Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Tips for An Enjoyable Vacation With Your Children- Guest Post by Kendra Thornton

Today we have Kendra Thornton as a guest contributor giving us some tips for traveling with kids. Kendra is the former Orbitz director of communications. In this position she was able to travel to 28 countries on 6 different continents.  This experience makes her a great resource for travel tips. Take it away Kendra.....

Having kids doesn't mean they have to turn 18 before you ever travel anywhere again.  The joys of having children include the memories you make as a family while on vacation.  However, some travel woes won't be forgotten if you don't prepare for your children's travel needs.  Before you plan your next family vacation, you may want to consider some of the following travel tips.    

1. Nutrition

Save money on food by taking advantage of the continental breakfasts offered at the hotel.  Choose hotels that offer free breakfast.  A wholesome nutritious breakfast will make everyone's day better, and you won't spend as much money feeding your children unhealthy food at your favorite theme parks.  

2. Fast Food Traps

Sugary snacks are a Mom's worst nightmare!  Your kids will go from off the wall to irritable and tired in a matter of a few hours.  Try packing nutritious snacks for those long hours on the road.  Snacks loaded with protein will keep the hunger away longer. If you have to get an on the go meal/treat you can still make healthy decisions when getting fast food!

3. Traveling

Plan your travel times around your child's sleep pattern.  Alert and awake children are more enjoyable to travel with than tired and irritable children that have trouble sleeping.  Also bring some of your children's favorite sleeping items from home so they feel more comfortable and safe.  Remember - when choosing a location there are certain destinations that offer quiet hours to make sure families get a solids nights sleep in most Orlando hotels in Walt Disney World!

4. Games/Activities

Bring toys for your children that will engage them for long periods of time.  Fewer, longer engaging games or toys are better than too many things that will get played with for only a few minutes.  Kids don't mind repeated things over and over again, so avoid things that are noisy, as it will soon get on your nerves and that of other travelers too.      

5. Fun In The Sun: 

One sunburn can ruin an entire trip. Summer fun needs to include plenty of sunscreen for your children's outdoor adventures.  This is of utmost importance, because you may forget sunscreen once, but a screaming child with a bad sunburn will make sure you never forget it again.  

Traveling with your children doesn't have to be a chore when you plan ahead of time and prepare accordingly.  It's even easier to travel again the next time once you know what you're doing.  Your children will one day remember the time you spent with them on vacation, and you will remember how easy it was to take them.

Kendra Thornton: Travel advocate, TV spokesperson, PR businesswoman, proud wife and mama of 3. I am a long time travel expert who has been packing my bags and traveling the world since I was 3 months old! I've found my utmost desire in life is right here in my own home. I have mixed my excitement for travel by bringing the taste of authentic cuisine to my own home with some of my unique recipes and sharing some of my personal traveling tips. Enjoy!

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