20 Reasons You Should Travel With Your Kids

Non-Theme Park Experiences Rock

Theme parks definitely have their place, and they can be great for family vacations. But I’m one of those hipsters who wonders what awesome stuff we could see for the same price as spending a day in artificial Europe. My brother and his kids are National Park pros, and some of our family friends save the money they might have used for theme parks toward trips to actual Europe. There are plenty of fun things to do beyond the gates.

Or if you, like my parents, wish you could give your kids the theme park experience but have no money, you can take them to the shopping center next to Disneyland and tell them they’re in Disneyland and make a rule that they can take pictures with the things they want to buy but they can’t actually buy anything. Not that I have albums full of myself frowning by Simba plushies. Nope.

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Bucchi Francesco / Shutterstock.com

Kids Love Exploring

Anything can be turned into an adventure if you approach it with a bit of imagination. And kids have lots of imagination! Their enthusiasm is contagious if you let it be, and you might find yourself enjoying new things as you race after them.

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The Most Common Scams from Around the World

There’s nothing like traversing the world and exploring new countries and cultures, but sometimes the experience is spoiled by dishonorable people preying on uninformed travelers. If you make an effort to learn about the classic scams, you’re unlikely to fall victim to them and can just enjoy the positive side of your trip. To help, here’s a list of common scams around the world for you to get acquainted with.

How to Make Friends During Your Trip

One of the biggest fears of people who want to embark on a solo trip is being alone. They think meeting new people will be a struggle, and if they can’t find a partner to travel with, they just cancel or postpone their adventure. The truth is that with a little bit of planning and initiative, it’s actually harder to be alone than you think. The travel community is extremely welcoming and one doesn’t need to try hard to be part of it.

This Is the Fastest Way to Get through Customs

No one enjoys lines, and custom lines are some of the worst. The hundreds of confused flyers with paperwork in hand is daunting, but what if I told you that you can bypass that line for free – without paying for Global Entry? Whether you travel internationally 30 times a year or once a year, you’ll love the app. The Mobile Passport Control app speeds up the process of filling out and processing your U.S. immigration paperwork. This little-known app gets you your own line, away from the crowds, and lets you get to baggage claim that much quicker – likely before your baggage!