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Monthly Archives: November 2016

Find the Continent on an Amazing Road Trip

It’s no secret that one of the best ways to travel – and to see more – is by taking a road trip. Travelling in a car means you can go at your own pace, stop where you want, and choose your own route. It also offers utmost flexibility in travel and is a particularly advantageous means of travel for families for this very reason. So, it’s no wonder more and more people are choosing to take road trips rather than to hop on a plane.

There are, of course, countless options in terms of road trip destinations. You can, for example, drive solely within the UK, or instead choose to drive to – and within – another country. But if you’re looking for a truly adventurous, wide-encompassing trip, why not consider a road trip throughout the European continent?

There are many popular routes for road trips within the EU. But before you choose your route, you’ll want to have an idea of how long you want your trip to last. You’ll also want to decide whether you want to see more places – but spend less time in each place – or, if you’d rather see fewer places but spend a bit more time in each place. Once you decide on these aspects of your trip, you can more effectively choose a route.

If you don’t have loads of time for your road trip, you might want to choose a single region – or a few countries – to explore. For instance, if you really enjoy Mediterranean culture, why not drive down to Spain, then up through France, and down through Italy? Or, if you’ve always wanted to discover the Nordic region, you can start off your trip in Belgium, the Netherlands, and Germany, then head up to Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland.

However, if you’d like to make your road trip a long-haul holiday, you can start off in Portugal or Spain and make your way east. It might also be a good idea to plan for a ‘horse-shoe’ route – meaning you can perhaps start off in France, Germany, the Czech Republic and Poland, then ‘horse-shoe’ around on your way back to see some of the countries in the southern region – such as Austria, Hungary, Croatia and Italy.

Of course, if you’re planning a big road trip throughout the European continent, you’ll want to ensure you have appropriate car insurance for your travels. Many insurers offer European car insurance, covering you for travel throughout EU countries for a specified amount of time – for example, 180 days. So, you wouldn’t have to worry about securing specialised insurance cover for specific countries you plan to drive through. European car insurance is specialised in itself, covering you throughout your entire road trip within the European continent.

However, it’s important to remember that even European car insurance has its levels of cover. You can get a basic policy, which covers the minimum compulsory requirements of car insurance in the European Union. However, a basic policy might not always cover loss or damage to your car, or the level of third party liability may not be as great in the UK.

Therefore, it’s important to go over a range of policies before committing to one, ensuring your final choice covers for everything you require for your European road trip. You can often purchase a basic car insurance policy and then extend your cover to give you full benefits for road travel throughout the EU.

Without Losing Parents Mind When Traveling with Kids

In the event that you have done any going by any means, then you realize what a torment it can be. Pressing, stacking your auto or van, driving several miles, securing a spot to stay at your destination, setting up an impermanent home while you’re there, then leading the entire procedure in opposite when the time has come to go home. Presently, have a go at experiencing that procedure with two or three youthful youngsters tossed in with the general mish-mash. Your day just got significantly all the more fascinating.

Yes, parents, unfortunately, you have to take your kids with you. I learned early on that leaving a baby at home with instructions to only eat one can of baby food per day doesn’t work.

That being said, it is possible to make long distance travel bearable for everyone. As we hit the open road (or wild blue yonder) this holiday season, a few tips for traveling with the offspring in tow:

When traveling by car, make sure they are secured in their car seat the entire time the car is in motion. If I see you doing otherwise, then you can thank me for the state trooper who will shortly be pulling you over. I’ve called in and ratted out more than one brain dead parent, and wear my highway tattletale status with great pride.

Pace yourself. I’m a guy; to me a trip is getting into your car at the beginning and getting out at the end, preferably with the shortest amount of time possible between those two points. Don’t subject your kids to that torture. Drive a couple of hours and then let everybody out for a break. (Don’t forget to stop the car first).

Pack for the kids: Have a small backpack loaded up with small toys, games, books, Valium (oops, did that just slip out?), crayons, stickers, etc, and hold back a few surprises. This particular lesson was learned the first time I heard “how much longer?” 20 minutes into an eight hour drive.

Audiobooks: kids love these, and they are readily available on CD at your local library. Of course that means Dad won’t be able to play any AC/DC or other good driving music, but it will keep the kiddies occupied.

Playrooms: free play areas are available on nearly every interstate exit. Burger King and Mickey D’s both have very nice indoor play areas where your kids can blow off energy. You can also order food to go for them.

If you have very small kids, a training potty might be a worthwhile investment before a long trip. In a pinch, a plastic cup in the glove box will suffice.

I was never a big fan of car mounted DVD players until last summer. We took a six hour trip to Wilmington NC…..the DVD player kept my son entertained for long periods. Don’t let them get too attached to it, though.

Summer Holiday Pleasure for Great Teens

summerYoung people are regularly difficult to satisfy. On the off chance that you are the guardian of one, you are prone to comprehend this superior to anything any other person. Traveling with your young person can be an affair, one which you may not generally wish to recall. To forestall weariness and a despondent kid, you are urged to choose a mid year get-away destination that has your adolescent as a primary concern.

When selecting a summer holiday destination that has a focus on teens, you are encouraged to keep your child’s likes and dislikes in mind. Just because one teenager enjoys playing video arcade games, does not mean that yours will. Not only is it important to find a vacation spot that is geared towards teenagers, it is also important to make sure that your teenagers will enjoy or make use of the available activities and facilities.

Amusement parks and theme parks are popular vacation destinations that target teenagers. In addition to traditional amusement parks that can be completed all in one day, there a number of amusement park resorts. These resorts may include Disneyland, Disney World, and Orlando Studios. In addition to these resorts, you may find smaller parks that offer onsite camping or hotel accommodations, such as Six Flags.

In addition to amusement parks, teenagers may find thrills while white water rafting. White water rafting tours are available all around the United States. Popular white water rafting locations include West Virginia, Colorado, Utah, and Idaho. If you are interested in scheduling a white water rafting vacation, you are encouraged to keep your children’s level of, or lack of, rafting experience in mind. For inexperienced white water rafters, a guided tour is recommended.

One vacation destination, for teenagers, that often goes unnoticed is aboard a cruise ship. Cruise ships operate all around the world. Many of the most popular cruises take place in the Caribbean and in Europe. Many cruise lines operate multiple cruise ships. Many of these ships are geared towards families. Your teenager may find many onboard activities, such as swimming, dancing, playing video games, watching movies, and rock climbing, exciting.

There are a number of well-known cities, all around the world. These cities are often famous for one reason or another. If you and your family are interested in taking a vacation with your teenager you may want to consider visiting one of these cities. New York City, Hollywood, Toronto, Ontario, and New Orleans often attract large numbers of tourists. Many of these locations often have a number of events and attractions that may appeal to your teenager.

As previously mentioned, it is important to consider what your teenager likes and dislikes doing. In addition to determining their vacation preferences, you may want to consider allowing them to help you choose your next summer vacation destination. Allowing your teen to help plan your summer vacation will not only ensure that you will pick a destination that meets their approval, but you will be able to spend time together. Finding a summer vacation destination together will be time well spent.