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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 January 21, 2020

The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

Creating a vision for your life might seem like a frivolous, fantastical waste of time, but it’s not: creating a compelling vision of the life you want is actually one of the most effective strategies for achieving the life of your dreams. Perhaps the best way to look at the concept of a life vision is as a compass to help guide you to take the best actions and make the right choices that help propel you toward your best life.

your vision of where or who you want to be is the greatest asset you have

    Why You Need a Vision

    Experts and life success stories support the idea that with a vision in mind, you are more likely to succeed far beyond what you could otherwise achieve without a clear vision. Think of crafting your life vision as mapping a path to your personal and professional dreams. Life satisfaction and personal happiness are within reach. The harsh reality is that if you don’t develop your own vision, you’ll allow other people and circumstances to direct the course of your life.

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    How to Create Your Life Vision

    Don’t expect a clear and well-defined vision overnight—envisioning your life and determining the course you will follow requires time, and reflection. You need to cultivate vision and perspective, and you also need to apply logic and planning for the practical application of your vision. Your best vision blossoms from your dreams, hopes, and aspirations. It will resonate with your values and ideals, and will generate energy and enthusiasm to help strengthen your commitment to explore the possibilities of your life.

    What Do You Want?

    The question sounds deceptively simple, but it’s often the most difficult to answer. Allowing yourself to explore your deepest desires can be very frightening. You may also not think you have the time to consider something as fanciful as what you want out of life, but it’s important to remind yourself that a life of fulfillment does not usually happen by chance, but by design.

    It’s helpful to ask some thought-provoking questions to help you discover the possibilities of what you want out of life. Consider every aspect of your life, personal and professional, tangible and intangible. Contemplate all the important areas, family and friends, career and success, health and quality of life, spiritual connection and personal growth, and don’t forget about fun and enjoyment.

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    Some tips to guide you:

    • Remember to ask why you want certain things
    • Think about what you want, not on what you don’t want.
    • Give yourself permission to dream.
    • Be creative. Consider ideas that you never thought possible.
    • Focus on your wishes, not what others expect of you.

    Some questions to start your exploration:

    • What really matters to you in life? Not what should matter, what does matter.
    • What would you like to have more of in your life?
    • Set aside money for a moment; what do you want in your career?
    • What are your secret passions and dreams?
    • What would bring more joy and happiness into your life?
    • What do you want your relationships to be like?
    • What qualities would you like to develop?
    • What are your values? What issues do you care about?
    • What are your talents? What’s special about you?
    • What would you most like to accomplish?
    • What would legacy would you like to leave behind?

    It may be helpful to write your thoughts down in a journal or creative vision board if you’re the creative type. Add your own questions, and ask others what they want out of life. Relax and make this exercise fun. You may want to set your answers aside for a while and come back to them later to see if any have changed or if you have anything to add.

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    What Would Your Best Life Look Like?

    Describe your ideal life in detail. Allow yourself to dream and imagine, and create a vivid picture. If you can’t visualize a picture, focus on how your best life would feel. If you find it difficult to envision your life 20 or 30 years from now, start with five years—even a few years into the future will give you a place to start. What you see may surprise you. Set aside preconceived notions. This is your chance to dream and fantasize.

    A few prompts to get you started:

    • What will you have accomplished already?
    • How will you feel about yourself?
    • What kind of people are in your life? How do you feel about them?
    • What does your ideal day look like?
    • Where are you? Where do you live? Think specifics, what city, state, or country, type of community, house or an apartment, style and atmosphere.
    • What would you be doing?
    • Are you with another person, a group of people, or are you by yourself?
    • How are you dressed?
    • What’s your state of mind? Happy or sad? Contented or frustrated?
    • What does your physical body look like? How do you feel about that?
    • Does your best life make you smile and make your heart sing? If it doesn’t, dig deeper, dream bigger.

    It’s important to focus on the result, or at least a way-point in your life. Don’t think about the process for getting there yet—that’s the next stepGive yourself permission to revisit this vision every day, even if only for a few minutes. Keep your vision alive and in the front of your mind.

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    Plan Backwards

    It may sound counter-intuitive to plan backwards rather than forwards, but when you’re planning your life from the end result, it’s often more useful to consider the last step and work your way back to the first. This is actually a valuable and practical strategy for making your vision a reality.

    • What’s the last thing that would’ve had to happen to achieve your best life?
    • What’s the most important choice you would’ve had to make?
    • What would you have needed to learn along the way?
    • What important actions would you have had to take?
    • What beliefs would you have needed to change?
    • What habits or behaviors would you have had to cultivate?
    • What type of support would you have had to enlist?
    • How long will it have taken you to realize your best life?
    • What steps or milestones would you have needed to reach along the way?

    Now it’s time to think about your first step, and the next step after that. Ponder the gap between where you are now and where you want to be in the future. It may seem impossible, but it’s quite achievable if you take it step-by-step.

    It’s important to revisit this vision from time to time. Don’t be surprised if your answers to the questions, your technicolor vision, and the resulting plans change. That can actually be a very good thing; as you change in unforeseeable ways, the best life you envision will change as well. For now, it’s important to use the process, create your vision, and take the first step towards making that vision a reality.

    Featured photo credit: Matt Noble via unsplash.com

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