For those of you lucky enough to have scrimped and
saved all year long to take your family to Florida for March Break, we are here to give you our Rules of the Road.
Let's assume you are leaving on the trip by car (van) and traveling
down south to Florida by way of I-75. This route is by far the safest and most traveled. Hotels, restaurants, and gas stations
are plentiful. You can always find a place to recharge your batteries. There are several things that you may need to pack
before you go. I would normally go to Costco and stock up at this time of year with all the staples needed for a week in the
sun. They always seem to have the right items for the season - sunscreen, swimsuits and towels, a good book, or even that
new DVD video player to strap on to the back of the headrest so that your little ones are in their own little world for the
Having traveled extensively
over the years as a child, and now doing it with my own children, I have my packing list down to a science. A few must-haves
include a first aid kit, sick bags, pillows, iPods, batteries, car chargers, sunglasses, games and snacks. Like the boy scouts,
you should be prepared for anything.
point of taking a family vacation is to connect with the little ones and your significant other on a level that most don't
get to at home. Our busy schedules usually preclude us from spending a lot of quality time together while at home. The hockey
mom takes over and you are at their disposal, because that's what mothers do.
Now, while the kiddies are frolicking all day in the pool, use the opportunity to get into that new
book you've wanted to read. No time like the present, as you too are off the clock. A nice night out with your Mr. Right
Try to, within reason, stay
on budget while on your trip as the bills can come back to haunt you upon your return home. I have found that using only
one credit card for a trip is easier on the budget as you are much more likely to remember and track each purchase.
For the past year, we have been using only one credit card, the TrueEarnings Card from Costco and American Express. This Card has no annual fee and offers cash-back on every
purchase, with a rebate delivered each year in January. I am completely sold on this card and have gotten rid of the others
in my wallet.
Every time you fill the car
with gas before your trip, you can earn up to 2% cash-back. Why not get paid for buying gas? Stops at restaurants before
you cross the border can earn you 3% cash-back. Once you're in the US, you earn up to 1% on all of your purchases. It gives
me peace of mind to know that I'm earning back some of the money we invest not only while on vacation, but on my year-round
So, while you are away take the time to stop and smell the roses and we will be waiting to hear all
about it upon your return. And above all else, play safe and have a wonderful time doing it.