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Synchronous Fireflies and Leconte Lodge in the Great Smokey Mountain National Park
Have you ever considered getting two of the hardest reservations to get in the busiest National Park? Learn our tips and tricks for getting these hard-to-get reservations.
Synchronous Fire Fly Dates are set in the spring based on the weather. Visit the National Park website regularly in the spring to get the full details of this year's lottery.
Want to skip the lottery? Grab a reservation at the Elkmont Campground. This campground is within walking distance of the event.
Leconte Lodge is a rustic cabin all-inclusive retreat that requires a 7-mile hike to get to your lodging. Reservations are collected throughout the year and distributed in one big event. Buckle up because it's time to put your name in the hat to score these epic reservations.
3 ways to have more fun when you travel as a family: The Art of Travel
These three simple strategies will help you get the most out of your time and money when traveling as a family.
What comes first, Bravery or Travel? with Kristina Driscoll and the She's Brave podcast
Welcome to Episode Nine!
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Kristina Driscoll and her podcast are such an amazing listen. And her story is so interesting! I know you will love her as much as I do.
Takeaways from this Episode:
Travel can help you heal from grief.
Children do remember the magical memories of travel from when they are young.
Group travel was a wonderful way for her family to start traveling internationally as a family.
Travel agents are the way to go when booking travel to get the right reservations.
Disney cruises showed her how amazing cruising can be.
National Geographic travel tours are a terrific experience.
Introducing kids to travel early is so beneficial in creating a sense of curiosity as they move into their teen years.
Travel is not boring!
Don't buy your kids things - Buy them the trip!
Travel widens your perspective on what is possible in life.
Bravery and Courage are muscles you can strengthen.
More About Kristina:
Kristina Driscoll trained for a career in finance, working over 10 years in pension consulting and as. a financial advisor. She's a graduate of Pacific Lutheran University with a Bachelor's of Business Administration (BBA). Kristina Driscoll's husband was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's when their son was 5 years old. She was the caregiver to her husband and young son for 12 years. She continued to manage their investments throughout her husband's journey. Kristina is also on the board of directors for the animal rescue group Sanctuary One. In 2015 she built a cottage for FIV positive cats and continues to fully fund the cottage each year.
Kristina has a podcast called "She's Brave" on Apple and Spotify. She helps women find their path to become brave, resilient and authentic. You can follow her on Instagram @shesbravepodcast or on Facebook facebook.com/Kristina.driscoll.1/ or join her Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100088299837697, or find her at her website at www.shesbravepodcast.com.ReplyForward
Are Disney Annual Passes Right for Your Family?
Disney Annual Passes are a great way to have a big Disney year and save a little money. They are not right for every family though. Listen to this episode to determine if this is your year to get an annual pass for more vacation fun.
Three Basic Tenets of Creating an Amazing Getaway
There are three areas to focus on to make your next vacation go smoother and meet everyone’s needs. I have found that by keeping these three things in the forefront of my mind while planning we have fewer hiccups and are able to stay on track easier as a family.
1. Food and Water needs – Having a clear picture of what food your family will need is key to keeping spirits high. Look at your at home schedules to determine what your families needs will be and make a plan to meet those needs in their normal time zone schedule. And don’t forget to keep the whole group hydrated. Dehydrated folks are no fun to be around. This may be as simple as having a refillable water bottle available or planning a fun stop for drinks. Hydration is key to keeping cramps, constipation, and overeating at bay for all age groups.
2. Gear – Having the right gear can make all the difference. Good shoes and socks are the foundation to the proper gear for every vacation. Look for breathable clothing in the summer and warm layers for winter destinations. Outside of clothes, separate your gear into three categories: buy, thrift, or rent. Buy any specialty gear that will give you value long term. Thrift items when time and availability allows (this includes borrowing from friends). And rent when the market allows especially those expensive items children will outgrow before they can be use again. Another area to look for rentals is baby gear so you will not need to pack those bulky items for your trip. We had had a lot of success using rental programs when my children were little.
3. Rest/Sleep – Vacations are usually chock full of unintentional exercise. If a member of your traveling party is young or struggles with mobility: a stroller, seated walker, wheelchair, or scooter can make a huge improvement on the overall experience. These items can help travelers not get tired as quickly and always have a seat available for rest. When it comes to sleeping at night, making sure everyone has a sleep environment that meets their needs. Lastly, for those kids who are still taking a nap, try to keep them on the same schedule for their home time zone.
Is a cruise in your future?
A great way to take your family on their first international trip is a cruise. Two new brands on the market may work for your family. Margaritaville At Sea is Jimmy Buffet’s cruising brand that sails out of south Florida. Virgin Voyages is a luxury adult only cruise line that may work for a couples cruise or a girls trip.
If you are looking for a family friendly luxury cruise don’t count out Disney Cruise lines. They are known for their amazing children’s programs, excellent shows, and fine dining.
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Should you take a repeat vacation or plan a new adventure for your family?
Making the decisions on whether to repeat a destination or vacation for your travel year is an important first step in planning. Today we are going to talk about the pros and cons of revisiting a repeat vacation or to strike out and go on a new adventure with your family.
Repeat Vacation Pros:
There are seasons of life that where repeat vacations can help you fit the travel you crave in your year.
Planning is expedited because you are already familiar with the amenities available.
It is easy to get busy or stressed family members excited about taking a repeat vacation to a proven destination for your family.
Repeat Vacation Cons:
There is truly no repeat vacation. Your family will be older and you cannot predict the weather.
You will lose the opportunity to add in new and exciting destinations in that section of your schedule and budget.
Sometimes you would have rather gone somewhere new but were too stressed to plan when you needed to.
Repeat vacations tend to lose their luster over time and you will get a diminished value over time.
New Adventure Pros:
New experiences can light you up and get you excited about life.
Your expectations will be lower and you will be more likely to have a great time if you planned for your needs.
The extended planning period will extend the joy and excitement for your vacation.
You are almost guaranteed to discover something new about yourself.
New Adventure Cons:
The person who planned the vacation and the person taking the vacation may be different people.
Unexpected expenses can be an issue in unknown destinations.
Influencer-styled vacation planning can lead to a letdown from destinations not meeting expectations.
So what do I recommend?
Know and understand what creature comforts are important for your family to have a slam-dunk vacation by thinking through your needs for Food/Water, Gear/Equipment, and Sleep/Rest cycles.
Address everyone's needs and be creative with the rest.
Always include some repeated activities and a new adventure in every vacation.
Thankful for this podcast
Traveling with a family is expensive and can be so difficult. Shanda gives great tips and opened my eyes to using travel hacks to save money. Thank you!
Practical Tips for Family Travel
Fantastic topic and great tips!! What a great show!
It’s an amazing podcast full of inspiration and amazing guests!!