Posts Tagged ‘road trip tips’

August 24, 2010 @ 8:40 am
posted by Mego Rider

Are you the type of person who will try anything for a little peace of mind? Many people have adopted the principles of feng shui for their homes….but you can also try a little feng shui  in your car. Your car is a place where you need to try and incorporate positive energy –  to get you through the frustration of rush hour and restless children in the back seat. Read more

Summer is traditionally travel season, and the tradition remains strong even in these days of job losses, housing foreclosures and manufacturing downturns.

The upside to families visiting that favorite vacation spot, be it Grandma and Grandpa’s house or a to-die-for cabana on the Pacific near Mazatlan, is that gas prices remain well below 2008’s astronomical $4 a gallon or more.

These prices, which are also sparking a renewed interest in bigger vehicles (think crew-cab trucks and family-sized SUVs like the Ford Flex reviewed on Roadtripsforfamilies.com), average $2.72, offering hope that the family road trip is not a thing of the past (we weren’t all that fond of staycations anyway, were we?). Read more

July 22, 2010 @ 5:34 am
posted by Mego Rider

Summer is here and now that you’re loading up that SUV and hitting the freeway for your family road trip, planning is surely on your mind. There’s no doubt that you’ve planned entertainment options for your children, mapped out where you’re planning on a pit stop for food, restroom breaks or to let the kids run wild. But while you’ve organized endlessly for your children, have you thought about those furry members of your family and included them in your specific travel planning?

Here are some guidelines for planning out the actual trip with your pet. These tips will make your pet more comfortable and help you avoid unneeded travel complications.

  1. Map out your road trip for a dog-friendly journey – if you’ve never traveled with your dogs before, you might not realize that there are a limited number of hotels that will take them. If you stop overnight during the journey with dogs, you need to plan ahead. You can’t just stop whenever the need to get off the road hits you because the majority of accommodations won’t welcome pets. You might love your car but after a long day in it, the last thing you want to do is crash in it.
  2. Make dog-friendly pit stops – as parents, you’ll plan breaks on a long road trip that allow your children to run wild and get their beans out. Do your dogs have the same luxury? They should! Make a stop at a park during each leg of your journey where they can stretch their legs – a rest station parking lot just isn’t enough. Many stops have pet areas that are gated. Do some research before you travel. PetsWelcome has some great information for hotels, parks, and rest stops.
  3. Know where your dogs are welcome once you reach your destination – you’ve brought them with you, so they deserve a little fun, too! Pick dog-friendly activities regularly, don’t just leave them in the cottage, house or hotel. (Remember some hotels won’t let you leave the dogs unattended too!) If you’re planning a family trip to the beach, look for one where your furry friends are welcome. If you’ve left them where you’re staying for the day, make sure you get them out for some exercise as soon as you’re back. You may be on vacation, but your pets still have needs!

Following these guidelines will make for a happier pet but you’ll also avoid undue vacation stress. Start your journey off smoothly, and the trip is sure to continue on the same note!

Need more ideas? Visit Bestfriends.org to download some ideas for fun activities to do with your pet. Or leave us a comment with your best idea for traveling with your pet!

July 20, 2010 @ 7:19 am
posted by Mego Rider

Parents out there are likely counting down the days until the family vacation. As you prepare for your road trip, you might be worried about making the journey with small children. If you’re taking a long drive, keeping young kids entertained for hours is no easy task.  If you have your car equipped with a great DVD system, you’ve got built-in entertainment.

Pioneer is a great electronics company that has a few options available for car DVD systems on any budget. Families with small children often have two main concerns when making a major purchase: cost and kid-friendliness.  We picked a couple of Pioneer’s options that get great marks in those areas and the Pioneer folks were kind enough to send us a few details. Read more

CarHelp.com is sponsoring a 47-day road trip featuring the Top 10 Scenic Drives in the Pacific Northwest. Check out Sheri talking about her trip on Fox 13 in Seattle yesterday!

 
Want to find out more about the road trip? Visit RoadTripsforFamilies.com

July 15, 2010 @ 5:06 am
posted by Mego Rider

Oops.

Across the country, cell phone laws that prohibit drivers from texting or talking while driving are being enforced. In the past there may have been some leniency with enforcement but now police are cracking down. Recently, even superstar Beyonce  got handed a $100 ticket in New York for texting and driving.   Unfortunately, according the Pew Research Center, many more adults are engaging in this risky behavior. Media attention from campaigns like Oprah Winfrey’s “No Phone Zone” is  putting pressure on lawmakers demanding that their roads become safer. As drivers, we should do our part too.

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July 13, 2010 @ 7:34 am
posted by Mego Rider

There’s probably nothing more stressful than a car that simply stops working. Obviously, staying safe when your vehicle breaks down is essential. Whether you’re driving a brand new car or an old clunker, these are some tips to make sure you’re prepared. Read more

Keeping your car organized can be essential in ensuring your travel plans go smoothly. Whether going for a quick drive or long journey, Berry Ross – Hertz Super Agent – makes car organization easy with the following tips: Read more