Top Family and Kids Free Vacations

Top Family and Kids Free Vacations

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Best Kids Free

Costa Rica (for the action seekers)
– Playground for adults (between fishing, snorkeling, surfing & more.)
– Incredible tropical scenery, only a short distance away.

Napa Valley (for the romantics)
– Also known as the “wine country” boasts great food and some of the world’s best wines.
– Romantic, gorgeous setting.

Naples, Florida (for the relaxers)
– Quiet, removed yet elegant – little beach town of West Coast Florida.
– Beautiful sunsets, sandy beaches & Florida charm.

Best Family

San Diego
– San Diego offers 70 miles of sandy fun in outdoor sports.
– Great for kids are the San Diego Zoo or SeaWorld or museums of Balboa Park.

Washington DC
– The key to D.C.’s family appeal is the National Mall, which is surrounded by free, kid-friendly museums and renowned monuments.
– Families can visit The National Zoo (which also offers free entry) or snag a treat at one of Georgetown’s cupcake shops.

Myrtle Beach
– In terms of accessibility and cost, Myrtle Beach offers an excellent family getaway.
– Ripley’s Aquarium and Mount Atlantis Miniature Golf are welcome distractions from the shoreline.

Planning a trip during covid-19 – discussion with CheddarTV

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ACCOMODATIONS – Hotel vs airbnb during covid-19?Staying overnight in a hotel is actually a relatively low-risk activity for members of the same household, as it seems like the risk of getting infected from touching surfaces is pretty low. The majority of hotels have been going overboard lately with cleaning and disinfecting as well, making the chance of touching a contaminated surface really slim. Having said that, consider a rental house. This is a good option because you can clean the rental  when you arrive and then you have full control. Some rental companies like Airbnb have rolled out stricter cleaning protocols to ensure the safety of both guests and hosts, so be sure to read up on your rental company of choice’s policy. 

ACTIVITIES – Skiing? Beaches? Theme parks? State parks? As some of the nation’s larger theme parks reopen, such as those run by Universal and Disney start to welcome back visitors – the biggest risk may actually come from the travel it takes to reach them. The coronavirus is having a different impact across the country, with some states seeing a decline in infections and others an increase. Theme parks are universally implementing changes that include social distancing, mandatory face masks, the increased availability of hand sanitizer and the increased disinfection of high-contact surfaces. Any activity that is mostly outdoors and is able to limit the number of visitors who can enter –  will be on the safer side, as less people is definitely safer than more people (and that includes less busy beaches too.) Camping in a National Park is probably the safest activity as it’s outdoors, and you’re likely to stay with your own family or social group – but not all are open so check before you go!

GETTING TO YOUR DESTINATION –

Drive? It has been predicted that a lot of Americans will choose to drive in the coming months for travel. Driving will give you a greater sense of control over your surroundings, and you can choose who you travel with. If you’re able to keep a safe, six-foot social distance from others in rest areas, wear a mask, and practice good hygiene, there is little risk since the coronavirus is thought to be mainly transmitted directly from person-to-person. When getting gas also use disposable gloves while pumping your gas, rather than trying to wipe it down with a disinfecting wet wipe.

Fly?
Traveling by airplane is arguably a higher risk than traveling by car – but take comfort that air circulation systems on planes are quite good and most if not all airlines have already begun implementing more intense cleaning procedures. Eating and drinking on a plane presents its own challenges of exposure, so limit taking it off. Also keep the recommended six feet of social distance when you can, clean your hands frequently and pack your own food. 

WHAT SHOULD I BRING—driver’s license, registration, insurance—as well as health-insurance cards – as an extra precaution. It’s also wise to bring face coverings, gloves, disinfecting wipes, and – if you are driving – cleaning supplies.

Best Tips to Save Time and Money to Get Ready for Spring and Summer Vacations

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There are many great ways to save time and money when booking your upcoming spring and summer vacation. Using modern technological tools like travel apps and services can have a great impact on your savings, both time and money.

Save $ on Flights

Track your flights using time and money saving apps like Hopper. Hopper will notify you when your ideal flights go up and down in price and when the best time to book them is. They recently added a feature on their app called Fair Bear, which figures out your true cost of flying. Fair Bear will give you a heads up about all the fees and restrictions that are hidden in your fare rules so you’ll know exactly how much to expect to pay for things like flight cancellations or changes, carry-on baggage, checked baggage, and seat selection.

Keep Track of Points and Miles

Sign up for a travel rewards tracking service like Award Wallet, which tracks your miles and points from 700 different loyalty programs. It keeps you up to date on the status of your points and miles, tells you what your balances are and when they expire, so that you use them and not lose them, potentially saving you money on your next trip. If you’re not sure how to best use those points and miles, AwardWallet has experts on staff that can help you redeem your miles, just like a travel agent would help you book your dream vacation, so you maximize potential savings on your next trip.

 

Save Time on Transport

Uber, the popular ride hailing app has great time and money saving features. A pro tip for budget-friendly travelers who are splitting an Uber ride with a friend or family member is using the “Split your Fare” feature, which only take a few taps of your smartphone. Once you’ve requested a ride, tap the arrow icon next to your driver’s info, select “Split Fare,” choose your friends, and tap. Uber also offers the option to schedule a ride in advance, which means that travelers can schedule a pickup anywhere between 30 days to 30 minutes in advance. This comes in handy especially before an early morning flight. Scheduled Rides are available in more than 300 cities across the world.

Pick Smart Destinations

Look at destinations that have something for everyone and are easily accessible from the USA (you can fly directly into Cancun from most major cities.) The Mahekal Beach Resort in Playa Del Carmen mexico provides a unique beach front experience for the family, with 4 pools, 2 restaurants and gorgeous palapa style tropical bungalows. Despite being located in the Playa Del Carmen with many dining options, the resort offers a half board option that includes breakfast and either lunch of dinner daily at one of their authentic, farm to table style on site restaurants. Highlights include the ‘catch of the day’ where guests can experience fresh caught local fish directly from the ocean out front. Right now use promo code ‘play’ to get in on their ‘play your way’ package, where starting at $319 per night you get customizable activities and components (like cooking lessons for the family) included in your stay!

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September in Nantucket, MA

September in Nantucket, MA

Assuredly enough, my travels this summer have brought me back to Nantucket to welcome in the fall. This time my visit to the island revealed even more hidden gems!

To Get There:

Tradewind Aviation

I found the quickest way to go is flying an air shuttle with Tradewind Aviation, which gets you there from Manhattan in less than 50 minutes. You also get a 5* private jet experience with a commercial price tag.

To Stay:

The Cottages, Nantucket Boat Basin

These gorgeous little waterfront cottages are full of Nantucket charm, overlooking the famous harbor, on Swain’s Wharf and Old South Wharf. Simple, quaint and ‘beachy’ inside, the cottages  provide the perfect home away from home feel with modern coastal-style furnishings and a fully working kitchen. They are also extremely pet friendly, with cottages featuring doggie beds and bowls, a welcome bag of treats and even a pet turndown! Bikes are provided on location, to make admiring the street of Nantucket easier, however, the cottages are a stone’s throw away from all the nautical charm the town has to offer.

To Dinner:

Nautilus

One of the most popular spots right now in Nantucket is this restaurant, and rightly so. If the craft cocktails aren’t for you, there is no way the food wouldn’t be! Start of with a ‘teach me how to dougie,’ made with mezcal, grapefruit and ginger and be sure to order some of their sensational appetizers like their ‘hawaiian tuna poke’ with dynamite & yuzu or their ‘day boat sea scallop sashimi’ with spicy thai chile jaew sauce. For mains, not to miss are the ‘blue crab fried rice’ and ‘green curry lobster.’ However, seafood specials are frequent here so be sure to make the most of the nearby catch on your visit. Overall, a 10/10 in deliciousness!

To Brunch:

Galley Beach

While typically known for its lunches and waterfront dinners, Galley Beach does an extremely delicious and elegant brunch. Here you can sit right on the beach, mimosa in hand and dine overlooking the blue waters of the ocean. Brunch items run from classic eggs benedict to lobster salads, however my choice of ‘toasted country bread with avocado spread, chopped egg and watercress’ was deliciously divine.