How to Involve Kids in Trip Planning

No matter if your trip is a weekend getaway or a month long adventure your kids can be active participants in planning your next vacation. How? Do you not even know where to begin? Here are a few tips to help  get you started involving your kids in the trip planning.

Get your kids involved in planning your next vacation

Ask them where they want to go? Some of their dreams may not be reality, but what if the answer they give surprises you. Maybe it is somewhere you want to go to or maybe they might just say a day at the local park. Maybe they love airplanes or trains. Maybe while you are on your vacation you can go on excursion in whatever they are interested in. Use their answers to help you plan and let them know when their suggestion is a hit.

Get your kids involved in planning your next vacation

Think about the hobbies and interest your children have. Do they love outdoors, museums, biking, building. Try to capitalize on their interest to help them get excited about the upcoming trip. If they are old enough, have them do research about your destination to find an activity they want to do. Make sure you give them a budget up front so they know how big to dream.

Where ever you decide for your next vacation spot you can bet that it has a history. Depending on where you are going and what you are doing, learn about the history of the location. The more you know about a particular destination the more exciting it will be when you visit.

What other ways do you have your kids help you plan your vacations?

How to survive being snowed in your hotel room

 

How to survive being snowed in your hotel room

Let me share with you a vacation that was not a vacation at least it was not the vacation I had planned. We got snowed in on vacation!

 

How to survive being snowed in you hotel room on vacation

So we sometimes take crazy trips, ok maybe more often than sometimes. So let me tell you the plan and then tell you what went wrong and how we handled the change in plans. The plan this year for our annual ski trip was to head to Harrisonburg VA for 2 days. We planned one day of skiing at Massanutten Resort followed by a day of splashing at their water park. Then we would hop in the car and drive to Timberline West VA for 3 more days of skiing. Massanutten is about 2 hours from our home and then Timberline is another 3 hours west so it made for a nice stopping point to extend our trip into a nice long vacation. So I carefully packed to make the transition from one hotel to the next easy. I planned meals (we pack almost all of the food we eat to save money) based on where we were staying and what activities we had planned for the day. We loaded up the car without a square inch of spare space and headed out. We arrived at Massanutten as planned and enjoyed a fantastic day of skiing. The temperatures were frigid but we took frequents breaks and used hand and foot warmers and lots of layers. After skiing, we checked into our hotel room got settled and then headed out for a great meal at a nearby restaurant. So far so good, vacation relaxation all the way. We were given a heads up when we got back to the hotel that a snow storm was on its way and they were calling for 12 inches. Yikes!! Well I thought no worries we had a great day of skiing and tomorrow we will be inside at the water park which is only 10 min away from our hotel. We are comfortable driving in the snow so a 10 min drive did not seem so daunting.

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Skiing at Massanutten Ski Resort

 Skiing at Massanutten Ski Resort

We are a family of skiiers. It is a great feeling to spend the whole day with your entire family doing something that is super fun that the whole family loves. Doing sports together as a family is a great way to enjoy each other make memories to last a lifetime. It is so rewarding to help your children learn something new and see their confidence and skills grow. Since we live in VA the ski seasons are usually short but we are very lucky to be able to go to a great ski mountain at Massanutten Ski Resort. We visited Massanutten this past week and had a great time. The snow conditions were amazing.

massanutten ski resort is a great place for families

 

massanutten ski resort is a great place for families

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Travel Deals for Top 2015 Spring Break Destinations

Travel Deals for Top 2015 Spring Break Destinations

Vegas? Cancun? Daytona? Just the girls? Whole family? Friends? Just the two of you? The possibilities seem endless when you have an entire week to escape. We all deserve a break come spring whether you are a college student who has studied hard all year or a couple that can be described as workaholics or a family in need of some fun and time away from the rigorous pace of life. While there is no doubt we all deserve a nice spring break vacation sometimes our dream getaways are bigger then our budgets. We have gathered some great deals for some Top Spring Break Destinations Better hurry though hotels are booking fast and the best deals won’t last long.

Spring Break Destinations 2015 amazing deals

 

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Tulip Time Festival in Holland, MI

Tulip Time Festival in Holland, MI

Every year the in the beginning of May in Holland, Michigan a Tulip Festival is held, Tulip Time. Some years the tulips come early, some years they are a little late, but most year the tulip bloom right on schedule and the festival happens with the tulips in full bloom.

Every year the in the beginning of May in Holland, Michigan a Tulip Festival is held, Tulip Time. Some years the tulips come early, some years they are late

Tulip Time Festival

This year the main festival is from May 2nd-9th with additional events starting April 30th. Be sure to check out the schedule. Last year we were unable to attend the festival and showed up a week late and were hoping to see just some of the late blooming tulips. Instead with the long cold winter we were blessed to see the tulips in full bloom and minimal crowds.

Every year the in the beginning of May in Holland, Michigan a Tulip Festival is held, Tulip Time. Some years the tulips come early, some years they are late

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