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Family Vacations: Where to Stay, What to Do

There is a lot that goes into planning a trip with kiddos, and it often means sacrificing a brewery tour to stand in line for two hours to take a picture with Chewbacca or Princess Elsa.  But hey, that’s what we signed up for as parents. 

Family vacations are supposed to be fun, memorable and hopefully relaxing. But if you've traveled with kids, you know there are rare times of true relaxation besides when you are asleep!  So the question remains, how do you plan ahead to create an enjoyable, unforgettable experience for your family?  If you are successful, then just maybe you can revel in a little relaxation as well!

Hotels

  • Depending on where you are traveling, look for hotels with amenities such as pools and kids’ activities.  Pools provide a much needed outlet for kids...

Tips for Traveling with Kids

“Can We Come, Too?”

There is no doubt traveling with children can be stressful, especially infants and toddlers. There are times you feel like a Sherpa accompanying a caravan up Mt. Everest as you rush through the airport for that “quick” getaway up to Michigan from Texas to see grandma. It sounded like such a great idea when you hit the “complete purchase” button to buy the plane tickets… but now, here you are, rushing to the ticket counter carrying two huge car seats, a backpack, a diaper bag and an oversized suitcase you know will be over the 50lb limit, praying the flight is not delayed and your 5-year-old has to go to the bathroom…….

The other night at dinner I asked my wife and kids what their favorite family trip was. Believe it or not, my 9-year-old son said his was the trip to Texas I just mentioned. Not because he enjoyed watching his dad train for a second career as a...