Recently I wrote a post titled The Complete Beginner’s Guide to cooking in a hotel room. This was a hotel room cooking post written out of necessity as we took our family of 8 to Disney World. Since we were trying to limit our food budget, we ended up cooking a couple of meals in our hotel room, even though we didn’t have a stove and just had a mini-refrigerator. (We were there on a conference and didn’t have a choice in our lodgings). (SEE ALSO: My top 5 Disney World tips for a budget traveler) Some of the comments on...Read More
Dan Miller generally writes over at Points With a Crew about how families (especially larger families) can travel for free or cheap. Feel free to contact him via email at email@example.com or on Twitter at @PointsWithACrew. He loves helping families travel and is more than happy to answer specific questions.
It’s the classic parenting facepalm. You buy the big expensive Christmas present that EVERYBODY wants… and your kid is more interested in playing with the cardboard box it came in. We ran into this on a recent vacation. We had surprised the kids with a trip to Disney World, and everyone was super excited Please enter the url to a YouTube video. (SEE ALSO: My top 5 Disney World tips for the budget traveler) But when we got there, after the first day’s excitement wore off, we kept hearing questions like “When can we go back to the hotel and...Read More
Last month my wife and I decided that we would take a family vacation to Disney World. To maximize our time, we decided that we would try and leave on a Thursday afternoon RIGHT after I came home from work. We didn’t tell the kids at ALL. As soon as I came home, we got the kids together to tell them – Check out the video of how long my daughter screams after she finds out she’s going to Disney World. Planning a surprise trip like this takes a LOT of coordination – we basically turned our bedroom into a secure citadel...Read More
We just got back from Walt Disney World and I thought I’d share a few of my top hacks. I don’t claim these as my own inventions, but I thought other budget-conscious Disney travelers might enjoy what we came up with. 1. Bring a stroller (even if your kids aren’t little) Disney World Hack #1: My youngest child is 3 and nearly 4 and is a big girl (just ask her!) – we haven’t regularly used a stroller for her probably in the past 2 years. Still, there are so many reasons you’ll want a stroller. First of all, even though...Read More
We recently returned from Disney World, and as all 21st century families seem to do, we took about 6,000 pictures and videos (slight exaggeration), which we will promptly never look at again! We had actually not been to Disney World as a family before, and surprised our kids with the Disney trip Please enter the url to a YouTube video. Our family spent time at the Magic Kingdom, Hollywood Studios and Epcot, and here are 9 of the top pictures that really captured the moment. Let’s start off the photos with Starting things off was this classic pic of...Read More
I have many unique (read: strange) travel goals, one of which is that I am trying to visit every COUNTY in the United States. Yes, you heard that right. Most people are content with trying to visit 50 states (and only about 14% of Americans have even made it that far), but I was never content with settling for the obvious. At the time of this writing, I’ve visited 48 out of the 50 states (I’ll pick up Alaska later in 2016 and I still need to get to Hawaii), and 1630 of the 3,143 counties in the United States...Read More
Ever wondered how to get started using airline miles and hotel points to travel around the world for free (or cheap)? Join me at Family Travel for Real Life on October 24th in Tysons Corner, Virginia.Organized by Dia Adams (“The Deal Mommy”), this is the third Family Travel for Real Life (#FT4RL) conference and this time I am honored to have been selected as one of the speakers.My topic is “Panning for Gold in Category 1: Hotel Tips, Tricks, and Steals,” which will focus on how to find hotels even in the lower ranges of hotel awards (ones that require...Read More
Traveling with a family of eight presents its own set of challenges, above and beyond “regular” family travel. For example, one common strategy that people suggest is for parents to use a portable DVD player to help maintain the peace during long car trips. Unfortunately, for those of us with teenagers AND toddlers, there is not a movie on this earth that a 13-year-old boy and a 2-year-old girl will both want to watch!! :-D. We’ve actually had some success in taking long car trips with no electronics at all!Another problem we’ve run into is that we make a LOT...Read More
As a quick note of introduction, my name is Dan Miller, and I generally write over at Points With a Crew about how families (especially larger families) can travel for free or cheap. There are actually only a few simple tricks to easily getting airline miles and hotel points that allow this. The full scope of how to do this is probably more than I could write in this article, but if you’re interested, you could check out the Beginner’s Guide I wrote. Feel free to contact me via email at dan at pointswithacrew dot com, or @PointsWithACrew on Twitter if you have questions – I love helping families...Read More
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