Family TravelIdeas to make your next trip easier, more fun and way more unexpected.
Before your kids get too restless on the next family road trip, hand them point and shoot cameras, then throw a fun challenge at them: a photo scavenger hunt. Have the family create a list of ten things everyone needs to photograph before the trip is over. Extra points for verified Bigfoot photos.
A mobile hotspot means Internet connectivity for multiple devices, wherever there's a cell signal. Kick your camping experience up a notch with your very own outdoor streaming theater. A hotspot, a laptop, a Wi-Fi smart projector, plus some camper's ingenuity and you're watching your favorite travel flicks in no time. S'mores and popcorn recommended.
Once you get to the trailhead, use wearable, smart technology like a Fitbit Surge or Garmin Forerunner to see who can be first to finish 5 kilometers (approximately 6,500 steps) in a day. Nothing wrong with a little family competition, plus, you get the benefit of tracking your daily steps, exercise goals and on some models, GPS location and more.
Hit the road but don't drop calls. Improve your phone's connection strength with a cellular signal booster to help you never be out of touch. Go ahead, take the road less travelled. Your calls and texts are coming through loud and clear.
Relax. Getting away doesn't mean you can't see what's going on back home. Before your next getaway, install a security camera system like the Nest Cam and keep tabs on your home, pets or kids in livestreaming HD right on your smartphone. Many of these cameras offer motion and noise detection; even night vision. Now you can concentrate on what's important—vacation.