Survive Traveling with Kids

To top it all off, well, you’re with your loving family. What more can you ask for? Everything is going to be a cinch. Nothing will go wrong. Nothing will dampen your day. The trip will be a smashing hit.

If that’s your first notion of traveling with kids and your partner, better wake up.

You’re in for a huge surprise down the road to an entire new world that you wouldn’t want to be in (for a few minutes, I guess, until you get your marbles up and about, and working again).

Oh, it may be quite a good road to travel on with your partner since you have been together enough to know each other’s personal antics.

But, with your kids? That’s a completely different story.

What you need to remember is this: This isn’t a fairy-tale. This is real life.

So, expect the ear-piercing screams from time to time. The I-want-to-see-that-too or I-want-to-be-the-first-one fights, the I-am-hungry, I-am-thirsty, I-am-tired, or I-want-to-go-to-the-bathroom situations that will send you faster to a nervous breakdown if you’re not too careful.

As much as this may sound so depressing to you, it doesn’t mean that you have to cancel the trip, and wait ’til your kids are already grown and mature enough to behave throughout your long road travel.

Here are a few guideposts to make your road adventure more bearable, and (at least) a bit relaxing for your frazzled nerves.

One: Bring Their Favorite Toys.

Whether it’s the latest gizmo gadget around, or the fluffiest or scariest of creatures ever made by man, children would usually have their own favorite toys or dolls that they would ALWAYS like to bring along.

So, don’t forget that teddy bear, that scary monster, or other toys that you know your kids will bawl over, miss so much, or try to persuade you in going back home for.

Two: Keep Them Free from Hunger or Thirst.

Adults can probably hold off their hunger or thirst for a few minutes or so. Typically, kids can’t do the same (and you shouldn’t expect them to).

They get antsy when they’re hungry or thirsty.

So, don’t leave home without eating a heavy meal if you would like to have a better road trip.

While you’re at it, why don’t you grab a few goodies to munch on during your trip? You can have that initially prepared at home. Or, you can just buy them while you’re on the road.

Food is the number one type of distraction that will definitely keep your children busy and satisfied.

Three: Get Ready to Keep Them Amused.

Aside from their toys and munchies, you may also want to play a game with them. Prepare something that you can all do without you having to look at them and taking your eyes off the road. For this, trivia questions may come in handy.

Now, these things are too elementary that you may think that any parent like you would have the earlier notion to do these things to prepare for that travel in a more convenient manner. Fact is, there are many who are still harassed; others may appear nonchalant.

First Timer When Visiting Italy

The number one tip for my mom was to not over pack clothing or shoes. This is because of the amazing shopping in Italy! I found amazing items at the street markets in Rome and Florence. It is easy to become inspired by Italian fashion and there are plenty of opportunities to find gorgeous clothing, shoes and handbags.

For my father I told him to not to get caught up with making and keeping a strict itinerary. Instead, to embrace the Italian culture and leave a few days open to discover what is around the next corner.

After returning home they both agreed that my Italy travel advice was worth taking. Traveling and vacationing in Italy is much different from most American vacation experiences. If you like history and art Italy has more than enough to go around. Even total art buffs can become a little burnt out if touring museums and monuments is the main focus.

I recommend mixing it up a bit from day to day. Enjoying the Italian countryside is a great way to take a break from high tourist volume in Rome, Venice, and Florence. My parents had an amazing time for a part of their trip relaxing at a beautiful Villa in Tuscany.

Which leads to my last bit of advice. If your traveling to Italy for the first time it’s essential to stay longer than one week. It’s important to be able to travel throughout Italy to major destinations feeling fulfilled with the experience. Rushing through Italy’s major cities and the countryside would most likely leave you frustrated and tired.

Travel For Vegans

Research the local foods in the country or state you are planning on visiting. Different countries and different areas of the states favor one food type over another. Be prepared in advance to know what is coming around the corner.

Always carry vegan snacks along when traveling – dried fruit, nuts, hummus with crackers, granola bars or fresh fruit with peanut butter – that is nutritious and vegan. People who are vegan snack more frequently as their diet is lower in fat. Sometimes vegan foods cannot be found when traveling, so it’s always good to have a snack around.

Look for fruit markets. Thicker skinned fruits and vegetables are the best to eat, peeling them with your own knife to avoid contaminants. Most fruits and vegetables are in open-air stands with many hands touching the food and insects. Buying early in the morning is the best time before too many customers begin shopping.

Be careful of soups or exotic dishes when traveling abroad or in unknown restaurants. Soups labeled with natural flavors are usually made from meat sources, such as chicken, mutton, beef or mixed meat stock. Countries like India offer many vegan dishes, but other countries have meat or fish in most of their dishes. Learn to say “I do not eat meat” in their language or write it out on a card.

Learn to ask about menu changes. If restaurants or diners do not have meatless items on their menu, simply ask if they will prepare a meatless patty or meatless salad for you. Things are tight all over the world, and most businesses will work with their customers to make them happy.

Trips From Delano California

Drive past Springville to Camp Nelson, about 45 minutes further. The road is winding and in the winter may not be passable without chains or a 4-wheel drive. (Getting stuck on a winter road may cause you to put out your back and could land you back in the Delano chiropractor’s office way too soon.) Once you are in Camp Nelson, you will enjoy Giant Sequoia trees that have made this part of the Sierra famous. There are plenty of hiking trails and fishing in Camp Nelson. The historic Camp Nelson lodge is our pick for lodging.

Past Camp Nelson, drive along the Great Western Divide Highway (190) to Quaking Aspen and Ponderosa Lodge. In the fall, the leaves on the quaking aspen trees turn yellow and rustle delicately in the wind. Seeing the leaves in the fall is a simple pleasure you do not want to miss. You will catch some of the aspens at the Ponderosa Lodge where we recommend a burger and fries out on the open air deck. Ponderosa Pines will tower above you as you dine.

Drive about five minutes past Ponderosa Lodge and take the dirt road to Dome Rock. The road is bumpy but worth it to see the back country of the Sierra. Dome Rock is also a favorite for amateur astronomers.

From Dome Rock, continue driving for about twenty minutes until you hit the Trail of a Hundred Giants, an entirely wheel chair-accessible trail, paved in asphalt, and as beautiful as any grove of redwood giants in the Park. For $5 to park, enjoy this moderate hike — help your back and your body by getting a bit of exercise.

After your hike on the Trail, drive back to Delano via California Hot Springs, about 30 minutes drive. The historic Hot Springs resort is still open and offers swimming and casual food for the family. The pool water itself is a warm 80 degrees and the two hot tubs are over 100 degrees. From California Hot Springs, the drive back to Delano is about 55 minutes.