Planning Your Disneyland Trip

Planning Your Disneyland Trip

Quite often, the Disneyland we imagine in our minds is different from the Disneyland that greets us upon arrival, and it’s nor surprise that this is the case. With a powerful ad campaign depicting Disneyland as some kind of utopia where everything is wonderful and your kids will be grinning from ear to ear twenty-four seven – which is hard enough to imagine in itself – Disney has really made it seem to be the case that no vacation is complete without a trip to one of its exquisite resorts.

So we finally agree to the pleading of the kids and set about booking things. We may even end up getting a little excited ourselves – not that we’d admit it. And when the day comes, we get up bright and early and head over to the resort, happily anticipating a day or two of fun, family bonding and happiness. But there are queues everywhere. Queues for tickets, queues for rides, even queues for the toilets! And after a couple of hours spent standing in a line for thirty seconds on, it’s not surprising that some of those smiles have started to falter. It just isn’t what you were expecting.

But before you become disenchanted, there’s some good news too – there are actually several cunning ways through which you can plan your trip in order to ensure the best situation when it comes to crowds. There are plenty of websites out there when Disneyland enthusiasts come together to advise people on the best time of year to go – for example, even by simply going on a weekday rather than at the weekend will make a difference. However, if you really want to go to the theme park at a time where crowds will be less of a problem, it’s best that you head during the first quarter of the year – specifically, January and February. As Los Angeles is in its wet season weatherwise, many people will avoid the park on the chance that it will rain. And if you don’t mind a spot of rain, then visiting at this time of year is ideal – when it rains, there are often absolutely no queues for rides, which means you’ll be able to forget the wetness when you realise that you have the resort practically to yourself! For months to avoid the park, generally the summer months and December are going to be the busiest.

Otherwise, you can simply ensure to do all of your ticket booking online to save queuing time and leave your hotels near Disneyland bright and early in order to ensure you have a full day to make sure you’ve got enough time to see and do everything!

Planning a Road Trip

Planning a Road Trip

Preparing for a road trip is a daunting task. Road trips can be nightmare experiences if not properly planned out. However, with just a little preparation, you can make your road trip truly enjoyable. Here are a few tips you can follow to ensure your road trip is smooth, and you avoid any potential potholes.

A good road trip is all about preparation. Obviously, you are going to plan your route ahead of time, but it’s actually a good idea to plan at least one alternate route, in case you run into road closures or major construction. Make sure you have a good atlas, or road guide on your trip. Mapquest and GPS systems are great, but you might find yourself in areas without signals, or your gps system might fail. Give yourself plenty of time, calculate how long the trip will take doing the speed limit, then add an additional hour for every four hours needed. That will you will have plenty of time for rest stops, and mishaps along the way.

If possible, make reservations at hotels along the way. You never want to be stuck in the only town for 50 miles with no rooms available. Don’t plan on driving for more than 12 hours in a day. You want to be refreshed when you arrive at your destination. Bring plenty of drinking water for emergency situations, along with some non-perishable snacks. If you have children, be sure to bring a variety of activities that are safe to do while riding in the car. The monotony of the drive will lead to restlessness, and the children will want to switch activities frequently. Be sure to take into consideration the climate changes will driving, bring appropriate clothing for the trip.

A couple of days before leaving, get your vehicle serviced, and all the fluid levels checked. Give yourself a little time to drive the car around town after the servicing, to make sure everything is working properly. Check the wear on the tires, to make sure they are good for the trip. If at all possible, bring a spare tire. Be sure to have jumper cables and emergency flares, as well.

Following these steps will help prepare you for your road trip, and let you focus on driving and enjoying the scenery.

Larry Thomas provides Rand McNally maps, Mapsco maps and travel guides, and has enjoyed traveling for most of his life.

Camping Trip Planning

Camping Trip Planning

People often say that they are planning a camping trip, yet it often becomes clear that there is surprisingly little planning involved. It seems that many people look upon camping trips as something that should be prepared for only at the very last minute.

There is undoubtedly a cultural influence here. We often associate camping and outdoor pursuits with a certain sense of adventure. It almost seems natural to think that adventure should be associated with spur of the moment decisions and a sudden, great flurry of activity.

Those of us who like to travel as a family, however, know that it’s not always quite so simple to leave things until the last possible moment. We know that there’s a lot more planning involved if we want to make sure that we really have a great holiday.

This helps explain why families will often put a lot more effort into planning their camping trips. In a sense, they can be seen as leading the way.

Why is planning is so important in this instance? Surely it’s more fun to leave things until the very last moment? The problem is that a camping trip often throws a number of problems and issues at us. We can deal with these if we had planned for them and have the appropriate camping equipment with us.

But the failure to plan could lead us woefully lacking in equipment and accessories. This could really ruin our trip and may even have more horrendous consequences. That’s why it is so important that you should think about planning your trip prior to your departure.

Does this mean that you should spend endless hours on this task? You don’t have to. In fact, even the preparation of a simple list of items that you would like to pack would be better than doing no plan at all.

Such a list could help you to ensure that you really do pack everything that you need. Such simple planning can help to ensure that your camping trips are more successful.

Find out about camping toilet choices and other outdoor accessories with this author’s other camping articles online. This article may be used by any website publisher, though this resource box must always be included in full.