12 Cool Tech Gadgets For Family Travel

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By the FG Editors

Technology can make your life easier when you travel, or it can just be more stuff to carry and keep track of. And the last thing you need when traveling with kids is more stuff to carry and keep track of. Here are 12 items that are worth schlepping—and might even make schlepping easier.

1. We love the Karma wifi hotspot because it’s small enough to pop in your purse. And …

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All You Need to Know About Disney’s Free FastPass+

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By Natalie Reinhart

Heading to Disney World this spring? Here are tips on avoiding lines that I thought both first-timers and Disney veterans will find handy.  Most important: Big changes are in store for Disney’s free and incredibly handy FastPass service.

The Big News

Disney is getting ride of the old FASTPASS, where any visitor to the resort’s theme parks could arrange to show up at a popular ride at an appointed time, usually later …

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The MOMtravelchat Guide to Packing For A Vacation

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By the FG Editors

The MOMtravelchat Guide to Packing for a family vacation

Our March MOMtravelchat was a lively one, with moms and dads sharing the victories and travails of trying to fit everything you want and need into a reasonable number of suitcases for a family vacation.


To make packing easier for a few of our guests, we gave away a waterproof Toccoa daypack from aquapac. We also gave away compact, easy-to-pack toys …

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The Best Travel Toys and Games for 2014

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By the FamiliesGo! Editors

The annual Toy Fair in New York City is probably the biggest collection of toys and games to assemble under one roof. We love to go and prowl the rows of stalls stacked with products for babies, kids and tweens—some innovative, some clever and some of questionable judgment—to find the best toys and games for travel.

Here is the best of what we discovered this year. Enjoy the gallery show above …

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Our Top 8 Family Travel Finds for 2014

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By the FG Editors

The Times Travel Show in New York City is one of the biggest consumer travel shows around. Thousands flock to it for vacation ideas, booking discounts, giveaways and freebies. We enjoy talking to folks from a range of worldwide destinations, discovering places we don’t know and learning new things about old favorites. Our feet are usually weary by the end of the day (but for our readers, we don’t mind).

Here …

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On MOMtravelchat: Couple Time & Olympic Destinations

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The FamilieGo! Editors

Our #MOMtravelchat twitter party took on a romantic hue ahead of Valentine’s Day with a focus on parent-only getaways and tips for carving out couple time on family vacations.

We gave away two prizes to help parents get some couple time, 2 $50 gift certificates from urbansitter and a 2-night stay at the cozy theRhinecliff in Dutchess County, NY. We also gave away an airplane tablet seatback mount from griffintech.

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MOMtravelchat: Top Family Travel Destinations, Brands for 2014

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By the FG Editors

At this month’s #MOMtravelchat we had a lively discussion of parents travel plans, hopes and wishes for 2014. And we shared destinations and travel brands that we like best.

We also gave away some great prizes including a Joovy Foocot travel bed, a tablet airplane grip from Griffin Technology (we have a second one to give away in February) and a fun Maaps illustrated Atlas from They Draw & Travel.…

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6 Ways To Keep Kids From Getting Car Sick

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By Eileen Gunn

For our first car trip with Tiny Traveler (to Washington DC), we packed the car up bright and early, then transferred 6-month TT from her crib to her car seat still in her PJs, more asleep than awake. We handed her her usual wake-up bottle and set off. Everything was great until she got car sick 20 minutes later on the New Jersey Turnpike and was trapped in her car seat bewildered, …

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5 Tips To Manage a Holiday With Extended Family

Have yourself a merry little family holiday...

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By Liza Wyles

 With holidays on the horizon, chances are good you have travel in your future. You’re traveling to your family, or they’re traveling to you, or you’re all meeting up at a destination you’ve been talking about for months. So you’ll all be together for a couple of nights. And mornings. And everything in between. It all sounds GREAT! Until a temperamental toilet backs up and you learn that no two kids drink …

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3 Tips For Spending Family Holidays Aways From Home

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By Daniel Rosalky

There’s no place like home for the holidays. So what happens when the parents want a change of scenery and decide to spend Christmas break at a snow-bound ski chalet in the Rockies or on a sunny island in the Caribbean? How do you maintain the traditions your kids love and look forward to while also creating some new and unique holiday memories?

One of the best things I get to do …

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From Twitter: Parents’ Best Holiday Travel Ideas & Tips

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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 …

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5 Ways to Keep Cool During Holiday Travel With Kids

The reward for a long holiday roadtrip

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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.

Be Proactive

Since we’re …

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One Parent’s Hotel Wish List

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By Eileen Gunn

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 …

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Car Seats: What To Know Before Your Next Road Trip

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By Eileen Gunn

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 …

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Twitter Party Recap: Labor Day Travel Ideas and More

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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 …

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