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5 Tips you should consider before traveling with kids.

5 Tips you should consider before traveling with kids.

Certainly, a family travel is one of the most memorable experiences we could ever have. We love it from the beginning to the last day. We remember it when we’re back at home and we enjoy planning it, asking for tips and recommendations from our friends, searching for the best places and attractions for our kids and saving some money to be prepared for the trip.

A carefree and enjoyable vacation time is all you want, so check this useful tips before making your trip and apply them while you’re planning it.

1. Choose an ideal destination

Which activities does your family like and enjoy? There are many destination options with lots of thigs to do. You need to know if you want to visit a city and go to stores, malls, museums and theme parks or if you would like to have more nature contact and visit a beach or a forest where you can do outdoor activities like camping, walking in the woods, playing in the snow, swimming in the water, etc.

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2. Pack wisely

Being honest, you probably won’t need all the clothes and stuff you pack and when you travel with all your family members there can be a lot of heavy luggage. You need to know exactly where you’re going and then pack the correct outfits, not things that will only be grabbing space in your bag. You can check how the weather is at your destination, which places you’re going to visit, what kind of activities you will do, how many days you will you stay and if you’re going to do a little shopping or not.

3. If you’re flying

There are many considerations you should know about flights, like rates, best travel seasons, airlines and its politics, that actually matter in your trip.

First of all, you need to start booking your flight with anticipation to get the best deals. This way rates will be lower and you can save some money for your travel budget. If you also check what’s the best season of the year to travel where you decided to go, traveling off season is recommendable especially when you travel with kids and you don’t want any chaos with crowded places.

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You also need to check airline politics if you’re going to travel with big luggage or strollers, they could make you pay an extra charge for it. Try to choose the front or the last seats at the airplane, those seats are near the restrooms. Despite that, it’s recommendable to take the kids to the restroom before boarding and make a walk around the airport to make some exercise as well (you will be seated during the entire flight).

Finally, you know that taking a taxi to the airport is not always the best option, so if you want to take your car there you can use an on-parking airport or an off-parking airport. Choosing the second option will give you the best parking rates (you can save up to 50% over the airport parking rates) and you will have your own car when you return from your trip.

4. If you go on a road trip

Family road trips are always fun. Traveling this way, you will visit many new places and make stops in incredible sites; you can stop to eat and do a little shopping and also stop to relax and rest a little bit. It’s recommendable to avoid eating a couple of hours before the trip, because most kids get sick easily and you don’t want any incident. You also can keep a road trip first aid kit with preventive medication and other stuff you could need.

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Make your vehicle a comfortable place, you can take some home comforts like blankets, pillows, toys, electronic games, a portable DVD player or books; this way your kids will be entertained and more relaxed during the trip. If you travel with babies or little children don’t forget to use special baby car seats for travel.

5. Family friendly accommodation

Searching for an adequate accommodation with a great location, good services, and good prices can be a difficult task as it seems. You also need to find a family friendly place where all your members can stay comfortably. Websites like Booking  show you good accommodation deals, but if you want to find a really family friendly hotel you can book here.

Don’t forget to capture all those special moments, bring a camera or a video camera and be sure you don’t lose any details. Remember to be patient, you were a kid once as well.

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Featured photo credit: Kids trip via gooddaynow.com

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Last Updated on September 20, 2018

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

1. Breathe

The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

  • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
  • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
  • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

2. Loosen up

After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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3. Chew slowly

Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

4. Let go

Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

It’s not. Promise.

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Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

5. Enjoy the journey

Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

6. Look at the big picture

The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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Will this matter to me…

  • Next week?
  • Next month?
  • Next year?
  • In 10 years?

Hint: No, it won’t.

I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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8. Practice patience every day

Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

  • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
  • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
  • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

Final thoughts

Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

Featured photo credit: Brooke Cagle via unsplash.com

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