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Planning the Family Trip

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Challenge #3: Itinerary Planning

Whether you’re traveling to new places, or just to see in-laws or outlaws, Itinerary planning is important.

It’s usually important to have a general idea of where you want to go and what you want to do. It take time and effort to travel, and you don’t want to miss out on something you otherwise would have loved.

With online reviews, travel guides and articles, vacation promotions, different travel requirements and restrictions (depending on your destination), it’s easy to get overwhelmed to the point of considering not going at all.

Also, you don’t want to over-plan and miss out on some spontaneous adventure.

Some Thoughts for Itinerary Planning

Itinerary planning is a fine art.

Not enough and you can waste hours organize a day of activities. Too much and you might miss out on something wonderful and unplanned. Try to find a happy middle that is comfortable to you.

Prepare by knowing something about where you’re going. And don’t forget to consider everyone traveling with you. Children can sometimes slow down pace and keep you from doing certain activities, but the kind of relationship building you do with them by bringing them along is almost always worth all the sacrifices.

Here are a few planning ideas that might help:  

– Read Blog Posts

Blog posts can be a great way to get lots of very useful information in a (usually) brief format. Plus, you’re usually getting information from people who have experienced it.

– Buy a Travel Guide

Even in the digital age, travel guides are great for planning an itinerary.

They give you all the must see attractions of a place, as well as recommendations for where to stay and what to eat. If your visiting someplace new, take one with you. Don’t follow all the recommendations, but discover and find out what tips are valuable.

  • Leverage the Power of Online Communities:

Online communities are your best friend when you’re planning an itinerary.

They’re great places to ask questions about your plans. You can ask advice on where to go, for tips on what to see and/or for insider info on what the country’s really like. You can find honest answers to anything.

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Traveling With Kids

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Getting ready for a road trip with kids and “other” family members.

Challenge #2: Long Plane and Car Rides

Kids get bored. Fast. And for children, there’s not many more dreadful experiences than being strapped in a seatbelt for long trips by car or plane.  planning is important. As compensation, you can feel like you packing up enough stuff to outfit a regiment. But some careful planning and forethought can help streamline the “what to pack” list and keep kids in a happy frame of mind during long journeys.

Smart Packing for Long Plane and Car Rides with Children

Here is a brief list some time-tested items to be sure to include when planning for long trips with children.

Snacks: We all get hungry. But children have a much harder time when they need to eat. Try to include snacks that won’t melt and won’t be a huge problem if they get spilled. Healthy snack bars, natural dried fruit, goldfish crackers, and so on. Each child is different, but a sufficient supply of snacks for the journey is planning priority number 1.

Jacket or Blanket: Planes get cold. And in a car a soft scarf or blanket can also make a great pillow.

Hand Sanitizer/Anti-Bacterial: Keep your and your children’s hands clean, and you have much less chance of dealing with a cold or sickness during your travel.

Book/iPad/Movies: When children can engage and stay busy, they don’t think about the long travel time.

Some Fun Activities You Can Do Together: A small puzzle, some riddle games, word scrambles. Whatever your kids like, there’s more than likely a convenient travel size version.

Motioneaze: There’s nothing worse than seeing your kid feeling sick, especially when you travel is meant to be fun and exciting. Motioneaze is an all-natural remedy for motion sickness that begins to work in the first five minutes. There are no side effects and it’s doctor recommended and approved.

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Travel Planning for Families: Traveling with Kids

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There’s no right or wrong way to plan a trip.

Sometimes, a little planning goes a long way, and offers more opportunity for discovery and explanation.

In other cases, and particularly if you are traveling with children/as a family, a fairly detailed itinerary is a much better recipe for vacation enjoyment and success.

For as many styles of travel you can imagine (nomadic wanderers, cruise lovers, family adventurers, cultural education seekers, there are methods of planning the trip.

No matter how you approach it, travel planning includes challenges. And if you travel with children, then you face additional challenges in planning to ensure the entire family enjoys the experience.

Over the next few weeks, we’re identifying and exploring some challenges in travel planning, and how you can overcome them to create your best travel experiences.

This week, we start with the challenge of planning travel with children.

Challenge #1: Traveling With Kids

Kids are people, too, and they run at their own pace. They have different eating, sleeping, playing, and resting needs than adults. And strenuous travel (long car or plane rides, extreme weather, unfamiliar places) can be a good deal more stressful to children than adults. What may be a small inconvenience for you can cause total meltdown for a child. Then again, sometimes it’s the opposite.

Either way, a bit of additional planning goes a long way in creating amazing travel experiences with your family.

Traveling with children requires a good deal of additional physical and emotional preparation

General Planning Tips for Traveling With Kids

First and always, prepare! Search and read books and articles and blog posts about your destination. Play educational games to learn about what you’ll be doing. And talk openly with children about the excitement and challenges that your trip may present. The more you can help kids understand about what they will be experiencing during the trip–and the farther in advance–gives them better tools to think about, and get excited about, the experience.

Maybe it’s a countdown to visiting a favorite relative or destination, or including them in the conversation about where you want to go and what highlights you hope to see. However you approach planning your travel, make it your own and make sure to include the children.

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What Do I Need to Know Before Booking a Cruise?

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Going on a cruise can be very enticing. You’ll find there is so much delicious food, gorgeous locations, lots of fun activities on the ship from music to water slides, but if you’ve never been before, you probably don’t even know where to start.

What do I do first?

First decide which kind of cruise you want to go on? There are all sorts of cruises types and locations. It’s best to decide what you want first and then find a deal on that kind of cruise. There are mainstream big ships, river ships, family cruises, single cruises, luxury trips, value trips, sailing cruises, and everything in between. Cruise lines go to the Caribbean, Africa, the Mediterranean, South America, Alaska and almost anywhere you find water. Choose the type of location and level of service that you think would be the best match for you and your travel companions.

What’s included and what’s not?

Typically, your airfare is not included. Most cruise lines include the buffet in the main dining hall for food and casual beverages (like water, coffee, lemonade, etc.), your room, the swimming area, and some type of live entertainment. They usually charge extra for alcohol, gambling and spa treatments. They also charge for laundry, dry cleaning, internet, and convenience items that you may have forgotten to pack. Also, you should plan on paying for most everything on the visits to ports along the way.

When is the best time to book a cruise?           

It depends on the location, but generally you can get a great price if you book between Thanksgiving and Christmas, because that’s a low travel time. Additionally, it’s a great idea to get on the newsletter list of your favorite cruise lines so you’ll know when the specials are about to start.

What to pack?

There are plenty of small items you’ll want to remember including, your passport, a day bag for shore excursions, portable chargers, and a swim suit or two. Obviously, take into consideration the weather of the locations you are going to visit. Also, you will want to review the itinerary for your cruise ships, some of the night time entertainment has a strict dress code and you’ll want to have nice clothes for those events. Also, be sure to pack any convenience items you might need. Even meds for a headache are expensive aboard a ship.

How do I know if I chose a good cruise line?

Don’t choose just on great vacation deal, be sure to check cruise reviews and ask people you know who are frequent cruisers. They will give you the real story.

After that, just don’t forget the Motioneaze for happy, side-effect free, traveling so you can relax and enjoy your trip! You might even decide that this is cruise thing is your new go-to plan for vacation.

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Tips for How to Entertain Little Kids on a Plane

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You dream of a family vacation that everyone will love, but in your heart you dread taking those little ones on the plane. Will they cry out loudly? Will they be able to sit still for hours? Here are some tried and true tips for traveling on a plane with young children.

  1. Lots of Snacks – Zipper bags can be your friend. You can’t really overdo it in the snack department, because you can always use the extra snacks once you reach your destination and sometimes, snacks are the one thing that save you from distraught child. Salty snacks, sweet snacks, even healthy snacks (if you have an insulated container and some lunch freezer packs this can be easy). When thinking healthy snacks, think travel friendly like carrots and apple slices that are prepared so they don’t turn brown. (Warning: Do not bring fruit to an Intl destination. You could get served with a big fine.)
  2. Dollar Store – Toys that you bring on your trip do not have to be expensive. Picking out toys ahead of time that you think you kids will love and that they’ve never seen before (hide them away before the trip) can be just the thing to tide them over. And if your kids accidentally lose the dollar store toys or break them, there is no stress for mom and dad.
  3.  Devices – A plane ride may not be the best time to avoid too many hours of screen time. Save that for your destination. Some airlines may even have some Wifi options that may help. Southwest, for instance, has free Wifi TV available on your own devices, including Disney channel. You can also pre-load all their devices with downloaded shows from Netflix or paid sources. Don’t forget the earphones!
  4. Special Options – Here are a few suggestions when you need a little something extra to keep them entertained: Reusable Sticker Pads, Boogie Board Writing Tablet, Magnetic Toy Tin, Tape Activity Book, and a plastic ring chain for babies. And then, what about a Plan C? Sometimes you need to hide something extra special away that you use when you get super desperate. Don’t tell their dentist, but a Dum Dum sucker in their mouth might be just the thing to hide away, just in case your child gets over-tired and very loud.
  5. Something for their Ears – Kids can sometimes be in pain with the air pressure changes when the plane takes off or lands. Try to help them yawn to pop the pressure in their ears. Otherwise a sippy cup or baby bottle to drink from can sometimes be the only thing that helps, unless they are old enough to chew some gum. Planning on bringing something that will help. This will ease the stress when they are in pain.

Taking a long plane ride or one with several legs can be intimidating with little kids, but getting away to a fun destination or to see family is so worth it. Also, to reduce stress, don’t forget to bring a small bottle of all-natural Motioneaze to help relieve any motion sickness in just a few minutes. Happy traveling!

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5 All-Natural Items to Relieve Motion Sickness

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Keep These Essentials on Hand to Prevent Dizziness and Nausea

Staying on top of your motion sickness can feel like a full-time job. You never know when getting in the car, going up the elevator, or even the uneven camera at the movie theater might lead to feelings of dizziness, nausea and lightheadedness. But you can relieve your symptoms quickly if you carry some of these personal care items with you at all times. This list is medication free and are additional helps that can help you avoid motion sickness without any side effects.

 

Ginger Candies and Teas

Ginger root relieves nausea and your upset stomach quickly without the nasty side-effects that come with anti-nausea medication like fatigue and drowsiness. You can use ginger root gummies, hard candies, or even ginger root tea to relieve your symptoms naturally. The powerful flavor is also refreshing and energizing to help you focus on your work.

 

Bottled Water

Dehydration will only make your motion sickness worse. You don’t want to get stranded in a situation where you don’t have access to clean drinking water. Whether it’s a long car ride or a long hike through the woods, keep a bottle of water on hand to stay hydrated. If you feel your symptoms coming on, drink some water and you’ll likely start to feel better.

 

Motioneaze

This all-natural herbal supplement is designed to relieve your motion sickness symptoms in just a few minutes. It’s made with essential oils and herbs that take the sting out of motion sickness without the unwanted side-effects. Just put a few drops behind your ear and you’ll start to feel better in no time.

 

Peppermint Drops

Just like ginger root, peppermint can reduce your nausea naturally. And it comes with an energizing taste that’s sure to liven up your mood. From mints to peppermint drops, you can relieve your upset stomach quickly and without side-effects. Just keep a small tin of drops in your purse or bag and you’ll be able to get through the day without reeling in pain.

 

Acupressure

When you don’t have anything with you, you can always use acupressure to help relieve nausea symptoms. First, Position your hand so that your palm is facing you and your fingers are pointing up. Second, To find the P6 pressure point, place the first three fingers of your opposite hand across your wrist. Then, place your thumb on the point just below your index finger. You should feel two large tendons under your thumb. ​Third, Using your thumb or forefinger, press on this point in a circular motion for two to three minutes. The pressure should be firm but not to the point of causing discomfort. Lastly, repeat the process on your other wrist.

 

You might want to use a combination of these items when dealing with your motion sickness as some will may be more effective for you than others. You can pick up many of these items at your local pharmacy or health food store, or you can order a bottle of Motioneaze online. Grab one today to keep your symptoms in check.

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