"Hey, wanna go to the…. Guess not, it costs money."
Or "Maybe we could… Oh, it’s not free?"
It’s like having a piece of cake and not being able to eat it. Now that Emi is older, Tyler and I are trying to think of where to take a mini vacation. We have decided that we'll try to take one family vacation every year. There are plenty of places we would love to visit, but our destination must meet the following criteria:
- Kid friendly
- Within four hours of our home
- Almost free
Travel Savvy Mom is a network of moms from all over the world. They review family friendly hotels, travel gear, and destinations. They also often include videos from their travels.
Another great resource is Trekaroo. It is a website that, in addition to giving great travel advice, provides a forum for parents to ask other parents their take on places and topics that Trekaroo is not yet covering. The site also has search filters that make it easy to find activities and places to stay based on prices or a particular age range.
Delicious Baby is probably my favorite website/blog. Debbie Dubrow of Seattle, a mother of two kids under 5 years old, is responsible for this top notch guide. When I clicked on San Francisco, it produced rental companies for baby equipment, itineraries, kid friendly restaurants, local event websites, and numerous activities. I urge you to bookmark this site.
Packing for Emi always drives me crazy. It seems that no matter how efficient I am in the packing department, Emi's things always dominate the suitcase. Say hello to Babies Travel Lite. They will send all of your baby travel needs, such as diapers, bottles, wipes, and formula, to your destination. This is somewhat of a luxury, but the service will save you space in your suitcase. Still don’t think it’s a great idea? Check out their website. Courteney Cox Arquette endorses it, so it must be amazing, right?
If we can't find a destination that meets our criteria, perhaps our new tradition will be to lie around the house in our robes for a few days. Emi already seems to be a pro. Plus, it is free and relaxing!