Vacation rentals are very popular with large groups! Whether it's for a sports team or family reunion it tends to be less costly and intimate setting. Versus booking several hotel rooms and staying apart from each other. Here are some reasons why vacation rentals are perfect:
****ITEMS TO MAKE SURE YOU BRING WHILE STAYING AT VACATION RENTAL HOMES****
(NOTE: some of these items maybe already available in the rental, but always double check prior to arriving)
As parents you may wonder should I take my kids with me while on vacations or leave them? Or for how long? Sometimes you can go on a trip and feel like your kids are missing out or feel guilty. As parents, there's no right or wrong answer because its totally up to you, your stituaition, your lifestyle, where you're going and for how long. However, as new parents a vacation is a great idea to take after they are born to relief stress. Here are some tips for balancing vacations with or without kids.
TAKE FAMILY TIME TRIPS
- short & fun
-consider drive-able locations (places that requires no passports) EXAMPLE: Cruises
-consider All-inclusive plan (kids like to be entertained and eat)
-factor flight prices
-affordable (save in advance/put a vacation on layaway)
-plan ahead check school calendar and absent policy
-book a property with alot of space (Vacation rental homes are perfect)
TAKE BAECATION/COUPLES REKINDLEMENT TRIPS (kid-free)
-leave the kids with a family member or family friend
-short quick getaway (sometimes a quick vacay is better than nothing)
-don't prolong or put it off
-consider a staycation if you can't get out of town (a simple change of scenery)
-gives you time to relax, unwind, feel refreshed, find out your likes again and get to know your partner better
-get stress free and mushie
TAKE A GIRL TRIP/ GUYS TRIP/ ALL-ADULT TRIPS
-for some adult time
-bond with your peers
-unwind and kick back (have fun)
-plan as a once a year getaway
GET YOUR BATTERIES RECHARGED
Studies have shown that you should at least take a 10 vacation. Remember to set aside a day or 2 to unwind and to get yourself together. A vacation from a vacation is needed mentally and physically. Therefore, you will find out that it will be well worth the time-off sacrifice:
Did you know that people who take a yearly vacation have reduced a risk of a heart attack by 33%? When you say a vacation that typically sounds great, right? But, how many of us have a hard time unplugging for work. Or sometimes, while on vacation we find it hard to leave our work at home. Especially, if we are the one that are in charge of everything or the one responsible for ensuring that nothing happens while you're out. We are constantly checking our phones and emails even while on vacation, trying to stay connected!! This is not enjoyable when you're supposed to be on vacation. Here are some tips you can use to ensure that you still have an amazing vacation!
The all-inclusive option for resorts/hotels typically means that all meals and drinks are included, some non-motorized sports, tips, and sometimes transfers to and from the airport are included into the price along with your accommodations. Never, worry about going hungry because there are typically array of bars, snacks and restaurants with unlimited dining choices. Although, WiFi usage maybe additional cost, as well as tours and excursions. However, tipping the drivers maybe expected. But, keep in mind different resorts offer different all-inclusive packages.
Always check with the travel professional prior.
TYPICALLY HERE'S WHAT IS INCLUDED IN ALL-INCLUSIVE PACKAGES: (all resorts varies)
The risk of contracting a contagious illness is heightened when we are traveling within any enclosed area. Studies has shown that germs can travel very easily on an airplane, where people are packed together like sardines. Most likely, they are going to be some coughing and sneezing happening. BUT, the airplane isn't the only place along your travel route germs thrive. So, how to stay healthy while traveling?? Here are 5 helpful tips:
Travel IdentificationIt can be tricky to know the difference between passport books, passport cards and other types of identification and when each type of ID is needed when traveling. And with new laws requiring IDs to be REAL ID compliant combined with rumors of a "passport crisis," it can all get very confusing. Here's what you need to know to help understand these two issues.
First, REAL ID compliance is a standard approved by Congress in 2005 to make the issuing and use of driver’s licenses and other state-issued ID cards more secure and less prone to fraud. It’s a state-level issue that affects travelers flying domestically, and the first big deadline for states to meet is January 22, 2018.
The looming passport crisis is not as scary as it sounds, but it could affect international travelers in a big way. The crisis refers to an influx of passport renewals expected to happen in 2017 that will slow down processing times. The U.S. State Department is currently recommending travelers with soon-to-be-expired passports to renew as soon as possible in order to avoid any delays.
Here's some basic information about these two issues.
Who needs itAll U.S. citizens flying domestically.
Anyone traveling internationally by land, sea or air.
When you need itBy October 1, 2020
At the time of travel. Some destinations require that travelers have a passport for at least 3 months before traveling there.
What is itA state-issued driver's license or identification card that meets minimum security standards set by the Federal Government.
A document issued by the Department of State to show ultimate proof of citizenship and to entitle citizens to travel to foreign countries.
Note: A U.S. passport is REAL ID compliant.
Where to get itFrom your state's Department of Motor Vehicles (when they are compliant with the standards).
From the Department of State.
How to get itRenew your driver’s license or identification card and present documents that further prove your identity (e.g., birth certificate, Social Security card).
To apply for a new passport, apply in person at a Department of State Passport Agency or submit an application by mail.
To renew a passport, mail a renewal application to the Department of State.
When to get itAs soon as your state is REAL ID compliant.
If your state is not REAL ID compliant by January 22, 2018, you will have to show an alternative form of acceptable identification for domestic air travel.
Apply for a new passport 6 months or more before traveling.
Renew your passport when it has 6 months validity remaining.
We all get super excited right before our big vacation! But, we have a million things to do in order to prepare and some things simply fall through the cracks. So, in order to prepare properly here are some things to do BEFORE you leave:
ENJOY YOURSELVES & HAVE PLENTY OF FUN!!
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