The new issue of Budget Travel Magazine has a family travel
focus. The magazine is chock full of family travel info and tips,
but my personal favorites are the section on renting a vacation
home or apartment (vs. a cramped hotel room) and one great tip for
making it easier to find a lost kid at an amusement park.
I have long been an advocate of renting condos, apartments or
homes rather than hotel rooms if you're traveling with kids. You
get more room to spread out, the chance to have a door that locks
for you and your significant other and kitchen facilities that
help you save on vacation food costs.
But how do you know which vacation rental is the right vacation
The magazine compared five rental companies--Homeaway, Wyndham,
Airbnb, VRBO, and FlipKey--and has the scoop on everything from
best and worst booking features to rental locations. A few
On the theme park front, the magazine says use your smartphone
to be smarter about keeping track of your kids at the park. Snap a
photo of your kids each morning--and this is the important
part--in their theme park visit clothes. It will make it
much easier if you have to ask for help in locating them.
I also am a great believer is using a smartphone as a memory
crutch. I snap a photo of the rental car (was it the red or the
white Toyota?) and a photo of the parking notation. Then I can
spend the day having fun and not ruin it all by walking aimlessly
around a supersized parking lot trying to find the car.
Cindy Richards is the mom of two terrific teens who has spent
more time than she likes to admit looking for a lost car. She's
also the editor for TravelingMom.com. Follow
her travel advice and foibles on Twitter @CindyRichards.
Cindy Richards is the mom of two who gets her muse from traveling the world, usually with kids in tow. She also writes for TravelingMom.com, where she also serves as editor.
See more of Cindy's stories here.
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