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Back-To-School Sales to Mean Great Deals on Family Travel Gear

As the summer winds to a close, traveling parents start getting ready for the school routine to return. Travel may be the last thing on your mind as you start shopping for back-to-school clothes and checking off school supply lists. But as a frequent traveler, you should very much be thinking about your next vacation during the back-to-school …

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A Quick Tip to Save on Rental Car Additional Driver Fees

I hate paying extra rental car fees.  Rental car companies are undoubtedly even worse than the airlines when it comes to extra fees.  For family travelers, you can easily be hit with fees for car seat rental, additional drivers, dropping at a different location, navigation systems, and even electronic toll passes.  And we haven’t even …

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How Much Should You Push Your Children When You Travel?

One of the major reasons my husband and I travel with our kids is to broaden their horizons.  To do that, we have to encourage them to do things on trips that sometimes makes them a bit uncomfortable.  But there is always a question of degree.  How much is too much?  Knowing when to push your child …

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Top Tips for Spring Break Air Travel with Kids

Are you traveling by plane for spring break with babies, toddlers, or young children in tow? These five tips are essential for surviving and thriving during spring break air travel with kids. 1) Give yourself a little extra time at the airport. Just as with other holiday periods, airports will be crowded during peak spring break weeks, …

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Beating the Crowds While Traveling with Kids

One of my least favorite things about travel is crowds.  Pushing, shoving, line cutting, and feeling cramped and constrained at major tourist destinations can be maddening. My family just returned from a quick trip to Atlanta in the few days after Christmas, where we pretty much dealt with non-stop crowds.  While we still had lots of …

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Leaving the Kids Behind

Now that the newest addition to my family is not so new anymore, I recently had the chance to leave him at home and take not one — but two(!) — weekend trips without him.  One was for a bachelorette party of a friend in March and another was for a college reunion weekend with …

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Lessons Learned from Flying with Two Kids for the First Time

My husband and I just returned from our first flight with Baby #2, which was also our first trip with our entire family of four.  We took our 4 1/2 month old son and our almost 5 year old daughter to visit my grandmother in North Carolina to celebrate her 92nd birthday.  The trip turned …

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5 Tips for Organizing the Perfect Family Reunion

One of the major reasons I travel with my daughter is to visit family.  With my parents in Alabama, my sister and other relatives in North Carolina, and my husband’s extended family in Connecticut, we cross the country often so that my daughter can have real relationships with these large but close-knit groups of people. …

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