4 Critical Tips To Prepare Your Kids For Your RV Trip

 

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As a mother, even if you’re looking forward to your next family RV road or camping trip, you’re most certainly not looking forward to preparing for that trip. And as the mom of the family, the bulk of the preparation may fall on you.

Here are four critical tips to prepare your kids for your RV trip:

1 – Have Them Pack One Bag Each

RV’s may come loaded with lots of storage space, but that doesn’t mean that space is limitless. Here’s a word of advice: give each of your kids a backpack, and tell them that they can bring whatever they want. But there’s just one condition: everything they bring has to be able to fit in that backpack. This will be one of the best things you can do to help save space.

2 – Bring Your Tablet

If you’ve got a long way to go to your planned destination, chances are pretty good that your kids are going to get bored along the way. To this end, keep your tablet(s) fully charged before the trip so they can keep themselves entertained during the long drive. Have games and movies ready to go, and plan your trip accordingly so you can re-charge the devices during stops.

3 – Brace Yourself For Rainy Days

Even if the weather forecast is bright and sunny for the week of your RV vacation, you must still prepare yourself for a rainy day.

To this end, bring proper rain gear and a variety of indoor games and activities to keep your kids entertained while it’s raining outside. Sticker books, card games, crafts, crayons and paper, and so on will be the usual suspects. At the same time, only you know your kids, so bring what yu think is appropriate.

4 – Give Your Kids Responsibilities

Even though preparing for an RV trip is likely going to be stressful for you, it will be the direct opposite for your kids. Not only will they be excited at the thought of the future trip, they can also have fun helping you get ready for it to.

This is why you will want to keep them involved in the planning process somehow, and the best way to do this is ultimately to give them responsibilities such as giving them tasks to do before and during the trip, going shopping for food with them (and allowing them to pick food items), and sitting down around the dinner table to plan out the trip together as a family.

Also ask your kids for their input on places they would like to visit the most, and they should be more than willing to tell you want they think.

Getting Ready For Your RV Trip 

What’s important to remember when preparing for your RV trip is to keep your kids fully involved in the process with what you pack, what you eat, what you’ll do, and so on.

 

 

 

 

 

Anne

I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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4 Money Saving Tips for Your Next Trip to Mykonos

4 Money Saving Tips for Your Next Trip to Mykonos

There is a big misconception about the Greek island of Mykonos. Many travellers believe that traveling to Mykonos, or other Greek islands and destinations, is expensive. The island does offer a lot of luxury amenities, allowing you to enjoy the best of Mykonos is style and comfort. That said, you can also travel to Mykonos on a budget.

You can plan the trip better and do things a certain way to keep your trip to Mykonos within budget. Traveling on a budget doesn’t mean skimping or sacrificing a few conveniences either. To help you get started, here are four tips that will help you save money on your next trip to Mykonos.

Travel Off-Season

As one of the most popular package holiday destinations in the world, Mykonos can be very crowded during the high season. Thousands of travellers visit the island every day. Beaches are crowded and you will see a steep increase in hotel prices and transportation costs.

You can avoid that steep increase by traveling offseason. You don’t have to share the beaches and holiday attractions with as many tourists, which means you can enjoy the island better. You will also be able to enjoy a more relaxed ambience rather than a fast-paced one.

To make it even better, you can still sample the perfect weather of Mykonos, even when you’re traveling off-season. The period between May and June is the best time to be on the island without paying double the prices.

Book Mykonos Villas

There is no shortage of hotels on the island. You can find a hotel regardless of your travel budget, including 2-star budget accommodations and holiday rentals. To enjoy the best of Mykonos while saving money, however, you want to stay in one of the best Mykonos villas that the island has to offer.

Villas come with extra amenities that you will not get from hotels. The addition of a kitchen and a swimming pool, for example, will certainly make your stay more enjoyable; the kitchen will also allow you to prepare meals more conveniently, allowing you to save even more.

There are discounts and special offers on Mykonos villas and you can now book the villa of your choice online just as easily. You can save more on your accommodation when you’re traveling with friends.

Know Where to Eat

Knowing where and what to eat will make a big difference. Most restaurants with a view charge more for their foods and drinks; what you’re really paying for is the view those restaurants provide and not necessarily better, more delicious meals.

Aside from restaurants and bars, you can also save by opting for street snacks. Here’s another secret that will help you save a lot of money on your next trip to Mykonos: gyros. Gyros are only a few Euros, but it is more than enough to keep you full for the day.

Travel Overnight

One of the things you can do when visiting Mykonos is visiting other Greek islands in the area. You can also visit mainland Greece and spend a few days there. The only problem is that the inter-island ferries can be expensive, particularly when you buy your tickets on the spot.

Book your ferries early and you can take advantage of the lower prices; you can book online, so getting tickets and enjoying discounts of up to 25% is indeed very easy to do. Compare schedules and you will also notice that traveling overnight is much, MUCH cheaper.

These are four tips you can use without a problem, but they are tips that will help you save a lot on your next trip to Mykonos. Since you don’t have to sacrifice comfort or convenience to save money, there is no reason why you shouldn’t use these tips and have a blast.

Anne

I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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Four Ways to Have a Family Fun Blast in Miami

Four Ways to Have a Family Fun Blast in Miami

There isn’t any question that Miami would be a family-friendly vacation as it gets 3,200 hours of sunshine every year. It is a southern state, and the winters are also pretty mild. All you have to do is rent an RV, park by the beach and have a sandy blast. If you’re looking for other family-friendly fun ideas in Miami, continue reading to learn more.

Picnic at the beach

With your RV, you have your home with you wherever you go–even at the beach. Yet, it’s nice to get outside and soak in the rays. Plus, it’s always fun to splash around in the water. Well, you can do just that. Pack up a family picnic, and enjoy the Atlantic Ocean.

You’ll get miles of shoreline with plenty of activities; you won’t know where to start. Several popular beaches include Sunny Isles Beach and Surfside. If your family is feeling adventurous, consider Crandon Park Beach, Matheson Hammock Beach or even Oleta River State Park Beach.

Fun activities include kiteboarding, kayaking and canoeing. If you have teens in tow, take them to the hustle and bustle of South Beach and the Art Deco District for fabulous architecture, people watching and mouth-watering food.

Head indoors

If you’re on a budget, and most families are, then you’ll be happy to know that there are many free places to visit that will provide a lifetime of memories. For an interactive experience, check out the Miami Children’s Museum.

While at the museum, you can even walk into a cruise ship that includes a 32-foot wall. Kids can get a detailed overview of the inner workings of a cruise ship and learn some interesting tidbits about the sea. Other experiences in the museum include a Veterinary Clinic where your children can experience what it’s like to own and care for a pet. If they want an adrenaline rush, they can climb Mt. Michimu.

Gold Coast Railroad Museum

Another inexpensive place to visit is the Gold Coast Railroad Museum. And, this place is a joy for locomotive lovers of all ages. You can take a self-walking tour to view vintage collections of locomotives. You can even take rides on various model trains.

And, you can get into the real operating cab of a train with an engineer. You’ll also learn of the significance of trains in Florida. The best part is admission is free the first Saturday of every month from 11am-4pm.

Jungle Island

This attraction is a must-see for families as you get first-hand experience of jungle life. It is located between downtown Miami and South Beach. This zoological park was also first opened in 1936. It offers free animal encounters and fantastic photo ops.

Children will also enjoy the interactive exhibits such as “Kangaroo Konnection,” the Tortoise Exhibit and the Petting Barn. For an additional fee you can also get a close-up experience with sloths or lemurs. What’s not to love?

In conclusion

Miami is more than just beaches and beautiful people—the city is a true family-friendly powerhouse. Don’t forget to rent your RV, and you are set for the time of your lives.

Anne

I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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First Responders receive FREE Admission to Busch Gardens Tampa from Oct. 11th till Nov. 24th

FLORIDA’S FIRST RESPONDERS RECEIVE FREE ADMISSION TO BUSCH GARDENS TAMPA BAY

 

“Thank You” Offer for First Responders Good from October 11th to November 24th

 

Busch Gardens® Tampa Bay is honoring Florida first responders through November. From October 11th to November 24th, first responders will receive free admission to Busch Gardens, and four discounted tickets for friends and family at 50% off the regular ticket price.

 

“A first responder’s mission is to selflessly protect us each day, and this special offer is a small way to show our appreciation of their dedication to the communities they call home,” said Stewart Clark, president and general manager of Busch Gardens Tampa Bay.

 

Qualifying first responders include:

  • All Florida fire rescue first responders
  • Florida emergency medical services employees (EMT/EMS)
  • 911 dispatchers
  • All Florida police and sheriff officers
  • Florida Highway Patrol
  • Florida Department of Corrections
  • Florida Department of Law Enforcement
  • Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission field officers
  • Florida Forest Service Forest Rangers
  • Florida Park Service law enforcement
  • Department of Homeland Security law enforcement agents
  • Florida Department of Environmental Protection law enforcement

 

Qualifying first responders should visit buschgardenstampa.com for more information and register using the ID.me verification system. 911 operators must take advantage of the First Responder offer at the front gate. Tickets must be used by November 24th. Restrictions apply.

 

Members of the United States military and the National Guard can take advantage of the Waves of Honor® program, which provides free admission to the SeaWorld® and Busch Gardens® parks, and Sesame Place® for active members of U.S. armed forces and as many as three direct dependents per service member.

 

Be the first to know about new events, special deals and future announcements by following @buschgardens on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snap Chat.

 

 

Marijean

My name is MJ. I have two wonderful children and work part time as well as volunteer at my children's school.

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4 Reasons to Visit Canada in the Summer

When you see pictures of Canada, they are normally ones with snow covered mountain tops which evoke that winter feeling. Yes, Canada is a popular place for travelers to visit in winter, but the fun doesn’t stop once spring rolls around. In fact, it is a year-round destination that has plenty to offer whenever you decide to land in this diverse, enticing country.

With that said, and as the title spotlights, this article will be focusing specifically on the summertime in Canada. After all, it is the direct opposite of winter – so it is the ideal way of pointing out why the country isn’t just a one-off seasonal stop each year. Read on for four reasons to visit Canada in the summer.

Warmer weather for exploring 

Firstly, it is important to start with the most obvious aspect of visiting in the summer: the warm weather. While Canada is a popular place to visit in winter, that doesn’t mean every traveler is comfortable with going on holiday during cold temperatures and snowy conditions. If you are in that situation, going during the summer is the perfect solution – the snow might not be so prominent (you’ll still find it atop the most elevated mountains), but everything else that makes Canada so special remains.

Countless things to do

UNESCO World Heritage sites, 42 national parks, museums, wide-open spaces ripe for exploring, wildlife to observe – there’s so much to do in Canada, that you will probably regret not booking a longer trip! As for summer-specific things, you obviously have the chance to participate in more outdoor activities. While hiking is still possible during the winter, the summer allows you to do things like biking, rafting and playing a round of golf in comfort.

Affordable prices 

Perhaps surprisingly, Canada is a country that is amongst one of the most inexpensive places to visit on the planet. Sadly that doesn’t include airfare if you are traveling long distance, but the price of entering attractions, going to festivals, and so on is usually an inexpensive affair.

Plus if you are keeping a close eye on your finances, why not book a self-catering accommodation option like Tremblant Sunstar in Mont-Tremblant? That way you can cook in your very own kitchen, helping to avoid eating out for every meal during your journey. If you’re traveling across the country, the option of camping is also a possibility – which is not something that would be all that viable during those freezing winter conditions.

Summer festivals

During the summer months, there are plenty of Canadian festivals to choose from. Of course, festivals rarely pop up during the winter months, however, when the sun and warm arrives so does the music, art and culture.

When it comes to these annual festivals and events, there are many of them that are suited for visitors of all types. This is an ideal point if you’re traveling as a family. Plus these shows and celebrations are diverse in what they offer, with everything from the well-known Montebello Rockfest music extravaganza to Freezer Burn – the latter being a Burning Man-sanctioned, artistic expression of freedom.

 

Marijean

My name is MJ. I have two wonderful children and work part time as well as volunteer at my children's school.

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