Category Archives: Road Trip

Is Free Parking for Overnight Hotel Guests Going Extinct?

Is Free Parking for Overnight Hotel Guests Going Extinct?

Paying to park when staying overnight at a hotel has long been commonplace in heavily populated areas like downtown Chicago, New York City, or San Francisco. Travelers, though, were able to park their vehicles for free at most other locations, though, adding to the savings of driving to their destination. For my family, it also made the decision to rent a car fairly simple as we preferred the convenience of having our own transportation. It appears, however, free parking for overnight hotel guests is disappearing. Continue reading

Keeping Kids Entertained on Summer Road Trips while Giving Technology a Break

How to Keep Kids Entertained on the Road WITHOUT TechnologyIt’s summer and for many that means family road trip! I decided to search the internet for ways to entertain my son on the road and nearly everything was technology related. There were mentions of Nintendo DS, iPads and tablets, and even lists of the top 10 apps. I love technology as much as the next person, but on long road trips, we have a couple of issues. First and foremost is that my son gets car sick so if he spends a long time looking at a screen, he will get nauseated. Second, while many can be plugged into the vehicle’s DC outlet, gadgets can and do die. Third, sometimes we just need a technology break. With that in mind, I asked around and found some new technology-free ways to entertain kids (and adults) on road trips as well as remembered a few from my own childhood when technology wasn’t an option. Continue reading

Holiday Travel Tips

Santa's Christmas travel

For the first time in many years, I am actually staying home for Christmas. Having traveled all over the world over the holidays, including numerous trips to Illinois to visit relatives and even a trip to Zambia one year, I thought I’d share a few tips on how to get through that holiday travel. Continue reading

Finding Cheap Gas for Family Road Trips

Save and Cut Your Costs gas station filling fuel pump miles perHaving just returned from a lovely family road trip to Sedona, Arizona, I have discovered just how much fuel prices can make or break our plans.  If I have to pay so much for gas, I won’t have enough left over for attractions or fun.  Fortunately, there are some apps that can help find the least expensive gas available nearby. Continue reading