Family Travel Tips To Save Money and Your Sanity

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When traveling with kids, some advance planning will go a long way to ensuring you and your family enjoy the trip getting to and returning from your destination. A long plane ride might never be the best way to spend several hours, but there are steps you can take to make them more enjoyable. We also have tips on finding the best hotel that won’t break the bank.AirplaneConquering the skies or rails when traveling with the family:

  • Bring pleny of food with you. You may be stuck on the runway for a long time. Even if there is food on board, it may be outrageoulsly priced and not want your kids want to eat. Don’t bring liquids, but nothing wrong with emplty bottles to fill up at the water fountain in the terminal after passing security. Pack a lot of protein-rich foods for both you and the kids to be sure nobody has a hunger crash.
  • Pack all of your essentials in your carry-on luggage. You need enough diapers, extra clothes, and medicine to last through an unexpected layover or a two-hour delay on the tarmac.
  • Let kids pack their own toy backpack (within reason) so they have some good distractions, but make sure they separate  gels,creams, toothpaste and any liquids in a separate plastic bag.
  • During longer layovers, try to find a wing of a terminal that isn’t busy. Your kids can run races on the carpet or you can play their favorite movie.
  • Make sure the kids electronic games, ipods,cell phones and laptops are fully charges the night before.

Hotel SignFinding the right hotel for your family:

  • Vacation rentals offer more room for yourl toddlers to run around, and kitchens  for  picky eaters to buy and cook their own food.
  • Two adjoining rooms are often a better deal than a suite, and can give older kids the excitement of having their “own room.”
  • Theme parks such as DisneyWorld offer hotel rooms nearby for any budget. Book the Walt Disney World  Royal Plaza for less than $80 a night!
  • Plan in advance for peace of mind and quality rates!  Many hotels are offering discounts for booking  21-days in  advance .. Also , many hotels are offering a third night at big discounts and sometimes  free. Pick a hotel with a kid-friendly pool. Many hotels have indoor pools if traveling in the winter.  Kids need exercise, and a good swim can get help them burn some energy after a long plane ride.

Robert B. Diener is the president and co-founder of Getaroom.com, a travel site specializing in offering travelers quality rooms at unadvertised values.

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Comments

  1. Maralea says:

    These are some really good tips! Patience is definitely a must :)

  2. Tammy S says:

    Great tips! I really like the idea of a vacation rental home. I like the idea of having more room and just being on our own.

  3. Heather Hayes Panjon says:

    Great Tips: I like to bring along alot of patience as well !:)

  4. Cynthia says:

    I always fret when traveling with my kiddos but these are GREAT tips! Thank you

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