Monday, December 7, 2015

Travel Tips To Keep You Sane This Holiday Season

With the holiday season in full swing, and Christmas weeks away, everyone has travel on their mind—and whether you're travelling home for the holidays or taking a vacation somewhere tropical and warm, I've got some great travel tips for you. I was on CTV Morning Live today talking about travel tips for the holidays, and I wanted to share them with you here!



Travel Tips To Keep You Sane (And Save You Money!) This Holiday Season

RetailMeNot.ca: My favourite website right now is RetailMeNot.ca. This is where you'll find all the hottest Canadian deals and offers on everything shopping related, including travel. Deals and offers are emailed directly to you, so you'll never miss a thing. You can also go online every day to check out the latest travel deals.

You can get travel coupons for airfare and flight deals, hotel discounts, rental cars, and affordable vacation packages, all in one place. RetailMeNot.ca saves you serious money on travel booking sites like WestJet, Park N Fly, and Hotwire. You'll also save a ton if you're booking a Staycation—something fun for families over the long winter break. Why not buy someone a travel gift card for Christmas though RetailMeNot.ca? A vacation somewhere warm is the perfect gift to receive!

Stay at child friendly resorts: No matter where you're travelling to, stay at a child-friendly resort! Unless, of course, it's an adults-only trip. Family-friendly resorts always have a variety of activities for the kids to keep them busy all day long. We loved the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress in Orlando because there was so much do for the family—golf, swimming, kayaking, volleyball, bike rides, tennis, and so much more. We also loved the SoHo Met in Toronto, and the Langham Place in New York City.

Be patient: When you're travelling with children, you're bound to encounter some problems, starting at the airport. Don't sweat the small stuff. Be flexible. Kids will be off their routine, so do your best to go with the flow.

Check wait times: Preparing for your departure is easier if you've done your research before you leave. Check to make sure there are no flight delays before heading to the airport, especially in the winter.

Pack a smart carry-on: Pack snacks, water, and surprises. Keep children entertained with new books, colouring books, and small games. For the older kids, pack a journal so they can write about their travel adventures. Of course, iPads and tablets are mom and dad's best friend when travelling. Load up favourite movies, TV shows, and games for hours of entertainment. Don't forget the chargers or the headphones!

Remember the essentials: Pack a change of clothes for everyone, and sweaters. It is also a great idea to put together a first-aid kit, with items like band-aids, Polysporin, alcohol wipes, Gravol, Tylenol, Advil, vitamins, bug spray, sunscreen, aloe lotion, and a thermometer. Better to be be prepared in case someone gets sick. This also saves you from having to go to the pharmacy while you're on vacation.

Travel with your entourage: The more people you travel with—family and friends—the more fun you'll all have! Why not make it a family affair and bring the extended family for some fun in the sun, too? You'll have built-in baby-sitter's which is a huge bonus, and it always makes the travel experience more memorable.

Pack light: If you can get away with only one carry-on per person, you'll be a happier traveller. Of course, packing light is nearly impossible for me, but I'm trying!

Last but not least... take plenty of pictures while you're on vacation. And get out and explore the city and country you're visiting!

Happy travels, everyone.

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