From Twitter: Parents’ Best Holiday Travel Ideas & Tips
Holiday travel with kids isn’t much more stressful than any other holiday travel and is usually worth it in terms of family time, vacation opportunities and time with extended family. This was the consensus at our Holiday Travel-themed #MOMtravelchat this week. We got advice from some of our favorite regulars as well as from Rania Kfuri at Free Like Birdie and William Beckler at AlltheRooms. And we gave away prizes that will be handy …
5 Ways to Keep Cool During Holiday Travel With Kids
by Liza Wyles
With the holidays comes the bum rush of travel, visiting and family time, which bring with them excitement, frenzy and, invariably, stress. This logistics of getting over the river and through the woods (read: over the George Washington Bridge and through New-York-area traffic) to grandmother’s house can raise my blood pressure instead my holiday cheer. Here are five ways I’ve learned to keep my BP to reasonable levels.
Since we’re …
One Parent’s Hotel Wish List
Before we had our daughter my husband and I had pretty simple standards for booking a hotel: It had to be central to what we wanted to do, fairly inexpensive and not horrible.
Post baby, we find ourselves hanging out in the hotel room a lot more because of naps and early bed times. We eat breakfast in the room more often and sometimes lunch or dinner, too, when yet another restaurant …
Sponsored Video: Change Your View of Holiday Inn
This post is sponsored by Holiday Inn
Do you know what I really like when I’m traveling with my family? Room in my hotel rooms. When my child was smaller I liked being able to roll a crib into the room and have room to walk around it. I like having room to do a little yoga, too. There’s nothing like a good downward facing dog after a long plane ride. And of course the …
Car Seats: What To Know Before Your Next Road Trip
Getting ready for Tiny Traveler’s first car trip—home from the hospital— we realized her car seat straps were pulled as tight as possible and we had no idea how to loosen them.
We looked the car seat over thoroughly, couldn’t find anything resembling a strap release and started to calling all of our friends who had babies and cars (not a given in New York City). Someone finally answered, clued us in …
Twitter Party Recap: Labor Day Travel Ideas and More
We had our second #MOMtravelchat on Twitter last night. In addition to fun giveaways, we talked about favorite summer travel moments, Labor Day Weekend getaway ideas and lessons learned from this summer’s trips for next year.
Labor Day Getaways
Plenty of people had ideas for quick Labor Day getaways. @AnujaDeSilva recommended a boat trip around the Thimble Islands, off the coast of Connecticut for an unusual day trip from NYC and parts of upstate …
The Best $3 Travel Toy Ever: Ikea Stacking Cups
I was in Ikea the other day and was excited to see these stacking cups make their return. They’d disappeared for a while, at least from our Brooklyn outlet.
They cost $2.95 or so. After clinging to our set for 3 or 4 years now I can tell you they were absolutely a best-three-bucks-you’ll-ever-spend type of purchase.
Stacked together, they’re exactly 3-inches squared. They slip easily into a diaper bag if you …
Twitter Travel Chat: Tips for Will & Kate, CT Family Fun
FG! On Twitter: Travel Advice for Will & Kate, Connecticut Family FunHere is a recap of last night’s premier FamiliesGo! Twitter party. We had lots of energetic participants who asked good questions and shares great advice and we welcomed a special guest from Visit Connecticut.
Family Travel Advice for the Kate & William
Traveling is very different once you have kids, even if you happen to be a prince and duchess. …
One Family’s First Home Exchange Experience
I had always wanted to visit London but things were always getting in my way—in particular, the notoriously high costs of eating in the city’s restaurants and sleeping in its hotels. Then I went to work for a home exchange website and needed to try out our service, which gave me the nudge I needed to visit this pricey city with my 7- and 9-year-olds in tow.
Here’s how my first experience …
5 Travel Tips for LGBT Parents
In our first year of marriage, my wife Kendra and I tested our relationship with a six-week trip to Europe. Fortunately it was a great tip and the first of many more. Not even with the birth of our daughter Addison in 2010 has slowed down. Our 2-year-old has been to more than 30 U.S. states, England and France.
Adding a little one to the mix has definitely changed how we travel. …
5 Tips for a Family Ski Vacation (With Non-Skiers)
By Eileen P. Gunn
Before we had Tiny Traveler, my husband’s yearly ski trip with his college buddies went something like this: wake up, ski, eat, ski, eat, sleep (dream about skiing), repeat. Now, instead of his downhill-loving friends, he has a non-skiing wife and a 5-year-old who has yet to master the bunny slope.
Nevertheless, this March we tried our first family getaway at a winter resort by going to Hope Lake Lodge* …
The Best Travel Toys and Games of 2013
By Eileen P. Gunn
One of the most fun parts of editing FamiliesGo! is getting to go to the annual Toy Fair in NYC. It’s huge! And i always find something that makes me say, “That is so cool!” and wish I were a kid again. Some are already available; others will hit the shelves later this spring. Here are some of the most innovative, handy or just plain fun things I spotted this year …
10 Tips For Your First Vacation With a Child
A vacation with kids, especially little ones, isn’t the least bit relaxing. But it is a break from your routine, a change or scenery and an opportunity for mom, dad and the kids to have plenty of the elusive quality time, instead of having to squeeze family time among work, school, activities, laundry and grocery shopping. Finding the right balance of new and familiar, routine and flexibility takes some trial and error. But when you …
10 Tips For Stress-Free Flying With Little Kids
By Eileen Gunn
We’ve taken quite a flew flights with Tiny Traveler and haven’t had a meltdown (yet). We have had a lot of squirming and inappropriate climbing, scrambling in our pockets and bags for amusements, forbidden foods and badly timed naps. That’s OK. When you’re trapped in a confined space with a child for several hours, anything that avoids passengers staring while the child melts down or glaring while she sobs endlessly is entirely…
City Vacation: 6 No-Fail Family Travel Activities
By Eileen Gunn
Sea lion feedings never get old for Tiny Traveler. But I’ve seen enough of them to hold me for quite some time. Unless they’re exceptional—Philadelphia’s Please Touch Museum, Baltimore’s National Aquarium, the San Diego Zoo — I skip tourist attractions with fish, animals or waterplay rooms whenever I can find an alluring alternative.
It is possible to find activities that make mom, dad, kids and even the smallest toddler happy …