Are you looking to pack up the kids and take them on a fun vacation this spring or summer? If so you’re in luck! Travel expert Kim Orlando of TravelingMoms.com joined me this week to dish on how families can ease their stress when traveling, where mom and dad can go to get the best deals and coupons to popular destinations and how families can make the most of their vacation time together!
Candace Rose: What can families do to ease their stress when traveling?
Kim Orlando: “Moms ask me about stress all the time because they are generally the vacation planner in the family. The one tip that I know that works is to get to the airport or get on the road early. You don’t know what traffic or security lines will be like, so if you’re early that alleviates that entire issue. And whether you’re booking a flight or planning a road trip, be prepared. You always want to have activities on hand to keep not just the kids but the whole family entertained during travel. So I’ve teamed up with some companies that will give you some ideas for doing just that.
Rather than packing up the whole house full of electronics and cords, opt for a single device that does it all like this Windows 8 PC made by ACER. It has a dock and Bluetooth keyboard, and it makes it easy to switch back and forth from laptop to tablet. What’s really great is it supports more than one person touching the screen at a time, so the kids can play games together. Plus, Windows 8 gives you access to your photos, your files and sharing so it’s the dream tool to keep us parents organized on the go too.”
Candace Rose: Where can families go to get the best deals and coupons on popular destinations?
Kim Orlando: “Well, there are lots of deals online. On TravelingMom.com we have an entire section on free things to do in the United States, and one of my favorite ways to save money is to book a vacation rental instead of a hotel at my destination. They’re ideal for families because they’re traditionally about half the cost for twice the space, and they provide flexibility and amenities like a kitchen, and kitchens save families like mine a lot of money. I have three teenagers, they’re eating from the adult menu and dining out can be very expensive. I know my kids also really like to have their own room too. Check out HomeAway.com, they have more than 500,000 properties for rent- everything from castles to cabins, all sizes fits all budgets. With Home Away you can spend less time crammed in one room and more time reconnecting.”
Candace Rose: How can families make the most of their family vacation time together?
Kim Orlando: “Well, one of the best ways to maximize your vacation time is to be organized. A perfect app for traveling that acts as your personal assistant is TripIt. It’s free, it makes it so simple to organize all your travel plans in one place, just take your airline, hotel and car rental confirmation emails and forward them to Plans@Tripit.com and like magic this app creates your itinerary in one place including maps and directions, then syncs your travel info with your calendar, so all of your travel information is right where you need it including your confirmation numbers all in one place. It’s really incredible.”
Candace Rose: Do you have any additional tips or information you’d like to share with us?
Kim Orlando: “Well, for more information you can go to TravelingMom.com and TravelingDad.com. And if you have specific questions, on Traveling Mom we have 58 writers that contribute every week- everybody from a mom who has teenagers to a mom to a child in a wheelchair. You can click on the ‘Ask A Traveling Mom’ button on the site, ask your specific question and enjoy a response back.”