Family Road Trip Tips & Activities

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Global Travel Network - road tip tips“Are we there yet?” is that age old question that are inevitable in family road trips. Ways to lower the chances of hearing it though do exist. The main key is to prepare before the road trip, then you will be ready with multiple options to keep the kids occupied.

Of course preparing an activity bag to help keep the kids occupied is dependant upon their age group. And who knows your children better than you do? Choosing activities, snacks, etc. by using their favorite things will make this task so much easier. For instance if your child hates to write, do not plan writing games, or at least only include one writing game along with other games your child would enjoy more.

Playing the “License Plate” game is always a good option, because it can take up a lot of time. You can also make a lot of variations upon this game. The original version is to write down the name of each state as you spot it on the passing car license plates, and try to get every state written down first. A few variations of this game include:

1)  Choosing only states from a particular region of the country.
2)  States that start with a particular letter or set of letters
3)  States that end with a particular letter or set of letters

You can’t go on a road trip without “I Spy” and it is a game for all ages. It is so simple, one person says “I spy something _____” and they fill in the blank with a clue. Then each person takes a turn trying to guess what the person spy’s. Generations have been passing the time with this road trip game.

Older children like to play “Spot the Car” because of their growing interest in cars. You choose different types of cars to try to spot first.

Packing age appropriate activity books is always a good idea, because there are so many options. You can choose from crossword puzzles, mazes, dot to dot, word games, and many more.

With a little thoughtful planning and preparation your family road trips can be enjoyable for everyone.

Vacation Tips to Stretch Your Dining Dollars

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Vacation tips by Global Travel NetworkEating the local cuisine while on vacation is part of the fun of traveling, and can provide you with some great memories. Making simple meals in the hotel or condo to supplement your main meal outings can help conserve your vacation food budget.

Salads are always a good choice, because they are healthy, light, and very easy to obtain. They can usually be purchased ready to eat in a variety of options. Many times grocery stores offer single serving containers of dressing also. If not, most rooms now come with at least a small refirigerator so you can save leftovers and condiments.

Most hotel rooms have a microwave also, with most condos having full kitchens. A quick trip to the grocery store can provide snacks and easy meals. Pick up some things like microwave popcorn, mixed nuts, bananas, apples, oranges, and other fruits that are very easy to eat without utensils.

Nachos are very easy to make on paper plates with some chips, and cheese. You can also get small containers of onions, guacamole, bean dip, and some hot sauce to top them off.

There are lots of soups, pastas, veggies, and more that now come in microwavable containers for easy meals. Crackers, cookies, and chips with dip also make great snacks.

Sandwiches are great choices, grab some sub rolls, a few different types of meat, lettuce, and other veggies. Pair this with some chips and pickles for a simple, fulfilling meal. You can also visit the grocery store deli department.

If you have any specific dietary needs, make sure and bring any of those specific foods along with you.

HoneyDoo’s for a Stress Free Vacation

Global Travel NetworkVacationing should be a time for relaxation, not a time for stress which can arise if a few simple things are not taken care of at home before you leave on your trip. Things like broken water pipes, or even pests invading rotten food, can all make returning from your vacation a nightmare.

Things like leaving your heater on, are not enough of a precaution to prevent pipes from freezing. Something could happen to the heat, or even the power could go off. So it is always best to just turn off the water main then drain out the pipes.

Pouring some antifreeze in the toilet and any other place there is standing water can always help to divert a catastrophe. Make sure to flush the water before using the toilet when you return, and discard any other water that you placed antifreeze in. Handle the antifreeze treated water with care while preparing for vacation and discarding after vacation, because of the dangers associated with antifreeze.

Discard all perishables, in and out of the refrigerator. There is nothing worse than to come home and find a hole in the bread and mouse droppings that have to be cleaned up. Fresh vegetables and fruits will rot after a few days, so it is best to throw them out also. Carry out the trash with all those discarded perishables, so when you return they are not rotten, stinking and attracting pests.

Place clean sheets on your bed and clean towels in the bathroom before you leave, because you will really appreciate crawling into a bed with clean sheets the night you return home from your vacation. The crisp, clean sheets will provide that nice hotel feeling, bringing back pleasant memories of the trip you just experienced.