Guest Author - Vannie Ryanes
You are excited because you and your family are getting away for some fun and bonding time. Take some extra precautions before you go. You know the usual travel warnings and safety tips, however, there are other tips that you should keep in mind also.
If you are traveling out of the country or a far distance and will not be driving think about signing up with a chartered group. You will travel together but you don't have to stay with your group. Very often arrangements are made for breakfast and dinner. This can be very important if you are traveling with a child who has a picky appetite. Checking out the local cuisine can be fun except if your kid balks and will not eat what is being served. Spending a lot of time in "Burger World" can be more expensive than going to a diner.
I have learned that it is penny wise to book a space that has a kitchen. It is not necessary to cook three meals a day, but is convenient when everyone wants a snack and the hotel kitchen is closed for the night or when you awaken so early the kitchen is not yet open for breakfast. Some of these suites may seem costly, but when you add the cost of eating meals at odd times or having a cocktail you will find you may save money. The advantage is you won't have to move your car in and out of your parking spot several times each day.
You will have combed the Internet for travel information prior to leaving your home but be sure to take one of the guidebooks that are usually in the lobby. The guidebooks will have information about free or inexpensive attractions, as well as local parks, museums, libraries, golf courses and other places. Don't forget you can always ask the concierge or person at the hotel desk for suggestions.
Lastly, it may seem a bit much, but think about leaving a note at the desk if you decide to check out a less-traveled place. The note should include your family information and contact information for people at home, no personal information needed just a name and telephone number. When you return to the hotel, check in with the staff at the desk to say you enjoyed the day and they can disregard your note. While this may seem way over-the-top cautious, it is not about fear, however, we have all read headlines that prove using a little caution can assure a lovely vacation and a safe return home.