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  1. Homestay vs. Staying in a Hotel: A Less Expensive Way to Travel?

    Family eating breakfast in hotelWhen looking for a place to stay for you and your family while on vacation or overnight trips, you may want to consider homestay services, which provide an alternative to hotels, motels, inns and guest houses.

    Staying in a homestay will often be a less expensive way to travel than staying in a hotel, but that probably isn’t the only thing you should factor in when choosing an accommodation. Here are some pros and cons to consider when deciding between a homestay or hotel:

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    Categories: Saving Money
  2. Activities to Build Children’s Creativity During Summer

    Boy by pool wearing towel as capeWhen thinking of summer, the sounds of lawn mowers, splashing water, and jingle of the ice cream truck may come to mind. Summer also might find you hearing a child say, “I’m bored, I’m bored, I’m bored!” Without school to fill up a good portion of their day, children may become restless.

    For some parents, helping a child to replace school time with fun summer activities can be a challenge. You want your child to have fun and stay active, but you also need time for your own work and errands.

    Here are three activities for keeping children active while building creativity during the months they aren’t in school:

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  3. Activities to Keep Kids Happily Occupied During Road Travel

    Three young girls sitting in back seat of car“Are we there yet?” If you’ve ever taken small children on a road trip, you’ve probably heard the question repeatedly. When you were young, you probably asked that question yourself.

    Long car trips can be difficult for young children. Their sense of elapsed time is different than for adults and they’re not used to sitting still for long periods of time without much to do. The relative lack of space inside a car can make it all the harder for parents to provide children with diversions to help pass the time.

    To make long car rides more pleasant for the whole family, try these car activities:

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  4. Ten Summer Destinations that are Family and Budget Friendly

    Family at the beachTraveling with children or teenagers isn’t always easy. Finding a destination that everyone in your family can enjoy and that’s affordable can be even more of a challenge. To help you target this year’s vacation spot, we’ve compiled a list of family-friendly destinations that are also budget-friendly and fun for the whole group:

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  5. Quiz: What’s Your Dream Family Vacation?

    family vacation quizAh, summer vacation: It’s a welcome break from the daily grind and a chance to unplug from your email and reconnect with your family. There’s just one problem – agreeing on a destination.

    Here’s a fun way to discover where your family’s ideal trip might be: Our Gerber Life family dream vacation quiz below. Where it will take you?

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