How to Get Your Car Ready for a Road Trip

»Posted by on Aug 9, 2017 in Travel Planning | Comments Off on How to Get Your Car Ready for a Road Trip

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The most important part of a successful family road trip is your car. You need your car to run without issue during the road trop. You don’t want to deal with a flat tire or any issues that would stop your family from having fun. Follow our tips to get your car ready for a road trip:

#1. Fluids

Before you hit the road, you should check all the fluid levels in your vehicle. This includes the oil, transmission fluid, antifreeze, power steering, brake fluid and windshield wiper fluid. Top off any of the fluids that are low and if there is room in your car, consider bring extra fluids in the trunk space.

Don’t start a family road trip without an oil change if it’s been more than 3,000 miles since the last time the oil in the car was changed. To change your oil is an easy DIY project or can be done at a mechanic for a reasonable price.

#2. Battery

Be sure the car battery is not corroded and all cables are properly attached. If you see signs of corrosion you might want to take your car to the mechanic for a quick inspection of the battery before you head out on the road. We also recommend bringing jumper cables with you if the battery does fail during the road trip.

#3. Headlights

Don’t leave your home unless your headlights are working. You don’t want to be on a dark country road during the road trip and have a headlight go out. Most headlights only last a few years. If you haven’t replaced your headlights in many years, you should consider doing so before you leave for your road trip.

#4. Upholstery

How clean is your car? You and your family will be spending several hours in your car during the road trip so you want it to be clean and comfortable. You can vacuum the upholstery to leave loose debris and dirt or hire a local company like Lloyd’s Chem-Dry to deep clean your car’s upholstery with their professional equipment.

#5. Tires

You will want to check the air pressure on your tires before you leave. You also want to be aware of the tread on the tires too. Fill the tires as need be before you start the road trip and change them if there is significant signs of wear on the tread. Be sure there is a spare tire in your car too. Often, the spare is used during a previous flat tire or emergency and is not replaced.

#6. Emergency Kit

Don’t head out for your road trip without an emergency kit in your car. The kit should include a first-aid kit and a flashlight. You also should include extra drinking water, rags, blankets, ponchos, multi-purpose tools and an ice scraper if you are traveling during the winter months. A shovel is also a good idea if your road trip is during the winter or somewhere with excessive snowfall.

Remember, nothing is more important to the success of a road trip than a car that is ready for the trip. Have fun!

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5 Must-Stop Destinations on Route 66

»Posted by on Sep 4, 2017 in Destination Tips | Comments Off on 5 Must-Stop Destinations on Route 66

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Your car is ready for your road trip and the destination is California along Route 66. The highway itself is extremely iconic but there are several destinations along the way you will want to stop at and experience.

Here are our five favorite destinations along Route 66 that you and your family won’t want to miss!

#1. LOU MITCHELL’S RESTAURANT (CHICAGO, IL)

Lou Mitchell’s Restaurant is the unofficial starting point for Midwesterners looking to journey the entire Route 66. The restaurant was built in 1923 and serves doughnuts and coffee to travelers and locals alike.

#2. OKLAHOME ROUTE 66 MUSEUM (CLINTON, OK)

You would be remised to drive down Route 66 and not know its fabled history. Of course, this means you should visit the Route 66 Museum in Clinton, Oklahoma.

The museum features vintage cars and road signs, a drive-in theatre showing a documentary about Route 66 and several other fun attractions for the whole family.

#3. CADILLAC RANCH (AMARILLO, TX)

The Cadillac Ranch is vintage Route 66 featuring 10 Cadillacs buried from the front up in concrete. The exhibit was created in 1974 as a pop art collection for travelers to take pictures at before continuing their journey.

#4. WIGWAM HOTEL (SAN BERNARDINO, CA)

The units at this famed hotel along Route 66 are shaped just like wigwam teepees. Amenities include carpet, TV, air conditioners and bathrooms but the hotel’s vibe is perfect for families looking for a genuine Route 66 experience.

#5. SANTA MONICA PIER (CALIFORNIA)

Route 66 technically ends a few blocks north of the famous Santa Monica Pier but it’s often considered the end of the highway. The pier features a sign stating “Santa Monica Pier 66 End of the Trail”.

No road trip along Route 66 is complete without a picture with this sign to declare you drove along the entire Route 66.

These are just some of our favorite destinations along Route 66. Others include the Snow Cap Drive-In, U-Drop Inn gas station and 4 Women on the Route.

There is always somewhere new to visit each time you drive down Route 66 that you could make the journey every year and never get bored!

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Family Fun Activities

»Posted by on Jun 19, 2017 in Airline Travel | Comments Off on Family Fun Activities

Spending time with your family is one of the principal bonding elements in a family. Due to our tight schedules some time we lack time to enjoy together as a family. However, what you might be missing out is big taking into consideration the treasure of your life is your family.

Make a plan to have fun with your family by doing either of the following activities.

If you don’t want to move out of your home;

Organize for a four square tournament to have fun as a family.

It is a simple game which will cost you very little if you do not have rubber ball already.

  • Look for a place without long grass or even on the driveway.
  • Draw a large square measuring 12 feet by 12 feet.
  • Divide the square into four equal parts

To start playing let the first player bounce the ball in his/ her square and then proceed to the next square up to the last one. If the player misses the next square, he/she gets disqualified, and the next player starts. Every successful bouncing in all the squares is a point in favor of the player.

If you want to have some fun outside your home, then you can

Consider going for an urban jungle activity.

The game is a daring recreation activity, and it will take the fear out of your head while having fun. It involves moving on ropes tied above the ground. The ropes are well reinforced and tightly tied to posts, and thus the risk of falling is minimal.

Also, there are also supporting lines which you hold with your hands to maintain the balance.It can also involve sliding down flying foxes from one point to the other.

However, if you enjoy wildlife and nature,

Consider taking a tour to the museum.

You will get to enjoy together with your family the different types of animal. Watch monkeys playing on ropes or birds singing in their cages.

There are a variety of activities you will enjoy as you walk around the museum. Wild animals are just amazing creatures to look. Some of the animals are trained to give fun to the visitors. You can also horse ride in the park as you explore more sceneries in the museum.

Finally, if you are an indoor person, you can treat your family by

Taking them to a cultural festival center or a theater.

Children will enjoy a wide assortment of activities like face painting and life performance by the acrobatic artist.

There are centers which also offer tongue twister sessions and dancing sessions. These artistic activities help improve creativity level as well as thinking out of the box. Drama activities are one of the fun family activities which will make your family feel great while away from home.

Conclusion

Family fun activities are non-exhaustive, and the one to take is determined by the taste and choice of your family, though even the age of your kids determines which one to select. Life is short, and you need to crown your family joy by taking family fun activities together.

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