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Things to Consider if Driving on Vacation



Things to Consider if Driving on Vacation

Vacationing is often a giant game of money Jenga. Costs keep adding up and hopefully everything doesn’t come crashing down. After all, vacations are not cheap. Normally when thinking about and planning a vacation, the big expenses are food, lodging, entertainment, and travel. While all four of these topics are researched and considered, normally travel is not budgeted correctly.

The issue with travel is that typically only getting there and getting back is considered, whether that’s flying, driving, or another mode of transportation.

What is often overlooked is traveling while actually on vacation. Depending on the trip, this can add up to quite a bit. Oftentimes, a question that gets discussed is whether or not to drive a car, be it driving out to the destination or renting a car.

Here are a few considerations when making that decision.

The Quantity

Driving a car gets more attractive with every additional person traveling. For example, if a car gets 20 miles per gallon and costs $4.00 per gallon, a 40 mile trip costs $8.00 for a single driver, in which case it may be worth trying to find a bus or a subway ticket. However, if the group is four people, the cost goes down to $2.00 per person. Now it seems like a pretty obvious choice to drive.

Most transportation modes are a per person charge. This includes phones, most taxis, trains, and subways.


If on a seven day trip, time is very valuable. The question is how valuable? A ten hour drive is essentially an entire day each way. If the cost to fly the same distance in two hours is $150 more per person, that needs to be considered. For some, the $150 is worth the extra day of vacationing. For others, it may not be worth it.

There is something also to be said about having car access while on a trip. Not needing public transportation or a shuttle service can save quite a bit of time, which again, is money in a way.


Safety is the biggest deterrent to driving while on a trip. Different states and countries have different laws and ways of enforcing those laws. While you may trust your own driving skills over a public taxi driver, if an accident were to happen, it wouldn’t be your problem to deal with.

If something does happen, it’s very important to have a plan, especially if you’re out of state/country. Having a good understanding of your policy and having an attorney review the policy, particularly for odd situations like out of state travel, is important.

Again, hopefully an accident never happens, but if it does, it is important to be able to move past it as soon as possible and continue on with the trip.


This was touched on previously, but there is no doubt that having a car is more convenient than any other kind of travel. There are no concerns about a train arriving on time, having a good Uber driver, or trying to understand a subway route.

A car also allows for spontaneous trips to the store at midnight, going out for a late night activity, or being okay to arrive at an event a bit late without having to look up and consider the transportation options.


The last big consideration to look at is the proximity. If staying at a Disney World Resort with no plans to really explore Orlando or the local beaches, getting a shuttle from the airport to the resort is cheaper than getting a rental car that won’t move until going back to the airport at the end of the trip.

On the flip side, exploring Los Angeles can be a disaster if you’re trying to use public transportation or shuttle services. Los Angeles is so big and the beaches are just far enough to make any transportation outside of a rental/personal car very expensive.

Budget the Expenses

After all of the considerations mentioned above, budgeting different scenarios is probably the safest route to go. No two trips are going to be exactly the same. As a general rule, if the costs come out to about the same, leaning on the side of a car is probably the cheaper option because there will almost certainly be an extra taxi, a lost ticket, or a spontaneous extra stop somewhere that will cost more if not driving.

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Top Transport and Travel News in the Year of COVID-19



The year of COVID-19 has brought so many changes in our lives. The coronavirus has altered so many areas of our routines including traveling within our borders and abroad.

This, perhaps, should be the year we can all forget. With the multitude of disruptions, challenges, and restrictions, this unforgivable year of COVID-19 is, thankfully, about to end. We’re on to the next one.

Among the many areas that were heavily affected during this year of COVID-19 is the transport and travel sector. Below then is a rundown of the highlights.

Worldwide traveling came to an abrupt standstill

During the start of this year of COVID-19, travel to and from Wuhan, China—the origin of the coronavirus—was halted. Eventually, countries closed their borders to all other countries especially those that had numerous cases of the disease. To control widespread transmission, lockdowns and quarantine protocols were initiated, as well.

Airlines suddenly had to stop their daily trip schedules. Maritime travel followed suit as cruise ships slowly became teeming grounds of infection. Experts posit that the travel industry will take years before it gains back the losses it incurred during this year of COVID-19.

Micro-transport began to emerge

Due to the necessity of controlling the spread of the virus, regular public transportation had to be stopped. People had to make do with other travel alternatives. Those who had private vehicles got to rely on them while others who had scooters and bicycles were forced to rely on these implements.

People who did not have their own vehicles had to walk on foot as not many were open to sharing their private rides to strangers. This abrupt change in commuting trends heavily resulted in heavier road traffic and the government must find a way to ease this problem.

The increase in border checks

Because of the increased need to halt the spread of the coronavirus, another trend that emerged during this year of COVID-19 is the increase in border checks. Be it domestic or abroad travel, borders were tightened and various requirements emerged. Several areas within the country required COVID-19 testing for visitors and some kind of quarantine protocols. Many countries adopted the same safety protocols especially in their maritime ports and airports.

Better equipped communities.

Around the world, people experienced the lack and insufficiency of supplies. Disinfectants, medications, and food implements became increasingly unavailable as people flocked to the stores, draining them of the much-needed supplies. Panic-buying became a worldwide phenomenon. Thus, governments had to encourage and limit the number of products allowed per individual so that more people can benefit from the stocks available. There is a need for communities to become more self-reliant in terms of produce so that during such instances of emergency, residents are assured of food security, among others.

Increase in cashless transactions

During this year of COVID-19, people became even more dependent on the internet for purchases. Due to the need to follow social distancing mandates, people were forced to rely on the internet, prioritizing cashless transactions or online purchasing. Businesses had to limit their opening hours, as well, as many employees were instructed to do work-from-home (WFH) arrangements. In effect, WFH arrangements and internet purchases are both due also to the lack of ready public transportation.

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Flying With A Baby Is As Easy As 123.

if you want to keep your mind at ease and have your baby enjoy the flight tries these helpful tips that make flying with a baby a breeze.



When you walk on a plane with a baby you can pretty much hear the groans from the other passengers. You know that no one is excited to see a baby come on a plane because they all expect the worst. But trust us, no one is really as mad as you think they are, and you have just as much a right to fly anywhere with your child as they do. Odds are if someone is really angry at you and your baby, they don’t have a baby themselves and thankfully they don’t because they probably wouldn’t make that great of parents.

Still, if you want to keep your mind at ease and have your baby enjoy the flight tries these helpful tips that make flying with a baby a breeze.



Don’t be afraid to buy an extra seat

Most airlines will let your baby or any kid under 2 fly for free. However, if you have a super active child that loves to move around then buying an extra seat will save you a lot of stress. Some babies are more relaxed and perfectly comfortable on your lap, which if that’s the case then you don’t need the seat. But if you have an active child than an extra seat is for sure 100% worth it.


Call the airline

If you call the airline and let them know that you have a baby and you’re traveling as a family then they will give you special seats and preferential treatment reserved for families. Calling is always your best bet, even after you book your travel online. Sometimes websites just don’t offer you any family options, and airlines are always more helpful when you call and talk to an actual person instead of trying to figure things out through a computer.



Get a car seat bag

Car seat bags are enormous, and unless your child is the size of Andre the Giant, then it’s seat should only fill up a small portion of these huge bags. That means you can stuff them full of all sort of helpful things your baby will need once you reach your destination. Diapers, toys, blankets, clothes are just a few examples of what you can stuff in there. Also, car seats don’t count against your luggage tally so that means their weight is irrelevant. They can be as heavy as you want them to be, which makes them very useful to have.


Find a lightweight stroller

If you want to bring a stroller onto the plane then find one that is under twenty pounds. If your stroller is that light then most airlines will allow you to take it right on board, giving your baby a ride right up to your seat. But make sure it’s a single stroller because the twin strollers do not work this way and have to be checked regardless of how light they are.



Think about a GPS tracker

Airports are crazy places. There is a lot going on and a lot of people running all over the place and sometimes even you are the one running. So if you want to hang onto your kid then maybe a GPS tracker is for you. If anything it will give you peace of mind to know that you will always have a good idea where your child is.



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How to do Hotels Right with a Baby

Staying in hotels is supposed to be a relaxing activity but when you have a baby that hotel stay and quickly turn into hotel hell.



 Staying in hotels is supposed to be a relaxing activity but when you have a baby that hotel stay and quickly turn into hotel hell. But you don’t want to spend your whole trip worrying about your hotel or angry about its lack of amenities. That is why you need to do a good job of navigating where you stay and how you stay so that when you stay you can enjoy your stay.

Here are helpful tips that will make sure your family has a comfortable stay in a hotel room that is completely prepared for you.



Book a baby-friendly hotel

You don’t want to book a hotel that’s young and hip. Young, hip adults are not known for creating the most baby friendly atmosphere and might keep you up all night with their constant noise and then complain about your little one’s noise in the morning. Also look to avoid hotels that host concerts, sounds obvious but most people don’t think to ask, or hotels that are designed for couples only. Infant friendly hotels are everywhere and easy to find, just keep that in mind while hotel shopping.


If you’re nursing give the hotel a ring

If you inform the hotel that you’re staying in that you are a nursing mother then they will roll out a bunch of accommodations to make your visit easier. A fridge in the room is a must for a nursing woman and that will be made a priority by your hotel once you inform them of such. Ask for them to set up a crib as well so that you have less to pack and less to set up.


Check the windows

You’re going to want to make sure that all the windows are locked. This is a very important step, especially if you have an active baby that somehow finds its way into everything. Keeping your windows locked shut will help your curious tot avoid a serious accident and even if your baby isn’t a big explorer, the locked windows will give you peace of mind which is always worth it.


Rent some toys

A lot of hotels, surprisingly, have toys that you can rent to keep your baby busy. A rented toy can be a lifesaver because new toys are always far more exciting for a baby than an old toy that they’ve already completely explored. Plus, renting a toy there will mean less stuff you have to pack, which is a godsend in the world of traveling with an infant.


Dress your baby in layers

You want your baby to stay warm and comfortable, so dress your baby in nice soft layers that are easy to take off. You want something that is baggy and comfortable so that their clothes don’t get all bunched up when they are sitting for long periods of time. Keep your baby comfortable because an uncomfortable baby will make for an uncomfortable vacation.


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