Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Planning for the pitfalls when traveling with your children

You might not give the baggage handlers at airports a lot of thought until that perilous point in your day when you are waiting for your suit cases to drop onto the baggage belts and for some reason, they don't.  Or, you can wait in the special claims area section for your car seats and stroller, only to have them come down the chute with a seat missing or a stroller that has had the wheel ripped off. At that point, you can make your way over to the baggage office for your airline and stand in line with others who are waiting on their luggage as well.  It's a frustrating end to a long day, or a unhappy beginning to a long awaited vacation.

Unfortunately for those in this situation, this happens more often than you would like to believe. In the crush of miles of luggage, our precious items can be misplaced and our expensive strollers can be crushed. If you plan on taking your children's safety seats and your stroller along on your vacation, there are a few ways you can protect them:

  • Place labels on car seats. Include your name, the dates of your travel, the hotel name where you will be staying, and your cell phone numbers. If your seats are lost, this will make it easier for them to be returned to you. 
  • Put your car seats together in a large plastic bag. Often the airline will provide these bags, but bring your own just in case.
  • Fold your stroller up to it's most compact position and zap strap the wheels down. The wheels of a stroller are often the most damaged area, and many parents have their equipment returned to them with a missing wheel. 
Even with the utmost precaution, accidents will happen. Anyone who has experienced the irritation of having to fill out a claim form for a $1000 stroller will tell you that it's a frustrating experience. Your best bet for protecting the necessary gear you need to keep your children safe is to leave it at home.  Travel BaBees has locations across the the USA, and can provide you with a clean, sparkling stroller or car seats of any size.  Before your next vacation, give us a call!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Want to spend more time with your kids? Work from home!

There are so many moms who struggle with their career and raising their children. It's difficult to manage on one income these days, especially since so many have lost their jobs and the economy is still rebounding. If you are one of the mothers who wishes that they could work from home, look no further than a Travel BaBees franchise. 

Despite the pressure that the economy has placed on the Travel industry, there are still families heading out in droves to places of interest across the USA. More than 71% of those who are traveling use baby services. There is nothing that takes away the stress of travel than knowing that a nice stroller or fully set up crib is waiting for you at your destination.

Starting up a Travel BaBees franchise doesn't require a lot of capital and you can work from home. You have access to training and support along the way, whenever you need it. It's a great way to continue on your career path and still be sure that you aren't missing important school functions and those baby firsts that you will never see again. 

For more information, visit Travel BaBees today! http://travelbabees.com/Franchise-Opportunities.aspx

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Traveling with your baby? Fighting boredom while on the road

If you are heading out on the road this spring break, you might be wondering what to bring along for your kids. Packing light with children is not an option, as they will always want to bring another toy or a beloved stuffy.

To keep them busy in the car this spring break, Travel BaBees has come up with a few tips for entertaining them along the way:

Movies - Whether they watch them on your iPhone or on a portable DVD player, movies will make your trip much more relaxing. If you have several children, consider loading a separate movie on to your phone for your toddler and another onto the portable DVD for your older child.

Road games - Counting the blue cars as they go by can be an entertaining game for a half hour. There are many driving games you can play with your children. Make a few up along the way and you'll watch the miles disappear.

Backpacks - Stuff your child's backpack with a new toy, coloring books, new markers, and a few other odds and ends that you've picked up at the bargain store before your trip. A backpack works very well if you surprise your child with it.

Books - Books are a no-brainer for long road trips, and they can make the time fly by. Be sure to put a pillow with your child so they can be comfy while reading, and don't be surprised if they doze off for a nap.

Your upcoming road trip doesn't have to be stressful. Be prepared for when they are bored and pack light, because Travel BaBees can supply you with everything you need once you arrive.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

More Spring Break options from across the USA!

We had so many comments on Twitter about our list of fun things to do this Spring Break that we decided to add a few more. Travel BaBees has locations in major cities across the USA, so you can plan on us being wherever you are.

Here are some quick ideas if you are heading out into the great wide open this spring break:

  • Atlanta - There is no better place to be a kid than Atlanta. If you have older children with you on your trip, the number one rated tourist attraction in Atlanta right now is Segway tours. It's a great way to view a beautiful city. 
  • Orange County - At one time Orange County was full of orange trees. When Walt Disney bought up acres of land for his future amusement parks, he changed the face of Orange County forever. In California, there is no better place to spend Spring Break than Disney. It's kid friendly and great for adults as well. 
  • Orlando - On the opposite coast, Orlando is much more than another city in Florida. Per capita, this vibrant city has more amusements per capita than almost anywhere else. Visit DisneyWorld, with four parks in one location or Universal Studios Islands of Adventure. Whether its Tigger and Pooh or Spiderman that your kid loves, it's all in Orlando.
  • Dallas - Put your cowboy boots on and take your kids out in this bustling city full of fun. Visit the world class Zoo, where you and the kids could spend the day exploring new vistas under the bright Texas sun. 
Spring break is fast approaching! Get our your to-do lists and start making your plans. Your kids are only young once, and you don't want to miss your opportunity to show them the world. 

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Spring break is on it's way! Need ideas for a fun week?

With Spring break and Easter on it's way, parents are throwing their hands in the air and wondering how to entertain their kids for the duration. If you have the means, this is the best year to take your little ones on a trip of a lifetime. Travel deals are at record low, and you can definitely get more bang for your buck if you pack up the family and go this year.

With locations across the USA, Travel BaBees knows the best places for you to take your kids this break. Check out these great places at our different locations:

  • San Jose - For those with older kids, the Winchester Mystery House is a must see in the San Jose area. This house was built by a heiress who loved the mysterious and eclectic, so expect stairways that go no where and secret passageways. 
  • San Francisco - Six Flags is reopening at the beginning of March, and with it comes an amazing choice of rides, characters, and kids activities. It's truly a great place to spend a few fun days with the kids. 
  • Washington, DC - Beyond the White House and the Lincoln Memorial, there is a hub of educational and fun activities for families in Washington. No where else can you see the Smithsonian, a string of fantastic museums that house artifacts from space satellites to Kermit the Frog. 
  • Phoenix - The Valley of the Sun will captivate you when you visit Phoenix. Enjoy the great weather, and visit local attractions like Rawhide Western Town. Your little cowboy or cowgirl will not be disappointed. 
Our franchisees know their local areas like the back of their hands, so when booking your next Travel BaBees rentals, be sure to ask for tips on what to see and do. 

Have a great spring break! 

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

In a jam? Travel BaBees is great for much more than travel

Travel BaBees aims to make travel with your children as stress free and easy as possible, but did you know that we also have solutions for your life that have nothing to do with traveling?

The Stork Craft recall is a prime example of where a major inconvenience can turn into a stress free experience. When Stork Craft advised that parents immediately stop using their cribs, many were in a bind. Stores pulled cribs from their stock, and in many cases there were not enough replacements to go around. Travel BaBees was able to step in and provide a safe, secure sleeping environment through crib rentals. With a Travel BaBees crib rental you get economical weekly rates, and set up is entirely taken care of, saving you the hassle of putting together a new crib until your repair kit came.

Yet another benefit to renting from Travel BaBees? Trying out new baby equipment before buying. If you've had your eye on a double jogging stroller but want to try it before you buy, rent one from Travel BaBees. You'll get a good feel for the stroller, as well as find out how it works for you before making a huge investment.  A stroller rental is also great if you are watching a niece or nephew or a grandchild for a week or two.

No matter the bind, Travel BaBees is there to make sure your baby is safe and comfortable.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Cabin fever relief for the snowbound

It's hard to believe that some parts of the country are experiencing spring like weather conditions when the other half is completely snow bound. If you are one of the unlucky few who have experienced a harsher than average winter, you are probably ready to explode from cabin fever. I'm sure you've run through every activity you can think of for your kids, so instead of posting arts, crafts, or games, here are a few web sites you might not have visited to get some fresh new ideas to keep you sane this winter:

  • Do you have a budding astronaut on your hands? Spend some time on the Nasa kids club. You and your child can build a rocket or explore deep space. The best part? There are a variety of levels so your child can play solo. 
  • The Smithsonian is out of reach for everyone who doesn't live in the area, but you can still visit the museum online by spending some time at Smithsonian for kids. Their interactive walkthroughs take you and your child through virtual exhibits. It's fascinating, and they can learn at the same time. 
  • How Stuff Works is interesting for adults, but when you are trying to answer the endless questions that come out of your child's mouth, this is a great web site to find the answers. 
Although it's difficult to be cooped up in the house with your children, it's best to take advantage of the time you have together and make the most of it. The snow will melt eventually. Happy winter!