Traveling with a family is unlike traveling solo. In fact, it’s unlike traveling as a couple. Whether you’re traveling for business and bringing the family or relaxing on vacationing with them, keeping everyone in good spirits takes a little added planning. These days logging frequent flyer miles with your whole family has become a lifestyle and for many families, here are some ways to ensure the journey is as enjoyable as the destination.
Be Kind to Fellow Travelers: Just because you’re traveling with your family, doesn’t mean that everyone else is too. While your family takes priority, being aware of travelers en route to your destination makes the experience pleasant for everyone. Extending a little advanced courtesy to fellow passengers while on your flight or train ride will make them more accommodating should your children burst out into tears or a full-on sibling squabble.
Find Family-Friendly Accommodations When you’re traveling with the whole family, budget friendly stays are essential, which makes a hotel stay nearly unaffordable. But choosing extended stay accommodations means that you’ll save big by having the flexibility to purchase groceries and prepare some meals in the rental’s fully-equipped kitchen.
Walk Everywhere: Sure renting a vehicle may seem like a great idea, but nothing beats touring a new city on foot to soak up the local culture. Although you may not cover as much ground as you would in a car, your family will truly get to experience a new city in a very up close and personal way. For families with older children, bicycle rentals are also a great way to get around and explore.
A Room of Your Own: Hotel rooms are short on space and when you’re traveling with your family, a little extra wiggle room can be essential to keeping the peace. A short term apartment rental offers additional living space, along with the option for separate bedrooms. In addition, amenities that families may require during their stay including swimming pools, fitness areas and other recreational facilities will keep everyone occupied even when you’re not out exploring. What’s even better? These amenities are included in the cost of your rental.
Enjoy the Adventure: Without a doubt, things will go wrong.But family vacations aren’t about perfection but rather about enjoying life as it happens. Missing some spots on your tourist map? Relax, that just means you’ll have more to explore the next time. Keep it simple and enjoy the journey!
Whether you’re taking your family on vacation or traveling solo, your next holiday doesn’t have to empty your bank account.
Here are five tips for traveling on a budget.
1) Make a Budget. From transportation and accommodations to meals and entertainment, decide the amount you want to spend and plan your vacation accordingly.
2)Choose Accommodations Wisely. Renting from a short-term housing provider adds value to your vacation in more ways than one. By offering you a fully equipped kitchen to prepare some meals as well as having access to on-site fitness centers and swimming pools, you’ll enjoy value-added entertainment without spending extra money.
3)Be Adventurous. Considering destinations that are a little off-the-beaten-path will help you maximize your budget as these locations are often looking to attract more tourists. For instance, traveling to smaller towns close to metropolitan cities, give you the opportunity to explore lesser-known areas while still enjoying tourist hot spots.
4)Make A Deal. Contact the travel and tourism board in the city you’re traveling to. This is a great resource for scoring deals on everything from theatre and sports tickets to finding out about the latest restaurant openings and family-friendly dining spots.
5)Go Local. Be on the look out for music festivals, street parties and carnivals that are often held during the summer months. These events are often free to the public and offer a variety of entertainment for all ages. Check the municipality’s online calendar before you travel to find out more about events wherever you’re heading.
Inevitably you can’t plan for every situation when you’re traveling the open road. That said, plan for those extra expenses by keeping a few dollars stashed in a safety fund. You’ll be happy you did when you find for those last minute concert tickets you just can’t pass up.
Whether you’ll be living away from home for a month or longer, learning to be flexible with your living arrangement is a part of the process. While you can likely get used to different furniture or kitchen appliances, maintaining a safe living environment for your whole family is top priority. From downtown condominiums to suburban dwellings, DelSuites takes safety very seriously, which is why guests have access to a variety of safety features from baby gates to cabinet locks to electrical outlet plugs to childproof your home. Along with the safety features, here are three ways to keep everyone safe and feeling right at home.
Spout It Out
Let’s face it there is nothing worse than having your child knock their head, face or teeth on spout of your bathtub while splashing around. Not only can this be a very painful accident but it’s also a totally avoidable one. Spout covers are available through guest services which can help make bath time a fun and familiar evening activity for everyone.
From your television to lamps to your laptop, cords and cables can be tough to get around. Especially when you’re not in your usual surroundings, children can easily forget where they are and trip over cords or wires that they don’t realize exist. For toddlers and younger children especially, keep cords and cables from the same electronic devices fastened together with a few nylon cable ties. Make it easier on your whole family by keeping additional devices such as laptops, in one area so that that no one gets tripped up by surprise.
As a parent, you’ll know the rooms in your own home that present the most safety issues. When you’re in a new place, check out those areas first before you allow your children to roam freely. Check the windows and doors and request additional child safety systems from guest services if you’ve got a more adventurous child. It’s also wise to check the shelves in closets and open bookcases and remove heavier items that may fall.
For more information on how DelSuites can make your stay comfortable and safe for the whole family, contact us today.
As you plan and pack for your family vacation, you go through a lot of effort so that your whole clan will enjoy their trip. By the time you reach your destination you’re all looking forward to enjoying a little extra quality time. Even still, you want to be certain that your children are safe at all times, especially if they are young.
As a parent, it’s reassuring to know that when you’re staying at a Delsuites furnished apartment in Toronto, your family will be in an environment that’s as safe as your own home.With a few simple adjustments such as cabinet latches, edge guards for tables and outlet safety covers, your fully-furnished suite can instantly be transformed to fit your family’s needs.
When you’re speaking with the Guest Service Team, it’s important to let them know what child-friendly items you may need during your stay. Right from the beginning of your stay, your complimentary airport pick up will be equipped with comfortable CSA-approved child car seats, making your journey a safe and comfortable ride for everyone.
For infant bedtime, cribs and rocking chairs will help parents transition their babies into a new environment while bed rails and water-proof mattress help to ensure that toddlers and older children are sleeping safe and sound. Child-friendly step stools offer your little one the independence they need to brush their teeth and wash their face at bedtime and in the morning.
Among the other family-friendly services, a professional child minder can also be scheduled should you need in suite child care.
On arrival, each child also receives an age appropriate welcoming gift, a simple touch that offers parents the assurance that you’ve chosen the right home away from home for your family vacation.
While Toronto may not seem like your typical beach destination, as the temperature rises, there’s definitely no shortage of sun, sand and surf. Situated on the shore of Lake Ontario, Toronto’s shoreline is peppered with a variety of sandy beaches, each with their own unique atmosphere. In fact, the city even boasts a community that’s fondly known as The Beaches. So whether you’re living in the downtown Toronto core or a suburban area in your furnished apartment, pack your sunscreen, towel and swimsuit and check out one of these must-see destinations.
Bluffer’s Park (1 Brimley Road South, Scarborough)
Featuring a breathtaking view of Lake Ontario against the rugged backdrop of the Scarborough Bluffs, Bluffer’s Park Beach is a natural haven for picnicking with family and friends or enjoying a quite dinner at Bluffer’s Restaurant. Remember to bring your hiking shoes if you’re up to exploring this geographical diverse area.
HOW TO GET THERE: Travel South on Brimley Road.The area is pedestrian friendly but public parking is available.
Kew & Balmy Beach (2075 Queen Street East)
One warm weekends, this eastern beach location is heavily populated with a mix of locals and suburbanites who descend on Toronto’s infamous community known as The Beaches. From swimming and beach volleyball to picnicking and playgrounds, this kid-friendly location is ideal for young families. Want a break from the sun and sand? Take a stroll up Lee or Kenilworth Avenue and browse the local shops or tuck into a local eatery for a quick bite. HOT TO GET THERE: Street parking is at a premium, making streetcar transit the way to go (501 Queen Street) to Kenilworth and walk south towards the beach.
Lake Front Promenade (800 Lakefront Promenade Mississauga)
Combining beach and parkland the Lakefront Promenade is a summertime retreat that’s got plenty of activity. From playgrounds that feature splash pads to recreational sailing and boating, this area is also home to an abundance of wildlife.
HOW TO GET THERE: Traveling along the Lakeshore where public parking is available.
Even if you’re stay in your furnished suite in Toronto isn’t a vacation, you can still make the weekends feel like a getaway by getting out and exploring your local beach community. Who knew that summer in the city offered all the fun of a beach destination? Well, we did and now so do you!