ParkDIA’s Top 5 Articles of 2017

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From family travel tips to bleisure travel and airport parking, it’s been a blast sharing our travel insights with you this year. So as 2017 comes to a close, we want to share our most popular posts from this past year. The winners are… 1. 7 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Get for Free at Your Hotel Everyone knows you can get a free toothbrush at the hotel if you leave yours behind. But did you know some hotels offer free Happy Hour? How about transportation around town? Check out this post for the complete list of (free) surprises your … Continued

4 Tips for Hassle-Free Holiday Travel

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Between shopping for gifts, prepping meals big enough for an army, and navigating the sometimes-dangerous waters of family chatter, holiday travel can feel like just another hassle. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to make sure your holiday trip isn’t a burden (it might even be fun!). Keep these tips in mind to ensure a smooth journey.   1. Plan your route ahead of time It doesn’t matter if you’re traveling by plane, train, or automobile: all travel is busy during the holidays. With that in mind, make sure to plan your travel route and share it with your “co-pilot” ahead … Continued

Flying with Kids? 11 Ways to Keep Them Happy (and Save Your Sanity)

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Flying with kids is not a walk in the park. Babies cry, toddlers get restless, and even older kids can get bored out of their minds on airplanes. It’s not pleasant for the kids, for you, or for your fellow passengers. But thanks to technology, airline customer service, and a few old tricks, there are plenty of ways to make flying fun. 1. Entertainment Providing in-flight entertainment for your kids is a no-brainer. iPads, streaming services, and fun apps make it a breeze to keep children still and occupied… at least for a while. Before you depart, download some of … Continued

The Best Sites to Find Cheap Flights

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According to the FAA, 2,587,000 people fly in and out of U.S. airports every single day. That’s a lot of flying going on. And while airports and airlines work toward increasing efficiency in the security lines and offering more in-flight accommodations, there’s still a major sticking point: cost. If you’re a bargain hunter, you probably love the challenge of finding great flight deals. Fortunately, there are plenty of online tools to help you in your search. Here are some of our favorites. Google Flights Google Flights is flexible, easy to use, and packed with features to help you find great … Continued

10 Things to Bring on Every Flight

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After the excitement of booking a trip wears off comes the hard part: packing. And while deciding what to take on your Hawaiian getaway or Appalachian trail hike is probably top of mind, prepping for the actual flight is just as important. This carry-on packing list will get you well on your way to a stress-free flight. 1. Entertainment Unless you’re flying on one of these airlines that offer top-notch in-flight entertainment, you’ll want to prepare in advance. If you’re a reader, carry a book or an e-reader. If you love movies, use your flight as an opportunity to watch … Continued

5 Free Airport Security Apps to Get You Through the Line Faster

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Have you ever walked up to the security line at the airport and thought to yourself, “I really wish I had left earlier!” Or worse yet, have you missed your flight because of a long line? It happens to the best of us. More than 70,000 American passengers missed a flight in 2016 because of excessive wait times. So, should you just have to accept long lines at security as a cruel fact of life? Absolutely not! There’s an app for that. A few, actually. Check out these five apps that can help dodge the lines and get to your … Continued

How to Survive Holiday Air Travel

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It’s no secret that holiday air travel can be tough. Between the long lines, traffic, and constant fear of flight delays, your holiday cheer can turn into “bah humbug” on a dime. Here’s some advice on how to survive your holiday trip. Planning Book in advance Traveling during the holidays is stressful enough, so don’t wait until the last minute to book flights. Timing your ticket buys isn’t an exact science, but on average, you’ll have the best luck booking about 54 days out. If you missed the “prime booking window” for your travel dates, use a tool like Google … Continued

Bleisure Travel: 7 Great Reasons to Mix Business and Leisure

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Bleisure: It’s part business, part leisure, and one of today’s hottest travel trends. Penciling in “leisure time” on your business trip itinerary might seem like an odd concept, but travelers are beginning to realize the benefits of doing just that. Here are some reasons to switch up your business travel routine to mix work and play.   You’ll have something to look forward to The highlight of your trip doesn’t have to be the dessert menu at a client dinner. Once you’ve made the decision to extend your stay, you can look forward to that hike you’re taking in the … Continued

21 Family Travel Blogs You Should Follow

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Family travel is rewarding for parents and children, but it’s not always a walk in the park. If you need some tips, tricks, destination ideas, or just a little inspiration for your next family getaway, check out these great family travel blogs! Travel Babbo Eric Stoen caught the travel bug while studying abroad in college. Now he chronicles the global adventures of his family, and he’s been featured on sites including CNN, Forbes, and Lonely Planet. The blog is chock-full of useful information about cruising, booking hotels,  picking destinations, and much more. You can even read about his annual one-on-one … Continued

Have PTO You Need to Use? 5 Places to Travel This Fall

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Chances are your next paid day off isn’t until Thanksgiving. But, with school back in session, holiday ads infiltrating your Hulu stream, and the leaves changing color, wouldn’t it be nice to get away now, before the end-of-year craziness sets in? If you have some leftover PTO you need to use, take a quick vacation for a little “me” (or “us”) time! Here are some of our fall favorites. New York City, New York There’s never a shortage of things to do in New York City, and fall is a great time to visit and partake in some of the … Continued

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