10 Tips for International Travel

10 Tips for International Travel

International travel can seem a bit overwhelming, especially you have never traveled abroad or don’t do travel often. The more I travel the more I learn ways to make things easier for myself and my family. I get asked questions about international all the time and I have the answers you are looking for right here. To help make international travel easier, here are HotMama’s 10 Tips for International Travel. 1. Passports: You can’t go abroad without them. Apply for your passport early, even if you have no current plans…

Forward Thinking

Forward Thinking

The sickening feeling in the bit of your stomach. The heavy weight of anxiety in your chest. The dreaded realization that your trip has come to an end. Waking up on the last day, looking around at all the clothes that were once so exciting to pack leaves one to question, where the heck did my vacation go? All the preparation. All the excitement. Now, just over? It is a moment that no part-time traveler looks forward to. Especially, if the end of your travel means, you go back to…

Piggybacking Trips

Piggybacking Trips

For most of us, money and time are the biggest constraints to continued travel. Okay, fear of flying is a big one too. That is why I like piggybacking trips. In other words, adding an extra jaunt to a planned trip. Piggybacking trips maximizes time, money and number of flights (eek). I was raised to never let the party end; to always have something to look forward to. A great way to capitalize on travel plans is to extend layovers and see a city that wasn’t a part of the…

Packing Tips for Traveling with Kids

Packing Tips for Traveling with Kids

Okay, I thought I use to be bad before, but once I had kids I became a bonafide over-packer. I am a planner and like to be prepared for everything: weather conditions, accidents, spills, you name it I am ready for it! This caused me to pack way too much stuff when I first started traveling with kids; leaving me feeling weighed down and frustrated. However, years of family travel have taught me few things and now I am much more efficient at packing for kids. In fact, I recently…