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Family trips to Glasgow

Glasgow is one of the UK’s most visited cities, with a diverse array of excellent attractions and entertainments suitable for visitors from all walks of life. That means you’ll find it easy to keep all the family entertained on a trip around Glasgow’s best-known sights.

You might think historical buildings are better catered towards the interests of parents, but even kids can find lots to occupy them at significant landmarks like Glasgow Cathedral. Built between the 13th and 15th centuries, this monument is a great place to explore – with areas such as the Necropolis being popular for kids with more macabre tastes – and once you’re done sightseeing you can enjoy a picnic lunch in its designated eating area.

Family trips to Glasgow aren’t just about sightseeing, of course, and visitors of all ages can bring their experiences bang up to date at the city’s ultra-modern attractions, such as the Glasgow Science Centre and IMAX cinema. The Science Centre features three floors of interactive and fascinating exhibits where children can be entertained while also learning a thing or two about science and the natural world, before seeing the latest blockbuster in spectacular 3D at the on-site cinema.

If you’re eager to give the family a real insight into Glasgow to help you all appreciate your time in the city even more, you can visit attractions like the Museum of Transport, soon reopening with state-of-the-art exhibitions at the Riverside Museum in Glasgow Harbour – a great area for exploring that other vital industry that brought Glasgow to prominence: its maritime heritage.

You don’t have to limit your horizons to the city either, you can take the opportunity to travel further afield and see more of Scotland during your visit. Glasgow is a great base for exploring the Highlands and other beautiful areas of West Scotland such as Loch Lomond, where you can enjoy outdoor picnics and a whole host of exhilarating outdoor activities when the weather holds up. Glasgow’s proximity to the sea also makes it an ideal starting point for trips to nearby islands such as the Isle of Arran, home to many inspiring views and historic castles that kids will love to explore.

Cosmopolitan Glasgow is a city that’s geared towards families in many areas, so you shouldn’t have any trouble finding ideal family restaurants and cheap hotels in Glasgow that offer discounts for young guests. Some hotels may even offer kids free meals, helping your money go even further on your family holiday.

Janine Barclay writes for a digital marketing agency. This article has been commissioned by a client of said agency. This article is not designed to promote, but should be considered professional content.

Road Trips With Your Family

You and your family want to spend a vacation together this summer yet you do not have a lot of money? Do not be worried, as there is always a classic getaway for you to rediscover any time: road trips.

 

Imagine the endless possibilities presented by all those roads stretching out in every direction from your home; scenic drives so beautiful they rekindle your love of the land; cute little towns and oddball road side attractions; missed exit ramps; spilled drinks on the cloth seats; cranky young’uns who just want to go home to their computer.

 

Is it possible to take the whole family on a car trip without tears or tantrums?

 

After many hundreds of road trips across this great land, I’d like to share with you some tips for increasing the fun and reducing the frazzle on family trips.

 

Tips for Better Road Trips


Keep it short and sweet. Make a list of destinations within 100 miles of home where your family has never been. Get the kids involved in whittling it down to their favorites and plan to tackle one or two every weekend. If you run out of ideas, pick up some brochures at the local tourist information center. Maybe you’ll discover there’s a river offering tubing adventures just a few towns over. Or a pioneer fort that lets visitors participate in “olden days” activities. Perhaps a scenic drive through a state park you’ve been meaning to show the kids for years. Family outings close to home can be fresh and fun if you experience them with your favorite people. The upside to these short jaunts is you won’t be stuck in the car together long enough to pick fights.

 

Leave the mobile media at home. Yes, this will spark World War III but if the kids drive you crazy with their video games and obsessive texting at home, imagine how annoying it will be in the back seat of the car. And if you haven’t been observing your kids lately, just check out the headlines:

 

“Tech Use Up In Kids, Parents Losing Ground”

 

“More Teens Obsessed with Texting”

 

“Kids Spend 8 Hours a Day on TV, Internet, Texting”

 

Yes, going cold turkey will cause withdrawal symptoms (pouting, whining, unconscious twitching of the thumbs). But as compensation…

 

Give them a low-tech challenge. Get a small digital voice recorder and turn the kids into reporters. Invite them to ask things about their parents and each other that your family has never talked about. Assign them a “story” to cover about each person during the drive. Spin some ancient family yarns that your parents told you. You’ll all learn something about each other and have a great souvenir to share with grandparents and friends back home.

 

Spark their creativity. Hold a photography contest on family trips. Create enough categories so everyone can be a winner. Categories like: Tackiest Roadside Attraction. Best Morning Bed Head. Ugliest Bug Splat on the Windshield. If your kids have to be rivals, the friendly rivalry of competition may help keep the peace.

 

Eat al fresco. Ah, the lingering smell of fried onions… it just seems to cling to car upholstery, doesn’t it? So why not drive past those drive-throughs and have picnics along the way. Pack a cooler and top it up at a local grocery store with enough fixings for a simple but yummy lunch. Even if you have to resort to fast food, take it somewhere nice, spread out a blanket, and pretend you’re the smiling all-American family in one of those postcards from the ’50s. Sure it’s sappy. But fun. Plus your gang will eat better and experience a quaint old tradition: having family meals together. And that may be one of the best memories you bring home from your family outings on the open road.

 

Bill Belei is a seasoned road trip enthusiast and the founder of BestRoadTripPlanner.com, an information sharing site where members report on their favorite road trip adventures. You’ll find honest, unbiased travel plans, maps and photos of scenic drives, attractions, urban highlights, points of interest, and even warnings on where not to go. Use BestRoadTripPlanner.com as your next road trip planner or to share your latest adventure. You can earn points for your best trips and may win a prize!

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Traveling Safely On Cross Country Road Trips

Planning a trip by automobile to another state or all the way across the country can be an exciting way to explore and grow. However, before you get on the road, you should consider the necessary precautions in order to do so safely.

There are more than six million car accidents every year in the United States. Forty thousand of these people are, sadly, killed in crashes during this amount of time.

A predicted amount of over twenty-five people will be involved in an automobile accident during any five-year span. Though many accidents are the fault of other drivers on the road, you can increase your odds of making it to your destination without being harmed by following the safety rules and regulations that have been set forth to protect automobile drivers.

The number one most important thing for anyone traveling by car to remember is to wear a seat belt. Massive amounts of fatalities occur every year when those involved in automobile traumas were not adequately belted in.

Buckling up should be the first thing that you do when you find your seat. If you have small children, make sure that they, too, are securely fastened and safe in a car seat.

If you teach your children as youngsters the importance of vehicle safety, it is more likely that they will use this knowledge as they grow. Another extremely important thing to remember, in order to keep both you and your family safe, is to pay close attention to road signals and signs.

Construction zones and high traffic areas are often marked off by designated signs that are created and placed to warn you of danger or changes ahead of you. If you refrain from noticing the different warnings that the signs indicate, you can severely damage your vehicle or cause harm to you and the passengers with you.

Some of the most important traffic signs to follow are stop signs, those indicating speed limits, lane changes, and passing restrictions. Watch closely for them, and you will keep yourself from becoming involved in an accident.

Before you travel to other states, be sure that you know and understand the traffic and safety laws that are set forth there. Not being familiar with the town or city is no excuse for lacking to follow speed limits or other laws and regulations.

Very often, each state, city, or town, can have slightly different road laws or restrictions. Be conscious and aware of the ones that you are traveling in.

Signs will give you direction and let you know the important information you need. It is also possible to research this knowledge online before you leave for your trip.

A good way to ensure that you will have a safe and hazard free road excursion is to take care of any maintenance issues, check-ups, or troubles beforehand. Any car, new or old, should have a check-up, oil change, and inspection before making a long trek.

Most mechanics will offer a free inspection with the change and will let you know if there are any problems with the vehicle that may hinder your safety. It is also a smart idea to make sure that the tires on your car are adequately filled and will not need air.

The day before you leave, drive to a gas station where air is available. Most will at least have an air machine that takes coins, if not one that offers the tire air for free.

Use a gauge and the levels indicated on the outside of them to fill them with the proper amount. Another good thing to remember during your trip is to be aware of your consciousness and focus.

Drowsy drivers cause a great number of accidents every year, and harm both themselves and others present with them. If you start to feel tired, ask another licensed passenger in the car to take the wheel for you while you sleep.

If there is no other adult or licensed passenger, find the nearest exit and look for somewhere to stay. As the drive continues, you will only become more exhausted and unable to keep your eyes open and alert.

Road trips are a fun way for you to travel and experience new locales. However, the best way to have a great vacation is to pay attention to your surroundings and drive safely.

Tom Selwick is a public safety representative for 25 years and has authored hundreds of articles relating to public safety and road signs. He has worked in public safety for years promoting safe transportation practices.

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Family Trips to Avoid

I don’t know about you, but I have trouble even watching a kissing scene on TV if my dad is in the room.

I also wouldn’t eat ribs on a first date, get drunk in front of my mother-in-law, wear a short halter dress to a meeting with the CEO or ugly underwear to the gynecologist.

There are just certain things that we don’t do around certain people and for very good reasons. So, why then do people forget to apply this logic to their holidays?

How much fun would it be to go on a girls cruise with Chippendale entertainment, special toys parties and raucous truth or dare games… with your future mother-in-law?

Chances are that her finding out about that night, with that many shooters and that certain Sharks player is just not a good idea.

Most of us use a holiday as a way to escape the family or the mother-in-law, so we are pretty clued up on this subject. But it never hurts to take a quick refresher course on the art of avoiding a mini drama on our hard-earned vacations.

Trips to avoid… with your mom

I asked one of my friends what type of trip he would avoid taking with his mother and the answer was simple – any holiday during which you intend to relax.

Another friend asked to take the money instead.

Someone else commented that you should never go on holiday with her mom if you intend to sleep past 7am and are not a fan of the “wakey wakey song”.

If it was my mom, I would have to avoid any trip to a town that has been around for more than a day. Otherwise I would be subjected to every museum, gallery and stately home there was. (What is a stately home anyway?)

So apparently what to avoid depends completely on your particular mom.

The alternative: Instead of worrying what kind of holiday would be testing with your mom, why not plan a trip that you know would be a hit with you both? Heading to a new place like Zambia or Mauritius is exciting and new for you both, meaning you can explore together.

Each GoTravel24 package to these destinations also ensures that you are slap bang in the middle of the action. So if you need to sleep in, there will be plenty for your mom to do until the sun rises sufficiently to get you out of bed.

Trips to avoid… with your dad

I think avoiding the red light district in Amsterdam with your dad pretty much goes without saying here (or at least we hope so). So we’ll take a more local angle and suggest that you think about what your dad is like before you trek across South Africa.

Think about it, if your dad is outdoorsy and believes that starting a fire with matches is cheating, then he is probably not going to be thrilled with a trip to Sun City.

If your dad is anything like mine, then a holiday where the main attraction is a shopping mall is also not going to go down well. There is nothing worse than having a sulky man in tow and nothings brings out that side in a dad like a changing room.

The alternative: Whether it’s screaming from the sidelines of a rugby field or practicing pirouettes, dads love to get involved with their kids.

Dads will jump at the chance to be able to teach you something again or hold your hand when you get scared. And who cares if you chicken out or fall over? It’s just your daddy after all.

Trips to avoid… with your new girlfriend

There are so many options for romantic getaways and holidays for couples that it can be easy to get carried away and for things to go wrong. For many reasons, couples often decide to go on adventure holidays together. You could want to share your interests with a new partner or simply be trying to impress with your bravery. But broken bones, flying off a mountain bike, sky diving to your death are never usually a good look. The kind of bonding you are looking to do is not usually done best from twin hospital beds.

Besides the chance at irreparably damaging your partner and your chances at a second date, adventure trips can backfire in another way. The way to impress a girl is not by showing off on a mountain bike and crashing into a tree that just “appeared out of nowhere”.

Honestly, we’d just think you’re being stupid.

Or what happens if you get all hooked up to the bungee jumping equipment and then you chicken out? That is not exactly impressive either.

You also have no idea how she is going to react in certain situations. Chances are that she didn’t disclose her comical lack of coordination and balance on your first date. So tying her up behind a boat with a wooden plank attached to her feet is not going to endear you to her. Take it from me (yes, I fell over every time) you are just going to embarrass her and ensure that your first holiday away is your last.

The alternative: If you are looking for something different to do to impress a girl, why not try a cruise? It can almost be guaranteed that this is something she hasn’t done meaning you score ingenuity points and there are lots of fun activities on board that all come with lifeboat and trained staff safety.

Trips to avoid… with your new boyfriend
A weekend away with a new girlfriend usually means one thing… (please don’t make me say it). So as long as there is a bed involved, new boyfriends are usually happy.

But there are some trips that can put a dampener on your lust, I mean love.

There are things that women (no stereotypes here) find incredibly romantic, but can leave a newly captured man trembling. While you might find an overnight train trip across South Africa incredibly Mills & Boon and dreamy, in reality it means being stuck in one small cabin with the same person for a very long time.

While you could envision cuddling all day while the rain patters on the windows, he probably sees a cage with nowhere for him to go to the loo out of earshot.

Another gem of a trip to avoid (I had no idea people actually do this) is a themed tour. You might be an avid Shakespeare lover and adore the idea of dressing up in the garb, talking all fancy and taking a boat trip around Cape Town harbour. Chances are that your new boyfriend doesn’t. Remember, Shakespeare involved tights and wigs. There are better ways to share your interests with your new partner without subjecting them to something that will probably embarrass them, make you look a little odd and put them amongst, um, interesting company.

The alternative: The best way to get a romantic weekend with your new man is to compromise a tad (just a tad, relax). Try a city break somewhere there is something cool and manly happening at the time. Think Sharks vs Stormers or A1 Grand Prix. Once you have wowed him with how cool you are, spending the rest of the weekend in bed is guaranteed. Throw a cool city hotel into the mix and you are both happy.

Trips to avoid… with your in-laws
This entirely depends on your in-laws of course. I have a friend who laughed at this question and called her mom-in-law “an awesome party animal”. So, I’ll close my eyes while you all maim her and offer some advice anyway.
Remember how it irks you when you partner back seat drives? Well, imagine how super annoying it would be coming from your in-laws?

Taking a self-drive family safari trip is one holiday I would not recommend to take with your extended family. It involves long days spent in the car, arguments over the air con and awkward moments when you run out of conversation. No matter how good your relationship is with your in-laws, being stuck in a car together is testing.

Before you know it you are arguing over that being an eland or a kudu, whether or not her son really likes broccoli, whatever happened to that lovely Shelley girl he dated in high school and how you wear too much make up for a safari.

The alternative: Rather opt for a safari package from GoTravel24 that includes flights, car hire, accommodation and meals. No mother-in-law can critique your cooking, driving or bed-making skill when everything is expertly taken care of for you.

Trips to avoid… with your siblings

Once again, this will depend on your siblings and whether or not they have procreated yet. If they have multiplied already, then you should really just avoid all trips.

While you love your nieces and nephews, I very much doubt you envisioned your holiday to include tropical sunsets, massages, room service and dirty nappies.

Most child friendly holiday resorts mean that, shockingly, there will be lots of children around.

Screaming kids can hinder relaxation and you will be surprised by how much your siblings will expect you to help out. And believe me, “I’m re-hydrating under a face mask in a hammock” will not be classified as a good enough excuse for you to be “too busy for bath time”.

The alternative: If traveling with toddlers and kids is unavoidable, try a safari in a malaria free area of South Africa. This means that kids will be safe and free of revolting malaria medication.

Many game lodges also have childcare facilities, so by doing some research and choosing one of these you will even be able to spend some adult time together.

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Popular Texas Day Trips

Traveling has become a hobby more then a necessity. Texas has the capacity to entertain visitors of all ages and all types. Some of the places are of special interest for children while others are purely for young of senior citizens. Depending upon your interest you may pick some of these and spend a day full of joy and smiles these leaving unforgettable memories for ever. It forces most of the travelers to take cheap Texas flights from around the globe.

 

Buckhorn Saloon and Museum Trip: It’s an entertainment complex that consists of two museums, a saloon, a bar, shooting gallery, and a gift shop. It costs no entry fee but two much entertainment at one place. It’s really a fantastic place that gives you joy, relaxation, and food and drinks all under one roof. If you grab flights to Texas you will be finding Buckhorn Museum and Saloon at a walking distance from Alamo and River Walk. For over 120 years it has been the place to witness people gathering, good food and drinks, arts crafts, and splendid wildlife exhibits.

 

Down Town San Antonio Trip: It’s an interesting region that is home to many worth seeing and worth visiting places such as; La Villita, Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, the Tower of the Americas, HemisFair Park, the Alamo, Rivercenter Mall, and the Alamodom. If you take your flights to Texas you will be welcomed to many attractive sites including; the Market Square, the Aztec, Majestic Theatre, and Empire Theatre. A number of events held here throughout the year that also adds to the people coming to the region. Christmas parade is perhaps the most popular event holding here.

 

Market Square Trip: It’s a commercial area housing an array of restaurants, night clubs, and shops. It’s a good place to buy some artistic work. If you ever get an opportunity to take Texas flights go to the market square for getting a unique and exciting shopping, dining and entertaining experiences. A number of public markets are there to present you all you need there.

 

Six Flags Fiesta Trip: It is the major entertainment complex in Texas as well as in the whole of U.S.A. Established in 1992 as a small theme park The Six Flags Fiesta has now got its fame as a venue bringing thrills and excitement to guests of all ages. If you take flights to Texas from UK must take a tour to this site and take innovative roller coasters and other thrilling rides here.

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