Traveling with your family definitely has its ups but can also have downs too. There are ways to cut down on some of the drama that comes with family traveling and Rondel Holder from Soulsociety101.com shared some helpful tips with us.
MN: What is Soul Society 101?
Rondel: Soul Society 101 is a platform that inspires Black people to travel. Through our blog http://www.SoulSociety101.com and our social media we share our travel stories and experiences. It is encouraging to see faces and hear stories of Black people traveling from domestic destinations to all around the globe – from the Caribbean to Australia, South Africa to Dubai, Egypt to France, Brazil to Japan and everywhere in between, dispelling the stereotype that Black people don’t travel.
MN: What inspired you to start Soul Society 101?
Rondel: I started Soul Society 101 in 2012 out of frustration. I traveled a lot for work and a bit for pleasure, and it was frustrating when I would get to a destination and didn’t know where to go to eat good, grab a drink and experience the true beauty and “soul” of the places I was visiting.
MN: What are some things to think about when planning a trip with children?
Rondel: When looking into potential vacation spots with your kids, the first step is to think about what type of vacation you want to go on. Are you looking for a beach getaway or a culture filled city trip?
Depending on the ages of your children, you might also want to take into account how long the travel is. A 10+ hour flight from New York to Hawaii with a restless 2 year old might not be the best idea. As an alternative, someone from the east coast who is seeking a beach vacation might want to consider the Caribbean or a quick flight to Fort Lauderdale or Myrtle Beach.
Also, traveling with children can be costly if you don’t plan well. Always check on sites like expedia, groupon, travelzoo, cheapcaribbean and even airline and hotel direct sites and email lists as they often announce sales via email to users who have signed up for their newsletters.
MN: What are some of your top suggestions on mommy-friendly vacation spots and why?
1. Location: Beaches Resorts in Jamaica and Turk & Caicos
Why its family friendly: Beaches Resorts were specifically modeled to be family-friendly. They provide the same experience and ambiance of a Sandals Resort, but with accommodations for kids such as shows, baby pools and even nurseries and babysitting services so adults can enjoy their alone time. They are also all-inclusive which helps to cut unknown costs since you pay for all meals and drinks upfront.
Cost Meter: Moderate
2. Location: Atlantis Resort in The Bahamas
Why is it family friendly: Atlantis Resort has tons of activities for kids over the age of 8-10 to enjoy including one of the largest exotic fish aquariums, an aquatic petting zoo, loads of water fun, beaches, a water park and tons of other once in a lifetime activities such as swimming with sharks. Tip: Look into staying in the Bahamas at nearby resorts that are less expensive. You can always book a day trip and get a day pass to experience Atlantis.
Cost Meter: High
3. Location: Disney Land (CA) and Disney World (FL)
Why is it family friendly: Well, one reason is, it’s filled with Mickey and Minnie and every Disney character that has ever made you happy. There’s also a whole world that adults can live at Disney Resorts while the children are playing or asleep, like romantic dinners and adult rides.
Cost Meter: Moderate to High
4. Location: National Parks and attractions such as Yellowstone, Yosemite, The Grand Canyon and Niagra Falls
Why is it family friendly: Most of these national parks and attractions are extremely safe, scenic and extremely cost effective. They are the types of trips where you can feel comfortable being out and about with your child while taking in the views, fresh air and creating beautiful memories to share.
Cost Meter: Low
MN: Do you have any suggestions on a vacation checklist of things people need to remember to bring?
Rondel: Think travel sized everything and you will be ok. A lot of times when you go on vacation, items that you need are not readily available or are overpriced because you are in a tourist destination. Go to your local market or drugstore and pick up travel containers and fill them with every lotion, ointment, hair, beauty and personal care items that you will need to see you through the end of your trip.