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Taking the Stress Out of Traveling with Kids

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It’s summer time! And with summertime come trips and family vacations. Spending long hours traveling in a car, on a plane, or another mode of transportation can be tiring on both parents and children. But, there are tricks to keeping kids engaged and not asking the typical, “Are we there yet?”

Keep the Activities Coming: Pack a travel bag full of games, puzzles, coloring books, stickers, and more to keep your kids occupied. If you are traveling for several hours, try handing out a new item once per hour. Take the travel bag a step further and create a small bag for each child. This bag can be a pencil pouch or something of a similar size and include items that are interesting to that child. Lastly, play family games along the way. Have printable road bingo or a road trip scavenger hunt. Another classic family game is the license plates game, where everyone competes to see how many different license plates they can find. When traveling by airplane, it can be hard to pack all of these items into your carry-on. Instead, try downloading kid-friendly apps with games and videos on your iPhone or iPad. This way, your children will stay engaged in an activity other than running up and down the aisles of the plane.

Pack a Snack Bag without Sweets: Kids will get hungry going from place to place. Be sure to have their favorite treats to ease their hunger and avoid the hangry mood (hungry plus angry). However, remember one thing: don’t include sweets. There is nothing worse than being in a public tourist attraction with a child having a sugar rush. Include in the bag savory treats like cheese cubes, pretzels, fruit, and veggies. Don’t forget water to drink!

Start a Travel Journal: Put an educational spin on your trip and have your kids start a travel journal. This travel journal can include drawings, lists, and stories about the interesting places you visit, food you eat, and the various activities you do. Also, collect postcards from the different places. With these postcards, you can either write a message on the back and mail them to yourself or include them in the journal. Another way to engage your kids in the travel journal is to give them a camera to take pictures. This child-friendly camera will allow kids to capture their favorite sites and what interests them. Types of cameras can include disposable or Polaroid.

Have a First-Aid Kit and a Clean-up Kit: When you are traveling with kids, anything can happen. Be prepared with a First-Aid kit and a clean-up kit for spills. In the First-Aid kit, include band aids, gauze pads, a digital thermometer, cold pack, sunscreen, bug spray, aloe vera, saline solution, antibacterial wipes, medicine, and anything else you would normally include. For the clean-up kit, put in antibacterial wipes, paper towels, small garbage bags, zip-lock bags, and extra clothing and diapers.

Plan Ahead: Plan your trip and make your reservations well in advance. Along with hotel and flight reservations, buy tickets for attractions ahead of time. In addition, plan out a schedule for your trip, including the various activities for each day. Check out the websites for the places you’ll visit, see the nearby restaurants, and other sites to help your trip go smoothly. However, one of the most important things to remember is to stay flexible! If you have one attraction planned for a day and end up doing something else, don’t worry! Don’t plan too much or too little. The ultimate goal of the trip is to have fun and make memories with your family. Also, have a plan of what you’re going to pack in regard to clothes for your kids. Have a to-do list and schedule of what needs to be done in the final days leading up to your trip.

Bring Your Child’s Must-need Items: Don’t forget to bring your child’s favorite stuffed animal, toy, or blanket—anything they normally carry around and need to have at home. These items will help kids feel safe and comfortable while exploring new surroundings. Plus, it might help prevent some emotional break-downs.

Traveling with kids can sometimes be stressful. However, use the tips above to ease that stress and create lasting family memories.

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Giant’s Causeway – Northern Ireland

  
Known as one of the most beautiful sights in Northern Ireland, Giant’s Causeway is made up of more than 40,000 interlocking basalt columns, which are a result of volcanic activity. However, people believe the site was a bridge built for giants.

Legend has it that Finn MacCool was an Irish giant, who was challenged to a fight by Scottish giant, Benandonner. MacCool accepted the duel and built the causeway to travel the North Channel to meet Benandonner.

As for the rest for the story, there are different versions. One states that MacCool defeated Benandonner. Another says he disguised himself as a baby and hid once he saw how big Benandonner was. Benandonner went looking for MacCool, but when he saw the baby’s size, he ran thinking the real MacCool must be even larger than him and destroyed the causeway.

However the legend ends, we can all agree on one thing – Giant’s Causeway is absolutely breathtaking and a must-see.

Some little known facts about the location are:

  1. It is located in County Antrim on the northeast coast of Northern Ireland.
  2. In 1987, it became a national nature reserve by the Department of the Environment for Northern Ireland.
  3. The column’s tops form stepping stones that lead from the cliff foot to under the sea.

 

 

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Rio de Janiero 


The 2016 Summer Olympics is finally here! Tonight, the games officially kick off in Rio de Janiero with the Opening Ceremonies.
Rio de Janiero is known for it’s beauty, history, and lively attitude. The city’s name means “River of January” in Portuguese and is one of the largest in Brazil. Before we watch the Olympians go for the gold, let’s take a deeper look into Rio de Janiero, Brazil.

When to Go:

Best Weather: March – June and Sept. – Nov.

Rainforest: June – Nov.

Caranval: Feb. – March

Food to Try:

Feijoada Stew

Vatapa

Chrrasco Barbecue

Sights and Activites: 

Enjoy the party of Caranval

Climb up the Christ the Redeemer Statue

Take a cable car to Sugarloaf Mountain

Relax on the beaches of Copacabana

Facts to Know:

Haggling is expected of street vendors.

At night, don’t travel in public transportation. The safest option is to call a taxi.

The crime rate is high in Rio de Janiero, keep valuable items, passports, and additional cash in a hotel safe. Traveling with fewer valuable items the better.

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The 4-Shoe Rule

When it comes to packing for a trip, I always follow an age old travel tip: pack only three pairs of shoes. Well, this piece of advice quickly failed me. I was in Charleston and it was pouring down rain. If you know Charleston in the rain, things can get a little muddy and messy, especially when you are wearing sandals and didn’t pack any closed toe shoes. Long story short, by the end of the day, my feet were a sight and I discovered this three shoe rule needs altering.

For each trip, I now pack one pair of:

  • Closed toe shoes (usually flats)
  • Tennis shoes
  • Flip-Flops
  • Something dressy (when it’s summer, this is where I use my sandals.)

We all have our travel mishaps, but trust me, the four shoe rule helps prevent them.

 

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A Southern Summer Roadtrip

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Before another summer wraps up, there is still time for one more roadtrip. What better destination than the South?

My perfect Southern summer roadtrip would include these 10 places:

  1. Charleston, South Carolina
  2. Savannah, Georgia
  3. New Orleans, Louisiana
  4. Fort Worth, Texas
  5. Nashville, Tennessee
  6. Williamsburg, Virginia
  7. Boone, North Carolina
  8. Orlando, Florida
  9. Tupelo, Mississippi
  10. Louisville, Kentucky

Over the next couple of weeks, I’ll introduce you to each spot and give you the insider tips.

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