Will you be packing up your family to travel for Thanksgiving? Unfortunately the weather along the east coast isn’t cooperating—that we can’t help. But we can help you with travel tips for families. With these travel tips, your kids won’t keep asking, “Are we there yet?”
Here is a round up of our family travel tips to make you more thankful this Thanksgiving:
Last March my family went to Disney World. We decided to rent a car while there for several reasons, one being that we drove to visit my parents two hours from Orlando. The cost of a rental car for a week isn’t cheap and when we saw how much they added on for booster seats, we decided to bring our own. My kids weren’t too happy to have to lug their booster seats through the airport. If only I had known about the BubbleBum booster seat, things would have been much easier.
On a daily basis I look at my family’s practices and habits and wonder how we can live a more sustainable, humane life. I know many of us in Montclair wonder the same and many are taking steps in that direction. It may be raising chickens in the backyard or growing our own vegetables or using solar for energy or riding bikes more often or using less natural resources to maintain a lawn. Many of us are trying, in our own way, and still I know many of us are asking “what more can I do?”.
We were curious to meet folks who are indeed doing more and we needed a little family vacation. So my family recently headed to Upstate New York and stayed at Honey Hollow Farms in Coxsackie, New York. The farm is run by a family who transplanted there from Brooklyn (instead of making the typical move to Montclair.) They were craving more nature and a lifestyle that was closer to sustainable. They now own a working farm where they raise their own happy animals and eventually kill them (humanely) for food, grow their own vegetables, and make their own cheese.
My kids start asking when were going to the Jersey Shore sometime around April. It doesn’t matter to them that it’s in the mid 60′s and barely warm enough to leave the winter coats at home, they’re all about the sand and the sea. We live in Northern New Jersey, about an hours ride from the ocean and not exactly close enough to just pop on by. Last spring, on a glorious blue sky day and amid much begging and pleading, we agreed to take them for the day to the beach; a bite of lunch, a bit of kite flying, some seashell collecting and we’d be on our way back home.
If you’re looking for a great family beach vacation destination that’s about a four-hour drive from our area, Bethany Beach in Delaware is a perfect spot. You can cut the driving time significantly by driving to Cape May and taking the Cape May-Lewes Ferry (fees per person and vehicle; reservations recommended) to Lewes, Delaware, which is just about thirty minutes away from Bethany Beach. My kids love the ferry, and it’s a great alternative to driving the entire way when traffic is going to bad.
I’m not going to lie, before my son Aidan (9) and I arrived in the Silicon Valley city of San Jose, that brain worm of a song was all I knew about the California’s 3rd largest city. But I’m happy to report that the city is sooo much more interesting than the song. It is, in fact, a great West Coast road trip destination for families, with a great mix of outdoor activities and cultural outposts, such as the Tech Museum, a favorite with my tech-savvy kid.
Planning on a West Coast visit any time soon? Here’s a handy pocket guide to the “innovation” city.
Playing tag under the hot summer sun. Swimming until your fingertips pruned. Cozying up with friends around the crackles and pops of a camp fire. Perhaps a fleeting romance? For many of us, camp memories include great friendships, endless fun and lots of sweet cherry ices. Feeling nostalgic? Several Montclair families have already found the secret to re-capturing these moments—at Camp Common Ground in Vermont.
Here, families of diverse backgrounds come together to experience the joys of camp life, once again.
My family recently spent a few great days in Lake Placid, New York, deep in the heart of The Adirondacks. While perhaps best known as a winter destination for skiing, it was a fantastic place to visit with the kids in the summer. It would be gorgeous to go back in autumn and experience the fall color as well. Lake Placid is about a four hour drive from our area, with the majority of the trip via I-87 which is semi-scenic, and when we went, thankfully without much traffic.
My husband and I visited with our son (age 3) and our daughter (age 7), and while we would have liked to have taken advantage of the incredible hiking, we kept our visit low-key and enjoyed the town of Lake Placid and some of the most easily accessible attractions.
My family has been vacationing on Martha’s Vineyard for 11 years. My husband and I went for the first time right before we got married, then took our baby there on our first family vacation when she was 8 months old. We’ve been going every year (skipping just one when our second daughter was born) and it’s my favorite summer vacation spot.
There’s so much to do on the island, that we discover something new each year. I can’t even attempt to give you a complete guide of everything to do on the island, but here’s my personal guide to a Martha’s Vineyard Family Vacation.