How To Plan For A Family Road Trip

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Planning vacations when you have kids is something that many people would consider a talent in and of itself, and it doesn’t matter whether you’re planning a short trip to visit family in the next state or if you’re flying to the other side of the world, it’s definitely something that is rather stressful – especially the actual traveling part.

However, it’s not all bad and can be made less stressful when you know how to plan ahead for it, and once you have a system in place and actually get used to traveling with your children, then you won’t really notice any major difference between that and traveling on your own.

It’s also a good idea to start traveling with children when they’re as young as possible, because this really helps them get used to it and makes them less likely to be bad or anxious travelers.

The great thing about road trips as a way of traveling with your family is that it offers a setting that can include more home comforts and is less stressful because there’s no waiting around in airports or being crammed into tiny airplane seats with children who are full of energy and losing patience.

In this post, we’ve included some useful tips to help you plan for successful family road trip.

Organize The Mode Of Transport:

Over the years, road trips have gained so much popularity all over the world for their free-spirit approach to travel, but they certainly don’t have to involve being stuck in a small car for days on end with everyone fighting over what music gets played and having to stop for bathroom breaks every hour.

Of course, you may choose to take a road trip in your car, and they can absolutely be comfortable for shorter journeys, but for a bigger vacation-style road trip, then considering an RV or motor home is something a lot of people go for, and they make for a much more comfortable and enjoyable road trip.

Have Safety Checks Carried Out On The Transport:

No matter what kind of travel you do, safety should always come first, so if you’re planning a road trip, then making sure the chosen mode of transport, whether it may a car or RV is currently in good condition that meets the latest safety standards by getting it thoroughly checked before taking off on your road trip.

Have A Clear, But Flexible Plan:

Having a plan when traveling – especially with your family if that includes children is absolutely crucial, even if it’s just for your own sanity, but it’s also important to remember that you simply cannot be in control of every little thing, so having a flexible approach to your plan that leaves room for things to be changed at short notice is key to, not only helping you stay as stress free as possible, but also to having fun, because let’s be honest – vacations are supposed to be fun and not dictated by rigid rules and plans.

Choose Your Route:

The great thing about a road trip is the massive amounts of options you have available for the routes you can take and the things that lie along the way. Of course, you’re not going to be able to see everything in the country, but picking a few landmarks that you really want to visit will help you devise the best possible route. Whether you want to go for a bucket-list road trip across Route 66, or something a bit more low-key, there are certainly no shortage of amazing things to see no matter which route you choose for your road trip.

Anticipate Issues That May Arise:

It’s very rare in general life that everything goes perfectly to plan, and this is even less so the case when traveling, so although we’re certainly not suggesting that you expect bad things to happen, it’s just good sense to be aware of some common issues that may come up when traveling through the country on a road trip.

Stock Up On Supplies:

If you’re traveling in an RV, then you’ll likely have good storage and possibly even cooking facilities, so when you’re traveling from place to place you won’t have to worry about stopping every few hours for fast food. Stocking up on key supplies, such as food, water, and even gas in case you run out is always a good idea to ensure that your road trip goes as smoothly and problem-free as possible.

Get Insurance:

When traveling anywhere, it’s always highly recommended to take out travel insurance, but when going somewhere on a road-trip, then ensuring that you have the correct car insurance or insurance for your RV is crucial, not only from a legal perspective, but for safety reasons. You can discover more about the various types of auto insurance available online.

Bring Entertainment For Children:

Whilst you may be happy simply taking in the beautiful and varied scenery along the way throughout your road trip, children – especially younger ones are not so easily entertained, so making sure you bring plenty to keep them occupied during the trip is a good idea. This can include things like bringing an iPad loaded with their favorite shows and movies, board games you can all play together, or even craft sets and coloring books and will definitely go a long way to ensuring an enjoyable and relaxing road trip for everyone involved.

Bring Your Paperwork:

Simply just having insurance and a contract for your RV is not enough, you need to make sure you have them with you just in case you do get stopped and are asked to prove anything. It could also be a good idea to bring copies of passports and birth certificates as proof of identity if ever needed. Likewise, making sure you have a clean driving record with no outstanding convictions, charges or warrants is something you should absolutely take care of because this could cause major problems during your road trip if you don’t.

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Trip Tease: How To Stop A Road Trip From Being A Dud

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There is nothing better than the thought of you and your friends hitting the open road. Some people even plan trips at Thanksgiving and the holidays because they love the feeling of freedom. Sitting behind the wheel and visiting every city on the map, and ones that aren’t is a special experience.

Of course, not everybody enjoys the trip as much as others. Like all vacations, there are roadblocks which you need to bypass if you’re going to have a memorable journey. Otherwise, the thought of the trip will be better than the real-life moments and that’s just a tease.

Below you’ll find a few things to consider before starting the engine.

Choose Your Traveling Buddies Wisely

Part of the trip is figuring out how to get along with your friends for the duration. Lots of BFFs fall out and argue because being cooped up all day is too much to handle. So, it makes sense to ask people who are easy going and laid back, or who like to plan stuff. Then, you can bounce off one another and get along. Also, don’t forget about their driving skills. For one thing, do they have a license? There is nothing worse than having to hold back because you’re the designated driver.

Pool Your Money

Okay, there’s no need to take out a joint bank account, but you don’t want to have more money than your friend, either. Resentment occurs when people can’t do the things they want because they don’t have enough cash. Awkward! So, instead of splitting, you can pool both funds and drive a little further before coming home. Plus, it stops the inevitable “who paid for what?” fights that break out. Because the costs are split, there is no need to argue over money or miss out on the chance of a lifetime.

Bring A Repair Kit

Sure, there is a recovery number in the glove compartment and you’ll call it when something goes wrong. There are two problems with this plan: A) they might not arrive and B) it could take ages to find your location. Considering the majority of car issues are cosmetic, you can repair them by the side of the road with the right tools. Check out www.peakhd.com for a range of antifreeze options which will get the engine going again in the winter weather. As always, a wrench, a jack, and a spare tire are essentials. See www.hagerty.com for a full list.

Screw The Plan

There will be a plan of attack, one that you’ll try to follow to the letter. However, in the true Emma Chase spirit, it’s best to leave it behind and go with the flow. By all means, stop off at the destinations which you’ve wanted to see for a while, but don’t stress about the others. Because it’s about the things that happen in between, not the destination, stopping off in small towns and villages is where you’ll have the most fun.

Don’t you think the best type of fun is spontaneous?

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Why You Should Spend Thanksgiving On The Road

Thanksgiving is the art of giving thanks and extending a gesture of peace. Dating back to 1621 when English pilgrims celebrated a generous harvest by sharing a feast with a tribe of Native Americans, the habit was reproduced by several states throughout the years until finally it was made national holiday across the country. The primary reason for Thanksgiving was a way for the population to get together and bond over the harvest and the resources of nature, giving thanks to each other, the environment, the weather, and anybody else who helped to prepare the dinner. Ultimately, nowadays, the meaning of Thanksgiving has been diluted by parades, sports and turkey feast – apparently, the first Thanksgiving feasts didn’t have turkey on the menu. But there’s a ritual has remained: At Thanksgiving families and friends travel to get together. You could break the tradition and travel together instead.

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Take the Thanksgiving table on the road

Everyone will be traveling anyway

Who says Thanksgiving, says traffic jam. While you use Google to help determine the best time to avoid the holiday rush – although most recommendations start at 6 AM and end around 8 PM to prevent late-night driving. The best time to leave the city is as early as possible, but Google warns that you probably won’t be able to avoid traffic altogether. In other words, as you’re going to spend most of your Thanksgiving preps in a vehicle, why not turn your holiday into a road trip instead? Wednesday is going to be the heaviest day on the road. So, think ahead and leave as early as Tuesday before the Thanksgiving Thursday, so that you and your family or friends can get ahead of the traffic.

Plan for out of this world comfort

A road trip, and especially in November, requires some planning. As you’ll spend plenty of time in a vehicle, you might want to ditch the car for an RV – check Forest River Rockwood for the best vehicles – so that everyone can be comfortable inside. Additionally, as a passenger – and let’s be honest, if you’re traveling in an RV there will be plenty of passengers – you need to prepare for the long hours on the road. Make sure to pack sickness motion tablets for your folks – nobody likes to feel nauseous before eating the turkey! You can also add books and music devices – from your kindle to packing all your favorite albums on Spotify.

Best destinations for togetherness

Last, but not least, there’s no point heading into big cities as you’ll face only traffic. You’ll find plenty of small towns that know how to get the Thanksgiving spirit going. Fredericksburg in Texas is a small German-inspired town that is filled with excitement and traditions such as the Thanksgiving dance. If you prefer a peaceful holiday, park your vehicle by the Catskill Mountain where you can still enjoy the last of the fall leaves. Before the ski season. You can even enjoy a picturesque Thanksgiving picnic by the waterfall in Windham!

Thanksgiving cultivates the art of togetherness, which doesn’t force you to stay at home. You can be together anywhere, even more on a road trip that lets you engage with the local nature and population.

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Why Travel To Iceland?

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Iceland may not have hot weather or tropical beaches, but it makes up for this with its multitude of natural wonders and cultural experiences. Here are just a few unique attractions that make Iceland worth adding to your bucket list.

Go whale watching

In recent years, Iceland has become the whale watching capital of the world. All kinds of species from humpbacks to minkes can be found swimming around the country’s shores. You can take an organised boat tour from Reykjavik or from the north – these tours can increase your chances of seeing one of these mighty creatures. Look out for trips that offer hot drinks and warm clothing to wear as it can get very chilly out on the water!

Tour the F roads

Iceland’s F roads are practically off-road – many of them are tarmac free and offer an exciting taste of wild driving. If you want to reach some of the country’s most incredible viewpoints, taking these roads could be necessary. Just make sure to hire an appropriate car to take on these roads and check online that these roads are open (you’re best off using them in the summer as many of them are buried in snow in the winter and often closed because of this).

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Bathe in the Blue Lagoon

The Blue Lagoon is a huge geothermal pool that attracts huge amounts of tourists. Its hot waters are the perfect relaxing escape from the cool Icelandic temperatures. Whilst the lagoon itself is man-made, the water is naturally heated by the earth below. The Blue Lagoon isn’t the only geothermal pool in Iceland and there are various other smaller examples dotted around the country that could be worth exploring if you’ve got a hire car.

Climb a volcano

You’ll find hundreds of volcanoes across Iceland – some extinct and others still active. These volcanoes can offer incredible views from the top and are often free to climb. Eyjafjallajökull is the country’s most popular volcano largely due its recent eruption in 2010. You can take an organised hiking tour up this mountain or you can make your own journey up to the top. Other commonly visited volcanoes include Hekla and Katla, which you can also attempt to climb.

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Get up close to a geyser

Geysers are hot springs that regularly eject water. Iceland has a number of geysers – the most famous of these is Strokkur, which erupts once every 6 to 10 minutes often reaching a height of 20 metres. It can often be a challenge to take pictures of these geysers as you never know when exactly they’re going to erupt. On top of the large geysers, there are many smaller bubbling geysers, all with their own unique appearance and sound. As with the country’s volcanoes, these geysers are often a free attraction.  

Visit a waterfall

Iceland also has a number of impressive waterfalls. One of the most scenic of these falls is Gullfoss, which sweeps around a corner into a canyon. Seljalandsfoss meanwhile is a vertical waterfall with a height of 60 metres that is equally impressive. These waterfalls remain constant throughout the year, although you’re often better off seeing them in summer when the glaciers have partially melted and the rivers and waterfalls have a greater flow. You’ll find visitor centres by these waterfalls that allow you to learn more about the geography and history behind these waterfalls.

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Explore Reykjavik

Many of Iceland’s attractions are natural, but if you’re craving a few urban activities there are plenty of things to do in Reykjavik, the country’s capital. There are a vast number of museums to be found in this city dedicated to everything from Vikings to whales. There’s also a museum dedicated to Icelandic punk and even a museum dedicated to penises! On top of its weird and wonderful museums, there are various landmarks worth seeing such as Harpa concert hall and the Perlan building. Alternatively, you may simply want to take a walk around the harbour or visit the Reykjavik Street Food market.

Try Hakarl

Iceland has a number of unique and exotic foods worth trying. One of the most unusual dishes is Hakarl – those with a daring palette may be willing to try it. Hakarl is essentially rotten shark meat – the meat is deliberately fermented in order to get rid of the toxins that are usually present in it. It’s certainly not for everyone, but if you are willing to take on the challenge you’ll be able to tell everyone back home that you’ve eaten shark!

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See the northern lights

The Northern Lights are one of Iceland’s biggest lures. On certain nights in the early months of the year, it’s possible to see this natural phenomenon which consists of multicoloured lights darting across the sky like a huge light show. Rural locations are the best places for seeing the lights – in cities, the light pollution may prevent you from seeing this natural phenomenon as clearly. There are even tours and hotels with glass roofs that can allow you to see these lights.

See the midnight sun

If you visit Iceland in the summer, you may miss out on the chance to see the Northern Lights, but you can still take in the amazing phenomenon that is the midnight sun. Because Iceland is so far north, there are evenings in the height of summer in which the sun never completely sets, resulting in a permanent orange glow throughout the night. The midnight sun can be particularly stunning when viewed from the coast or from a mountain if you don’t mind trekking out in the middle of the night.

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Laptop and no WiFi to Go? How Your Phone Can Help!

Say you’re travelling and you have your laptop with you. But, alas, there’s no WiFi, or you don’t trust the public WiFi at the hotel or eating place you’re at, or you’re just not in an area where a WiFi connection you trust is available.

Well, if you have a smartphone, you probably have a solution!

Your laptop can use your phone’s  cellular signal to access the internet. This is what is called, “tethering“. To use it, you would need to turn on your WiFi on your laptop if it isn’t already on.

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Next, you would most likely go to your phone’s settings. The tethering option may be located under WiFi or connection settings or under advanced settings. Each phone is different. And, your phone may offer different methods of making the connection, either via USB cable or other means, so it’s a good idea to have a cable with you that can physically connect your phone and computer.

Once you have a connection, you’re ready to go! Now, there are some things to note.

First, please don’t think that you can now ditch your internet service at home and use your phone for free internet service!

You see, with tethering, your internet won’t be nearly as fast in many cases, because you’re using your phone’s processor. So, if you have something like a major download you want to do or something that requires a large number of open pages, you may want to skip these until you get to where you can have a safe direct WiFi or cable connection that you trust, like the one you do have at home.

And, it can also count against your phone plan’s data limit as well.

But, if you need WiFi on the fly for simpler web-based tasks, this can really help!

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Things to Consider When Moving Abroad for Work

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The decision to move abroad for work is a life-changing one, so it is not something that you should enter into lightly. And while you could find that the changes are mainly positive, it is worth weighing up your choice carefully. After all, you want to minimise your risk of making a mistake and having to start your job search all over again. So, here are just some of the main things to consider when you are moving country for work.

Visas and Other Admin Details

Moving to some countries is more challenging than others, so you need to make sure that you can obtain the relevant visas or work permits for your country of choice. Thankfully, the internet has generally simplified the process. Say you are planning on moving to India – you can go through the aadhar card portal. Your potential employer is likely to be able to provide you with the relevant advice that you need, so go to them as a first port of call.

Lifestyle Changes

As well as the job itself, you also need to closely consider the lifestyle changes which will be involved in moving abroad. Just some of the major differences which you are likely to encounter include climate, language, working conditions and quality of life. Do your homework in advance to see if the conditions suit you. If it is possible, you should speak to someone who already lives there as they can give you a first-hand account of what life is like.

Cost of Living

Don’t simply assume that your salary will cover all your living expenses. Just because the number on the page in front of you looks high, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you will be living like a king or queen. Again, you should be able to find a lot of the information that you are looking for regarding cost of living online. If possible, you should take a visit to your potential new home before moving there permanently.

Career Prospects

If you are relocating to a company other than the one that you are already working for, you should research the organisation thoroughly. You will also want to know what your career prospects are likely to be in the future. After all, one of the main advantages of moving abroad is that you are furthering your own abilities and equipping yourself with new skills which are going to come in handy in the future.

Relocation Costs

Find out from your new employer whether or not they are willing to foot the bill for any relocation costs. Make sure to ask what their budget is and what this includes. They may be able to help you out with temporary accommodation when you first arrive. If you are going to need to buy things when you are out there, it is worth investigating what the personal cost to you is going to end up being.

Hopefully, this article has made the decision to move abroad for work just a little bit simpler.

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Here’s How You Organise Everything for your Next Road Trip

Going away for a road trip can be a very exciting experience and you would be surprised at how easy it is for you to get everything organised. The problem that a lot of people have is they have no idea what they need to pack and they also have no idea how they are going to fit everything they need into their car either. If you want to avoid all of this then you can find out some helpful hints and tips below.

Space Bags

Space Bags are ideal if you are going away on a road trip. The main reason for this is because they give you the chance to pack down any clothing items with ease. All you have to do is put them in the plastic bag and then vacuum all of the air out. This will really make the whole thing way easier for you and it will also mean that you have way more space as well. You also need to make sure that you don’t focus on the boot space that you have, for example, your car is full of nooks and crannies, and these are great if you want to pack certain items. Try and put your shoes under the seat rather than taking up space in the boot, and put any snacks behind the seats so they can be accessed by the people in the back.

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Plastic Tubs are Great

Instead of putting every bottle of shampoo, conditioner, soap and more in a bag and trying to slot your clothes in around them, try and use a plastic box instead. Plastic boxes provide you with a way higher level of organisation and they also make it way easier for you to access your items as well. You can even stack your boxes on top of one another as well, and this will give you way more space in the car when compared to carrier bags or other holdalls. Ratchet straps are great if you want to keep everything secure in the back of a truck or anything else similar, but it helps to know how to loosen ratchet straps before you get everything loaded.

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The 7 Day Rule

If you are going on a road trip for 7 days then it’s super important that you pack a bag that will help you to go for this length of time. A lot of people make the mistake of packing way more clothes than they need, and this can cause a ton of issues when the time comes to load the car. If you want to avoid this, then just pack 5 of everything, with 7 pairs of socks. After all, you can easily wear the same t-shirt for more than 2 days in a row, and this will really help to save space if everyone who is taking the trip does it.

So it is very easy for you to really get a good result out of your road trip, and by taking the time to organise your belongings, you can save yourself both time and money.

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