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Buy Tickets to Major Attractions Ahead of Time

buy online and seize opportunitiesConsider buying tickets online before you leave home (just remember to pack them), which will save you money and time standing in ticket lines. If you’re a CAA member, you’ll be able to tap into discounted tickets to major attractions like Universal, Disney, Discovery Cove and the Kennedy Space Center. UnderCoverTourist.com is also a great site to purchase discounted tickets to Orlando attractions in advance. Both are authorized, legitimate sellers – be careful not to get conned in buying from unauthorized sources.

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Travel First Aid Kit

If you travel, you're eventually going to get sick somewhere. Maybe somewhere exotic. And there are some things no one wants to explain to a male pharmacist. Travel blogger, Ashley Welton, says you can't pack for every emergency - but you can pack for the annoying and embarassing ones:

  • mini first aid kitPain medication (ibuprofen or Tylenol)
  • Decongestant (several days worth)
  • Allergy medication (non-drowsy and/or fast acting)
  • Stomach trouble remedies and antacids
  • Bandages in a variety of sizes and Neosporin
  • Feminine hygiene products and yeast infection treatments
  • Hand sanitizer or cleansing wipes
  • Seasickness medication if you're traveling by water and anti-altitude sickness medication if traveling to high altitudes

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Assign the Picture-Taking to the Tweens

teens love taking picturesMost kids LOVE to take photos, so if you encourage them to document the trip from their perspective, it will give them something to do. This may result in a lot of unusual shots and selfies, but it will keep them from getting bored and will help preserve memories of the trip that might otherwise be forgotten. It can be fun and eye-opening to compare your child’s photos with ones you’ve taken – you’ll see the trip through a completely different viewpoint and may be surprised what caught their eye.

Tip courtesy the founders of TweenHood ~ @katsima and @AppHipMom

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Take the Bus

The last time I traveled to Puerto Rico, I stayed just outside of Old San Juan. If you’ve been there, you know a taxi-drive can undo all the goodness of your morning wrinkle-eraser in 5 minutes.

Buses are safe, timely and cheap. What’s more, you get to see parts of the city you might not otherwise have seen.

On a side note, subways are equally effective. When I’m in Chicago or New York City, the subway is always my first choice.

Saving time and money by using public transport leaves more of both for visiting restaurants, spas, shopping…

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Travel Smarter with Social Media

If you’re using social media of any kind, use it while planning, traveling and back home.

Social media while travel planning

traveling alone ~ stay connectedTell your friends where you’re going and ask for advice of where they love to sleep, eat and play while there. Nothing beats a first-hand experience.

Social media while traveling

Keep your friends apprised of your whereabouts by sharing photos and ask for advice when you’re stuck. Making them jealous in one update and asking for help in the next keeps your community lively.

Social media when you’re back home

Zoë Siskos recently wrote about how to maximize vacation happiness with social media. If you want to keep all those friends who’ve been drooling over your pictures during you’re travels, you’ll take her advice.

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Apps Can Make Travel Easier

apps CAN make travel easierTry Hotel Tonight to find last minute hotel deals at great prices. Point Inside will pull up airport or shopping mall maps. Use this to familiarize yourself and plan your route, which will save time. Disney World Wait Times will tell you how long the wait time is for rides based on input by riders. Be sure to download the apps you want before leaving home and be sure to contact your cellular provider and discuss the roaming options available to you. If you use data without a roaming plan, you will be in for one very large phone bill.

Tip courtesy the founders of TweenHood ~ @katsima and @AppHipMom

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Check-In Online for Flights Before Heading to the Airport

check-in online for less hassleOnline check-in means you can choose your seats on the plane ahead of the crowd and spend less time standing in line once you get to the airport. While this is a good strategy for any trip, it’s particularly smart to do when travelling with children. Travel by plane involves a lot of waiting around as it is – anything you can do to reduce the amount of time waiting in line is sure to result in happier kids (and parents!)

Tip courtesy the founders of TweenHood ~ @katsima and @AppHipMom

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