Finding the Right Balance on Family Vacations

You spend all year planning the perfect family vacation, and all you can think of is how much you are looking forward to a well-earned break. It’s going to be great, right? Going to a glamorous part of the world, spending all that time together in perfect relaxation – nothing can go wrong!

The trouble is, by the end of day one of your vacation, there’s every chance you are ready to call it quits. Holidays at home or abroad can be an exhausting nightmare for parents with small kids, and the stress you go through can often result in you needing another break by the time you get home!

There’s a delicate balance to strike between entertaining all the children of different ages and still finding some time to relax. Here are a few tips to help you achieve precisely that – let’s take a close look!

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It’s all in the planning

First of all, you need to plan well in advance. We’re not just talking itineraries here, either – it’s also important to give your kids plenty of warning about the unknown territory they are going to experience. Ultimately, children thrive on routine and familiar places, and a holiday away can often cause them a fright. If you can go through the sort of things you will be doing – including showing them photos or videos – they will be better prepared for what awaits.

Schedule is critical

It can be tempting to loosen the reins a little when you go on vacation. You won’t mind the kids staying up a little later than usual, and the chances are you will be more tolerant of everything from eating candy to general horseplay. But you should also be careful – it’s still a good idea to stick to some kind of strict schedule. As we discussed before, your little ones thrive on a regular routine, and breaking too many walls down in one hit is going to end in tears – for you, as well as them!

The right mix of activities

Wherever you are in the world, there will always be plenty of fun things for kids to do. But don’t forget, your 2-year old will enjoy things that your 12-year old will not. It’s one of the trickiest things to manage, but you have to make sure that everyone gets what they need out of the vacation. The older children will (hopefully) be able to understand you need to meet the toddler’s needs, but the reverse isn’t quite as accurate. So, when it comes to an older child’s day out, it might be worth splitting up into teams, to ensure they get what they want while the younger ones don’t cause a tantrum.

Bring extended family

When you have young children, almost every vacation you take will be stressful in some way. And you and your partner will struggle to find any time to relax at all. So, our final tip is this – bring some of your extended family. Whether it’s grandparents, aunts and uncles, or cousins, your kids will be delighted to spend time with other people. And you have an instant babysitting service for the occasional night out, too.

Do you have any tips for achieving zen on family vacations with young kids? Let us know about them in the comments!

 

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Staying Safe On Your Long-Distance Travels With Minimal Challenges

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Staying Safe On Your Long-Distance Travels With Minimal Challenges

There are various ways of staying safe on your long-distance travels. Staying safe on long-distance travel will depend on how well you planned and prepared yourself for the long journey. There are things to look at before the long travel such as the situation of the car you are going to use, your health, getting familiar with the road you are going to use and much more.

Here are the important things to consider for your long-distance trip to be safe:

Getting Familiar With The Road’s Conditions You Might EncounterBefore getting behind the wheel for the long-range drive, you have to familiarize yourself with the status of the road you are going to use. For you to do so, you have to do some research about the way and get to know if the car you will be using will cope with the condition of the road.

Also, in your research, you can as well identify the spots where one can relax or a gas station in case the vehicle runs out of gas. The research on the road will give you the confidence of driving on that particular road.

 The Number Of People Involved

 If you are going to drive alone, then you should be prepared to stay awake throughout the trip. For you to stay awake throughout the journey, I would recommend you to bring along some energy drinks as well as water and some snacks. Not forgetting some cool music discs that will make the journey lovely.

If other people (adults) are involved in the trip, then you can plan on how you are going to drive in turns. Driving in turns will help you relax as well as reduce the driving fatigue. You can as well bring along the water and some snacks. In case there are children involved, be sure to bring along a lot of snacks since the kids can be too stubborn along the way. Also, you can bring along some kid’s portable games to keep them busy.

 The State Of The Car

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Before embarking on any long-distance trip, it is advisable you first make sure the vehicle you are going to use is in great shape. It is recommended you take the car to your trusted mechanic to do a lot of servicing such as the cooling system, engine system, the tires, and car battery.

In case the car battery is below fifty percent, it has to be fully charged. The mechanic can as well change the oil and replace it with fresh oil. Also, on your trip, it is advisable you bring a long a coolant that might be useful to the car’s cooling system. You can as well as for some advice from the mechanic on what to carry or what to do for the car to avoid the vehicle’s challenges that might occur along the way.

Also, before starting the trip, check on the car tire pressure and make sure all the tires have the correct air pressure including the spare tire. You can confirm the correct car air pressure from the car’s manual or ask your mechanic to assist you to know the exact pressure required for your tires.

If the vehicle is in great shape, your long-distance trip will also be safe. And if you neglect to make sure that the car is in great state, then expect to encounter some car’s challenges along the way. Prevention is better than cure! Do not embark on the trip before checking the state of your car.

Your Health Conditions

If you are healthy, then feel free to engage in the long-distance trip. If you are not feeling well and you the driver, it is advisable, you hire a driver or postpone the trip until you get well. Driving the long-distance trip while sick, may worsen your health condition.

 Conclusion

Staying safe on long-distance travels is easy if you follow the above tips keenly. When the long-distance trip is safe, then the trip becomes more enjoyable than expected. Hence, follow the above tips to make your long-distance fan and enjoyable.

Author  Bio

Stella Grant

My name is Stella Grant . I am the founder of Speedfinal.com . Automotive is my passion, and I’m looking forward to sharing it with everyone.

 

How To Fund Those Once In A Lifetime Travel Adventures

You can spend many hours reading about all of the earth’s enchanting travel destinations. You can spend even longer in your home, gazing at a poster of the world, putting pins in those places you really, really want to visit. But at some point or another, you’re going to have to stop dreaming and start moving. The places are just sitting there, waiting for you to visit them, so what’s the delay? For most people, it’s a matter of money. Some destinations are expensive, and for that reason, they seem out of reach to many. Let’s change that.

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Make a Commitment

Travelling is easier than you think, but it’ll come at the expense of other things. To afford to travel, you have to make a commitment: it has to be a priority. Instead of, say, buying a house or living an affluent lifestyle, you make travelling your end objective. Everything becomes much simpler when you change your thinking from “I want to travel” to “I AM going to travel.” You’ll need that commitment on your path to building up the travel fund pot.

Control Your Spending

Most people live lives of luxury, and they don’t even realise they’re doing it. Things like going out to dinner, having a nice car and picturesque home, and treating yourself to the latest gadgets and fashions? They would have been unthinkable to people who were living a hundred years ago and before. To save the cash you need, you’ll probably have to give up the luxuries that we all take for granted. But we assure you, you won’t mind the year of simple, cheap meals when you’re making your travel dreams come true.

Lump Sums of Money

It’s important to cut back on your spending because every little helps when it comes to travel. But saving $50 here and there won’t make your travel adventure come round anytime soon. To get the ball rolling, you’ll need to commit a sizable amount of money to the pot. If you have savings, that can provide your initial cash injection. If you don’t, look at selling your vehicle or using a personal loan comparison website; you’ll be able to raise enough money to turn your “dream” into reality, and quickly, too. You can use your savings pot for your day-to-day travel expenses, while your big pots of cash will provide the expensive flights and accommodations.

Make Your Travel Work For You

The best way to fund your exciting travel adventures is to…spend less money. There are a million and one ways you can cut corners when travelling, from travelling on the cheapest forms of transportation, making your meals, and not being too concerned about how and where you sleep (tenting is very cheap, for example). But you don’t have to be so frugal. You can do whatever you want; it only becomes ineffective when you’re spending money on doing the things that you think you should be doing. If you’re not an art person, then paying $30 to go to a new art show, for example, would not make sense. Figure out what you want to do, create a budget, and trim the rest. Happy travels!

 

Earning Money While Travelling

There is so much to see on this human-straddled green planet and sometimes trips must be multiple months long to provide you the full experience of a new land. Budgeting a trip to the best of your ability is the smartest way to stretch your money – and time – out, but what happens when budgeting isn’t enough? There are a number of ways to make a little bit of money here and there, legally, while on your travels – thanks to the beauty of the internet.

Advertising in Blogging

Blogging can allow you to share your travel experiences and tips, or discuss whatever topics happen to hold your interest with those around the globe who possess these same interests. However, did you know blogging can also bring you some income? Blogging sites can be set up with payment for subscription to access certain parts of a site or can host pay-per-click advertisements. These provide you a certain amount of money for every time someone clicks on said advertisements – these advertisements can be relevant to your blog – making your audience more apt to click. Another option with ad-hosting is to provide links to those products being advertised for purchase: each time a visitor purchases that product via the blog’s link, a commission percentage is received by the blog’s author.

Personally Selling Photography

If you have a passion for photography, you merely need to market yourself to spread the word. It all comes down to interests: nature, animals, architecture, cars, whatever you fancy. Capturing these bemusements through photography on open sites, or personal blogs or portfolios, will provide your work an internet presence. Open sites that showcase wallpapers,such as nature wallpaper or supercar wallpaper, where anyone can post professional photos within the vein of interest, is an excellent way to find your niche and gain a diverse following. Having an internet presence allows you to reach audiences all over the globe and sell your photography to individuals or companies that desire physical or digital copies.

Freelance Work

There are a number of websites that connect people with skillsets with those looking for those skillsets: writing, virtual assistance, website design, the list goes on. Working freelance does demand a time, effort, and a strong internet connection, so it works best if you aren’t moving around too often. Getting started in freelance can be difficult, but can be a relatively reliable way to fund yourself on your global explorations.

While the Earth, to our comparatively little feet, seems quite vast, the internet has shrunken our planet down to the size of the screens of our laptops and computers, tablets and phones. This has allowed us to connect to anywhere, everywhere, and anyone at the click of mouse. So, while you are galavanting around Europe, you can reach your audiences in Japan, Australia, or the United States via the wonderful world wide web. The internet is your oyster!

Money Saving Hacks For The Global Traveler

Are you keen to extend your travel adventures and stay overseas for even longer? You may need to start saving a little more money at each destination. It’s difficult to earn money while you are away from home, so spending less could be the only way to extend your stay. Still, there are plenty of different ways you can do this. Here are just a few of the easiest approaches to squeezing a few more weeks out of your travel plan:

Money Saving Destinations

There are two ways to check which destinations are the cheapest to travel to. Start with your exchange rate. You’re looking to get the most for each dollar. Next, you need to look up the cost of living for each country (or city area) you’re hoping to spend time in. The lower the cost of living, the less money you’ll need for food, accommodation, and local travel solutions. Places like Thailand are likely to be cheaper to spend time in than Hong Kong, but each region can vary. Do your homework, and make a plan.

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Money Saving Travel Solutions

Getting from A to B is a lot cheaper, quicker, and easier than getting from A to Z. Of course, there are times when you can cross the border quickly and cheaply. Keep your eye out for empty leg flights that will save you a lot if you can be flexible with your departure times and dates. For the whimsical traveler with few plans, this can be perfect. It’s also a lot safer than trying to hitchhike your way from one place to the next.

Money Saving Accommodation

If you don’t mind sleeping under canvas, then your tent could become your home for a while. Of course, in many places, you must book into a designated camp site that may incur a charge. You’ll also find there are times when you want a few of the facilities a formal accommodation might offer. Again, last minute opportunities may be a cheaper solution and offer more freedom than pre-booking. Stay safe, and look for places that are shared to cut the cost even more.

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Money Saving Food

If you’re prepared to cook for yourself, you can save a fortune on food. Unfortunately, travelers don’t always have access to refrigerators or cookers. Bottled water is often a must, so be prepared to spend wisely here. As for a hot meal, look for local hospitality, takeaways, and market places with licensed street vendors. You want to avoid a poorly tummy, so it can sometimes be best to spend a little more. Keep your hands clean with a travel bottle of hand sanitizer.

Earning money while you’re traveling isn’t always easy, but it’s not impossible. You can write from anywhere in the world, providing content for blogs or copy for marketers. You can also sometimes pick up laboring jobs like fruit picking. Check your visa restrictions before engaging in local work. The point of traveling is to enjoy the experience so don’t stay so long that you’ve sacrificed all those little pleasures. Happy traveling.

 

 

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