Priceline and Hotwire Hotel Bidding Tips | Book Early or Book Late?

Tweet I got an email this week from Jerry.  He asked: Is it cheaper to wait until closer to your travel date to bid on a room?  Or is it about the same if you do it months in advance. Opaque Websites: Book Early or Late I had some hunches and assumptions before writing this […]

Hotwire Hotels | Tips and Tricks for Booking a Discounted Hotwire Hotel

Tweet In 2011, our family will be doing more traveling and I wanted to use our upcoming travel planning to offer you some tips on how to get a discount hotel using the hotwire hotels search feature. In our case, we’ll need to be quite selective about the hotel since we will need something with […]

How to Get Passport Photos for Kids

Tweet Last week I told you how to get a passport for kids.  Probably the hardest part of getting passports for kids is getting the passport photos.  My two youngest children had passport photos taken at just 4 or 5 days old in order for them to travel internationally by air. It can be difficult […]

10 Tips for a Memorable Staycation

Tweet One of the cheapest ways to vacation is by planning a staycation.  Vacationing at home will save on the cost of hotels and car rentals.  While some might say this completely defeats the point of a vacation, I think there is some value in staycations. Staycations are especially helpful for people with part-time jobs […]

10 Tips for Avoiding Seasickness on a Cruise

Tweet I think God gave people feet instead of fins for a reason – he wants us on land, not on the water.  When we were planning our first cruise, I had one thought that kept haunting me – am I going to get sick on the cruise?  Unfortunately, I tend to get seasick often.  […]

Stress-Free Tips for Airport Security With Children

Tweet After packing for your family vacation, you are ready to go to the airport. When you get there, you realize that the craziness is not over yet.  You still have to make it through airport security with your children. Passing through airport security with children is an adventure all of its own.  It suddenly […]

10 Tips for Hassle-Free Family Road Trips

Tweet Since I’ve been a parent, I have taken very few family road trips.  We fly with our children, for the most part.  However, I’m a pro on road trip advice because of all the family road trips I had growing up.  Having not set foot in an airplane until I was 18 years old, […]