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5 Fantastic Family Travel Apps to Make Your Life Easier and Your Vacation More Enjoyable

Family Travel Apps

We’re big believers in mostly unplugged family vacations, but if technology can help make your trips stress-free and enjoyable, we’re all in! Thankfully there are some excellent family travel apps to help you locate restrooms, map out roadtrips, rent baby gear at your destinations, and more.

Here are 5 fantastic family travel apps to make your life easier and your vacation more enjoyable:

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A Family Road Trip Playlist to Enjoy On Your Summer Travels

Family Road Trip Playlist

School will soon be out for summer, which means that it’s time for the Summer Road Trip season!

One of the essentials for a stress free family road trip is a great playlist to keep the kids happily singing — with music good enough that the grown-ups will enjoy it too. Our friends at Sugar Mountain PR know family music and they’ve put together a free collection of summery road trip tunes for you to download from top family music artists for families with young kids.

You’ll enjoy songs from Lisa Loeb, Jazzy Ash, Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band, Justin Roberts, and nine other great family artists.

The FREE Summer Family Road Trip downloads will be live until Sunday, June 11, so get in there and download your favorites today. We hope these songs help pass the time and save your sanity on all your summer family road trips.

Happy travels!

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Father’s Day Gift Guide: Cool Finds for Traveling Dads

father's day gift guide for traveling dads

Got a dad in your life who loves to travel? Then say “Thanks” on Father’s Day (Sunday, June 18) with these great gifts for dad on the go, all personally tested by Melissa and Georgette:

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5 Ways to Get More Playground

playgroundMelissa Klurman and Georgette Gilmore created Playground to make finding vacation ideas as easy as taking a spin on your favorite swing. Every adventure–whether it’s a staycation or a far flung journey around the world–is personally tested and approved by two savvy travelers who also happen to be moms.

These are our personal favorite getaways, arts & cultural experiences, tips we share with friends, and travels we recommend whenever there’s a need to unwind, rewind, and take a break from the daily work/life grind.

Here are 5 more ways to follow Playground and stay in the know:
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Travel Tips, Reviews, & Giveaways, TravelTuesday Q&A

#TravelTuesday Q&A: Concerns About Carry On Luggage

Carry On Luggage

Q:  Hi Playground!  I’m taking the kids to Orlando for Memorial Day weekend and I want us each to take a carry-on bag.  I’m concerned both about the cost of checking bags for a family of four and also of waiting for our bags after a late arriving flight in Orlando. We’re flying United, which has a carry on luggage size limit of 22″ x 14″ x 9″, but every bag I’ve looked at online and in person has measured larger than this, despite being labeled as 20″ or 21″ bags. Will these still be okay? Thanks in advance for your thoughts! ~ Jennifer

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Amazing International Airfare Bargains

 International Airfare Bargains

If you haven’t looked at overseas airline seat prices in a while you’re in for a surprise. A good surprise that is. (When was the last time you heard “airline” and “good surprise” in the same sentence?)

I’ve been watching prices drop, no PLUMMET, in the last year, and it seems as though fares have hit an all-time low on select routes. Last year, we told you how to get great fares to Milan for around $450 round trip, but now routes throughout Europe and beyond are dropping down below $300 roundtrip. How low? WOW airlines is offering $150 tickets to ISRAEL! Seriously. I paid more than that for the ACELA to DC from NY last year.

The international airfare bargains are due to a number of factors: Lower oil prices, a strong dollar, and greater route competition from bare-bones airlines that are doing away with all niceties such as free checked bags for overseas flights or even free food (but honestly, we’re so used to this by now, it’s hard to even notice) to create rock-bottom prices that other airlines have to lower their fares to try and compete with.

Here are a few of our recent family travel favorite air fare sales.

Note that some fares are available only for a limited time, and there are often date and day restrictions. We’ll keep checking on more flight deals for you, but keep an eye on Travelzoo (I’m signed up for their daily alerts), which does a great job of spotting airfare deals.

Happy flying!

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10 Fantastic Mother’s Day Gifts for Moms Who Love to Travel

Mother’s Day Gifts for Moms Who Love to Travel

Know a mom whose eyes light up when she spies an airplane or talks about a three-day weekend? Does she love to travel? Melissa and Georgette have the inside track on what the traveling mom in your life would love to see wrapped in a bow this Mother’s Day.

Check out these 10 great gifts for moms on the go, all personally tested by us:

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