Tag: family vacation

3 Secrets to Affordable Travel

Travel doesn't have to break the bank. Follow these three not-so-secret tips to save big when traveling: Road Trips Flights for a family of four or five can easily rack up to $2,000 when traveling cross country. Why not load up the car and iPod and hit the open road? You'll also get to see more of your home country - some of the small towns have the coolest sights. For example, the swinging bridge in Souris, Manitoba, or the Boswell Embalming Bottle House, a house built of discarded glass embalming fluid bottles, located in southern British Columba. These and many other unique attractions would be missed if you fly directly to your destination. Keep in mind that there may be the added cost of overnight stays at hotels if you're going on a long road trip. This can be managed by staying at motels along the main highways or camping. Even with gas prices rise, and the new carbon tax, the price will be significantly less than flying. However, I wouldn't recommend this, if you're tight for time. Time is money, after all. Plus you might want to consider if the savings worth listening to your kids argue for six hours...Read More

Take Advantage of Time Zones

Flights and different time zones can create havoc for an infant or toddler, creating more stress for the rest of the family. This doesn't have to be the case. My first advice is fairly obvious, schedule your flights around your child's sleeping habits. If he or she is an early-riser, book an early flight. If they're past the napping phase, but require a full-nights rest, book a mid-day flight. Although, sometimes this isn't always possible, as we are restricted to the airlines' schedules and sometimes it's cheaper to fly at an inconvenient time. To make matters worse, when you arrive at your destination, you may be two hours ahead or two hours behind. This could either be your worst nightmare or a dream come true. Living in Winnipeg, a lot of Central America is in the same time zone, as well as many other great US destinations (LOVE Texas!) And to our East, everything is either an hour or two ahead. The beauty of this is that now my daughter goes to bed two hours later and sleeps in two hours later, allowing us to use our vacation time more wisely. Normally, she's up at 7:00 AM and in bed...Read More

5 Reason to go Disneyland, instead of Disney World

I'm often asked, "Should I go to Disney World or Disneyland?" Most others quickly respond with Disney World. And they might be right - Disney World is home to four theme parks and over twenty hotels onsite, giving families the ultimate Disney experience. However, Disneyland is much smaller with two theme parks and three hotels and is a lot more. 1.     Size Matters Disney World is over 27,000 acres and can be intimidating to little ones looking to meet Mickey and Minnie Mouse. Families may have to pick and choose their time wisely, missing out on many of the incredible experiences. A much easier feat is Disneyland, at 85 acres (soon expanding to 100 with the addition of Star Wars Land). Don't get me wrong, Disneyland is also a lot of ground to cover and you'll need to several days, but it's do-able. I took Taylor to Disneyland for the day when she was 18 months. I followed some bad advice and didn't bring or rent a stroller. However, even with her little legs and my overly developed "mom-arms", we were able to manage the day. Because she was so young, we spent most of the day in Mickey's Toontown,...Read More

Then and Now: Traveling with Kids

Before my daughter, Taylor,  joined our life, I traveled a lot - with my husband, with my family and friends, and alone. Each travel companion had their own pros and cons, much like traveling with kids. Toting the kids along to an all-inclusive adjusts the experience. I no longer suffer from adult beverage-induced amnesia. Aside, from the obvious lack of partying, what else has changed? [caption id="attachment_133" align="alignright" width="313"] Source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/27883656@N02/5076797788[/caption] Then: Traveling light. I used to be able to pack for a whole week in a carry-on - a few pairs of shorts, t-shirts, and a bikini for each day and I was good to go. Everything else I could either buy there or live without. Now: It looks like we're moving abroad. We typically check a minimum of one bag each, plus I have a carry-on, diaper/child bag, and a purse; Taylor has a backpack to carry on she refuses to carry; and my husband also loads my bags with his tablet and personal items. To top it off, we are gate checking the stroller and carrying on the car seat. By this point, I can easily be confused with the "crazy bag lady." We can't risk just buying whatever...Read More
Travel Agent and Mompreneur

Travel Agent and Mompreneur

It really isn’t surprising that I’m a home-based travel agent. Travel has been a large part of my adult life. I believe it’s not just part of my DNA, but IS my DNA. When I’m not traveling or have a trip booked (or two… or three…), I don’t feel like myself. It’s as though something is missing. I have been known to travel as often as five times per year, and still want more. I look for every and any excuse to travel. What is surprising is that I am a Mompreneur with a travel agency focused on family travel. At the age of 19, I was told the likelihood of me carrying a child was slim to none. I was diagnosed with endometriosis and had a three inch cyst removed from my right ovary, leaving it irreparable. That same year, I met my husband. On our first date, I laid it all out for him and told him to walk away if having children was important to him. For most young women, and couples, this would have been upsetting. For us  (mostly me) it was a sign. This meant we were going to be “DINKs“ (Double Income No Kids)...Read More