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Tips for Planning a Family / Group Vacation on a Budget

Tips for Planning a Family / Group Vacation on a Budget

According to a study done in 2018, the average cost per person was just over $1,000 when planning vacations. This may be fine if you’re traveling solo, or as a couple, but can become quite expensive for the whole family or a group of people.

Taking family vacations, or traveling with a group, can be a great way to break up your daily routine, and these types of trips have invaluable benefits when it comes to bonding.

But many people hold back because of the money.

So, whether you’re a couple with three kids, dreaming of a Eurotrip with your 5 best girlfriends, or planning a full scale family reunion, the following are our best tips for planning a budget friendly group vacation.

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6 Tips for Your First Time Flying with Children

6 Tips for Your First Time Flying with Children

Flying with children may be new for you, but it doesn’t have to be stressful. Children can travel at virtually any age, which means you don’t have to wait until they’re adolescents to put them on a plane.

Choose a destination, pack your luggage, and enjoy a safe and memorable flight by checking out these six tips for flying with kids.

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Why Toronto Is The Perfect Family Reunion Destination

Why Toronto Is The Perfect Family Reunion Destination

In today’s age, family get-togethers have become a rare occurrence. Even with growing social networks online, distant relatives hardly get the time to meet and spend time with each other.

Family reunions offer a great sense of belongingness, rekindle relationships and an opportunity to bond between the next generation. Though what if your family members are spread out across the world, or across the country?

Toronto (Canada) is a great place to plan a family reunion; a central destination which makes for easy travel, with a number of outdoor places and plenty of activities for everyone in the family.

Here is a short guide on how to plan a successful family reunion in Toronto.

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Reasons You Shouldn’t Visit Tokyo Without a Trip to Tokyo DisneySea

Reasons You Shouldn’t Visit Tokyo Without a Trip to Tokyo DisneySea

My first ever trip overseas was to Japan when I was 15. It was a language immersion trip with my High School, and my name was pulled out of a hat for one of the coveted places.

And while this introduction to travel involved many cultural highlights like attendance at a local school, a homestay with a Japanese student, and traveling to Hiroshima to place 1,000 cranes, the one day I was most looking forward to was Tokyo Disneyland.

Fastforward 15 years, and I would find myself traveling back to Tokyo, with the sole purpose of visiting Tokyo DisneySea®. And, in a country where embracing worlds of fantasy is part of the cultural fabric, I discovered the same sense of pure joy and wonder as I had felt at age 15.

Tokyo DisneySea is an incredible theme park inspired by the myths and legends of the sea. And in the lead up to my trip, fellow adults would lose their composure and absolutely gush about how incredible their time at the park had been.

In the fierce debate about the best Disney park in the world, I feel confident awarding the title to Tokyo DisneySea. Here’s why.

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The 7 Best Family-Friendly Beaches Along the US East Coast

The 7 Best Family-Friendly Beaches Along the US East Coast

If you’re ready to book your next family holiday and you’re thinking of a beach destination along the US East Coast, this guide will help you plan the perfect beach vacation.

With well over 2,000 miles of coastline, that stretches across 15 US States, choosing a destination is often the toughest part of your planning. Though some beaches are a lot more family friendly than others!

To help you narrow down your choices we’ve compiled a list of the best family-friendly beaches on the East Coast that will make everyone happy. They’re as safe for your kids but still fun for adults!

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Safety Tips for Traveling with Small Kids

Safety Tips for Traveling with Small Kids

The holiday season is upon us once again and it’s time for your family vacation. You already have a picture in your mind of a stress free holiday, where the kids are happy, as are mum and dad.

One of the most important elements to ensuring a stress free vacation is knowing everyone is safe. That’s not to say that you should spend the whole trip overly paranoid about “what can go wrong”, but it definitely helps if you’ve put a couple of precautionary measures in place.

Armed with some good organization, and the following advice, you can enjoy your holiday in the knowledge that everyone is safe.

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6 Ways to Bond With Each Other on a Family Trip Abroad

6 Ways to Bond With Each Other on a Family Trip Abroad

If you’re traveling as a family, it’s likely that you’ve set this time aside to bond with them. Travel is a fantastic way to bond with each other, and create beautiful memories that will last a lifetime.

Family travel can of course be more stressful than traveling alone; the logistics involved in coordinating group flights, accommodation, and tours, and trying your best to keep everyone happy and civilized!

But remember that less is often more when it comes to planning an itinerary, and if bonding is your main goal, the thing that matters most if that you’re spending quality time together.

The following are 6 ideas for bonding with each other when you’re on a family trip abroad.

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International Travel with Kids: Top Tips and How to Survive

International Travel with Kids: Top Tips and How to Survive

Taking a trip by yourself or with your partner can be stressful enough, but when you add children into the mix, travel can become a whole new monster.

But don’t let the thought of potential chaos stop you from booking an enjoyable family holiday. With a little careful planning, vacations with your kids can be some of the most memorable moments you share with them.

Travelling internationally usually involves flights and unlike a simple road trip, you can’t simply threaten to turn the plane back around if your kids aren’t behaving.

If you’re pondering a family getaway, here are some top tips for making your holiday as stress-free as possible. Follow these helpful suggestions to give you and your family the best chance to survive your next holiday together.

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Travel Like a Pro (Even with Small Kids in Tow!)

Travel Like a Pro (Even with Small Kids in Tow!)

Visiting new places can be one of life’s greatest pleasures. From the joy of meeting new people to experiencing different cultures and eating unusual foods, traveling is a wonderful way to enrich both your mind and your spirit.

But don’t be fooled into thinking that you have to be young and carefree or older and wealthy to take advantage of everything the world has to offer. Even those with kids can have exciting and meaningful trips that involve more than the Disney Vacation Club.

The following are our top three tips for traveling like a pro even with your small kids in tow.

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Travelling From Sydney Airport with Kids in Tow? 3 Fair Dinkum Tips for a Stress-free Family Trip

Travelling From Sydney Airport with Kids in Tow? 3 Fair Dinkum Tips for a Stress-free Family Trip

Whether you’re visiting relatives in New Zealand or soaking up the bright lights of Hong Kong, travelling with kids can really make those grey hairs sprout.

And the stress seems to ramp up days before the trip – youngsters spit the dummy for random reasons and teens whinge when they realise they might miss the Aussie tour dates for Taylor Swift.

But family travel can be much more Zen-like if you follow these three tips.

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Things to do in Gozo with Kids: Why This Maltese Island Should Be Your Next Family Trip

Things to do in Gozo with Kids: Why This Maltese Island Should Be Your Next Family Trip

When families are looking for an easy island break the immediate destinations which come to mind include the Balearics, the Canaries, and the Greek islands. And while these destinations are firm family favorites, especially for travelers from Europe and the UK, there’s another destination sitting quietly in the middle of the Mediterranean, perfect for your next family break.

The second largest island in the Maltese archipelago, Gozo is is an excellent destination to enjoy together with your children. In comparison with mainland Malta, families will find more varied geology, and a greener and more peaceful island which is rural in a way Malta no longer is.

It’s only 25 minutes on the water from Malta to Gozo, and it’s easy to rent a car, to find your own way to the many incredible beaches, nature, food and culture you can enjoy with your kids.

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Tips for Flying with Your Dog

Tips for Flying with Your Dog

Everyone knows that when you bring a dog into your life, you’re not only welcoming a ton of new excitement, but you’re also embracing a substantial amount of new responsibility.

That responsibility, however, doesn’t mean you need to give up your flexibility when it comes to travel, at least not all of it!

It has become quite acceptable in today’s day and age to bring your pet with you, and travel with your dog on the plane. So the following are our trips on flying with your dog; because there’s no reason you should have to choose between your wanderlust and your pet!

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Tips for Traveling with the Whole Family

Tips for Traveling with the Whole Family

Taking a trip is supposed to be fun, but travelling with the whole family can have challenges of its own, especially if you have children of different ages.

Making sure everyone is having fun means a lot of compromise, while at the same time you have to ensure that you leave time as adults for your own activities and relaxation.

Trip planning is sometimes difficult, but if you take some simple steps and make the right plans, it can be enjoyable for everyone involved. Here are some tips for traveling with the whole family.

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Packing Tips for Traveling With Kids: Holiday Checklist for Families

Packing Tips for Traveling With Kids: Holiday Checklist for Families

Packing for a family holiday doesn’t have to be a chore. With careful planning and preparation you can whiz through the process without any stress or worry, even if you’re a single parent traveling!

Follow these tips and you’ll be fine … use our guide as a holiday checklist for your next family trip.

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The Docklands and Geelong: Great Places in / near Melbourne for Visiting Families

The Docklands and Geelong: Great Places in / near Melbourne for Visiting Families

As The Economist’s most liveable city for the seventh year in a row, Melbourne is the place to be (plus, you won’t find a better coffee anywhere else in the world!).

Aside from the well-known Federation Square, MCG and Botanical Gardens, there are many other incredible areas to explore, and today we highlight the Docklands and Geelong as our two top picks for families.

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Tips For Preparing for a Family Vacation

Tips For Preparing for a Family Vacation

If you’re even considering taking your children on vacation this year, there’s a good chance you’re experiencing conflicting emotions right now.

On the one hand, you’re excited for the trip, and the opportunity to spend quality time as a family exploring new places. On the other, you’re slowly filling with dread, nervous of the logistical nightmare that lies ahead.

I’m here to tell you that traveling with children needn’t be a nightmare – as long as you’re prepared to put in a little planning…

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Why Heading on a Cruise is Fantastic Value for Money

Why Heading on a Cruise is Fantastic Value for Money

Cruises are a fantastic way to discover the world, and travelers who haven’t yet tried this form of travel are definitely missing out. Couples cruise for the romance, families for the stress free and family friendly environment for their kids; solo travelers cruise to be social, and others to enjoy excursions in multiple exotic lands in one trip.

Though perhaps one of the best reasons to take a cruise is the value for money. Whether you decide on Europe, or to embark on an Alaskan cruise, everything you could possibly need for a great trip is bundled into the one fare. That’s all meals, accommodation, entertainment and transport between destinations at substantially lower cost than if you were spend the same on land for a hotel, taxi, dinner and a show.

No matter what your reason for taking a cruise, the following are 5 reasons heading on a cruise is fantastic value for money.

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6 Tips to Navigating a Day Trip to Walt Disney World Orlando

6 Tips to Navigating a Day Trip to Walt Disney World Orlando

With a new festival slated for the year and an exciting land set to open in Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Disney World in Orlando has a host of offerings that make it an exciting place to visit with the family.

But if you’re short on time, you want to make your Disney World experience as memorable as possible. The following are 6 tips to help you navigate your day.

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Which Canary Island is the Right Choice for You and Your Family?

Which Canary Island is the Right Choice for You and Your Family?

Spain is the most popular destination for holidaymakers from Ireland and the UK, which means that those seeking sunshine and sand will have considered visiting the Canary Islands at some point.

Gran Canaria, Tenerife, Lanzarote, Fuerteventura and La Palma are the most popular islands for families to visit, so here’s a brief overview of each island to help you to decide which one is the right destination for your next family holiday.

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Family Fun in Santa Cruz, Carlsbad, Fresno, Costa Mesa and Obispo

Family Fun in Santa Cruz, Carlsbad, Fresno, Costa Mesa and Obispo

My family recently had a travel planning session over Sunday dinner. We threw around ideas for the family vacation we take every five years. Our trips are unique because they have to appease everyone from age six to seventy years old.

I did my research and suggested the California coast. These are some of the cool destinations I found that would make great family vacation spots.

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Family Travel Inspiration: 7 Trips And Outdoor Adventures

Family Travel Inspiration: 7 Trips And Outdoor Adventures

When planning family trips, it’s best to keep kids busy with activities from crafting and music lessons to hiking and swimming. No one wants to hear, “Mom, I’m bored” while lounging beach side with a cocktail in hand.

Travel is one of the most fun ways for a parent to share the cultures and natural wonders of the world. These destinations are safe for kiddos, catering to the picky eaters, adrenaline junkies, nature lovers, and beach bums too. Not only will kids be welcome, they’ll find programs and excursions designed just for them on each of these global adventures.

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The Best US Travel Locations for Outdoorsy Families

The Best US Travel Locations for Outdoorsy Families

Your family deserves a break. Not just from the rigors of everyday life, but from the traditional tried and tired vacations of past years. Sure, visiting amusement parks provides excitement and summer nights at beach condominiums offer entertainment, but no vacation is as rewarding as the one that delivers outdoor activities, breath-taking beauty, and nature exploration all in one.

Extended stays in open-air environments are on the rise. Whether it’s hiking during the weekend or fishing on your trip to the lake, many are opting for a close encounter with nature rather than a hectic getaway to a touristy trap. This year, skip the headache of planning your trip to an expected destination and instead travel to nature’s backyard.

Not sure where to start? No worries, we’ve listed a few of our favorite places to try.

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5 Incredible Places for a Family Activity Holiday

5 Incredible Places for a Family Activity Holiday

You may think that exotic destinations like Africa and Asia are too risky for travelling with children but many travel companies are now catering their activities to suit explorers of all ages.

So do some research before hand and take the whole family along content in the knowledge that everyone’s needs will be taken care of on your family holiday.

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