishing is a perfect way to let off stress and relax. You can extend generosity and take part in fish feeding. This destination offers the best fishing experience in the world.

    Cruising

    Most popular cruise lines’ private islands are located in the Bahamas. The warm weather and calm beaches make water sports such as sailing and skiing, and snorkeling enjoyable. Cruising unlocks the world of exploration in the waterways. Cruising to unknown destinations can be exciting. People want to take a break from regular life and discover new places and things. This goal is what you can achieve on this coastline by cruising across the Exuma Islands. It is a perfect way to explore new experiences while having fun.

    Boat tour

    The Bahamas gives exclusive boat tours. You can have a fantastic experience on a boat trip to an unknown destination. The boat tour is a recreational activity that offers an ultimate adventure. You’ll have an opportunity to try out some new boating activities such as snorkeling, spearfishing, and diving. What another way to learn new destinations! Boat trips give your vacation a blast.

    Swimming

    The beaches and swimming pools across the island make the Bahamas a spot for fun activities. In the sinkholes and caves under the blue water, lies the sea animals such as dolphins, pigs, and turtles. Imagine swimming with dolphins and wild pigs! The experience is breathtaking. Many visitors flock these islands throughout the year because of their warm weather. Having a relaxing vacation in the sun can help unwind. The local beaches’ shallow ends give room for various activities such as diving and snorkeling. Most of these beaches operate on a 24-hour clock system. The Bahamas offers an ideal vacation experience.

    If you are looking forward to going for a vacation, the Bahamas is an ideal destination for you. You can explore and learn new things there. The boating activities provide fantastic and relaxed adventures, ensuring there is something for every visitor on the islands. Your summer holiday can never be better. The Bahamas offers the best Boating and lifestyle experiences, which allow people to have fun and relax with their friends and families.


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    If you have family all over the country, travel is probably every bit of your Thanksgiving tradition as the turkey and pumpkin pie. But it’s not always easy getting to the big feast — even if it’s within state lines. 

    It’s not bathroom breaks or tantrums that threaten to ground your plans, but your budget. Travel at any time of the year can be expensive, and Thanksgiving notches up the price even higher. 

    If you’re wondering how you and your family will complete your annual pilgrimage to a distant relative’s home, check out these tips to help you budget better.

    Don’t Pack Your Line of Credit

    Renting a car big enough to fit everyone or buying airfare for the entire family adds up. By the end of the weekend, your travel plans can cost a small fortune. 

    Organizing your finances around this huge price tag will likely take a lot of hard work and sacrifice. By comparison, tapping into your personal line of credit may seem like an easier option. 

    But is a personal line of credit a good idea? It depends. 

    A personal line of credit is best used for unexpected emergency expenses that you can’t avoid. You may get a personal line of credit quickly to help cover unavoidable and unanticipated car repairs or medical bills. Planned travel costs, on the other hand, don’t meet this definition of unexpected emergencies.

    Drop Unnecessary Baggage from Your Budget

    So how will you cover the travel price tag without tying up your personal line of credit limit? Your household budget may have the answers.

    Take some time tracking your expenses to see how you spend your money in a typical month. While you’ll want to include everything — from mortgage and car loan payments — you’ll want to keep a special eye on smaller purchases.

    Little things tend to have a big impact on the average family’s budget. And because they’re so small, they’re easy to forget until you sit down with your budget.

    Things like picking up a fast food dinner when you’re too exhausted to cook dinner or buying toys when it isn’t a birthday or special holiday takes cash away from your Thanksgiving travel

    The earlier you cut out these expenses from your budget, the longer you’ll have to save, so don’t put off this trick until the last second.

    Plan Your Takeoff Carefully

    Move over, Tuesday. Your time as the best day to purchase flights is over. Now Sunday saves you up to 20 percent on tickets. If you manage to book 21 days or more before takeoff, you could save even more.

    The day you leave also plays a big part in the price tag you pay. Last year, the Wednesday before Thanksgiving was the busiest flying day of the holiday.

    If you can organize your trip so that you miss it, you might be able to side-step some of the costs that come with flying. 

    If Thanksgiving means traveling to friends and family, try not to stress out. These tips will help keep your budget intact as you take the skies or hit the roads this November. And remember them the next time you plan to take your kids on another adventure. Although simple, they can help you save all year round.


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    The thought of traveling with young children especially during pregnancy can be overwhelming. The only way to make the trip a fun and smooth experience for each one of you is by planning well in advance. To help you out with your planning, here are a few tips that you should consider while traveling with young children and during pregnancy. Remember to customize the planning tips at your convenience as you need to even keep certain factors in mind like your children’s age, their daily routines, number of traveling days, destination, type of conveyance, and more. So, let’s begin!     

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    • Before you plan for a trip, take advice of your doctor regarding your health and pregnancy complications so that you do not harm your baby in any way. Also, pack all your medicines accurately and keep them handy at all times. If your toddler is also on medication then pack those too. Ensure that your travel insurance covers any kind of pregnancy related medical care. 
    • Make a checklist with all vital things that you would require for your travel. It is quite common to forget a few things to carry at the last moment, so planning for your trip in advance is important. Depending on your toddler’s daily routine, you should pack the vital stuffs that is been used each day. 
    • Long drives could make you feel dizzy and tired, so it is necessary to carry healthy snacks and plenty of water to stay hydrated. Also, pack all those snacks and drinks that your toddler enjoys as that will enhance the chances of your child eating properly. You should stop at regular intervals for a break and take a short walk. Keep the air circulating in the car and do not forget to wear the seatbelt as it will provide safety to you as well as your unborn baby.  
    • Depending on how long you will be traveling, you should carry maternity clothes that will fit your well. Moreover, you should wear specific underwear for pregnancy so that it becomes easier and comfortable for you to travel. Maternity underwear is made exclusively for pregnant women as it provides support to their lower back and abdomen. The panties are made up of stretchable fabric so that it easily fits your growing belly. In addition, there are various types of maternity panties available in the market so you can pick the one that suits you best.   
    • As you are traveling, you will be walking a lot while visiting popular touristy attractions. You may face difficulties in walking long distances due to the weight of your growing belly. The best way to provide support to your belly is by using maternity belts. These belts will make it easier for you to walk, exercise, as well as reduce aches and pains. However, buying a belt that fits you well is of utmost importance so don’t forget to read the numerous maternity belt reviews that are available online and then purchase one for yourself. 
    • Since you are pregnant, you will be more vulnerable to contacting water and food-borne diseases. So to avoid falling sick in a new city, it is important to take extra care on what you eat and drink while traveling. Always drink bottled water and avoid eating street food. If your resort provides the facility of a kitchen then cooking some quick meals would be the best choice for you as well as your children. In case you fall sick, take an appointment with a local doctor immediately.  
    • Since you are traveling with a toddler, you need to ensure that your trip is convenient and comfortable for both of you. It would be sensible to take the best travel stroller system to your trip so that it becomes easier for you to carry your child from one place to another. A travel system is a stroller as well as an infant car seat so you can use it while traveling by car or on foot. The travel stroller system would certainly make your trip a relaxing one. 

    To conclude, a few extra precautions and plenty of information would help you to travel safely with your young children and during pregnancy. So, plan well and have a wonderful family trip. 


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  • 12/16/19--18:41: Skiing Abroad: Where to Go?
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    With the first snowfall, ski and snowboard lovers begin to polish their boards. Taking a few days on vacation or taking advantage of a holiday are all valid excuses for setting up a trip to a snowy destination.

    Below we share information about some top ski centers. The charm of the surroundings and the slopes make these resorts the best places to ski in the world.

    Rogla in Slovenia

    Enjoy the adrenaline and fun that winter activities offer. Well-equipped ski slopes await you, suitable for beginners, amateur and professional skiers, snowboarders, and competitors.

    The modern cross-country ski resort is aimed at amateurs and professionals of this modality. In Rogla, you can also do snowshoe walks, and the little ones are waiting for a fun winter party.

    Zermatt in Swiss Alps, Switzerland

    Zermatt is the typical Swiss Alpine village, a dream destination for ski and snowboard enthusiasts. The mountain complex is located under the Matterhorn glacier.

     It has more than 360 kilometers of impressive slopes for the most advanced skiers. Imagine sliding down the valley from 4,000 meters? Zermatt is pure adrenaline.

    Whistler in British Columbia, Canada

    Just two hours from Vancouver by road is one of the most popular ski resorts on the continent. 

    The village of Whistler lies between the mountains of Whistler and Blackcomb, two sturdy massifs that enclose 200-kilometer tracks.

    Cerler, Huesca, Spain

    The Cerler station, located in the Benasque Valley, is the highest in the Aragonese Pyrenees. If you’re a mountaineer, there is no other place like this in Spain for skiing.

    It offers a higher slope, with 1,130 meters. The beauty of the surroundings, with more than 60 peaks, merely is unsurpassed.

    Avoriaz in France

    Avoriaz is a ski resort located in the French Alps, in the heart of the largest ski area in the world, Les Portes du Soleil.

    Avoriaz is perched above a spectacular cliff near Morzine. It is one of the most famous stations in Les Portes du Soleil because of the snow conditions. The slopes are well maintained, and the sun covers almost the entire area.

    If you are interested in cheap holidays and skiing destination deals, Dealchecker will provide you with the information you need.

    Kaprun in Austria

     Kaprun is located in the heart of the Salzburg region, and it’s one of the best holiday destinations in Austria. There dominate the peaks of the neighboring mountains of Kitzsteinhorn, Schmittenhöhe, and Maiskogel.

    This region is guaranteed snow thanks to the Kitzsteinhorn glacier. It offers a wide range of leisure and ski that will make your holiday an absolute pleasure. 

    Montgenèvre in France.

    But, one of the most humble destinations in the Italian-French ski area is Montgenèvre, located on the French side.

     It’s ideal for families, beginners, and intermediate skiers, with access to the 400 kilometers of the Milky Way. 

    Niseko in Japan

    The Niseko is located south of the island of Hokkaido and is considered to have the best ski snow in Japan. It’s always snowing in Niseko, with an average of 15 to 18 meters per season.

    And for you, what is the best ski center in the world? Tell us in the comments!


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    The majority of workers with permanent jobs are entitled to paid annual vacation that they can take each year. As you know, the holiday season is around the corner, so now is the best time to plan your next vacation.

    However, many employees still do not take their paid leave because there is too much work on their plate. Some workers feel that if they take a break, even for just one or two weeks, they might be easily replaced by their boss; thus, it leaves them with no choice but to work non-stop.

    The problem is when you do not take advantage of your leave; you are increasing your chances of getting stressed out at work. It would help if you spent quality time with your family by searching for a campervan rental in Scotland and visit places like Castle point Caravan Site where you can explore the nearby beaches that are surrounded by amazing Rockclffes. You can also take your family to several glamping spots such as Loch Shin Luxury pods that is situated along the North Coast 500 route where you can experience the world-famous attraction known as the Northern Lights.

    Travelling is a once in a lifetime experience that you should cherish with your loved ones. There are lots of things you can do to make the most of your vacation.

    Spend more time with kids

    Vacation time is the perfect opportunity to bond with your kids, even for just a couple of hours a day. If your vacation time falls on school days, you can prepare breakfast and drive the kids to school. Pick them up in the afternoon and do something special as a family.

    Go out on dates with your spouse

    When was the last time that you asked your spouse to watch a movie or have a romantic dinner? If it has been ages since your last date, take advantage of your time off from work to go out and enjoy yourselves. No matter how long you have been married to each other, both of you still need to spend quality time together. Make an effort to nurture your marriage and strengthen your bond as husband and wife.

    Catch up on sleep

    When was the last time you slept for eight hours or more? If you are working multiple jobs, getting quality sleep is something that you might long for. If you happen to be on leave from work, take the chance to sleep for at least eight hours. Getting enough rest will alleviate your mind and body from all the stress that you have been through at work.

    Lastly, use your vacation time to do something that interests you. Do you have specific plans that were put on hold because of your busy schedule? Would you like to do some volunteer work? Learn a new skill or hobby? Clean and declutter your entire home? Do not worry, because you can do all of the things that you wish as long as you maximise your vacation time.     


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    Every parent wants to protect their children from all the evil that exists in the world. However, psychologists warn about the dangers of shielding your kids from this essential part of real life. Therefore, if you truly want your children to grow up strong and able to overcome any challenges that might be in their future, you should teach them about the dark side of humanity as well. Museums will be a great help through this.

    Note that if you can’t visit the exact museums listed below, use them as your guide to the type of place you should include in this kind of educational program for your kids. There are museums and memorials commemorating the same or similar events all over the world.

    9/11 Memorial & Museum

    The 9/11 Memorial & Museum is a place of such incredible sadness, you feel it just standing by it. And yet, visiting it is a must if you want to teach your children about one of the biggest horrors of the world that exist today, which is terrorism.

    This visit can be a lesson on why we should do everything within our power to stop violence everywhere. Seeing the aftermath of a tragedy it causes is sure to leave an impact much stronger than anything your kids will earn in classes.

    Auschwitz Museum

    There is no easy way to tell your children that human beings are capable of unspeakable horrors. That’s why using the help of experienced guides in the Auschwitz Museum might be the best choice for this particular lesson. This museum offers tours and lessons about the Holocaust for every age. Therefore, you can make sure that your children learn about this horrific page in history without getting traumatized for life.

    Also, you should join them on this tour and, if necessary, ask the guides for advice. This will help you answer questions your kids might have after this visit.

    Telling your children about genocide and torture might seem too cruel. However, it’s much better that your kids know that those capable of doing this exist. Yes, this might make them wary, but it’s an essential lesson for teaching caution. Children who live in a protected bubble of love are those most at risk of getting hurt when they step out into the adult world. Lessons like this will help prevent this because your kids will know what might lie out there.

    Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration and Tenement Museum

    Immigration is not an easy topic to talk about, but it’s an important thing for children to know, especially now when meeting refugees is an everyday occurrence. Also, it’s important to note that the number of hate crimes, against refugees in particular, has been growing. Educating your children about other cultures and how they integrate with yours is important to help stop these crimes.

    Showing them how immigrants were treated back at the beginning of the 20th century is an important educational experience. During the tour of the Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration, your kids will learn that 12 million people were processed on this island before they were granted permission to enter the US. Today, nearly half of the US population can trace their roots to these immigrants.  Seeing that the immigrants, who were often refugees, of yesterday are our ancestors should help children see that the poor treatment that the refugees of today receive is wrong.

    You can continue the lesson on the hardships of immigration in the Tenement Museum, a place that shows a glimpse of how immigrants lived. There your children will see some authentic apartments with the items from those times well-preserved and exhibited in the rooms. The place is, of course, much cleaner and well-cared for than it used to be, but kids have good imagination and they should be able to imagine how those tiny apartments looked when they were packed with people.


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    The leg of the Italian boot (from Campania up) tends to get the lion’s share of the attention. Travellers flock to the Amalfi Coast to drive its winding cliff-side roads and soak in its dramatic Tyrrhenian coastline. They line up to take pictures of the Leaning Tower of Pisa, framed as though they’re propping it up by sheer strength. They tour Rome’s Colosseum, Florence’s Uffizi Gallery and the fashion districts of Milan. 

    Those are all fascinating trips, to be sure. But what about the toe, that less-travelled region of Italy? For those looking to expand their Italian purview — and nab a five-star travel deal for an affordable price, head to Calabria. The region is relatively untouched by other tourists, and if you book through Travelzoo’s last minute vacations the overall price is surprisingly accessible. 

    Every bit as beautiful as its northerly counterparts, Calabria is the perfect last-minute getaway if you’re looking for a unique Italian experience. Here’s what to know before you go, as well as a few places of interest. 

    What to Know

    Calabria is a region of extremes: its rocky, olive-covered hills give way to a dramatic, sandy coastline, with easy access to the emerald blue Mediterranean. Its punchy, spicy food is tempered with freshly baked breads and brawny red wines. Its cities are at once characterful in their crumbling architecture and alive with the chatter of cafes and trattorias. 

    The best way to travel here is through a last minute deal with Travelzoo, which often posts package deals to the South of Italy that include multi-room accommodation for a fraction of the price you’d pay on the Amalfi Coast. And since Air Italia touched down in Canada, flights to the Italian South are becoming increasingly common and affordable. 

    Once in Calabria, the train is a fantastic mode of transport, affording you unspoiled views of the countryside. Typical Calabrian itineraries feature lounging on the beach (the Tyrrhenian side has more to offer in terms of beaches) and exploring the historic city centers of the region. 

    Where to Go

    It’s hard to travel in Calabria and not stumble upon somewhere beautiful and overlooked. To maximize your beachside enjoyment and small town charm, however, here are a few top picks for Calabria: 

    • Tropea – if Calabria has a “tourist spot” it’s likely Tropea, although those tourists are still inordinately Italian. Famous for its cliff-top castle, world-class beaches and eponymous red onion (which features heavily in local dishes), Tropea is a perfect spot for the two most popular Italian pastimes: relaxing and eating.  
    • Reggio Calabria – If you’re looking to book a Travelzoo package to Sicily, this is your perfect Calabrian tie-in. A quick boat trip from the Sicilian port of Messina, Reggio Calabria has all the rugged charms of the Sicilian seaside, with fewer tourists. Come for its beaches, but stay for its blend of Greek, Venetian and Neoclassical architecture. 
    • Cosenza – Head inland, and you’ll find one of Calabria’s most exciting cultural hubs, Cosenza. Alternatively held throughout history by the Lombards, the Normans, the Spanish, and a laundry list of other empires, Cosenza bears marks of its rich history everywhere, from its varied architecture, fascinating museums and distinctive cuisine. 

    Get inspired to see the Italy less travelled. Score a luxury, last-minute package deal on Travelzoo for an affordable price, and explore the lesser-seen toe of this beautiful country. 


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    January is a time to make those major life decisions, and if moving to another state or country is on your to-do list for 2020, then you are probably in the process of organizing for moving companies, schools for your kids, looking for a new job, etc.

    All this might be overwhelming to you as a parent, but it can be worse for the children. 

    Most people think that moving is particularly difficult for older high school students who are already asserting their identities or forming meaningful relationships. This is true because teens or older children enjoy stability and permanence.

    However, although younger children may seem more flexible, they could also suffer from a move and have major readjustments to make.

    Although children thrive on routines and familiarity, in today’s volatile economy, job loss, transfers, and promotions, moving to another state or country may be inevitable at times. It’s your duty as a parent to ensure that your decision to move does not have a long-lasting impact on your kids.

    The following tips will make moving less stressful for you and your kids.

    Discuss the Move With the Kids

    It doesn’t matter why you are shifting; you need to prepare your kids for the move by talking about it.

    Don’t wait until the last minute to break the news. According to experts, how you handle the time leading to the move has an impact on how your kids adapt.

    For young kids and preschoolers, calmly break the news at least a month earlier. This will give them enough time to process the news but not enough to ruminate on the expected changes. Answer all their questions truthfully and be ready for both negative and positive reactions.

    Remember, even if the move means a good life for your family, kids may not always see it that way and may concentrate on the frightening aspects of the move.

    The best way to prepare for a move is by making your kids a part of the process. You can involve them in the planning, house or school-hunting, etc. The goal here is to make them ‘own’ the move. Whenever possible, take your children to visit the new house/explore the new neighborhood.

    Getting Ready to Move With Toddlers and Preschoolers

    Younger kids may find it easy to move and adapt to a new environment since they may not be fully understanding what’s happening. However, this doesn’t mean that they won’t notice strange people, items, etc. 

    The following tips can make it easier for them to adapt. 

    • Avoid making rapid changes in their sleeping environment. For instance, it would be unwise to get rid of their old bedroom furniture. Try also to arrange their furniture in a similar way as they were in their old bedroom. This will provide a sense of familiarity and comfort.
    • Don’t make other major changes immediately after the move. This is not the time, for instance, to advance your toddler from a crib to a bed.
    • Have a babysitter to stay with your kid on a moving day – remember you will be busy attending to other important issues, so you need a responsible person to take care of your toddler.
    • When packing their items, e.g., toys, let them know that you are not throwing them away.

    Getting Ready to Move With School-Age Kids

    Although elementary school kids may be more receptive to a move, they still need help and guidance through the transition. According to some experts, summer is the best time to move for school going kids since their school calendar won’t be affected or disrupted. However, others argue that midyear is the best time to move since the kids will meet other children right away and start developing a relationship.

    Whatever time you move, ensure you know everything needed for the transfer. Some of the documents to carry include recent report cards/transcripts, medical records, and birth certificates.

    Getting Ready to Move With Teens

    Teens are always the most affected by a move. This is because they have already invested a lot in a friendship, personal goals, or a particular social group. In fact, your teen may already be in a romantic relationship. All these factors make it hard for teens to warm up to a move.

    Teens don’t want to feel controlled. It’s therefore crucial that you let your teens know that you respect their views and concerns. Let them understand why the move is important. This may also be an excellent time to talk about inevitable future changes, e.g., a new job or college. 

    If it is practical, plan a visit to your old home to let your kids meet up with old friends. If your kid was looking forward to a long-waited social event like homecoming or prom, see whether it’s viable to fly them back home.

    If your teen is already in the middle of something, let’s say an important school year, you might want to consider whether there is an option of leaving them behind with a trusted family member or a friend. When this is not an option, have a talk with your teen, hear them out, and explain why the family has to make a tough decision.

    What to Do After Moving

    Of course, you have so many things to attend to after the actual move. However, try as much as possible to get your kid’s bedroom in order before addressing other pressing matters, such as arranging the rest of the house.

    Although the move will have some effects on you too, try to maintain your regular meal and sleep pattern. This will help provide a sense of familiarity for the kids.

    For school-going children, try to meet their teachers as soon as possible. This will give you a chance to understand the changes that your kids are going through as they try to get comfortable in a new environment and school. If several weeks later, after the move, your kids are still experiencing serious challenges, it may be time to consult a family therapist.It is clear that a move can present many undesired effects. However, sometimes we just have to move. Finding a way to cope with these drastic life changes is key.


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    The experience of finding a suitable hotel can get a little tricky when you have a baby with you. There are specific kid-friendly hotels, but they are few and far between. Below, we discuss several ways that you can make a hotel stay more baby-friendly.

    Pack Light

    It is always advisable to pack just the necessities, so it does not feel like you are taking everything and the kitchen sink. When you only bring what you need, it means you have fewer items to keep track of too.

    However, do bring a couple of your baby’s favourite toys or books to keep them entertained. They need some home comforts to make the stay not so alien. Your baby is also less likely to be interested in your luggage when they have their toys to play with.

    Choose One Hotel for the Entire Trip

    Hotel-hopping can be a tiring process when you have a trip that lasts over several days. Try sticking to a single hotel where it is logistically possible to avoid having to deal with unpacking and repacking.

    Most babies also do not deal too well with unfamiliar places. So, your baby will appreciate staying in a room that they are growing familiar and feeling more secure with throughout your stay.

    Baby-proof the Room

    Remember that a baby’s eye level is a lot lower than an adult’s. Check the lower areas of the room for any possible hazards. baby might not be able to reach items on high tables, but they can easily crawl underneath and play with power outlets and more.

    Ensure that you have safeguards available to protect your baby from these hazards. You can also remove sharp items from the floor. You should do a quick scan of the room the moment you enter it. 

    Keep your baby in their carrier or on the bed until you are sure that the room is free of hazards.

    Request for Specific Amenities

    Try asking the hotel if they have bassinets available. You can always request for these ahead of time. While hiring a baby capsule is suitable when you are on the move for short periods, a bassinet or cot will be needed in order for your baby to have a sound sleep.

    A capsule is also useful when you need to transfer an infant around quickly from vehicle to hotel.

    Block Out the Noise

    Some baby’s are susceptible to noise, waking up to the slightest disturbances. When you are staying in a hotel, most sounds cannot be blocked out, especially when the walls are thin. 

    However, you can always minimise these noises. Try stuffing rolled towels along with the gaps on the floor or beneath the door.

    Latch the Hotel Room Door

    The last thing you would want is for your baby to wander out into the hallway or open the hotel room door wide when you are not paying attention. Keep the door double-locked and latch them whenever you are in the room. 

    Do the same for the balcony area if your room has one too. Better yet, keep the curtains to the balcony area closed and blocked with a couch also. Your baby will be less likely to enter the area by accident.

    Organise Your Room

    Keep your room well-organised. Set up a baby changing station, keep the clean clothes in a specified corner, and ensure that your valuables and essential documents are out of your baby’s reach.

    You will find that tasks can be carried out much faster when you have organised your hotel room. You are also reducing the chances of losing your valuables when you keep your belongings in order.


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    You’ve worked hard all year; you’ve scrimped and saved and done countless hours of research into your vacation destination, you and your family are incredibly excited, you have lots of activities planned and your itinerary is fit to burst! Sound familiar? There’s nothing more exciting than a family vacation but the idea of all your hard work and planning being ruined in an instant, thanks to the negligible actions of someone else, just doesn’t bear thinking about!

    Sadly, for some families, the nightmare of their family vacation being ruined is a reality. Having an exceptional attorney on your side will certainly make things a little better – if you’re looking for legal representation check out lawyers in Fort Lauderdale for personal injury now –  but what steps can you take to avoid getting injured on vacation? 

    Read on for some straightforward, vacation-saving tips! 

    Vehicle accidents 

    It’s great to have your own independence on holiday, and not be restricted to the resort you’ve booked for the duration. Whether you hire a car, minivan, moped or even take your own vehicle on holiday, vehicle accidents are one of the most common vacation incidents. Again, having a good personal injury lawyer on your side is ideal, but prevention is always better than cure! To avoid a traffic collision abroad, consider the following:

    • Conduct plenty of research into local driving practices and requirements
    • Know which side of the road to travel on
    • Make yourself familiar with local speed limits
    • Ensure you know the number for the emergency services

    Food poisoning 

    Food poisoning is enough to ruin any holiday. A simple meal at a local food outlet can seem harmless enough, but when food hygiene practices haven’t been followed, you’ll be the one left suffering. In order to avoid getting sick on holiday, check out these simple tips below:

    • Always wash your hands before eating
    • Only visit restaurants with a high food hygiene rating
    • Research venues online and check out the reviews
    • Ensure any food prep areas you can see are clean and that produce is stored correctly

    Slips and trips

    A simple trip or slip can result in a long-lasting injury, that might not just spoil your holiday but haunt you for months to come. From slipping in the hotel foyer to tripping on uneven footpaths, make sure any slip or trip you experience is discussed with your personal injury lawyer. You may be entitled to a claim. 

    • Be vigilant – watch out for warning signs, for wet floors or low ceilings
    • If an area is poorly lit, exercise caution
    • Remind your children – and yourself – not to run around the pool
    • When you arrive, inspect your hotel room for any potential hazards and inform the hotel staff

    Activities

    It’s great to have an itinerary that’s filled with activities. But to make sure everyone enjoys themselves and stays safe, consider the following guidelines:

    • Make sure all activities are conducted with qualified instructors
    • If activities are run by a third party, check their credentials and their safety record first
    • Ensure any equipment you’re given is in good working order and isn’t worn or old
    • Don’t travel without insurance! 

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