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Road Trip Tips With Kids, Road Trips, Travel Tips, Uncategorized

The Ultimate Road Trip with Kids Planning Guide

Road trip memories! If you don’t have a mix of sweet and sour road trip memories from childhood, you missed out. Did you really have a childhood if your parents didn’t threaten to pull over and head back home at least once? Either way, a road trip with kids is a parenting right of passage, maybe even obligation. And as we are all aching to get back to some level of socially distanced adventuring, road trips are the perfect solution. 

Here in the FivePax fam, we have become quite the road-trippers the past few years and have pulled together our best tips in this article. And of course, we sprinkled in tips from our friends, family, and social media community. Keep reading for a complete guide for all of the road trips with kid hacks that will keep your memories trending toward the sunnier side. 

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New York City, Road Trips

Budget-friendly first time weekend in New York City

After having lived in New York City for the past 10 years, I have helped countless friends and family generate itineraries for a weekend in New York City.  Rather than allow these plans to rot in the vast nothingness of my Gmail outbox, it would be a crime for me, a travel blogger, not to share some of them with the general public.  I have done countless flavors of a weekend depending on who is coming, but this is a budget-friendly first time weekend in New York City itinerary.  

When people come to visit for the first time, I’m typically asked for a mix of sightseeing the major attractions along with a few local off the grid recommendations.  I’m also told that people want to cram in as much as possible, so buckle on your walking shoes because I’m going to wear you out.

Note: I actually wrote this as an email to a friend and converted it to a post, so you can take comfort with the knowledge that these are authentic, genuine recommendations and not click-bait.

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Providence Canyon Georgia with kids
Camping and Hiking, Road Trips, Southeast

Taking the kids to Georgia’s Little Grand Canyon

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For a weekend adventure in the southeast United States that rivals the beauty of the actual Grand Canyon, if not the size and scope, Providence Canyon is a great option.  Known as Georgia’s Little Grand Canyon, Providence Canyon is a 1,103 acre Georgia state park near Lumpkin, Georgia, about two and a half hours southwest of Atlanta.  

With massive gullies and 16 canyons that tower as high as 150 feet, the views of the chasms, plateaus, cliffs, and pinnacles are spectacular.  Activities in the park include hiking and camping, along with full facilities, a nice amount of open space, and plenty of picnic tables to feed the family.

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Subway in NYC
New York City, Northeast, Road Trips, Travel Tips

How to take the subway from JFK Airport

Taking the subway from JFK airport to anywhere in New York City is the cheapest and most reliable option. Subways run on a schedule and are not affected as much by weather or traffic. If you are comfortable riding the subway and are OK with walking up and down the stairs to the subway stations, they are really the best way to navigate the city.

For those of you who are not as adventurous, we’ve got you covered with a guide to all of your options.

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New York City, Northeast, Road Trips, Travel Tips

How to take an Uber or Lyft from JFK Airport

Taking an Uber or Lyft from the JFK airport to Manhattan is almost identical to taking a cab. I prefer the Uber/Lyft option because the cars are usually nicer than cabs, I like getting my receipt emailed to me, and I don’t like fumbling around with my wallet when I have all my bags with me. Another nice option about Uber/Lyft is you can pre-arrange a ride including pre-arranging an Uber/Lyft family ride that includes a car seat. Finally, I just kind of like to follow the map on the app.

Of course Uber is not the only option, New York City offers many options for getting from JFK to the city. We cover all of them, but the size of everything here can be overwhelming so we are here to simplify some of the details.

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