Showing posts with label family travel. Show all posts
Showing posts with label family travel. Show all posts

Jun 4, 2018

Travel Local - Kid-Friendly Family Travel To PA and NJ


Travel Local - Kid-Friendly Family Travel To PA and NJ(click to tweet)


We took a Friday off and took a trip slightly south to Philadelphia and New Jersey. We were looking to avoid a lot of the crowds, however, the weather didn't really help that as it was cloudy and rainy the entire weekend. And so a few people had the idea of taking their kids indoors for fun activities. However, according to some of the attendants at the venues, these were not the number of people they would expect on a May weekend.

May 28, 2018

Aruba Travel - Dutch Caribbean Island Restaurants Reviews


Aruba Travel - Dutch Caribbean Island Restaurants Reviews (click to tweet)

Second Go Family Travel to Aruba - Making Up The Experience - Story continued


Casa Tau
First night in Aruba we went out to check out the strip across the road from our hotel. It has a lot of restaurants and shops. We didn't have reservations so our plan was to go to a restaurant that is likely to not have too long of a wait and open space. Casa Tau was very close and fit the other requirements. It is a pizzeria that offers also pasta, sandwiches, are other fares.
The food was ok. We got a Margarita pizza, a pasta bowl, and garlic bread. Since we are from NY and likely spoiled by pizza selections, we did not like it. It was too overdone and had very few ingredients in it. Kiddo, however, loved the pasta and the pizza. Though not sure if it was the fact that she was very hungry after all day travel and swimming.
The service also was not that great at this restaurant. We had several waiters come up to us but they asked the same questions and still forgot our garlic bread. The atmosphere was casual, though as the restaurant is located right near a few of the larger hotels and on a corner, it was very loud there.
It did work well in our plan overall as it was an easy decision and got us some food after a long day of travel.
Hungry munchkin 

We got some gelato afterward in pretty much the first ice cream stand we saw. We got more selective in the later days as we discovered much better spots for a cold dessert. I got the stracciatella flavor, which is a mix of vanilla ice cream and chocolate chunks. Best of both worlds for me.

May 14, 2018

5 Gadgets To Help You Save Money On Family Vacation


Worried About Your Family Vacation Costs?
Here are Five Gadgets To Help You Save Money
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Guest post by Jane Isherwood, a freelance writer


With families consuming 80% of their vacation meals at restaurants, the high cost of having a family vacation doesn't come as a surprise. If you factor in aspects such as accommodation, transport, and emergency costs, families have no other choice but to start planning early for their getaways. While many people don’t have plans for investing in travel accessories in order to make room for other travel expenses, travel gadgets can actually save you money. With a few travel tips and the right choice of travel gadgets, you can effortlessly cut the cost of your family vacation.

Here are a few gadgets to help you reduce your vacation spending:

Jan 15, 2018

New York Top Ice Skating Rinks Guide


New York Top Ice Skating Rinks Guide




Wintertime is when ice skating becomes top of mind of some of the best activities to do while traveling to New York. There are many outdoor rinks around NYC. There are also quite a few indoor rinks as well where you can enjoy ice skating year round.

Most famous and probably one of the most sought by visitors to New York, is the rink at the Rockefeller Center. It is located right in the heart of Manhattan and in the middle of the Rockefeller Plaza. During the holidays there is a huge Christmas tree that overlooks the rink.


Your Guide to Skating at the Ice Rink in Rockefeller Center
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Second most famous ice rink in New York is the outdoor rink at Central Park.

Dec 21, 2017

Holiday Family Travel: Christmas Village And Holiday Lights


Holiday Family Travel: Christmas Village And Holiday Lights


As December rolled around so did we. Our first holiday family trip was to Lusscroft Farms. There we visited the Turner Mansion, where every room, even the bathrooms, were adorned with Christmas decor. There was also live music and a whole lot of Holiday accessories to purchase.

Oct 12, 2017

Family Trip with Kid to South Carolina and Georgia - Part 2


Family Combo Trip with Flight and Road Trip


Savannah

Oct 9, 2017

Family Trip with Kid to South Carolina and Georgia


Family Combo Trip with Flight and Road Trip


Recently we took advantage of some holidays and made our way down south. We visited Charleston in South Carolina and Savannah in Georgia.

Aug 31, 2017

Sunday Funday Travel: Made Light Boat House, Topped Of With Dim Sum


Family Travel





NY Hall Of Science
We have been to just about every children's museum in tri-state area. Now that the kiddo is a bit older, we decided to check out the Hall Of Science.
There were a lot of activities for her. Right off the bat we checked out some interactive light exhibits. You can manipulate and play with how the light is displayed and distorted. The disappointing part was that quite a few of the displays were not working. And that was a theme through out, unfortunately.

Jul 31, 2017

We Took A Trip To Bermuda And Came Back To Tell About It - Part 2

Our Cruise To Bermuda - Continued

Hamilton


After the beach went straight to the town of Hamilton. While we ended up having a good time, it was not the best idea. We were tired and hungry from the beach. If you are planning your day in Bermuda 🇧🇲 and traveling to Hamilton, I would suggest not doing what we did. We also got quite a sticker shock in Hamilton even for a New Yorker. Pizza at Portofinos - 10" was $30!!!! Insane. Bring snacks.
While we were strolling around, a street fair unfolded right in front of us. In a matter of minutes, there were food and shopping stands set up. It is called Harbor Night. And we lucked out since it was postponed from previous week due to weather.


Travel Tip: Drying stuff while it wet or not that warm outside. Put things on top of the mini fridge in the room. The top of it usually warm due to operating mechanics.

Jul 24, 2017

Summer Travel - Time To Hit The Beach

Summer Travel - Time To Hit The Beach (click to tweet)

Family Beach Trip

We hit our local beach for the first time this summer for a little staycation. The day was very sunny and dry. The water was surprisingly warmer than we expected. Even warmer than in Aruba.
We had our beach staple with us, the beach sports umbrella, to provide much need shade. Also, a new travel accessory to try out for the first time in the ocean, waterproof sports wallet.

Beach umbrella
Sport-Brella Portable All-Weather and Sun Umbrella


Jul 17, 2017

We Took A Trip To Bermuda And Came Back To Tell About It - Bermuda Cruise


Our Cruise To Bermuda

Cruise Carry-On Packing Cheat Sheet

We have not had a long vacation in almost a year. While we had many shorter trips, we have not been away for a full work week in a long time. We try to avoid this usually by taking at least two of such breaks during the year as it creates vacation-less monsters. :)
For this vacation, we ventured over to Bermuda and instead of flying there, which is quite expensive, we took a cruise on the Celebrity Summit ship. And don't call it a boat or Captain Kate will be on you. As she puts it "a boat is something you can put on the ship, but you cannot put a ship on a boat."
Captain Kate was also quite funny in her announcements:

Jun 5, 2017

Summer Travel Tips And Gadgets: Staying Safe In The Sun

Summer Travel Tips And Gadgets (click to tweet)


Sunscreen

» Good idea to wear especially during warmer months when the sun rays reach the Earth a lot more
» Even when it is cloudy, it is a good idea to wear sunscreen

Jan 30, 2017

Family Road Trip Getaway To Snowy Hudson Valley


Family Getaway To Snowy Hudson Valley

My wife's birthday was earlier this week. For birthdays we do not give things, but instead, we have decided awhile ago to give each other experiences. Tangible gifts are for other times of the year. For this celebration, and since we have not taken a long vacation in awhile, we took off three days during the week to go up North to the Hudson Valley, specifically New Paltz and the grandiose resort Mohonk Mountain House. Below is our experience and travel and gadgets tips.


Getting There

Dec 13, 2016

Holiday Family Road Trip in Northeast


Holiday Family Road Trip in Northeast

This weekend we took a road trip to Northern New Jersey. Ultimate goal of the trip was to get our holiday tree from in-laws house. The trip had multiple stops each with holiday filled activities.

Our first stop was in Chester, NJ. We first went to the Festival of Trees that was held in a barn as a fundraiser for the local community. There were more than 60 holiday trees decorated in various themes, including international travel:



Oct 3, 2016

Halloween Travel Plus Tips & Tricks


Halloween Travel Plus Tips & Tricks

Are there reasons to travel on Halloween? Yes, and a lot of them. There are many towns that boast some amazing Halloween festivities, including pub crawls, pumpkin beer on tap, costume parades and late-night shows.

Jet.com has a sweet deal on all your Halloween Treats + FREE shipping on all orders $35+

Sep 12, 2016

How We Survived (Enjoyed) A Family Trip To Mexico

How We Survived (Enjoyed) A Family Trip To Mexico

Zika Virus
Mexico Travel Warning
Weather.com prediction of thunderstorms every day of the week

None of these things stopped us from going and enjoying our trip to Riviera Maya, Mexico

Jul 18, 2016

Travel Gadget Review - Large Beach Umbrella

Travel Gadget Review - Large Beach Umbrella

sports beach umbrella

This is not a little sun umbrella that you can stroll around with. It is the kind you can set up and sit under in a chair.

However, it is not as heavy or bulky as you would think. It weighs 9 pounds and folds up into a slick, long, line that is easy to swing on the shoulder with built-in strap on the case.


We have been considering getting an umbrella awhile ago and have been doing research. And in researching beach umbrellas, we can across a beach tent for kids. So instead of an umbrella, we purchased the tent for our kiddo. It has been a hit and life and skin saver for the family. Read here how we have used it on trips to Aruba and Dominican Republic as well as on the local beach.
However, the tent is only for the little one, adults got left out in the scorching sun. Hence for our local trips to the beach, we needed a shade of our own.

Related:
Family Trip to DR - What To Pack
What To Pack For Vacation With An Infant

Why good to have on a trip:
- Easy to transport
- Unfolds easily just like a regular umbrella
- Comes with all the accessories and gadgets to keep down in the sand and with wind blowing
- Roomy for a family
- Has ventilation windows
- Can be used as a tent or
- Free standing, mushroom type
- Easy to collapse

Con: It does weight 9 pounds, so while it is the same operation as regular umbrella, you have to make sure to support it and works best with 2 people

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May 31, 2016

How To Travel Light With Your Family To the Beach


Summer Beach Packing Guide

It's Summer Time which means lugging a million things to the beach or pool, right? WRONG.

Here's my quick guide on how to travel (relatively) light with your infant or toddler to the beach this summer!

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Gear:

Schylling Infant UV Playshade – it’s a must – under 2 lb and becomes huge. Like a little playhouse that’s protected from harmful rays, harsh sun and has ventilation: http://amzn.to/248q6lpb An adult or two children can fit in there comfortably. A perfect place to discreetly breastfeed too or put a baby down for a nap. Or just fill it with sand and toys and your little one has a little play area sheltered from the sun. You can even get a little pool (like this) and fill with water. Instant fun!

Swimways Baby Spring Float (Pool only): http://amzn.to/1rr0Rfj
We used this only in the pool. The waves at the beach made me skeptical. It protects the baby from the sun and allows them to safely float and move their legs and arms. Folds flat.

Apparel:

Imse Vimse Water Shoes (Infant): http://amzn.to/1VH5RJf
Super cute and perfect for tiny feet. Keeps early walkers safe in the sand and the shoes float!

Swim shoes (toddler): http://amzn.to/1Tm7x8j - little feet are very sensitive and even the softest sand may have a sharp sea shell, we don’t take chances. Get those with a strap, the pull ones are too hard to put on

iPlay Hat with TIES: http://amzn.to/1TfRvcl If it is windy, you will certainly want to make sure the hat doesn't fly or float away. We've lost more than 1 hat before.

Rashguards: http://amzn.to/1Tm73iB - cute and comfy – guarantee the baby won’t burn the shoulders and back which are most sensitive to exposed sun – we didn’t bring any traditional swimsuits – they either do not cover or are impossible to take off if your little one is not potty trained.

Sunglasses: http://amzn.to/217auwc In the water, on the way to lunch, she always wore shades. Go for something lightweight and comfortable

Swim vest: http://amzn.to/1Tm7jxO Yes, floaties are cute, but this keeps the child above the water at all times and gives them mobility in the arms – she wore it every day to the ocean

Toys:

Toys, toys and more toys! http://amzn.to/1Qk1oEdand http://amzn.to/1PDeS0L aka FREE BABYSITTER - bring tons of shapes, shovels, and buckets – guaranteed 30 min of peace ;)

TIP: when getting sand toys, get a mesh bag so that even if wet or sandy, it will all shake out before you get home. Also, try to get buckets that stack into each other to maximize space

Care items: diapers, sunscreen and other musts:

Swim diapers: http://amzn.to/1Tm7b1y Save on space and get swim diapers instead of disposable. Not recommended if your child tends to go #2 in diapers

Swim diapers (disposable): We've tried them all, Pampers has great disposable ones. They are softer than Huggies and more durable. I recommend a fresh change after every hour in the water. Bring about 10 for 3 hrs of beach time. Put them in a quart Ziploc and squeeze air out.

Baby Powder: http://amzn.to/1OeHAkz You will thank me later! It takes off all the wet sand so you can reapply sunscreen without issue!

Noodle & Boo Sunscreen we love it: http://amzn.to/2174QKk

LureLux Natural Bug Repellent: http://amzn.to/1SIEwAt

Natural Hand Sanitizer Spray Original Scent: http://amzn.to/1TFZ2UU

Thermos Sippy Cup: http://amzn.to/1SGjVjN
Love this! We have it and the thermos straw bottle. It’s perfect in hot and cold weather, especially at the beach when sippy cups warm up extremely quickly

Hooded towel: http://amzn.to/1sRSytW Adorable and so functional. After the beach or pool, I quickly put this on my little one and they are dry and warm. Its very light and folds thin so there's no bulk of the beach towels

Snack holder: http://amzn.to/1Z3Bw5X I was THAT mom with flimsy Ziploc bags that quickly turned into a mess in the sand. These prevent snacks of coming out of the container and has easy access for little hands.

For the mom and dad:

Beach umbrella: http://amzn.to/1TLQxJx It weights around 9 lb but is super sleek and can be carried on a shoulder with built-in strap. Expands really big. Great shade

Sand Repellent Blanket: http://amzn.to/1WXp6PL I hate pesky sand that gets on the blanket or towels. This blanket is really cool and dries quickly and sand doesn't stick to it.

Best on the go beach bag/diaper bag: http://amzn.to/24ugvVo
This bag has a separate compartment for a cooler which has helped us organize and ensure everything is temperature regulated (formula, milk, snacks, even meds).

Cooler tote: http://amzn.to/1Z3BzyE Light and padded - keeps everything cold without the bulk of a traditional cooler - freeze water bottles before heading out and there's no need for ice or bulky ice packs

Towel holders: http://amzn.to/1Qk1Imv We discovered this on the windy beaches of Aruba and have been using them ever since


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May 12, 2016

What To Pack For Vacation With An Infant


What To Pack For Vacation For a Child Under 1

In the past two years, our daughter has traveled 4 states and 2 countries. We love traveling and within reason, we bring our kiddo along.

A lot of parents have recently inquired about what to bring for a child under 1 years of age. Some of the items, I still bring with me for my 2 year old but most of the below items were extremely useful when she was an infant/toddler.
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Feb 25, 2016

Family Trip To DR With A Toddler - A Week Without A Screen!

Family Trip To DR With A Toddler - A Week Without A Screen!


Resort
Earlier in the month we traveled to Dominican Republic and one of its all-inclusive resorts. We like these as you get there put your bags down and you are good for the rest of the trip. You know 99% of the cost of the vacation already. Most of the activities and outings are pre-planned. Just need to carry your key card around and nothing else. Drinks, food, beach towels and chairs, all are included.

We have been to this resort before. And that was a major consideration when we were planning our second vacation with a toddler. Knowing the layout of the resort, where the food is and what kind of restaurants and meals offered, made the week a lot easier. And since we did not have to run around to find places, we got the vacation started earlier.
This is quite different from one of the cruises we were on. We were on Royal Caribbean's Explorer of the Seas. Usually it takes me about a day to orient myself and be able to navigate without a map. On this ship, it took me 3 days to figure out where the restaurants, entertainment and the pools were. And even then, we ended up going the wrong way a couple of times. While the trip was nice overall, the layout made it a bit more stressful than needed to be.

The resort has changed a bit since last we were there. Less structurally, though there were some small rearrangements, but more in terms of clientele. The vacationers were mostly families with kids and seniors. There were plenty of those before, though this time these two groups made up around 98% of the population.


Traveling with toddler, even in all-inclusive, adds on a few things to consider and to plan out. After two days, we figured out the schedule and balance between food, swimming, napping, more swimming, entertainment and sleep. The first days were test and trial, but once kiddo got comfortable and we stuck to the schedule, it was smooth sailing.

We lucked out with the week we were vacationing at the resort. On our last supper there, it was a crazy time. New arrivals came to the buffet like vultures. They were lining up for food 10 or more deep, grabbing everything and then some and also grumbling. We were actually glad we had only breakfast the next day and then we are off.


Departure
At the resort, they charged extra for weighing your bags before departure. We were very glad that we brought our own digital luggage scale to save money at the airport and also ended up saving it at the hotel also.

No Worries, It's All Inclusive Here
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Aruba - First Family Trip South - Summer Continued
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Travel Gadgets & Travel Hacks

Razor Travel Hack
On this trip I tried out a shaving razor hack (see pic below). I have a travel case for it but it is bulky and plastic, making it hard to pack and takes up too much space. Instead you put a clip on top of the razor to cover up the blade so it does not catch on anything, and then you can stick it anywhere. I placed it within my grooming pack with all other stuff for easy and convenient storage.
Travel hack = works!



DryPack
Right before the trip we bought the DRY PAK Waterproof Wallet. The previous one I was using fell apart and we needed a waterproof container to hold our room card. It had decent reviews on Amazon. However, was not great in execution. The card was not dry after just first use. The inside was damp and visibly wet. The pocket was sealed as supposed to with the latches fully engaged. While it was better then using a zip lock bag or just having the card in the swimsuit pocket, it didn't work as described. I filled it with water to rinse after first use and found out why it didn't work - there was a whole in the pocket.
After the trip I contacted Amazon and seller describing what happened with the product. Without hesitation, they sent out a new pocket within a day. That was a superb experience and look forward to trying it out again.

Selfie Stick
The selfie sticks were more prominent during this trip then any other one we have taken. They were on the beach and all over the resort. People were taking their sticks and phones right into the ocean. I really hoped that they had some kind of waterproof protection on their phones or phones that are at the least water resistant




What would want, like to have, on next trip:
Gotenna, or similar communication device

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