Traveling with kids is great – until the moment it isn't. These 8 items solve many of the problems parents face when traveling with kids, from keeping what you need handy on the plane to making sure your phone-mad tweens and teens always have handy wi-fi. Travelmate: If you have $1000-plus dollars to spend on a suitcase, this is...
When parents go looking for travel strollers, they often search for the lightest, or the least expensive. But if you’re going on a trip with a lot of walking, or commuting regularly with the stroller, there’s one thing that’s most important of all: It has to be easy to push. No matter how many gimmicks or features your stroller...
When you’re traveling, you need both hands to corral your kids, not lug around a heavy car seat. You can rent gear for when you get to your destination, but if you want the car seat to buckle your child into on the plane — or to use in your rental car as you leave the airport — you’ll need...
When I use to travel pre kids I did everything off the beaten path and had my days full from early until late at night. That model clearly doesn't work with kids!  Before kids, I use to not plan at all when I traveled, and with kids you clearly need to over plan. We just returned from our two-week trip...
We’ve all been there -- the line at the grocery store is long, and baby is tired.  Cue the crying. It happens everywhere and sometimes for no reason. Babies, toddlers and little kids cry, this is a fact of life. We’re all used to it. But when it comes time to travel, being cramped in a tight space at...
We’re taking a stand here. So many other blogs about family travel apologize for talking about childcare during family vacations. But we’re here to tell you, there’s no need to feel guilty for needing a break when you’re traveling as the only adult with your kids. Yes, it’s fun to share activities with your babies and toddlers. There’s nothing sweeter...
The holiday season is the time for glitter and spectacle, and the displays at these hotels will make your jaw drop in wonder. If you have a holiday trip scheduled, any of these hotels would be magical to wander through — and even if you’re not, you can take your family to a local display to inject a little...
Here at Happy Traveler, we love sharing our best advice for traveling with kids as a solo parent, and we are always looking for new sources of inspiration. There are tons of blogs out there about single parenting, and many address travel with kids, but few talk about combining the two. Here are some of our favorites! Exploramum.com Traveling as a...
So many parents, whether single or partnered, put off travel “until the kids get older” because they’re afraid of the flight. Nobody wants to be that parent with a screaming child that makes everyone around them miserable. Knowing your child is unhappy is bad enough without enduring angry stares and comments from your fellow passengers. We all hope our...
Once they have kids, some parents figure they have to hang up their adventure-travel backpacks and stick to Disney trips. Those parents are wrong. If you want to keep your traveling ambitions modest when you travel with your kids, that’s one thing. But if you crave more far-flung locations or out-there experiences, here are 4 family-friendly locales that may...
Planning a trip can be so much work. How will you get from the airport to the hotel? What crazy hour do you need to wake up? What adapter do you need for your devices? The kids complain. They don’t want to pack. They don’t want to get up early, stay up late, eat new food. It can really make...
"Disney 2017" Photo by George Estreich.
Why would any single parent want to take their child to the hectic, bustling Disney theme parks? Because Disney means all the eye-popping entertainment kids love, plus plenty of supportive services that will make your trip a breeze. It’s a great place for single parents! You just need to have the right game plan. Here are 12 travel tips that...
Where to go on vacation? You may want to impart lessons from history or spark an interest in art. Maybe you want to show your kids where you grew up or travel to a place with great beaches. Just traveling on a plane for kids that like aviation can be an experience. You may find, however, that any or all...
There was a time when people made whatever they needed. You want a rocking chair? Get to chopping down a tree. But now that we buy everything ready-made, kids (most of us, really) have little idea what goes into making a sock, a lamp, or an animatronic Chuck E. Cheese singing "Happy Birthday." These awesome factory tours will show how...
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