Use our Vacation Planner below to get your family going a little easier.
Travel insurance is a good idea, especially when booking a trip many months in advance.
If you're planning a trip out of the country, make sure every member of your family has an up-to-date passport.
Pick destinations that are between peak and low periods.
Subscribe to email newsletters, travel websites and rewards programs to find out about upcoming specials or packages.
Buy airline tickets on Wednesday nights as close to midnight as possible when the airlines are releasing their held tickets and trying to fill flights.
Use an organizational application like Evernote to store your tickets, reservations, directions, rental car receipts and other needed items you've booked online.
Make reservations through your hotel concierge whenever possible.
Restaurants and entertainment venues often give the best service to these guests to maintain a good rapport with the hotel.
Take the necessary steps to ensure your safe from credit card fraud and identity theft with these helpful tips from our friends at GuestDoor.
Pack items that serve dual functions - like conditioner that can be used for shaving or dryer sheets that keep packed clothes fresh and get the frizz out of hair.
If you're traveling with children, check into baby gear rental at your destination instead of lugging all your gear with you.
Travel frequently? Keep a bag packed with travel size toiletries. Hair products (ask for them at your salon); Hand wipes; Toothbrush, tooth paste and dental floss; Hair ties and a brush; etc.
If you're traveling by car, make sure you take it in for some maintenance to ensure it is in the best possible condition.
Check fluids (antifreeze/coolant, brake, oil, power steering, transmission, & windshield wiper fluid)
Inspect belts and hoses
Check the air filter Check tires for inflation, balance and wear (correct tire pressure can improve gas mileage by up to 3%)
If you're going to be traveling by air:
Make sure the name on your ticket matches your ID name exactly
Check in up to 24 hours in advance online and print your boarding pass
Check your luggage at the curb; standard skycaps tip is $1 - $2 per bag for carrying and checking your luggage. The same goes for shuttle drivers if they help you with your bags. Anyone who helps you with special services, such as wheelchair assistance, should be given a small tip
Visit the TSA website to make sure you're aware of new protocol and to ensure easy passage through security checkpoints
Traveling With Kids
Plan some breaks along the way. Let the little ones get out and run off some energy
Pack plenty of snacks and drinks in a cooler
Pack favorite toys: a special blanket, books, a stuffed animal and a tape deck with sing-along tapes
Fill a shoe box with art supplies that your child likes and a notebook. It can be the start of their vacation journal!
Never underestimate the power of audio books or movies. Let your child help decide on a selection at the local library
Give your child a map. Circle your starting point and where you will end up. Let your child play "navigator" and tell you what city or town you will pass next.
Flying with a baby? Busy mom Jennifer Buddin shares some advice she's picked up along the way.
Traveling With Pets:
Take your furry friend to the vet for a check-up before traveling
If your pet rarely travels in a car, ease her into the travel routine by taking short trips in advance
Animals should be secure while traveling - consider a crate or carrier
Make sure your pet is wearing an identification tag
Find pet-friendly hotels, transportation advice, activity ideas and much more at www.petsonthego.com.