First off, I’d like to state that I LOVE ROAD TRIPS! Road tripping a destination, especially an international place is one of the most exciting, intimate, and interesting things you can do, I think. You can come and go as you please, and you can go with the flow, staying in a place because you met some really great locals, or you can move along if something doesn’t quite feel right. I particularly love road tripping around whole countries, because of several reasons, really – it gives me the freedom to stop wherever I want, whenever I want, as I mentioned already, but as a photographer, that’s an invaluable freedom that I like to take advantage of as much as possible – the other reasons are that I really love to get lost, and if I’m always hopping from bus to taxi to train, I will almost always miss a neat village, or a beautiful landscape feature.
Well, that’s not completely true. To be fair, I hate BIG COMPANY insurance companies, like Allstate, Nationwide, and Progressive. They are heartless, money-hungry, corporate machines that are more than happy to accept your money, but will be damned if they pay their dues when the worst happens. As you may or may not know (depending how often you read this blog, or when you started to read Eye & Pen), I was robbed in Puerto Rico in September of 2012. I was hiking in the El Yunque Rainforest, where I parked my car in the busy public parking lot. There were vendors and families, and hikers all around, and it felt quite safe, but after a few hours in the jungle, I returned to pure mayhem. All of the cars parked in a row were smashed in and ransacked.
With the summer months not too far away (only 6 months or so!), there is a good chance that you’ve been scouring the internet for great deals, gazing at the offers in the travel agent’s window and browsing brochures galore to find the perfect location for this year’s getaway! Whilst there is nothing quite like booking your holiday and experiencing the excitement that amasses as departure day draws ever nearer, there is one aspect of your trip that shouldn’t be forgotten about in the midst of such enthusiasm and anticipation; your travel insurance.
When planning family holidays, an affordable yet fun option to consider is camping. Going on a camping trip can be relaxing and educational because it allows you to connect with nature. Even so, there are some special preparations you need to make when camping with children, and a few of them are discussed below.
Choose the Right Campground
Not all campgrounds are ideal for families with children, as some may contain water hazards or be filled with people who are drinking and partying. As such, it is important to research a particular campground ahead of time in order to find the right one for family holidays. Find a park with a playground or other activities for children to ensure they will have plenty to do. You should also know whether a campground has security, and what their policies are on alcohol and fireworks.
Pack the Right Items
Having the right items with you will make family holidays at a campground even more enjoyable. For starters, you will need to have a well-stocked first aid kit that includes remedies for sunburn and insect bites. If water activities are planned, a child-sized life jacket or other flotation device should also be included. Don’t forget to bring shoes that your child can slip on and off easily, as well as a lightweight rain jacket. If your child has a favorite toy or stuffed animal, be sure to bring it along as well.
The year of 2013 will always be remembered with warm affection and unadulterated fondness. While it’s impossible to travel for nearly eight months while having everything go right and for each and every experience to be a memorable one, I feel as though 2013 was as close as it gets. I will always cherish these moments, among many others.
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