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4 Road Trip Disasters – And How To Avoid Them

My family took a quick road trip to Chicago last weekend. It’s only about three hours away, and it’s a trip we’ve done hundreds of times. No big deal, right? It was the poster child for road trip disasters! And most of the things that went wrong could have been avoided, had I followed my own advice and been more proactive about planning and preparation. I was lulled into a false sense of security – It was just a weekend getaway, and we had done this trip so many times, I didn’t need to do any special planning. Or so I thought. To save you the stress of a weekend getaway that leaves you needing a vacation, I’ve listed out my top 4 road trip disasters, and offered advice on how to avoid them. “Where’s the __________?” “Wait – you forgot WHAT?” Just a short list of the stuff...
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Should I Book my Vacation Through a Disney Travel Agent?

Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links, which help support Return to Disney when you request a free Disney vacation quote from Destinations in Florida. All opinions expressed are my own. DIY or Call a Disney Travel Agent? I know how to plan a Disney vacation. I’ve researched all the attractions, shows, and experiences. I watch for the best discounts and promotions, and can tell you when to travel to minimize costs and avoid the crowds. I’m also freakishly busy. With kids, work, deadlines, and all the other stuff that goes into keeping life going, I won’t turn down a little help now and then. When we went to Walt Disney World in 2010, I planned the whole thing myself. Honestly, it just didn’t occur to me to contact a travel agent. When we started planning our current trip, we really went back and forth over whether to do it ourselves...
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Travel Tip: Outfit Bags

Mornings are chaotic under the best of circumstances. Put six people in a hotel room, and the chaos is amplified. With four kids and two adults, all digging through suitcases trying to find t-shirts, shorts, underwear, socks, it’s amazing how quickly a hotel room can go from pristine to pigsty! I’ve come up with a ridiculously simple solution to the problem: Outfit Bags. Whenever I pack for a trip, I think through how many outfits each person needs, and try to make sure that they have clothes that will go together. Then, instead of putting the clothes directly into the suitcase, I put each complete outfit into a zip-top bag labeled with the owner’s name. If I’m being really organized, I’ll even label it with the day the outfit is to be worn. What You Need Zip-Top Bags I use two types of bags. For adults and older kids,...
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