3 Printable Travel Games for Kids

Printable Travel Games for Kids
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Take a peak at these 3 new printable travel games for kids.  They can be easily printed from home and taken on a road trip.  You can even use these games when the kids get bored on short car ride to Grandma’s house.

Printable Travel Games for Kids:

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I Can Find… – Let kids find each of these items on the road.  Print the PDF version here.

 

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Word Search – Kids can find simple travel words with this word search game.  It’s even shaped like car for more fun!  Print the PDF version here.

 

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Complete the Pattern – Get kids thinking and playing by completing the patterns. Can they find all the patterns before the end of your journey?  Print the PDF version here.

 

*Tip*
Print and laminate the printable travel games for kids (preferably on card stock.) Use dry erase markers to reuse them!  If you just want to use them once, print on regular printer paper and use a pen, marker, or crayons.

You might also like these Kids Printable Travel Games for more FREE travel fun or these 10 Kid Travel Games!

Storms in NYC = Flight Cancellation in Norfolk

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Day 1:

The day has FINALLY arrived!  We are ready to fly to France!

Everything is looking good.  We arrive to the airport with plenty of time to get through security, find our gate and get the kids settled in while we wait for the flight to board.

Things are still right on track as we all board the plane and take our seats.  The doors close and the captain comes on telling us we will be taking off in 10 minutes.  The excitement builds as we are about to start the first leg of our journey.  Off to New York then a connecting flight into Paris.

“Ladies and gentlemen, there are storms in New York.  The flight has been cancelled.  Please exit the plane.”

WHAT?!  10 minutes ago we are about to take off!

We exit the plane and make our way back up the stairs (we were on a little commuter plane that didn’t have a gangway).  We’re handed a card with an 800 number and told to reschedule our flight.  The line at the counter is already super long, so I get on my cell phone to call the airline while Derrick gets on his phone to call his parents.  They had dropped us off at the airport and were just sitting down in a restaurant to eat dinner.

We’re both on our phones while the children thankfully sit on the luggage and talk quietly.

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7 Money Saving Summer Vacation Tips

Money Saving Summer Vacation Tips
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Do you want to travel this summer without breaking the bank? I’ve put together these money saving summer vacation tips to help stretch your budget.  With some planning, deal hunting and flexibility, you can save enough money to potentially take two trips instead of just one!!

Money Saving Summer Vacation Tips:

1. Pack light – airlines are charging fees for everything nowadays. Most carries charge for checked bags and overweight bags. If you can, try to pack in a single carry on (within the size/weight restrictions) or limit everyone to a single bag.   When choosing flights consider checked bag fees into your purchase. Carriers such as Southwest offer 1 checked bag at no additional cost.

Make sure to factor in the extra space and weight of purchases you may make during your travels as well.  We like to keep a tiny reusable shopping bag with us in case we need to lighten our baggage with an extra carry on.

2. Round trip tickets – a must in travel to save money is booking round trip tickets. Booking a one- way ticket is extremely expensive, more than a round-trip ticket in a lot of cases! Don’t forget that you can book round-trip tickets arriving and departing from different airports.  Our recent trip we flew into Paris and out of Nice. I wouldn’t recommend this if you’ll be in the same area since you’d have to factor in car rentals as well.

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5 Tips for Selecting Cruise Shore Excursions

Selecting Cruise Shore Excursions
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You’ve booked your cruise and are ready to set sail but there’s one thing left to decide – shore excursions. When you stop in port you have a few options about what to do. You aren’t required to get off of the ship, but chances are you’ll want to.  You can opt not to book anything and simply explore the area on your own or book an independent experience.  Or, you can plan ahead of time and book a ship sponsored shore excursion. H aving a great day at port is important and so is getting the most for your money.

5 Tips for Selecting Cruise Shore Excursions:

Ship Sponsored vs. Independently Booked Excursions

This is often the biggest question people ask. If you book an independent excursion you’re taking a big risk. If you don’t make it back to the ship in time the ship will leave without you. If you’re on a ship sponsored excursion that runs behind they will wait for you to get back. However you also will pay more for the ship sponsored shore excursion. It’s really a risk to weigh taking. If you do some research and discover there’s something in port that you’d like to do but the cruise line doesn’t offer the experience it may be a risk worth taking – just be sure to leave enough time to get back to the ship!

We tend to book with ship sponsored excursions since the companies are working with the cruise line and strive to keep up a level of service to continue that relationship.  If you want to book an independent excursion, research the company and read reviews from other travelers.   We have found some independent excursions to be just as popular as ship sponsored that go to the same area, for less money.

Age and Activity Level

Not all shore excursions are well suited for everyone. If you’re traveling with little children you may find your options are even more limited. Excursions with a lot of physical activity or walking may not be a good choice for those who have a stroller to push or who have mobility issues. Take this into consideration when you’re choosing what to do.

We wanted to plan a snorkeling adventure during one of our cruises.  We had a difficult time finding companies that would allow children, even though my kids are experienced swimmers and snorkelers.  We finally found a reputable company and my kids ended up spending more time in the water than 50% of the other adults on the excursion!

Price

For many people what to do boils down to how much it’s going to cost. You may not want to pay hundreds of dollars per person to do a shore excursion one day after you’ve paid for the cruise. You may also discover that there’s one activity during one port day that’s a higher cost but something you really want to do. This means the other port days you go for a less expensive option or just explore the port on your own.

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Ocean Breeze Waterpark Virginia Beach {Family Fun in the Sun}

Ocean Breeze Waterpark Virginia Beach
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Are you looking for a great way to cool off during the hot summer months? Then Ocean Breeze Waterpark Virginia Beach is your answer!

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Located in Virginia Beach only a few short miles from the Virginia Beach Oceanfront, Ocean Breeze Waterpark Virginia Beach is the perfect way to add some water fun to your vacation!  There are rides and features for the entire family and we have been season pass holders since the boys were babies!  From Buccaneer Bay for the little ones, to The Hurricane for the more daring family members, you’re sure to find something to make everyone happy!  And if going down slides isn’t your thing, you can relax poolside by the giant wave pool or grab a free raft and float around the “Adventure River” which has earned a nickname from my kids as “The Lazy River” because it’s so relaxing!

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Tips to Get a Cheap Flight to France

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Going to France may just be a dream for some, but finding a cheap flight to France can easily make that dream come true. As far as other costs, you have to pay to live somewhere during that time and it may as well be France. Watch your budget when it comes to entertainment and food. Other than that, your only added expense will be the bills you already pay at home, a hotel, and your transportation to and from France.

How to Get a Cheap Flight to France:

Last Minute Deals

Last minute deals are always a great way to save money as long as you can be prepared to leave for France on very short notice. Airlines don’t like to have empty seats because they have to pay the expense of the flight whether the seats are full or not. Obviously they make more money if the seats are full. By selling you last minute tickets for a low rate that can at least recover some of their money. The downside is that you may not get the seat you want. You might also have to travel in a section that you don’t want to, like economy class instead of first class.

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Top 10 Tips to Save Money Visiting France

Save Money Visiting France
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A visit to France, and specifically Paris, is the trip of a lifetime for many people. While it’s true that it is an expensive place to visit, there are several ways you can make your euro go further. Here are ten ideas to save money visiting France to get you started!

10 Tips to Save Money Visiting France:

1. Rent an Apartment. Hotel prices are sometimes exorbitant but there are plenty of people who rent their apartments out for visitors. This is a great way to save not only the initial cost of housing, but to also save money when it comes to food.  This is why we chose a France rental apartment instead of a hotel.

2. Eat in. While it can be incredibly tempting to eat out every meal while you’re in such a food mecca, but the cost of feeding a family is high. If you plan to eat every meal in a restaurant you could easily spend 150E or more a day on meals. Instead opt for breakfast in or grab a few items for a picnic dinner.

3. Fixed Price Lunch. If you’re going to eat a meal out, make it lunch where you’ll be able to get more for your money. Most places offer a fixed price lunch, where for 12-15E you get a 3 course set meal (with wine included). Ordering ala carte off the menu will cost you a bit more but lunch is still the best value meal of the day.  This is also the freshest food – usually straight from the market!  And let me tell you, it’s fabulous!

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