Tips for Getting Active on Your Family Road Trip

It’s finally time to dust off the flip flops and get preparations for your summer holiday underway. As the end of the school year approaches, families will be trying to decide on where to go and getting ready for their annual break with the kids. PassSmart’s guide is designed to help you plan an active family holiday, helping you make the most of your time away and keeping fit the fun way!

Getting Kids Active During Family Vacation

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Road trip

A road trip can be the perfect way to spend your summer vacation. Not only does taking your own car give you the freedom of being able to go wherever you want to, but it’s also a lot cheaper than flying.

What’s also great about a road trip is that you can take more stuff to make your holiday an active one. If you take your bikes, for example, you’ll be able to stop off at certain places to explore on two wheels instead of four. The only downside to driving is that you’ll be the one trying to fit everything in the trunk!

Try something new

Many of us get stuck into the same routines when we go on holiday, sticking to the beach and avoiding any kind of physical activity whatsoever. Wherever you’re going, there’s bound to be a new activity to try or something you can do as a whole family, so why not go for it?

Do a bit of research before you leave into what activities are on offer, and try and decide on doing at least one of them, as a family. If you don’t fancy scaling the side of a mountain, why not try something like off-roading in a 4×4? Anything which you wouldn’t normally have the chance to do at home is a great way to spend a day, and the kids will love it!


Since you’ve got the luxury of your own car, it makes sense to visit multiple places on your trip. Why not plan your vacation around staying a few nights in different places to make the most out of your time off.

This may sound like an expensive option, but if you plan ahead you should be able to get good prices on accommodation. As you’re only treating your hotel/accommodation as your base, you can save money by choosing a basic option.

If you’ll be visiting cities, try to find out about parking options before you set off. The last thing you want to be doing is spending the day trying to find a parking space or having to walk for miles into the city. It might be a good idea to ditch the car if you’re traveling inner-city because public transport is often a much cheaper option.


If you’re planning on a more rural vacation, camping for a couple of nights is something which the kids will love, even if the idea doesn’t fill you with joy.

If the thought of a couple of days in a tent doesn’t fill you with fear, though, it can be one of the funnest, and – not to mention cheapest – ways to spend a few days of your holiday.

Finally, don’t forget to relax!

Just because you’re on an active holiday doesn’t mean you can’t take a few days out to relax. Set aside a few days at the end of the holiday to do whatever you want to do. Visit the beach or spend a couple of days poolside.

Wherever you go and whatever you decide to do, just make sure you don’t forget the camera!

This guest post was written by Isabelle from

VZ Navigator Helps you Travel Easier

VZ NavigatorTraveling is not something my family does too often, but when we do I know I would like to be able to travel at ease. You know, without the hassle of running into heavy traffic, reaching road blocks and similar just to hear the kids screaming “are we there yet” or “what time is it” or “I want out of this car”. As I often say, there’s an app for that, and yes people there is an app that can help make traveling easier on you and your family.

VZ Navigator is a navigation app with features like lane guidance, natural language voice guidance, and reliable real-time traffic. Have you ever used a GPS that sounds like a robot? As simple as this sounds, having a natural language voice sells me on any app such as this one. Being able to have lane guidance and knowing traffic stats in real time is also a wonderful tool with VZ Navigator.

VZ Navigator App for VerizonWith VZ Navigator you can also update your location on Facebook or email as well as locate the lowest reported gas prices. This app was created with the traveling family in mind, by the sounds of it. For me, traveling with three kids is always a project but knowing that I have a natural language voice guidance app to lead me the way makes me feel safer and more comfortable getting along on a family road trip. I am often easily distracted by the grumblings of my three kids or the bickering between siblings in the back seat so badly that I have missed my road that I was suppose to turn on in order to get to our destination faster.

You see, VZ Navigator isn’t an app to keep my kids from being kids or having sibling rivalry in my back seat but it can help keep me focused on my next family road trip and it can help you keep focused to arrive safely and on time to your next family vacation destination. Right now Verizon is offering a free 30 day trial to VZ Navigator for smartphones and after the trial this app is only $2 per month, this means you won’t pay a lot to have ease of traveling this upcoming school break season.

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Geocaching with Geomate.jr Was a Fabulous Time

My family and I had never heard of Geocaching in the past but apparently it is a very popular outdoor activity all over the world. When I first received my Geomate.jr I wondered if there would really be any caches close to our home, but thank goodness there are tons within a 10 mile radius of my town. I found out where all of the caches are by looking at the website, prior to us planning our day trip to venture out on the trails.

I decided creating a collage was the best option to share with you all our days events. First it is hunting season here in New Hampshire so we made sure to have bright colors on; Ki and I wore orange hats, Ki wore an orange coat, Monster K wore a bright red coat and Aj wore his orange coat.  We opened up the Geomate.jr and had a look to see how it works. We stepped outside and found that yes indeed we have caches close by.

The kids and I got all ready and we hopped into the van to go downtown as there are way more down there off of the old railroad tracks. Geomate.jr guided us in the right direction to each cache and let us know if we were miles away or feet away which helped encourage us as we moved forward. Wondering if the Geomate.jr was leading us correctly or not, we finally found our first cache and it was exciting!

The cache has a log inside and a trinket, luckily we brought some trinkets to exchange and also found that the two caches we found this day had been visited, based on the signed log, about one month before us in October 2011. I signed it Fam and hopefully we can go back to see who else goes after us. Fun times!

Geomate.jr is a GPS device that allows you easily find geocaches and you can mark with a smiley face each cache that has been found to keep better track of where you have been before. There is also an updater kit, which sadly we did not get with our Geomate.jr so we will have to purchase this at a later date. The Geomate.jr comes with preloaded caches for your geocaching adventure and can’t wait to see what adventure you take your family on.

Get outside, have fun, enjoy a GPS enabled treasure hunt, but be safe, be respectful and always put back the cache where you found it so others can have a blast too!

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Disclosure: This is a holiday gift guide item sent to me for review. All opinions are that of my own even though I received Geomate.jr free, we truly love this as a new way to get us outside, working together as a family.

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