Summer is the perfect time to plan a trip, or even just a staycation! School is out, giving parents a time to bond with their children on maybe a roadtrip or camping escapade. My fondest childhood memories are of my family and I sharing meals together in the South of France or in Singapore, depending on where my Dad was working. With the internet making it easy to gather ideas for an all inclusive holiday, or a journey to an exotic location, anything is possible!
Our family is in the process of making our own travel plans, which may actually turn into a long term move: we’re headed to Vancouver come June. My Mother ( currently based in LA) will be joining us as we explore beautiful BC and find out if it’s the right home base for us. Since we’re in planning mode, I wanted to share with you my top summer travel tips for everyone who is getting ready for summer vacation!
No matter where you go nor how many of you are going, always pack light. This especially applies when you have kids as well as if you are flying internationally. Overpacking is much worse then underpacking and creates more stress as you lug everything around while balancing your children on one hip and your laptop on the other, while carrying your passport and travel itinerary. Not fun, so don’t do it! To give an example of how light we pack as a family of three, we never flew with a stroller! Choosing a sling or wrap for a baby gives you extra flexibility when walking the cobbled streets of Europe ( which typically get crowded during the summer months).
Map out restaurants before you go
Have dietary needs or kids with a fickle palate? Happen to be a major foodie that wants to know where the locals eat and not opt for fast food or an overpriced hotel restaurant? Research restaurants in your planned destination before going, and if necessary make reservations. We always have a better vacation when we do this as opposed to randomly walking the hot streets of Kuala Lumpur ( like we did today) trying to find a 24 hour restaurant as our plane got in late.
Download some new travel and photography apps
Being the appaholic that I am, I’m always searching for good reasons to download apps ( especially the free ones) and I’m perpetually intrigued by how innovative they are becoming; Stellar is a good example. You can create an online story using a variety of multimedia and cool fonts and share them with your friends/family. Photography apps like Instagram are my very favorite, especially while traveling as I can easily share photos with readers and get feedback on places to visit, things to see, etc
Make new friends before you leave home
The best way to enjoy a new place and find the must see attractions is through connecting with locals. The best way to do that before you go is online, through social media or sites such as Tripoto. I’ve planned most of my recent trips through interacting with locals in my designated vacation destination this way and it always makes vacations more interesting. Plus locals know where to go ( I keep repeating this for a reason!) They’ll give you advice on what to pack and what you can pick up when you are there.
Do you have any travel plans this summer? Share them with me below.