Our Top 8 Family Travel Finds for 2014
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).
On MOMtravelchat: Couple Time & Olympic Destinations
The FamilieGo! Editors
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.
MOMtravelchat: Top Family Travel Destinations, Brands for 2014
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.…
6 Ways To Keep Kids From Getting Car Sick
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, …
5 Tips To Manage a Holiday With Extended Family
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 …
3 Tips For Spending Family Holidays Aways From Home
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 …
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 …
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. …