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Family Spring Break Tips

How To Make the Best of Travel Time with Your Kids

Emily Kaufman is "The Travel Mom." She has traveled the world with her kids, and she's learned a thing or two about making a trip fun for the whole family. Now, she's revealing some of her secrets for a successful spring break. She offers practical pointers for making travel less stressful and more enjoyable for everyone. Kaufman has the following tips for East Texas families:

œBe Prepared - Arm yourself with information about your destination and make a boredom bag consisting of age appropriate games and activities.

œMake Technology Your Friend - Movies are a great way to keep the family entertained while traveling, so turn on your in-vehicle entertainment system or bring, borrow or rent a portable DVD player to make the car ride or flight to your destination enjoyable.  A great place to rent DVDs when traveling is redboxTM, the automated DVD rental kiosks, because movies only cost $1 per night and can be returned at any redbox location across the country - it's affordable and convenient and more importantly you are not trapped watching the same movies for the entire cross-country trip.  You can even reserve titles in advance at redbox.com

œBe Realistic - Incorporate the actual travel time into your travel plans and know that there may be some bumps along the way.  Understand what your kids are capable of and don't try to tackle too much in one day.  And, by all means, don't over-pack.  No matter where you are going, chances are there are laundry facilities from cruise ships to camp grounds.

œFollow Routines - Kids are creatures of habit, so follow sequence and order even while vacationing.  If your naptime ritual consists of reading a book or watching a movie, make sure you do those on the road as well.

œBe Flexible - Celebrate being in the moment by not over planning and leaving room in your schedule to discover those eGolden Moments' - memories that might not be planned, but that will last a lifetime.

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